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A voice for Crawley residents concerned about community safety

A new survey will enable residents to say what they’re most concerned about in their neighbourhood & if they are worried about becoming a victim of crime.

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The number of stabbings in the UK’s capital has reached a horrific number already this year.

And now, many Crawley residents are commenting on some of the incidents that have taken place in the local area. Incidents that have made them feel like their community isn’t as safe as it once was.

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The Safer Crawley Partnership is asking residents to voice their views to identify what community safety issues are important for Crawley in order to shape what they will focus on for the next year.

Made up of Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Probation and Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group, the partnership has a duty to reduce crime and disorder, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour and reduce reoffending.

In 2017/18 they focused on three main areas; serious and organised crime, street community and vulnerable individuals.

The short survey asks:

  • What are you most concerned about in your neighbourhood?
  • What crimes do you think should be treated as priorities?
  • Are you worried about becoming a victim of crime?
  • Have you been a victim of crime in the past 12 months?

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb said:

“Community safety is a priority for Crawley Borough Council and in order to use our resources in the most effective way, the Safer Crawley Partnership needs to understand your priorities, so please take a few moments to complete this survey and tell us what matters most to you.”

The survey runs until 20 June and can be found at www.crawley.gov.uk/consultation

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Crawley Down man pleads ‘not guilty’ to double murder as date set for trial

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Daniel Gary Appleton, 37, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, is to face trial over the deaths of both his wife Amy Appleton, 32, and another woman, Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, outside his property on Sunday, 22 December, 2019.

Appleton appeared by video-link at a plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH) at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (25 February) where he entered not guilty pleas to both murders.

His defence barrister, speaking on Appleton’s behalf, admitted his responsibility for both killings.

The trial is set for 6 July.

At the opening of inquests into the two women’s deaths at Centenary House, Crawley, on Tuesday 7 January West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield heard that post-mortem examinations had shown both women had died from head injuries.

Those hearings were adjourned until Tuesday 28 April.

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