Friday 2nd October 2020
Police keep up pressure on drug dealing in Sussex
Police across Sussex are keeping up the pressure on 'County Lines' and other drug dealers.
During just one week from 14 to 19 September, as part of the latest phase of coordinated law enforcement activity across the UK, officers in Sussex made 29 arrests, and seized more than £15,000 worth of drugs, 47 mobile phones, and 13 weapons, mainly knives.
In the same week, local officers visited 68 addresses where people were at risk of being 'cuckooed' to check on their safety. They also identified and took safeguarding action for five particularly vulnerable people who needed extra help and support from the police and local services. Read the full story here
Sussex Police urge the public to continue to prevent the spread of Covid
Covid-19 is not going away and we all have our part to play in suppressing the virus.
Sussex Police will continue to support the national effort and work with partners and local communities to prevent the spread of infection in Sussex.
Earlier this week, the government announced new laws for the wearing of face masks, a 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants, and further guidance to the ‘rule of six’. The full government regulations can be viewed here.
Police officers and PCSOs will continue to be out and about in communities to engage with members of the public, explain the new government regulations and encourage people to follow them.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando, who leads local policing, said: “First and foremost, as has been the case throughout this pandemic, we know the vast majority of people will stick to the law and follow the government guidance. This is a national health crisis and we all have our part to play.
“Our officers and staff have been patrolling across the county and, on the whole, have been impressed with the public’s compliance to the government regulations. Where officers have needed to engage with members of the public and explain the current legislation generally, people have acted positively and changed their behaviour accordingly.
“However, those who continue to choose to flout the rules and put other people’s lives at risk will face enforcement action. Over the last month, we have issued three FPNs for those who were non-compliant with wearing a face mask when on public transport and two people were issued a fine for failing to comply with self-isolation regulations.
“We all need to work together to prevent the spread of the virus and that includes our officers and staff too. We have a number of procedures in place to ensure our employees can continue to respond to crime in the normal way, assessed against the greatest risk of harm, and support those in the communities who really need us.
“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 form, 999 should only be used in an emergency.”
Nicholas Beavis returns to East Grinstead home
Missing 43-year-old Nicholas Beavis from East Grinstead safely returned home on Thursday evening (24 September).
Man jailed for armed robbery in East Grinstead
A man has been jailed for three years following an investigation into an armed robbery in East Grinstead.
On Sunday (26 April), around 12.30am, the victim was walking along Lewes Road when suspects on a motorbike threatened him with a long-barrelled weapon - thought to be an air rifle - and demanded that he hand over his belongings.
Jack Chambers, 19, of Holtye Avenue, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.
Chambers claimed he had not been to Lewes Road since 2013, however during a search of his home officers found items belonging to the victim and an imitation firearm. He was charged and remanded in custody.
He subsequently pleaded guilty to the offences and appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (29 September) where he was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Investigator Lauren Chapman said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was walking home from work when they were attacked and threatened with a weapon that resembled a gun.
"Thankfully Chambers was apprehended soon after the incident and put on remand. We're hugely grateful to the local community who came together to provide information that assisted with our investigation."
New roads policing page set up on Sussex Police website
Today Sussex Police is introducing its new roads policing update available on the force website.
The update is part of Sussex Police’s ongoing commitment to tackle road safety problems affecting local communities and reduce casualties on the county’s roads making them safer for all road users.
We’re inviting you to read our new update - published every four weeks - which features an advice section, captures a snapshot of local activity and explains how you can engage with us.
Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick, of Operations Command, said: “Last year 39 people lost their lives in Sussex due to a collision. That’s 39 too many and the heart breaking impact is far reaching for family and friends.
“We’re focusing on making the roads safer for all road users by concentrating on evidence as to where offences are happening to effectively target our activity; engineering out a problem working with partners and using technology to solve an issue; engagement with our communities and being a visible presence on the roads; education where appropriate and applicable and enforcement.
“To make our roads safer the Roads Policing Unit is working with divisional officers and staff, the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Community Speed Watch and partner agencies. Through working collectively we can bring about a change.
“The four weekly update provides communities with a snapshot of the collective activity that we’ve undertaken across Sussex. This includes vehicles stopped for speeding, people driving without insurance, and penalty notices for those not wearing seat belts.
“I know you care about where you live and you may want to know more detail about what we’ve accomplished nearer to you. For that, I would encourage you to sign up for free to the force’s messaging provider In the Know here. Each week the local districts will include roads activity in their weekly messages. Also, you can follow your local district Facebook and/Twitter accounts.
“We can’t be everywhere all of the time but know that we could ‘appear’ in your neighbourhood, at any time.
“We all have a responsibility in keeping ourselves and others on the road safe, so I ask you to play your part.”
You can read the first update here on the Sussex Police website. Henceforth a link to each new update will be shared on the force’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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