Praise for festive revellers as figures show drop in arrests

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Littlehampton
Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Littlehampton

There were no arrests for alcohol related crime or violent conduct in Crawley on New Year’s Eve.

And arrests over the Christmas party period (December 22-29) took a huge dip to 19 compared with 33 the year before.

The figures, which have just been released, were welcomed by police, business leaders and councillors.

Cllr Michael Jones, chair of Crawley Borough Council’s licensing committee, said: “I’d like to congratulate the local publicans, the police and our council licensing officers for making sure our pubs and clubs had such an excellent and safe Christmas and New Year.

“I’d also like to thank them for supporting the Water Angels campaign.

“It’s encouraging news and this record would be the envy of many local council areas. It shows how safe and friendly a night out in Crawley really is and I think that’s worth celebrating.”

West Sussex County Council’s Water Angels campaign was launched in Crawley during the party season, encouraging people to drink water during the evening.

Crawley District Commander, Justina Beeken, said: “New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights for Crawley and I am pleased that people were able to enjoy it safely without major disruption.

“This shows the good partnership work between the police and the various agencies is paying off and helping to reduce alcohol-related crime and violent conduct in the town.”

The council worked closely with police to visit the majority of pubs, clubs and bars in the area before the party season; while landlords played an increasingly active role during busy evenings as opposed to concentrating their efforts behind the bar.

Karen Methven, manager of Crawley and Gatwick Business Watch, said: “These figures are great news for Crawley. They highlight the good partnership work between Crawley and Gatwick Business Watch Pubwatch members and our scheme partners.

“Throughout the year we regularly meet to look at what suitable measures can be put in place not only to tackle those who have caused problems, but what preventative measures could be considered to reduce incidents occurring in the future.

“We are delighted that our continued hard work has resulted in a significant drop in incidents, proving that Crawley’s evening economy is not only vibrant but most importantly, it’s safe too.”