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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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Langley Green, Crawley teenage drug dealer jailed

A Crawley drug dealer has been handed a prison sentence.

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Saud Ali, 19, of appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 22 November after pleading guilty to drugs charges.

Police were on foot patrol in Warren Drive, Crawley, on Monday 14 October when they spotted Ali throw a package on top of a shed roof. He was pursued by officers and detained nearby.

The package from the roof was retrieved and a total of 76 wraps of class A drugs, crack cocaine and heroin, were discovered.

Ali of Fox Close, Crawley, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was remanded in custody and pleaded guilty to both offences.

Ali was given a four-year prison sentence in a young offenders institute, which includes the activation of a suspended sentence of a year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Karen Young said:

“We welcome the sentence the courts have given to Ali and hope this shows the severity of his actions.

“Issues with drugs can have a large effect on the immediate community and we are dedicated to tackling this behaviour. On the day Ali was arrested, we were out conducting foot patrols and the diligent officers spotted Ali acting suspiciously in the area.

“Our work around drugs will continue in the area to ensure those involved are disrupted and brought to justice.”

Two men, 35 and 22 and both of no fixed address, were also arrested on 14 October.

They were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drug and the 22-year-old was also arrested for acquire, use or possession of criminal property.

Both men were later released under investigation.

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