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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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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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