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25 October 2019
News and appeals
Crawley man sentenced over online terrorism offences
Two men who came together online to promote their shared extreme right wing mind-set have been sentenced for terrorism offences on Wednesday October 23.
26-year-old Gabriele Longo of Burdock Close, Crawley, was sentenced to six years imprisonment and 20-year-old Morgan Seales of Turner Avenue, South Shields was sentenced to four years. They were both found guilty of encouraging terrorism, possessing material for terrorist purposes and collecting or making a record of information useful in the preparation of an act of terrorism.
The jury at Leeds Crown Court convicted the men on Monday (October 21). Longo was also found guilty of disseminating terrorist publications.
The arrests of Longo and Seales followed an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East (CTPNE), supported by CTP South East (CTPSE), Northumbria Police and Sussex Police.
Chief Inspector Shane Baker, District Commander for Crawley and Mid-Sussex said: "Sussex Police worked closely with the Counter-Terrorist investigators to support their operation which was intelligence-led and not in response to any specific threat to our local area.
"We always ask anyone who may have suspicions about someone's behaviour, or unusual activity, which they believe may be related to terrorism, to contact us via www.gov.uk/ACT. Of course, if you suspect an immediate danger, whether it’s suspicious behaviour, a package or a vehicle, move away and call 999."
Read more here.
Appeal for witnesses to Crawley and Horsham deliberate criminal damage
Police investigating a spate of criminal damage in Crawley and Horsham - believed to be caused by the firing of ball bearings - have recovered a powerful catapult and parts of dismantled air rifle.
Firearms officers responded on Wednesday night (16 October) after receiving numerous reports of deliberate damage to a number of vehicles and buildings in the area. Two people were also treated for minor injuries, believed to be caused from ball bearings.
Officers carried out an extensive search of the area, assisted by the National Police Air Service helicopter, and arrested two suspects in Crawley in the early hours of Thursday morning. The two men from Crawley, aged 39 and 19, were detained on suspicion of criminal damage and remain in custody at this stage.
Detective Sergeant Martin Drabble said: "We are treating these incidents seriously and have made two arrests in connection with this. We do not believe these were targeted attacks but enquries are going to establish the full circumstances.
"We are carrying out further searches today and we have recovered a catapult and parts of a dismantled air weapon.
"We are keen to hear from any witnesses or from anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage of the incidents or any victims who have not come forward so far."
If you can help with the investigation, report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Cranfield.
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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