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Partial demolition work starts soon at County Buildings, Crawley

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Work to partially demolish County Buildings in Crawley is scheduled to start soon.

This project is a key part of the One Public Estate initiative, with the County Council seeking to secure the long-term redevelopment of the site: the partial demolition will make this a more attractive proposition.

DDS Demolition Limited is due to start installing hoarding’s and setting up site from the beginning of March and the demolition works will follow with a 12 week programme soon after (subject to factors such as severe weather).

Michael Hennessy, DDS Group Operations Manager, said:

“DDS Demolition are proud to be awarded the demolition contract for Crawley County Buildings following a competitive tender.

“We look forward to delivering a safe and successful project within such a forward-thinking community, whilst working closely with our valued client.”

Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, said:

“I am pleased this work is scheduled to start soon. The partial demolition and redevelopment of the County Buildings site in Exchange Road is critical to demonstrating progress in the One Public Estate Programme (OPE) and with the wider regeneration of Crawley town centre.”

A dedicated web page, giving details, together with a link to FAQs, is available online

The partial demolition will not affect the Magistrates’ Courts and Centenary House, which will remain in situ and host the West Sussex Coroner’s Court, a FindItOut Centre and Change, Grow, Live services, which will continue to operate from this building.

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‘Please come forward with information no matter how small’ Police appeal as E-Fit of attempted rape suspect released

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Police have released an E-fit image of a man sought in connection with the attempted rape of a 17-year-old girl in Crawley.

Between 7pm and 7.15pm on Tuesday (March 9), the teenager was walking her dog along the pathway from Overdene Drive towards the tunnel that runs underneath the A23 and follows on to Quantock Close.

She turned around before the end of the tunnel and walked back along the path to Overdene Drive. As she did so, she crossed paths with a man who grabbed her and attempted to rape her.

The victim was able to break free and shout for help, causing the man to flee the scene in the direction of the tunnel. The victim is being supported by specialist officers. 

The man was described as white, in his late teens to late 30s, 5’ 9” to 5’ 10”, with dark eyes, short dark coloured hair and short dark stubble. He spoke with an eastern European accent and was wearing dark clothing.

Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Allana Hughes said:

“We are appealing for anyone who recognises this man, or anyone who witnessed the sexual assault or any suspicious behaviour at this location around the time of the incident, to make contact with us.

“We would particularly like to hear from people who were in Quantock Close, The Dingle or surrounding roads around this time or anyone who may have dashcam, ring doorbell or CCTV footage which might have captured the suspect fleeing the scene.

“We have increased our patrols in the area and have been conducting house-to-house enquiries alongside investigating any potential lines of enquiry.

“Please come forward to us with any information which you think could help our investigation, no matter how small.”

Information can be passed to Sussex Police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Stockbridge.

Alternatively, people can get in touch anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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