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Friday 20 April 2018

Good afternoon Brighton and Hove! Have a lovely sunny day and a safe weekend.
News and appeals

Have you seen missing Chloe Postlethwaite?

Police are appealing for information about a missing 15-year-old from Angmering.

Chloe Postlethwaite was last seen on Friday 13 April in Angmering but hasn't been seen since and it is believed she may have gone to Brighton. She also has connections in London and uses the rail network to travel. 

She is 5' 5" of medium build with dyed blonde hair with brown roots. She was last seen wearing black Adidas leggings, black trainers and a pink top.

If you have seen her, please contact police by reporting on the Sussex Police website or calling 101, quoting serial 1258 of 13/04.

To see a photo of Chloe, visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/have-you-seen-missing-chloe-postlethwaite/


Do you recognise this Brighton post office attempted robbery suspect?

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk after an attempted robbery at the post office inside WHSmith in Brighton.

The suspect went into the store in Churchill Square on Monday (16 April) just after 5.10pm and passed a note over the counter at the post office inside demanding that the cashier hand over money.

The note said that he had a weapon and would hurt people. When the cashier refused, he made the same threats verbally. The suspect ran off empty handed when the quick witted member of staff refused to hand over any money and told him the police had been notified.

The suspect is white, 5’ 8" and has a full beard. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, dark glasses, dark Nike trainers with a white tick on the side, red jogging bottoms and a white T-shirt with dark stripes. He had skin coloured tape across his nose and multi-coloured tape around the lower parts of each finger between the two knuckles, possibly to cover up tattoos.

Detective Constable Chris Clarke said: "If you recognise this man please let us know and we would also like to hear from any witnesses who saw this man in the area of WHSmith or Western Road around this time to come forward."

If you have any information contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 1067 of 16/04.

To see a photo of the suspect, visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/cctv-image-of-brighton-post-office-attempted-robbery-suspect/
 


Crime summary

Central Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 15
  Vehicle Crime - 12
  Criminal Damage - 22
  Robbery - 3
 
East Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 7
  Vehicle Crime - 11
  Criminal Damage - 11
  Robbery - 1

Hove
  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 11
  Vehicle Crime - 16
  Criminal Damage - 16
  Robbery - 0

We have seen a number of break-ins and attempted break-ins into sheds and garages this week, so please make sure that any outbuildings and sheds are as secure as possible.

We've borrowed some specific crime prevention advice on this matter from our friends at the Metropolitan Police, we hope you find it useful: https://www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention/non-residential-burglary/secure-shed-garage/


Good news

Additional officers to strengthen policing in Sussex

Sussex Police has an exciting opportunity to strengthen policing with an additional 200 police officers.

These new posts are in addition to protecting nearly 500 police officer and staff posts it had planned to lose as part of its savings plans. The increase in the precept has put the force in a much stronger financial position.

Chief Constable Giles York is determined that the public will feel the difference as he makes changes following the raise in local precept.

CC York said: “Over the last few years, we have dealt with significant challenges created by the financial constraints in which the force has found itself. This has meant difficult decisions have had to be made resulting in fewer people than we had before. Some areas of policing are stretched due to increasing demand and a change in the complexity of what we deal with.

“This change in our financial position has created an exciting opportunity to strengthen areas where it is needed most.”

Read more about our plans for your local policing service here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/additional-officers-to-strengthen-policing-in-sussex/


Man jailed for life for deliberately infecting others with HIV virus

A man who set out on a deliberate campaign to infect men in Brighton with HIV has been jailed for life.

Daryll Rowe, 27, was found guilty by a jury at Lewes Crown Court on 15 November last year of five counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent by deliberately infecting his victims with HIV in the Sussex area between 1 October 2015 and 31 January 2016. At least four of the men have contracted HIV.

Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme said: "This sentence is hugely important for Rowe’s victims, and the communities that he deliberately targeted.

"It will bring some closure to the victims who have been very strong and supportive through the investigation. The victim impact statements, which were heard in court, were incredibly moving and really conveyed the victims' sense of betrayal at Rowe's offences.

"By bravely giving evidence in the trial, it sends a clear message that despite the complex and highly sensitive nature of such a case, the police and prosecutors will not shy away from investigating allegations of deliberate HIV transmission in order to keep people safe. It is essential to acknowledge that one individual’s behaviour is in no way representative of any other individual who is living with HIV."

For more information on this case, please visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/breaking-news-man-jailed-for-for-deliberately-infecting-others-with-hiv-virus/

If you have been affected by this case and need health advice and support please visit Brighton and Hove City Council's HIV alert. For any questions or concerns in relation to HIV you can give the Terrence Higgins Trust a call direct on 0808 8021221.

If you wish to speak to us about this investigation please get in touch by emailing brickhill@sussex.pnn.police.uk
 


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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