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16 January 2020

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Police welcome for report on combating drug dealing

Sussex Police have welcomed a new national report on work across the country to combat the menace posed by 'County Lines' drugs dealing.
The Report, 'Both sides of the coin: The police and National Crime Agency's response to vulnerable people in County Lines drug offending' has been published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on Friday (10 January)
Chief Superintendent Jo Banks said: "We welcome this continued national focus on the problem, and are already working with law enforcement and local partners on many of the issues raised.
"Sussex was the first force in the country to use DDTROs (Drug Dealing Telephone Restriction Orders) referred to in the Report. Powers in the new Digital Economy Act enable police to seek restrictions on handsets that they believe are being used by drug dealers to operate 'deal-lines'. These are the dedicated mobile phone lines used to take orders from drug users.
"We continue every day to disrupt dealers who try to deal dangerous drugs across our communities. Our officers investigate and prosecute, working relentlessly and targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable. Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via County Lines. Read more here.

Three arrested following Crawley assault

Police are investigating an incident at Broadfield Barton, Crawley, on Sunday evening (12 January) in which a 19-year-old  man sustained knife wounds during an altercation involving several other young men.
The attack happened shortly before 7.30pm and the victim was taken to hospital after he suffered serious injuries but not life-threatening injuries.
Three people have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of wounding with intent; a 19-year-old man on suspicion of possessing a bladed article in a public place and a boy aged 16 on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The 26 and 16-year-old remain in police custody and the 19-year-old man has been released on police bail until 13 February.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Elliott Whitehead said: "We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has CCTV, dash cam or mobile phone footage of the incident to make contact with us.

"We have a dedicated response to reduce instances of knife crime and serious violence and there will be an increase in high visibility patrols in this area.  Please approach officers if you would like to raise any concerns you have or if you think you can assist with the investigation.
"Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, telephone 0800 555111."
You can report information to us either online or call 101 quoting Operation Dalmatian.

VIDEO: You can run but you can't hide... man arrested after attempting to evade police

A man who hid underneath a vehicle in a bid to evade police has been sentenced.
Officers were alerted to a man, Patrick McCabe, being asleep in the back of his car at a petrol pump at a service station in Copthorne Common Road, Copthorne, around 8.40am on Thursday, 21 November.
Two police cars arrived on the scene, one parking behind the vehicle and one in front of the vehicle. McCabe, 24 of Croydon Road in Caterham, woke up and rammed the police car parked behind his vehicle and made off from the scene.
Officers, assisted by the police helicopter, pursued McCabe who drove with excessive speed, almost collided with a transit tipper van and even drove on the wrong side of the dual carriageway.
Watch the pursuit in full here.

Tactical Enforcement Unit make multiple arrests across Sussex

Sussex Police’s new Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) has made 10 arrests in a week, taken drugs off the streets off the county and protected vulnerable victims of ‘cuckooing’.
The proactive unit which started a month ago is helping to making Sussex a “hostile environment” for dangerous and persistent criminals and is dedicated to capturing some of county’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, is carrying out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed.
The unit arrested a man and a woman after carrying out a drugs warrant at a flat in Donald Hall Road, Brighton. A 41-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were detained for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. A small amount of class A drugs were found in the property during a search. They were later released under investigation. Read more here.


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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at


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