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Travellers heed Southern Rails warnings as disruption continues

The anger and chaos of yesterday has vanished.

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After the chaotic scenes of yesterday it appears travellers have taken note of the warnings from Southern Rail.

Gatwick Airport station is a completely different scene from yesterday.

Empty lines put out to keep order for the queueing passengers are empty.

The masses of angry passengers enduring long delays as they queued waiting for replacement buses has vanished.

The boards at the station still announce the lack of trains running from Three Bridges to the coast but instead of long queues there is now a calm procession to waiting buses.

Travellers are laughing and happy as they make their way onto the replacement buses.

In fact there now appears to be more buses than needed as they queue up awaiting the throng.

More buses wait patiently as passengers arrive.

Meanwhile at Three Bridges there is an un-nerving quietness with buses calmly arriving and departing full of passengers.

A bus laden with passengers leaves Three Bridges station.

Empty station as passengers only travel if essential.

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Crawley teen girl one of four arrested during police drugs operation

A man and three teenagers were arrested during a drugs operation at The Level in Brighton over two days.

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A 15-year-old Hove boy and a 16-year-old girl from Crawley were arrested by police officers on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and burglary with intent to steal and a 16-year-old girl from Brighton, was detained on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal on Thursday (16 August). They were questioned and released under investigation.

On Friday (17 August) a 23-year-old Brighton man was arrested after he ran from police officers through the children’s play area at The Level. He was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a large quantity of the drug worth several hundreds of pounds was seized (pictured) along with cash and other drugs paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin. He has also been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said:

“Our prevention officers, who play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues, have been targeting suspected drug dealers at The Level using high visibility patrols, covert patrols and our passive drugs dog. We are also trying to identify drug users to direct them to agencies who can support them.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is going on or has any information about it please contact us.”

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.

* Prevention teams play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues and where possible prevent them happening in the first place. The recent council tax increase will be used to strengthen these local teams.

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