Friday, 21 September 2018
News and appeals
Elderly man seriously injured following A22 crash
Police are seeking witnesses after an elderly pedestrian was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. A member of the public discovered the victim with serious injuries on a verge on the A22 about 4.38am on Friday (21 September). The air ambulance attended, and the 73-year-old local man was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton by land ambulance, where he remains in a critical condition. His next of kin have been informed. A white Renault is believed to have been involved in the collision, and is likely to have damage to its front nearside bodywork and wing mirror. Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the vehicle to get in touch. In particular, officers are keen to speak to anyone who was driving in the area from 3am to 4.38am who has dash cam footage. The incident occurred just north of the Eagles roundabout on the northbound carriageway, which remains closed at this stage; the southbound carriageway is open. Diversions are in place. Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or phone 101, quoting Operation Cache.
European Day without A Road Death
Project EDWARD (European Day without a Road Death) is an awareness campaign lead by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership that aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds for a day. This year it was on Wednesday the 19th of September. Last year in Great Britain, there were over 25,000 serious injury collisions and over 1,700 fatalities. Sussex had over 1,000 serious injury collisions and 54 people died. You can make the pledge here. You can also follow our blog here. Together, we can help to reduce the amount of killed or seriously injured collisions that we suffer each year – take the pledge and make it a way of life. Read more here.
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. 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. Read more here.
Police warning as telephone fraudsters net tens of thousands across Sussex
Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors, after a number of cases over the last month. In each case, residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be from their bank or from the Metropolitan Police, either saying that there were problems with their credit or debit card accounts or that they were investigating a case of fraud. Thousands of pounds have been withdrawn in Worthing, Shoreham and Hove recently. Click here for further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud. Read more here.
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