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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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Appalling dog attack in Tilgate Park, Crawley

Dog left with ear half ripped off.

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At around 12pm on Tuesday 16th of April an off-the -eash dog, reportedly a Dalmatian, was seen attacking another dog in Tilgate Park.

The owner of Ollie, the dog being attacked, had to intervene and physically drag the Dalmatian off.

According to the owner the lady in charge of the Dalmatian allegedly did nothing but shout its name.

She then apparently said:

‘I’m a professional dog walker, I know what I’m doing’ before walking off with the aggressive dog still off the leash.

Ollie was left with gushing blood from his ear which was half ripped off and his shaken owner rushed him to the vet for emergency treatment.

Ollie is now recovering from the attack.

The police were notified but as there was no information on who the lady was, no further action could be taken.

A Facebook appeal for information was started by Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera the following morning and someone has already come forward with information which may be very helpful and will be passed on to the police.

Ollie’s owners, as if the distress of this experience wasn’t enough, were left with a £1000 bill leaving them with a sizeable excess to pay for the treatment which is ongoing due to the severity of poor Ollie’s injury.

Cllr Guidera said:

“I am absolutely disgusted by this. We have a dog and I can only imagine how distressing this must have been for Ollie and for his owners. Dogs are treated as part of the family and responsible dog walkers are very welcome in Tilgate Park. Irresponsible dog walkers, however, are absolutely not. If someone cannot control a dog, why on earth would they let it off the leash in what is likely the most popular public park in Sussex?”

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