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

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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.

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

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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 https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/ or by calling 101, quoting serial 1172 of 10/09.

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