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13 arrested in Horsham brawl

Thirteen teenagers aged between 13 and 19 years-old have been arrested following a large scale fight in Horsham.

The brawl happened in the town centre at about 23:00 on Monday.

At least 3 people have been seriously injured.

Officers also seized a number of weapons.

New council cabinet in Crawley

Two  councillors have been appointed cabinet members by the leader of Crawley Borough Council at an annual meeting last Friday.

Councillor Bob Noyce, has become cabinet member for Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change

While former Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tahira Rana is cabinet member for Resources.

Man jailed for pharmacy robberies

A man has been jailed for a series of pharmacy burglaries in Crawley.

30-year-old, David Pritchard, broke into several pharmacies and stole large quantities of prescription drugs during 22 March and 11 April.

He was identified as the suspect for each incident and was arrested and charged

Pritchard pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court where he was sentenced to 23 in prison.

Crawley Park in the Spotlight

Conservation work at a park managed by Crawley Borough Council is currently featured on the prestigious Oxford University website.

Worth Park, renowned for its biodiversity, rare plants and award-winning trees, has a page on the Jewish Country Houses section due to its connections with the Montefiore and Rothschild families.

On the university website, park head gardener Steve Peters writes about the park’s rich history and the ongoing work to maintain it for future generations to enjoy.

These gardens do have a history and now they also have a future that complements this heritage rather than detracts from it through a programme of environmentally-beneficial developments. The park has become a rich tapestry of history and ecological correctness for all to enjoy today and tomorrow.

Steve

Head Gardener

It is not every day that you are given a platform on the website of such a distinguished academic institution as Oxford University and we are delighted that Worth Park is featured in this way. Our gardeners work extremely hard to look after our parks and gardens and it is really satisfying that they are being recognised in this way.

Councillor Chris Mullins

Cabinet member for Leisure and Wellbeing

Crawley Borough Council

To read the article go to Jewish Country Houses’ websiteOpens in new window.

Recently a document, Worth Park conservation report 2023 to 2024 – Conserving and increasing biodiversity at Worth Park, has become a worldwide template for green spaces celebrating Keep Britain Tidy’s prestigious Green Flag awards.

Worth Park, which has both Green Flag and Green Heritage status, was completely restored a decade ago.

Crawley Battery Fire

Firefighters are urging residents to dispose of lithium-ion batteries safely following a recent fire caused by an electric scooter that had been thrown in a household bin.

Crews responded to the fire in Crawley on Wednesday (24 May) which started in the back of a refuse collection lorry.

The e-scooter’s lithium-ion battery ignited inside the refuse lorry after having been thrown away in a household waste bin.

Upon arrival the crews extinguished the fire and left the electric scooter submerged in water at Crawley recycling centre to prevent it reigniting.

Christopher Barker, Watch Manager at Crawley Fire Station, said: “All types of batteries, including lithium-ion batteries, pose a serious risk when thrown away in general waste or recycling bins, as this incident clearly shows.

“Never put batteries in your household bins. They can become damaged from crushing during the collection and sorting process, causing paper, plastics, and other materials to catch alight.

“Large lithium-ion batteries such as those from e-scooters can be taken to your nearest recycling centre where staff on site will be able to advise on where to dispose of them.

“Many shops and supermarkets have designated collection points where you can recycle small batteries, or alternatively you can take them to your local recycling centre.

“Our Blue Watch crew have been visiting local waste disposal sites to educate people on the safe disposal of items containing lithium-ion batteries.”

For more information on recycling batteries and electrical items safely, please visit our website: www.westsussex.gov.uk/wasteelectricals