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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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Teenage boy robbed at knifepoint on train from Gatwick to Brighton

Can you help find these two men?

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Detectives investigating a knife-point robbery on a train East Sussex would like to identify them in connection.  

On 18 November at around 11pm, the victim, a 17-year-old young man, was travelling on a train from Gatwick Airport to Preston Park.   

He was approached by two men who tried to engage him in conversation for a short time. One of the men was noticeably intoxicated.  

They became increasingly more threatening and reached into the victim’s jeans as the train was approaching Burgess Hill, trying to take his wallet.   The victim put his hand on his pocket to try and stop them, and one of the men pulled up his top and told him he had a knife.  

The victim handed over his wallet, and the man then took out the knife and told him to hand over his phone too.  

The victim was threatened further as he left the train.  

It’s believe the two men boarded the train at East Croydon and left at Preston Park.  

Detectives believe the men in the CCTV images may have information which could help their investigation.  

If you recognise them or have any information please contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 567 of 18/11/19.  

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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