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Ancient Crawley Church stripped of piping by Christmas day thieves

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It seems it doesn’t matter what time of year or what festive day is being enjoyed, thieves will strike whenever they want.

This is exactly what happened at St Nicholas’ Church in Worth on Christmas Day.

At some point in the evening thieves stripped the church of cast-iron downpipes from the gutters of the church.

But more than the loss of the pipe work is the worry that not having the pipes there to flush away any rain water will cause significant damage to the ancient stonework.

Father Michael Boag by one of the walls where pipes were stripped.

St Nicholas’ Church is a 10th-century, grade 1 lusted Saxon Church and needs constant care to maintain its structure.

The Rector, Father Nichael Boag spotted the missing pipe work on Boxing day and immediately reported it to the police.

Now the community is being asked to help recover the pipes by getting in touch with the police is they have any information.

You can call 101 with any information quoting ref: 47190223283

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BREAKING NEWS: Hard shoulder could return to M23

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In a shocking turn a meeting with the Transport Secretary Grant Shapp with Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has revealed that the proposed new ‘Smart Motorway’ could be reverted back to a three lane plus hard shoulder one.

Meeting with the Transport Secretary and the Roads Minister Baroness Vere, Mr Smith expressed his concerns over the safety and construction period disruptions occuring on the M23.

It comes only a week after the Crawley MP raised the issue in the House Of Commons.

But in a meeting today the Transport Secretary revealed that an urgent review which is currently being undertaken could lead to the reinstatement of the hard shoulder along the M23.

Mr Smith said:

“I was pleased to hear the Transport Secretary give assurances that the works on the M23 will be expedited so there will not be another six month delay. I was also assured that the ongoing works will also take account of the review and if that means reinstating the hard shoulder or adding extra refuges and signage I would support it.”

Speaking exclusively to CN24 Mr Smith said that he had been assured that a decision on Smart Motorways would be made before the M23 works finished allowing whatever decision made on them to be implemented straight away.

The news will have a mixed reaction to the many commuters who use the M23 every day and have had to endure long queues.

But if the hard shoulder returns it will open new questions over the huge expense that many will see having been a waste of money.

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