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Crawley Police warn against distraction burglaries after burglary in Langley Green

In a stark warning to residents Crawley Police have posted a reminder of recent crimes in the area.

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Using their social media account @crawley_police the towns local officers have released information about a distraction burglary that took place in the town.

On the 15th May a suspect knocked on the door of a resident in Langley Green claiming to be from the Water Board.

The resident was told their stop cock needed to be checked and was let into the property.

Once inside however the resident was distracted with the ‘so called’ checks and only after the suspect had left did they realise that valuables had disappeared.

It was later confirmed by the Water Board that no works were taking place in the area.

Crawley Police have provided a link to their ‘Little Book of Scams’ to help advise residents of the tricks. You can view this here.

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Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants

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Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Applications for these grants can be made at grantapproval.co.uk

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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