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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


Search for man after 7-year-old boy rushed to surgery following incident in Crawley



A 7-year-old boy from Crawley had to endure hours in theatre after an incident on the outskirts of the town last Friday 9th July after a man jumped out at him causing him to fall into a ditch.

Adele Norris’ young sons were out riding their bicycles up towards the Pease Pottage roundabout along the A23 around 1pm last friday when her youngest son was approached by a man with two dogs.

According to Adele, her son said that the man jumped out at him causing her son to fall into a ditch.

The young boy started to scream for help from him brother but as he got up he saw blood running down his leg.

In-fact the young boy had suffered a serious 4 inch wound to the side of his groin which required urgent surgery due to the possibility of internal bleeding.

Luckily the surgery was a success but now the young boy is suffering from anxiety and thoughts of the man coming to attack him at home.

But Adele is desperate for help from the public.

Speaking to CN24 she said:

“My son said the man was dark skinned with grey hair and had two dogs with him. My older son also said that when he was carrying his brother away he saw a woman walking her dog who may have seen something.

“If he hadn’t had surgery so quickly he could of died from internal bleeding. They had to stitch his vein back together. I dont no if he will suffer from any physical lasting damage to him but he has ASD and anxiety and so I know this will be a lasting mentally damage to him.

If anyone can help find or identify this man then please get in touch with police.”

Sussex Police confirmed they are looking into the incident saying:

“Shortly before 1.30am on Sunday (July 12), police were contacted by a member of the public reporting concerns around the origin of an injury suffered by another person. Officers have made contact with the injured person and enquiries are ongoing.”

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