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“Law and order is turning into a joke”, says Leader of Council as travellers invade playing fields

At least 20 caravans have descended on Three Bridges Playing Field.

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UPDATE: A section 61 notice has been authorised by Sussex Police and will be delivered for them to leave the playing fields by 9am tomorrow.

A deluge of caravans has descended on Three Bridges Playing Field, causing concern for local residents.

The group of travellers reportedly parked up in the fields yesterday evening (19 August). Police were allegedly on scene at the time when dozens of vehicles, including over 20 caravans, arrived at the area and blocked Three Bridges Road.

At least 20 caravans, plus other vehicles, can be seen parked up at Three Bridges Playing Field.

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It would appear that the travellers gained access via Three Bridges Cricket Club, where a significant number of tyre tracks lead onto the fields.

Today, Leader of Crawley Borough Council Peter Lamb has fired back at the town’s MP saying, he ‘could probably do with a refresher on local government powers’. Henry Smith MP took to Twitter after hearing of the travellers’ arrival.

He said: “I sincerely hope that #Crawley Borough Council will swiftly act to move on travellers who’ve occupied Jubliee Fields in Three Bridges at understandable concern to neighbourhood households. That’s what I’m calling for and is the local authority’s responsibility to local residents.”

But Peter Lamb hit back hard saying: “Hi Henry. Could you ask your mate @KatyBourne why @sussex_police are no longer willing to issue the s62 notices we need to move encampments on quickly? You could probably do with a refresher on local government powers too. Regards, Peter”

But some residents are concerned that the council are not acting quick enough. Richard replied to Henry’s Tweet, saying:

“Unlikely that @crawleybc [Crawley Borough Council] will do anything as THE COUNCIL LET THEM IN according to @sussex_police , and “it depends how long they want to stay”.”

The council’s leader was again quick to respond, stating his belief that ‘Law and order is turning into a joke’. He said:

“Actually, they cut through the security barrier and @sussex_police said they weren’t willing to hang around. The council’s view is they’ve broken and entered the property and aren’t welcome. Law and order is turning into a joke around here.”

Police arrive this morning to assess the situation.

A spokesperson from West Sussex County Council said:

“Travellers arrived on Jubilee Fields last night. We are currently liaising with Sussex Police and carrying out initial enquiries.”

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Young woman raped in Pound Hill, police seek witnesses

Police in Crawley are investigating the rape of a 22-year-old woman on a local path in Pound Hill.

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At about 10pm on Thursday 13 June, the woman was walking along the footpath which runs between Somerville Road and Worth Park Gardens when she was attacked by a man who raped her before making off.

He is described as white, in his forties, about 5’10”, with short dark hair including grey streaks, and a beard. He was wearing dark jeans, black shoes (not trainers) and a blue t-shirt with a logo of some kind.

Detective Inspector Karrie Bohanna of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“We have been working with the woman, with specially trained officers, to understand the full circumstances and to ensure she has further expert support and advice.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we have been making enquiries in the area. If you were in the Pound Hill, Worth Park Gardens area at around that time on Thursday 13 June, and saw anything suspicious, please get in touch with us online by calling 101, quoting serial 810 of 16/06.

“We would particularly like to identify and contact three people who may be able to help us. Following the attack the victim went to the nearby pub, Tavern on the Green, and sought directions. She spoke with two men there, one of whom escorted here to her address.

“The third person is a woman walking nearby with a black dog about 15 minutes before the attack. The woman is described as white, about 5’7” and with long dark hair, wearing a dark jacket.

“This appears to be an isolated incident for the area and not part of any pattern. Please let us know if you can help.”

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