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Two sexual assaults in one night in Copthorne as Police begin hunt for man

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Police are investigating after a man forced his way into a woman’s home and sexually assaulted her by touching in Copthorne near Crawley.

They also believe he touched another woman in the street shortly afterwards.

At about 4pm on Friday (12 July), a man called at a woman’s house in Newtown and asked where the nearest bus stop was. He then barged his way in and touched her. She pushed him out and locked the front door. He then carried on knocking on the door before leaving.

Officers responded immediately and carried out a search of the area but could not find the man. A short time later another woman reported that a man had approached her asking for a hug and then touched her as she tried to get into her car in Knowle Drive, Copthorne, at about 4.05pm. She shouted at him and he ran off.

The suspect is described as white, aged about 20, 5′ 9″, slim, with light brown hair and was wearing a white buttoned up shirt, dark trousers and carrying a dark coloured backpack.

Detective Sergeant Joel Brooks said:

“These incidents were frightening and distressing for the victims and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this man hanging around or approaching the women.

“We are carrying out searches, making enquiries and have police officers in the area.”

If you can help with the investigation please report online or ring 101 quoting serial of 1078 of 12/7.

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Crawley Council Leader agrees to meet with opposition party to resolve towns leadership situation

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The leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb, has agreed to meet with the towns opposition party, the Conservatives after an invite was extended in response the Mr Lambs call for a motion of no confidence.

In what has been a very tense time across the town politically for the past week, with two Councillors leaving the Labour party resulting in the party have a minority council, another step forward has been made for the council to come to an agreement of how it will continue for the rest of the year.

In a letter replying to Conservative Leader Duncan Crow, Peter Lamb says:

“We belong to different parties of very different beliefs, beliefs which in any ordinary circumstances would make joint-working impossible… However, current circumstances are far from ordinary…Recent events mean that no such majority exists.

We owe it to the town to resolve the current impasse. Consequently the Labour Group has asked that I take up your offer of talks to see what, if any, agreement can be reached.”

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