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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 respond to reports of anti-social behaviour including a fire in and around Tilgate Park, Crawley

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Police are responding to reports of anti-social behaviour in Tilgate Park, Crawley. 

Officers have received numerous reports of anti-social behaviour and inconsiderate parking in the vicinity of the park. 

An investigation is underway following a fire in nearby Gainsborough Road on Monday, 18 May. The fire brigade attended around 4.20pm and found there had been a suspected deliberate ignition to some rubber matting in a children’s play area.

Acting Sergeant Steve Lambeth, of the local Prevention team, said:

“The vast majority of people visiting Tilgate Park are doing so in a respectful manner while adhering to government guidelines. 

“It’s a shame that a small number of individuals are spoiling it for everyone else by behaving in an anti-social way.

“To ensure the park can continued to be enjoyed by the local community, we are working closely with Crawley Borough Council to take action on anti-social behaviour and those congregating in large groups – putting themselves and others at risk. Working with the Community Wardens from the council and their Civil Enforcement officers, we have stepped up our patrols in the area.

“We are aware that there has been a number of posts on local social media sites discussing the issues being experienced and we would urge anyone with information to please report it directly to us or the council so that we can investigate appropriately. You can report incidents to the police online or by calling 101″.

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