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Headache for Crawley Football Club as travellers takeover car park

Caravans were spotted in the stadium’s car park and also parked up in a nearby road.

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Caravans parked in the Checkatrade Stadium are covering a very large area.

Broadfield Stadium in Crawley received some unexpected visitors this week as a large number of caravans took over their car park.

Although Crawley Town F.C. don’t have a match until Saturday (14 April), staff seem to struggle to move the travellers on to allow football fans to park; the caravans were taking up quite a large section of the car park.

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Speaking with a club representative, they are hoped the matter would soon be resolved as the police had intervened and a section 61 was allegedly going to be used, forcing the travellers to leave.

More caravans were spotted in Russell’s Way in Crawley, which is just a short distance from the stadium.

The travellers have since moved on.

Caravans parked in Russell’s Way, Crawley

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Crawley drink-driver almost four times legal limit “felt fine” to drive

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A motorist who caused this crash, while almost four times the drink-drive limit, said he “felt fine to drive”.

Lincoln Simmons was driving a blue Volkswagen Passat on the A23 London Road, Crawley, about 1pm on 2 December when he collided a black Renault Clio.

The impact caused the Clio to mount the roundabout and crash through road signage. The driver – a 53-year-old woman from Haywards Heath – sustained significant bruising.

The Passat failed to stop at the scene and was located a short distance away, near Gatwick Airport.

Simmons failed a roadside breath test, and was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to stop after a road traffic collision, and driving with 139mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

In police interview, he stated he had consumed a litre of vodka the previous evening and a small bottle of whiskey prior to the crash, but claimed he is “used to drinking” so it “takes a lot of alcohol to feel the effects”.

The 48-year-old, who is unemployed, of Galahad Road, Crawley, pleaded guilty to both offences and was disqualified from driving for 32 months when he appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 11 February.

He was also given a 12-month community order requiring him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and must pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said:

“One of the most common excuses we hear from drink-drivers is that they “felt fine” to drive. But even a small amount of alcohol has the ability to impair your judgement and reaction time.

“Feeling fine is not a good judgement of your ability to drive. If you drink and drive you are committing an offence which carries with it a risk of serious injury or death to yourself or someone else.

 “The bottom line is there is no excuse to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Our priority is to keep everyone safe on our roads, and we will continue to crack down on anyone who compromises this.”

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