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Life-saving Defibrillator stolen from Southgate Bowls Club Crawley

The life saving device was stolen from a local bowls club in Southgate.



In 2016, Sussex Heart Charity, the county’s largest Cardiac Care Charity, awarded the Crawley Wellbeing Team and the Crawley Bowls and Croquet Development Group five Cardiac Science g5 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), including one located at Southgate Bowls Club which went missing earlier this month.

AEDs are emergency life-saving devices that can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when sudden cardiac arrest strikes. The device is fully portable and gives the heart an electrical charge to establish a regular heartbeat.

Sussex Heart Charity are currently fundraising to replace the stolen device.

Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“This is very sad news, whoever has stolen this device has potentially put lives at risk.

“The Sussex Heart Charity have been very generous in providing these devices and it is a terrible shame that one or two people have decided to take advantage of that generosity. I would encourage anyone who may know anything about the whereabouts of the device, to get in touch.”

Continuing this, Chief Executive of Sussex Heart Charity, Terry Ayres said;

“We at the Sussex Heart Charity are very sad when one of these devices is taken. The defibrillators, if needed, will save someone’s life. Stealing these could potentially steal a life. “

If you know anything regarding the stolen AED, please contact 101, quoting crime reference number: 47180186385

To contribute to replacing the stolen AED people can donate by texting AEDS00 and the amount to 70070 or donate online or by cheque to The Sussex Heart Charity, Southpoint, 8 Paston Place, Brighton, BN2 1HA


Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child



Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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