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27 August 2020

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Man charged with attempted murder in Burgess Hill

A man has been charged with attempted murder after another man was driven at in Burgess Hill.
Officers received a report of a verbal altercation involving two men at the junction of Cants Lane and Wyvern Way, Burgess Hill, around 12.15pm on Monday (24 August).
One of the men was then seen to get into his vehicle and drive his car at the other man, colliding with him before colliding into a road sign. The suspect exited the car and assaulted the victim before getting in his car and driving off.
The vehicle was located in Cants Lane and the suspect was located and arrested by officers nearby.
The victim, a man in his 40s, suffered minor injuries and has been discharged from hospital.
Arthur McGhie, 54, of Cants Lane, Burgess Hill has been charged with attempted murder, actual bodily harm of a police officer, assaulting an emergency worker (police officer) and dangerous driving. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (26 August). 
Anyone who witnessed the assault is asked to report this information online or call 101 quoting Operation Burwell.
We are aware of the video circulating on social media. Proceedings are active and sharing, publishing or using this video could jeopardise the court case.

Road safety operation leads to more than 150 road offences being dealt with

A road safety initiative has resulted in over 150 offences being dealt with and dozens more motorists positively engaging with police.
As part of Operation Downsway, specialist officers from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) provide education and enforcement with two main aims: to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on our roads.
The operation on Sunday (23 August) included sections of the A29 and A272 in West Sussex and consisted of both proactive patrols and static check sites in areas identified by communities as having concerns for road safety.
Over 150 road offences were dealt with and these included excess speed, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving and having an unregulated number plate.
Read more here.

Prison sentences for two drivers who lied about speeding

Two motorists who lied about speeding have successfully avoided a fine – and instead been handed prison sentences and a criminal record.
In two recently-concluded investigations, the drivers could have got away with a £100 fine and three points on their licence had they admitted their offences at the first opportunity.
But instead they fabricated stories, leading to convictions for perverting the course of justice.
CASE 1: On 28 November 2019, a white Vauxhall Vivaro was caught travelling at 45mph in a 30mph zone in Madeira Drive, Brighton.
A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) was sent to the registered keeper: Matthew Wood, 32, of Withyham Avenue, Saltdean.
Wood claimed he was not at fault, insisting his vehicle had a roof rack not seen in the camera images, and suggested his number plates must have been cloned.
A police investigation was launched which disproved his theory, and Wood was arrested. The original plates as shown in the camera images were found in the back of his van.
At Lewes Crown Court on 12 August, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He is also required to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £122 in costs.
Read more here.

Respect UK

Respect UK is a charity that works with men and women across the country to help bring an end to domestic abuse.
They offer a number of services including a confidential helpline to perpetrators of domestic abuse who want help to stop their abusive behaviour.
🖱️ Find more information about the charity here .
📞 To speak to someone on their helpline call 0808 802 4040.


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