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Six-month conditional discharge, a fine and an in-depth investigation all for throwing a cig on the floor – Crawley’s hard line on littering

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Crawley is showing it is taking a Zero-tolerance for littering across the town.

An ex-Crawley resident pleaded guilty to giving false information to a Community Warden, after being caught littering.

Crawley Borough Council successfully prosecuted ex-Crawley resident, Natalie Bunting of Redehall Road, Horley under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, for providing a false or inaccurate name or address and non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). 

Mrs Bunting was stopped in the town centre in August 2019 by a Warden, who witnessed her throwing a cigarette butt onto the floor. She was issued with an FPN and asked for her name and address details.

Due to non-payment of the FPN, a summons was issued by the council but was returned as undeliverable. At this point the council did not know if Mrs Bunting had given a false name as well as a false address.

A thorough enquiry led by the council’s Investigations Team, established that she had in fact given her real name but a previous address. Mrs Bunting was then interviewed and admitted to giving a false address, but stated she did so because she didn’t know if the Warden was who he said he was, despite him wearing the uniform.

Mrs Bunting received a six month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay towards the councils costs.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council said:

“This is a great result for the council and serves as a warning to all potential litterers. Littering puts animals and wildlife at risk, it looks awful, and costs taxpayers’ money to resolve. The council will always take a zero-tolerance approach to littering. We all have a responsibility to look after this town as residents and visitors.”

The Community Wardens patrol the whole of Crawley and will issue an FPN to anyone they see dropping litter.

The councils Investigation team will investigate all aspects of fraud and criminal activity in Crawley. They can be contacted for free and in confidence by emailing investigations@crawley.gov.uk

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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