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MP welcomes support for vulnerable rough sleepers in Crawley

Following meeting with James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Communities, Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed new Government investment to help West Sussex support rough sleepers into safe and stable accommodation where they can rebuild their lives.

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As a result West Sussex is set to receive £336,000 to help vulnerable people get the specialist support they need to keep them off the streets for good. The money for the Rapid Rehousing Pathway will fund innovative local schemes which will help those sleeping rough off the streets for good, as well as specialist support to help them back on their feet.

Henry said;

“No one should have to face a night on the streets, and it’s good to see the Government taking steps to ensure that in Crawley people aren’t faced with this as their only option.

“I’m pleased to have successfully lobbied for this new support which will mean vulnerable people in Crawley get the specialist support they need to get back on their feet and turn their lives around. We’re determined to end rough sleeping, and this investment takes us another step further to reaching this outcome.”

As part of this, new support workers will act as a single point of contact to help people with complex needs such as substance abuse and mental health problems to get the advice and support they need to turn their lives around.
Dedicated letting agents will also be funded to provide advice and housing for those sleeping on the streets.

The funding forms part of the Government’s £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.

Already progress is being made with the first fall in rough sleeping since 2010, but schemes like this will help achieve the ambition of being a country in which no-one needs to sleep on the streets. List Table

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‘Please come forward with information no matter how small’ Police appeal as E-Fit of attempted rape suspect released

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Police have released an E-fit image of a man sought in connection with the attempted rape of a 17-year-old girl in Crawley.

Between 7pm and 7.15pm on Tuesday (March 9), the teenager was walking her dog along the pathway from Overdene Drive towards the tunnel that runs underneath the A23 and follows on to Quantock Close.

She turned around before the end of the tunnel and walked back along the path to Overdene Drive. As she did so, she crossed paths with a man who grabbed her and attempted to rape her.

The victim was able to break free and shout for help, causing the man to flee the scene in the direction of the tunnel. The victim is being supported by specialist officers. 

The man was described as white, in his late teens to late 30s, 5’ 9” to 5’ 10”, with dark eyes, short dark coloured hair and short dark stubble. He spoke with an eastern European accent and was wearing dark clothing.

Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Allana Hughes said:

“We are appealing for anyone who recognises this man, or anyone who witnessed the sexual assault or any suspicious behaviour at this location around the time of the incident, to make contact with us.

“We would particularly like to hear from people who were in Quantock Close, The Dingle or surrounding roads around this time or anyone who may have dashcam, ring doorbell or CCTV footage which might have captured the suspect fleeing the scene.

“We have increased our patrols in the area and have been conducting house-to-house enquiries alongside investigating any potential lines of enquiry.

“Please come forward to us with any information which you think could help our investigation, no matter how small.”

Information can be passed to Sussex Police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Stockbridge.

Alternatively, people can get in touch anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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