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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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Teenager attacked by burglar with bat in Tilgate home

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in the early hours of Thursday (March 21) at a property in Gresham Walk, Crawley.

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Around 12.45am a man came into the property and attacked a 19-year-old man with a bat. He was treated at hospital for head and arm injuries.

The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as white with blonde hair and in his 20s.

Detective Inspector Colin Garman said:

“The victim has some serious, but not life threatening, injuries and remains in hospital. We are appealing to anyone who saw someone enter the property or was seen running away to contact us.”

Please contact police online quoting serial 55 of 21/03. Alternatively you can talk to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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