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Now’s your chance to question the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Residents are being given the chance to question the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.



Questions can be about any policy issue relating to policing in Sussex as long as they avoid mentioning operational matters or live cases.

Written questions should be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 17 January.

The Commissioner will then respond during the next meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel on Friday 31 January.

Bill Bentley, Chairman of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel, said:

“Do you have a question about how your money is to be spent on policing in West Sussex? Would you like to know more about the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s role? This is a great opportunity to put your questions to Katy Bourne.

“Make sure you come along to the meeting next month to hear the answers in person.”

The main items on the agenda include the Police Crime Commissioner’s proposed precept which is the portion of council tax which goes to Sussex Police and the Estate’s Strategy.

Questions about other issues are also welcomed providing they fall within the Commissioner’s responsibility.

Questions can be submitted in writing to or by telephoning 0330 222 2542.

The meeting will be held at County Hall, Lewes, starting at 10.30am. The meeting will also be webcast live at


First Covid-19 now Crawley’s MP has to shutdown parliamentary system as malware virus strikes



If it wasn’t hard enough working during the coronavirsu shutdown, now another virus has struck causing even more problems.

A malware virus has struck the office of Crawley’s MP Henry Smith.

The issue has meant that his office has had to shudown their parliamentary systems.

Mr Smith and his colleagues are confident that they are still able to respond to emails from residents albeit with some delay.

But delays in bringing the system back online could be hampered by the Easter Holidays. An insider insinuated that they hoped the system would be sorted by Good Friday but it was going to be hard work due to the lockdown.

Commenting on the situation Mr Smith said:

“Ironically my parliamentary system has had to be shut down due to a malware virus. As you will appreciate during this CV19 period I’m handling hundreds of cases in remote circumstances already. This just got more challenging, so please factor in if contacting me for assistance.”

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