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Six men taken to hospital after attack in Blindley Heath

A large police presence with multiple ambulances were at the scene last night. Two sites have been cordoned off by police.

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Surrey Police were called to Eastbourne Road in Blindley Heath just after 7.30pm (7 November) following a report that a group of men had attacked a number people at the Forman Institute.

It was reported that 13 men arrived at the social club with weapons, attacked a number men who were in an out-building at the back of the club, and left heading north on the A22.

Six men were injured and all were taken to hospital. This morning three of the men are still in hospital, two are in a serious but stable condition. South East Coast Ambulance Service were also in attendance.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

Two sites have been cordoned off by the police.  The Forman Institute and the parish hall for St John’s Church.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, who is leading the investigation, said:

“We are in the early stages of our investigation and we are still trying to piece together what has exactly happened. What we do know is that this is an extremely serious incident and we are doing all we can to find those responsible.

“The investigation is well underway and we have officers out in the local area conducting reassurance patrols.

“We understand that this is a concerning incident for local residents but we do not believe there to be a wider threat the public and it is extremely rare for an incident of this nature to occur.

“If you saw something, no matter how small, then please pick up the phone as it could assist our investigation.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information about those involved, is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting PR/P18267846.

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Crawley pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week

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West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email careersadvice@westsussex.gov.uk

More information is available on our BacktoSchool webpages

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