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Lucky escape for family after tumble dryer catches fire in East Grinstead

A family had a lucky escape in East Grinstead after a tumble dryer caught fire in the early hours of the morning.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to a semi-detached house on Lingfield Road just after 1.30 Friday morning.  The tumble dryer had been left running overnight and caught fire.

The family, which included three generations, managed to escape unharmed after their fire alarms sounded.

Fire crews are urging people to be aware of the risks of leaving electrical appliances running unattended overnight.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Safety Advice:

. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your appliance

. Regularly clean the fluff or lint filter

. Don’t run your appliance overnight or while you are out

. Keep your tumble dryer in a well-ventilated area and ensure the vent pipe is not blocked or crushed

. Don’t overload your appliance

. Have your appliance serviced by a qualified engineer

Further fire safety advice is available at

CCTV stills released in connection with fraud in Crawley

CCTV images have been released of a man wanted in connection with recent telephone and courier fraud in Crawley.

During the last few days of February three elderly people were conned out of approximately £9000.

An 85 year-old woman was coerced into handing over bank cards losing over £3500; a 73 year-old man was contacted by telephone from someone claiming to be from a fraud squad and he, too, handed over bank cards to a courier where later just under £4000 was taken.

In a third case a 95-year-old man received a call claiming the victim had money connected to a robbery.  He handed over around £2000 to a man who collected at the door.



Surrey Police Officers and Staff Commended

Officers and Staff at Surrey Police have been recognised for outstanding performance.

A Divisional Commendation Ceremony was held last week and a number of people were commended for their determination, quick-thinking, tenacity and courage.

In one situation PC Elliott Hartley gave no thought to his own safety when he jumped into a pond after giving chase to a woman who had run off from East Surrey Hospital.

Woman bitten by dog in Horley

A woman has been bitten by a dog in Horley.

The victim in her thirties was reportedly walking along the High Street around 2 o’clock last Wednesday afternoon when a dog approached and bit her.

A verbal altercation between the woman and the owner of the dog, thought to be a Mastiff, then occurred.

Police would like to speak with the owner who has been described as a white man around 35-40 years old with a medium build; short fair hair and facial stubble.

The dog had fawn coloured fur patches and was wearing a thin chain as a collar.


Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run in Newchapel

A man has died following a collision in Newchapel.

The incident occurred in West Park Road around half-past nine Sunday night.  A black Nissan Navara was also involved and it failed to stop.

The 40 year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second pedestrian involved was taken to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and has since been released.

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving and driving whilst unfit through drink.