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Furnace Green power cut causes headache for residents and police around Crawley



A power cut originating in Furnace Green caused outages across accompanying wards last night.

Residents reported experiencing power surges and losses after 10pm. Some reported only their internet was affected while others lost all power.

UK Power Networks said they received over 20 calls from concerned residents.

Areas affected included Pound Hill and Maidenbower.

Crawley Police were also affected as the power outages caused alarm systems to be set off.

Crawley Police tweeted:

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said:

UK Power Networks’ engineers worked as quickly as possible to restore power supplies in the Furnace Green area of Crawley last night.

After a fault on an underground cable interrupted supplies to 543 customers at 10.22pm engineers reconnected all supplies by 11.19pm.

We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”


Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Tilgate, Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Crawley.



The 15-year-old victim was approached by an unknown man in the car park of St Bernadette’s Church, in Tilgate Way, about 5.25pm on Thursday 11 July.

The suspect then touched her over her clothing, before making off in the direction of Tilgate Parade.

He is described as white, in his mid-20s, about 6’, of slim build, with stubble, and was wearing a red long-sleeved hoody – possibly with black writing on it – with the hood pulled tight around his face at the time of the offence.

He also wore round shaped sunglasses with a gold mirror finish, and possibly stone-coloured combat shorts with knee pockets.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw a man matching the suspect’s description is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1313 of 11/07.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

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