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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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Wanted man Thomas Keatley may be in Crawley

Keatley was jailed for eight years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Police say he has links to Crawley.

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A man who is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence has links to Crawley, Police have revealed.

Sussex Police are on the hunt for 33-year-old Thomas Keatley, formerly of Brighton Road in Lancing.

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Keatley was jailed for eight years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in October 2013.

Police had discovered a homemade gun, bullets, equipment used to make ammunition as well as a USB stick containing guides on how to make handguns and automatic machine guns inside a Crawley garage.

He has been released from prison.

A Sussex Police statement says: “Keatley has links to Crawley, Brighton and Worthing. He is white, of heavy build with black hair.

“Anyone who has seen Keatley or has any information about him should contact police online
or ring 101 quoting serial 710 of 26/09.”

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