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SLOW DOWN! Fire Service tells drivers in Sussex

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to cut their speed as part of speeding prevention month.

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Last year, eight people died and 123 were seriously injured on West Sussex roads due to speeding.

The service is highlighting these statistics through an audio message to residents on its social media pages featuring the voice of a young child asking his father why he is driving so fast.

Nicki Peddle, Head of Prevention for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“Last year we attended 684 road traffic collisions.

“Attending these incidents is a big part of firefighters’ roles and we want to highlight the potentially fatal consequences of speeding. If drivers maintain a safe speed there is more chance of preventing a tragedy from happening.”

Being caught speeding could result in:

  • Up to six points on your licence
  • Fine of up to 175% of your weekly income
  • Driving ban or licence revoked (if you’re still within two years of passing your test)
  • Disqualification
  • Criminal record
  • Prison sentence
  • The death or serious injury of either yourself or an innocent person.

Crews from WSFRS will be out supporting the campaign in their local communities. Follow @WestSussexFire on Twitter and @WSFRS on Facebook for updates.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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Langley Green, Crawley teenage drug dealer jailed

A Crawley drug dealer has been handed a prison sentence.

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Saud Ali, 19, of appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 22 November after pleading guilty to drugs charges.

Police were on foot patrol in Warren Drive, Crawley, on Monday 14 October when they spotted Ali throw a package on top of a shed roof. He was pursued by officers and detained nearby.

The package from the roof was retrieved and a total of 76 wraps of class A drugs, crack cocaine and heroin, were discovered.

Ali of Fox Close, Crawley, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was remanded in custody and pleaded guilty to both offences.

Ali was given a four-year prison sentence in a young offenders institute, which includes the activation of a suspended sentence of a year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Karen Young said:

“We welcome the sentence the courts have given to Ali and hope this shows the severity of his actions.

“Issues with drugs can have a large effect on the immediate community and we are dedicated to tackling this behaviour. On the day Ali was arrested, we were out conducting foot patrols and the diligent officers spotted Ali acting suspiciously in the area.

“Our work around drugs will continue in the area to ensure those involved are disrupted and brought to justice.”

Two men, 35 and 22 and both of no fixed address, were also arrested on 14 October.

They were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drug and the 22-year-old was also arrested for acquire, use or possession of criminal property.

Both men were later released under investigation.

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