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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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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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