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Police search for man after attempted burglary in Tilgate

Police say a man carrying a metal bar was seen at the front door of the house.

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Police in Crawley are appealing for witnesses following an attempted burglary in Tilgate Way during which a man was seen ‘carrying a metal bar’.

A statement from Sussex Police said: “Officers were called about 3.45pm on Wednesday (5 September), after a man carrying a metal bar, approximately two feet in length, was seen at the front door of a house.”

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One of the occupants of the house arrived home, at which point the suspect made off from the scene down Garrick Walk.

On entering the property, it was discovered that entry had been gained and an untidy search had been made, however nothing is believed to have been stolen.

Police say:

“The suspect is described as about 5’11”, of medium build, dressed in all black clothing, including an Adidas hoody, Adidas trousers and Nike trainers. He also wore a black woollen face covering and black rubber gloves.”

Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any CCTV which may have captured the incident, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 898 of 05/09.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

Sussex Police add:

“For advice on protecting your home and belongings, view our burglary prevention advice page.”

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Man jailed for stealing charity collection tins

A man who broke into a café and stole three charity collection tins has been jailed.

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Police were alerted to the break-in at The Conservatory Café in North Street, Horsham, about 11.30pm on Monday 13 May.

Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene and a witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

Due to the description provided and the information received, a suspect was nominated.

A PCSO on patrol spotted the suspect in Hurst Road about 7pm the following evening (14 May) and noticed he had cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.

The suspect was identified as Kieran Blunden, 33, unemployed, of no fixed address.

Further officers attended to assist, and Blunden was arrested and charged with burglary.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £50 in compensation.

Blunden also admitted stealing a charity box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street, Horsham, on 14 May, and this offence was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Investigations Supervisor Dave Bell said:

“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.

“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the café owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”

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