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Busy start to New Year for Sussex Police



Police across Sussex responded to more than 800 calls for assistance and made 80 arrests on the busiest holiday night of the year as 2020 dawned.
Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said; "This was a very busy night for our officers and staff across Sussex, as we responded to a large number of calls for our assistance as well providing a proactive and reassuring presence in the busiest areas.
"Although there were incidents requiring a robust and swift response, we are glad that overall the night went well and that the vast majority of people enjoyed themselves in safety."
More than 800 calls came in between 10pm on New Years Eve and 6am on New Years Day, an increase of some two-thirds on the average number for other nights. They covered the whole range of policing needs, including fights, disputes, damage, and road traffic incidents - so far none are reported to have involved serious or life-threatening injury.
Over the same period the 80 arrests again covered a range of offences including assaults, drunk and disorderly and criminal damage, an increase on the average for other nights.
However police emphasise that the figures for calls and arrests include some matters unrelated to New Year’s celebrations.




110 arrests made during Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers



A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers led to 110 arrests in Sussex in just 15 days.
The annual campaign aims to educate motorists about the dangers of driving under the influence, and target those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk on our roads.
A total of 110 arrests were made by Sussex Police during the operation which ran from Wednesday 18 December to Wednesday 1 January inclusive – 73 on suspicion of drink-driving and 37 on suspicion of drug-driving.
This dedicated campaign is run in conjunction with Surrey Police, and is in addition to our officers responding to reports of drink and drug-driving 365 days a year.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “I’m surprised and hugely disappointed that drink and drug-driving is still considered by some people to be socially acceptable.
“While the vast majority of motorists abide by the law, it seems there will always be a number of ignorant and selfish road users who refuse to take our advice on board. Not only do you risk ruining Christmas, you also risk ruining your life, or someone else’s.
“It shouldn’t take a trip to police custody to give you the wake-up call; motorists need to wake up now and be alert to the extreme dangers associated with driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
“Every year we arrest drivers who say they “only had a couple” or they were “only around the corner”. We’ve heard every excuse in the book, but the bottom line is there is no excuse.
“Change your behaviour now, or it could change your life forever.”
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Witness appeal after violent incident in Crawley


Police are appealing for witnesses following a violent incident in Crawley.
Detectives are investigating reports of an incident involving people carrying knives on Ifield Parade shortly after 9pm on Wednesday, January 1. The incident spread over onto Lady Margaret Road
Police found a man in his thirties injured at the scene. He was treated for injuries to his face and arm and did not require any further medical attention
Four males, aged 25, 18, 17 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of affray and attempt to cause grievous bodily harm. They were interviewed and released under investigation.
Detective Constable Mark Buckley, who is investigating this matter said: “We are actively seeking anyone that witnessed what happened late on New Years Day. 
"You may have been walking on those streets, in your house looking out of your windows or even driving by. You can report information anonymously if you wish – we just want to hear from you.
"Police are conducting extra patrols in the area and will continue to do so to provide reassurance”
Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 1471 of 01/01
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers to report crime anonymously on 0800 555 111.  




 
 

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