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Woman with baby assaulted while looking for parking space at Tesco

A mother and her young baby have been attacked as they were parking in a Tesco supermarket in Crawley.

The incident happened on Friday (Feb 5) when the 23-year-old woman was looking for a space at the supermarket in Hazlewick, Crawley.

Police say she was abused and sexually assaulted by a man in a Range Rover who was driving the wrong direction.

When another woman confronted the man about his behaviour, a passenger from the Range Rover became involved and bottles of fizzy drink were thrown in the woman's face.

The men are described as:

  • of Indian appearance
  • one was 5'8" of cubby build
  • wearing a grey zipped up hooded top
  • no description of second man

The victim was unhurt but was badly shaken by the incident.

This was a most unpleasant and disturbing incident, not least due to the sexual nature of the assault and the presence of the victim's young child.

We would like to contact the unknown woman who intervened, and also anyone else who saw what happened or who knows who these men are.

– PC Gemma Sutton, Sussex Police
  1. Phil Hornby, Political Correspondent

A day out with the Labour leader: Phil Hornby's blog

Phil Hornby Credit: ITV news

Jeremy Corbyn certainly does politics differently. I went with him on a visit to a pre-school in Crawley today. I have probably been on hundreds of similar visits, but never before have I seen a politician fail to engage with, or even speak to, any of the children there. Normally the politicians dive straight in for the photo-opportunity. Not Mr Corbyn today.

Is he shy? Is he worried a photo-opp might go wrong? Or does he think talking to 4 year olds and playing with Lego is a bit pointless when he really wants to talk to their parents about tax credits? I am not sure, but don't look out for him kissing babies on the election trail any time soon.

He did find himself singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with the children but even that wasn't meant to happen. They were killing time, and singing to keep the children amused, before the clock struck eleven for the Remembrance silence.

Jeremy Corbin visits Crawley pre-school Credit: ITV news

When I interviewed him he did come out with some of the usual guff (about winning again not only in Crawley but "across the South" - I am sure not even Mr Corbyn thinks that will happen) but he was frank about other issues. Airport expansion? No to Heathrow, but maybe to Gatwick. The Calais migrants? Let some of them in. Kneeling before the Queen for the Privy Council swearing in? That won't be necessary.

On airports, his answer was interesting. If the Government recommend Heathrow expansion, Labour look like they will oppose it. So will the SNP and the Lib Dems. Even if Northern Ireland MPs support it (and I have no idea if they will) there could be enough Tory rebels to defeat the Government. The long-running runway saga could have quite a long way to run yet.


Thief walks off with charity money

Police are searching for a man who stole a large bottle containing money destined for charity.

The man entered the RAM sports and social club in West Green, Crawley, where he took a four-litre bottle of charity money which was on the reception counter. It contained about £500. He hid it under his t-shirt and left

He has a distinctive patterned tattoo on his right forearm.

Charity money stolen Credit: Sussex Police

This was a nasty and heartless theft and we are sure someone will recognise the man

– PC Tamsin McNab

Investigation launched after man raped in alleyway

Police are investigating the rape of a man who was attacked whilst out running in Crawley.

The 34-year old victim was out running on the morning of Friday 14th of August. When he reached an alleyway off Waterlea, in the Furnace Green area, he was attacked by a man who raped him before running off.

The victim was badly shaken but the incident was not reported to the police until Friday 18th September.

The suspect is described as white, about 6', wearing a grey hooded top and white trainers.

"If you were in the Furnace Green area early that Friday morning 14 August, between about 6.30am and 7am, whether jogging, walking the dog, or on your way to work, and saw anything suspicious, or if you have any other information, please contact us or call 101, quoting serial 856 of 18/09.

"You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow

Two men charged over acid attack

Two men have been charged after an acid attack in Crawley.

The attack took place between 1am and 1.30am on Sunday 30th August in the car park at Crawley Leisure Park. The victim, a 27-year-old man, had acid thrown over him.

Lee Bates who's 25, and a groundsman of Halston Close in London, and Michael McPherson, 26 of Aldrington Road, London have been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, assault and GBH with intent.

McPherson has been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on the 9th of October.

Bates has been bailed and will appear at the same time

Acid attack: Police hunt for suspects after acid was thrown over man outside a Sussex cinema

Acid attack outside Cineworld in Crawley

A 27-year-old man who had acid thrown in his face outside a cinema has 'potentially life threatening injuries' according to police.

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning after a confrontation inside Cineworld in Crawley during a screening of hip-hop biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'.

Laura Diamond from Sussex Police has appealed for help in tracing two men:


Police appeal - Acid attack in cinema carpark

Police appeal following acid attack Credit: Google streetview

A 27-year-old man has been left with "potentially life-changing" injuries during an acid attack outside a cinema in West Sussex.

The incident is thought to have started during a screening on hip-hop film 'Straight Outta Compton' at Cineworld in Crawley in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Detective Sergeant Laura Diamond, of Crawley CID, said: "This was an isolated but nevertheless nasty and unprovoked assault.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen an altercation either within the cinema or later in the car park outside."

Information can be emailed on or telephoned to 101, quoting serial 120 of 30/08.

Alternatively people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their names on 0800 555 111.

Acid attack on 27-year-old in a cinema car park

A 27-year-old man is in hospital after an acid attack in a cinema car park in West Sussex.

It happened at the Crawley Leisure Complex, outside Cineworld, at around 1am on Sunday.

The victim, from Redhill, was taken to the East Surrey Hospital for treatment. Because of his injuries, he was later transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, for specialist care.

It is thought the incident may have started when the victim and another man, 29, also from Redhill, were inside the cinema.

The suspects are two white men in their late 20s or early 30s. One had dark short hair and a beard and was wearing a bag across his shoulder. The other was wearing a white / light grey hoody and jeans. Both were in a dark-coloured Peugeot car.

Islanders' fight to return home

The former residents of the Chagos Islands - who were forced to leave their homeland in the 1960s and 70s - took their long legal battle to the UK's highest court today.

The islanders, many living in Crawley, in Sussex, went to the Supreme Court to challenge a decision by the House of Lords - which dashed their hopes of returning.

The Chagos Islands are in the Indian Ocean. Families were forced out - to make way for a US air force base on the largest island, Diego Garcia. Courts later ruled that families could return to 65 of the islands - but not that one. With the story, here's John Ryall.

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