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Crawley housing development named after local soldier

A new housing development in the town centre has been named after a Crawley soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

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The Family of John Brackpool

The site of the former Kilnmead Car Park site, has been named John Brackpool Close in honour of Private John Brackpool. The development is home to 32 flats and five houses. The block of flats, has been named John Brackpool Court.

The family of Pte Brackpool, Council officers and members of the 4th Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, gathered together for an unveiling ceremony, which included readings from the Regiment’s Padre, poems and prayers.

The commemorative plaque was unveiled by Pte Brackpool’s mother, Carol, while young family members laid a remembrance wreath.

Pte John Brackpool was born in Crawley on 11 July 1981. He joined the Army and served with The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, during which time he deployed on operations to Kosovo and Iraq. He had left the Regular Army, but volunteered to serve with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards for a six-month operational tour to Afghanistan. He was killed on 9 July 2009 while on operations near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province, two days before his 28th birthday.

Speaking at the event, Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“On behalf of the council I am delighted we have been able to honour the memory of Private Blackpool with the naming of this new development. This is a fitting tribute recognising his bravery and sacrifice and our thanks go out to his family for working with us, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment for putting together this special event and W Stirland for providing the plaque.”

Continuing this, Carol Brackpool said:

“I would like to thank the council and 4PWRR for making the day special. It was a sad but also very proud day. It’s lovely that John will be remembered.” Council developer partner, W. Stirland is developing the affordable rented housing, which are due to be completed by the end of October.

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Drug use and breach of guidelines – the reason Crawley Police increased their presence across Maidenbower Park

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Crawley Police increased their presence across Maidenbower Park after receiving reports of Anti Social Behaviour.

The reports included use of Class B drugs being taken within the park.

What constitutes antisocial behaviour?

There are three main categories for antisocial behaviour, depending on how many people are affected:

  • Personal antisocial behaviour is when a person targets a specific individual or group.
  • Nuisance antisocial behaviour is when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.
  • Environmental antisocial behaviour is when a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings.

Sussex Police confirmed they are working with Crawley Borough council to deal with any reports of on going anti social behaviour at Maidenbower Park.

In a statement Crawley Police said:

“These reports are mainly focused on but are not limited to groups congregating in breach of previous Covid-19 guidelines and the use of Class B drugs in the park.”

The public are encouraged to continue to report any new incidents to Sussex Police via 101 or the Sussex Police internet reporting system. If the matter is an emergency then please ring 999

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