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Crawley residents lucky escape as storm Ciara causes tree to smash cars in town centre

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Residents living on Pegler Way in Crawley town centre have had a very lucky escape as Storm Ciara brought down a huge tree onto their car park.

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The tree smashed one car with one resident Mr Watkinson saying it looks like the car was a right-off.

Located opposite the Travelodge and old Morrisons car park in the town centre it was only a miracle that none of the residents were trying to get into one of their cars at the time.

The tree came down at around 11:30 this morning and has also damaged another car which is still trapped underneath it.

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With reports of trees coming down around the town the emergency services are being stretched.

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The residents of the car park say they are all trapped and unable to get to work as they are unable to move any of their cars until it is cleared.

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Residents are concerned over two other trees which they say look weak and rotten. Photo: @DavidYesOliaso1

But many are also questioning the safety of the remaining trees which according to some look to be weak and rotten.

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Police search for man after attack in Kilnmead, Crawley

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Crawley.

Officers were called to Kilnmead around 11.20pm on Wednesday (August 5) to reports of a man being attacked. The victim suffered serious facial injuries requiring hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as white, approximately 6′ 1″ with very pale skin and black cropped hair. He is thought to be between 25 and 30 years old, and was wearing a black tracksuit with a shiny black stripe down the sides of the legs.

He left the scene in a vehicle, thought to be a white Ford Fiesta van.

Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw either the suspect or the vehicle in the area at the time, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1617 of 05/08.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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