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Crawley police use golf buggies to track down suspected vehicle thieves in Tilgate Park

The resourceful officers were very grateful to Tilgate Golf Club for allowing them to use the buggies.

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When needed the local police are proving to be very resourceful and none more so when needing to track down suspects fleeing through a large wooded area.

After a silver Ford Transit van was reported stolen from London on Thursday, 8 August it was seen on Sunday, 11 August at 4.20pm travelling north on the A23 towards Crawley.

It failed to stop for officers and was followed to the Tilgate area of the town, where the driver and two men ran off on foot. The driver was quickly detained.

During a subsequent search for the two passengers, which took in the nearby Tilgate Forest golf course, resourceful officers utilised three golf buggies to help facilitate the search.

Tweeting their thanks to the golf club they said:

One man was detained but the third suspect has yet to be traced.

A 15-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man, both from Orpington in the London borough of Bromley, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle.

Both have since been released under investigation, with enquiries now being handled by the Metropolitan Police.

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‘End the Rail Rip-Off’ says Crawley Council Leader

The call comes just as prices have been announced to increase for another year.

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Cllr Peter Lamb who is also the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley has called for an end to the ‘Rail Rip-Off’ after it was announced that rail fares are to increase for another year.

Cllr Lamb says that the price of a season ticket between Three Bridges and central London has risen by over £1,100 since the Conservatives returned to Government while at the same time average real wages have fallen.

His call comes as more commuters question the quality of the services they are enduring with more and more taking to social media to complain of the lack of facilities and delays.

Cllr Peter Lamb, said:

“Like many residents, I depend upon the rail network to get to work. I know the frustration of being asked to pay out more and more every year for a service that just keeps getting worse. It’s time we had MPs who were willing to end the Rail Rip-Off and give the public back control over the nation’s railways.“

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