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Friday 19 January 2018

Good morning Brighton and Hove!
We hope you find the following weekly update useful.

News and appeals

Two arrested after burglaries in Kemp Town

We are investigating a series of burglaries to houses and flats in the Kemp Town area of Brighton and have made two arrests.

Officers carried out a search warrant on Thursday (18 January) in the city and detained a 40-year-old London man on suspicion of burglary and a woman aged 37 from Brighton on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

There have been seven offences in a very small area since 22 December, including College Road, College Gardens, Great College Street, Montague Place and Abbey Road. Three of the offences happened in Great College Street on Monday and Tuesday, 15 and 16 January.

The burglaries have taken place at varying times of day, and mainly electrical items such as laptops and mobiles have been stolen. Police are increasing patrols in the area and investigating officers are actively pursuing several lines of enquiry.

Detective Sergeant Chris Lane said: "We would urge the local community to be vigilant, to assess their home security and ensure doors and windows are secured."

We are appealing for information about any suspicious people or activity. Contact us online or by calling 101 quoting serial 238 of 17/01 or if it is a crime in action dial 999 immediately.

Read more at:

Lead theft appeal

We are appealing for help from members of the public to identify two men from CCTV footage after a large quantity of lead was stolen from a listed building.

The lead was taken from the roof of a property in London Road, Patcham, on 26 November, however the owners did not become aware and report the theft to police until December.

Watch the video and see the photos here:

If you know who the two men in the footage or have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in this area please report online or call 101 quoting reference 688 of 11/12. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For advice on how to help prevent metal theft, please visit to learn more.

Crime summary

Central Brighton

 Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 16

 Vehicle Crime - 14

 Criminal Damage - 20

 Robbery - 2

East Brighton

 Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 5

 Vehicle Crime - 13

 Criminal Damage - 15

 Robbery - 1


 Burglary both Dwelling and businesses -  7

 Vehicle Crime - 4

 Criminal Damage - 22

 Robbery - 2
Good news

Nine people have been sentenced for laundering over £350,000 of elderly victims' savings

Five men and four women were found guilty of money laundering offences, whilst a man and woman had pleaded guilty earlier last year at Hove Crown Court. Nine of the defendants were sentenced on 8th January.

The offences took place around the country with vulnerable elderly victims being targeted from London, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Staffordshire, Sussex, Sheffield, Rugby, Southsea, West Bromwich, Northampton and Middlesex.

Eleven defendants were either found guilty or pleaded guilty to 49 offences with a total loss of £614,700.00. Two are yet to be sentenced.

Read more about the investigation and sentencing 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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