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Man brandishing Samurai sword arrested near Three Bridges station, Crawley

Another busy afternoon for Crawley police after they were called to reports of a man waving a sword around in the street.

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People around Three Bridges were concerned this afternoon after a large police presence was spotted near the train station.

Police had been called after they had received reports of a man brandishing a Samurai sword.

The man had been reported heading towards Three Bridges railway station.

Armed officers were deployed to the scene in Haslett Avenue at 2.41pm and a man was detained shortly afterwards.

A 26-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

He has now been charged and will appear in court on 14th Jan ’19.

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“Scams can happen to anyone” says West Sussex Trading Standards

Residents are being encouraged to come forward and report scams this June.

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West Sussex Trading Standards is urging the public not to feel embarrassed if they fall victim to a scam.

“Scams can happen to anyone” is the message of this year’s national Scams Awareness Campaign.

Trading Standards officers and Citizens Advice will be attending a range of events across the county, including Crawley, to provide information on scams and to offer tips to avoid falling victim to fraudulent activity. These are taking place on:

•           Tuesday 18 June from 11am to 1pm at Tesco, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill
•           Thursday 20 June from 11am to 1pm at Sainsbury’s, Bannister Way, Haywards Heath
•           Thursday 20 June from 9:30am to 1pm at Tesco, Fishbourne Road, Chichester
•           Saturday 22 June from 12 noon to 5pm at Crawley Festival, Memorial Gardens, Crawley
•           Thursday 27 June from 9:30am to 1pm at Tesco, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“Falling victim to a scam can leave people feeling embarrassed and reluctant to come forward. Removing the stigma around scams is vital and I would urge people to come along to these events and talk about their experiences.”

Anyone concerned about scams can get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

You can learn more about scams and report fraud and cybercrime at: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Report an incident or concern direct to West Sussex Trading Standards Service online: www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport

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