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2018 News Roundup – what happened in Crawley?

It’s been another busy year for news. This is our roundup of the biggest stories for the area this year.

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It has been a very busy year in and around Crawley. From drones closing the airport to a local election, ancient woodland felled and lots of new investment into the town.

These are just some of the biggest stories we have picked for you that have happened over the last year.

January

The year started off with a fuel spillage that caused a fire in a workshop in Manor Royal. Read the story here.

Worshop fire in Manor Royal.

Crawley MP Henry Smith introduced the Chagos Islands British Citizenship Bill to Parliament. Read the story here.

Henry Smith welcomes members of the Crawley Chagos community to Parliament.

The Home Secretary at the time Amber Rudd visited the town. Read the story here.

Amber Rudd visits Crawley.

K2 Crawley unveiled a brand new state-of-the-art gym and indoor cycling studio. Read the story here.

A Crawley family had a lucky escape after a flats roof crashed into their home. Read the story here.

Crawley saw a shocking 20% rise in violent and sexual offences. Read the story here.

And ‘despicable’ thieves literally walked out of Gatwick airport carrying a huge charity globe filled with money. Read the story here.

Thieves steal from Gatwick.

February

The month started with a taxi driver attacked with a knife in Broadfield. Read the story here.

A Crawley man was jailed for killing his friend in a car crash. Read the story here.

Shoppers were shocked as immigration officers raided a town centre store. Read the story here.

Shoppers shocked to see immigration officers raid a town centre store.

A spate of car vandalism in Copthorne had residents concerned. Read the story here.

A drink-driver on the M23 tried to blame a burger for his crime. Read the story here.

There was horror as an ancient woodland was felled in Pound Hill. Read the story here.

The ancient woodland felled in Pound Hill.

Crawley KFC had a ‘Clucking’ crisis as it became a victim of a chicken shortage. Read the story here.

Chicken Shortage for KFC

And a Crawley school really did give the West End a run for their money with their exceptional production of Grease. Read the story here.

St Wilfrid’s production of “Grease” was a huge success

March

The month started with a vicious attack leaving a man with a broken jaw. Read the story here.

Extreme weather brought disruption to Gatwick Airport. Read the story here.

A dramatic car fire in Orchard St car park was captured on camera. Read the story here.

The car fire caught on camera in Orchard St car park.

A teen boy was stabbed in Langley Green. Read the story here.

A 94-year-old Crawley man was robbed in his own flat. Read the story here.

Gatwick airport announced it was to trial autonomous vehicles. Read the story here.

Gatwick to be first airport to trial autonomous vehicles.

Five taxis were robbed in Southgate overnight in a dramatic crime spree. Read the story here.

And an arsonist was thought to be culprit of a fire at County mall. Read the story here.

April

April started with Gatwick workers balloted over pay with possible strike action to come. Read the story here.

There was an anonymous attempt at saving the Town Hall. Read the story here.

Outcry from residents as new ward boundaries suggested part of Three Bridges could become Langley Green. Read the story here.

A 20-year-old man was assaulted and dumped in a stream in Furnace Green. Read the story here.

Pot holes were a hot topic once again for the town. Read the story here.

The pothole whilst quite deep also exposed the jagged sharp edges of the manhole cover.

A Crawley police officer was hospitalised after stopping a violent town centre incident. Read the story here.

There was horror as a man was attacked with crowbars and baseball bats near Tinsley Green. Read the story here.

A 16-year-old Crawley boy was stabbed in Bewbush. Read the story here.

Travellers gave Crawley Football Club a headache as they took over their car park. Read the story here.

Travellers took over the football clubs car park.

The now Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made a surprise visit to Crawley. Read the story here.

The Health Secretary (then) and now Foreign Secretary even helped with the photo shoot.

There was outcry as residents and the towns leaders came together as Thomas Bennett school faced cuts. Read the story here.

May

The month started with armed robbers invading a house in Bewbush. Read the story here.

Thomas Bennett teachers voted to strike. Read the story here.

Labour managed to hold onto control of Crawley in the local election. Read the story here.

Labour held on to control of Crawley.

A Copthorne landlord was prosecuted for a ‘House of Horrors’. Read the story here.

The ‘House of Horrors’.

HRH The Countess of Wessex opened the South East Coast Ambulance Service’s new centre in Manor Royal. Read the story here.

HRH The Countess of Wessex opened the new Operations centre.

An appeal was given out after a teenage boy was attacked and stabbed mulitple times in West Green. Read the story here.

A Crawley school girl wrote a book that went to every primary school to help pupils understand Autism. Read the story here.

Crawley schoolgirl writes book to help pupils understand Autism.

Run Gatwick launches with thousands taking part. Read the story here.

Run Gatwick launches.

Residents worry as more stabbings in town centre and Langley Green occur. Read the story here and here.

Crawley gets its youngest Mayor. Read the story here.

Crawley’s youngest Mayor.

A murder investigation is launched after a woman is found dead in Gossops Green. Read the story here.

June

June started with a visit from the President of Madeira. Read the story here.

Mayor Carlos Castro with the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque

Crawley Council approved plans for the new Town Hall. Read the story here.

A Crawley amateur golfer swung his way to the British Masters. Read the story here.

Chris Hasell got a step closer to a place in the British Masters.

Sadness as Cottesmore Golf and Country Club is ravaged by fire. Read the story here.

Cottesmore Gold and Country Club ravaged by fire.

M23 mayhem as upgrades begin. Read the story here.

There is shock as a coach forces its way onto pavement and blocks Natwest bank in town centre. Read the story here.

Shock as a coach was driven up to block the bank.

A stabbing in the High Street, an arson attack in Broadfield and another stabbing near the football stadium show crime is still rising. Read the story here and here and here.

An actual earthquake is felt at Gatwick. Read the story here.

July

The month started with Virgin announcing they were closing their Crawley contact centre. Read the story here.

Crawley museum officially opened and started welcoming visitors. Read the story here.

Crawley Museum opens to the public.

Over £1.2m of cocaine is seized at Gatwick. Read the story here.

Two people are arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman dies in a fire in Ifield. Read the story here.

Two arrested after woman dies in fire in Ifield.

More earthquakes start making people wonder what is going on? Read the story here.

There is a Chemical spill at East Surrey Hospital. Read the story here.

Chemical spill at East Surrey Hosiptal.

A 77-year-old man passes away after being robbed in Crawley town centre. Read the story here.

Temperatures soar as a heatwave takes over the area. Read the story here.

A new ‘No Drone Zone’ around Gatwick launches. Read the story here.

No Drone Zone Launches.

August

Not a great start to the month as a group of men assault a man with learning difficulties on Southgate Avenue and part of The Boulevard is sealed off after another stabbing. Read the stories here and here.

Another stabbing in the town centre seals off part of The Boulevard.

Crawley council leader berates Sussex police over the crime levels. Read the story here.

Crawley police respond with robust action in the town. Read the story here.

Police raid properties in Northgate as they clamp down on drugs. Read the story here.

Police raid properties in Northgate.

Controversy as Hawth Panto producers pick dancers from outside the area rather than local children. Read the story here.

Protesters make a stand outside town centre coffee shop after wage dispute. Read the story here.

Protesting after wage dispute in town centre. Photo courtesy of Kiran Khan

Gatwick has to make do with whiteboards as their digital screens go down. Read the story here.

Gatwick has to use whiteboards. Photo by Edmund von der Burg @evdb

Travellers invade playing fields in Three Bridges and Northgate leaving a trail of litter. Read the story here.

Rubbish left at Three Bridges Playing Field was loaded into two vans by the local council.

A car smashes into Sainsbury’s injuring a 10-year-old girl. Read the story here.

The car can be seen inside the entrance of Sainsbury’s. Credit: Farah Khatab

West Sussex Council announce potential housing cuts. Read the story here.

West Sussex cuts cause uproar.

September

There was shock as police revealed Novichok suspects travelled through Gatwick. Read the story here.

Novichok suspects pass through Gatwick.

Crawley town centre is evacuated as a suspicious device is found. Read the story here.

Town centre is evacuated as suspicious device is found. Credit: Debbie Wade

Stabbings continue on the High St. Read the story here.

Another stabbing on the High St.

A Smallfield drink-driver is jailed for killing partner and injuring two others. Read the story here.

Smallfield drink-driver is jailed for killing partner.

There is an arson attempt at a home in Broadfield while a child slept. Read the story here.

Crawley Head teachers march on Downing St. Read the story here.

St Wilfrids Head Michael Ferry along with other Headteachers from Crawley join the protest at Downing Street. [Image: Michael Ferry]

October

October starts with Gatwick becoming first UK airport to open a sensory room. Read the story here.

The sensory room launched at Gatwick.

A teen is stabbed outside a pub in Tilgate. Read the story here.

A man is slashed with a knife outside a butchers in Broadfield. Read the story here.

7 months of roadworks is announced at Cheals Roundabout. Read the story here.

Ronnie O’Sullivan describes K2 Crawley as a ‘Hellhole’ as snookers English Open came to Crawley. Read the story here.

DerHexer, Wikimedia Commons, CC-by-sa 4.0

A Crawley school becomes the first in the town to win a Gold award. Read the story here.

Our Lady Queen Of Heaven wins the Sustrans Gold Award.

Gatwick CEO confirms plans to bring standby runway into operation. Read the story here.

Gatwick wants to bring the standby runway into operation.

Two people attacked with baseball bat in Bewbush burglary. Read the story here.

Crawley Ice Rink gets approved and work starts. Read the story here.

Work starts at Crawley Ice Rink.

November

A pedestrian dies and a child is hurt after a terrible accident at Tushmore Roundabout. Read the story here.

Terrible accident at Tushmore Roundabout where one man died.

Post Office proposes The Boulevard site to close and move into County Mall. Read the story here.

Proposals to move the Post Office into County Mall do not go down well.

Man and woman are injured after a trailer hits them at a bus stop. Read the story here.

Trailer hits a man and woman at a bus stop.

A man is stabbed to death in Maidenbower. Read the story here.

Man is stabbed to death in Maidenbower.

K2 Crawley announces new management partner. Read the story here.

K2 Crawley announces new management partner.

Boeing open new £20m Gatwick training centre in Manor Royal. Read the story here.

Henry Smith MP opens the new Boeing facility with Sir Michael Arthur.

People injured after car collision outside college. Read the story here.

Collision outside Crawley College.

A cannabis factory is shut down in Maidenbower. Read the story here.

Cannabis factory is shut down in Maidenbower.

December

December started with a couple getting over 11 years for smuggling £1.2m of cocaine through Gatwick. Read the story here.

Handbags were used to smuggle cocaine.

Virgin Atlantic pilots threatened to strike. Read the story here.

Crawley Post Office was closed after a robbery attempt. Read the story here.

Over 900 people attended the St Catherine’s Hospice Tree Of Light service. Read the story here.

Tree of Light service by St Catherine’s Hospice.
Photos by Toby Phillips – TobyPhillipsphotography.co.uk

Gatwick Airport launched Project Servator. Read the story here.

Gatwick Airport launches Project Servator.

There is a horrifying crash between a Police car and a taxi on Northgate Avenue. Read the story here.

Horrifying crash between Police car and taxi.

Six men are arrested after drugs and cash seized in Gossops Green. Read the story here.

A husband and wife are attacked and robbed in Three Bridges. Read the story here.

There is outrage as West Sussex Council cuts housing support by £4m. Read the story here.

Outrage as Housing Support is cut.

Local school launches their own version of Christmas film Elf. Read the story here.

St Wilfrid’s launch their version of Elf.

Gatwick closes their runway for 36 hours as drones are sighted. Read the story here.

Drone sightings at Gatwick.

News

Teenager attacked by burglar with bat in Tilgate home

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in the early hours of Thursday (March 21) at a property in Gresham Walk, Crawley.

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Around 12.45am a man came into the property and attacked a 19-year-old man with a bat. He was treated at hospital for head and arm injuries.

The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as white with blonde hair and in his 20s.

Detective Inspector Colin Garman said:

“The victim has some serious, but not life threatening, injuries and remains in hospital. We are appealing to anyone who saw someone enter the property or was seen running away to contact us.”

Please contact police online quoting serial 55 of 21/03. Alternatively you can talk to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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