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Brighton and Hove Weekly Crime Update

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Friday 27 April 2018

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News and appeals

Witness appeal following altercation outside Brighton bar 
Police are appealing for witnesses following a verbal altercation outside a Brighton bar.

Officers were called around 7.50pm on Wednesday (25 April) to Latest Music bar in Manchester Street, Brighton, after reports of a verbal altercation outside.

One man is reported to have threatened two others with what was believed to be a hammer.
A 29-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of common assault. He remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

If you witnessed this incident please report information online or by calling 101 quoting reference 1191 of 25/04.

Amber Kolliari from Angmering is still missing 

We are very concerned for missing teenager Amber Kolliari from Angmering.

Amber, 15, went missing with Chloe Postlethwaite on 13 April but Chloe has since returned home safe and well.

She is 4’ 8”, of slight build and with very long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black top, black leggings and white Nike trainers.

Amber has links to the Brighton, Bournemouth, Gosport and Tower Hamlets area of London.

A picture of Amber is available here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/amber-kolliari-from-angmering-is-still-missing/

If you have any information please report online or call 101 quoting reference 1258 of 13/04.



Crime summary

Central Brighton

  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 10

  Vehicle Crime - 16

  Criminal Damage - 24

  Robbery - 1
 

East Brighton

  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 6

  Vehicle Crime - 11

  Criminal Damage - 6

  Robbery - 3


Hove

  Burglary both Dwelling and businesses - 5

  Vehicle Crime - 12

  Criminal Damage - 14

  Robbery - 3

We have seen a number of incidents of number plates being stolen from vehicles. To help prevent this crime, you can buy and fit anti-tamper screws on your number plates. If your number plates are stolen, please report it to us as soon as possible on 101 or by completing an online form on the Sussex Police website.
 
Good news

Sussex Police lead the way in new initiative to tackle drug dealing

Sussex Police, working with the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office, is the first force in the country to use a new law aimed at curbing the use of phone lines by organised crime groups to distribute drugs.

Two investigations have already resulted in the closure of nine dedicated phone lines used by alleged dealers targeting users in Brighton and Hove. One group were offering cocaine, and the other group was offering heroin and crack cocaine.

Powers in the new Digital Economy Act enable police to seek restrictions on handsets that they believe are being used by drug dealers to operate "deal-lines" to remotely deal drugs, sometimes known as 'County Lines', in areas outside major cities.

The crime groups sometimes exploit drugs users, children and other vulnerable people as couriers, using "specific" mobile phone numbers. Police can apply for a county court order that is then sent to the relevant telecommunications provider. The Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restrictions Orders (DDTROs) require a communications provider to take whatever action the orders specify to prevent or restrict the use of communication devices in connection with drug dealing offences, typically closing the lines down.

When lines are closed by service providers, police send the known users of the lines a text informing recipients that it is part of continuing enquiries aimed at combatting drug abuse in Sussex and that the phone numbers to which the messages have been sent have been identified as being in contact with a known drugs line. It is made clear that police realise that the owners of the phones may or not have made the contact and recipients are also provided with local contact details for drug treatment advice.

Thirty-eight arrests have so far been made in relation to the closed-down lines and enquiries are continuing.

To read more about the initiative, please visit https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex-police-lead-the-way-in-new-initiative-to-tackle-drug-dealing/

For advice and information about drugs, see https://www.sussex.police.uk/ask-the-police/drugs/


Missing Chloe Postlethwaite has been found safe and well
As noted above, missing teenager Chloe Postlethwaite was found safe and well on Wednesday evening (25 April).

Chloe, 15, from Angmering had been missing since Friday 13 April. Thanks very much to everyone who got in touch with Sussex Police with information.
 

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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