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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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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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