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2 December 2019

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Four arrests after collision on A23

Police investigating reports of dangerous driving involving three cars on a busy major Sussex trunk road have made four arrests.
Between 8.30pm and 9pm on Saturday 23 November, three Audi cars were travelling south down the M23 and A23 in Sussex from the London area.
They were a black S1, a white A3 and a red A3.
When they reached the Hurstpierpoint area of the A23 the red Audi A3 collided with a Renault Clio being driven by a 73-year-old man with a 69-year old woman passenger.
Although the damage to the cars was substantial thankfully the injuries were minor.
Three people, two men aged 21 and 23, and a woman aged 22, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving, and another man, aged 21, was arrested on the same night on suspicion of dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.
One of the three arrested at the scene, the 22-year-old woman, was also further arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
None of the people arrested tested positive for drugs or alcohol. After being interviewed all four were released under investigation.

PC Christina Lane of the Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Unit said; "We are investigating reports that the Audis had been driving dangerously in the lead-up to the crash, and further enquiries are ongoing.

"I am seeking to identify any witnesses to not only the driving, but anyone who was travelling south on the A23 at the time and who may have dashcam footage of the cars passing them prior to the collision or of the collision itself.
"It was a miracle that nobody was seriously injured in this crash which closed the inside lane of the A23 just south of Albourne for about four hours while the police investigated the scene and recovered the vehicles. We thank the public for their patience and assistance during this time.
"Anyone who is able to assist the investigation is asked to make contact with us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1342 of 23/11."

Young man given 18-year sentence for sexual offences against boys in West Sussex

A young man who systematically sexually abused three younger boys whilst he was at a special needs boarding school in West Sussex has been sentenced to a total of 18 years imprisonment.
Phillip Scott, 24, of Sidmouth, Devon, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (26 November) having been convicted in May 2019 after a trial, of 28 counts of sexual offences between 2012 and 2016.
He had been convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child, and four counts of causing or inciting a child into sexual activity.
Scott was also convicted of 19 offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of distributing indecent offences of children.
Three further offences of possessing indecent images of children at his address in Devon were taken into consideration by the court in sentencing.
Scott will be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court notice, severely restricting his access to children and computers.
The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit. Read more here.

Police dog named Goose tracks thieves who stole gas bottles from caravan park

A thief who attempted to run and hide from police asked: “Did the dog really track us from where we ran?”
Three young men have been convicted after they stole a large number of gas canisters from a caravan park in Bognor Regis.
Police were alerted to the incident at The Willows, in Lidsey Road, around 2am on 1 October. It was reported that three people were loading the items into a white Ford Transit van.
The registration number was provided by the informant, who advised the vehicle had then made off towards Bognor Regis.
It was spotted by local officers less than 10 minutes later and pursued onto the North Bersted Bypass towards Felpham.
After a short distance, the van pulled over near a pathway and all three occupants ran into an unlit area away from the path.
Officers gave chase on foot and detained one suspect after he slipped on a manhole cover, however the other two suspects remained outstanding. Read more here.

VIDEO: Head cam captures motorcyclists speeding at almost 200mph

Video evidence of undertaking, wheelies and speeding at almost 200mph has helped to secure the convictions of three motorcyclists.
This shocking footage has been released by Sussex Police in a bid to raise awareness of the real risks associated with dangerous driving.
It was obtained by police following several reports of dangerous driving and a road traffic collision in East Sussex on the afternoon of 20 April.
One of the motorcyclists was identified as Thomas Ettridge, whose GoPro camera – which had been attached to his helmet – was seized to establish if any offences had been recorded.
The footage revealed a large number of motorcyclists in convoy between Kent and Sussex, and from this investigators were able to identify three riders in Sussex – Ettridge, Thomas Hayden and Matthew McLaven.
Watch what happened here.

Sussex Police to launch special constable recruitment campaign

A new recruitment campaign for special constables has been launched in Sussex.
Sussex Police has a team of specials who come from all walks of life, and fit their volunteer work around full-time day jobs and family lives.
Special Constable Julie Rainey has a busy full-time job as regional communications manager for the RNLI, but that doesn’t stop her devoting her weekends to volunteering with us.
She plays an active role in our specialist Safeguarding Investigations Unit, protecting the most vulnerable individuals from harm and exploitation. Having worked for the National Crime Agency and HMIC, Julie brings valuable knowledge to the force. Her dedication to ‘going above and beyond’ in this demanding role, recently won her an award for services to public protection.
Julie added: “To be able to support victims at what is often the most difficult time of their life is a genuine privilege.
“Volunteering in policing has given me a much greater understanding of the lives of other people.
“You come to realise both how fortunate you are and also how difficult life can be.
“I strongly recommend finding the time to volunteer as a special constable. Being part of something bigger which ties you to your community is a great feeling. Do it!”
Find out more here.


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