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Woman identified in racial abuse incident in Tilgate Park Crawley

A woman dog walker who police wanted to talk to her about an alleged racial abuse incident directed at another dog walker in a Crawley park has come forward.

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Officers released an image of a woman who was walking her Chihuahua dog in a bid to identify her. Just after 4pm on Wednesday 19 June, the victim of the abuse, a local woman, was walking her own dog in Tilgate Park, when the Chihuahua came up to them.

It was reported that the Chihuahua owner then came up to her own dog, kicking it hard across the grass several times and causing it obvious distress.

When the other dog owner remonstrated with her for this cruelty, the woman racially abused her

Sergeant Matt Chapman said:

“A woman has come forward and made contact with us and we will be speaking to her about the alleged incident in due course.”

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Sussex Police commissioner visits Crawley as first phase of additional officers begins

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne met with Henry Smith to discuss the latest situation with the additional police recruits.

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Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers is now well under way and the police commissioner visited the town to discuss the latest developments as 129 new officers are soon to begin their duties across the county.

With an extra 379 expected overall, the first phase of the operation to increase numbers is now in full swing.

Speaking to Crawley News 24 about the visit Henry Smith said:

“Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the Government – indeed this was an issue I raised in the House of Commons with the Prime Minister on his first full day in office.

Some want to play politics with our police with inaccurate claims that Crawley has seen a reduction in officer numbers over recent years. However, figures show that Crawley officer numbers have not fallen over the last five years. “

“The new officers who will now be recruited are a real boost to our law enforcement capacity across the town, and will, I am sure, provide greater public reassurance.”

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