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Man arrested after knives, shotgun cartridges and drugs found at Three Bridges, Crawley property

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Police responded to intelligence suggesting a man was in possession of weapons in Crawley. 

Officers attended an address in the Three Bridges area on Thursday (16 July) and seized four knives, a knuckle duster and shotgun cartridges. A quantity of Class A drugs and £3,000 in cash were also located at the premises. 

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of importing prohibited weapons, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and concealing or removing criminal property. He has been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.

Sergeant Scott Walters said:

“Seizing these dangerous items is a great result for our teams who focus on taking knives and weapons off the streets of Sussex.

“We will continue to work hard to locate knives and other weapons and take positive steps to remove them from our communities.”

We take reports of knife crime seriously and if you have information or concerns, we want to know about it. Anyone with information is urged to report online or call 101. In an emergency always dial 999. 

You can report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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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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