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28 August 2019
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Two arrests in Crawley after police pursue motorcycle
Police in Crawley made two arrests after a motorcyclist and passenger who failed to stop for officers were followed and traced with the aid of a police helicopter.
The motorcycle sped away from officers seeking to make routine check on it in Brighton Road, Crawley, shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday (22 August). It was followed through nearby streets before being abandoned in the Southgate area less than an hour later.
A man aged 18 and a boy aged 17 were arrested nearby on suspicion of dangerous driving and other driving offences. After being interviewed they were released under investigation.
Hundreds of items surrendered in Surrey and Sussex during national firearms campaign
Police would like to thank everyone who took part in a national firearms surrender – and are urging anyone still in possession of unwanted guns or ammunition to hand them in.
The aim of the national operation, supported by Sussex Police and Surrey Police, is to reduce the number of illegally held firearms in circulation which could fall into the hands of criminals.
A total of 161 items were surrendered at police stations in Sussex during the campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), which ran from 20 July to 4 August; 43 firearms plus ammunition were surrendered in Surrey.
It gave people the opportunity to safely dispose of firearms or ammunition, and help to reduce the number of potentially lethal weapons in circulation in the county.
A total of 82 items were surrendered in the east part of the county, including Brighton, and 79 items were surrendered in the west. Read more here.
Sussex Police first force to celebrate Finn’s Law with the star of the show himself
Sussex Police has welcomed home its very own policing hero and national treasure – police dog Finn - to celebrate a new law in his name.
Finn and his owner PC Dave Wardell were invited to Headquarters in Lewes on Thursday (August 22) to commemorate our dog unit and their handlers following the passing of Finn’s Law.
Finn, who was trained by the Surrey and Sussex dog unit, was tragically stabbed while protecting PC Wardell in Hertfordshire, in 2016.
Despite suffering multiple stab wounds to Finn’s chest and head, only criminal damage charges could be passed.
Finn was lucky to make a full recovery and won the nation’s hearts on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent show. Read the full story here.
School run drink-driver told police: “I just like a drink when it’s sunny”
A woman who went to collect her children from school after drink-driving told police: “I just like a drink when it’s sunny; I only had one”.
Katherine Fowler, 36, a housekeeper, of Nickles Close, Bexhill, was arrested in the town after she failed a roadside breath test on the afternoon of Thursday 4 July.
She was subsequently charged with driving with 55mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg.
At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 July she was disqualified from driving for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay a £415 fine, £85 costs and a £41 victim surcharge.
It is the second time that she has been convicted of drink-driving, having committed the same offence in June 2017.
Fowler was among 83 people arrested as part of Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, which ran from 24 June to 7 July.
Of these, 29 have so far been convicted in court; the remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.
To see the other latest convictions click here.
Early youth intervention programme accepts over 300 young people since launching
Sussex Police are playing a major role in the county’s youth early intervention programme, which has accepted over 300 referrals since launching in April.
The programme, called REBOOT, involves partnership working between the NHS Partnership Trust, the Youth Offending Service and local charities and the scheme has all been made possible through the funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.
REBOOT uses a five-stage police-lead referral process which works with young people to tackle the problems they face, move away from negative behaviours and instead channel their focus on investing in their futures.
Sophie (not her real name), 14, from West Sussex, was referred to REBOOT after being identified as having a high number of risk factors, including using cannabis, temporary exclusions from school and causing anti-social behaviour.
Through the programme, Sophie was assigned a youth coach and improvements in her behaviour has seen her not come to the attention of the police since. Sophie plans to continue her education, has started kickboxing and her REBOOT coach plans to introduce her to a local youth club in the future. As a result of this, Sophie will soon no longer require the additional support.
Success stories in this programme, such as Sophie, are not unusual and REBOOT will continue to invest and provide guidance to the young people of Sussex when required. Read more here.
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