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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.



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, 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.


Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child



Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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