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Police confirm investigation into Broadfield Barton Assault as witnesses report seeing weapons being carried

A large police presence was seen after an alleged assault.



Broadfield Barton Assault investigated by police as workers report seeing three individuals carrying weapons.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 this afternoon. One shop worker said she saw three men aged 18-20 verbally assaulting another young man.

She said she saw them carrying what appeared to be a covered knife and a mallet whilst another said he saw a baseball bat being carried, none of which have been confirmed by the authorities at this stage.

Following the verbal abuse it is reported that they were seen chasing the man into a shop where a worker intervened before another three youths aged in their mid teens turned up, one with an Alsatian dog.

According to another witness the man being chased managed to flee while all six individuals hurled abuse at him before they all ran off over the bridge while other reports say they were seen dispersing in other directions.

With so many reports being made the police are having to sift through a lot of information.

Police along with assistance from a helicopter unit arrived shortly afterwards.

They confirmed they are investigating a potential assault. A statement is expected in the morning.


Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Tilgate, Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Crawley.



The 15-year-old victim was approached by an unknown man in the car park of St Bernadette’s Church, in Tilgate Way, about 5.25pm on Thursday 11 July.

The suspect then touched her over her clothing, before making off in the direction of Tilgate Parade.

He is described as white, in his mid-20s, about 6’, of slim build, with stubble, and was wearing a red long-sleeved hoody – possibly with black writing on it – with the hood pulled tight around his face at the time of the offence.

He also wore round shaped sunglasses with a gold mirror finish, and possibly stone-coloured combat shorts with knee pockets.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw a man matching the suspect’s description is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1313 of 11/07.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

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