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Seven arrested after police raid premises in Crawley & Albourne as part of investigation into money laundering & suspected stolen goods

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Seven people have been arrested as police raided premises in Crawley and Albourne yesterday (Thursday September 5th).

The raid was part of an investigation into suspected handling of stolen goods and money laundering offences.

Shakey video shot by a passerby shows police attending one of the premises in Crawley High St.

Three men, aged 22, 31 and 65, and three women, aged 20, 25 and 57, all from Albourne, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to receive stolen goods.

A 25-year-old woman from Faygate was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to receive stolen goods and conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.

All have been released under investigation.

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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.

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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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