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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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Drone deployed as search & rescue specialists scour Crawley for missing man

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There will be a heightened police presence in Crawley today (Friday 10 July) as the search for missing man Milton Andrla continues.

The 60-year-old was last seen in the town about 10am on Monday 15 June, when he told family he was going to the doctors. However, he failed to attend his scheduled appointment and there are increasing concerns for his welfare.

Sussex Police officers, assisted by Sussex Search and Rescue, and Search Dogs Sussex, will be scouring the area for any signs of Milton’s whereabouts. A police drone will also be deployed.

Milton is believed to have taken a rucksack and sleeping bag with him when he left the house, and police are urging the local community to check any sheds or outbuildings in case he has sought refuge there.

Detective Sergeant Alan Fenn from the West Sussex Missing Persons team, said:

“We’ve arranged for specialist search and rescue teams to assist in our search of Milton, who has been missing for almost a month now.

“His family are desperately worried about him, and we’re urging anyone who sees him or has urgent information about him to dial 999, quoting serial 701 of 15/06.

“Milton, if you are reading this, please get in touch to let us know you are safe.”

Milton is described as white with grey hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki cargo shorts with a khaki t-shirt and black trainers.

He also has links to Ramsgate in Kent.

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