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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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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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