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Finally, Crawley Police take robust action following serious violence in town

After a lack of public engagement from senior police officers in Crawley, Police Chief Inspector Rosie Ross has finally spoken out.

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Sussex Police say Crawley Police Chief Inspector Rosie Ross is ‘taking proactive and robust action to tackle serious violence in the town.’

A statement from Sussex Police says, “Warrants are being executed, arrests made and drugs seized as officers increase patrols in hotspot areas and target drug dealers’ cars.”

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In her long-awaited statement, Chief Inspector Ross said:

“The violence is obviously distressing but I can assure local people that we are doing all we can, taking targeted action to help keep them safe.

“Criminality that puts people’s lives at risk is never acceptable and it’s vital that the community pulls together to help us deal with those responsible.

“I understand that residents will be concerned by violence taking place in the town but I want to reassure everyone that their safety is our priority.

“We are committed to targeting people supplying class A drugs in this area, making sure they are held to account for their actions, and reducing the significant community harm which is caused.

“We will continue our partnership work with Crawley Borough Council, community wardens, community safety teams and local MPs to disrupt them.”

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross has recently been more vocal than usual on social media. She tweeted twice in June, and only once in July. Over the last three days, she has posted four times, all about what police are doing to tackle crime in Crawley:

Throughout July, the Crawley Prevention Team have undertaken 13 house warrants in relation to drugs, and police say the vast majority of these have yielded success.

Chief Inspector Ross added:

“We have listened to the concerns of the community around issues with drugs and violence in Crawley and have put a number of resources in place as a deterrent.

“We have been conducting house warrants on a regular basis where a number of arrests have been made and large quantities of drugs seized.

“Last month, Daniel Lindsey was given a 40-month prison sentence after he was found in the possession of £16,000 worth of cocaine.

“In July we arrested 33 peoples for drug related offences. Where those have been released under investigation to allow enquiries to continue, we will push for charges where possible.

“The Prevention Teams have also been targeting vehicles that we believe are involved with drug issues and conducting stop searches. A total of 45 of these were conducted in the last month.

“Last month we also dedicated an extra 180 hours of high visibility patrols to hotspot areas and this is on top of the regular patrols that are conducted.

“These patrols are in place to identify those involved with these crimes and arrest when possible. These people involved with these crimes would be well-known within the community and my appeal to you is to help us with information about criminal activity.

“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems suspicious or out of place.

“If you see a crime happening please dial 999 or if you have any information, please go online, call 101 or report through Crimestoppers.”

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Crawley teen girl one of four arrested during police drugs operation

A man and three teenagers were arrested during a drugs operation at The Level in Brighton over two days.

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A 15-year-old Hove boy and a 16-year-old girl from Crawley were arrested by police officers on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and burglary with intent to steal and a 16-year-old girl from Brighton, was detained on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal on Thursday (16 August). They were questioned and released under investigation.

On Friday (17 August) a 23-year-old Brighton man was arrested after he ran from police officers through the children’s play area at The Level. He was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a large quantity of the drug worth several hundreds of pounds was seized (pictured) along with cash and other drugs paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin. He has also been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said:

“Our prevention officers, who play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues, have been targeting suspected drug dealers at The Level using high visibility patrols, covert patrols and our passive drugs dog. We are also trying to identify drug users to direct them to agencies who can support them.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is going on or has any information about it please contact us.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.
For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

* Prevention teams play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues and where possible prevent them happening in the first place. The recent council tax increase will be used to strengthen these local teams.

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