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VIDEO – Shocking footage as driver tries to force his way through closed roads during Run Gatwick

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Shocking footage has emerged of a frustrated driver who ‘just wanted to go home’ after he was stuck due to road closures for the Half Marathon.

Footage captured by Jack Sullivan shows the man on Warren Drive trying to get onto Ifield Avenue which was closed for runners as the inaugural Run Gatwick took place.  The man can be heard screaming at the top of his voice before he knocks a Road Closure sign over.

Mr Sullivan is then seen going over to check on the marshal just before the driver is seen trying to force his way through the road block visually scaring pedestrians just feet away.

On failing to get through the driver then gets back out of his car and starts shouting and waving his arms around.

Mr Sullivan who grew up in Crawley but now lives in Horsham was in the area to watch his brother take part in the race. He said:

“I was on the way back to my car from spectating my brother run the race, and then I heard shouting. I instantly pulled out my phone to record in case something happened.

My concern was for the safety of the volunteer who was keeping the crowd engaged and clapping for every runner.

From what I did see, the police was just trying to calm and reason with the man.”

The man did eventually calm down and police arrived quickly to help bring the situation to a conclusion.

Social media users have been busy commenting on the incident since Mr Sullivan posted it on twitter.

Whilst there have been numerous negative comments about the road closures the Run Gatwick event has been hailed a huge success with thousands of participants.

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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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