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Two men charged with interfering with cars in Gossops Green, Crawley

Two men have been charged with vehicle interference following a quick-thinking call from a member of the public to police.

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Police received a call at 1.48am on Saturday (April 13) regarding two men acting suspiciously around vehicles in Medway Road, Crawley.

Officers swiftly attended the area and whilst conducting a search, arrested two men.

Jake Sheldrake, 31, and Marcus Wells, 46, both of no fixed address were both charged with vehicle interference.

Both will appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on May 15.

Police would like to remind residents to remain vigilant and remember not to leave anything valuable in your car, park in a well-lit area and ensure all windows and doors are locked.

To report similar matters please report online or call 101.

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Man jailed for stealing charity collection tins

A man who broke into a café and stole three charity collection tins has been jailed.

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Police were alerted to the break-in at The Conservatory Café in North Street, Horsham, about 11.30pm on Monday 13 May.

Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene and a witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

Due to the description provided and the information received, a suspect was nominated.

A PCSO on patrol spotted the suspect in Hurst Road about 7pm the following evening (14 May) and noticed he had cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.

The suspect was identified as Kieran Blunden, 33, unemployed, of no fixed address.

Further officers attended to assist, and Blunden was arrested and charged with burglary.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £50 in compensation.

Blunden also admitted stealing a charity box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street, Horsham, on 14 May, and this offence was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Investigations Supervisor Dave Bell said:

“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.

“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the café owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”

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