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Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner speaks out after rise in Crawley violence

The commissioner speaks out in response to the police’s silence.

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After a month of increased violence in the town and with the lack of public response from the police, the counties Police and Crime Commissioner has made the decision to speak out.

In response to the local publics reaction to almost daily news of incidents Katy Bourne has said:

“I completely understand the concerns of Crawley residents at the recent spate of crimes including knife attacks, and the presence of armed officers responding to an incident in Furnace Green. I will be coming to see for myself and to talk to local people and business owners about crime and safety in the town.

Although I welcome the fact that Sussex is one of only four force areas in the UK where knife crime has actually we cannot afford to be complacent.

I will be pressing Sussex Police to explain what they are doing to investigate the current series of incidents and what preventative measures they will put in place. I will also want to see that communicated clearly and effectively to residents.”

The statement comes out just as a murder investigation launches in Gossops Green.

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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