Anti-terror update: Police working with Crawley community

Chief Inspector Justina Beeken
Chief Inspector Justina Beeken

Crawley’s police chief has praised the town as “a community which always pulls together and supports each other” while acknowledging her officers are working alongside the South East Counter Terrorism Unit’s enquiries.

A house in Martyrs Avenue, Langley Green, was searched yesterday as part of an investigation into 41-year-old Abdul Waheed Majid, who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Aleppo, Syria.

This morning (February 13) at 8am, officers searched another house in St Joans Close, Langley Green.

A spokesman for the South East Counter Terrorism Unit confirmed at least three homes had been searched as part of the investigation.

District Commander for Crawley, Chief Inspector Justina Beeken said: “The enquiries by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit are on-going and we are closely liaising with them and the community in the town.

“There has been no formal identification of the man and therefore we cannot confirm who he is or where he is from.

“There has been a lot of media and social media coverage around Syria and we are working with the local community to reassure and engage with them regarding this.

“We are a community which always pulls together and supports each other.

“Crawley is a town with a very well established diverse community where people of all different creeds and faiths who live and work alongside each other peacefully and happily.

“The community, the local authority and the police also have a long history of working together in partnership, and will continue to do so.

“Anyone who is affected or needs to speak to an officer with concerns as asked to speak to polcie on 101 or email

“We all collectively condemn any acts of terrorism and continue to offer our sympathies to all those affected by the crisis in Syria.”