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Tuesday 28th July 2020
Man arrested after weapons located at property in Crawley
Police responded to intelligence suggesting a man was in possession of weapons in Crawley.
Officers attended an address in the Three Bridges area on Thursday (16 July) and seized four knives, a knuckle duster and shotgun cartridges. A quantity of Class A drugs and £3,000 in cash were also located at the premises.
A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of importing prohibited weapons, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and concealing or removing criminal property. He has been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.
Sergeant Scott Walters said: "Seizing these dangerous items is a great result for our teams who focus on taking knives and weapons off the streets of Sussex.
"We will continue to work hard to locate knives and other weapons and take positive steps to remove them from our communities.”
We take reports of knife crime seriously and if you have information or concerns, we want to know about it. Anyone with information is urged to report online or call 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
You can report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
New CCTV image of toy store burglary suspect released
Police have released a new CCTV image of a man sought in connection with the theft of £60,000 of stock from a Crawley toy store.
The items are reported to have been stolen from Smyths, at Acorn Retail Park, in Betts Way, on several occasions between March and June.
One suspect – a 27-year-old man from Crawley – voluntarily attended police interview in connection with the investigation. A further two suspects – a 31-year-old man from Crawley and a 25-year-old man of no fixed address – have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.
All three suspects have been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Police are urging anyone who recognises the man in the attached image, or with any information about the incident, to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 860 of 23/06.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
Man given three-year sentence for attempt to meet girl for sex
A man who travelled more than 100 miles to try to meet someone he thought was a teenage girl for sex in Crawley after online contact, has now been given a three-year prison sentence.
Nigel McDermott, 53, a builders merchant, of Hawks Ridge, Harnham, Wilts, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday 14 July, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to facilitating a child sexual offence.
He will be a registered sex offender and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order severely restricting his access to children and computers, both to last until further court notice.
The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), working closely with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).
Communications devices were seized when POLIT officers arrested McDermott in a car park at Tilgate Park, Crawley, on 12 February.
Enquiries have confirmed that no child was at risk.
POLIT Investigator David Sharpe said; "This arrest followed a proactive, intelligence led investigation, part of our continuing priority to protect children from sexual exploitation from those who seek to do them harm.
“If you have been a victim of child sexual abuse, or have information about anyone else who has, please contact us either online or by calling 101. We will always follow up allegations of abuse, no matter when they occurred. Victims can talk in confidence to experienced Investigators and we can also help them get access to a range of other support services.”
Analysis of Coronavirus fines in Sussex published in national report
Independent analysis of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued by police under the Coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations shows a low overall rate in fines issued nationally with young men receiving the biggest proportion.
It also shows black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) people were issued with an FPN at a rate 1.6 times higher than white people.
The independent report, by the Governmental Statistical Service and commissioned by national policing bodies, shows the majority of fines were issued in Sussex during the peak of lockdown when infection and mortality rates across the UK were high and people were being urged to ‘stay indoors, protect the NHS, save lives’.
In line with national guidance, fines were issued as a last resort and only after officers and PSCOs had engaged, explained and encouraged members of the public to comply with the health regulations. Read more here
Sussex Police leading the way on Stalking Protection Orders
Police in Sussex have been leading the way in enforcing a new law aimed at helping victims of stalking.
Stalking Protection Orders (SPO’s) came into effect on 20 January and Sussex, which was the first force the country to obtain an order that day, has now secured 23 in the first six months, as an additional tool in responding to reports of stalking.
The response from victims has been positive. One has told the police;
"Getting an SPO has help me hugely to make sense of what is going on for me and has given me hope that the system will work, thank you to all those supporting me, a burden shared has certainly being a burden halved. it is really reassuring that something is in place that protects me and my family." Read more here
Jewellery stolen during Crawley house burglary
Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was burgled in Crawley.
Officers were called around 2.40pm on Tuesday (July 21) to reports of a break-in at a residential property on St Catherines Road.
A quantity of jewellery was stolen from inside the address, and damage was caused to the property.
Anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, or who may have any CCTV or dash cam footage from the vicinity, is asked to contact police.
This can be done online or by calling 101 quoting serial 888 of 21/07. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
New scheme gives further help to domestic abuse victims in Sussex
Police tackling domestic abuse across Sussex can now give further help to victims by also enabling them to quickly access a locally-based charity.
The Daisy Chain Project (TDCP) specialises in advice and assistance in seeking civil court Protective Injunctions against domestic abuse perpetrators, including Non-Molestation Orders. It has its own legal team consisting of experienced, qualified, and fully regulated barristers and solicitors who offer free legal support to men and women experiencing, or fleeing, domestic abuse. They are regulated by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority respectively. Read more here
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