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Dramatic moments in Crawley town centre as armed police arrest man after reports of gun received

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The 48-year-old was arrested and taken into custody.

Police arrested a man in Crawley after he was reported to be in possession of an imitation firearm.

Officers search the arrested man.

Armed officers were called to Queensway at 3.45pm on Thursday (September 5) following reports of a man who appeared to be waving a gun, believed to be imitation, behind the New Look store.

In total six units arrived at the scene, five blocked off the High St while a sixth held back at the entrance to the road.

He was located in High Street just after 4pm and arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intention to cause fear of violence. An imitation firearm was recovered.

A 48-year-old man of no fixed address remained in custody on Thursday afternoon.

A helicopter could be seen flying around the town centre just before the arrest was made.

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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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