A house in Meadowcroft Close, East Grinstead was burgled between 5.50pm and 7pm on Monday, 8 February.
A large window was smashed and amongst the items stolen was a 48″ curved Samsung television, two ipads and some costume jewellery.
Enquiries have established that a sharp-eyed neighbour saw a person running along Meadowcroft Close towards Heathcote Drive at this time.
He is described as black, aged 18 to 22, 5’11” to 6′ tall, of slim build and with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top, jeans and training shoes.
Detective Constable Gavin Percival of the West Sussex Priority Crime Team said; “The TV would probably have required two people to carry it and although it was dark at the time many people would be returning home from work and may have seen something.
“If you did see anyone carrying such an item, know where it is now or have any other information that could assist, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting serial 1312 of 09/02. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 www.crimestoppers-org.uk.”
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A scheme to relocate the town police station to a refurbished area of the Chequer Mead Arts Centre has been approved by Mid Sussex planners and the project put out to tender.
“The force places great importance in partnership working, and is proud that relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving the facilities for the local community in East Grinstead,” said Chief Inspector Dave Padwick, District Commander for Crawley and Mid Sussex.,
“The future success of local policing is not just about how we work but where we work, and being within the heart of our communities increases the accessibility and visibility of the neighbourhood policing team.
“This supports our aim to help those more vulnerable and be ready to deploy our resources where there is greatest need.
“The location change for East Grinstead Police Station has been carefully considered and has been in full consultation with all partners affected by this move to ensure Sussex Police have the optimum mix of buildings in the right locations, including co-location with partners, to deliver the best service possible for our communities.”
Pete Jenkins, manager of Chequer Mead Art Centre, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Sussex Police to the premises.
“Not only will it bring guaranteed revenue to Chequer Mead, but will also bring the police into a vibrant community facility, closer to town and accessible to so many more people in the local area.”
Any development and changes to Sussex Police Estates are not being progressed in isolation. Decisions are also informed by Sussex Police’s Local Policing Plan with the aim of delivering a police service that is sustainable and flexible to deal with future demand, and meeting the current challenges of greatly reducing costs whilst maintaining a service that protects the public, keeps communities safe, catches criminals and places victims at the heart of policing.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “Co-locating the police within Chequer Mead brings the police closer to the heart of the community they serve. In other locations in Sussex, we have already seen the benefits of co-locating police with other services in buildings which the public access regularly.
“I have made a promise to the public that no police stations will close before a suitable alternative can be identified.
“Some of the Sussex police estate is quite old, with officers working in spaces that are often costly to run, and often not conveniently sited for easy public access.
“Our estates strategy aims to modernise the police workplace for the benefit of officers and staff and also improve the public’s experience. It also aims to realise the greatest possible return from the disposal of inefficient sites allowing us to reinvest in refurbished or new spaces.”
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THE decision by Mid Sussex District Council to give permission for the demolition of Harwood House, the childhood home of author and Hollywood screen writer Neil Gaiman, has dashed the Town Council’s hopes that it might be possible to “list’ the building, given its literary associations.
But when we contacted Neil to ask whether he would be sad to see this relic of childhood disappear, he took the news rather stoically.
“Not really,” he admitted. “I loved the original Edwardian Harwood House, long since demolished, but never managed to love that one.”
But Neil did feature Harwoods Lane in his last novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane which also employed a literary farm “mashup” of Boyles Farm and Busses Farm, and the pond which was at the original gatehouse to Herontye.
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MID Sussex District Council decided on 147 East Grinstead planning applications between 27 April and 12 October this year.
They concurred with 116 (79% of the total) of the Town Council’s recommendations for approval, and with 12 (8%) of their recommendations for refusal but in 19 instances – which represented 13% of the total applications received – they over-ruled East Grinstead Town Council’s decisions.
Among their decision at variance with EGTC was the granting of approval for the demolition of Harwood House, Harwoods Lane to make way for three detached homes and a home office – an application the Town Council had recommended for refusal.
Harwood House is the former home of Hollywood screen writer and author Neil Gaiman (top right).
After hearing that the Town Council wanted to to find out if it was possible to “list” Harwood House, to save it from demolition East Grinstead Online contacted Gaiman and asked him what he thought of the idea.
And within minutes, he’d come back to us expressing his surprise.
“Jaw slightly dropped at that,” he admitted. “I wish them luck and all the best with it.”
But it seems Harwood House’s luck has now run out.
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IN his first week back at the House after retaining his Mid Sussex seat in the 7 May Election, town MP Sir Nicholas Soames tweeted his appreciation of a sunny day in Parliament Square with this shot of his grandfather Sir Winston Churchill’s statue.
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MID Sussex District Council has unanimously agreed the draft District Plan for publication and submission to Central Government.
The draft District Plan was discussed at a special meeting of Mid Sussex District Council on Wednesday 18 when Councillors approved it for a public consultation in May 2015, ahead of submission to Central Government in July 2015.
The Plan sets out in broad terms what, where, when and how development will take place in Mid Sussex over the next 17 years and has been prepared with the help of Town and Parish Councils in Mid Sussex to make sure it reflects the views of local communities.
It aims to support sustainable growth and jobs whilst also protecting the beautiful environment and ecology of the District, and contains detailed policies which underpin these objectives and provide a framework for development until 2031.
Extensive research has been carried out to identify how many new homes should be built in Mid Sussex each year in order to meet the need for local housing.
The draft Plan aims to facilitate 650 homes per year, a sensible level of new housing and employment space that supports jobs, the economy and the needs of neighbouring areas.
“Our draft District Plan takes a balanced approach to the future development of Mid Sussex,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Planning (top).
“It supports our local economy, it ensures future generations can continue to live locally and it protects the special characteristics of Mid Sussex that make this part of the world such a wonderful place to live.
“This final public consultation gives local people one more chance to have their say on the future of Mid Sussex. The District Plan will then be sent to the Government for examination and I am eager to see it adopted because it will provide our local communities with greater protection against unwelcome planning applications.”
The finalised plan will be published for public consultation after the national and local elections in May. It is expected that examination of the Plan and supporting documentation will take place towards the end of 2015.
* Further details and supporting documentation can be found at: www.midsussex.gov.uk/districtplan.
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FIRE crews attended a blaze at a house in Lingfield Road in the early hours of this morning after a tumble dryer caught alight.
A smoke alarm at the property alerted householders and crews were in attendance just after 1.3oam.
Ten per cent of the ground floor was damaged by the fire and 50% was damaged by smoke.
Firemen isolated the electrics and ventilated the house before removing the tumble dryer from the premises.
A Red Cross Support Unit also attended the incident which was declared safe at 2.46am.
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THE next Town Council Planning meeting will take place in the Council Chamber at East Court from 7pm on Monday (8 December).
Among the items on the agenda are the development of land adjacent to Greenstede House in Wood Street which was formerly a parking area for offices.
The offices themselves are now being redeveloped as flats with their own parking and it is proposed that a new building should be erected on the site which will create 14 new flats over undercroft parking.
Permission is also being sought for security accommodation on the Caffyn’s site, where work is due to start in the New Year.
And councillors will also consider an application for the rebuilding of the retaining wall on the west boundary of St Swithun’s.
For the full agenda see: http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/pdf/meetings/planning/Agenda%20and%20list%20-%2008th%20December%202014.pdf
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