4 October 2018
News and appeals
Man suffers facial injury in Hustpierpoint assault
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted outside of his Hurstpierpoint home.
The victim, a man in his mid-20s, returned home to his home in Kemps, Hurstpierpoint around 9pm on Sunday 16 September on his moped.
While he was getting something out of the storage box on the vehicle he was approached, pulled backwards and suffered a facial injury which required hospital attention.
The suspect was described as about 6’ 2”, of average build and was wearing a coat with the hood up.
Sussex Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area at this time.
Please report any information online or by calling 101 quoting 1176 of 16/09.
Sussex Police launch rural crime strategy
On Friday (September 20), Sussex Police launched its new rural crime strategy outlining how it aims to keep all those in rural communities safe and detailing how it aims to tackle those who commit crime in the countryside.
With large rural areas and significant numbers of the population defined as living in rural settlements, Sussex Police has had an established network of rural and wildlife officers specifically trained to deal with agricultural, environmental, heritage and wildlife incidents for several years.
This network of specialists is also available to provide support and advice to colleagues who may be called upon to deal with incidents of rural crime during their daily duties.
Rural crime is a typically under-reported area and Sussex Police are encouraging those affected to ensure that they do report incidents so that an accurate picture of the problem can be assessed. They are already working in partnership with a number of agencies including the National Farmers' Union (NFU), the Environment Agency and local authorities across the county to prevent crime wherever possible and to deal with it effectively and swiftly when it does occur. Read more here.
Operation Sceptre- Knife Crime Campaign
During our recent Operation Sceptre in Mid Sussex there were increased patrols and stop checks conducted in targeted locations. Total of 108 knives were collect throughout Crawley and Mid Sussex. Our Prevention Youth Officers have carried out a number of knife crime sessions in age relevant schools.
Police cease to record lost property reports
From today (Monday 1 October), in alignment with police forces nationally, Sussex Police will no longer record reports of lost property in police stations, in person, online, email or through 101.
The national decision was approved by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) after discussions between police forces and the National Police Front Counters Forum (NPFCF). Traditionally, police have accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, although there is no statutory duty to do so. Read more here.
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