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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.



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.”


Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.



A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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