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Southgate, Crawley flat associated with drugs and prostitution closed

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A flat in Crawley, associated with incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug taking, prostitution, has been shut down under a closure order.

The closure order, under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, was heard before Crawley Magistrates and served on Friday (November 10). It prevents any person other than the flat owner from entering the premises at flat 6 Highfield House in Downland Place, Southgate.

Police became aware of anti-social behaviour and criminal activities being conducted at the flat, including drug taking, dealing and prostitution.

Local officers have worked with the local housing association.

Inspector Paul Wood said: “The issue of a closure order on the flat in Hickstead House follows a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug taking, prostitution and vulnerable individuals frequenting the location over recent months.

“The occupants and those visiting the flat have been causing problems to neighbours for sometime and this closure will help prevent this behaviour from continuing.

“The Crawley Prevention Enforcement Team and partner agencies will work together to tackle issues such as these and work towards a long-term and sustainable solution.”

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77-year-old man critical in hospital after being robbed by 3 men in Crawley Boulevard

A despicable crime in daylight in the towns city centre.

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A 77 year-old-man is in a critical condition this evening (22nd July) after he was robbed in Crawley town centre.

Following an initial call from the ambulance service, police were called at 15:49 where the man who was on a mobilty scooter was in cardiac arrest.

Police immediately taped off the surrounding area and multiple units were called to the scene.

3 males were arrested for robbery which the police suspect took place near the public toilets close to Marks and Spencer.

The victim is currently in a critical condition after he was flown by helicopter to St Georges Hospital.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen the incident in the Boulevard around this time.

If you have any information please contact Sussex Police using 101 and OP SALZBURG Cad no. 0959/22072018 or contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111

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