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Met office raises warning level to Amber for Crawley as Storm Dennis approaches

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Storm Dennis is making its way across the Atlantic very quickly and with the news earlier in the week that the storm was due to hit the area at the weekend it meant a second weekend of wind and rain problems.

A yellow warning was issued earlier for wind and rain but now the Met office has raised the warning of rain from yellow to amber.

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Previously flooding has affected many roads through Crawley

The Amber warning is from 00:15 through to 18:00 on Sunday 16th Feb and is in addition to the yellow warning for wind already in place.

The Met office says that the Amber warning means that the storm is likely to bring very heavy rain fall which is likely to lead to flooding and much disruption to travel across the whole weekend.

With some areas of Crawley still struggling with flooding this news will only add to the distress and disruption already seen so far.

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UPDATE: ‘I saw two men, one with a knife and the other with an axe’ – Police confirm number of teenagers arrested after weapons seen

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Sussex Police have confirmed an earlier report of a robbery was not correct and that a number of teenagers have been taken into custody after reports of them carrying knives was received.

Police were called to Gales Drive, Crawley, shortly before 5pm on Monday (July 13) to reports of an altercation involving a group of youths, some of whom were seen to be in possession of weapons.

Officers attended and arrested four teenagers aged between 15 and 17 and a 25-year-old man for offences including affray and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

A knife and a bat were also found by police nearby.

A witness at the scene said that they saw two individuals run out of a shop, one carrying a knife and the other carrying an axe, which led to the belief that a shop may have been robbed.

The witness who was with their young family say they had to take refuge in one of the other shops as the two seen leaving the shop ran down an alley just before they saw up to ten youths, all carrying weapons, running away.

There was a high police presence in the area earlier with more witnesses reporting seeing the police racing at speed in vehicles up and down Gales Drive and into the primary school opposite.

Anyone who saw the altercation, or may have any other relevant information about the incident, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1044 of 13/07.

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