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Husband and wife attacked and robbed in Three Bridges, Crawley

Police are seeking witnesses after a man was attacked and robbed as he returned home from work on Tuesday 11 December.

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In particular, officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam or closed circuit television (CCTV) footage from the area.

The 54-year-old victim was confronted by intruders at his home in Howlands Court, Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, at approximately 11pm.

He suffered serious injuries, including several broken ribs, which subsequently required hospital treatment.

His wife was also assaulted and threats were made demanding money. Jewellery, cash and passports were stolen after the burglars ransacked the couple’s home.

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The suspects are believed to be six or seven black men, wearing hooded jackets, sports joggers and trainers.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Robeson, of Crawley Police investigations, said:

“This was a particularly nasty crime involving violence and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the incident or who was responsible.

“It appears to have been a planned rather than a random attack, and thankfully such crimes are relatively rare.”

Anyone who saw or heard anything of what happened, or who noticed any suspicious activity, is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1447 of 11/12.

Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or call the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For crime prevention advice please log on to: https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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