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100 cars but only 7 fines – Questions asked after police break up a car meet in Crawley



Questions are being asked after police broke up a car meet that took place on Sunday (20th December) in Crawley.

Around 100 vehicles met up at a car park in London Road, Crawley on Sunday evening.

Police arrived at the scene to find a number of those who had arrived had left their cars and were mingling with each other.

Despite such a breach of the tier rules police only issues seven fixed penalty notices which has prompted questions from residents about what it takes for action to be taken.

Calum from Langley Green, who witnessed the gathering said:

“There were people everywhere and many were not wearing masks or socially distancing at all. I saw the police arrive but there appeared to be no immediate action just some conversations that looked to be ‘lighthearted’. Seven fines? What kinda message does that put out?”

Sussex Police say that their officers arrived at the scene just after 8:20pm on Sunday before they engaged with the motorists and individuals and offered advice as well as encouraging them to adhere to the current government guidance.

They confirmed only seven fixed penalty notices were issued.


Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants



Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting

Applications for these grants can be made at

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit

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