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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.

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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 www.sussexheartcharity.org or by cheque to The Sussex Heart Charity, Southpoint, 8 Paston Place, Brighton, BN2 1HA

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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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