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Crawley house parties, pub lock-ins, friends meeting in parks. WARNING: The longer you do this the longer we stay on lockdown

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It’s a message that is being reiterated by the very highest levels of government.

Only this morning Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said that the length of the lockdown will depend entirely on the behaviour of the public.

Last night Crawley police publicly spoke out about how they had been called to reports of house parties and neighbour gatherings.

They also said that there had also been reports of local pubs sending out information about paid lock-ins leading to licensing officers being sent out to check ‘every’ pub in the area.

Earlier in the week we reported on parks and play areas still beng used by people of all ages.

Some residents have contacted us about hearing groups of youths congregating late at night in the parks with the sound of laughter and shouting emanating across the areas.

In the words of one officer caught on camera earlier this week, ‘This is not a holiday’ and the sooner people realise this the sooner it will be over.

But the problem is that many experts are warning that we are still not in the worst of it and it is going to get even worst before it gets better.

This is only the first week. There are many more to come with some politicians using phrases such as ‘significant period’.

Well the choice is clear. If we want this to end as quickly as possible then rules need to be followed and immediately, not tomorrow or next week but now.

The last thing we need is to help the spread and now police and licensing officers having to go round premises as if they are all ‘naughty school children’ is NOT funny, it is playing with lives.

Most of the town are following instructions, but some are still not understanding the seriousness of the matter. How many weeks or months of lockdown will it take for the message to become clear.

This is a crisis!

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Breaking the ‘sex ban’ can cost a Crawley resident up to £3200

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It has been called the most farcical of rules but as the Government updated their coronavirus rules then so it has begun to sink in with media outlets across the UK that this is essentially a sex ban.

The amendments made to the rules say that no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a private or public place indoors and consists of two or more persons!

According to the government this is to make sure people are not staying away from home at night. But the reality is very different.

If you have a ‘special friend’ or partner you do not live with and wish to have some ‘fun’ together then you are going to have to wait a little longer.

The fines start at £100 (£50 if paid within 14 days) but for repeat offenders it goes up as high as £3200.

Already #sexban has been trending on twitter.

But what is not clear is how the police, who are already over stretched, would even be able to control this?

One Bewbush resident commented on the news:

“So if I decide for some hanky panky with my girlfriend when she comes over am I going to be interrupted mid sesh with some plod stood over me writing a fine?”

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