Police to carry out house-to-house inquires after Crawley rape

Cycle way and footpath between Haslett Avenue East and Sutherland House (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151105-151946008
Cycle way and footpath between Haslett Avenue East and Sutherland House (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151105-151946008

Police officers are carrying out house-to-house inquiries in Crawley after an 18-year-old woman was raped.

The woman was attacked by a man on a cyclepath off Haslett Avenue East in Three Bridges at about 11pm on Saturday (May 9).

She was found staggering along Haslett Avenue East by a member of the public shortly before 11.30pm after she was raped on a path that meets the main road between Sutherland House and the BMW dealership.

Detectives are trawling through CCTV footage to see if it captures the victim or her attacker in the moments before she was raped.

Some of the footage was recorded at Three Bridges station and officers are keen to speak to anyone who was at or near the railway station on Saturday evening.

They are also asking residents and businesses in Haslett Avenue East or Worth Road who have CCTV systems to see if they have any footage.

The owners of cameras in nearby roads that cover Haslett Avenue East or Worth Road are also asked to check what they recorded on Saturday evening.

Detective Inspector Paddy Mayers said: “I’m grateful to those people who have contacted us but I’m sure there are many more who will have passed the victim in Haslett Avenue East or Worth Road and could have seen her.

“They may have also seen the attacker. If you were driving in the area at about 11pm on Saturday and saw anything at all, please contact us.

“You might think what you can tell us is of little importance but it could prove vital to our investigaton.”

Anyone with any information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Bowler, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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