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Memorial Gardens, Crawley closed after rape on Saturday night

Police are searching for a suspect aged about 18.

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Police are investigating a report that a woman was raped in the Memorial Gardens, Crawley, in the early hours of Sunday (6 January).

Officers are still establishing the circumstances after the 30-year-old victim said she was sitting in the gardens with a man she had met there earlier.

He then took her into some bushes and raped her sometime between 1am and 2.25am before running off towards the Kingsgate car park. She is being supported by specially trained officers.

The suspect is described as aged about 18, white with black long scruffy hair down to his ears and a medium black beard. He was wearing a white hoody possibly North Face, blue jeans, white Nike trainers and a big gold watch.

Detective Sergeant Pauline Lane said:

“We are appealing for any witnesses who were in the Memorial Gardens on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday who may have any information about this incident to come forward.

The victim who also approached two men after she was attacked and told them what had happened. We also need to speak to these two men.

“There are police patrols in the area of Memorial Gardens and anyone with concerns should speak to them.”


If you have any information which could help the investigation, contact police online https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/ or ring 101 quoting serial 110 of 06/01.

You can report crime and incidents online at www.sussex.police.uk/reportonline

It is thought it will be unlikely that the gardens will be opened for some time.

A Sussex police spokesperson said:

“Officers remain at the scene pending a forensic examination being completed.

The victim is currently being supported by specialist officers.”

Crawley police took to twitter this morning to reassure the public of their safety and to explain the closure.

There have been no arrests at this time.

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Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child

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Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
 
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
 
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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