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UPDATE: Police stand down after search for men with hand gun reported in Tilgate Park, Crawley



Sussex Police have now confirmed the situation that occurred earlier in Tilgate Park.

An earlier account of a male arrested has been now been confirmed to be a witness who was assisting officers and was in-fact wrongly reported in.

Police were called to the park after reports of two men, one with a hand gun were seen within the park.

Firearms were sent to the scene and a considerable search was undertaken including the police helicopter.

Numerous residents reported seeing the helicopter flying over the park and surrounding area while the police investigated the report.

After a thorough search of the area police have stood down at the scene and say there is no concern for the public.


Two men wanted after 20-year-old Crawley man viciously attacked in Ifield



Police are searching for two suspects after a man was attacked in Crawley.

At 2pm on Thursday (10 September) the 20-year-old local man was walking his dog by Ifield Mill Pond when he was approached by a man who demanded his mobile phone. When this was refused the man punched and kicked him before running away with a second man when passers-by shouted at him.

The victim sustained facial and leg injuries for which he needed hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as black, 19/20 years, 6′, of stocky build, wearing a plain black hoody with hood up and black face mask, black tracksuit trousers and black trainers.

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said:

“This was a random and vicious attack. The motive was robbery but the suspect clearly didn’t expect the response of the young man or the attention of passers-by.”

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact Sussex Police online at or by calling 101, quoting serial 1172 of 10/09.

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