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Crawley residents have water supplies cut off

Two areas in Crawley being affected are RH10 and RH11

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Southern Water made the difficult decision to cut off water supplies to some residents last night (5th March) in Crawley in order that supplies can be restored for the next day.

The residents affected were within two postcode boundaries, RH10 and RH11.

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Southern Water said residents would “experience interruption to their supply this evening and overnight”.

The problem has come following the freezing weather conditions that has severely affected pipes and has put a tremendous strain on the water company.

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Southern Water has issued an apology to their customers but Crawley residents will be nervous that the loss of water for 24hrs by some customers across the region does not get repeated here.

The initial reports started to come through around 7pm  with Southern Water instigating the cut offs as the evening unfolded.

Water companies across the UK have already been sending out messages giving advice on conserving water including asking people to avoid using appliances during peak hours.

The ‘water crisis’ across the country even affected one hospital with reports claiming they asked for bottled water for patients.

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Southern Water, along with South East Water, Thames Water and Affinity Water all sent out messages asking their customers to conserve their water usage.

Advice has included, taking shorter showers and baths, making sure taps are turned off and only running washing machines and dishwashers when fully loaded.

Some residents in South London who were affected yesterday said they were also told the water cut off would be short term with their supplies restored the next morning, but when speaking to CN24 they said they still did not have any running water, making it over 24hrs since they lost their supply.

The latest update from Crawley Borough Council came as a post on social media at 10.56am:

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

Have you seen Michael Tewolde?

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Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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