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Labour ‘just’ manages to hold onto control of Crawley

Just over a dozen votes was the deciding factor in one of the key wards that could have changed the councils leadership.

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With the tiniest of margins Labour has managed to keep control of Crawley Borough Council.

In an election where only one third of registered voters took part there were anxious faces across the parties in what could have been a big upset for Labour.

The two wards that the Conservatives hoped would change overall control were Ifield and Southgate but whilst Labour managed to hold onto the council the results show a definite change in voting away from Labour.

In Southgate Labour won by only 13 votes showing a surge in voting for the Conservatives whilst in Ifield only 9 votes gave Labour the victory.

The full results can be viewed here.

But it was also close for the Conservatives in Furnace Green where they won by only 34.

Northgate, which has historically had a large Labour lead, had its majority slashed to only 99 votes and West Green was won by Labour with only a majority of 63.

Whilst Labour will be rejoicing over their continued control of the council there have already been whispers amongst the Tories that these results are a sign of changes ahead.

Before the election even began there was turmoil amongst all parties with concern that the national issues of their relevant parties could make a huge impact on voters decisions.

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For now though the East/West divide on Crawley’s political map remains unchanged but it’s clear a lot still has to be done to gain voter confidence for either party across the town.

There are also questions being asked already about the very low 33% voter turn out and how that can be turned around.

If one thing has come out of this election it’s that politics can and IS exciting and everyone needs to keep a watchful eye over the next 12 months as anything could happen!

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  1. Margaret Mathews

    4th May 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Well, I am stunned, obviously glad that Labour held on to control of Crawley, but what a shockingly awful turn out of people. What is wrong, is everyone apathetic,
    NOW, more than ever before is it time to make voting COMPULSORY.

    • Theresa Barnes

      5th May 2018 at 11:34 am

      Totally agree

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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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