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Police hunting for thug who set sheep on fire

Police are hunting a for a man who broke into an animal sanctuary and killed a sheep by setting it on fire.

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The animal was found by staff on October 2 at Tilgate Nature Centre in Crawley in West Sussex.

It's possible that the sheep was attacked by a dog some time overnight or in the early morning after being taken from its paddock. The sheep was found burnt in the woods.

This is a horrendous incident and we would appeal to anyone who has information to contact us. The centre has reported on-going incidents of sheep worrying and we are looking into this.

– Sussex Police


Schoolgirl beats up attacker after he grabs her in a park

A would-be attacker who grabbed a 14-year-old girl was left battered and bruised after it turned out his attempted victim was a martial artist.

The schoolgirl was walking home alone through Tilgate Park in Crawley when the 35-year-old man grabbed her arms from behind, police said.

Despite being more than 20 years younger than him, the teenager, who has studied martial arts for several years, then managed to break free from his hold and proceeded to punch and kick the attacker.

The attempted attack was in Tilgate Park on Saturday morning. Credit: Google Street View

Sussex Police arrested the man shortly after the attempted attack on Saturday morning and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

He is described as being thin and around 5ft 7ins tall.

Although we have made an arrest, we need to speak to anyone who was in Tilgate Park on Saturday morning and saw what happened. We need to find people who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in or around the park on Saturday or on other occasions.

– Detective Inspector Andy Bennett, Sussex Police


Judge: singer has obvious "violent tendencies"

Dappy posing with a young boy after leaving court Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The judge who adjourned the sentencing of N-Dubz singer Costadinos Contostavlos, also known as Dappy, told the court: "This is a man who obviously has violent tendencies, to put it mildly."

She was speaking following Contostavlos's conviction for punching a man on the dancefloor of the Evissa nightclub in Reading.

Sitting at Reading Magistrates Court, District Judge Davinder Lachhar referred the case to Guildford Crown Court because Contostavlos committed the assault while serving a six-month suspended sentence - handed down by that court for spitting at a pair of teenagers - which he was now "in breach" of.

She said: "Certainly from my part I would be thinking of a custodial sentence but it's only right that the same court should sentence you."

Contostavlos sat in the dock and held his hands out in prayer as the judge gave her decision. After being granted unconditional bail, the 27-year-old said "thank you madam" before looking up at the ceiling and breathing out an audible sigh of relief.

He had entered the courtroom with a large black holdall. As he left the court building, the troubled star posed for a photograph with a young boy before telling reporters: "How do I feel? I'm free."

Judge refers Dappy's case to higher court for sentence

Dappy, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, leaves Reading Magistrates' Court Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Former N-Dubz singer Dappy declared "I'm free" after sentencing for his nightclub assault was adjourned.

District Judge Davinder Lachhar warned him that she was "thinking of a custodial sentence". She then decided to refer the matter to Crown Court.

Dappy, who was tried under his real name Costadinos Contostavlos, was found guilty last month of punching a man on the dancefloor of Evissa nightclub in Reading.

Ms Lachhar told today's sentencing hearing at Reading Magistrates' Court that the matter should be dealt with at Guildford Crown Court.

She said this was because the 27-year-old committed the offence while serving a six-month suspended sentence handed down by that court for a previous affray and assault, which could now be activated.

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