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Friday 18th September 2020

Campaign to stop young people carrying knives launches in Sussex

A campaign to tackle knife crime and serious violence in Sussex has launched today (14 September). 
The multi-agency campaign aims to reduce and prevent knife-related violence in Sussex by educating young people on the legal and personal consequences of knife carrying.
The move to address the root causes of knife crime sees Sussex Police, local authorities and local community groups such as The Hangleton and Knoll Project and Make Good Trouble working together to share vital information with young people. 
They will share images and animations that will appear at busy locations around Sussex and close to schools to help raise awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying a knife.
A 17-year-old girl from Sussex, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to warn others by telling how a dispute when she was 15 escalated and changed her life forever. Read the full story here

Witnesses sought to robbery in Haywards Heath

Police investigating a robbery on South Road in Haywards Heath are appealing for witnesses to come forwards. 

Officers were called shortly after 12 midnight on 11 August to a report of a man having his speaker stolen by two males who threatened him with a glass bottle.

The suspects are described as a white male wearing blue jogging bottoms and a black male and they are believed to have made off towards Victoria Park following the incident.

Anyone who witnessed what happened is asked to report online or call 101, quoting 41 of 11/08.
Edward is Every Day Without A Road Death

Surrey Police and Sussex Police are urging road users to pledge their support towards September’s campaign to save lives and reduce death and injury on roads across the counties.
The forces will once again be supporting Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death), which aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds.
In 2019 in Surrey, a total of 3,895 injury collisions were reported to police. Of these, 30 were fatal and a further 705 resulted in serious injuries.
In Sussex, a total of 5,250 injury collisions were reported to police. Of these, 42 were fatal and a further 1107 resulted in serious injuries. Read more here
Public urged to play their part in preventing the spread of Covid-19

Police in Sussex continue to encourage people to play their part in preventing the spread of Covid-19 as changes to the government’s regulations come into force on Monday (September 14).
The regulation changes will limit gatherings to six people, except in a small number of circumstances including schools, workplaces and organised team sports.
Sussex Police officers will continue to be out and about in their communities to engage with members of the public, explaining the new government regulations and encouraging people to follow them.
Police will disperse groups of more than six where necessary and issue fines to those who don’t comply. Enforcement will only be used proportionately, as a last resort, when engagement has not been successful.
Superintendent Julia Pope said: “Everyone has a part to play in preventing the spread of coronavirus. We will be doing all we can and we encourage others to do the same by following the new rules set out by the government.
“Our officers will continue to engage with their communities and in most situations, this engagement can resolve breaches without us having to issue a fine. We will issue fines when people refuse to comply.
“The demands on the police service are now back to pre-Covid levels. Our priorities lie with public safety and so it is even more important that people take personal responsibility for their actions and do their bit to prevent the spread of the virus, so the force can operate effectively for those who need us.
“If people are aware of a serious and current breach of the government’s coronavirus regulations, we would ask them to report it to us online. 
“We will continue to work closely with the government, businesses, local authorities and partner agencies to make Sussex a safe place for people to live, work and visit. We ask the public to work with us and act responsibly to help prevent the spread of the virus

Appeal to find woman who helped boy after robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy was robbed in Burgess Hill.
The 15-year-old victim was riding his bicycle along London Road around 11.30pm on Friday 11 September when he was approached by a group of boys, one of whom forcibly took his bicycle from him.
A member of the public intervened and returned the bike to the victim.
Police investigating the robbery are keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened, and in particular the woman who stepped in to help the victim.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1594 of 11/09.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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