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Cottesmore Hotel express thanks for local support after ‘devastating’ fire

The Hotel, Golf & Country Club will be closed today after yesterday’s fire damaged 50% of the club house.

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A fire that quickly spread and damaged half of a large building at Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club yesterday (11 June) has left locals in shock.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service issued this statement today:

“The fire service was called to reports of a fire alarm at a country club in Buchan Hill at 17.03 yesterday afternoon. Two appliances mobilised and were met with a well-developed fire.

“They asked for a further 10 fire engines, several specialist vehicles including the Ariel Ladder Platform, and specialist officers. The fire has damaged 50 per cent of a large building.

“Crews continued to tackle the fire and withdrew, due to worsening conditions.

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“Crews remain at the scene this morning damping down. A fire investigation is underway.”

Thankfully, there are no injuries.

Cottesmore Hotel have now spoken out about the incident via social media.

A spokesperson said via Twitter:

“Due to a devastating fire in the club house Cottesmore will be closed today. All the guests and staff are safe. Thank you for everyone’s support through this difficult time.”

It is not currently known how long the club is expected to be closed for but more information should come to light as investigations continue.

The Hotel is currently closed off at the entrance and staff are only allowing very limited access.

A further statement has been released by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service:

“An investigation is underway by firefighters after a blaze at a country club in Pease Pottage overnight.

“The call about the incident in Buchan Hill came in at 5.03pm yesterday afternoon (June 11), and two appliances from Crawley Fire Station were mobilised.

“On arrival, crews found the building well alight and requested further assistance.

“This led to ten fire engines being in attendance, along with several specialist vehicles including the Ariel Ladder Platform, and specialist officers.

“It’s estimated that 50 per cent of the building was damaged by the fire.

“Everyone who had been in the building was accounted for and there were no reported injuries.”

Group Commander Richard Davy running the operation said:

“Our officers are remaining at the scene today damping down, while an investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

“I would like to thank our dedicated firefighters and teams who swiftly acted following the initial call about this incident, and have worked through the night to keep the fire contained.

“I would also like to thank the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and the management of the hotel for their full co-operation.”

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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.

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The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to https://www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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