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Police appeal after disabled woman on mobility scooter is struck in hit and run

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Mrs Kerry Lavington and her badly damaged mobility scooter

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision between a silver Honda Civic and an electric mobility scooter in Crawley.

The Honda failed to stop at the scene and continued northbound towards the Ifield roundabout.

The collision happened as the rider of the scooter was crossing the A23 Crawley Avenue at the junction with Gossops Drive at 4.30pm on Thursday (December 27).

The 45-year-old woman, Kerry Lavington who was on the scooter was taken to the East Surrey Hospital at Redhill for treatment to a minor neck injury.

Ms Lavingtons £2000 scooter has now been badly damaged and is currently unusable.

The £2000 scooter is now unusable.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or indeed, the driver of the Honda itself, who has not yet spoken to police is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 725 of 27/12.

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“Scams can happen to anyone” says West Sussex Trading Standards

Residents are being encouraged to come forward and report scams this June.

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West Sussex Trading Standards is urging the public not to feel embarrassed if they fall victim to a scam.

“Scams can happen to anyone” is the message of this year’s national Scams Awareness Campaign.

Trading Standards officers and Citizens Advice will be attending a range of events across the county, including Crawley, to provide information on scams and to offer tips to avoid falling victim to fraudulent activity. These are taking place on:

•           Tuesday 18 June from 11am to 1pm at Tesco, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill
•           Thursday 20 June from 11am to 1pm at Sainsbury’s, Bannister Way, Haywards Heath
•           Thursday 20 June from 9:30am to 1pm at Tesco, Fishbourne Road, Chichester
•           Saturday 22 June from 12 noon to 5pm at Crawley Festival, Memorial Gardens, Crawley
•           Thursday 27 June from 9:30am to 1pm at Tesco, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“Falling victim to a scam can leave people feeling embarrassed and reluctant to come forward. Removing the stigma around scams is vital and I would urge people to come along to these events and talk about their experiences.”

Anyone concerned about scams can get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

You can learn more about scams and report fraud and cybercrime at: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Report an incident or concern direct to West Sussex Trading Standards Service online: www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport

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