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Alert message sent 08/08/2019 11:24:00
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Thursday 8th August, 2019
News and appeals
Investigation into gun shots heard in Brighton continues.
Detectives are still appealing for anyone with information to get in touch
Detectives are continuing to investigate reports of gun shots heard in the East Drive area of Queen’s Park, Brighton.
Superintendent Julia Pope said: “We know this incident involved individuals known to one another and there is no information to suggest a risk to the wider public at this time. We are actively pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to locate a known suspect.
“Public safety is our priority and additional high visibility patrols have been deployed in the area to provide reassurance. We have obtained statements from a number of witnesses and I would like to thank the local community for their patience, understanding and cooperation as we continue to investigate this matter.”
A 42-year-old woman from Brighton, arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of assisting an offender and failing to comply with conditions of a shotgun certificate, has been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information, or who saw or heard anything, is asked to contact police on 999 or online quoting serial 1712 of 04/08.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
Search for 12 year old George Maynard in Brighton and Hove.
George still believed to be in the City
Police in Brighton and Hove are searching for missing 12-year-old George Maynard.
George, who is white, of slim build, with wavy blonde hair, was last seen wearing a black hooded top with a gold logo on the left breast and writing down the left arm, black tracksuit trousers, and blue/white trainers, when he left his address in Hove on Saturday evening (3 August).
Anyone who sees George, or who has any information on his whereabouts, is asked to contact the police by calling 999 or 101, quoting serial 1646 of 03/08.
For advice and support around burglary, theft or fraud, visit the relevant pages on our website.
Please report any incidents or suspicious activity to us online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999
Support for victims and witnesses of crime.
If you've witnessed or been the victim of crime, it's natural to feel a little overwhelmed. But help and support is available to get you back on your feet and guide you through the investigation process.
What to expect as a victim or witness
All UK criminal justice agencies abide by the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime. This is a set of guidelines designed to make sure victims of crime are given the best advice and support from the moment they report a crime to the sentencing of an offender.
Victims can expect to be:
•treated in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner without discrimination of any kind
•given appropriate support to cope and recover
•protected from being victimised again
•shown how to access information and support in future
A victim’s details remain confidential. Their address and other personal information is never made available to suspects or offenders.
Witnesses of crime are protected in a similar way due to a set of standards called the Witness Charter.
To find out more about how witnesses and victims of crime will be treated and other services available to them, visit the UK government’s website.
Going to court
As a witness or victim of a crime, you may be asked to give evidence in court.
We can make sure you get plenty of help and advice in the run-up to and on the day itself.
We’ll introduce you to a witness care officer, part of the Sussex Criminal Justice Unit.
This person will be your single point of contact throughout. They'll:
•answer any questions you might have
•give you all the information you need
•make sure you’re fully prepared
They can arrange a court visit before the day so you can familiarise yourself with the layout of the courtroom.
On the day, they can also make sure you arrive through a different entrance to the offender and wait in a separate area whenever possible.
If you’re feeling vulnerable or intimidated by the offender, or if a child or young person is giving evidence, the court may be able to provide a range of special measures, such as:
•giving evidence from behind a screen or via a video link from another room
•trained professionals, called intermediaries, who are there to help explain things
•for some locations it might be possible to be able to wait in a different area or come into court via a different door to avoid seeing the offender or people attending court on their behalf
To find out more about going to court as a victim or witness visit the Crown Prosecution Service's website: https://www.cps.gov.uk/victims-witnesses
Further Support and advice
Safe Space Sussex. Information for the vulnerable and links to local support organisations. Click here: http://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/ Help for Victims. Advice and links to local support. Click here: https://www.helpforvictims.co.uk/home.mth Brake. Support for people injured or bereaved in road incidents. Click here: http://www.brake.org.uk/ Victim Support. National charity offering support and information. Click here: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/ Citizens Advice. For those going to court as a witness. Click here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/legal-system/going-to-court-as-a-witness1/
We hope you find this information useful and please share with friends, family and neighbours.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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