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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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Alison’s new look after charity shave

After having her head shaved on Sunday (10 June), one Crawley woman is sporting a fresh look.

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A woman from Crawley has a new look after she donated all of her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Alison Slade has raised just under £2,500. The money she raised will go to The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre.

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The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a local cancer support centre located by Crawley Hospital. They are the only centre in the area, serve Sussex and Surrey and are entirely run by volunteers. They offer counselling, complimentary therapies, support, advice and act as a key point of contact for cancer patients, their families, carers and children.

Alison decided to raise the money for the Crawley based support centre after her husband Graham was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2015.

Alison was required to have her hair washed 24 hours before the cut

Alison said:

“Our world changed.

“There’s nothing worse than watching someone you love suffering and not being able to do anything about it.

“These people kept me sane and supported me. I could turn up hating the world or be on my knees ready to give up. These people never judged me, patronized me or rolled their eyes. Always a warm welcome, the obligatory kettle went on and I’d leave feeling stronger.”

Alison’s ponytails – ready to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Now, with a fresh look, Alison says:

“My head shave had a slight twist at the end. After the initial shave I went shaving foam and razor bald.”

Alison, sporting the Olive Tree logo, mid-cut

“I’m just overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone.

“Hardest thing is how strangers perceive me. A small child in a shop made the queue aware that I was bald. To which the mum replied ‘shhhh she’s a poorly lady’. Obviously I put her right.” 

Alison had her hair cut at Rock Paper Scissors in Ifield Green on Sunday (10 June) by Paul Newell, the co-owner.

You can still show Alison your support and donate via her JustGiving page.

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