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Crawley pupils see that local police are ‘just normal people’ as they take them on at football (and win)

In what sounds like it could become a regular occurrence, Crawley Response officers took on 15 and 16 year old students at Ifield Community College.



On Monday 15th January, Crawley Response officers used one of their rest days to play some 6-a-side football against ICC’s Year 10 & 11 students.

It was a great opportunity for the local school children to spend some time with some of the officers who patrol their town, particularly at a time when there have been some high-profile incidents that have caused concerns to local residents.

Four games were played with ICC students winning.

The results were:

1-0, 2-2, 4-1, 4-0 all in favour of ICC.

With no major injuries to report on either side, the officers returned safely to work the next day.

Sergeant Iain Macnab said,

We want to show the younger generation that their local police officers are just normal people who like a kick-about too! By spending some time with the pupils on our day off, we hope that they will feel that they can approach us when we are out on patrol, and feel confident in reporting any concerns that they may have.

We will always take their reports seriously, and we aim to provide a safe and reassuring town for them to grow up in. We will be arranging further games in the District to engage with as many pupils as we can in order to promote this approach to a more positive youth engagement in the town. “

An 11-a-side game is planned later in the term.


Leave your cars at home on June 20th urges Crawley Council

Crawley Borough Council is urging residents to support Clean Air Day and leave their cars at home on 20 June.



Clean Air Day is an annual event that aims to encourage people across the country to choose a sustainable mode of travel and help reduce air pollution.

This year, the council is supporting the Sustainable Transport eVent on 19 June, to help local businesses discover opportunities to play their part in making Crawley air cleaner. The event will show companies how staff can take up different commuting options to reduce the number of cars on the road with only one person. There will also be showcases for electric vehicles and other sustainable working practices which can all help to reduce air pollution.

Air quality will also feature at the next annual Junior Citizen event, with the aim of supporting the next generation to walk, cycle, scoot and take public transport to help reduce pollution and keep fit and healthy.

For local residents, there are plenty of ways to reduce air pollution, both inside your home and outside:

  • Walk, cycle, scoot or run! In a car, you’re exposed to 10 times more pollution than as a pedestrian. This is because car exhaust fumes from the car in front gets sucked into the car, with air filters having little effect, meaning you breathe in lots more pollution
  • Air pollution is more concentrated around busier roads. Walking through parks or quieter pedestrianised areas can significantly reduce the amount of pollution you are exposed to and make a nicer journey
  • Regularly service your boiler; this will ensure fuel is burnt cleanly and prevent carbon dioxide from building up
  • Choose low-or no-chemical cleaning, DIY and personal care products, fragrance free cleaning products, roll on deodorants and “low VOC” paint products alternatives

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Air pollution is a big health and environmental issue, but there are things that we can all do to make ourselves and others safer and healthier. Whether you leave the car at home once or twice a week, switch to an electric vehicle or public transport or make changes to the products you use, it all makes a difference.

“It’s important that we tackle the issue of air pollution together on Clean Air Day, so we can breathe cleaner air in the future.”

The Sustainable Transport eVent on 19 June is part of the Sussex ECO Grant Scheme which also offers financial assistance for businesses working towards energy saving schemes.

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