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Police not ruling out Boulevard attack as drug-related while man remains in critical condition

Crawley District Police Commander says keeping the community safe remains their priority.

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Chief Inspector Rosie Ross, Crawley district police commander, (pictured) has said the possibility of the attack in The Boulevard as being drug-related has not been ruled out.

Speaking out to reassure residents the commander commented on last nights event and the recent spate of crimes.

She said:

“Criminality that puts people’s lives at risk is never acceptable and it’s vital that the community now pulls together to help us deal with those responsible.

“That’s why I would ask anyone who saw what happened, who noticed anything suspicious or who can assist with information to come forward without delay.”

 

Later, Chief Inspector Ross added:

“Understandably Crawley residents will be concerned about recent violence in the town and I want to reassure them that keeping our communities safe remains a priority. We have an ongoing commitment to target people supplying class A drugs in this area and to reduce the significant community harm which is caused.

“Increased patrols, execution of search warrants, and leaflets giving advice are all part of this drive, and we’re working with our partners, including the council, social services, business groups and other emergency services to safeguard the innocent and to detect and disrupt criminal activity.

“I’d appeal to everyone to work with us to make Crawley safe. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems suspicious or out of place.”

Police continue to appeal for witnesses after a local man suffered serious multiple stab wounds during an incident at The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.35pm on Saturday (4 August).

The victim, a 24-year-old local man, was flown by air ambulance to St George’s Hospital in London, with significant injuries. His condition is critical.

Police believe suspects may have left the scene in a white vehicle and officers want to trace this vehicle as a matter of urgency.

They are appealing to anyone who may have seen it or the direction it was travelling in to get in touch immediately.
Police can be contacted in strict confidence either online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Andes.

Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers or phone the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If a crime is in progress, dial 999. Otherwise details can be forwarded online, via 101 or by contacting Crimestoppers, telephone 0800 555 111.

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Appeal for help after five masked robbers force way into home in Crawley

Detectives in Crawley are seeking information about a violent attack at a home in Pound Hill.

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At 3,30pm on Thursday 22 November the occupants of the house in Punch Copse Road, answered the door, and were confronted with five men with their faces covered who threatened the occupants and forced their way into the house.

They stole a quantity of cash and a box containing some cutlery before leaving the address and making off in a car which was parked nearby.

All the suspects are described as black, and were wearing dark coloured clothing.

One of the occupants, a 37-year old woman, was knocked to the floor during the attack and sustained bruising and a shoulder injury for which she was treated at East Surrey Hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said;

“We have been making extensive local enquiries and are still seeking witnesses who were in the area that afternoon, particularly around Punch Copse Road or surrounding roads, and including anyone who was using dashcam in their own car at the time.”

If you have any information please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 904 of 22/11.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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