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Friday 14 September 2018

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News and appeals

Help us find missing Rachel Roberts, who may be in Hove

Police are urging the public to keep an eye out for missing woman Rachel Roberts, who has links to Brighton & Hove. Rachel, 26, was last seen just before 11am in Eastbourne on Tuesday (11 September). She is white, 5’ 2”, of medium build, blue eyes and with reddish brown shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing leggings and a stripy top or a grey cardigan and blue jeans.

Please visit https://sussex.police.uk/news/missing-rachel-roberts-could-be-in-hove/ to see a picture.

If you see Rachel or have any information on her whereabouts please report online or call 101 quoting reference 698 of 11/09.

Man stopped by officers in Brighton in relation to drug dealing

A man who pleaded guilty to drug dealing in Brighton told police he thought drug dealers were 'scumbags'.

Umar Brown, 25, was stopped by prevention officers in the city after they received information that a car he was driving had been seen making regular trips from London into Brighton and back again and was suspected to be bringing drugs into the city.

Officers set up an operation to track Brown and stopped his car in Dyke Road on Thursday (6 September). They searched the vehicle and found 14 wraps of heroin and eight rocks of crack cocaine. He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

When he was interviewed in custody by detectives, he denied being a drug dealer. However when he asked for his view on drug dealing, he replied: "To be honest I think that drug dealers are scumbags."

Brown, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine and appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Friday (7 September). He pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court for sentencing on 5 October.

Detective Superintendent Jeff Riley said: "This was proactive intelligence driven operation to target drug misuse in Brighton and demonstrates how our prevention and investigation officers are making the city a hostile place for those who deal drugs."

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.
For more information and advice about drugs, visit https://www.sussex.police.uk/ask-the-police/drugs/

Crime summary

Central Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 8
  Vehicle Crime - 19
  Robbery - 4
East Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 7
  Vehicle Crime - 14
  Robbery - 0

  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 3
  Vehicle Crime - 7
  Robbery - 1
Good news
Meet the new PCs

Meet some of our new recruits from the largest intake in more than 10 years. All 70 of them, double the usual intake, attended a formal swearing in ceremony at Sussex University on Wednesday night (September 12).

The recruitment to local teams across Sussex has been made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.

“The police were in my life a lot during a disruptive childhood and they had a positive impact me,” said Charlie Boyce, 23, a former PCSO being posted to West Sussex. “I now have an opportunity to continue to show what an influence they can have.”

Fellow new recruit Chelsie Maskell, 21, will bring her experience of working with vulnerable people when she starts work in Brighton and Hove. “I wanted to play my part from an early age,” she said. “When I was 15, a schoolboy in the year above me died after being stabbed in the neck. As a police cadet with the Met I initiated presentations at schools in an effort to reduce knife crime and have since as a paralegal worked with witnesses and victims.”

Forty-year-old Steve Richardson, said: “My career had been in IT for many years, but I wanted a job that gave something back and now I’ve got it.” Tom Davis, 30, who will be based in Brighton and Hove, said: ”After working in engineering for years, I met up with police officers who told me about their jobs helping others and I wanted to join the force and be out in the community supporting others.”

These recruits will now start their intensive 15-week training course, during which time they will learn how best to respond to incidents, manage difficult people and make an arrest, as well as learning about legislation, interview training and personal safety and first aid.

They will be seen out in the community with their tutors on division just before Christmas, joining 33 new constables completing their training this week and out in the community by the end of September. In addition, the biggest ever intake of PCSOs, 34 in all, will be starting their training on Monday (17 September).

With more police staff investigators and contact handlers joining us, overall Sussex Police will be welcoming 150 new officers and staff by the end of October.

To read more about our new recruits, visit https://sussex.police.uk/news/meet-the-new-pcs/


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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