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Crawley local election results

The results as they came in.

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Crawley’s election results:

Maidenbower held by Conservatives:

Nigel Boxall 1,349, Legacy’s Leonard Elphick 48, Labour’s Morgan Flack 556

 

West Green held by Labour:

David Anderson Lib Dem 99, Ian Pendlington 547, Karen Sudan Labour 615

 

Pound Hill South held by Conservatives:

Andrew Belben 1,376, Colin Flack Labour 911

 

Bewbush held by Labour:

Thomas Bidwell Tory 452, Michael Jones Labour 891, Arshad Khan Justice Party 34, Janet Setford-Thompson Legacy 32, Sarah Smith Lib Dems 131

 

Broadfield North held by Labour:

Chris Brown 61, Ian Irvine 822, Irshad Jalaldeen Conservatives 338

 

More news: “We are hugely grateful to the people of Crawley” – Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council

 

Broadfield South held by labour:

George Bird Legacy 82, Tim Lunnon Labour 652, Jonathan Purdy Conservatives 478.

 

Langley Green held by Labour:

Kevin Hall Tories 586, Malik Shahzad Labour 1,124, Marco Scepanovic Lib Dems 141

 

Pound Hill North held by Conservatives:
Richard Burrett Conservatives 1,194, Stuart Gunatillake Labour 605.

 

Southgate just manage to be held by Labour:
Karim Khassal Con 1,111, Kevin Osborne Lib Dems 199, Raj Sharma 1,125.

 

More news: Labour ‘just’ manages to hold onto control of Crawley

 

Northgate held by Labour
Andrew Humphries Con 576, Peter Lamb Lab and Co-Op 674, Mike Sargent Lib Dem 73

 

Ifield by Labour
Josh Bounds Con, 1,141, John Lethbridge Lib Dems 123, Neil Setford-Thompson Legacy 39, Laura-Lee Willcock Labour 1,150

 

Furnace Green held by Conservatives

Dan Dobson Lab 975, Carol Eade Con 1,009, Allan Griffiths Legacy 15, Harry Old Lib Dems 98

 

RESULT – Labour holds onto control of Crawley

Results analysis here.

Crime

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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