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Laser pen attack at planes landing at Gatwick threaten passengers safety

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Pilots of several aircraft making their final approaches to Gatwick Airport on Monday night (18 December) reported a green laser light being shone at them as they flew over the Ashdown Forest before landing.

They included inbound flights from Barcelona and Turin.

In total, five incidents were reported, mostly occurring between 7pm and 8pm, although there was also one around midnight.

Sergeant Darren Taylor said:

“We believe the person or persons responsible were located in the Hartfield area and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help us narrow down the location or who may have information. No one was injured and all the aircraft affected landed safely, but it is a potentially dangerous thing to do.” 

Anyone able to help is asked to contact police online at https://sussex.police.uk/appealresponse or to phone 101, quoting serial 1225 of 18/12.

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Appeal for help after five masked robbers force way into home in Crawley

Detectives in Crawley are seeking information about a violent attack at a home in Pound Hill.

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At 3,30pm on Thursday 22 November the occupants of the house in Punch Copse Road, answered the door, and were confronted with five men with their faces covered who threatened the occupants and forced their way into the house.

They stole a quantity of cash and a box containing some cutlery before leaving the address and making off in a car which was parked nearby.

All the suspects are described as black, and were wearing dark coloured clothing.

One of the occupants, a 37-year old woman, was knocked to the floor during the attack and sustained bruising and a shoulder injury for which she was treated at East Surrey Hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said;

“We have been making extensive local enquiries and are still seeking witnesses who were in the area that afternoon, particularly around Punch Copse Road or surrounding roads, and including anyone who was using dashcam in their own car at the time.”

If you have any information please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 904 of 22/11.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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