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Officers make two arrests as they investigate reports of men approaching women in Crawley

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Officers investigating reports of women being approached by men in Crawley have made two arrests.

Police have received a number reports over the past week, but do not believe they are all linked.

A 43-year-old man from Crawley has been arrested in connection with the incident in which a woman was jogging on Haslett Avenue on Monday (May 25) when she was approached by a man who put both arms around her waist.

The man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a female. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

On Thursday 21 May, officers received a report of a man attempting to grab a woman jogging in Grattons Park. A 63-year-old man from Crawley was arrested shortly after the incident was reported. He was later released without charge. The investigation is ongoing and we would urge anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Police then received two reports of women being approached by a man at Woodfield Road Playing Fields between 6 and 6.30pm on Tuesday (May 26). Police have since received a further report of two children being approached by a man of a similar description around the same time, but this was not reported until the following day.

Extensive lines of enquiry have been investigated and as a result of a report from a member of the public, a man has been identified by officers. Enquiries are now ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

Chief Inspector Shane Baker, district commander for Crawley, said: “We’d like to reassure the Crawley community that we are taking these reports seriously and are following all reasonable lines of enquiry to find those responsible.

“Our investigations are progressing and we would like to thank the members of the public for reporting these incidents to us, and thank you to those who have passed on information following our appeal.

“We continue to have an increased police presence in the area and urge people to contact us if they have any information or concerns we can help with.”

Officers continue to investigate the reports, and are following a number of lines of enquiry. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police online or call 101.