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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

Alert message sent 22/09/2020 13:59:00

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Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Crime summary 
Burglary – there are no burglaries of note to report this week.

Surrey and Sussex police Fraud newsletter
September’s newsletter focuses on compromised Facebook accounts and holiday letting scams. As always thank you for reading and passing on the newsletter.

Male trying car doors
A 41-year-old man from Steyning was arrested on 20 September following reports of break-ins to cars in the #Henfield area. He has been released under investigation pending further enquires.

It’s easy to leave valuable items in your vehicle and sometimes to even forget to lock them. Take a moment when you pull up to check that nothing has been left, avoid storing valuable possessions overnight and pause after locking to try the door handles yourself. Report suspicious behaviour if you see it.

News and appeals 

London arrest in Sussex 'County Lines' investigation

Police in London and Sussex have worked together to arrest a man on suspicion of drug dealing.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 16 September the Home Secretary accompanied officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and Sussex Police on an operation targeting County Lines offending.

Officers carried out a search warrant at an address in Brighton Terrace, Brixton and arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of supply of Class A drugs - crack cocaine and heroin.
A search at the address is ongoing, but so far officers have recovered the phone believed to be used to control the County Line and a quantity of Class A drugs.

The operational activity was led by officers from the Met’s dedicated County Lines team who run Operation Orochi – focused solely on identifying and targeting those responsible for running County Lines, known as the lineholders. Colleagues from Sussex Police supported the operation this morning and will now lead the questioning of the suspect.
He is currently in custody in Sussex for interview and further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Ant Jones from the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “Every single day officers from the Met are working hand in glove with colleagues from other police forces to arrest those involved in running County Lines routes from the capital into other counties.
“This collaborative approach has enabled us to target and arrest County Lines criminals more than ever before. This activity will not cease, it will increase and intensify in the coming weeks and we will continue to bring those responsible for this criminality to justice.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel, who joined police at this morning’s operation, said: “I have made rolling up county lines drugs gangs an absolute priority. We have provided police with £25 million to tackle this exploitative trade, and I have today seen first-hand the impact of that investment. The police will continue having my full support in the fight to keep the public safe.”

For several months Sussex Police have been working with the Metropolitan Police on Operation Orochi, which targets drugs dealers based in London, with the aim of systematically dismantling their drugs ‘lines‘ they operate running into Sussex.

The West Sussex-based Community Investigation Team has worked with colleagues from the Met to dismantle so far nine ‘lines’ running Class A drugs to Crawley, Worthing and Bognor. The main organisers in four cases have already been convicted and sentenced to a total of nearly ten years imprisonment and people have been charged in the other five cases.
For further information and advice on how to combat drugs in Sussex see the force website.
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