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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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Class A drugs found and dustman injured as police search for suspects following Crawley car chase

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A dustcart crew member sustained a minor injury after a car being chased by police collided with a bin lorry this afternoon (21st Jan).

The incident happened in Patrington Close, Crawley.

Police were responding to a car that was behaving suspiciously in Jewel Walk, Crawley earlier in the day.

When police tried to stop the vehicle it made off resulting in a police pursuit.

After a short chase the vehicle collided with a bin lorry in Patrington Close, Crawley.

The occupants made off on foot and police say enquiries are ongoing to locate them.

About 50 wraps of substances suspected to be Class A drugs were discarded during the foot chase.

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