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Investigation underway after 30-year-old stabbed in chest in Broadfield Barton, Crawley

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Police are investigating after a man was attacked and left in a critical condition in Broadfield Barton, Crawley, on Sunday (1 September).

The 30-year-old victim from London was taken to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, after he suffered a stab wound to his chest after being chased by a man at about 11.40am.

He is now in a stable condition.

The suspect is described as black, aged between 18 to 20, slim, with short dark hair and was wearing a light coloured tracksuit.

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said:

“This was a violent and sustained attack involving the use of a weapon. The assault took place on a busy shopping parade in front of members of the public. We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident and or who has any information that will help identify the suspect.”

If you can help the investigation report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Barnstable. 

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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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