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Alert message sent 16/02/2018 11:03:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Friday 16th February, 2018

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Good Morning Brighton and Hove,

Boy arrested in connection with motorbike theft.

One teenager has been arrested in connection with a stolen motorbike from Brighton. A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday (February 13) on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, carried in a vehicle without the owner's consent, making off without paying and riding a motorcycle on a road and failing to wear protective headgear.

He has been released under investigation.

Anyone with information should contact police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Handlebars.

Read more here:

For advice on how to protect your vehicle read more here

Operation Sceptre.

The fact is, if you’ve got a knife with you, you’re more likely to use it. And carrying a knife ruins lives.

This week (February 12th to 18th) sees the start of a national campaign to tackle knife crime and highlight the risks with carrying a knife.

Op Sceptre is a countrywide operation, led by the Metropolitan Police, and aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, who carry a weapon.

Knife crime in Sussex is low, however carrying a blade is still a reality for some people, many of who are unaware of the repercussions. Get caught with a knife and you could face a prison sentence of up to five years - that's just for possessing a knife in a public place. If you hurt someone there will be other charges to answer and you could go to prison for longer.

During the week officers from local policing teams will be carrying out hotspot patrols, encouraging knife surrenders and arresting of outstanding offenders. Alongside Prevention Youth Officers, officers will be looking to engage with young people about the issue and visiting schools and colleges.

Social media will also be used to share hard hitting facts around knife crime, follow #KnivesCostsLives and #OpSceptre and Sussex Police on Snapchat.

Inspector Simon Starns said: “Knife crime can have devastating consequences. Carrying knives or other weapons do not keep you safe. By carrying a knife you are putting yourself and others in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation. It’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon.

“The police often caution first time offenders for other types of offences but if anyone is involved in an incident where they’re carrying a knife and fear is caused or there is a degree of danger, the premeditated possession of a knife means they are much more likely to be charged. It’s just not worth the risk.
"This week of activity is part of our ongoing commitment to disrupt criminal activity and take as many knives off our streets as possible.”

Knife amnesty bins are located in the front offices of police stations across the county, and give people the opportunity to dispose of knives and blades safely.

Anyone with information on knife crime should call 101 or report online (

In an emergency always dial 999.


Message on behalf of ESFRS

Final weeks for East Sussex Fire Authority survey

East Sussex Fire Authority is urging the public to take part in its survey on attendance standards before it closes on 5 March 2018.

Attendance standards are one way in which the Authority monitors and measure the performance of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

They help the public understand how long it could take us to respond emergencies.

At the moment performance is measured against one standard across the whole of our area.

In reality, you may get a different response time in different areas for a whole range of reasons.

Our aim is to develop a new standard that is simple, meaningful, easy to understand, and representative of a typical attendance time wherever that may be within East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

This doesn't change the way the Service will respond to incidents - if you have an emergency, we will still send out firefighters as quickly as we can.

The survey is open from 8 January 2018 to 5 March 2018. If you would like to take part in our survey you can do so online at

Take the Survey

You can also request a paper copy by calling 0303 999 1000 or emailing

Crime summary

Between 5th – 11th February, 2018:

Central Brighton
Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 6 & 1 attempt
Vehicle Crime – 2 & 1 attempt
Robbery - 3

East Brighton
Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 3
Vehicle Crime – 6 & 1 attempt
Robbery - 2

Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 6 & 3 attempts
Vehicle Crime – 7
Robbery - 1

We hope you find this useful and please share with friends, family and neighbours.

Kind regards,

Prevention Support Team.

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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