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Crawley Community Wardens praised for their life saving actions

What started out as a normal Saturday for two of Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens, ended with them preventing two young people from taking their own lives.

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Community Wardens Christopher Oakley and Stuart Adesilu

On 18 August, Christopher Oakley and Stuart Adesilu were called to assist Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) with removing a couple from the roof of Orchard Street Car Park who were refusing to cooperate.

CEOs respond to issues when on patrol around the town’s car parks and will call for the Community Wardens’ back-up when required.

Chris said:
“On this occasion, the couple were sat on the roof drinking and refusing to leave. So we attended with the intention of seizing their alcohol and asking them to move on, which is fairly standard procedure.”

The couple were adamant they weren’t leaving so the Wardens considered the involvement of the police. However, as they weren’t being anti-social, they anticipated their presence would be unlikely.

After a short conversation, the situation soon escalated when the male mentioned that four years to the day, his brother had taken his own life, turning an ordinary call-out for the Wardens into a situation with a potentially life-changing ending.

Chris continued:
“We could see he was suffering and started to cry saying he wanted to join his brother.”

The Wardens tried reasoning with him, urging him to use one of the many helplines available to talk to someone about what he was going through. At that point his girlfriend walked away to the other end of the roof and Stuart followed to make sure she was OK. After five minutes of talking, the young man then attempted to jump off the roof of the car park.

Thankfully Chris leapt into action, grabbing the young man’s ankle, using his weight to pull him back down, calling for Stuart’s assistance.

Witnessing the scene, however, caused the female to also attempt to take her own life. Stuart quickly prevented this from happening, moving her to safety.

Police were called at this point and promptly detained the couple.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb said:
“This story could have had a very different ending if it had not been for the quick actions of Chris and Stuart. They showed great compassion and care in a very difficult situation and I am proud to have them as part of the team here at Crawley Borough Council.”

Both Chris and Stuart’s actions have been recognised by the council for their exceptional handling of a very sensitive situation.

If you are struggling and need to talk to someone, call the Samaritans on 116 123.

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“WOW!” audience reaction as Crawley School takes over The Capitol Horsham

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It’s school production season as Crawley’s Holy Trinity School take over the Capitol in Horsham (YES THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE THEATRE!) with their production of The Wizard of Oz.

So we thought what better way to get a review than by sending the perfect audience, mother and son Tina and Reece, to go check it out and wow did they have fun!


From Reece’s and I’s arrival at the theatre the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation and when we finally took our seats the excitement in the audience was immense. 

Suddenly the curtain rises and from the moment the first words of the young actress playing Dorothy were spoken she had captured our imagination and we were off on a journey. 

All the actors had so much energy, passion and belief in their characters and roles, which truly resonated throughout the auditorium and the audience.

At the interval Reece and I were lucky enough to meet some of the lead actors backstage and have a chat with them with Reece leading the questions:

Some of the cast who chatted to Reece and Tina

REECE: Was it hard acting it all Out?

DOROTHY: “It was hard at first when we started but as time went on and we learnt our places and lines it got easier, but we have so much fun”

REECE: How did you find putting on your costumes and make up?

COWARDLY LION: “Its a rush to put it on, my costume is double layered so extremely hard to get on. I also helped with some of the others make up as sometimes its easier when we do each others.”

REECE: How easy was it to learn your characters?

WHOLE CAST: “We had a brilliant teacher, Miss O’neil who did a really good job of casting the right people for the right parts and we were all a bit unsure at the time. But we gave it a try and we all really settled into and really fell in love with them.”

REECE: Were you scared or nervous about performing in front of lots of people you didnt know?

SCARECROW: “We were at first, but we’ve all got each others backs so if anything did go wrong we would cover for them and hopefully no-one would notice.”

TIN MAN: “It is nerve racking at the time but you believe in your character and the others you’re on stage with and weve spent so much time together we’ve become a family so we’ve all helped each other”

Reece and I also had the pleasure of meeting some “munchkins” who had come from another school and were very keen to be involved saying they’d also learnt a lot by doing workshops with the year 6’s and and since their rehearsals started early October every Monday-Tuesday and Wednesday they’d bonded as friends and loved every minute of their performance(s).

The second half of the show was just as great as the first and you really felt immersed in the story at every stage.

9-year-old Reece absolutely loved the show

Reece and I absolutely loved the show, in-fact wow, it was fantastic. It was put together with such professionalism and it was such a pleasure to experience a production by children and young adults bonding to create not just an evening of entertainment but a journey of friendship and long may they continue to do so. We are already looking forward to any future production they do.

Well done to everybody involved and thank you for having us .’


The show at The Captiol Theatre runs until this Sat 29th with shows at 7:30 each evening and a matinee at 2:30 on Saturday.

Tickets are available on the Capitol Theatre Website by clicking here and are £15 for adults or £10 for U16, students and OAP.

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