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Sussex police confirm they are investigating video of alleged bullying incident at Crawley school

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BREAKING NEWS: Police drop investigation in alleged bullying of Oriel High School boy.

UPDATE 17:30 – POLICE HAVE NOW CONFIRMED THEY HAVE DROPPED THIS INVESTIGATION AND HAVE HANDED IT OVER TO THE SCHOOL.

A video that allegedly shows a Crawley school boy being bullied by other pupils is being investigated by Sussex Police the force has confirmed.

The video emerged on social media yesterday (19th Nov) and was shared across multiple social media platforms.

The video appears to show a school boy being tied to a pole before a pupil then approaches him and appears to try to push leaves into his face.

The majority of social media groups have now taken action to either have it removed or to not share it at all.

The incident which is purported to involve students from Oriel High School in Crawley caused outrage from many people across the town and the school confirmed they were aware of its existence but have not yet offered a statement.

Sussex Police confirmed that they were now liasing with the school and investigating the incident.

In a statement Sussex Police said:

“Police are investigating and liaising with Oriel High School at Maidenbower in Crawley following the emergence of a video on social media that shows the alleged bullying of a boy by other students, reportedly from the school.

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Gas leak repaired as 700 Crawley residents evacuated after major incident declared

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A gas leak that caused the immediate evacuation of 700 Crawley residents in flats in Milton Mount Avenue, Crawley has finally been repaired sources have revealed to CN24.

The emergency services responded to a major incident at a large block of flats in Milton Mount Avenue, Crawley at around 12.21am this morning (Wed 6th Jan).

The nature of the leak was so severe that it was declared a ‘major incident’.

A multi-agency response was implemented and Sussex Police worked collaboratively with partners including West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council and Southern Gas to resolve the incident as quickly and safely as possible.

Approximately 700 residents were evacuated and placed in temporary accommodation including hotels.

A source within the emergency services said:

“I have never seen the evacuation of that number of people done so quickly!”

While sources say the gas leak has now been repaired, they added that it will be some time before residents can return due to the need to allow the gas to dissipate.

This has meant that hundreds of residents are now split up across the town in various hotels and shelters awaiting a return to their homes which could take many hours to resolve.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland said:

“This is an ongoing incident which has caused huge disruption to hundreds of people on a cold January morning, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue to work with our partners to minimise the ongoing disruption.

“We are working hard to ensure this is dealt with as soon as possible to enable everyone to return home, however this may take several hours yet. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to stay away from the area to allow the responding agencies to focus on resolving the incident to allow residents to return home.

“The exact cause of the gas leak is yet to be determined but not believed to be criminal, and we will provide more information as soon as we are able to.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“The council declared a local authority major incident, supported by all partners, in the early hours of this morning.

“Staff worked together to manage the safe evacuation of residents and to transport them into the temporary accommodation, which was arranged around the town.

“This is an unsettling time for Milton Mount residents and their families. They will be able to return to their homes as soon as it safe for them to do so.”

Milton Mount residents should call 01293 438758 with any questions. Any non-residents with any concerns should call our Contact Centre on 01293 438000

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