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Cordon set up around Crawley Police station after suspect package found

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If you passed by Crawley Police Station earlier this morning you would have noticed that the entrance had been taped up.

A cordon was setup as a precaution to protect the public with an officer standing guard outside.

Several members of the public called in concerned about the cordon.

The precaution was taken after police discovered an unattended bag outside the police station in Northgate Avenue, Crawley.

Thankfully the bag was found to only contain personal items.

As a result the police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances and the cordon was lifted around 9:45am.

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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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