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Towns Council Leader calls for return of Crawley’s school funding

Crawley Council Leader, Peter Lamb, has joined with over a thousand English councillors in demanding the Government act now to end the funding crisis hitting local schools.

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The campaign, launched by the NEU’s Councillors Network and supported by education fair funding campaign group f40, expresses concern over the desperate state of school funding.

The letter urges the Government to invest more money in schools in the forthcoming Spending Review to help meet the huge funding crisis across education, a crisis resulting in growing budget deficits, cuts in teaching staff, a reduction in subject areas, and a poorer education for children.

According to Crawley Labour, in the town figures show twenty-nine out of thirty-two local schools are significantly worse-off per pupil than they were only four years ago, with Broadfield Primary alone having a funding shortfall of over half a million pounds.

They say that despite the huge efforts of hard-working teachers, every pound lost from schools is a reduction in the investment in our children and jeopardises the UK’s ability to compete on the global stage.

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

“We have repeatedly been told that the Conservative Government would fix the underfunding of Crawley’s schools and yet the figures prove just the opposite. In truth the funding situation in our local primaries and secondaries have never been worse.

We must have an end to all the broken promises and a return of the funding local schools need to give Crawley’s next generation the chance they deserve.”

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Young woman raped in Pound Hill, police seek witnesses

Police in Crawley are investigating the rape of a 22-year-old woman on a local path in Pound Hill.

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At about 10pm on Thursday 13 June, the woman was walking along the footpath which runs between Somerville Road and Worth Park Gardens when she was attacked by a man who raped her before making off.

He is described as white, in his forties, about 5’10”, with short dark hair including grey streaks, and a beard. He was wearing dark jeans, black shoes (not trainers) and a blue t-shirt with a logo of some kind.

Detective Inspector Karrie Bohanna of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“We have been working with the woman, with specially trained officers, to understand the full circumstances and to ensure she has further expert support and advice.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we have been making enquiries in the area. If you were in the Pound Hill, Worth Park Gardens area at around that time on Thursday 13 June, and saw anything suspicious, please get in touch with us online by calling 101, quoting serial 810 of 16/06.

“We would particularly like to identify and contact three people who may be able to help us. Following the attack the victim went to the nearby pub, Tavern on the Green, and sought directions. She spoke with two men there, one of whom escorted here to her address.

“The third person is a woman walking nearby with a black dog about 15 minutes before the attack. The woman is described as white, about 5’7” and with long dark hair, wearing a dark jacket.

“This appears to be an isolated incident for the area and not part of any pattern. Please let us know if you can help.”

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