Police in Crawley are investigating two house burglaries which happened within about an hour of each other.
At about midday on Thursday (24 September) the houses in Arden Road and nearby Sylvan Road were broken into and jewellery was stolen.
Investigator Natasha Smith said; "The houses are about eight minutes walk from each other and the burglaries happened barely an hour apart.
"We are asking anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have seen or heard some suspicious or unusual activity to contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 688 of 24/09
Crawley Open House secures £500 police donation
Sussex Police has donated £500 to Crawley Open House to help provide a lifeline to vulnerable people.
The money will be used by the charity’s community outreach team, who work daily with people suffering from homelessness or addiction.
It was obtained by officers at the Gatwick Police Prevention Team, who work closely with the community to keep people safe and feeling safe.
The money will be used to purchase items such as food and drink, bus and train tickets, clothing, and cheap mobile phones – all of which can avert the crisis faced by these vulnerable people, and help them with the relationship building process.
The grant was secured through the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from the sale of unclaimed lost property and property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.
Find out how you can apply for funding here.
Police keep up pressure on drug dealing in Sussex
Police across Sussex are keeping up the pressure on 'County Lines' and other drug dealers.
During just one week from 14 to 19 September, as part of the latest phase of coordinated law enforcement activity across the UK, officers in Sussex made 29 arrests, and seized more than £15,000 worth of drugs, 47 mobile phones, and 13 weapons, mainly knives.
In the same week, local officers visited 68 addresses where people were at risk of being 'cuckooed' to check on their safety. They also identified and took safeguarding action for five particularly vulnerable people who needed extra help and support from the police and local services. Read the full story here Sussex Police urge the public to continue to prevent the spread of Covid
Covid-19 is not going away and we all have our part to play in suppressing the virus.
Sussex Police will continue to support the national effort and work with partners and local communities to prevent the spread of infection in Sussex.
Earlier this week, the government announced new laws for the wearing of face masks, a 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants, and further guidance to the ‘rule of six’. The full government regulations can be viewed here.
Police officers and PCSOs will continue to be out and about in communities to engage with members of the public, explain the new government regulations and encourage people to follow them.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando, who leads local policing, said: “First and foremost, as has been the case throughout this pandemic, we know the vast majority of people will stick to the law and follow the government guidance. This is a national health crisis and we all have our part to play.
“Our officers and staff have been patrolling across the county and, on the whole, have been impressed with the public’s compliance to the government regulations. Where officers have needed to engage with members of the public and explain the current legislation generally, people have acted positively and changed their behaviour accordingly.
“However, those who continue to choose to flout the rules and put other people’s lives at risk will face enforcement action. Over the last month, we have issued three FPNs for those who were non-compliant with wearing a face mask when on public transport and two people were issued a fine for failing to comply with self-isolation regulations.
“We all need to work together to prevent the spread of the virus and that includes our officers and staff too. We have a number of procedures in place to ensure our employees can continue to respond to crime in the normal way, assessed against the greatest risk of harm, and support those in the communities who really need us.
“The demands on the police service are now back to pre-Covid levels. Our priorities lie with public safety and so it is even more important that people take personal responsibility for their actions and do their bit to prevent the spread of the virus, so the force can operate effectively for those who need us.
“If people are aware of a serious and current breach of the government’s coronavirus regulations, we would ask them to report it to us online form, 999 should only be used in an emergency.”
Four arrested in connection with a serious Crawley assault
Sussex Police has arrested four people in connection with a Crawley assault.
A man was walking along Broadway, Crawley, around 9.30pm on Sunday, 20 September when he was approached by a group of young adults.
The victim, a man in his 40s, suffered serious injuries after he was punched and kicked. He was taken to hospital for medical treatment.
The arrests made were:
An 18-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. He was released on police bail until 23 October.
An 18-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a cannabis. He was released on police bail until 22 October.
A 17-year-old boy from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. He was released on police bail until 24 October.
A 19-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent. He was released on police bail until 22 October.
If anyone witnessed the assault or has information to assist the police investigation please report online or call 101 quoting Operation Burgate.
Motorists urged to be vigilant following spate of vehicle crime in Crawley
Police are urging motorists to be vigilant following a spate of vehicle crime in Crawley.
Over the past four weeks, a total of 34 incidents of thefts from vehicles have been reported in the town.
Typically, the offender – or offenders – will force entry to the vehicle by smashing a side window, and steal items including small change and anything of value.
Police are investigating this as a linked series, and have made three arrests so far.
Inspector Darren Taylor, of the Crawley and Mid Sussex Prevention Team, said: “While the value of items stolen may be small in the majority of cases, it goes without saying that the cost to repair the damage caused by a vehicle break-in can be expensive and inconvenient.
“Make sure you don’t leave anything of any value in your vehicle, and specifically not on display.
“Our enquiries are ongoing, and we’re urging anyone with any information – or anyone who is the victim of crime – to report it online or call 101.”
A 39-year-old woman from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of theft from a vehicle and fraud by false representation, has been released on conditional bail until 22 October.
A 25-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of theft from a vehicle, has been released on conditional bail until 22 October.
A 35-year-old woman from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of theft from a vehicle, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
You can find out more about how to protect your vehicle from crime here.
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