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Thursday 15th August, 2019
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Kevin Gerrish from Brighton wanted for return to prison.
He has not complied with the conditions of his licence.
Brighton man Kevin Gerrish, 46, is wanted on recall to prison.
He was released from prison last month after serving a sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but has not complied with the conditions of his licence, having breached his home detention curfew.
Anyone who has seen him or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 704 of 10/07.
Click here to see a photo: https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/kevin-gerrish-from-brighton-wanted-for-return-to-prison-378145 Crime summary
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Operation Signature. Protecting vulnerable victims of fraud Police warning - rise in 'rogue trader' offences across Sussex
Cases doubled in July
An elderly Chichester resident has been one of the latest victims of a spate of doorstep thefts including rogue traders, a crime which doubled across Sussex during July.
The 76-year-old man was approached during July by a visitor suggesting that work was needed on his house.
He left a 'flyer' leaflet offering tree and hedge trimming and any interior and exterior work, but with just a mobile number and email, and no landline number or actual address
The resident handed over a total of £45,000 for work which began but was never continued, and the man who started the work, and who said that a further £25,000 would be needed, cannot currently be contacted.
Police are investigating and anyone who has been approached for such work should contact the police online or by calling 101, quoting serial 0500 of 05/08.
This type of crime across Sussex, together with other cold callers saying they are variously from the water companies or drain clearance companies gaining access and gaining cash, has increased.
There were 67 similar reports in July, compared with 31 reports in June, 32 in May and 29 in April.
38 of the July reports were in West Sussex, 12 in East Sussex and 17 in Brighton and Hove.
So far in 2019 there have been 261 such reports altogether and in 153 of the cases residents lost money, totalling £600,629.
Click here to read more: https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/police-warning-rise-in-rogue-trader-offences-across-sussex-377863
Brighton man given three-year sentence for non-recent child sex offences.
John Dowds committed multiple offences against two young children
A Brighton man has been sentenced to a total of three years imprisonment after being convicted of a series of sex offences against two children aged between five and six, 30 years ago.
John Dowds, 56, unemployed, of Thorndean Road, Brighton, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Monday (12 August), after a 12-day trial that ended on 23 July with his conviction for multiple offences against a boy and a girl in Brighton in the late 1980s.
He will also be a registered sex offender for life.
Click here to read more: https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/brighton-man-given-three-year-sentence-for-non-recent-child-sex-offences-377899
Missing Hove boy George Maynard found.
Missing 12-year-old George Maynard has been found in Brighton.
There was concern for George after he left his address in Hove on Saturday 3 August due to his age and consequent vulnerability.
He was located in the city on Tuesday (13 August).
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