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20 April 2020

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Two injured in East Grinstead assault

Two men have been injured, one seriously, in an assault in East Grinstead.
Police were called to Moat Road at 1.33pm on Tuesday (April 14). Two men suffered injuries, the nature and the scale of which have not been fully established at this time, but are not currently thought to be life-threatening. One of the victims is being airlifted to hospital.
It is believed that that the incident is confined to a small group of people. Police are currently searching for a number of people who made off from the scene in a grey Fiat 500 and are investigating reports that weapons were used.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 645 of 14/04. 

Support for stalking victims to mark national awareness campaign

Stalkers are fixated and obsessive offenders who will not stop.
Statistics show that one in six women and one in 12 men will experience stalking nationally, but this is believed to be grossly underestimated.
And when they become victims, they tend not to report to the police until the 100th incident.
Sussex Police and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner are reminding people of assistance and advice available in addition to expert investigation, in support of National Stalking Awareness Week, 20-24 April, 'See Stalking Clearly', which has an added focus on cyber and online stalking, especially during the current #Covid-19 pandemic.
For those affected by stalking, current isolation as a result of #Covid-19 may mean an increase in stalking online and special advice has been issued by Sussex Police. 
The Sussex-based stalking support agency Veritas Justice has seen an increase in reports of online stalking over the past few weeks, which is thought to relate to the current lockdown and isolation as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Help and support from Veritas is available online and on the phone at 01273 234773.
For details of a new online chat facility, funded by the Sussex Police Crime and Commissioner (SPCC) and delivered by Veritas Justice for victims of stalking to easily reach out for help and advice during this time, go to the Veritas website and to the SPCC website. 
But always report stalking to the police, who are ready to respond to calls and help victims. Read more here.

Make the right call and help us save lives

Our officers, PSCOs, special constables, volunteers and contact centre staff are engaging with literally thousands of people every day.
Since the government legislation around the Covid-19 outbreak was brought in, we have recorded an increasing number of incident reports from members of the public through our online channels.
Some 65% of online reporting forms last week up until Sunday (12 April) were in relation to suspected/perceived Covid-19 related breaches (2,723 of 4,163 reports). This is nearly twice the percentage of reports compared to the week before (711 of 2,158 reports). They were in relation to reports of individuals, groups and businesses breaching the measures.
Policing as usual continues in Sussex, despite the extraordinary times we are living in. Every contact we receive is assessed and prioritised to ensure we are where we are most needed to keep the public safe.
Chief Superintendent Jo Banks said: “We are in unusual times and as a force we are seeing the impact with a new kind of demand coming via our online reporting system.
"Everything that comes into us whether online or via 101/999 will be assessed and prioritised to ensure that we are responding where there is the greatest risk of harm to life or a crime in progress. This does mean that for some less urgent reports you may not see a response immediately, and depending on the severity some issues we can resolve over the phone.
“Our priority is keeping communities safe and feeling safe. So we can respond effectively, we’re asking you to #MakeTheRightCall and to be sure your contact is a policing matter so we can focus our resources on those who genuinely need our help.
“There still remains confusion about what is a policing matter whether related to Covid-19 or not. Some reports or queries into us are answers that can be accessed via the Government website, where there are comprehensive answers to key questions.
“We are hugely grateful for people in the community acting as our extra eyes and ears at this time. We are always here to people to contact us if they need us. Where you feel there are significant breaches of the government guidance to stay at home, then please make us aware, but keep 999 for emergencies only.
“We continue to work 24/7 to protect the public, to protect the NHS and to help save lives. In an emergency, always call 999.”

Coronavirus fines represent “small minority” – Sussex Police

Sussex Police is urging the public to continue to adhere to government guidelines as the number of coronavirus fines issued is published.
Figures released by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) show a total of 163 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued in the county between 00.01hrs on 27 March and 00.01hrs on 13 April.
Of these, 135 were issued over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (10-13 April) and the vast majority at beauty spots including coastal resorts.
Nationally, a total of 3,203 have been issued across all police forces in England during this time.
Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said this figure is a tiny proportion when compared to the significant number of people officers have engaged with.
“Our approach has been, and remains, to encourage and support people to make the right choices to comply with the restrictions in place and to only use enforcement as a last resort,” he said.
“Thankfully, the vast majority of people are fully complying with the guidance and we thank them for helping to stop the spread of the virus.
“Our officers and PSCOs are engaging with literally thousands of people every day and we have recorded an increasing number of incident reports from members of the public reporting perceived breaches since the legislation was brought in.” Read more here.


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