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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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Crawley wanted man caught after replying to police on facebook

Louis Brown tried to hide from the police by hiding under a mattress.

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Louis Brown was caught by police after responding LOL on their facebook post

Police had posted on their facebook page his photo along with the reasons he was sought.

They said:

“He is wanted on recall to prison for breaching his bail conditions and believed to be in the Crawley area.”

But Brown thought is funny to respond to the post by putting “LOL” under it.

Crawley police though did have the last laugh after he was found hiding under a mattress at an address.

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