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Police warn Crawley residents as bogus callers strike twice

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Police in Crawley are reminding local residents always to be alert for bogus callers, after two cases in the town.

On Tuesday 18 May two men called at the address of a man in his late sixties in Vanbrugh Close, Bewbush, said they were from the Council and were checking for water leaks. They were in the address for some time and after they left the resident found that a valuable coin collection had been taken.

Both men were described as white with accents that were not local to the area, wearing Hi-Vis yellow jackets, medical masks and black baseball caps.

On the following day, a man described as of southern European appearance and accent, with short black hair, wearing medical mask, a grey jumper with motif on the front, and blue jeans, called at an address in Garrick Walk, Tilgate, saying he was checking for a drainage problem.

After he left the resident, a woman in her nineties, realised that a small safe containing several thousand pounds cash had been taken, as well as two sapphire rings, some saving books and a passport. However the books and passport were later found abandoned in Southwater.

Police have not yet established any connection between the two offences but are keeping an open mind.

PC Matt Hollingdale of Crawley CID said;

“If you were in those areas on 18 or 19 May and saw any suspicious activity, or if you have had similar callers recently, please contact us either online (link will be added) or by calling 101, quoting serials 554 of 18/05 or 932 of 19/05.

“These type of crimes are very infrequent in this area and you can help us keep it so by ensuring suspicious activity is regularly reported – using 999 if suspects are actually present.

There are a also number of specific ways you can prevent distraction burglary. Always remember “if in doubt, keep them out”.

– use your door viewer to see who’s there:
– if you open the door put the chain on first:
– always ask for ID and check it with the company before letting somebody into your home:
– use the phone number advertised in the phone book or online, as the number on their identity card could be fake. For a utility company, call the customer service department. Close the door while you do this:
– remember that genuine callers won’t mind checks. If you feel at all unsure, schedule a time for the caller to come back when a friend or relative is there
for pre-planned appointments with utility companies, a password scheme can be set up.

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Watch amazing time lapse as new Town Hall comes to life in Crawley

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A time lapse video of the new Town Hall has been released by Crawley Borough Council, condensing 10 months of construction into just 100 seconds.

The video, which can be viewed here, shows the empty site transformed into a striking nine-storey building. Crawley Borough Council will occupy the bottom 3.5 floors and rent out commercial space on the upper floors.

The name of the commercial space will be The Create Building. The available floor space is between 14,000 sq ft and 77,000 sq ft and Crawley-based SHW are marketing this on behalf of the council. For more information visit shw.co.uk/crawley

The landmark building, which is expected to be ready for occupation in February 2022, is part of a wider regeneration scheme at the eastern end of The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

The scheme also includes 273 flats (of which 109 will be affordable), a new public square, public realm improvements, ground floor commercial space for a restaurant/café and district energy centre. It is a joint development between Crawley Borough Council and Westrock.

The entire redevelopment is transforming a major town centre opportunity site. The new Town Hall will:

  • Secure the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants whilst achieving significant savings on the council’s current running costs
  • Provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for customers, staff and councillors
  • Contribute to achieving the council’s wider ambitions around affordable housing, post-Covid economic recovery, and tackling climate change.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We are facing enormous challenges as a town: financial, as we are forced to keep doing more with less; social, as we struggle with a housing crisis decades in the making; and environmental, as we need to move quickly to zero-carbon to avoid climate catastrophe. The redevelopment of the Town Hall site is a vital part of Crawley’s efforts to meet all three challenges.” For more information visit investcrawley.co.uk/town-hall

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