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Weekly Crime update for Brighton Hove

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Friday 23rd March, 2018

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Police seek public support for latest counter-terrorist awareness campaign.

Sussex Police urges the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. For further reading click on link below:



Josh Coomber, believed to be in Brighton, wanted for recall to prison.

Police are seeking Joshua Coomber, 28, unemployed, of no fixed address, who is wanted for recall to prison after breaching a restraining order.

Known as Josh, Coomber had his licence for release from Lewes prison revoked on 11 March. He had been serving a four-month sentence for assault.

Coomber is of no fixed address but is believed to be in the Brighton and Hove area.

He is violent and so should not be approached. If he is seen, or anyone has any information concerning his current whereabouts, please contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting serial 346 of 11/03.

In an emergency, dial 999, or if wishing to remain anonymous please visit the Crimestoppers website or call 0800 555 111.


Missing teenage girls could be in Brighton.

Police are concerned for teenagers Chloe Bullock and Fran Laker who are believed to be missing together.

Chloe, 16, from Hove was last seen around 4.30pm on Tuesday (20 March) at her home.

She is white, 5’ 3”, of slim build and with very straight blonde hair. Chloe was last seen wearing black UGG boots, black leggings, a black Adidas tracksuit top, a black bomber jacket and carrying a brown Michael Kors handbag.

Fran, 16, from Southwick was last seen at 9.30am on Tuesday (20 March) at school.

She is white, 5’ 5”, of slim build, with shoulder-length straight brown hair. Fran was last seen wearing her school uniform and a black biker jacket with a fur collar.

It is believed the girls may have travelled by train to the Brighton or Streatham, London, areas.

Please report any information online or call 101 quoting reference 1079 of 20/03.

Crime summary

Central Brighton

Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 14 & 2 attempts
Vehicle Crime – 18
Robbery - 1

East Brighton

Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 10
Vehicle Crime – 5
Robbery - 0


Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 4 & 1 attempt
Vehicle Crime – 10
Robbery - 0

We have had a number of reported thefts of number plates from cars and motorcycles this week. For advice on how to prevent number plate theft, and why it is so important to report it to us as soon as possible, read more here: https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/security/number-plates. Please report any incidents or suspicious activity to us online or by calling 101.

Justice Done

Care worker sentenced for sex offence at Brighton residential home.

A care worker has been sentenced for a sex offence at an adult care home in Brighton.

At Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday 16 March, Jezreel Garcia, 25, of Friars Avenue, Peacehaven, pleaded guilty to engaging whilst a care worker in sexual activity in the presence of mentally disordered person.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, and will be a registered sex offender for seven years.

Garcia was a care worker at an adult care home, Swanborough House, in Swanborough Drive, Brighton, when he committed the offence on 12 June 2016

The prosecution followed an investigation by detectives from the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

Detective Constable Sophie Tullett said; "Garcia was entrusted with the care of a very vulnerable woman. He abused that trust by acting indecently in the presence of the woman while she was alone in her room. Fortunately another member of staff came in, saw what was happening, and immediately reported it to management.

"We have had full co-operation from the Home throughout this investigation and we encourage staff in all occupations which look after vulnerable people to report safeguarding concerns to their management, or if necessary to us direct."


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Kind regards,

Prevention Support Team.

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

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