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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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Sussex Police commissioner visits Crawley as first phase of additional officers begins

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne met with Henry Smith to discuss the latest situation with the additional police recruits.

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Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers is now well under way and the police commissioner visited the town to discuss the latest developments as 129 new officers are soon to begin their duties across the county.

With an extra 379 expected overall, the first phase of the operation to increase numbers is now in full swing.

Speaking to Crawley News 24 about the visit Henry Smith said:

“Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the Government – indeed this was an issue I raised in the House of Commons with the Prime Minister on his first full day in office.

Some want to play politics with our police with inaccurate claims that Crawley has seen a reduction in officer numbers over recent years. However, figures show that Crawley officer numbers have not fallen over the last five years. “

“The new officers who will now be recruited are a real boost to our law enforcement capacity across the town, and will, I am sure, provide greater public reassurance.”

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