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Crawley town centre evacuated as suspicious device found

Police earlier sealed off a large part of the town centre.

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Credit: Debbie Wade

The centre of Crawley was evacuated earlier while police investigated a suspicious item seen in a bin in Memorial Gardens.

Police were called at around 6.20pm on Thursday (September 6).

Debbie Wade was making her way home when she found her way blocked:

“I was driving home from work and saw police everywhere, road blocked off and all the people from the bingo hall being evacuated from the rear of the building.

Also police at county mall end to the gardens and a couple of officers in the gardens.”

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The area around Memorial Gardens including Queens Way was cordoned off. College Road and Southgate Avenue between the roundabout at the police station and council and Debenhams was also closed.

A 100 metre cordon was originally put in place to protect the public.

The EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) attended and the item was not believed to be suspicious.

Superintendent James Collis said:

“We are reducing the cordon and will open the roads again as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone affected this evening for their patience while we investigated and made sure the area was safe.”

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Three men arrested after reports of man with machete in Goffs Park Road, Crawley

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Three man have been arrested after fast action from local police in Crawley this morning.

Police were called to Goffs Park Road at 9:45am this morning (9th Nov) after receiving calls of criminal damage and a man in possession of a machete.

Quick action and enquiries by the officers meant the officers were led to a property on Brighton Road.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of affray.

One man was also arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. All three remain in custody at this time.

A machete was found and seized from inside the property. No injuries have been reported.

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