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UPDATE: Man stabbed in Crawley town centre as police search for 3 suspects

Another violent incident in Crawley town centre in the middle of the afternoon.

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Police attended the scene of a 23-year-old local man who had been stabbed in the leg in Crawley yesterday.

The incident occurred around 2:25pm (15th May) in a car park on Pegler Way near the town centre.

Due to the seriousness of the stabbing an air ambulance was called and the man was taken to hospital in a serious condition with potentially life changing injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses and are searching for three suspects who made off in a small black car.

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Detective Inspector Vicki Tomlinson said:

“We believe the suspects, three men, may have left the scene in a small black car and we are looking to trace this vehicle.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have seen this car, or the direction it was travelling in, to make contact with us immediately.

“The victim is in a stable condition in hospital in London and we will be working with him to provide as much detail as possible. At this stage we believe he may know his attackers.

“This incident occurred during broad daylight and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed the assault or saw anyone acting suspiciously in this area to come forward to us immediately.”

A 21-year-old man from Crawley, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has since been released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Elmwood. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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