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“We are hugely grateful to the people of Crawley” – Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council

Leader of Crawley Borough Council expresses relief as Labour hold onto Crawley.

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Speaking to CN24 following their successful retention of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb who also retained his place in Northgate with a majority of 99 votes, spoke openly and honestly about the result.

“We are hugely grateful to the people of Crawley who once again have put their trust in us to take the town forward.” he said.

When asked how Labour will continue to move Crawley forward he continued saying:

 “We intend to continue delivering affordable housing, better infrastructure, new career opportunities and maintaining services in the face of national cuts.”

With some wards won on such small margins it was clear why all the candidates had been so nervous throughout the count.

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But the Conservatives did have cause to smile as they closed the gap quite significantly with a gap of only 22 votes stray of winning two wards that could have dramatically changed the leadership.

Crawley Conservative MP Henry Smith said:

“I thank Conservative candidates and volunteers for their work in the Crawley Council elections so was disappointed we didn’t take the Town Hall administration but this was only by just 23 ballots across two wards.

I’m pleased though that Conservatives won the over all popular poll by over 1,600 ballots Borough-wide.”

More news: Labour ‘just’ manages to hold onto control of Crawley

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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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