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25 October 2019

News and appeals

Witnesses sought to Hurstpierpoint collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Mercedes-Benz Vito van and a pedestrian were reported to have been in collision close to the Co-Op store in High Street, Hurstpierpoint.
It happened shortly before 5pm on Friday (18 October). The elderly local woman involved was using a four-wheeled stroller to aid mobility.
She was initially taken by ambulance to the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, but later transferred the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where she is now being treated for serious head injuries. She is in a stable condition.

Anyone who saw what happened, who may have CCTV or dash-cam footage of the incident, or who has other relevant information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1185 of 18/10.

Police keeping up pressure on drug dealers across Sussex

Police across Sussex are keeping up the pressure on 'County Lines' drug dealers.
During just one week in October, as part of the latest phase of coordinated law enforcement activity across the UK, officers in Sussex made 29 arrests, and seized more than £35,000 worth of class A drugs as well as 30 mobile phones.
In the same week, 7-13 October, local officers identified and took safeguarding action for seven vulnerable people including three children, and visited 48 addresses where people were at risk of being 'cuckooed' to check on their safety.
Two court-issued Drug Dealing Telephone Restriction Orders (DDTROs) were executed by officers in Eastbourne and Crawley, closing down local 'deal lines'.
Officers in East Sussex also visited Colleges to speak to students about the dangers of becoming involved in this type of criminality.
Pictured are Sussex officers and dogs owkring with British Transport Police to detect travelling drug dealers on the rail network.
In addition, just two weeks previously, police investigating another 'County Lines' operation had executed a search warrant at an address in Ashington where they seized drugs and cash. Two men aged 48 and 49, and a woman aged 42, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. They were interviewed and released under investigation. Officers had also obtained a DDTRO on the phone number used and it was disabled.
Detective Superintendent Jo Banks said: "This is the result of just one week's activity but we continue every day to disrupt dealers who try to deal dangerous drugs across our communities and we target those who use children to sell drugs or those who buy drugs from children. We investigate and prosecute, working relentlessly and targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable. Read more here.

Modern Slavery - It’s closer than you think

Today, Friday 18 October, is Anti-Slavery day and Sussex Police is showing support and continuing commitment for stopping all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
It reminds us to take a closer look in our communities for this hidden crime.
Building on our previous external campaign in January which centred on spotting the signs of modern slavery, our two-week October campaign focuses on industries associated with modern slavery, the plight of victims and how we work in partnership with other agencies to tackle this horrendous crime.
Detective Superintendent Jeff Riley who leads Sussex Police’s fight against modern slavery said: “Modern slavery is a serious crime and main offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. It is often hidden in plain sight and is happening in our neighbourhoods and high streets.
"Modern slavery is complex and is often connected with other high profile organised crimes including knife crime, county line drug activity and sexual exploitation. All of these crimes trade in human misery and exploit people for profit.
"People from the UK and abroad are preyed upon by unscrupulous individuals promising employment, education opportunities and a better quality of life. The reality is, these people find themselves exploited and sometimes forced into criminality.
"They can have their identity documents taken, limited or no access to their own bank account, their lives completely controlled and they can be in fear of their lives and reprisals for their family.
"People living and working in the community are key to helping us and our partner agencies tackle modern slavery.
"I am asking you to take a closer look when you are shopping in your high street, travelling to work or enjoying a day out with your family. If you see something that you think is unusual, report it.
"Modern slavery is happening in your community and with your help we can tackle modern slavery, catch those responsible and safeguard victims making Sussex safer.”
If you think you have information that might identify or locate a potential victim or suspect for modern slavery, or someone you know is a victim of modern slavery, or even a location where you think exploitation might be happening, please report it online or call us on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency).
You can also contact the national Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery helpline on 0300 303 8151, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Read more here.



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