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Appeal after woman racially abused and her car damaged in Broadfield, Crawley

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Crawley police have launched an appeal for witnesses to an incident that occurred on Saturday 18th Jan.

At around 10am on the Saturday two drivers in Webb Close, Broadfield were involved in an altercation.

According to reports that following a verbal altercation that a man in his early 40’s then caused criminal damage to the car of a female before racially abusing her.

Police say that the man was dressed in blue jeans and a t-shirt and jumper.

They are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

If you can help please tell us what you saw through our online reporting form: Report online by clicking here including a reference 384 of 18/01/2020 or call 101

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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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