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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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Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Tilgate, Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Crawley.

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The 15-year-old victim was approached by an unknown man in the car park of St Bernadette’s Church, in Tilgate Way, about 5.25pm on Thursday 11 July.

The suspect then touched her over her clothing, before making off in the direction of Tilgate Parade.

He is described as white, in his mid-20s, about 6’, of slim build, with stubble, and was wearing a red long-sleeved hoody – possibly with black writing on it – with the hood pulled tight around his face at the time of the offence.

He also wore round shaped sunglasses with a gold mirror finish, and possibly stone-coloured combat shorts with knee pockets.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw a man matching the suspect’s description is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1313 of 11/07.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

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