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Two people attacked with baseball bat in violent Bewbush burglary

The attackers were dressed in black with masks and gloves during the attack in which two people, including a 64-year-old woman, were injured.

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Police are appealing for information or witnesses after a violent burglary took place in Bewbush, Crawley.

A statement from Sussex Police said they were called at around 11.30pm on Monday (15 October) to Jewel Walk to a report two people had been attacked with a baseball bat.

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A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “Three men forced their way into the property and demanded money before leaving empty handed.

“A 29-year-old man was taken to East Surrey Hospital with facial injuries and a cut to his head” and “a 64-year-old woman received bruising to her leg and face.”

One of the men was described as black, over 6′, wearing all black and a black leather mask over the mouth/nose and black leather gloves.

The second was black, shorter than the first man, slim, wearing black and same type of mask and white latex surgical gloves.

The third man was a white man, between the other heights of the other men and stockier than both. He was wearing a black woollen balaclava and white latex surgical gloves.

Police said: “Anyone with information or who witnessed anything suspicious is asked to contact police online quoting serial 1355 of 15/10.”

“Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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