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Tuesday 24th December 2019

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Sussex Police launches new Tactical Enforcement Unit

A new proactive police unit which will help make Sussex a “hostile environment” for dangerous and persistent criminals targeting the county has already made its first arrest on its first day.
The Tactical Enforcement Unit will be dedicated to capturing some of Sussex’s most wanted and prolific offenders, including those involved in serious violence, organised crime and county lines drugs gangs.
The team, made up of officers with specialist skills in proactive policing, will carry out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed.
One initial central team made up of eight PCs, a sergeant and led by an inspector, will grow to form three geographically-based enforcement teams, one each based in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, by April 2020.
It carried out its first operation on Monday (16 December) on its first day in action at an address in East Street, Seaford, where 56-year-old Stephen Mcateer, who has been charged with importing 23 kilos of heroin in France was arrested on suspicion of breaching his court conditions. He was later remanded in custody to reappear at City of London Magistrates Court.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "We want Sussex to be a hostile environment for criminals and especially those involved in serious violence and targeting vulnerable people across our county, whether through county lines drugs gangs or other organised crime.
"The Tactical Enforcement Unit will be a visible, proactive deterrent to those at the centre of the serious offending, supporting local policing teams in dealing with specific spikes in crimes that impact on the community and it is already making a difference with a successful operation on its first day.
"They will work where the need is greatest and provide public reassurance by being present and proactively disrupting and taking off the streets some of our most prolific criminals."
The new unit has been established through an uplift in police officers with the force on track to recruit a net gain of 129 officers by March 2021, thanks to a combination of additional precept and Government funding.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "This is great news for our residents and bad news for our most dangerous criminals who will now be more proactively and robustly targeted. 

"The public have been calling for increased visibility and more preventative action and I’m pleased that the increase in government funding, that we’ve all lobbied hard for, is making this possible.
"This is sending out a warning to those who continue to exploit, endanger and threaten any of our residents that they will face harsh consequences for their actions."

Chief Constable appeals for good sense at Christmas

Violent incidents in Sussex on Friday (20 December), including many with large groups of people fighting, have prompted Chief Constable Giles York to appeal to those celebrating Christmas to keep its spirit and to be aware that if they choose to break the law they will face the consequences. 
He said: “Drunken groups or individuals threatening or assaulting my officers will face the consequences of the law, particularly so because my officers are working long hours, away from their own families, to ensure people have a peaceful and pleasant Christmas.
"Having to deploy officers to deal with those who cannot behave in a sensible manner, or who for whatever reason think it is acceptable to put police officers at risk or to abuse the 999 system, is unacceptable.
"I want offenders to know they will be found and arrested, and can then expect to face the consequences of their actions. More than 70 people from across Sussex woke up in one of our police cells this morning."
Speaking on Saturday (21 December), Mr York's comments came after a 24-hour period in which Sussex Police responded to more than 950 emergency calls to 999 and 900 to the non-emergency 101 system. This included 575 emergency calls in just 12 hours from 4pm on Friday. 
Significant incidents included police having to jump clear as a suspect in Bognor Regis tried to drive away from assaulting a man (he was pursued and arrested), some 20 people attacked by a man wielding a crowbar during an early morning brawl in Bexhill-on-Sea and a man suffering significant facial injuries after being assaulted by a group in Brighton. 
In addition, 45 hoax calls were received during the period, diverting officers away from genuine emergencies, and on several occasions control room staff were verbally abused by callers. 
Pressure on the police has been exacerbated by road users facing challenging weather conditions on flooded roads, leading to collisions and other situations which officers have then had to deal with in addition to responding to routine calls.
Mr York said: "So many people are out and enjoying themselves across Sussex. I know it is the criminal few who are acting in selfish, dangerous or irresponsible ways, and they will be held to account. Please show respect and support for my officers who are working hard to keep you safe."

Party goers urged to stay safe as detectives investigate rape of woman

Party goers are reminded to stay safe and be vigilant, as detectives investigate a serious sexual assault on a woman.
The 31-year-old victim had been at a work Christmas party in Brighton on Friday evening (20 December), before taking a taxi to her home in Worthing.
It is understood the driver was in a car with green and white door panels, and picked her up in Western Road, close to the junction with Queens Square, around 1.30am on Saturday (21 December).
The victim was taken home to Worthing, where it is alleged the driver followed her into her flat and raped her.
Detective Inspector Steve Cobbett, of the Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said: “This is a highly distressing incident, and the victim has been seen and supported by specially trained officers from our Safeguarding Investigations Unit. Enquiries are ongoing, and we are keen for anyone who may hold any information about this incident to come forward.”
DI Cobbett added: “I’d also like to urge everyone to stay safe and vigilant, especially this festive season when there are likely to be more social occasions. Only get in a licensed taxi, keep in contact with friends and family, and let them know when you are safely home.”
The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern man with short, dark, thin hair; short, dark facial hair; big round eyes; aged in his 40s or 50s, of medium build with a large stomach. He was wearing a zip-up top which was light at the top and dark at the bottom.
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Bordon.  
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Crime summary

Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0736 17/12/2019
Location: Millfield, Sompting
Date and time: Between 12th December and 17th December
Details: Two bicycles were stolen from a shed.

Reference: 0787 17/12/2019
Location: The Esplanade, Worthing
Date and time: Between 16th and 17th December
Details: A garage was broken into by forcing the door it is unknown what has been stolen.

Reference: 0203 22/12/2019
Location: Wayside Avenue, Worthing
Date and time: On 17th December
Details: A bicycle was stolen from a garage.

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Thank you for your understanding and we hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas


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