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Friday 17th July 2020
Sussex Police tackles knife crime with additional Home Office funding
Sussex Police continues to tackle knife crime and serious violence after securing £871,555 funding from the Home Office for 2020/2021.
The funds will see the force build on the positive results seen last year through targeted activities such as hotspot patrols, weapon sweeps and test purchasing activities as well as educational outreach in schools and local communities.
Sussex sees a relatively low number of knife-related incidents, with possession and ADR* offences accounting for less than one per cent of all reported crime from April 2019 to March 2020. However, in line with the national picture, Sussex has seen a rise in knife crime and is focused on reducing the number of knife-related incidents. Read more here
Tributes paid to motorcyclist, 26, killed in Crawley Down collision
Tributes have been paid to a 26-year-old motorcyclist tragically killed in a crash in Crawley Down.
Matthew Bush, from Pevensey Bay, was riding a green Kawasaki when he collided with a Ford Fiesta in Turners Hill Road, close to the junction with Old Hollow, around 8.44am on Monday 6 July.
He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the Nissan were uninjured.
Matt’s family issued the following tribute:
“Matt was an annoying, loving, funny, quirky son to Sue, and brother to Katie, and he will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
“With a care-free attitude and a heart of gold, he will leave a huge hole in the lives of many, including his girlfriend Courtney and her daughter Ashleigh, visit here for more details on funeral arrangements.
Man attacked in Burgess Hill
Police are seeking witnesses to an incident in Burgess Hill in which a man sustained serious facial and leg injuries.
At about 8pm on Sunday (12 July) the 48-year-old local man was in Station Road, Burgess Hill, near the Top House pub, when he was kicked and punched by another man, and fell to the ground, sustaining cuts and bruising to his face and legs before the assailant ran off.
PC John Miles said; "We know there were a number of other people in the immediate area at the time, as well as vehicles driving by, and anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1328 of 12/07."
83 arrests made during two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
A total of 83 arrests were made during a two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Sussex.
The shocking figure can be revealed after the fortnightly operation – run by both Surrey Police and Sussex Police to keep people safe and target offenders on our roads – concluded on Sunday evening (12 July).
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s really disappointing that some people still choose to risk the lives of themselves and others by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. Click here for full details
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