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Man caught in Crawley after cutting landlords throat sentenced to eight years



A 24-year-old man will spend eight years in prison after he was arrested for a violent attack that left his victim with serious injuries.

Jerome Grantham, of Victoria Road, Redhill, was sentenced to eight years in prison at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (8 October), after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to his 48-year-old victim. 

Grantham was also sentenced to three months imprisonment (to run concurrently), after pleading guilty to taking a car without the owner’s consent. He was also handed a 12 month driving disqualification order after being found to be over the legal alcohol limit and driving without a license or insurance when he was arrested. 

The court heard how Grantham viciously attacked his landlord in the early hours of Sunday 29 March and cut his throat with a scalpel. He then fled the scene in a nearby car.

The male victim was administered first aid at the scene by paramedics and taken to East Surrey Hospital where he received 11 stitches to his throat.

Following the attack, officers launched an immediate investigation and Grantham was arrested later that day in Crawley, Sussex, after the vehicle he was travelling in was stopped by police.

Detective Constable Andy Robinson, who investigated the incident, said:

“This was a brutal attack on a man who was not only known to the victim but trusted him. This type of attack can often leave long-lasting physical and emotional scars on victims and is truly reprehensible.

“The team worked tirelessly to get this case to court and we are pleased that his sentence reflects the seriousness of his crime.”


Gas leak repaired as 700 Crawley residents evacuated after major incident declared



A gas leak that caused the immediate evacuation of 700 Crawley residents in flats in Milton Mount Avenue, Crawley has finally been repaired sources have revealed to CN24.

The emergency services responded to a major incident at a large block of flats in Milton Mount Avenue, Crawley at around 12.21am this morning (Wed 6th Jan).

The nature of the leak was so severe that it was declared a ‘major incident’.

A multi-agency response was implemented and Sussex Police worked collaboratively with partners including West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council and Southern Gas to resolve the incident as quickly and safely as possible.

Approximately 700 residents were evacuated and placed in temporary accommodation including hotels.

A source within the emergency services said:

“I have never seen the evacuation of that number of people done so quickly!”

While sources say the gas leak has now been repaired, they added that it will be some time before residents can return due to the need to allow the gas to dissipate.

This has meant that hundreds of residents are now split up across the town in various hotels and shelters awaiting a return to their homes which could take many hours to resolve.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland said:

“This is an ongoing incident which has caused huge disruption to hundreds of people on a cold January morning, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue to work with our partners to minimise the ongoing disruption.

“We are working hard to ensure this is dealt with as soon as possible to enable everyone to return home, however this may take several hours yet. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to stay away from the area to allow the responding agencies to focus on resolving the incident to allow residents to return home.

“The exact cause of the gas leak is yet to be determined but not believed to be criminal, and we will provide more information as soon as we are able to.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“The council declared a local authority major incident, supported by all partners, in the early hours of this morning.

“Staff worked together to manage the safe evacuation of residents and to transport them into the temporary accommodation, which was arranged around the town.

“This is an unsettling time for Milton Mount residents and their families. They will be able to return to their homes as soon as it safe for them to do so.”

Milton Mount residents should call 01293 438758 with any questions. Any non-residents with any concerns should call our Contact Centre on 01293 438000

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