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Three Bridges rapist jailed

A sex predator who raped a young woman in West Sussex has been locked up for four years.

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Callum Fife-Wright, 26, and of Stane Street Close, Pulborough, was found guilty of rape at Hove Crown Court on 21 December, following the incident at Three Bridges station in July 2018.

Yesterday, the Judge sentenced him to four years in prison, with another four years to be considered pending further assessment. 

On 6 July 2018, Fife-Wright offered his victim, a 17-year-old woman, a lighter outside the station before bombarding her with inappropriate comments.

The court heard he showed her the electronic tagging device on his ankle and tried to kiss her.

The victim asked him to stop but Fife-Wright then raped her.

Following an investigation by British Transport Police, he was arrested at Three Bridges station a few hours later.

DC Jason Montana said:  

“I would like to thank the victim for her courage in coming forward and supporting our efforts to bring Fife-Wright to justice.

“This was a hideous crime committed by a dangerous individual, and I hope the victim will be able to take some small comfort in the knowledge he is now behind bars.

“I also hope this sends a very clear message to everyone that we will do everything in our power to prosecute sex offenders.”

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Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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