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Lockdown Easing: Public Services Urge Sussex and Surrey To Stay Safe

Sussex and Surrey residents are being urged to stay safe ahead of pubs and restaurants reopening tomorrow.  

Sussex Resilience Forum partners, which include blue light services and health, ask people to avoid putting a strain on the NHS.  Local services are preparing for a surge in demand with the relaxation of the social distancing measures. It comes after incidents last week where huge numbers of visitors left roads gridlocked near Camber.  

In Surrey, there will be extra police patrols to ensure the public are safe.  Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, thanked residents for their continued support ahead of the easing of the lockdown restrictions.  He says it’s important for people to take responsibility for looking after each other by following Government guidelines.

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Mercer’s Lake: Swimming Danger Warning

Residents in Merstham and Nutfield have been urged not to gather at, or swim in, Mercers Lake. 

Last weekend a dispersal order was in force at Mercers Country Park in Nutfield.  This follows recent reports of antisocial behaviour, damage and public order offences at the site. 

Tandridge District Council has reminded residents of the dangers of swimming in the lake; open water is much colder than a pool and abandoned items in the water can cause injuries. 

Parents are urged to take note if their children are leaving home with swimming costumes or towels as currently there are no swimming pools open due to Covid-19.

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Second Crawley Councillor quits Labour Party

A second councillor from Crawley has resigned from the Labour Party – leaving the Conservatives with the most seats on the borough council.

Rory Fiveash, who represents Bewbush and North Broadfield, announced his decision today.

It comes less than a day after fellow councillor, Karen Sudan, quit the party following allegations of anti-Semitism.

Meanwhile, Crawley Conservative MP Henry Smith said now was not the time for the local Labour Party to be engaged in “personality politics”.

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Police appeal for witness in Reigate

Surrey Police are still looking for two witnesses after a woman reported she was raped in Priory Park in Reigate last month.

Investigating officers are keen to speak to a man and a woman who may have been in Priory Park around 4pm on 9th June.

It is believed they may have spoken to the victim and the suspect in the park at around the time of the assault.

A 30-year-old man from Romford has been arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released under investigation.

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