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Newsagents robbed at gunpoint in Southgate, Crawley on Christmas Eve

Police have released CCTV images of a man sought in connection with a gunpoint robbery in Crawley.

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The suspect entered Martin’s newsagents in Southgate Parade around 6.08am on Monday 24 December and approached the store manager.

He pointed what is believed to be a handgun at the victim, and demanded the contents of the till and the safe.

He then locked the victim in the staff toilet, and made off from the premises with more than £1,000 in cash and approximately £3,000 worth of cigarettes.

The suspect is described as mixed race, about 5’8”, and spoke with a Croydon accent. He was wearing a dark grey Nike hooded jumper with paint marks on the arms and back, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. His face was covered by a black scarf and a black hat, and he also wore red gloves with black palms.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 141 of 24/12.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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