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18 July 2019

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Boy arrested in connection with Copthorne sexual assaults

Police investigating two reports of sexual assaults by touching in Copthorne have made an arrest.
In the first incident a suspect was reported to have forced his way into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her by touching in Newtown on Friday afternoon (12 July). A short time later another woman reported that a man had approached her asking for a hug and then touched her as she tried to get into her car in Knowle Drive, Copthorne. She shouted at him and he ran off.
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of committing two sexual assaults. He has released on bail until 14 August

Sussex leading the way in response to crimes against the elderly

Sussex Police which already leads the way for all forces with a ground-breaking scheme 'Operation Signature' identifying and supporting older and vulnerable people at risk of theft and fraud, welcomes publication on 17 July of a Report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) 'The poor relation - the police and CPS response to crimes against older people'.
Sussex was not one of the forces inspected for this Report but Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell, older persons’ equality champion for the force, said: "The protection of the most vulnerable people in society is a core policing value. Our effectiveness in safeguarding adults at risk of abuse has developed over recent years and we are a key statutory partner in keeping people safe in Sussex.
"We will study this report carefully to see what further improvements we can introduce, working with partners including Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and we will also respond to the recommendations of HMICFRS, along with every force in the country. Read more here.

'Run, Hide, Tell International' - advice for summer holidaymakers overseas

As UK schools break up for the summer holidays, security experts want holidaymakers in Surrey and Sussex to join the millions of people who have watched vital safety information before they fly.
Since being launched in 2017, the four-minute 'Run, Hide, Tell International' film – which highlights what to do in the unlikely event of a gun or knife terror attack – has been viewed by more than 10 million people nationwide.
As the busy holiday period gets underway, the film will be promoted on social media channels in a bid to reach as many holidaymakers as possible. To read more and to watch the video please click here.

Praise for police officers, staff and members of the public at West Sussex award ceremony

Police officers, staff, special constables, volunteers and members of the local community from across West Sussex have all been recognised for their outstanding contribution to policing over the past year in an awards ceremony.
Award recipients from Adur and Worthing, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex districts were invited to the ceremony at Arundel Castle to receive their awards and acknowledge the achievements of their colleagues and members of the public.
Presentations were awarded by High Sheriff of West Sussex Davina Irwin-Clark and Chief Constable Giles York.
Officers recognised included Detective Constable Andrea Watts who was praised for her dedication in the investigation of a large discovery of a container of drugs in Aldingbourne in May 2017.
Andrea relentlessly worked on the investigation, analysing the exhibits seized from the container and arranging the search of the address of the suspects. Her dedication to the investigation on top of her daily case load saw the charge of a man and woman for money laundering and possession with the intent to supply class C drugs.
The pair were sentenced to a total of 12 years following a 12-day trial over the production of illegal steroids at the secret laboratory. Read more here.


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