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Thursday 4 October 2018

News and appeals

Photos may help identify rape suspect

Detectives are seeking to identify a man who they want to interview about the rape of a woman in a Brighton hotel.

He is described as white, with dark hair and beard, in his 20s, of stocky build. He was wearing a white shirt, black tight trousers and dark shoes and had a silver-coloured watch on his left arm. He may be called Tom and may be local to Brighton.

Police were called to the Premier Inn in North Street, Brighton, shortly before 4am on Saturday 15 September, after a report that a woman in her twenties had been raped in a bedroom.The woman is receiving support from specially trained police staff.

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Detective Constable Jenny Pietersen of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: "If you think you recognise this man from the photos and descriptions, please get in touch with us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 251 of 15/09. All information will be treated in confidence"

If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, there is information, advice and contact options on this page:

Concern for missing Gerrald Emegwali in Brighton

Police in Brighton are looking for 28-year-old Gerrald Emegwali, who has not been seen by friends since 1 September.

Gerrald is black, 6’4” and of athletic build, with brown eyes. He has collar-length black dreadlocked hair and a black goatee beard.

He usually wears a black hooded top with a red “KG” logo and is usually known to stay in hostels and with friends in the Brighton area. He works as a musician and also frequents basketball courts near Brighton pier.

It is unusual for Gerrald to remain out of touch for such a time. If you have seen him or know where he is, please contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101, quoting serial 939 of 01/09.

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Crime summary

Central Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 9
  Vehicle Crime - 10
  Robbery - 2
East Brighton
  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 12
  Vehicle Crime - 6
  Robbery - 4

  Burglary both Dwelling and Businesses - 5
  Vehicle Crime - 6
  Robbery - 1


Justice done

Five sentenced to total of 67 years for drug dealing in Brighton and Hove

Sussex Police detectives have smashed a conspiracy which had trafficked more than 120 kilos of cocaine into Brighton and Hove via a 'County Lines' phone system.

Five men were sentenced to a total of 67 years at Hove Crown Court on Thursday (27 September) for drugs and money laundering offences, following a two-year investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Serious Organised Crime Unit into the supply of cocaine via a ‘county lines’ phone system, into the city initially between March 2016 and July 2017.

In sentencing the men, Judge Rennie said: “Your actions were vile and your trade despicable. Countless young lives were ruined just so that members of your criminal group could prosper. Unfortunately for you, you came to the attention of a group of detectives who themselves were disciplined, well organised and sophisticated. On this occasion the police won and you lost, you are all going to prison for a substantial period of time."

Det Sgt Graham said: "Our investigation, spanning two years, has now completely dismantled a complex drug dealing operation by an organised crime group, which was supplying cocaine on a daily basis in Brighton and Hove.

Of course this success does not mean the end of such criminal activity in the city, but we continue to put organised crime on the back foot and send them the message that we will continue to go after them and prevent them from becoming established in our communities.

More than £100,000 cash and property has already been seized, together with some €50,000. But the investigation continues as we are currently compiling a case for proceedings against the defendants for court orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to confiscate those amounts and further criminal assets that we are seeking to identify.

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