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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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Why was Crawley and Ifield Avenue closed last night?

Just before 8pm last night (13th Dec) drivers reported being diverted as they approached the roundabout.

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(Image: Google Street View)

At around 7:45 pm police closed Crawley Avenue and Ifield Avenue.

A man was seen threatening to jump from the road bridge.

Police and ambulances arrived on the scene and quickly secured the area by closing the roads and diverting traffic.  Many reported buses having to detour through Ifield.

The man was eventually detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The road was reopened at 8pm.

The man has now been passed into the care of health professionals.

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