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‘There’s no evidence to suggest our bus driver was at fault’ says Metrobus after Hawth Ave Crash in Crawley

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A Metrobus spokesperson has released a statement following the crash on the corner of Hawth Ave and Furnace Drive.

Marie Sansom from Brighton & Hove Buses said:

“A route 2 Metrobus bus and a van collided at the junction of Furnace Drive and Hawth Avenue in Crawley at 11.28am today. 

Six passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries and our driver has been taken to hospital with knee injuries. 

There’s no evidence to suggest our bus driver was at fault. The van driver also sustained injuries.

Emergency services and senior Metrobus colleagues are on the scene. 

Please check the Metrobus website for details of service disruption.”

You can check the Metrobus website for updates here.

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service said:

“I can confirm ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team, (HART), attended the scene and were joined at the scene by the air ambulance service following reports of an RTC involving a bus and a van.

The air ambulance was stood down shortly after arrival. We assessed and treated a total of 12 patients at the scene, the majority of whom were described as walking wounded.

The two drivers of the vehicles were taken to East Surrey hospital and are not thought to have suffered serious injuries. The walking wounded patients were taken to East Surrey Hospital and Crawley Hospital.”

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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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