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‘Go home now!’ desperate plea as Crawley skatepark seen full of kids a day after lockdown announced



24hrs have not even passed and it seems that the Prime Mininsters message is still not reaching some across Crawley.

One resident who was walking her dog this morning and keeping her distance from others said she saw fifteen kids already using the skatepark as early as 9:30 this morning.

Another lady who was walking to work across the park said she called out to some kids saying, “Go home now!” but she said they either did not hear her or chose to ignore it.

Another report said that a group of five women were seen working out together close by and interacting closely.

It seems the message is still not being taken seriously with some flaunting the advice.

Comments on our facebook page have also suggested that some are purposely not going to stay in, with one posting a conversation with an individual who said:

“you can’t stop people from going out it ain’t a prison”.

The advice from the government and all health care workers is STAY AT HOME. The advice is not just to protect yourself but to protect others as you may carry the virus and have no symptoms.

Crawley Council said the skate park is officially closed but as it’s an open access site there is no simple way of shutting it off.

Community Wardens and Play Maintenance Team have now dispersed those who were there and have added it to their list of hotspot areas to patrol.


‘With community spirit & patience we will get through this’ – Crawley Police Chief thanks residents for staying at home



Chief Inspector Shane Baker who is the District Commander for Crawley and Mid Sussex has thanked the towns residents and his own officers for their commitment to following the governments emergency measures.

Since the measures were introduced the majority of residents have been following the measures and when not required to go to work or to do essential travel have been staying at home.

But the Chief Inspector was also quick to point out that those who do flaunt the measures will find his officers will enforce the legislation where necessary.

CI Baker confirmed his officers who have been actioning ‘Operation Apollo’ have only had to deal with a handful of situations where some people were not abiding by the new rules but that these were very few.

So far officers had only had to deal with some shoppers breaking rules in a supermarket, gatherings being arranged on social media in several wards and some house parties.

He also confirmed that whilst 5% of his officers were off self-isolating, there was no disruption to their service as demand for general policing, in particular residential burglaries, was down due to people being indoors.

CI Baker added that those officers working from home were still able to continue investigative duties.

Nationally the police have had to contend with a lot of backlash as some forces were deemed to be acting far too heavy handed. CI Baker said that so far there had been no need for officers to fine anyone and that he was keen his officers used tactics of visibility and persuasion first and foremost.

His officers were also taking measures to protect the public as much as possible by keeping social distancing between themselves where possible and where it wasn’t such as within patrol cars, they were working with the same colleagues to minimise any potential spread.

CI Baker said:

“I thank the vast majority of Crawley residents and my officers for their continued commitment to the governments emergency measures.

We are still seeing people out without cause; these are not guidelines, this is for your own safety. My officers will enforce the emergency legislation where proportionate and necessary, but they should not have to.”

“We are all impacted by this pandemic, but with a sense of public duty, a community spirit and continued patience we will soon get through this whilst saving the lives of many.”

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