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Peter Lamb: Enough is Enough!

In his article this week the leader of Crawley Borough Council says police cuts have gone too far.

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Enough is enough. The police cuts have gone too far.

We need our officers and PCSOs back on Crawley’s streets. Whatever the Government likes to claim, violent crime has risen in-line with police cuts and to assume that is just a coincidence is gambling with people’s safety.

Even with the money Sussex Police do get, which increasingly has to be paid from your council tax while the Government cuts their grant, the Police and Crime Commissioner is making the wrong decisions. For four years, Crawley’s Labour representatives on the Sussex Police and Crime Panel, including myself, have dissected the Sussex Police budget and highlighted that millions of pounds of cuts to neighbourhood policing could have been avoided. Unfortunately, no one listened.

The result is where we are now, with violent crime on the rise and residents complaining that when they are attacked with fireworks in the street, when people are breaking into their cars and when there is violence on the High Street, there simply aren’t the police available to respond anymore. At the end of the day, that comes down to a political choice about their funding and no amount of spin can hide it.

Without the police to enforce the law, laws become pointless and without laws we’re forced to live in a state of chaos.

As the Leader of Crawley Borough Council, I’m tired of being asked to bite my tongue and rely upon a quiet word with the right people to turn things around.

Well, the subtle approach doesn’t seem to be working, so let’s just make the reality clear for people: the Government and the Police and Crime Commissioner have the power in their hands to turn this all around, if they decide not to then we’ll know what our safety is worth to them.

Peter Lamb

Leader of Crawley Borough Council

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Crawley’s Community Wardens earn RSPCA award

Community Wardens in Crawley have once again been recognised for their ‘exceptional animal welfare work’.

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have scooped up the RSPCA’s Gold Stray Dog Footprint for the tenth year in a row.

The award recognises the wardens’ constant dedication to keeping local dogs safe, ensuring they receive the best possible care from start to finish, including kennelling, rehoming and emergency treatment.

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In acknowledgment of the PawPrint Award’s 10th anniversary and the Community Wardens’ decade of commitment to animal welfare, they have subsequently achieved the Platinum Stray Dog Footprint.

The Community Wardens Service has dealt with 72 stray dogs from January to August; five dogs were handed over to rehoming organisations and the rest went back to their owners. In addition to this, they were able to reunite a stolen dog with his family after two months away from home.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “I’m so pleased that our Community Wardens have been recognised yet again for their exceptional animal welfare work. Their passion to keep dogs in Crawley safe is commendable.

“To continue to keep dogs safe, remember to microchip your pup. Not only is it the law but it’s crucial for good dog welfare and provides you with peace of mind.”

If you come across a lost dog and are unable to return them directly to their owner, contact the Community Wardens straight away on 07884 492324 and they will arrange to collect the dog from you, after investigating ownership.

If you find a dog between 9.30pm and 8am, call 07831 553906. The finder of a stray dog is required by law to return the dog to its owner or contact the local authority for the area in which the dog was found.

For advice and information on lost and found dogs, click here.

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