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Stern warning from Crawley Chief Inspector, ‘Facebook should not be used to inform police about crimes’

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross spoke out at last nights Crawley Question Time about how crimes should be reported.

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It was a packed room full of residents from across the town.

The panel at Crawley Question Time

One of the topics raised was about policing in the town and how residents felt there was a lack of PCSO’s patrolling their areas.

Several residents said how they felt let down by the police and how they could never get through on 101 so crimes were not being reported.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross, who was part of the panel of leaders in the town, said that people should know there were other ways to report crimes such as through their website and through email.

She said that unless people report the crimes then there was little the police can do.

One resident said that she and some of her neighbours had used facebook community groups to report to others what had happened but had not called 101.

Chief Inspector Ross responded warning Facebook should not be used to report crimes. She went on to say that by people sharing incidents it could cause more problems and illustrated cases where innocent people had been identified wrongly.

The message was very clear and whilst many residents still wanted to see more officers patrolling their streets Chief Inspector Ross said that they would only place officers where they felt they would be most effective and not in wards on hope they ‘may’ stop a crime.

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‘Blood all over the road’ Stabbing in Broadfield last night only 150 yards from Primary School closes road

The cordon is not expected to be lifted till the afternoon.

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Police have cordoned off part of Seymour Road in Broadfield as they investigate a stabbing.

It occurred last night only 150 yards from a Primary School.

Officers were informed by ambulance a man had been injured in Seymour Road, Broadfield around 1.25am on Friday (May 24).

The victim, a local man in his 40s, was walking home when he was approached by another man, who had his face covered, and assaulted. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A scene guard currently remains in place.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or thinks they saw the victim either before or after the incident.

“We are relying on witnesses to provide first-hand accounts of the assault which is vital to aid our investigation.

“Serious violent crime in Crawley, which is not associated with other types of criminality, is rare.

“Communities will see an increase in high visibility patrols and we are encouraging witnesses to speak to those officers with any information they have.”

One resident said:

“I live yards from this and didn’t hear a thing last night. There’s blood all over the road!”

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has information on the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Gull.

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