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Police & Crime Commissioner supports drug awareness campaign in Crawley

“It is understandable that residents in Crawley are concerned following recent incidents.” – Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

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Sussex PCC Katy Bourne and Sussex Police ACC Steve Barry.

Following the success of the CrimeStoppers County Lines Awareness Campaign in Brighton, Sussex Police in Crawley have requested the ‘Advan’ visits the town centre on Monday and Wednesday to raise awareness of London drug gangs exploiting vulnerable people in the area. 

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will be joining CrimeStoppers and Sussex Police, at the ‘Advan’ on Wednesday to talk to the public about this type of exploitation and show support for the campaign.

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She hopes this campaign will shed a light on the hidden network that is county lines and make the public feel safer and more confident in spotting the signs and knowing how to anonymously report.

County Lines is a network where drug dealers from London branch out to the coast to set up criminal ‘franchises’, targeting minors to be drug runners and taking over the homes of vulnerable people including those who have children at their base, a process the authorities call cuckooing.

Mrs Bourne said:

“County lines gang activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation have a devastating impact on young people and vulnerable adults.

“It is understandable that residents in Crawley are concerned following recent incidents. I want to give them reassurance that Sussex Police is working with partners to disrupt the activities of organised crime in the area and encourage the continued help and support of the community. 

“Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via county lines and by standing together to raise awareness of this often hidden crime and taking the appropriate measures to combat, we are sending a clear message to drug gangs that they cannot expect to go undetected in Sussex.

“The police in the Crawley area have already made a number of arrests linked to this issue, but an increase in the collection of intelligence is needed to assist them in their understanding of the drug market and associated violence.”

To know how to spot the signs of county lines and to report anonymously visit: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.

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Crawley Man who was trying to guide youths away from crime jailed for causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to casing serious injury by dangerous driving following a collision in Horley in September 2018.

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Iqubal Khan, 35, also pleaded guilty to failing to stop and failing to report an injury collision when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on 4 February.

Khan was also disqualified from driving for three years and nine months.

Khan was driving along Shipley Bridge Lane around 6.10pm on 23 September 2018 when his car, a Toyota Corolla, was involved in a head-on collision with a Range Rover Sport.

He fled the scene immediately following the collision, leaving one of his passengers behind with serious leg injuries. He also failed to report the collision.

It later emerged that the car he was driving was also dangerously overloaded with excess passengers, with four adults squashed on the rear seat.

The other driver escaped uninjured, while the other passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.

Only recently Khan had expressed how much he wanted to help change the corrupt course of youngsters lives that drugs and knifes had put them on.

Khan was arrested on 29 November 2018 after officers tracked him down through DNA left in the vehicle when he fled.

Sergeant Geoff Longstaff, who investigated the collision, said:

“Not only was Khan driving dangerously at the time of the collision, his car was also excessively overloaded. He then fled the scene, not even bothering to check whether his passengers were unharmed. One of his passengers sustained serious leg injuries and is still suffering with the effects of the collision to this day.

“It didn’t take long to find out he had been driving, thanks to statements from his passengers and the other driver, and now he is off our roads and in prison where he belongs for the complete lack of regard and remorse he has shown.”

Sgt Longstaff added:

“The sentence handed to Khan demonstrates our determination to ensure that those who use Surrey’s roads dangerously and irresponsibly and put the lives of others at risk when they get behind the wheel, will be dealt with robustly.”

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