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Police searching for red headed suspect over car thefts in Ifield, Crawley

Police are trying to identify a woman who was seen trying to break into cars in the Ifield area of Crawley on Tuesday (12 March).

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Between 10am and 10.45am the suspect was reported to be trying the door handles of a number of vehicles parked in Ardingly Close, Warren Drive and Friston Walk.

Items were stolen from a car in Ardingly Close and one in Warren Drive. The woman is white, about 5′ 9″, skinny with red hair and was wearing a navy blue or black knee length puffa style coat, dark cap and grey jogging trousers.

PC Stuart Young said:

“We would like to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the suspect and knows who it is or has any information about the incidents.”

Contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 306 of 12/03 if you can help.

For our advice on how to prevent vehicle crime click here

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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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