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Langley Green, Crawley man who wielded six-inch knife and assaulted police officer jailed

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A man who assaulted a police officer after being found in possession of a knife has been jailed.

Police responded to a report of a man wielding a knife in the vicinity of Gales Drive, Crawley, in the early hours of 10 December.

He was challenged by police and started to run, but was quickly detained by PC Claire Harrison and her dog, PD Polly.

PD Polly is a five-year-old German Shepherd-Malinois cross. She is a general purpose police dog trained in various disciplines including searching open ground or buildings for suspects, tracking suspects or missing people, and searching for discarded property.

After the suspect was detained, a six-inch kitchen knife was found beneath him, which was seized.

He was identified as Ryan Evans, 27, a scaffolder, of Lark Rise, Crawley.

Whilst being transported to a police vehicle, Evans attempted to headbutt officers, before kicking out at one of them, hitting him in the chest. No visible injuries were caused.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of an offensive weapon in public and assaulting an emergency worker.

At Lewes Crown Court on 7 January, Evans was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said:

“I do not accept that being assaulted is part of any police officer’s job, and any such behaviour will not be tolerated.

“I believe an assault on a police officer or member of my police staff is an exceptional action against the rule of law and has a wider impact on policing as a whole. Violent attacks on our officers and staff can result in long-term injuries and sickness, directly reducing the amount of viable policing which consequently puts greater pressure on colleagues, increasing the risk of crime within communities.

“As Chief Constable, I am committed to providing my officers, staff and the communities of Sussex with the level of protection and safety that they deserve. Such behaviour and assaults on police officers and staff has a direct impact on my ability to do this.

“Every day across Sussex, officers and staff put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public. They do this willingly, knowing the risks involved, because they are brave and dedicated public servants.”

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Crawley’s buses to be fitted with anti-virus filters

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Anti-virus air filters are being fitted to every bus on the Brighton & Hove and Metrobus fleet, as an added measure to further reduce the risk of Covid transmission.  

The new filters have an anti-virus coating and remove 99.99%* of viruses and bacteria, as air flows into both decks and the driver’s cab. Air is already regularly refreshed on buses with doors opening at stops and windows open and this is an extra safety precaution.  

Engineers have fitted the new air filters on every bus and converted the whole fleet of 400 buses within just one month. These filters will continue to be used as standard within the regular replacement programme.   

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus Managing Director Martin Harris said: “The new filters are a welcome addition to the safety measures we already have lined up on buses to defeat the virus, alongside high cleaning standards, face coverings, social distancing, keeping windows open and paying by contactless.  

“Our engineers have been working round the clock to fit these filters so that our passengers can feel even more confident that they are travelling in a clean and safe bus. A good flow of fresh air is increasingly being recognised as one of the most important protections against Covid alongside ‘Hands, Face and Space’ and these filters are an important step.”   The PEPA-F HVAC filters were developed by Filtration Control and train builder Bombardier and capture particles in the air that might contain pathogens and virus such as Covid-19. 

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