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£900k given to Sussex to combat youth crime, but will Crawley see any of it? Truth is no-one knows!

With aplomb it was announced that Sussex had won £900k to help resources combat youth violence and crime but just as suddenly as it was announced then the debate of where the money was going started.

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Youth crime has been on the rise for years and none more so than in Sussex where like across the UK it has become ever more difficult to combat.

So it was with delight that £900K was awarded to Sussex to help.

The news prompted Crawley MP Henry Smith to make a statement in the House Of Commons and an immediate response.

But no sooner was this done than questions about where the money was being allocated suddenly started to appear.

So who is right and who is wrong? Is Crawley going to get any money to help the youth here?

The answer is actually ‘if it is needed’ and it may sound like a feeble answer but you have to understand how the money is being spent for it to make sense.

First of all over a third of the money is actually going directly to one of five towns in Sussex that have been identified to have the most severe youth crimes. With the surge in violence in the town incredibly none of these towns are Crawley, so that leaves £575K left in the pot.

The remaining money is to be used across the whole of Sussex when a youngster is identified as needing help, whether this be to help them avoid getting into crime or if they are already an offender.

If any of these young people are identified as being from Crawley then that’s when some of those funds will come to the town.

So neither party is right as neither party knows where the money will be spent because no-one knows who has been identified.

Simply put, no-one knows yet. Hope we cleared that up.

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Crawley’s Thomas Bennett Students Celebrate Christmas with a Winter Concert

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Students at Thomas Bennett Community College celebrated Christmas with an amazing Winter Concert held last night.

More than 25 students performed and showcased an amazing array of talent.  Performances included some Christmas classics as well a vast array of music and songs from all genres.

The school hall was packed to the rafters with family, friends and staff all of whom came to watch.  Decorated beautifully for Christmas the atmosphere in the school was fantastic.  The highlight of course was the students, whose talent was just incredible.  Students played a range of instruments including keyboard, guitar and drums.  There was also plenty of vocal performances from students whose outstanding talent was just phenomenal.

Lots of hard work and commitment went into making the evening such a success.  Students have been practising tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event to ensure that they were able to perform with confidence.  The schools Sixth form students also played in a big part and helped organise the event and made sure it run smoothly. 

However, the concert wouldn’t have been such a huge success without the hard work of the schools entire music department.  Mr. Dobson, Ms. Wookey and Ms. Harvey all worked phenomenally hard to ensure that the evening was brilliant.  Their passion for music and teaching really shone through.

The event was the perfect way to finish the winter term. 

Headteacher, Stuart Smith said:

“The Winter Concert was just incredible.  I really couldn’t be prouder of the outstanding talent shown by the students last night.  The event was a real highlight of the year and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Mr. Dobson and the music department.  We have some incredibly gifted students and watching them perform last night with such confidence was amazing to see.”

The whole school community enjoyed the experience so much that they are now busy thinking ahead and are getting ready to prepare for their Easter music concert.

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