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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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Appeal for witnesses after elderly couple attacked at their home in Broadfield, Crawley

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Detectives are investigating a serious incident in Crawley after an elderly couple were injured at their home address on Fulham Close. 

Both victims are in a stable condition. 

Police are appealing for any information or witnesses who saw anything suspicious in the Fulham Close area on or around 10pm on Thursday, January 30. 

Police are particularly keen to identify a male described as black, wearing black trousers and a jacket, with a white and black face covering. 

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious or who has any information they believe could assist with enquiries is urged to report online or call 101, quoting serial 1382 of 30/01.

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