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Police operation between Tilgate & Furnace Green causes residents concern

A large police presence between Tilgate and Furnace Green has alarmed residents and drivers.



Police have said residents in Tilgate and Furnace Green do not need to be concerned as sightings of a large police presence around Weirbrook Road are received.

Sussex police said an ongoing police operation was currently taking place but that residents in the area would not be affected and should not be concerned.

A taxi driver who was passing by said:

“I saw armed police and canine patrols.  It was if they were searching for someone.”

There were unconfirmed reports of someone running from the Tilgate Parade area but the police were unable to make any comment at this time.

UPDATE: The police have now made a statement over what happened here.

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Police Commissioner in Queens Sq as force adds 200 additional officers across Sussex

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne meets locals in Crawleys Queens Sq as drugs campaign is promoted with Crime Stoppers.



Crawley police have been making themselves more visible the past few days with displays and officers out and about in the town centre.

It all comes as the town is seemingly going through an increase in violent crimes.

The current presence in Queens Sq by the police was in conjunction with Crime Stoppers who were highlighting to the public the problem with County Lines.

Put simply, this is where drug gangs are recruiting locally for their drugs business and can involve grooming youngsters into working for them. 

Speaking to CN24 the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne explained that the county is in the process of a major recruitment campaign which will see an additional 200 officers added to the current number.

The Commissioner also explained that the police are working hard at increasing their public face and that more work still needs to be done so that the public do not feel worried.

If you can help the police with any information on drug crimes in your area please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

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