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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.

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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.

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Tributes paid after Tilgate Councillor passes away

Councillor Charles Petts passed away yesterday evening (15th July).

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Councillor Charles Petts recently won a council seat for Tilgate in the May elections after serving as a West Sussex County Councillor for Three Bridges.

Posting on his facebook page Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“Yesterday evening I lost one of my best friends to cancer.

We’d been friends since 2006, well before either of us got involved in local politics.

Cllr Charles Petts to most and Jeff to his friends, Jeff was a great guy. A really kind, generous man who lived his Christian faith and smiled at life.

Jeff knew my family really well, knew my kids, knew my mum and dad, and loads of my family. He was a big part of my life.

Whenever I met up with him or whenever he came over to my place (which was very, very regularly) I said the usual “how’s it going?” and he would say “ahk you know, I’m alright, can’t complain”.

Jeff had been battling cancer for a couple of years, and was putting up a great fight, even doing a tough mudder last year, but then very recently, it all changed.

I am heartbroken. I haven’t lost a colleague, I’ve lost a brother, a best friend.

Jeff has left behind a young daughter and a son. I am heartbroken for them too, completely.

I look forward to seeing Jeff in the next life, and until then I will miss him greatly.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“He was well liked and dedicated and will be a great loss to Crawley.”

Mr Smith also tweeted:

Crawley Conservative Leader Duncan Crow tweeted:

Leader of Crawley Council tweeted:

A statement from Crawley Borough Council said:

“Councillor Charles Petts, ward councillor for Tilgate, died peacefully yesterday evening in St Catherine’s Hospice with his son present.

Charles had been a Crawley Borough Councillor since May and a West Sussex County Councillor for Three Bridges since 2017.”

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