Man assaulted during late night incident in Furnace Green, Crawley

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Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in Furnace Green, Crawley, late on Monday 2nd April in which a 20-year-old local man was knocked unconscious, driven off in a car, assaulted and thrown into a stream.

The victim was walking home along St Leonard’s Drive at 11.45pm when he was struck on the head and bundled into a car by three men who then hit him in the face and drove him a short distance.

He was then pulled from the vehicle – possibly in Rosamund Road, Furnace Green – and dragged down a footpath into woods where he was further assaulted before being dumped in a stream, thought to be Stanford Brook.

The victim was left in the water, but managed to get out and cross a railway line before calling police from Beckford Way. He later needed hospital treatment.

The suspects, all said to be unknown to the victim, were a mixed race man of large build and wearing a hat and black jacket, a white man wearing a black jacket with its hood drawn over his head and a similarly dressed tall black man.

Anyone who saw anything of what happened or who may have other information is asked to contact police online or call 101, quoting serial 31 of 03/04. Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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