Drug Seizures – Crawley Observer

Seven People Arrested After Police Seize Drugs Worth More than £1m
19th February 2020 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Sarah Page
email crawleyobserver@jpimedia.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

More than 1,400 cannabis plants worth around £1.2 million were seized by police when they raided 10 properties in Crawley as part of a major drugs swoop.

Seven people have been arrested and police say that Immigration Enforcement officials are currently investigating their status in the UK.

Four other people found at two of the Crawley addresses have been referred to specialist support services as potential victims of modern slavery, say police.

Cannabis Plants

Officers say that two other men, aged 31 and 32, from east London, have been interviewed on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

Police say they carried out the first raid on February 2 after they were called to a report of intruders at an address in Tennyson Close, Pound Hill.

Officers say they found around 800 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation, together with equipment used for their cultivation.

Two men, aged 38 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and, after being interviewed, were released under investigation.

Raids were then carried out at nine other addresses. A police spokesman said: “At every one, equipment for cannabis production was also found, and at eight of the addresses cannabis in various stages of cultivation was also found.”

A total of 110 cannabis plants were found an address in Cowfold Close, Bewbush, and 150 plants were found at an address in St Mary’s Drive, Pound Hill.

The spokesman added: “Two men both aged 21 were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation.”

A further 100 cannabis plants were found at an address in Lingfield Drive, Worth. “Two men aged 31 and 27, and a woman aged 35, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation, ” said the police spokesman.

A number of people were questioned at an address in Woodfield Road, Northgate, but no arrests made. In a separate raid on a house in Dobson Road, Langley Green, police say they discovered around 20 mature cannabis plants.

A further 120 plants were found at three addresses, one in Alpha Road, West Green, and two in Forester Road, Southgate, say police.

Warrants were executed on Friday (February 14) at an address in Caburn Heights, Southgate, where 60 plants were discovered, and at an address in Gossops Drive where, say police, ‘a large number of plants was also found.’

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said: “We have completely disrupted a fully planned commercial project which appears to have been operating for several months, and was aimed at illegal drugs onto the Crawley and the surrounding area on a large scale.

“This is a large scale investigation in which we have had support from police and staff of our Crawley Prevention Enforcement Team, and also from colleagues across West Sussex as well as the force’s new Tactical Enforcement Unit.

“However our enquiries are continuing to trace other people we suspect of being involved in the organisation and management of these sites.

“Information from local people has already been key in exposing this project, and anyone with further information can contact us at any time either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Forfar.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Local Policing – Crawley Observer

Police launch named PCSO for every community
6th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Staff Reporter
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Sussex Police has launched a named PCSO for every community within the force area.

Named PCSOs are being introduced in every community within the Sussex Police force area – Picture courtesy of Sussex Police

The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.

The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year.

There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019.

Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.

The investment has given ‘Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing.

The force says the precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.

Assistant chief constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime.”

By inputting your postcode in website www.police.uk you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live.

Some areas may have more than one PCSO.

Sussex Police – Public Information

Sussex Police Holiday Advice
23rd July 2018

While you are away on holiday, your home could be at a greater risk of being broken into

We would like to offer some tips to help you make your home more secure and to reduce this risk whilst you are away.

  • Make your home look occupied by asking a trusted relative, neighbour or friend to check your home, collect mail, water plants and to park their car on your drive etc.
  • Consider using the Royal Mail’s “Keep Safe” service – They will keep your mail for up to two months while you’re away.
  • Don’t leave curtains closed in the daytime as this shows the house is empty.
  • Use automatic timer switches to turn your lights on when it is dark.
  • Cancel regular deliveries such as newspapers and milk.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans publically on social media or where you may be overheard by strangers.
  • Cut your lawn before you go.
  • Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members, a bank or in a safe.
  • Consider leaving valuable items kept in your shed in the house.
  • Put all your tools, including ladders, away so they can’t be used to break into your house.
  • Don’t forget to lock all external doors and windows removing and hiding keys.
  • And finally lock/padlock any external gates and set the burglar alarm if you have one

If something is stolen report it to us online at website sussex.police.uk or by calling phone 101. Call phone 999 if the crime is happening now.


Facebook Crawley-Police
website www.sussex.police.uk

Crawley News – Milton Mount Flats

Holes Drilled in Petrol Tanks as Vandals Strike
Fed up residents call for action after car park attacks increase
23rd March 2016 – Crawley News


Facebook www.facebook.com/crawleynews

Chris Ballinger
email chris.ballinger@crawleynews.co.uk

ANGRY residents living on the doorstep of a Crawley beauty spot are calling for extra security after vandals smashed car windows, broke into garages and drilled through petrol tanks in a spate of attacks.

People living in Milton Mount flats have become targets for vandalism and in particular for fuel thefts and they are calling for more CCTV to be installed to make the area safer.

Since December there has been a spate of attacks on vehicles parked outside the block in Worth Park, Pound Hill. The latest was sometime between Thursday and Friday last week when a hole was drilled in a vehicle’s petrol tank.

Shazney Woodjetts and her husband Daniel were left with a £600 bill to fix their Renault Megane when it was vandalised overnight on February 23.

Mrs Woodjetts said: “We were victims to this evil act when they drilled right through the tank of our car which we have only had for just under a year.

Repairs

“There was £30 to £40 petrol in the tank andwe had to pay £632 for repairs. It meant we were without a car for two weeks.

“That money was to pay for our water bills and TV licence which are both due in April and also for family days out with our little boy Some selfish lowlife has taken all that away”

The couple had parked their car in one of the bays at the top of the car park when it was targeted. There have been six known fuel thefts and one resident living in the block urged people to be vigilant, by creating a warning poster which was stuck up in the main entrance to the flats.

Fuel Tank

‘Evil Act’: Shazney Woodjetts’ Renault Meganne had a hole drilled into its petrol tank

Other worrying incidents have included break-ins at the garage block in the car park, where a child’s bicycle was stolen, and vehicles’ windows have been smashed.

The driver’s side rear window of Terri-Ann Defeo’s car was smashed by a vandal at the end of last month.

Miss Defeo said: “It all seems for nothing because there wasn’t anything in the car to be taken. “We were parked in a place where we could see the car from our flat. “Unfortunately there is not really anywhere else to park especially having a young child,” she said.

CCTV

Residents have raised concerns to Crawley Borough Council. And, as the vast majority of attacks have occurred overnight, have asked for CCTV to be installed in the car park.

Locals hope that camera coverage will act as a deterrent. They have been told this is not financially viable and instead more lighting could be put in the area.

However residents don’t believe this will make a difference because one car had its petrol tank drilled when parked underneath a lamppost.

Kevan McCarthy Crawley borough councillor for Pound Hill North and also chair of the Pound Hill North Residents Association, said he is “concerned” by the attacks and he has vowed to investigate.

Cllr McCarthy said: “It is worrying to hear. This is an easily accessible location. “So whoever is doing this could be heading there from the Balcombe Road rather than necessarily being in the area themselves. I will enquire to the council about what can be done and also contact Sussex Police.”

Crawley Borough Council was contacted for a comment but had not responded by the time the Crawley News went to press.

Have you been affected by the incidents? Email email editor@crawleynews.co.uk

Police Newsletter

Crawley Police Newsletter – Crawley North
16th April 2015

Police Newsletter 20-06-2015

Mark Farrell
email mark.farrell@sussex.pnn.police.uk
phone 07810 677745

Bettina Long
email bettina.long@sussex.pnn.police.uk
phone 07717 596553


Facebook Crawley-Police
website www.sussex.police.uk

Police Newsletter

Crawley Police Newsletter – Crawley North
16th April 2015

Police Newsletter 16-04-2015

Mark Farrell
email mark.farrell@sussex.pnn.police.uk
phone 07810 677745

Bettina Long
email bettina.long@sussex.pnn.police.uk
phone 07717 596553

Pauline Lane
email pauline.lane@sussex.pnn.police.uk


Facebook Crawley-Police
website www.sussex.police.uk

Police Street Briefings 2015

Crawley Police – Events 2015 – Pound Hill
10th March 2015

Street Briefings 2015
Thursday 19 March at Crawley Lane at 1430 hrs

Wednesday 08 April outside Milton Mount School / Peterhouse parade at 1445 hrs

Neighourhood Meeting
Pound Hill / Maidenbower / Worth 2015

Saturday 28 March at Maidenbower Pavillion at 1100 hrs

Street Briefings 2015

Bettina Long
Police Community Support Officer
Pound Hill (Crawley East Team), Neighbourhood Policing Team
email bettina.long@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Phone 101 Ext. 27907
Mobile 07717 596553


Facebook Crawley-Police
website www.sussex.police.uk

Police Newsletter

Crawley Police Newsletter – Pound Hill
1st December 2013

Police Newsletter 01-09-2013


Facebook Crawley-Police
email bettina.long@sussex.pnn.police.uk
email mark.farrell@sussex.pnn.police.uk
email pauline.lane@sussex.pnn.police.uk
website www.sussex.police.uk

Police Newsletter

Crawley Police Newsletter – Pound Hill
1st September 2013

Police Newsletter 01-09-2013

website www.sussex.police.uk