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Crawley undertaker among 29 people disqualified after being caught drink-driving

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An undertaker from Wilberforce Close in Crawley was arrested in Tollgate Hill, Crawley after being caught driving over the legal limit allowed for alcohol consumption.

He is among 83 people who were arrested as part of Surrey and Sussex’s Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

The campaign ran from 24th June to 7th July.

So far 29 of those arrested have been convincted in court with the remaining either charges, released under investigation or released without charge.

Perhaps of those caught it is the response of one woman from Bexhill that is most alarming.

She was caught as she went to collect her children from school. When stopped by the police her reponse was:

“I just like a drink when it’s sunny; I only had one”.

She was subsequently charged with driving with 55mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 July she was disqualified from driving for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay a £415 fine, £85 costs and a £41 victim surcharge.

It is the second time that she has been convicted of drink-driving, having committed the same offence in June 2017.

Police say that if you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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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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