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Friday 2 February 2018

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News and appeals

Operation Handlebars launched to tackle motorcycle thefts in East Brighton

We have launched Operation Handlebars to tackle a rising number of moped and motorbike thefts in East Brighton.

Prevention officers are running the operation in a bid to identify and catch the suspects and are appealing to businesses and residents in East Brighton to come forward with any information they may have.

PC Emma Gee said: "We have seen a rising number of motorcycle thefts in the area, particularly mopeds. Not only are the suspects stealing the motorcycles but they are driving them dangerously on roads and pavements without crash helmets posing a risk to the public and themselves. Some identified suspects have been caught trying to sell motor bikes and subsequently arrested.

"We are carrying out high visibility patrols, talking to businesses, residents and partner agencies about this issue and giving out crime prevention advice to motorcycle owners.

"We want to hear from anyone who has information about these thefts to contact us. We have already made arrests and recovered some of the mopeds but are always keen to hear more from our community."

Owners are being advised to lock and chain their motorcycles securely and store them out of sight if possible. Read more information on how to protect your vehicle here.

Anyone with information should report online or alternatively you can ring 101 or email quoting Operation Handlebars.

Crime summary


Central Brighton

  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 11

  Vehicle Crime - 14

  Criminal Damage - 15

  Robbery - 1

East Brighton

  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 8

  Vehicle Crime - 10

  Criminal Damage - 10

  Robbery - 0


  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses -  9

  Vehicle Crime - 8

  Criminal Damage - 14

  Robbery - 1

Good news

Sussex Police makes the top 100 list of LGBT-friendly employers in the UK

Sussex Police has once again made Stonewall’s top 100 employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to work. The force has risen 30 places this year reaching the 47th place.

Stonewall’s top 100 employers is a definitive list showing the best and most inclusive employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to work. Stonewall understands that people perform better when they can be themselves in the workplace.

Giles York, Chief Constable of Sussex Police, said: “I am once again delighted to be recognised as a leading employer for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to work. We were first recognised for this achievement 9 years ago, and have once again improved to receive recognition of our commitment to diversity in our workforce. “I hope this result encourages even more LGBT people to consider working with us. It is vital that our workforce reflects the communities we serve."

Read more here.


Arrests made for cycle theft as part of ongoing Operation Ensnare

Three people have been arrested in Surrey after a bike was stolen from Preston Park, Brighton.

The bike was placed in a van in Stanford Avenue, near the park, at 9.15pm on Thursday (25 January) by thieves who then drove up the A23 towards London. Officers followed the vehicle and it was eventually stopped in Mitcham, Surrey.

A 51-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy were all arrested on suspicion of theft. They have been released under investigation.

Inspector Paul Ransome said: "We are continuing to target bike thieves with Operation Ensnare. Even though these suspected thieves left Sussex, we were still able to pursue them and arrest them."

Anyone with information about bike thefts in Brighton and Hove should contact police online or call 101 quoting Operation Ensnare. If you see a crime in action, dial 999.


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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.

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