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Pulborough man charged after teen rape at Three Bridges

Police appeal for anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident to come forward.

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A 26-year-old man from Pulborough has been charged with rape in connection with an incident at Three Bridges station. 

Detectives from British Transport Police launched an investigation following an allegation of rape at the train station on Friday evening (06/07).

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Shortly after 11pm, a girl in her late teens was raped by a man by the bicycle racks and smoking area at Three Bridges station.

Police confirmed in a statement that 26-year-old ‘Callum Fife-Wright, of Stane Street Close, Pulborough, will appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court today (9 July)’.

Officers are now appealing for anyone who may have been in the area or may have seen what happened, to come forward.

Detective Constable Imogen Sweeney from British Transport Police, said:

“We in the early stages of our investigation and we’re making a number of urgent enquires. I am conscious a number of people were at Three Bridges yesterday evening and may of saw what happened.

“If you have any information, witnessed what happened or saw a man acting suspiciously at the station then please get in touch as soon as possible. Your information could prove vital in our investigation.

“Officers will be in the area today and over the coming days, so please do speak to them if you need to talk to anyone.

“This would have been a frightening ordeal for this victim and we have specially trained officers providing her with support.”

Information can be passed to BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 48 of 07/07/2018. Or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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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