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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.

VIDEO: Drunk driver spotted on wrong side of carriageway

Police have recorded a 78-year-old man from Essex who was so drunk he didn't realise he was driving the wrong way along the A24.

Godfrey Maclauchlan was spotted near Cowfold in his blue Ford Mondeo driving North - on the Southbound carriageway.

Police saw him after he turned onto the A272 with his window down despite heavy rain.

In his intoxicated state he did not notice the sirens or flashing lights as police pursued him.

Maclauchlan, of Crown Road, Billericay, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Crawley Magistrates' Court.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £250 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.


Lightning strike causes fire

A lightning strike has caused a fire at a house in West Sussex. Fire crews were called to the property at Rother Crescent in Crawley last night.

The rafters in the roof of the house were hot by lightning, which caused a fire on the ground floor walling and curtain.

The blaze was put out out on arrival of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. An area of roof insulation was removed and damped down.

16-year-old girl thwarts two muggers

The 16-year-old girl was walking to school through an alleyway connecting Lavant Close and Gossops Drive at about 7.20am on Wednesday 14th May. She was attacked when she reached the end of the alleyway by two men who pushed to the floor and two men demanded her phone.

The girl managed to keep hold of her phone and fought off the suspects. She then ran off. One suspect is described as white, aged in his early 20s, of skinny build, and had a deep voice with a Scottish accent. He wore a red beanie style hat, a black hoody and black tracksuit bottoms which had the word Nike written in large on the top right leg.The other suspect is described as skinny and was wearing a short sleeved black t-shirt.

Anyone with information about this or witnessed the incident should contact Sussex Police via email or by ringing 101 quoting serial 0293 of 13/05.

Concern for missing teenager

Peter Crozier was last seen on Wednesday morning Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of teenager Peter Crozier, who has gone missing from his home in Broadfield, Crawley.

Peter was last seen on Wednesdaymorning at K2 Leisure Centre in Tilgate.

Peter is white, 5' 10" to 5' 11" and of slim build with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a large black parka style duffle coat with black skinny jeans and a small Adidas bag.

"Please contact us if you know of Peter's whereabouts. We think he may still be in the Crawley area as there have been some sightings of him near to K2 Leisure Centre in Tilgate over the past couple of days."

– PC Mark Green
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