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Renewed manhunt appeal after two police officers assaulted in Horley following a burglary

Police are re-appealing for the public’s help to locate a man in connection to a burglary in Horley and an assault on two police officers.

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25-year-old Keiron Dodge from Redhill is described as white and around 5ft 9ins tall with brown hair.

Dodge is thought to have links to east Surrey, Hastings, Margate as well as the East and South East of London, including Hackney, Deptford and Newham.

The burglary happened at around 8pm on Wednesday (6 March) at a property on Benhams Drive where jewellery, a laptop and a car were stolen.

The stolen car was driven off by Dodge and another passenger. It was then spotted around 40 minutes later, waiting at a red light on a junction on the M25.

After a short pursuit, officers arrested the passenger, a 23-year-old woman from Hackney, on suspicion of burglary and possession of a class B substance. She has since been released under investigation.

The driver of the car, Dodge, assaulted two police officers and then fled the scene. Both officers’ injuries are not serious.

If you know where Keiron is, or have information which could help us locate him, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number PR/45190024149.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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Man jailed for 21 years for historic sex offences in Horley

A man is behind bars for more than 20 years after being found guilty of raping and indecently assaulting a young girl in Horley between 1995 and 1997

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Martin Clifford, 45, of Chatfield, Slough, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault on at least three occasions between 1995 and 1997 when the victim was aged between 12 and 13 years old. He was also found guilty of two counts of rape in relation to the same girl.

Clifford was also found guilty of five counts of indecency with a child under 14, and five counts of indecent assault on a male under 16, involving three other victims in Slough between 1988 and 1997.

He was jailed for 21 years at Reading Crown Court last Wednesday (October 2), following his conviction on 26 September.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Harris from Surrey Police’s Public Protection Command said:

“The sentence given to Clifford last week followed an extremely successful joint investigation with our colleagues in Thames Valley Police. Working in partnership ensured that we could establish the full picture of Clifford’s offending and bring him to justice for all the crimes he had committed in both policing areas.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victims for having the courage to support the investigation and prosecution, including providing evidence to the court of their horrific abuse by Martin Clifford. I can only hope the fact that Clifford is now behind bars, will assist them in moving forward. I would also like to thank the investigators involved for their hard work and diligence in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion.”

DCI Harris continued:

“Whenever possible we will work together diligently with partner agencies, victims and families, to bring abusers to justice. County boundaries or the age of their offending should offer them no protection from capture and prosecution.”

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