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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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‘We must all be sensible’ says Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner as Crawley pubs allowed to open from 6am tomorrow

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Crawley pubs are allowed to open from 6am tomorrow as those who have been waiting patiently to return to their local establishment prepare for their first drink at their local.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has released a statement ahead of this weekend which will see lockdown restrictions loosened with pubs, bars, restaurants and some leisure facilities reopening for the first time in months.

PCC Bourne said; “We are now benefiting from the sacrifices we have made to curb the spread of the virus and are slowly able to return to some normality. 

“I understand that people will want to take advantage of the opportunity this weekend brings to meet up with friends and family at their favourite restaurants or pubs that they have not visited in months. 

“However, it is still important that we do so safely with social distancing in mind at all times. 

“We have come so far already and, in order to keep progressing in the right direction, we must all be sensible in our decision-making. If you arrive somewhere and notice that social distancing isn’t achievable, then please reassess your plans. 

“Police officers will be out and about across Sussex this weekend helping to keep us safe. Please ensure you show them respect and know that any assault on an emergency service worker is unacceptable and will be treated extremely seriously.”

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