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Police recover powerful catapult & parts of air rifle following spate of criminal damage across Crawley

Police investigating a spate of criminal damage in Crawley and Horsham – believed to be caused by the firing of ball bearings – have recovered a powerful catapult and parts of dismantled air rifle.

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Crawley resident Kirsty Dearmun posted a photo of her car showing the damage to the rear window.

Firearms officers responded on Wednesday night (16 October) after receiving numerous reports of deliberate damage to a number of vehicles and buildings in the area. Two people were also treated for minor injuries, believed to be caused from ball bearings.

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area, assisted by the National Police Air Service helicopter, and arrested two suspects in Crawley in the early hours of Thursday morning. The two men from Crawley, aged 39 and 19, were detained on suspicion of criminal damage and remain in custody at this stage.

Detective Sergeant Martin Drabble said:

“We are treating these incidents seriously and have made two arrests in connection with this. We do not believe these were targeted attacks but enquries are going to establish the full circumstances.

“We are carrying out further searches today and we have recovered a catapult and parts of a dismantled air weapon.

“We are keen to hear from any witnesses or from anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage of the incidents or any victims who have not come forward so far.”

If you can help with the investigation, report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Cranfield.

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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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