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“Our communities are starting to break down because there aren’t the public services any more” says Crawley council leader

Speaking on BBC Sunday Politics South East the leader of Crawley Borough Council spoke openly when asked how to address youth crimes on our streets.

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In what was a lively debate on the BBC programme, the discussion turned to how Sussex was working to address the youth crimes that has become a major national issue.

But after Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said there was plenty of money in the system, it just needed to be used more effectively, Crawley Council leader Peter Lamb questioned the reasoning behind the recent council tax increase asking:

“If there is already enough money in the system why has council tax gone up 14.5%.”

Ms Bourne tried to explain how the money just wasn’t being used effectively and needed to be directed into the right areas.

Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton, who was also on the show, said that that one way to tackle the problem was to realise that school exclusion was not the answer and that all departments had to work together to ‘get all the members of the family back on track’.

The programme also showed another community project, a boxing club, that was working at getting young people off the street.

But Mr Lamb questioned the viability and success of the new initiatives and the conservatives comment, he said:

“all the preventative funding that is already there is being removed and the problem is by the time we get into boxing clubs that’s too late, these kids in many cases been nobbled by bad people. the reality is we have to get in there and deal with the fact that families are breaking down

If you lose 800 police officers and pcso’s and police officers and you see crime go up, it doesn’t take a genius to work out what the cause and effect there is.

Our communities are starting to breaking down because there aren’t the public services there any more and the public services are not there any more because there is no longer the money.

Working poverty is going up and up and up “

All this comes just one week after a local initiative ‘Kicks’ was highlighted and more funding was given by the PCC.

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Teenager attacked by burglar with bat in Tilgate home

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in the early hours of Thursday (March 21) at a property in Gresham Walk, Crawley.

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Around 12.45am a man came into the property and attacked a 19-year-old man with a bat. He was treated at hospital for head and arm injuries.

The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as white with blonde hair and in his 20s.

Detective Inspector Colin Garman said:

“The victim has some serious, but not life threatening, injuries and remains in hospital. We are appealing to anyone who saw someone enter the property or was seen running away to contact us.”

Please contact police online quoting serial 55 of 21/03. Alternatively you can talk to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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