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Man with serious facial injuries causes police to close off entrance to County Mall car park

The incident prompted much speculation across social media but police have now put out a statement.



It is one of the busiest entrances to County Mall. The North Car park entrance which comes off college road has been cordoned off by police. However the south entrance is still open.

Photos show the police cordon which is just outside Debenhams.

In a statement from Sussex Police they said:

“Police attended Station Way, Crawley at 12.15pm on Wednesday (March 27) with concerns for the welfare of a man.

The man suffered serious facial injuries and he was taken to hospital.”

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service said:

We can confirm that we were called to the scene at approximately 12.10pm today following reports of a man injured in need of medical attention.

Ambulance crews attended the scene and were joined at the scene by the air ambulance service.

The man with serious injuries, including a head injury, has been treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by road. The air ambulance service joined us in our vehicle to help treat the patient en route to hospital.”

UPDATE: Police attended Station Way, Crawley at 12.15pm on Wednesday (March 27) with concerns for the welfare of a man.
The man suffered serious facial injuries which have now been confirmed as being caused by a fall following a medical episode.
Several members of the public came to his aid before emergency services arrived on scene.
Witness accounts have been obtained and Sussex Police are now satisfied there is no evidence of an assault or third party involvement.
The man is receiving ongoing treatment for his injuries and has spoken with Detectives. Police will not be making any further enquiries regarding this incident.


DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.



The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at and

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