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Man arrested in Crawley over imitation firearm with intent to cause fear following helicopter search from East Grinstead

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Police were called to a residential address at The Courtyard, East Grinstead, at 11.55am on Wednesday (5 February) after a report that a shot had been fired inside the address.

Nobody had been hit or injured and everyone at the address was safe.

Officers searched the local area for a man who was reported to have been in the address, but had left on foot before police arrived.

A National Police Air Service helicopter was deployed to the area to assist with the search, which following contact with the man by telephone moved to Crawley area mid-afternoon.

A resident caught the police helicopter as it hovered over the town centre.

Shortly before 4pm, a 36-year-old man from East Grinstead was arrested in Crawley on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and common assault.

Eyewitness reports say that three armed police units were seen arresting an individual near the station whilst others have reported that some schools in East Grinstead were going into lockdown while police investigated the incident.

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13-year-old girl requires hospital treatment after attack by teenagers in Southgate, Crawley

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A young teenage girl has been left with an injury to her face after she endured an attack in Southgate, Crawley.

The 13-year-old girl was walking along Barrington Road when she was assaulted by two teenage girls.

The attack happened on Sunday (2nd Aug) around 5:30pm.

Police said that it is understood that all the girls were known to each other.

As a result of the attack the victim sustained an injury to her face and had to go to hospital for treatment.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to report online or call 101 quoting serial 1147 of 02/08.

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