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Two people injured as ‘shots fired’ outside Crawley College

Crawley College Incident: 26/04/2021 

27/04/21, 15:15: We continue to assist the police with their investigations.

Crawley College will remain closed on Wednesday 28 April.

We will provide a further update as soon as this is available.


27/04/21, 09:25: At just after 3pm yesterday, the police received reports of shots being fired on College Road, Crawley. Police and armed police were swiftly on the scene and a man was detained with the help of staff from the College. A firearm and knife were seized at the scene.

Two members of our staff at Crawley College sustained minor injuries during the incident but these were not gun shot wounds. Both members of staff have received treatment and will make a full recovery. In the aftermath of the incident, students and staff were evacuated to a safe space whilst the police carried out a thorough search of the campus and buildings. The College will remain closed today (Tuesday 27th April) as we continue to assist the Police with their enquiries. 

Our priority is and will remain the safety of our students and staff and we will continue to work closely with Sussex Police in respect of their investigation. At this stage, all lines of enquiry remain open. We appreciate what a traumatic experience it must have been for all who were involved at Crawley in both the incident itself and the subsequent lockdown. We would like to thank everyone for their support and resilience during the course of yesterday afternoon and evening – including the Police and emergency services. We will be offering counselling services to our students and staff.


26/04/21, 20:15: 
Further to the incident on Monday 26th April, the College will be closed on Tuesday 27th April whilst we continue to support Police with enquires.

Further information will follow when available.


26/04/21, 16:30: We are aware of an incident at Crawley College this afternoon.

Sussex Police are currently present on the scene and a man has been detained.

We are awaiting further information from the Police.

At this time, we are not aware of any serious injuries.

Our priority remains the safety of students & staff.

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