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A23 closure could be completed by Friday 7th Feb

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SGN has completed a crucial part of the emergency gas work they started on earlier in the week.

As a result it now means that the company can now begin to lay new pipe to replace the old one this weekend.

The new pipework will take a while as they are having to replace a 260 metre section of the pipe that runs along the A23 under Gatwick Airports South Terminal.

While an earlier completion date is welcomed it does mean that for all of next week the road will remain closed.

Dan Brown, spokesperson for gas distribution company SGN said:

Our engineers have identified the leak and have this afternoon completed the abandonment of a 260-metre section of pipe that runs along the A23 under the tunnel below Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal.

We’ve had a continued presence on site monitoring gas readings, carrying out safety checks and working to repair our network since last weekend. We’d like to reassure the local community that we’re working as quickly and safely as possible to complete this essential work and reopen the affected lanes.

We’ll begin inserting new plastic pipe to replace the abandoned section of our network this weekend. The plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years, so this will ensure the area has a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come and minimise future disruption here.

All being well, we’ll be able to finish this work, enabling us to safely reopen the A23 northbound lanes, by Friday 7 February.

Until the road reopens the diversions will remain in place.

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Can you help identify this man after an assault behind KFC left man with fractured eye socket and broken nose

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Do you recognise this man?

Police would like to speak to him in relation to an assault on a man in Crawley.

Officers were called on Monday, May 18 to a report of an altercation in the car park behind KFC in High Street around 7pm.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, where it was confirmed he’d suffered a broken nose and a fractured eye socket.

Police believe the man pictured could help with their enquiries.

He is thought to be a delivery driver and was wearing a dark coloured motorcycle jacket and carrying a motorcycle helmet.

Anyone who recognises him, or who witnessed the incident and has any information that could help police with their investigation, is asked to make contact online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1305 of 18/05.

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