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Sex outdoors: the truth about what you CAN and CANNOT do around Crawley despite council leaders objections

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Despite the lockdown rules not allowing for two or more people to get together from different households for a bit of ‘rumpy pumpy’ inside, the same rules do not apply outdoors – BUT the advice is that you should still be keeping a distance of 2 metres away from people who are not in your household.

So sex with someone NOT in your household is basically off the books for the time being altogether.

But what about when the rules change? What if you want to go and have some fun outdoors for example, is that even allowed?

The simple answer, which may not be popular to some, is yes but there are caveates.

There is no specific law that stops someone from having sex outdoors but there are laws about public decency and in particular Outraging Public Decency.

If a couple were to engage in some adult fun within a public park, but ensured they were well hidden and not able to be seen, then there is no specific law preventing them from doing this. This is because to cause a public indecency offence the people involved would have to be intentionally exposing themselves and not being seen by accident.

Of course, if they were discovered by someone they would have to immediately stop and if they were found by a police officer then they would probably be moved on. BUT potentially no law would have been broken.

This changes in regard to public toilets where this is a specific law about engaging in sex. This is against the law and you could find yourself in magistrates court if you were caught with either a fine or up to 6 months in prison.

BUT if the same couple were seen by two or more people they could be committing the offence of Outraging Public Decency – where it is an offence to commit an act of lewd, obscene and disgusting nature, which is capable of outraging public decency in a public place and where at least two or more members of the public who were present at the time could have seen it.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said:

“We would advise people to follow the current coronavirus guidance from the government.

Outside of that guidance if anyone was found to be committing an offence of outraging public decency they could face prosecution.”

At this time of lockdown, despite the rules beginning to relax, there is still a need to maintain a 2 metre distance from people not in your household and police do have the ability to fine people who do not obey the rules (although technically not about keeping the 2 metre distance) starting with a £100 fine (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days).

But Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb is certainly against anyone having sex in any of the towns parks saying:

“People should not be having sex in public parks. There is a risk of vulnerable adults or children being exposed to their activity. I would hope the law on this would change in the near future.”

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Appeal for witnesses issued by Police after motorcyclist rushed to hospital following collision in Crawley Down

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Police have responded to a serious injury collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Crawley Down this morning (Monday 6 July).

The incident occurred on Turners Hill Road, close to the junction with Old Hollow, around 8.44am.

The motorcyclist is being treated for serious injuries and police are urging anyone who saw what happened – or anyone with relevant dash cam footage – to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Drawbridge.

A section of the road is likely to remain closed for some time and motorists are urged to find alternative routes in the meantime.

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