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Thursday 4 January 2018

Weekly Brighton and Hove update

Good morning Brighton and Hove, and happy new year!

Welcome to our first weekly email update of 2018, we hope you find the information useful. 

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On 1st January Sussex Police celebrated its 50th anniversary. It has been exactly five decades since the borough forces of Hastings, Eastbourne, and Brighton, and the county forces of East Sussex and West Sussex, came together in January 1968 to form Sussex Police.

Back then we saw the introduction of the Ford Escort, rock band Led Zeppelin and BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.

It is also the year five and ten pence coins were introduced in preparation for decimalisation in 1971, the M1 was completed and the first Isle of Wight Festival was held.

But while much has changed since then, including the way Sussex Police operates, the force’s core values remain the same – protecting people from harm, catching criminals and keeping communities safe.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of changes which have been necessary in order to maintain and improve our policing services. However, much remains the same, as outlined by our force priorities - to keep communities’ safe and feeling safe, to identify and protect vulnerable people, and to prevent and respond to harm.

“We are a workforce of individuals who serve with dedication, professionalism and moral courage. While doing so, our staff and officers have empathy, they have good humour in going about their duties, and most of all they have compassion.

“The landscape of policing has changed so much over 50 years. I am heartened by how strong we are as a force today, and I really do believe we are in a strong position to continue to protect our communities across the county.

“That’s why I invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of Sussex Police.”

Throughout the next 12 months, we will be exploring a number of themes which show how dramatically things have changed – while others have remained almost exactly the same – over the past 50 years since Sussex Police formed.

Take a trip down memory lane, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts - and follow #SussexPolice50 - for oddities and throwbacks from times gone by.


Crime summary

Central Brighton

 Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 12

 Vehicle Crime - 11

 Criminal Damage - 8

 Robbery - 1

East Brighton

 Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 9

 Vehicle Crime - 10

 Criminal Damage - 15

 Robbery - 2


 Burglary both Dwelling and businesses -  13

 Vehicle Crime - 10

 Criminal Damage - 7

 Robbery - 0

A number of the burglaries reported were attempted rather than successful, with the would-be burglar failing to gain access because of basic security measures, such as properly locking windows and doors. Take a look at our tips for protecting yourself against burglary protection here on our site:
Please report any suspicious activity to us by calling 101.


Good news

Our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving resulted in 195 arrests, helping to make the roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike through the festive period. This represents a slight fall in arrests compared with the same operation the year before, with 13 fewer drivers found to be driving under the influence.

Despite the end of this dedicated campaign, we will continue to proactively tackle  drunk and drug driving throughout the year.

Read more here:


Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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