Tuesday 18th September 2018
News and appeals
Save a life, surrender your knife: Sussex Police supports national knife crime campaign
Sussex Police together with other forces are supporting Operation Sceptre – a national knife crime campaign which aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, carrying a weapon.
Officers will be undertaking proactive activities across the county and encouraging knife owners to give up their blades anonymously as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “We are pleased to give our support to this national initiative once again. Members of the public will be able to hand over knives safely and anonymously at any Sussex Police front office, a list of our police stations can be found here, and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.
“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and in fact it makes you more vulnerable and places you in danger of serious harm.
“We want to reassure the public that we do not have an escalating knife problem here in Sussex however it is essential we keep on top of this issue and that’s what makes our participation in Operation Sceptre so important. One knife is one knife too many.”
To enable knife owners to give up their weapons safely and without fear of prosecution, knife bins are located at police stations across Sussex from 17-24 September.
In addition to the amnesty bins, officers will be attending local schools, making test purchases and performing proactive patrols across the county.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC) Katy Bourne gave her backing today to Operation Sceptre, as Sussex joins forces across the country urging young people in particular to hand in knives they may be carrying or thinking of carrying on the streets.
Katy Bourne said: "There are only a handful of recognised and legitimate reasons for carrying knives in public and 'protecting yourself' from somebody else who may be carrying a knife is not one of them.
“If you are caught carrying a knife it could well mean the end of your career ambitions and a long prison sentence, and if knives are drawn in anger or even just bravado it can mean life changing wounds or worse.
“Operation Sceptre is giving people the chance to surrender unnecessary and illegally held knives, so make the right choice today: lose the knife not a life.“
Anyone with information on knife crime should call 101 or report online. In an emergency always dial 999.
Seventy new officers join Sussex Police
Seventy new police officers joined Sussex Police on Monday (10 September), the largest intake in more than ten years.
The recruitment to local teams has been made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.
Chief Constable Giles York said: "This intake marks a transformational moment for Sussex police as we see a significant number of new people joining our organisation.
"Since the 12% council tax increase from 1 April, the recruitment teams have worked hard, resulting in 140 new constables, 70 being recruited in this round, with a further 108 to start with us by the end of March 2019.
"The new intake is part of our drive to recruit 800 in the next four years, leading to an overall increase of 200 officers by 2022.
"In addition to the new police officers, this month we have 34 new PCSOs starting with us too, taking us to 215. We had planned to recruit up to our 196 PCSO strength, but have been able to increase our complement by nearly ten per cent more than we initially budgeted for.
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Rewind: Our new campaign promotes stop and search powers
A new campaign has been launched to help make understanding stop and search laws more simple.
Stop and search legislation can be complicated which is why we’ve introduced the Rewind campaign to simplify it.
We will be working with year 6 pupils in primary schools across Sussex to educate young people on why and when the power is used.
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Joshua Rutigliano is still wanted for recall to prison
Police in Horsham and Brighton are searching for 19-year-old Joshua Rutigliano, who is wanted for recall to prison, and who is also suspected of involvement in a series of assaults in Brighton city centre streets in the early hours of 26 June.
Rutigliano, who is described as white, 5' 9", of slim build, with dark brown hair and brown eyes, was released from Rochester Prison on 28 March. It is thought that he may have shaved his beard off since the warrant was issued.
He has lived at addresses in Horsham but also frequents Brighton and Hove.
The Probation Service now require his recall to prison for failing to comply with the conditions of his release licence.
Police also want to interview him about the assaults in Brighton on 26 June, which were publicised on the same day by Sussex Police.
Enquiries also continue into the Brighton assaults. A 21-year old man has been interviewed under caution by appointment and arrangements are being made to interview a third man who has been identified in relation to that investigation.
PC Ian Whitehouse said: "If you see Rutigliano, or know where he is, please contact us via 101 or online, quoting serial 578 of 05/07.
"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Reference: 0999 11th September
Location: Hampers Lane, Storrington
Date and time: Between 1415hrs and 1615hrs 11th September
Details: Conservatory entered, nothing stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0779 11th September
Location: Barns Green Horsham
Date and time: time frame unknown
Details: A padlock was broken off the garage door, nothing was stolen.
Reference: 1016 13th September
Location: Washington Road, Storrington
Date and time: Between 0800hrs and 1300hrs 13th September
Details: Garage door was forced and items displaced, nothing stolen.
Reference: 0411 17th September
Location: Springfield Park, Horsham
Date and time: Between 15th & 16th September
Details: A window was broken and a garage entered. Pedal cycle was stolen.
I would like to say a huge thank you to our Neighbourhood Watch members for the leaflet drop that was done in Merryfield Drive and Orchard Road after a spate of vehicle breaks. For advice as to how to protect your vehicle please click on the link.
To see our Little Book of Big Scams please see our website, go to the Fraud tab and click on downloadable documents.
Project EDWARD is (European Day Without A Road Death) is an awareness campaign that aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds. This year it’s on Wednesday 19th September. Please go to their website to see the pledge and sign the pledge. Please check your tyres, oil etc. and drive safe.
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