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Police seek witnesses as teenage boy escapes after being confronted by man in Three Bridges, Crawley

The incident happened this morning (11th July).



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Police are investigating after they received a report of a man approaching a teenage boy in Punch Copse Road, Three Bridges at 7.55am this morning.

The man demanded that the boy hand over his mobile phone.

The teenager managed to run away without anything being stolen and he was uninjured during the incident.

The suspect is described as Asian, in his 20s, wearing a hat and riding a red push bike.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the matter or saw a man matching the description in this area to report online or call 101 quoting 337 of 11/07.


Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.



In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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