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Dispersal Order goes live across Tilgate AND includes K2 Crawley

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Crawley police have joined forces with partner agencies to tackle a recent spate of anti-social behaviour.

Chief Inspector Shane Baker said:

“We are aware of anti-social behaviour being carried out by a small minority of people across the borough.

“This has included reports of groups gathering, drinking in the streets and drug issues. This behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will be working closely with partners to ensure the relevant actions are taken.”

A section 34 dispersal order has been issued from midday on Friday (5 June) which will cover:

  • Tilgate Park area, inclusive of the surrounding woodlands and various placements along Tilgate Drive towards the A23 and K2 Leisure Centre.
  • Tilgate Golf Course in its entirety.
  • Gainsborough Road Playing Fields (aka Tilgate Playing Fields)
  • Tilgate Parade.
  • All streets bordered by Ashdown Drive, Titmus Drive, Winchester Road and Gainsborough Road.

The dispersal order is in place for an initial 48 hours and enables officers and PCSOs to direct a person who has committed, or is likely to commit, anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder to leave a specified area and not return for the specified time period.

CI Baker added:

“ASB can have a significant impact on communities and we are committed to use the relevant policing powers to target this behaviour.

“You will see an increased policing presence in this location and our officers will be engaging with members of the public around the dispersal order and the current government guidance around the coronavirus. Officers will engage, explain and encourage and only if absolutely necessary, enforce”.

“We want to reassure the public that solving these issues remains a priority for us and we will continue to monitor reports regarding this behaviour”.

“We would like to thank those members of the public who have reported matters of ASB to us and would urge anyone who is a witness or victim of ASB to report it to us either online or call 101.”

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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