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Trust thanks staff, volunteers & partners ahead of NHS 70th anniversary

The National Health Service is marking 70 years since its formation tomorrow (5 July) & SECAmb are sending their thanks.

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South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) would like to thank staff and volunteers, past and present, for their dedication and care as the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary (Thursday 5 July).

The Trust would also pays tribute to all its NHS colleagues and partner organisations for their commitment to patients, day-in, day-out.

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SECAmb staff and volunteers are involved in a variety of celebrations including a Garden Party at Westminster Abbey, special NHS parkruns across the region and featured in a special NHS 70 dedicated episode of Songs of Praise on the BBC.

The ambulance service has come a long way since its early days. Formed of Kent, Sussex and Surrey ambulance services in 2006, South East Coast Ambulance now employs more than 3,300 staff and handles in the region of 1 million 999 calls each year. Its NHS 111 staff in the area handle another 1 million calls each year.

Serving a resident population of close to five million, ambulance crews travel approximately 15 million miles each year. Its gender split is 49% female and 51% male and 89% of staff are directly engaged in responding to patients.

SECAmb Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said:

“I’m extremely proud to lead SECAmb and to be a part of the NHS celebrating 70 years. The ambulance service is a vital part of an amazing NHS which has helped or will help every single one of us at some point in our lives.

“While SECAmb may have come a long way since the early days of the ambulance service, I know that one thing remains constant and that is the dedication and care provided by staff and volunteers. I would like to thank every single one of them for their continued hard work.

“I’d also like to praise the support provided by their families. Being the support for someone working for the ambulance service is not an easy task, so thank you to them for everything they do. Finally I’d like to thank all NHS staff and our emergency service partners for their efforts to ensure our patients receive the care they need.

“It’s right that we celebrate this anniversary with pride and look forward to developing further as a service in the years and decades to come.”

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Reports of anti-social behaviour across Crawley increase by as much as 780% during lockdown

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At first glance it is an alarming and worrying increase. The figures from Police.uk show how as the town entered lockdown at the end of March there was a huge increase in reports of anti-social behaviour through the following month of April.

Ifield had the largest increase in reports for anti-social behaviour with a huge rise of 780% in April 2020.

The figure for Ifield ward may be shocking but all other wards across the town have also seen a dramatic rise as well.

The following shows the percentage increase in reports of anti-social behaviour across Crawley for the first month of lockdown (April 2020).

Bewbush reported a 444%.

Pound Hill – 330% increase.

Northgate – 212% increase.

Broadfield – 150% increase.

Langley Green – 135% increase.

Southgate – 135% increase.

Tilgate – 118% increase.

Three Bridges – 100% increase.

Maidenbower reported – 81% increase.

So what has caused the sudden increase? Has the town suddenly become more ‘anti-social’?

Actually no, the answer has everything to do with the very lockdown itself and not what you would normally consider a ‘traditional anti-social behaviour’.

As the new rules were laid out then so most people acted correctly and obeyed them. But at the same time some didn’t and these people ended up getting reported by others.

Now a decision had to be made of how a report into a disobeyance of lockdown rules would be classed and in the end they were put under anti-social behavour.

Whether it was a report of a party happening in someones garden, through to groups of youths congregating on street corners, all these reports got filed under anti-social behaviour and saw the dramatic rise in figures.

One thing these figures have shown, however, is a glimpse into which wards were possibly obeying the rules more than others, OR conversely which ward residents were reporting more frequently on others.

But despite the dramatic rise Ifield did not actually have the highest number of anti-social reports in April 2020 across Crawley. Closer analysis of the figures shows that it was in-fact Broadfield that had the most reports.

Broadfield (which had a 150% rise) had 75 reports compared to Ifield’s 44 in April 2020 with Pound Hill (330% increase) receiving the second highest number of 56.

Looking at Ifields 780% rise, the actual number of anti-social reports in March 202 was only 5, while in April 2020 it was 44.

Our findings are supported by the response from Sussex Police over the figures.

District Commander for Crawley & Mid Sussex Chief Inspector Shane Baker said:

“Most crime types dropped sharply during the early stages of lockdown in April, however the suggested statistics does not reflect a true increase in reports of anti-social behaviour.

“After government restrictions were put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19, police received a high volume of reports of gatherings and Covid-19 related calls, these were recorded under anti-social behaviour and therefore it is not an increase in traditional ASB.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and are committed to keeping our local communities safe and pleasant places to live, however overall crime is still well below this time last year.

Data for May 2020 has not yet been released, but it will be fascinating to see just how the data compares to the first month of lockdown and whether it raised more concerns of ‘anti-social behaviour’ or fewer.

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