More Crawley bobbies on the beat during festive period

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Crawley’s top cop will put more bobbies on the beat during the festive period in the town centre.

Chief Inspector David Padwick said the crackdown on anti-social behaviour would see more uniformed officers patrolling the area from the end of November.

Mr Padwick said: “I will be very keen to ensure that the public of Crawley and visitors to town can go about their business in the town centre without being harassed in anyway and to support businesses to reduce crime.”

Police could issue dispersal orders to stop anti-social behaviour in the area.

Mr Padwick, who took up his post in August, said police used the Section 35 directions to remove people in Three Bridges in response to residents’ concerns.

Officers had arrested seven people during a campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood.

Mr Padwick said officers had dealt with a recent spike in burglaries in town but vowed to bring the number down further.

Police had searched four properties in Broadfield and Southgate and arrested three suspects, who were released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Crawley’s burglary rate had dropped from last year.

He said: “We are continuing to urge people in the town to be vigilant and let us know if they see anything out of the ordinary or suspicious.

“Please make sure you lock your doors and windows and leave a light on in the evenings when you’re out now the evenings are getting darker.”

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