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Crawley Southgate Councillor and former Mayor dies

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Southgate Councillor Raj Sharma passed away yesterday it has been announced.

Raj was Mayor of Crawley in 2016/17 and 2019/20 and represented Southgate as a ward member since 2014.

A statement from Crawley Council said:

“He will be sorely missed by staff, members and the Crawley communities in which he was passionately involved in. He was very proud of what he achieved and was able to raise for his charities during his two years as Mayor of Crawley. “

Raj was born in Delhi, India, in 1952. His love of youth and community work began in 1976.

He continued this when he moved to Crawley in 1992 at Crawley Boys Club/Crawley Youth Centre until 2020. 

A minute’s silence will be observed at the next Full Council meeting on Wednesday 24 February.

The council added:

“Our thoughts are with Raj’s wife, Bhavna, his family and friends.”

Funeral details will be shared when known and the Crawley flag will fly at half-mast on the day of the funeral.

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb said:

“Raj Sharma was one of the kindest, most generous men I’ve ever known. His long history of service to Crawley’s stretches back far beyond his time on the council, helping generations of local children to grow and find confidence through his years as a youth worker and playing a leading role in many of the town’s community groups. He will forever be remembered as Crawley’s first Hindu Mayor and someone totally committed to our town. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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41-year-old man arrested in Crawley after reports of threats made with knife

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Police responded to a report of a man with a knife making threats inside a property at Wren Court, Tilgate Way, Crawley at 10.45am on Thursday (15 July).

Officers attended and safely detained the suspect, a 41-year-old man. No injuries have been reported. 

Chief Inspector Shane Baker; District Commander for Crawley said:

“We are thankful to the public for their patience and understanding while this incident was ongoing.

“During this incident, a distraction device was used, which may have caused some alarm and disruption to residents.

“We would like to assure the public that nobody was harmed and there is not believed to be any ongoing threat to the local community at this time.”

Anyone with information can report it online or call 101, quoting 482 of 15/07.

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