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Six men taken to hospital after attack in Blindley Heath

A large police presence with multiple ambulances were at the scene last night. Two sites have been cordoned off by police.

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Surrey Police were called to Eastbourne Road in Blindley Heath just after 7.30pm (7 November) following a report that a group of men had attacked a number people at the Forman Institute.

It was reported that 13 men arrived at the social club with weapons, attacked a number men who were in an out-building at the back of the club, and left heading north on the A22.

Six men were injured and all were taken to hospital. This morning three of the men are still in hospital, two are in a serious but stable condition. South East Coast Ambulance Service were also in attendance.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

Two sites have been cordoned off by the police.  The Forman Institute and the parish hall for St John’s Church.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, who is leading the investigation, said:

“We are in the early stages of our investigation and we are still trying to piece together what has exactly happened. What we do know is that this is an extremely serious incident and we are doing all we can to find those responsible.

“The investigation is well underway and we have officers out in the local area conducting reassurance patrols.

“We understand that this is a concerning incident for local residents but we do not believe there to be a wider threat the public and it is extremely rare for an incident of this nature to occur.

“If you saw something, no matter how small, then please pick up the phone as it could assist our investigation.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information about those involved, is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting PR/P18267846.

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Young woman raped in Pound Hill, police seek witnesses

Police in Crawley are investigating the rape of a 22-year-old woman on a local path in Pound Hill.

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At about 10pm on Thursday 13 June, the woman was walking along the footpath which runs between Somerville Road and Worth Park Gardens when she was attacked by a man who raped her before making off.

He is described as white, in his forties, about 5’10”, with short dark hair including grey streaks, and a beard. He was wearing dark jeans, black shoes (not trainers) and a blue t-shirt with a logo of some kind.

Detective Inspector Karrie Bohanna of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“We have been working with the woman, with specially trained officers, to understand the full circumstances and to ensure she has further expert support and advice.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we have been making enquiries in the area. If you were in the Pound Hill, Worth Park Gardens area at around that time on Thursday 13 June, and saw anything suspicious, please get in touch with us online by calling 101, quoting serial 810 of 16/06.

“We would particularly like to identify and contact three people who may be able to help us. Following the attack the victim went to the nearby pub, Tavern on the Green, and sought directions. She spoke with two men there, one of whom escorted here to her address.

“The third person is a woman walking nearby with a black dog about 15 minutes before the attack. The woman is described as white, about 5’7” and with long dark hair, wearing a dark jacket.

“This appears to be an isolated incident for the area and not part of any pattern. Please let us know if you can help.”

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