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19th July, 2019

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Brighton man who stole from elderly woman caught on video.
A sneak thief who stole from an elderly woman in a Brighton store has now been given a one-year prison sentence.
Jason King, 42, unemployed, of Heybourne Road, Brighton, was sentenced for the theft at Brighton Crown Court on 9 July.

On 24 April 2018, the victim was shopping in the Aldi store in London Road Brighton. She suffered from a spine injury which meant she walked with a stoop and was particularly vulnerable.

King stalked his victim for some 10 minutes in the store before dipping into her handbag and taking her purse. She was unaware that her purse had been stolen until she got to the check out and was unable to pay for her shopping.

The video shows him dipping into her bag, getting her purse, opening it and finding it empty. He then goes back and finds her wallet with her money and cards, and takes that, putting the empty purse back. He then used her cards contactless, in nearby stores.

Click here to read the full story and see the video: https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/brighton-man-who-stole-form-elderly-woman-caught-on-video-376250

Renewed bid to trace high-value silverware stolen from the University of Sussex, Brighton

Sussex Police is redoubling efforts to secure information about silverware worth £100,000 stolen from the University of Sussex's sacristy at Falmer, near Brighton.
They are still trying to locate the missing items and to trace the man thought to have stolen them.

A £10,000 reward put up by the university for help in solving the case remains on offer.
Detectives now think the thief may have links with Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Wiltshire, and have extended their appeal for information accordingly.

The theft happened between 1.50pm and 2.20pm on Friday, 7 December.
Closed circuit television images from security cameras suggest the man shown on it may be able to help with the investigation.

Anyone recognising him or who knows where he might be, or who has information about the missing items, is urged to get in touch without delay.

Click here to read more and view pictures: https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/renewed-bid-to-trace-high-value-silverware-stolen-from-the-university-of-sussex-brighton-376042

During July and August we're supporting a number of Pride events in the city.

We recognise the importance of observing these events and stand together with the LGBT community, our partners and residents against acts of hate.

Read more here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/hco/hate-crime/
Crime summary

Central Brighton

Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 13
Vehicle Crime – 11
Robbery - 4

East Brighton

Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 10
Vehicle Crime – 18
Robbery - 1   

Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 9
Vehicle Crime – 18
Robbery – 0

For advice and support around burglary, theft or fraud, visit the relevant pages on our website

Crime Prevention advice for keeping your home and items safe and secure whilst you are away:

• Make your home look occupied. Ask a trusted relative, neighbour or friend to check your home, collect mail, water plants and to park their car on your drive etc

• Don't leave curtains closed in the daytime as this shows the house is empty

• Don't forget to lock all external doors and windows, removing and hiding keys

• Lock/padlock external gates and set the burglar alarm if you have one

• Use automatic timer switches or motion-activated lights to turn lights on when it's dark

• Avoid discussing holiday plans publicly on social media

• Cancel regular deliveries

For more information visit www.sussex.police.uk/burglary

Please report any incidents or suspicious activity to us online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999

Operation Aztec - Firearms Surrender

The surrender, which runs from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 4 August, forms part of a national campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

The aim of the operation, supported by Sussex Police, is to reduce the number of illegally held firearms in circulation which could fall into the hands of criminals. This activity is referred to as Operation Aztec.

This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, component parts and other ballistic items. This year, CS Pepper spray, stun guns and Tasers are being requested as part of the surrender.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality, or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities.

This appeal gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply handing them in at their local police station.

While crimes involving firearms in Sussex are extremely rare, we understand that every weapon poses a potential threat if not licensed and stored safely. That’s why we’re offering people this opportunity to safely hand in their unwanted weapons which, if in the wrong hands, could be deadly.

A full list of the police stations taking part can be found on our website, along with the times that firearms can be safely disposed of:

•John Street (Monday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00)

For East Sussex and West Sussex police stations and times, click the link here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/operation-aztec/

Please also note recent legislation changes: any deactivated firearm deactivated prior to the new specifications of 5 March 2018 (UK implementation date 28 June 2018) is a ‘defectively-deactivated’ firearm and cannot be sold, purchased or gifted, but possession on the other hand is permitted.
Firearms that do meet the 2018 specification and offered for sale or gift must be accompanied by their deactivation certificate (issued by a proof house anywhere within the EU).
See our website for further information on this.

We hope you find this information useful and please share with friends, family and neighbours.

Kind regards,

Prevention Support Team.
Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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