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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.

More news: ‘Total devastation’ after fire at Cottesmore Golf and Country Club

“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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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.

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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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