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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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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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