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Conservatives win Tilgate seat in landslide victory



It was deemed to be a close fought battle but the end result was far from close.

Councillor Maureen Mwagale was elected by a huge margin to represent Tilgate.

The final figures were:

741 Conservatives
396 Labour
82 Lib Dem
70 Green
5 Justice Party

Having been represented by both a Labour and a Conservative Councillor change came about in the last election when the Labour seat was lost and Tilgate became wholly represented by the Conservatives.

But as everyone settled down across the town to begin the work they had been elected to do then turmoil hit with the shocking passing of the newly elected Conservative Cllr Charles Petts.

Suddenly Labour had another chance to retake the seat they had so dramatically lost.

And so the canvassing began but what a time to be holding a By Election.

With all eyes on westminster as the current parliament rips into one another the last thing those in Tilgate needed was any discourse and yet here it was with news that rents for businesses on the parade were to go up by an astonishing 30%.

Just as this was taking place then upset as crime figures show the alarming increase in people reporting crime is far higher in the ward than anywhere else in the town.

Is it no wonder then that perhaps the result was always going to go against whoever was running the council?

But there are also wider implications here. Is this a sign of change ahead or is this just a bump in the road? Only time will tell but it is clear that something has riled residents up and changed their voting habits either as a result of something within the town or perhaps from actions taking place in a room in the capital overlooked by a big bell named Ben.


Langley Green, Crawley teenage drug dealer jailed

A Crawley drug dealer has been handed a prison sentence.



Saud Ali, 19, of appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 22 November after pleading guilty to drugs charges.

Police were on foot patrol in Warren Drive, Crawley, on Monday 14 October when they spotted Ali throw a package on top of a shed roof. He was pursued by officers and detained nearby.

The package from the roof was retrieved and a total of 76 wraps of class A drugs, crack cocaine and heroin, were discovered.

Ali of Fox Close, Crawley, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was remanded in custody and pleaded guilty to both offences.

Ali was given a four-year prison sentence in a young offenders institute, which includes the activation of a suspended sentence of a year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Karen Young said:

“We welcome the sentence the courts have given to Ali and hope this shows the severity of his actions.

“Issues with drugs can have a large effect on the immediate community and we are dedicated to tackling this behaviour. On the day Ali was arrested, we were out conducting foot patrols and the diligent officers spotted Ali acting suspiciously in the area.

“Our work around drugs will continue in the area to ensure those involved are disrupted and brought to justice.”

Two men, 35 and 22 and both of no fixed address, were also arrested on 14 October.

They were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drug and the 22-year-old was also arrested for acquire, use or possession of criminal property.

Both men were later released under investigation.

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