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Urgent warning to dog walkers after egyptian gosling attacked and left to die in Gossops Green, Crawley

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A gosling, similar to the egyptian one that died.

Dog walkers are urgently being reminded to keep their dogs on leads whilst near water and wildlife after a tragic incident.

Reports were received by Swans and Friends Bird Rescue of an attack on a baby gosling.

The incident happened on Saturday 8th Feb at the Mill Pond in Gossops Green.

According to a witness an over-weight Jack Russell that was not on a lead fatally attacked a baby Egyptian gosling. The witness added that the dog and owner just walked away leaving the baby gosling to suffer.

Sadly the gosling died before any help could arrive.

Now there are urgent calls for dog walkers to start to heed the warnings and dangers of not keeping their pets on leads.

John from Swans and Friends Bird Rescue said:

“I can’t understand how some supposed ‘animal lovers’ can be so uncaring. All animals and birds need protecting. Just keep dogs on leads whilst near any wildlife.”

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Crawley’s Community Wardens successfully retain police accreditation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have successfully retained their Sussex Police accreditation.

The Community Warden Team was granted accreditation status again in December 2019 by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York. This lasts for three years. Crawley Borough Council’s wardens have been accredited since 2008.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Additional powers the Community Wardens have under CSAS are:

  • Power to require the name and address of a person whom they have reasons to believe has committed a relevant offence (such as causing injury, alarm or distress to any other person or the loss or damage to any person’s property, or a relevant Fixed Penalty Offence)
  • Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
  • Power to require persons drinking in a designated place to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it
  • Power to stop cycles when they have reasons to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is great to see the Community Wardens retain their Sussex Police accreditation. They play such an important role within Crawley; it’s vital that they have this accreditation so they can use the additional powers to help Sussex Police keep Crawley safe.”

You can report anti-social behaviour by filling in our form at www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens or calling 01293 438000 during normal office hours. For an urgent response between 8am and 9.30pm, seven days a week, call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324.

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