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Two Arrests Made After A Man Was Wounded In Bewbush

Friday, July 25th, 2014

A man and a boy were arrested after another man was injured in a confrontation between a number of people in Crawley on Thursday afternoon (July 24th).

Police were called to a report of a suspicious group in Skelmersdale Walk in Bewbush at 4.11pm. A few minutes later, the ambulance service reported that they were attending an incident where a 22-year-old man had received knife wounds to his left arm. He was taken to hospital and was expected to be transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead for specialist treatment.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident or anyone who saw the group in the Bewbush area in the time leading up to or after the attack, which is believed to have taken place in a field adjacent to Breezehurst Drive. Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1175 of 24/07. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Crawley, were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. Both remained in custody on Friday morning.

Missing David Hutchinson May Be In Sussex

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Surrey Police is growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of David Hutchinson who went missing from a unit in Walton-on-the-Hill on Sunday (20 July).

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Officers are appealing for help in tracing the 30-year-old who was last seen at 3.20pm.

He was later seen in Redhill town centre and on CCTV by the bus stop at 4.20pm.

Mr Hutchinson had been detained under the Mental Health Act and it is believed he does not have his medication.

Police are contacting friends and family of Mr Hutchinson but so far he has not made any contact. He used to live in Sussex and has connections in Crawley and Shoreham.

Mr Hutchinson, who was previously known as David Goodyer, is described as white, 5′ 11″, of a slim build, with dark brown shaved hair. He is described as clean-shaven and has a piercing in his left ear but no earring.

He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jeans and brown trainers.

Detective Sergeant Tristan Hardiman, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are asking for the public’s help in tracing Mr Hutchinson. Although there is no indication of any direct threat to the public, anyone who believes they have seen him is urged not to approach him but to phone police on 101, quoting reference number P14210062.

DS Hardiman added: “Because we believe he has not taken his medication, he may also be at risk of harming himself, and our concern is increasing with each day that passes. We are carrying out extensive searches for Mr Hutchinson, but we need the public’s help.”

Any sightings should be reported to Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number P14210062 or 45140060656.


Stay Off The Track!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Hundreds of children and young adults – as many as 14 a day – risk their lives and those of rail passengers and staff every year by trespassing on railways.

British Transport Police (BTP) says more than half of all railway trespassers are aged between 14 and 25.

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The lighter evenings usually show an increase in trespass cases, some of which include vandalism. Between April and June this year, BTP recorded almost 2,400 trespass incidents, of which almost 1,300 involved people aged 25 or younger.

In the coming weeks, under the banner of Operation Intruder, BTP officers will target trespassers at problematic locations around the country. Officers will carry out increased patrols in a bid to try to ward off would-be trespassers who either think the track is a place to hang out or commit vandalism.

BTP is enlisting the help of other police forces and the rail industry, including the use of helicopters, to report trespassers. BTP officers will also report any damage to railway property, such as broken fences, so it can be repaired, helping to stop people gaining access to the track.

Chief Inspector Tom Naughton said: “Children and young adults need to understand the dangers of the railway – that’s the message from British Transport Police as our officers spend the next two months targeting trespassers across the network.

“While taking trespassers through the courts remains open to BTP, the main focus of this campaign is prevention – stopping people getting on the track in the first place.

“Our officers have already visited a number of schools to warn children, face-to-face, of the dangers of straying onto the railway.

“We need parents to play their part, too – making children aware of how dangerous a place the railway can be.”

Three incidents last month highlight the dangers of playing on the line all too clearly:

In Warwickshire, a 16-year-old boy suffered serious burns at Rugby when he made contact with overhead power lines while playing with friends.
A train near Ilkeston in Derbyshire hit a concrete block on the track. Police believe it was put there by a group of children seen nearby. Luckily, no-one on the train was injured.

In Essex, BTP was alerted to three children dawdling on a crossing at Westcliffe-on-Sea. A BTP schools liaison officer has spoken to the children at their school.

Operation Intruder is launched at the same time as Network Rail begins working with ten Football League clubs and the Football League Trust on a series of sports activities to divert young people away from trespassing. For more information, please contact Kate Snowden, Network Rail press office. Tel; 020 3356 9530. E-mail: kate.snowden@networkrail.co.uk


Anyone for Pimms?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

‘Saturday 19th July saw over 450 people congregate at St. Margaret’s School, Ifield.

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The rain help off and the sun shone as they all came along for the first afternoon and evening of music and entertainment in a suitably named ‘Pimms and Proms’ event.  The day brought together members from across the school community, including pupils, parents, support staff, teachers, the office staff and assistant head teachers, to share in the buzz and excitement and have a time to socialise and relax.

Head Teacher Mark Sears told us “With the weather on our side, the bar was busy and the stage was rocking!  Two bands, a newly assembled choir and an upcoming female vocalist kindly supported this fundraising event, performing for free. They also helped us to raise a staggering £2,200, which is being put towards our forthcoming wetland project.

Thank you to all those who came and supported this amazing day!  Mark Sears – event organiser.”

There was plenty for the children to do with two bouncy castles, boat swings and tight rope walking….one Mum told us “my child ran off with some other children about an hour ago and I have not seen her since…it’s great! What a fantastic event.”

Along with Pimms and other cold drinks there were burgers an hot dogs for sale along with candyfloss and popcorn.

We popped along to and was very pleasantly surprised at the whole turn out, the bands and of course the delicious pimms which was on sale from the drinks tent. A well organised and successful entertaining event which we really look forward to attending again next year.


Crawley Amateur Boxing Club Awards 2014

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

MATARR WANDA and Tobiano Mancuso were the major winners at the Crawley Boxing Club annual awards day on Sunday in the presence of two of the clubs legends, WBO European Super-Featherweight champ Ben Jones and Bob Edgeworth.

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Wanda, who came so close to a place in the National Schoolboy Finals recently, walked off with a well deserved three, trophies, including the prestigious Paul Parsons Memorial Trophy as the Juniors Boxers Boxer of the Year.

Wanda appears to have the boxing world at his feet, under the watchful eye of his coach the veteran Paddy Harmey. Only the tightest of split decisions in the semi finals of the National championships robbed the Broadfield boxer of a place in the final. But the most knowledgeable of boxing brains at the Three Bridges based club are predicting a bright future in the sport for this outstanding teenager.

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In addition to the top award,Wanda also walked away with the Best Junior and Junior Captain cups, as voted for by his peers. As well as his own punishing training routine the talented Wanda also helps coach the clubs youngest boxers on a Saturday morning, the Nursery class.

And it was three of the boxers from that class who started proceedings off on Sunday with the clubs youngest starlet Harry Parsons, Ryan Exall and Jay Watkins first up to collect their awards. Exall also picked up the trophy as the Nursery class Boxers Boxer.

Senior boxer Mancuso picked up the Club Captain’s award as well as the Roger Pearce Points Cup, while team-mates Hayden Bulloch and James Verbeeton also grabbed a pair of gongs. One of Bulloch’s pieces of silverware was the Bob Edgeworth cup for overall Boxers Boxer, and the former ABA Kingpin made the trip back to Crawley to present the award himself.

There were also awards for Jamie Toone, Luke Breslin, Ronnie Stubbs, Manny Ali, Josh McFall, Byron Jones, Sher Khan and Rahees Ali as Crawley Boxing Club rounded off another superb season in its long and distinguished history.


‘KEEP YOUR SUMMER SOCIALISING FIRE SAFE’ URGE FIREFIGHTERS

Friday, July 18th, 2014

As the county enjoys a prolonged spell of hot weather firefighters in West Sussex are urging people to take a few simple steps to ensure their summer socialising stays safe from fire.

During the summer months dry ground and vegetation increases the risk of a fire in the open igniting or spreading out of control. Each year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is called to extinguish dozens of blazes where BBQs or bonfires have got out of hand or cigarettes have been discarded carelessly.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Community Fire Safety Officer, Jackie Boyle, said:

“The long hot summer we all hoped for is here and we want to help make sure people enjoy it safely. Unfortunately, a moment of thoughtlessness or carelessness can put people’s lives, properties or wildlife at risk.

“We’ve already attended a number of fires in the last two months started by disposable BBQs either not being properly extinguished or the coals not properly discarded so whether you are barbequing at home or venturing out into the countryside, please don’t be complacent about the risk of fire.”

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offers the following basic safety advice:

BBQs:

. Place your barbeque on clear level ground where it will not tip over.
. Use approved barbeque fuel or firelighters to light it, never petrol or paraffin.
. Keep barbeques away from the house, shed, fences, garden furniture or overhanging trees and shrubs.
. Don’t leave your barbeque unattended at any time.
. Empty any spent ash on to bare soil, not into a dustbin.
. If you are lighting a barbeque in the countryside or on the beach – check beforehand that it is an authorised area.
. When using a disposable barbeque make sure the coals are completely cold before throwing them away.
Bonfires:

. Build your bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees.
. Avoid having a bonfire in windy conditions – it increases the likelihood of the fire spreading out of control.
. Don’t leave your bonfire unattended or leave it to smoulder when you have finished – make sure it is fully extinguished.
. Don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going – it can get out of control quickly.
. Don’t build it too big, and make sure it us stable

For more fire safety advice call the Community Fire Safety team on 01243 642879 or www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire

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Dartford Crossing – temporary suspension of charges

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

As a result of an incident on the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing, the Highways Agency has temporarily suspended Charges northbound on the Crossing until further notice.

The decision was made at 4.30pm today (16th July) to help ease the particularly severe congestion which has built up as a result of the emergency and also to reduce the risk of minor collisions in queuing traffic.

We are doing all we possibly can to help keep traffic moving.

The incident, which happened at around 12.30 this afternoon, involved 4 HGVs. We are working hard with our contractors to reopen the west bore as soon as it is safe to do so, which requires approximately 70 metres of the carriageway to be resurfaced. The east bore remains open to traffic.

Issued by the Highways Agency.

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Use Your Loaf Comes To Crawley

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ex chef comes to Crawley to open his very own sandwich bar.

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Graham Strong says that he enjoys giving some nice innovative fresh food to the local people of Crawley at a reasonable price.

Graham has been a chef for 22 years but is still completely hands on.

Graham told us “all our meat comes from Ashurstwood Farm. It’s all Sussex produce along with award winning sausage meat for our sausage rolls. All our cakes are home made. It’s the old saying ‘Use Your Loaf’, so you tell us what you want and we make it for you….everything is just £2.50. We use students from the college to support local employment at our events.

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Graham, the food director and owner of ‘Use Your Loaf’ based at Southgate Parade also has an event catering company called ‘Strong Flavours’ which looks after 14 West End theatres in London. They also do canopies for Lingfield Race Course.

Graham said “we recently did breakfast canapes for Prince Charles and Prince William. We also made 225 canopies for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as he is in London reopening his theatre show CATS.”

After working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for three years, It was suggested by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for Graham to open his own catering company in order to become his personal caterer. Graham told us “it just snowballed from there with us now looking after the 14 West End Theatres.”

Graham said “we are very happy to be back in Crawley supplying to the public. We get allot of builders in who love the breakfast bap. They can have whatever they want and it is still only £2.50. With our catering company ‘Strong Flavours’ we also do events such as weddings, christenings etc.”

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Graham and his staff will be in town at the weekend handing out flyers so please support them and take one or pop along.

Graham has kindly offered to donate canapes to Crawley Happy Times’ 5th Birthday Bash on the 16th August, so if you want to test out how good the food is, please come along.

We would like to thank Graham for speaking to us and wish him all the success in the future.


The Pride Of Crawley, Phil Hayes

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Phil Hayes is our very own legend and is loved by many. Phil thought he was coming for a charity day down at the Cherry Lane Adventure Playground on Saturday 12th July, but he was very wrong.

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Phil is nearly hitting the ripe old age of 80 and even though he officially retired from the Play Services a few years back, Phil still dons his uniform and helps the children across Ifield Road in his role as a lollypop man since 2008. In this role Phil lives up to his usual happy reputation by calling all the children by name, even knowing most of the parents by first name too.

Phil Haynes June 2013 taken by Janice Warrens daughter

Along with Howie Payne, Phil is a volunteer for the Gateway Club which meets every Tuesday evening. The Gateway Club is a specialist organisation that caters for people with learning and physical disabilities between the ages of 16 and 60.  Click here to see more about Gateway.

When we spoke to Phil back in 2009 he said “I find the volunteer work I do really rewarding and fulfilling. I have always been involved in groups. After I played for Millwall I worked for Crawley Borough Council in the play service organising all the adventure playgrounds in the town. I have also been a football coach, helped out with netball clubs and even table tennis clubs. Anything that anyone needs help with really.”

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Sabrina Ebanks Thornback & Tania Thornback, the event organisers told us “Phil Hayes is a massive corner stone of the Crawley community and I think it’s about time we all got together and let him know just how much he’s loved by us all, and has influenced generation after generation of people in and around this area. We were thinking that the obvious choice of venue to hold the amount of people that attended, would be Cherry Lane Adventure Playground. It was a great day and we are all really happy that Phil has been recognised for all the work he does, and continues to do.”

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Boxer Ben Jones paid tribute to Phil saying “if you do not know Phil then you did not grow up in Crawley”. This is probably one of the best ways of describing Phil and we could not agree more. Phil has been a part of, be it big or small, the lives of most children in Crawley for many many years.

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The Mayor Cllr Brenda Smith and her husband Jim attended the event. They insisted on driving themselves instead of being chauffeured so they could spend the rest of the day celebrating with Phil whom they have been friends with for many years.

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Many have suggested nominating Phil Hayes for the Pride Of Britain Awards this year. If you feel, like us and many many others that Phil deserves such recognition, please nominate Phil by clicking here. We have entered Phil into both the Lifetime Achievement and Special Recognition categories. Entries must be received by midnight on Friday 15th August 2014.

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Amazing Community Effort On Behalf Of Our Local Parks

Monday, July 14th, 2014

People from Bewbush were delighted to welcome youngsters into an upgraded play area on Saturday 12th July after managing the project on behalf of their community.

Two years ago the council announced it was to close most of the playgrounds in Bewbush, saying they were now unfit for purpose. Sam Bouglas was very upset about this decision and took it upon herself to start a huge campaign to stop this from happening or to encourage the council to improve the parks that existed. With help from good friends, Toby Shaw from the Community Development Team of Crawley Council and various other councillors, Sam made it happen!

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The newly elected Mayor Brenda Smith attended and told everyone how wonderful she felt the park was.

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The Panel took decisions on all aspects of the project, agreeing the final design in May which features four new pieces of equipment and safety surfacing.

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14-year-old Billy Lewis from Bewbush who was part of the panel, said: “It was great to be given this responsibility and carry-out this work on behalf of Bewbush people. I’m pleased with the choices we made and I thank Crawley Council for giving us the opportunity to do it.”

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Cllr Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, added: “it’s fantastic to see the community get involved like this, it’s exactly the kind of involvement we want to see more of across the town. By letting local people make the choices, we’re making sure they get what they want and I think this will really help to instil pride in their areas.”

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Fast Acting Shaun Carr Is A Local Hero

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Today was not just another day for Shaun Carr and a family of five.

This morning at around 8:55am Shaun Carr was walking down Mowbray Drive after dropping the children to school when he smelt smoke coming from somewhere nearby. Shaun looked around and noticed smoke pouring from a window of a ground floor flat to the left of him.

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Shaun instantly ran to the window and started banging on it to alert anyone who might have been asleep in the flat. Shaun told us he was shouting and banging on the window for a while but there was no response which made him think there may not be anyone inside….but he did not give up trying. The smoke was so thick and black he could not see anything or anyone in the flat. He then decided to try the front door. He went around to the front of the flats where luckily the communal door was open. Shaun went straight to the door where the smoke was coming from and tried to kick it in.

Shaun told us “I tried to kick the door in but I couldn’t. Someone on the next level had heard the commotion and came out to see what was going on so I shouted to them that there was a fire and they had to get out. It was then that is struck me that there were probably other people in the flats too so I ran to each door banging as hard as I could. While I was doing this I called the emergency services. They were already aware of the fire, which is good as I didn’t know the name of the flats. By the time I had reached the top I heard someone say that the man from the ground floor flat had come out so I ran down to see if he was ok. The man was covered in black soot and was panicking. He was shouting that his wife and children were in the flat. He insisted on going back in to get them. I followed him up a ladder to an open window and just as he stepped inside a neighbour informed me the children had left with their mum to go to school so were not in the flat. I shouted to the man and he came back out. He was still very confused and kept asking about his wife and children.”

By this time the neighbours from the houses nearby had come out to help. Shaun told us “myself and another lady sat with the man from the flat and did our best to keep him sat upright and awake. He had taken in allot of smoke and laying down would not have been good for him. We waited until the emergency services arrived who then took over, treating the man with oxygen. He was taken by ambulance to East Surrey Hospital. There was quite a few people and of course police and various emergency services around by this time so I left and went into town.”

Shaun lives in Bewbush with his wife Rachel and works for Metrobus. Before leaving the scene, Shaun calmly called his work to let them know the road was closed advising buses should take an alternative route.

His wife Rachel told us she was so proud of her husband. Rachel said “Shaun has saved a family from loosing their father and husband and for that I could not be more proud of him.”

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We also spoke to Gus Falkingham who lives in the flat opposite on the ground floor. Gus told us “the man is a hero! If it had not been for him I would have never known about it until it was too late. I didn’t smell anything or hear anything. Once I am settled in front of my TV that’s it for me. When he knocked on my door I had no idea up until then. As soon as I opened my door, the smoke hit me. It had filled the stairway and grabbed you by the throat. The man was risking his life just to make us all aware. I care for an elderly lady and had time to get her out, but if that man had not knocked when he did, I am not sure that would have been possible.  I personally would like to thank him for his quick thinking and fast actions in getting us all out.” Gus told us the names of his neighbours are Max and Kelly.

We do not have confirmation on the condition of Max as yet. We wish him a speedy recovery. Our condolences go out to them for the loss of their dog Bullseye who sadly passed away shortly after being rescued from the flat.

This incident just reiterates how important it is to have a fitted working smoke alarm. Unfortunately this family did not have one. If they had, they may have had much more notice to evacuate than they did this morning. Here is a link to a report sent to us today by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Please read and share with your friends.

London Road Reopens…..at last!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The London Road has been closed in both directions then partially since the 10th April after a large hole appeared after a burst water pipe.

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Yesterday (7th July) the road finally reopened.

Thames Water apologise for any inconvenience caused.

They wrote “the A23 between the Fleming Way and Lowfield Heath roundabouts is now fully reopen. Both lanes in both directions. It reopened yesterday.”

 

Sussex Police Support Grassroots Suicide Prevention With A Donation Of £250

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Brighton Police have donated £250 to Grassroots Suicide Prevention to fund the “Tell Me” campaign.

The charity teaches suicide alertness and intervention skills to community members and professionals in Brighton.

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The “Tell Me” campaign asks individuals to sign up and commit to looking out for people who may be having thoughts of suicide, to listen to them, and help them get the support they need. Pledge signers also promise to seek help for themselves if they need it.

Chris Brown of Grassroots said: “Grassroots Suicide Prevention is thrilled to receive this funding from Sussex Police. We will use the money to help us promote our ‘Tell Me’ suicide prevention pledge in Brighton and Hove. Our target is for 2, 700 local people to take a simple pledge to have open, direct and honest conversations about suicide if they are concerned about themselves or someone else. In doing so, community members will be helping us to make Brighton and Hove a suicide safer city. Learn more about Suicide Safer Brighton & Hove and take the pledge at http://bit.ly/TMPledge

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.


When Lightning Strikes….It Leaves A Huge Hole!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

At 2.41pm on Saturday 28th June, Liam Bouzan was in the front room with his sisters and cousin when suddenly there was a flash followed closely by a huge bang. Their house had just been struck by lightning.

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The lightning struck in the girls bedroom

Liam’s family home is in Padstow Walk, Bewbush. Liam told us he ran upstairs to check on his Mum as she was in her bedroom with his Auntie. “I knew we had been hit by the lightning. I popped my head into my sisters room and it was full of smoke. I went to check on my Mum, who thought a light bulb had blown but what she didn’t realise was she had actually been struck by the lightning herself which has left a red line running down her back. The fire services told us the damage to my Mum would have been much worse if she hadn’t been wearing rubber slippers. I always thought that was a myth, but apparently not. They said the rubber slippers helped earth Mum so that is where it stopped. I ran downstairs and got everyone out of the house. It was then we saw the damage it had done to the roof.”

(L-R) Liam, sister Megan and Mum Julie

Imogen Covey, Liam’s sister told us she was just about to cut her cousin’s hair when the house shook and there was a loud bang. “I just ran out of the house. It was a little freaky as I do not normally make cakes but I did that day and had called Liam down to try one just moments before the lightning strike….or he would have been the first person the lightning hit if he was still lying on his bed”.

Liam and his life saving sister Imogen

Jake, Liam’s cousin said “I was really scared because my Mum was upstairs with my Auntie. I thought it was an explosion.”

Megan Covey, Liam’s other sister said “I was cooking at the time and thought the oven had blown up. It was really scary. I have never experienced anything like that before.”

The lightning bolt ripped a hole through the roof

We met Liam’s next door neighbour Diane Bright who told us “It sounded like a bomb going off and then all I could hear were the kids screaming. All the neighbours heard it and came out. My niece said one of her friends came from over the field as he saw it was going to hit somewhere and he was worried it would be his house. But he said he saw it hit the house next door to me. It was really scary to be honest. They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place don’t they…..”

We popped over to meet the family and speak to them about their ordeal.


UPDATED – Fears For Missing Zoe Tatton Highten

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Update: 01/07/14

Missing Worthing woman, Zoe Tatton, has been found safe around 5pm this evening (Monday, June 30th).

She was located in the Horsham area and members of the public are thanked for their help.

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Police are concerned for the welfare of Zoe Tatton, 21, who went missing from her home in Worthing on Sunday afternoon (29th June).

Zoe had been seen by her flat mate at Rowlands Road, Worthing, just after 3pm but when he returned home two hours later she had left leaving behind a note and her mobile phone. She was later found by staff at Crawley Hospital in the early hours of Monday (30 June) and was taken to the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, Surrey, for an assessment. But she made off from there at about 9.30am.

Please look out for Zoe or ask her to call home if you know where she might be

Please look out for Zoe or ask her to call home if you know where she might be

PC Mark Green said: “There is a real concern for Zoe who suffers from depression. She maybe in the Redhill area, Surrey, as this was the last sighting of her or she may have returned to Sussex. We urge Zoe to contact us to say she is OK. If anyone recognises her and knows where she is they are asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial of 29/6.”


Help Save Rowfant House!!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Rowfant House has been an iconic presence just on the cuff of Crawley for many many years. It is now under threat of being sold off and apartments built on the land.

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The History of Rowfant House is a great one indeed. Although Rowfant house is often described as an Elizabethan manor house, it
is, in fact, a mixture of 15th, 16th,18th and 19th century architecture, so skilfully and harmoniously blended that it is thought of as wholly Elizabethan. In the entrance hall there is a panel of three portraits: Henry VIII, his daughter, Elizabeth I, and his father, Henry VII.

The Locker–Lampson family, owners of Rowfant House from 1848 until 1962, comprised a colourful group, particularly Oliver Stillingfleet Locker-Lampson, barrister, journalist, MP for 35 years and Commander of an Armoured Car Unit in the First World War. It was during his escapades in the First World War that Oliver came into close contact with the Czar of Russia and agreed to help smuggle the Czar to safety in the West. However, the Czar would not leave his wife and children behind and in doing so condemned them all to a terrible fate.

The Ministry of Defence requisitioned Rowfant House during the Second World War and Winston Churchill, who was a personal friend of Oliver’s, spent many enjoyable hours there.

After the Second World War, Latvians who had fled from their country before its occupation by the Soviet Union were living in Germany as Displaced Persons. In 1946-48, recruited by the British as what were known as European Volunteer Workers, thousands of them arrived in Great Britain.

When the Latvian Lutheran Church in London started to lease Rowfant House from the Locker-Lampson family in 1953, it had for some years been left empty and in a dilapidated condition, but the Latvian Church through the voluntary work of its members soon made the house habitable again and began to use it for residential purposes and for a variety of community events.

In 1962 the Latvian Church purchased Rowfant House from the Locker-Lampson family. Rowfant House Ltd was set up as a registered charity to own and run Rowfant House, which it now does on behalf of the whole of the Latvian Lutheran Church in Great Britain.

There was also a Book Club started in Cleveland who asked permission to use the Rowfant name. This is still going today.

We have been to Rowfant for various events in the past. When attending a business breakfast networking group, which met at Rowfant for around three years, we always found it breathtaking and peaceful on arrival.

Lisa Comber told us “I was married there on the 23rd June 2007….such a beautiful place.

Lisa Comber got married at Rowfant back in June 2007

Lisa Comber got married at Rowfant back in June 2007

Adam Smith of Crawley told us “we went there recently with some friends for the afternoon. It was great and very peaceful with beautiful surroundings. The ideal place to go for a quiet drink with the dog and our daughter, who were able to play on the green. The man behind the bar was really friendly, and we all enjoyed it so much we were looking at making it a regular gathering and even thinking of trying their food next time.”

Kathryn Marchant said “Horsham and District Sands used it recently for our butterfly release. Crawley Happy Times kindly wrote about it for us. It was a beautiful day. The grounds are fabulous and it was really appreciated by all of us who have lost a baby.”

Susie Evans, MD of Avensys Wedding and Venue Decoration told us “Rowfant is such a lovely venue and we hope they do save it! We have worked with Claire and the team for a few years now. Such a lovely and very reasonably priced venue for any occasion. Here is a picture of a recent vintage tea party wedding we dressed in the Great Hall. We would be more than willing to help with any fundraising events.”

The vintage tea party wedding we dressed in the Great Hall

The vintage tea party wedding we dressed in the Great Hall

Amanda Madel told us “I got married in Antigua in 2006 and Rowfant was the perfect venue for our wedding reception upon our return! The staff were all so incredibly helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The bar staff were lovely, food was brilliant. I couldn’t fault it at all. The grounds are just beyond stunning for wedding photos, or any kind of photos to be honest! There is a gorgeous bridge over the pond/lake.

It was also incredibly reasonably priced too. I couldnt believe how little it cost! I seriously hope Rowfant can be saved. Its beautiful.

Angela Frazer told us “I got married there less than 2 years ago. I loved it so much. The staff could’t have been more helpful. The venue is so beautiful. We were so pleased. It wasn’t just another wedding venue it actually felt special and unique. Here are some pictures from our very special day thanks to Rowfant House and the staff.”

Angela said the staff were excellent

Angela said the staff were excellent

The pictures were fantastic because of the idyllic setting

The pictures were fantastic because of the idyllic setting

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The Lake was just stunning

We would like to encourage anyone who can help save this magnificent piece of history for us all to enjoy for many years to come, to please get in touch with us to see what we can do.

We went along to speak to Lisa Porter CEO of Rowfant House….a very interesting and educational interview:

Let’s SAVE ROWFANT HOUSE!!

Some more great photos from Sarah Fisher Photography:

Compliments of Sarah Fisher Photography

Compliments of Sarah Fisher Photography

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Compliments of Sarah Fisher Photography

 

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Compliments of Sarah Fisher Photography


Mayhem Caused By Minor Accident

Friday, June 27th, 2014

When a car side swiped another vehicle at around 14.30 today (27th June) on the Ifield roundabout, it caused mayhem for road users.

The traffic on the A23 from Cheals roundabout to the Ifield roundabout was bumper to bumper. Not only was it just about school leaving time but it is Friday so most businesses would also be closing around this time too.

CHT reader Amy Soper sent us some pictures which she took from the Goffs Park Bridge showing the chaos this minor accident caused.

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Not The Outcome We All Hoped For

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

We recently put out an appeal on facebook for missing Amir Scott on behalf of his brother Zac who wrote to us saying “my brother Amir Scott has been missing for over 36 hours and was last seen Sunday night in Hove at 7pm. He was popping out to pick up some milk for his daughter and has not returned. He was in good spirits and was wearing a blue and green striped Ralph Lauren top with white shorts and white vans.”

Our readers shared it over 300 times. Sadly, the news today was not the outcome we were all hoping for.

Police were called to a report of the body of a man found in a field at Truleigh Hill, on the South Downs near Upper Beeding, on Tuesday evening (24th June).

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The body was found by a farmer at 5.25pm. A car found nearby is thought to have belonged to the dead man, who is still to be formally identified but who is believed to be a 28-year old man from Hove who had been reported missing on 23rd June, having last been seen the previous evening, 22nd June.

DI Jim McKinght said: “His family is aware of his death, which we are treating as unexplained. We are investigating the circumstances and the Coroner has been informed.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Amir.


Budding Author Alastair Puddick Speaks About His Number One Novel

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Budding Author Alastair Puddick is a modest publisher who’s book has made it to Amazon’s No 1 Best Seller in the Humorous Fiction category.

This is a great achievement, especially as it is Alastair’s first ever published book.

Alastair is a writer and editor who has worked for various magazines and websites. Alastair is currently employed as a copywriter and lives in Crawley with his fiancée Laura.

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Alastair told us he loved to write and always knew he would get a book published one day. He told us “I have always done writing in one form or another. When I was younger I naively thought ‘surely everyone wants to write a book’, but of course that is not the case. I sent my book to many publishers and didn’t get anything back as first, so I tried again. This time I had a publisher contact me and say they liked the story and wanted to publish the book. It is called ‘The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring. It’s probably slightly based on myself in a sense, but not completely. I won’t give too much of the story away but I have never done a bank robbery, so it’s not all based on my life. The relevance mainly comes from the work side of things.”

We asked Alastair what advice he would give to any other writers out there who were looking to get published. Alastair said “just don’t give up. Determination is the key. If you’re going to write a book, then just do it. It will take a long time, but it is worth it. I would advice anyone interested in writing to read lots of different books to get a taste of writing styles. It is not as easy as I first thought to get published, but if one says no, it does not mean they will all say no. If you think the book is good enough….just keep going”.

We asked Alastair if he was thinking of writing another book to which he told us he had already started. He has done eleven chapters so far. We look forward to reading it.

If you would like to support Alastair, and love a good read, click here to order your copy today :-)

We would like to wish local Author Alastair Puddick all the best for a successful publishing career.


Another Bright Successful Race For Life 2014

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

CRAWLEY RACE FOR LIFE TURNS PASSION INTO PROGRESS TO HELP MORE PEOPLE SURVIVE CANCER

Thousands of women united at Tilgate Park on Wednesday evening with one mission in mind – to conquer cancer.

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Now Cancer Research UK is calling on Crawley’s formidable army of mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls to make every step count by paying in their sponsorship money as soon as possible.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to fund life-saving research.

Fiona Miller, Race for Life event manager for Crawley, said: “I want to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to everyone who took part in Race for Life, and their supporters, as well as our heroic volunteers.

“It was a fantastic evening, full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as over 2,500 women joined forces to show cancer who’s boss.

“Now I’m asking all the women who took part, and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them, to transform their passion into progress by returning the money they have raised as soon as possible.

“Cancer Research UK doesn’t receive any Government funding for its ground-breaking work. So every single individual contribution matters. It enables our researchers to help more men, women and children in Crawley survive this devastating disease.

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“Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event. It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference. So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible. It can be paid in online, by phone or by cheque.”

Every day, around 120 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South East*. But the good news is that research, supported by Race for Life events in the South East, is helping more people survive than ever before.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Today, more than 95% of men diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured. More women are surviving breast cancer and more children are surviving childhood cancers than ever before.

Nell Barrie, Cancer Research UK’s Senior Science Communication Manager, said: “We want to see people with every type of cancer, including those that are hard to treat, get the same chances of living a long life. The progress made over the last 40 years shows we are moving in the right direction.

“As advances accelerate, our researchers are already laying the foundations for new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. These include personalised medicine where patients will have treatment tailored to their cancer, immunotherapy which harnesses the immune system to target the disease, better screening and tests to diagnose cancer earlier, and ways to help prevent the disease in people who are at risk.

“But each year more and more people are diagnosed with cancer, so there’s still much more to do. That’s why we need we need everyone who took part in Race for Life in Crawley to make every step count by supporting our doctors, nurses and scientists so they can take strides forward in the fight against this devastating disease.”

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org.