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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 College to reopen following incident

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Crawley College will be beginning a phased reopening to students from tomorrow, Thursday 29 April.

The phased reopening will take place between tomorrow and Tuesday 4 May with full details by courses provided on the college website www.crawley.ac.uk . Students should check details before returning to campus.

The campus has remained closed for the past two days following police investigations into the incident that took place at the college on Monday (26 April).

Vicki Illingworth, Principal of Crawley College, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming our students and staff back to the college.

“We’d like to reassure everyone, the college is safe and they will be well supported in their return to the campus.

“Sussex Police have confirmed that this is being treated as an isolated incident which is not terror related and nobody else is being sought in connection with the incident.  The individual concerned is in police custody and has been charged.”

“We are now focussed on ensuring we can bring students and staff safely back on site. We’re proud of the service we provide to our students to give them opportunities in education and training.

“I can reassure everyone that this was a one-off incident and we have strategies in place to keep everyone as safe as possible, as well as giving the students the support they need to come back and join us to complete their studies successfully.”

Vicki also echoed her earlier comments, paying tribute to the staff who supported students who were on site during the events of Monday afternoon.

She added:

“I continue to remain full of admiration of our team. They pulled together on Monday and implemented all of the protocols we have in place to keep students safe.

“They’ve continued to work together to support each other and their students over the past couple of days – and they will continue to do so when students return to campus.

“We are also particularly proud of the two members of staff who acted so bravely and swiftly to apprehend the individual before the police arrived. They acted selflessly to protect their students and the college community. They have asked for privacy during this time.

“It was a very intense time for everyone involved.

“The students who were kept inside the college and who were part of the emergency evacuation were supported throughout by our staff and counselling services have been available to them this week. These services will continue to be in place for them to access.

“We’ve continued to be in touch with our students through our support services to check that they are ok and we will resume face-to-face counselling as soon as we can.”

Work is taking place at the college campus to repair some damage which was sustained during the evacuation and subsequent investigations, with teams working hard to ensure the campus is ready for reopening.

The college would like to thank students, staff, the Police and Emergency Services and the wider community for their ongoing support and understanding.

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