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Witnesses sought after Langley Green Mosque in Crawley burgled

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Police are appealing for anyone who may help them after a Mosque in Langley Green was broken into.

The Crawley Islamic Centre and Masjid was broken into sometime between 10:30pm on Sunday 18th Aug and 4am on Monday 19th Aug.

The break in appears to have been made on the London Road side of the building and police are appealing for anyone who was in the area overnight and who may have seen anything suspicious or with any information about the incident to get in touch.

Cash and electronics were stolen from the Mosque.

You can report online or call 101 quoting serial 150 of 19/08.

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Northgate man sentenced to 18 years for sexual assaults on 10-year-old girl

A Crawley man has been given an 18-year-prison sentence for sexual assaults on a young girl.

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John Cole, 33, a mechanic, of Oak Way, Crawley, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday (11 October) having been found guilty after a five-day trial, of two offences of rape and four offences of engaging in sexual activity, against the 10-year-old girl between 2017 and 2018.

He will also be a registered sex offender for life.

Detective Constable Kirstie Prentice of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“Cole came to know the young girl over a period of time and systematically sexually abused her, taking advantage of her age and natural vulnerability for his own sexual gratification, telling her her that if she told anyone they would both go to prison.

“Only when her mother found a note hidden in a backpack in the girl’s bedroom revealing she had been assaulted by him did the offending come to light, and police were informed.

“She has very bravely supported the investigation throughout and gave evidence against Cole in court, with special measures including a screen to help her.”

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