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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.

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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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Appeal for help after five masked robbers force way into home in Crawley

Detectives in Crawley are seeking information about a violent attack at a home in Pound Hill.

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At 3,30pm on Thursday 22 November the occupants of the house in Punch Copse Road, answered the door, and were confronted with five men with their faces covered who threatened the occupants and forced their way into the house.

They stole a quantity of cash and a box containing some cutlery before leaving the address and making off in a car which was parked nearby.

All the suspects are described as black, and were wearing dark coloured clothing.

One of the occupants, a 37-year old woman, was knocked to the floor during the attack and sustained bruising and a shoulder injury for which she was treated at East Surrey Hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said;

“We have been making extensive local enquiries and are still seeking witnesses who were in the area that afternoon, particularly around Punch Copse Road or surrounding roads, and including anyone who was using dashcam in their own car at the time.”

If you have any information please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 904 of 22/11.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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