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Woman assaulted outside her home in Three Bridges, Crawley

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted as she returned to her Crawley home.

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Officers attended a property in Scallows Road, Crawley, at 10.55am on Monday (22 October) after a woman reported being hit over the head when she was opening the back door of her property.

The suspect was described as of slim build and wearing dark coloured trousers, a dark coloured hooded top and dirty trainers.

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A Sat Nav, wallet and receipts were reported as stolen from the victim’s car, which was parked on the driveway.

If anyone noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area at this time please report online or call 101 quoting 323 of 22/10.

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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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