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Alert message sent 05/04/2018 13:37:00

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Thursday 5 April 2018

Good afternoon Brighton & Hove, have a safe and happy week!
News and appeals

Concern grows for missing Albie Smith

Police are still concerned for missing teenager Albie Smith from Portslade. Albie, 14, was last seen in Portslade on Monday (12 March) at around 4.30pm.

He is white, 5’ 10”, of slim build and with short wavy light brown hair. Albie was last seen wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black hooded-top and dark trainers.

If you have any information on Albie’s whereabouts please report online on the Sussex Police website or call 101 quoting reference 2 of 13/03.

For more information and a photo, please visit

Violent offender Josh Coomber 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.

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Crime summary

Central Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 12
  Vehicle Crime - 14
  Criminal Damage - 11
  Robbery - 6

East Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 6
  Vehicle Crime - 18
  Criminal Damage - 9
  Robbery - 1

  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 10
  Vehicle Crime - 14
  Criminal Damage - 13
  Robbery - 0

There have been quite a few thefts from cars left unlocked or with partially open windows in car parks. Please don't assume that because your vehicle is parked in a commercial car park that it is secure from theft, you should still take the same precautions about closing the windows and locking the car and not leaving any valuables inside.

There have also been a number of reports of robberies targeting members of the street community this week, which we have been able to investigate further because of conscientious members.

Good news

Man arrested after serious Maserati collision in Hove

A man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a collision after a car collided with two pedestrians and a shop in Hove.

At about 9.30pm on Wednesday (29 March), officers were called to the incident in Western Road involving a blue Maserati 3200, which crashed into the window of Fox and Sons.

The two pedestrians were a 34-year-old woman from Hove, who sustained slight injuries, and a 25-year-old woman from Hove, who sustained serious injuries. Both were taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment.

The 31-year-old was also detained for driving without insurance. He was interviewed and released under investigation.

Police would like to thank the many witnesses who have already come forward and would like to speak to the rider of a motorcycle who was travelling east on Western Road and may have turned right down Bedford Place. They may have witnessed the incident.

If you have any information please report online or phone 101, quoting Operation Gunton.

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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