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Two men arrested after night of criminal damage across Crawley and Horsham

Two people have been arrested in connection with a spate of criminal damage in Crawley and Horsham on Wednesday evening (16 October).

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Crawley resident Kirsty Dearmun posted a photo of her car showing the damage to the rear window.

Police responded after deliberate damage – consistent with the firing of ball bearings – was caused to a number of vehicles and buildings in the area.

Further to this, at least two people have been treated for minor injuries, again believed to be from ball bearings.

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area, assisted by the National Police Air Service helicopter, and have arrested two suspects in Crawley.

Two men from Crawley, aged 39 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remain in custody at this stage.

One of the ball bearings can be clearly seen lying in the footwell.

Police are urging anyone with CCTV which may have captured any offences to come forward.

Or if you have any information about any of the incidents, you can report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1372.

Approximately 15 reports have been received to date. These are not believed to be targeted attacks, however enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

In Ifield Drive six cars have been damaged along the road, with one car having the whole drivers side window smashed.

One Ifield resident said he heard a car drive past his house at speed followed by a smashing sound. He checked his car to find the window smashed and large ball bearing inside the footwell.

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Crawley Down man pleads ‘not guilty’ to double murder as date set for trial

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Daniel Gary Appleton, 37, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, is to face trial over the deaths of both his wife Amy Appleton, 32, and another woman, Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, outside his property on Sunday, 22 December, 2019.

Appleton appeared by video-link at a plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH) at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (25 February) where he entered not guilty pleas to both murders.

His defence barrister, speaking on Appleton’s behalf, admitted his responsibility for both killings.

The trial is set for 6 July.

At the opening of inquests into the two women’s deaths at Centenary House, Crawley, on Tuesday 7 January West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield heard that post-mortem examinations had shown both women had died from head injuries.

Those hearings were adjourned until Tuesday 28 April.

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