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Man detained after Crawley’s County Mall evacuated

Shoppers and staff were evacuated from the centre while emergency services dealt with the incident.

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Crawley’s County Mall shopping centre car park was evacuated on Monday morning (8 July) after emergency services were alerted to a man who had climbed over a barrier and who was threatening to jump from the multi-storey’s level three.

Police were informed shortly after 10am and officers attended to clear the area and negotiate with the man.

He was persuaded to return to safety and at 11.15am was escorted away from the scene.

Customers and staff were evacuated and waited patiently outside while the incident was dealt with.

The car park re-opened at 11.25am.

Police said later a man had been detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

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Crawley Council Leader agrees to meet with opposition party to resolve towns leadership situation

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The leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb, has agreed to meet with the towns opposition party, the Conservatives after an invite was extended in response the Mr Lambs call for a motion of no confidence.

In what has been a very tense time across the town politically for the past week, with two Councillors leaving the Labour party resulting in the party have a minority council, another step forward has been made for the council to come to an agreement of how it will continue for the rest of the year.

In a letter replying to Conservative Leader Duncan Crow, Peter Lamb says:

“We belong to different parties of very different beliefs, beliefs which in any ordinary circumstances would make joint-working impossible… However, current circumstances are far from ordinary…Recent events mean that no such majority exists.

We owe it to the town to resolve the current impasse. Consequently the Labour Group has asked that I take up your offer of talks to see what, if any, agreement can be reached.”

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