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VIDEO – Shocking footage as driver tries to force his way through closed roads during Run Gatwick

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Shocking footage has emerged of a frustrated driver who ‘just wanted to go home’ after he was stuck due to road closures for the Half Marathon.

Footage captured by Jack Sullivan shows the man on Warren Drive trying to get onto Ifield Avenue which was closed for runners as the inaugural Run Gatwick took place.  The man can be heard screaming at the top of his voice before he knocks a Road Closure sign over.

Mr Sullivan is then seen going over to check on the marshal just before the driver is seen trying to force his way through the road block visually scaring pedestrians just feet away.

On failing to get through the driver then gets back out of his car and starts shouting and waving his arms around.

Mr Sullivan who grew up in Crawley but now lives in Horsham was in the area to watch his brother take part in the race. He said:

“I was on the way back to my car from spectating my brother run the race, and then I heard shouting. I instantly pulled out my phone to record in case something happened.

My concern was for the safety of the volunteer who was keeping the crowd engaged and clapping for every runner.

From what I did see, the police was just trying to calm and reason with the man.”

The man did eventually calm down and police arrived quickly to help bring the situation to a conclusion.

Social media users have been busy commenting on the incident since Mr Sullivan posted it on twitter.

Whilst there have been numerous negative comments about the road closures the Run Gatwick event has been hailed a huge success with thousands of participants.

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Crawley joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.

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The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here: www.local.gov.uk/new-local-government-mutual


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