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Three Bridges property used as car parts business recovered by council

On repossession of the council property, various car parts, tyres, tools and rubbish had been left behind.

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A property in Three Bridges has been recovered by Crawley Borough Council after it discovered it was being used by the tenant to run a car parts and accessories business.

The investigation was initially launched by the council’s Fraud Investigation Team who received an anonymous tip off, alleging that the tenant was not residing at the address.

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The Fraud Team then worked with officers from the Nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Housing and the Community Wardens in the process of recovering the property, after it was discovered that the tenant had been using the adjoining residents’ car park to carry out mechanical works on a number of vehicles, including several cars and vans.

The council were awarded an outright possession order at Horsham Court and awarded costs of £424.50. On repossession of the property, various car parts, tyres, tools and rubbish had been left behind.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb said:

“While fraud is incredibly rare, every property lost to fraud is a Crawley family which can’t be housed. Crawley Borough Council is committed to delivering more affordable housing for local people and ensuring every house goes to those residents who need it most.”

Crawley Borough Council’s Fraud Investigation Team can be contacted free and in confidence on 0800 634 0180 or by email to investigations@crawley.gov.uk

The Community Wardens investigate all reports of fly-tipping and can be contacted on 07884 492324.

The Nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour Team can be contacted on 01293 438438.

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Woman taken to hospital after collision with bus

Roads around Gossops Green were closed as emergency services attended to the scene.

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A 30-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus.

The collision occurred on Gossops Drive causing roads around the area to be closed by the police.

A spokesperson from Metrobus said:

“At 5.50pm today a Metrobus route 1 bus was travelling along Gossops Drive, near the Windmill pub in Crawley, when a pedestrian coming from a side street ran in front of a car and then into the path of the bus, which knocked her over.

The bus hit the lady and she suffered head injuries. She was taken to Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton and her injuries are not life threatening.

CCTV, which is on all of our buses, clearly shows the sequence of events. The lady was wearing a hoodie, which may have affected her view of the road.”

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said:

“We urge people to take care when crossing the road, particularly in the winter time, when visibility can be poor.

“This is an awful thing to happen to anybody and I am relieved her injuries were not life threatening. Our driver is shaken up but coping and he’s pleased the lady is ok.”

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