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Friday 9 March 2018

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Appeal to help catch Brighton rapist

Detectives are appealing to the public to help them catch a man suspected of raping two women in the Kemptown area of Brighton.

Both woman have reported being approached and befriended by a man as they went to make their way home after a night out. He has then gone on to rape them.

Following the first report of a woman, aged 34, raped on the beach near to a club she had just left in Maderia Drive around 11pm on 18 October, police carried out extensive lines of enquiry. Forensic evidence was gathered and enquiries were ongoing when a second incident was reported. A 33-year-old woman reported being raped in a premises in the St George's Road area of Kemptown after a night out at a pub in the same road at about 11.45pm on 8 January. Further forensic evidence has now enabled us to link the two incidents.

The suspect is described as being of Indian, Asian or Arabic appearance, aged 25 to 35, 5' 9", of slim to medium build and with very short black hair. He spoke good English but is believed to have an unspecified foreign accent.

Detective Sergeant Martin Harmer said: "In both cases the women were approached by a man as they left a pub or club on their own and he offered to help them get home. The women are being supported by specially trained officers."

If you have any information or recognise the description of the suspect please contact us online or call 101, quoting serial 187 of 01/03. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For support and advice concerning rape and sexual assault please read more here.

Hove residents warned of caller seeking cash 'to get home'

Police in Hove are searching for a man suspected of trying to defraud residents by seeking cash to get home

During Sunday 4 March the man, described as white, in his early forties and about 5'9" to 6'1", of medium build, with thinning hair, stubbly beard, striking eyes and dark eye lashes, and wearing jeans and a hooded top, knocked on several addresses in the Walsingham Road area.

He claimed he was visiting the area, but had lost his phone and would need £10 to get home. He offered a telephone number which does not work, or a passport as collateral which was clearly fake.

PCSO Jake Adfield said; "The Hove area experienced some similar incidents last summer and we hope not to have a repeat. In July last year a man, who we believe may be the same person involved on 4 March, 'borrowed' more than £80 from generous members of the public in the Denmark Villas, Stirling Place and Norton Road areas, using a similar ruse.

Fortunately this time nobody has so far parted with any money. We ask local people to remain vigilant, not to give any money to anyone and to contact us. Your security and safety is the priority, so if you do answer the door, if possible put on a security chain or simply do not answer if you feel vulnerable, and call us."

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 or online quoting serial 524 of 04/03. But if you see someone you believe may be the suspect, dial 999.

Crime summary

  Central Brighton
      Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 7

      Vehicle Crime - 3

     Criminal Damage - 18

      Robbery - 3

East Brighton

  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 9

  Vehicle Crime - 12

  Criminal Damage - 6

  Robbery - 0


  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 6

  Vehicle Crime - 9

  Criminal Damage - 13

  Robbery - 1

There have been several incidents of theft from a vehicle where the door was left unlocked, so please remember to always secure your car even if you're only leaving it for a short time. There have also been a few reports of thefts or attempted thefts of caravans over the last few months, so if you own a caravan please take care to secure it, too - advice on protecting your vehicle can be found here, and there is a downloadable booklet on avoiding caravan crime.

 Good news

Hove sex offender sentenced after successful undercover operation

A Hove coffee shop manager has been given a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for trying to meet an 11-year-old girl for sex.

Kevin Baldock, 47, a catering manager, of The Drive, Hove, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday (20 February), having pleaded guilty at a hearing on 18 January to two offences of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity. A charge of grooming in relation to the same matter was not proceeded with and will lie on the court file.

He will be a registered sex offender indefinitely and was also given a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children and computers.

Baldock had been arrested in Crawley on Monday 18 December, following an intelligence-led investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Paedophile OnLine Investigation Unit (POLIT).

At the time of his arrest he was manager of a cafe in George Street, Hove, which was searched following his arrest, as was his home address. Material was seized at both addresses and it was clear that he had used an electronic tablet at his place of work to engage in the on-line chat with the girl.

Detective Constable Martin Harmer said; "Baldock was engaging in sexualised chat online with someone he thought was an 11-year-old girl, with the intention of meeting for sex. In fact he was in contact with an undercover police officer.

"When he made an arrangement to meet her in Crawley town centre on that Monday morning it was with the clear intention of finding a hotel room and engaging in sex with her. But when he arrived by train we arrested him at Crawley railway station."


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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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