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Police & Crime Commissioner supports drug awareness campaign in Crawley

“It is understandable that residents in Crawley are concerned following recent incidents.” – Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

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Sussex PCC Katy Bourne and Sussex Police ACC Steve Barry.

Following the success of the CrimeStoppers County Lines Awareness Campaign in Brighton, Sussex Police in Crawley have requested the ‘Advan’ visits the town centre on Monday and Wednesday to raise awareness of London drug gangs exploiting vulnerable people in the area. 

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will be joining CrimeStoppers and Sussex Police, at the ‘Advan’ on Wednesday to talk to the public about this type of exploitation and show support for the campaign.

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She hopes this campaign will shed a light on the hidden network that is county lines and make the public feel safer and more confident in spotting the signs and knowing how to anonymously report.

County Lines is a network where drug dealers from London branch out to the coast to set up criminal ‘franchises’, targeting minors to be drug runners and taking over the homes of vulnerable people including those who have children at their base, a process the authorities call cuckooing.

Mrs Bourne said:

“County lines gang activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation have a devastating impact on young people and vulnerable adults.

“It is understandable that residents in Crawley are concerned following recent incidents. I want to give them reassurance that Sussex Police is working with partners to disrupt the activities of organised crime in the area and encourage the continued help and support of the community. 

“Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via county lines and by standing together to raise awareness of this often hidden crime and taking the appropriate measures to combat, we are sending a clear message to drug gangs that they cannot expect to go undetected in Sussex.

“The police in the Crawley area have already made a number of arrests linked to this issue, but an increase in the collection of intelligence is needed to assist them in their understanding of the drug market and associated violence.”

To know how to spot the signs of county lines and to report anonymously visit: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.

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Four charged with supplying class A drugs in Crawley

Three of the four men have home addresses in Crawley. They are due to appear in Court on 10 October.

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Four men have been charged with supplying class A drugs in Crawley following a long running investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Community Investigation Team.

Three of the four men are Crawley residents and the charges include supplying class A drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin.

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27-year-old Laeek Ahmed, of Denchers Plat in Crawley, has been charged with five counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin), possession with intent to supply heroin and three counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 7 January 2017.

Syed Hussain, a 39-year-old, of Heron Close, Crawley, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and one count of money laundering from 1 to 24 November 2016.

Sarder Bashir, 37-years-old, of Martyrs Avenue in Crawley, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin from 1 to 24 November 2016 and one count of perverting the course of justice from 22 to 25 November 2016.

They are due to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 10 October.

Francis Gomez, 40, of Yeats Close, London, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs – cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, two counts of supplying cocaine and cannabis and two counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 19 October 2017.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 5 October.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack said:

“This case demonstrates our determination to continually review and gather evidence in order to bring charges no matter how long it takes. I would actively encourage the public to provide information that assists us so that we can continue this important work.”

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.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police added:

“We have put increased resources within the Community Investigations Teams, a successfully proven element of the new local policing model, to meet demand better as they deal with crime series, such as burglary and organised crime.”

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