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Southern Water ‘working to repair’ burst water main in Crawley

Part of the A264 is to be closed while repairs take place.

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A spokesperson for Southern Water has today said they are ‘working to repair’ a 16 inch water main after it burst last night in Broadfield.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to attend the flooded roads where witnesses say cars had to be pulled out of the water.

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A spokesperson for Southern Water said:

“We are working to repair a 16 inch water main in the RH119 area of Crawley, which burst last night (Tuesday 4 September). The burst was quickly isolated and our crews worked late into the night to rezone supplies, with all customers back on by around 11:30pm.

“Repairs will continue today but, due to the location of the main, we will need to close one lane of the A264 towards Horsham in order to allow our crews to work as quickly and safely as possible.

“We’d like to thank all affected customers and road users for their understanding and patience while we carry out this vital repair work and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

The water main is taking longer to repair due to its location on a main road and the fact that trees have to be removed in order to access the pipe and make the repair.

 

Southern Water advised customers with homes internally affected by the floods to contact their insurer immediately.

A customer service team from Southern Water is on site today to assist with any customer concerns.

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Young woman raped in Pound Hill, police seek witnesses

Police in Crawley are investigating the rape of a 22-year-old woman on a local path in Pound Hill.

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At about 10pm on Thursday 13 June, the woman was walking along the footpath which runs between Somerville Road and Worth Park Gardens when she was attacked by a man who raped her before making off.

He is described as white, in his forties, about 5’10”, with short dark hair including grey streaks, and a beard. He was wearing dark jeans, black shoes (not trainers) and a blue t-shirt with a logo of some kind.

Detective Inspector Karrie Bohanna of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“We have been working with the woman, with specially trained officers, to understand the full circumstances and to ensure she has further expert support and advice.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we have been making enquiries in the area. If you were in the Pound Hill, Worth Park Gardens area at around that time on Thursday 13 June, and saw anything suspicious, please get in touch with us online by calling 101, quoting serial 810 of 16/06.

“We would particularly like to identify and contact three people who may be able to help us. Following the attack the victim went to the nearby pub, Tavern on the Green, and sought directions. She spoke with two men there, one of whom escorted here to her address.

“The third person is a woman walking nearby with a black dog about 15 minutes before the attack. The woman is described as white, about 5’7” and with long dark hair, wearing a dark jacket.

“This appears to be an isolated incident for the area and not part of any pattern. Please let us know if you can help.”

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