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Police helicopter helps capture Crawley car thief

The National Police Air Service were called in to assist after a chase through Broadfield and into Ifield.

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A man has been arrested following a police pursuit in Crawley.

About 12.15am on Wednesday 16 January, officers became aware of a stolen Volkswagen Transporter travelling north on the A23 close to Broadfield Stadium.

The vehicle was pursued to Hyde Drive, where it turned off the road and onto grass, before crashing into bollards.

The NPAS police helicopter from Redhill assisted in a search of the driver – who had decamped – and he was located in the area moments later.

The NPAS team tweeted their success with:

A 40-year-old man, of no fixed address, arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The vehicle was recovered for forensics investigations.

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Appalling dog attack in Tilgate Park, Crawley

Dog left with ear half ripped off.

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At around 12pm on Tuesday 16th of April an off-the -eash dog, reportedly a Dalmatian, was seen attacking another dog in Tilgate Park.

The owner of Ollie, the dog being attacked, had to intervene and physically drag the Dalmatian off.

According to the owner the lady in charge of the Dalmatian allegedly did nothing but shout its name.

She then apparently said:

‘I’m a professional dog walker, I know what I’m doing’ before walking off with the aggressive dog still off the leash.

Ollie was left with gushing blood from his ear which was half ripped off and his shaken owner rushed him to the vet for emergency treatment.

Ollie is now recovering from the attack.

The police were notified but as there was no information on who the lady was, no further action could be taken.

A Facebook appeal for information was started by Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera the following morning and someone has already come forward with information which may be very helpful and will be passed on to the police.

Ollie’s owners, as if the distress of this experience wasn’t enough, were left with a £1000 bill leaving them with a sizeable excess to pay for the treatment which is ongoing due to the severity of poor Ollie’s injury.

Cllr Guidera said:

“I am absolutely disgusted by this. We have a dog and I can only imagine how distressing this must have been for Ollie and for his owners. Dogs are treated as part of the family and responsible dog walkers are very welcome in Tilgate Park. Irresponsible dog walkers, however, are absolutely not. If someone cannot control a dog, why on earth would they let it off the leash in what is likely the most popular public park in Sussex?”

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