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Woman sexually assaulted on busy roadside in Poundhill Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in the Pound Hill area of Crawley.

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The woman was walking home after a night out with a friend in the early hours of Sunday (October 7).

The woman, in her 30s, was approached by a man she didn’t know, as she walked near to the Worth corner roundabout near to the junction between Crawley Lane and Balcombe Road near the Co-Op Garage.

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The man briefly spoke to her before sexually assaulting her and walking off in the direction of the Hillside Inn.

Detective Constable John Hord of the Safeguarding Investigation Unit said:

“We have arrested a 48-year-old on suspicion sexual assault and he has been released under investigation. However we are still appealing for information.

“The man is described as black with long hair tied back into a ponytail and braided, between 5′ 6″ and 5′ 8”. He was wearing a waterproof or shell suit style top with a white hood and dark bottoms. He is believed to be between 5’6 and 5’8.

“The victim has shown great courage in reporting the incident to police and is being supported by specially trained officers. The incident took place at the road side and, although it happened in the early hours of the morning, a number of cars are believed to have passed the victim and the man. I would ask anyone who was driving in the Worth Corner area between 3.30am and 4.30am on that Sunday morning to call the police if they saw a man who matched this description in the area.

“Anyone with information can call 101 or report online quoting serial 211 7/10. You can also give any information anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.”

You can find more advice and information if you want to report a sexual assault here.

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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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