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Man sentenced for drug dealing after drugs, phones and cash found at Three Bridges property in Crawley

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A man has been sentenced to prison for drug offences after police executed simultaneous warrants in Sussex and West London.

On Tuesday, 5 May, officers from the West Sussex Community Investigations team, assisted by officers from the Metropolitan Police, executed a warrant in Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, and one at an address in Hammersmith, London.

A large quantity of class A drugs, a number of mobile phones and £2,000 in cash were recovered from the properties.

Nkrumah McKenzie, 31, of Flora Gardens, Hammersmith was arrested at the property and later charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine and heroin).

McKenzie pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday, 3 June, and was sentenced to a total of four-and-a-half years in prison and a given forfeiture order for the cash found.

Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow of Sussex Police said;

“This successful investigation resulted from close working and sharing of intelligence between the Metropolitan Police and ourselves.

“A ‘County Lines’ drug supply route between London and Crawley has been completely disrupted and we continue to work with colleagues in London on similar operations involving Sussex.”

For further information on work done by Sussex Police to combat drug dealing, and ways in which you can help the police, see the force website

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Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants

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Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Applications for these grants can be made at grantapproval.co.uk

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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