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Cyclist beaten unconscious and robbed in Furnace Green,Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was robbed in a Crawley street.

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At about 3pm on Wednesday 3 July the 37-year victim was riding his Carrera cycle along Warnham Road, Crawley, in the direction of Furnace Farm Road, when he was set upon from behind and beaten unconscious by unknown assailants who stole his cycle, Samsung mobile phone and his bag containing £60.

He was taken to the East Surrey Hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises.

Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska said;

“We would like to trace two men seen in the area at the time. One is described as black, in his 30’s, 6′, bald and of slender build, wearing dark clothing. The other man was described as 6′ and slim, wearing a dark blue hoody with the hood up.

“If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1573 of 03/07″.

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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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