Crawley town centre stabbings were targeted, say police

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Police have said a man who was stabbed in broad daylight in Crawley town centre was known to his attackers.

Police were called to The Boulevard, at 2pm on Sunday (October 18).

A police spokesman said the man, 37, was taken to East Surrey Hospital after he suffered a leg wound.

Officers cordoned off the area near the Post Office and HSBC bank, The Boulevard, and Northgate Road.

Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow said: “We believe the suspects left the scene along the alleyway which joins to Northgate Road. We are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or was in the Northgate Road area shortly after 2pm to get in touch.

“It was a busy afternoon in Crawley and this is right in the town centre. We believe the victim may be known to his attackers.”

Another man was stabbed following an argument between a group of men in the High Street on September 3.

District commander Chief Inspector Dave Padwick said: “We are aware of two violent assaults in Crawley in recent weeks, where two people have been stabbed, and would reassure residents that they are between people who we believe are known to each other.

“We understand that people will be concerned, however, we believe they are targeted attacks and not random. We are urging anyone with information about either of them to please get in touch, we are sure local people can identify those responsible.”

Witness can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.