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Two men convicted for burglaries in Crawley and Horsham

Two men have been handed a prison sentence for their involvement in a series of burglaries in Horsham and Crawley.



Martyn Perry is on the left and James Russell on the right.

James Russell, 30, (right) and Martyn Perry, 26, (left) were sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday 2 November following an earlier six-day trial.

The pair were linked to six burglaries committed in Horsham and Crawley from the 24 January until 8 February 2018.

Officers stopped and arrested Russell, of Dale Close, Horsham on 8 February after he was spotted driving a stolen vehicle in Crawley Road, Horsham.

A search of Russell’s home was conducted and a number of stolen items were recovered.

Following extensive investigative work officers were able to identify Russell’s accomplice in the burglaries as Perry, of Meridian Close, Crawley.

Both men were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and appeared at Hove Crown Court where they pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following the jury’s guilty verdict, Judge Henson sentenced both Russell and Perry to seven years in prison.

Perry was also sentenced to a further 18 months for a seventh and unlinked burglary committed in Ifield, Crawley on the 9 April.

Tom Carpenter of the West Sussex Community Investigation Team said:

“Russell and Perry showed a total disregard for the impact of their actions on the victims and thought they would be able to get away with their behaviour. The sentence given to both parties shows the seriousness of this matter.

“With the increased resourcing in the team, we are able to prioritise offences that cause the greatest harm to victims and communities. We were also able to reunite all of the recovered items to their rightful owners.”

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Help identify man who attacked a woman at her Langley Green home in Crawley

Police in Crawley have issued an Efit in their search for an intruder who struck a householder with a pole.



At 8.50am on Saturday (9 February) the man climbed into the rear garden of an address in Jackdaw Close, Crawley, and struck the 28-year-old woman as she came out of the back door to find out what was happening, almost rendering her unconscious, then going into the house and searching it before leaving.

It is not yet clear what if anything was taken.

The suspect is described as white, in his forties, of stocky build, over 6′, with a thick neck and short thick dark blond greying hair. He wore dark clothing.

The pole was not found at the scene or nearby and it is not known whether it was metal or wooden.

The woman sustained a slight cut to her head but declined medical treatment.

PC Allen Latter said;

“If you saw anything in that area at the time, or if you think you know who this man is, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 334 of 09/02.”

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