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Man left with fractured skull after attack

A 22-year-old man suffered a fractured skull after an argument outside a Co-op in Crawley. It happened at around 1am on Saturday morning on the Parade, shortly after the 'Bringing it Back' dance event in the Grasshopper Pub in Tilgate.

A 36-year old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and a 34-year old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Both were released on police bail until 13 August.

Have you seen this man?

Jean Leveque Credit: Sussex Police

Police say a family is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing man from Crawley.

42 year old Jean Leveque was last seen by a friend two weeks ago. He lives in Hawth Close but is often seen in the town centre and Three Bridges area.

He is described as black with short black hair and a pierced right ear and is believed to be wearing a fleece jacket and jeans.

PC Mark Green said: "His family are concerned for his welfare as this is very out of character for him to be out of contact for so long. We are appealing to anyone who has seen him to make contact with us on 101 quoting serial 1251 of 22/5."


Gang "waved cat in front of dog" and let it attack the cat

Police are appealing for witnesses after teenagers set a dog on a cat in Crawley.

Three boys were spotted playing with a ginger cat on Arne Close in Bewsbush before picking it up and waving it in front of the dog.

The dog was then encouraged to attack the cat which was being held by the boys.

When a neighbour saw what they were doing, they ran off and threw the cat over a fence.

It is now being treated for its injuries at a nearby vets.

PC Gillian Sadler said, "This was a very nasty attack on the cat and has left both the animal and its owner traumatised.

"It is difficult to understand why anyone could behave with such cruelty to a pet."

One boy has been described as 14 or 15 with blonde, shaved hair.

The second boy has been described as the same age, with dark brown hair and wearing a dark tracksuit.

Call 101 quoting 1334 of 12/5 with information.

Families fail to gain places at nearby schools

Nearly 300 families in West Sussex failed to win places at the primary schools they wanted - it's a particular problem in Crawley. Several say it makes a mockery of parental choice. The county council says they give families preferred schools wherever possible.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports on the impact for families who have missed out on any of the schools they selected. Many face long journeys - one mum says she risks losing her job as a result.

Victim has acid poured over hands and face in Crawley

Sussex Police have launched an investigation after a man from Crawley had acid poured over him.

The incident happened last night in Lyon Close, Maidenbower.

The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he was treated to acid burns to his hands and face.

Paramedics, the air ambulance and the police attended the incident.


Witness appeal after car hits lamp post - driver injured

A 23-year-old man is in hospital in a critical but stable condition after the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree in Crawley Down. The incident happened on Hophurst Lane in Crawley Down at around 3.40am this morning.

The driver suffered serious injuries. He was flown to St George's Hospital in London by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance.

Hophurst Lane at Crawley Down was closed between its junctions with Fermandy Lane and Burleigh Way for more than four hours while emergency services were at the scene. Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses.

"Anyone who saw what happened or who may have seen the car being driven shortly before the collision is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email: , quoting Operation Custodian.

"In particular, we would like to hear from a taxi driver who may have dropped off the driver and some of his friends in Crawley Down shortly before this collision occurred. The taxi driver and the injured driver's friends may have valuable information that could help with our enquiries and we would urge them to come forward."

"I would also like to thank anyone whose journeys were affected by the road closure for their patience and understanding."

– Sergeant Alan Spicer, Sussex Police

Woman dies following crash

Police are investigating a single vehicle collision on the A2011 Crawley Avenue, Crawley, in which a woman sadly sustained fatal injuries. It happened at about 1.40am yesterday, when a black BMW Z3 sports car travelling west along Crawley Avenue left the carriageway and hit with a fence.

The car's occupants, a 35-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from the Crawley area, were taken to St George's Hospital, Tooting, London, with serious injuries.

Later the same morning the woman sadly died. The man remains in a serious condition, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

No further action after murder arrests

Three people who were arrested after a Portuguese man was killed in Crawley have been told they are no longer suspects.

Two men aged 33 and 48 and a 22-year-old woman, all from Crawley, were arrested after Joao Esteves was found dying in an alleyway between Stephenson Way and Haslett Avenue East.

Mr Esteves, 45, from the Lisbon area of Portugal, was found with serious head injuries at 3.25am on Sunday 19 January. He was taken to hospital but died later.

The trio were questioned on suspicion of murder but all have now been released from bail and told no action will be taken against them.

A fourth person, Daniel Palmer, 23, of Maunsell Park, Station Hill, Crawley, was charged with murder last month. He is due to appear at Hove Crown Court on 31 March.

Teenager suffers life-threatening injuries in crash

A teenage pedestrian is in hospital after a crash near Crawley Credit: ITV News Meridian

A teenager is in hospital with life threatening head injuries after a crash in Crawley. The 19-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car on the M23 this morning.

Junctions 10 and 11 are closed in both directions so that the air ambulance could land and take the teenager to hospital in London.

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