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‘Excuses have worn thin’ – Crawley Council Leader berates Sussex Police

Peter Lamb voices his concerns after another violent crime rocks community spirit.

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The Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb has spoken out on Twitter about the recent ‘wave of drugs and violence affecting Crawley’.

This comes after yesterdays’ news that yet another person has been stabbed in the town. The 24-year-old victim, a local man, had to be flown by air ambulance to St George’s Hospital in London after he was stabbed in the leg in Crawley Boulevard. He was left in a critical condition.

More news: Part of The Boulevard sealed off after Crawley man stabbed

And now, the Leader of Crawley Council, Peter Lamb has voiced his concerns that police aren’t doing enough to make residents feel safe.

In a Tweet yesterday evening, Peter said: “It’s time @sussex_police got a grip on the wave of drugs and violence affecting Crawley. People need to know they will be kept safe. Excuses have worn thin.”

Reports of violent and sexual crimes were at 337 for the town in June, up from 318 in May. The worst affected area was Broadfield which had 50 reports of violent and sexual crimes in May and climbed to 56 in June.

According to statistics taken from police.uk, crime rates in the town are generally on the rise, with reported drug crimes hitting a total of 48 for the town in May, and dropping to 34 in June.

The number of reported weapon possession has increased in recent months too: 9 in May, and rising to 15 in June.

A response from Chief Inspector Rosie Ross, Crawley district police commander, comes after 2 months of silence from the police about the apparent visible rise in some crimes.

In a statement, Chief Inspector Ross said:

Understandably Crawley residents will be concerned about recent violence in the town and I want to reassure them that keeping our communities safe remains a priority. We have an ongoing commitment to target people supplying class A drugs in this area and to reduce the significant community harm which is caused.

“Increased patrols, execution of search warrants, and leaflets giving advice are all part of this drive, and we’re working with our partners, including the council, social services, business groups and other emergency services to safeguard the innocent and to detect and disrupt criminal activity.”

You can read the full statement here.

A group assault a man with learning difficulties; a man with an axe is tasered; a pensioner passes away after a robbery lead to a cardiac arrest; a murder investigation is launched after a woman died in a flat fire; and over £2.1m of cocaine is seized from Gatwick over 2 days. All within the past 4 weeks.

With all this, it’s no wonder residents aren’t feeling safe.

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Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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