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Friday 23rd October 2020

Missing Umar Khan from Crawley found

Sixteen-year-old Umar Khan, who had been missing from his home in Crawley since Friday, was found safe and well in Norwich on Monday (October 19).

Police and football clubs work together to tackle hate crime in Sussex

Steps taken by the police to tackle hate crime in Sussex have been supported by football clubs across the county.
The force has marked Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 10 – 17) by highlighting the work being done to reduce and prevent hate crime in Sussex, identifying those responsible for it and supporting those affected by it.
The police’s efforts have been supported by football clubs in Sussex, who work closely with the force’s dedicated football officer Police Constable Darren Balkham to try and reduce the number of hate incidents reported at matches.
This work includes an action plan which helps football clubs deal with any incidents of hate crime in the stands, including how to capture evidence. It also talks about positive outcomes and empowers stewards to take action, supported by police.
The plan was initially recognised by the English Football League and has since been presented to the Premier League, which has also adopted it as part of its campaign to eradicate hate crime from the sport.
Sussex Police has also pledged its support to Kick It Out, a national anti-discrimination organisation funded by the Football Association.
The educational arm of Kick It Out gives officers the option of referring someone who has committed a hate crime at football to a workshop. This has been utilised by police in Sussex and Surrey with positive results.
Any case that goes to court also includes an impact statement regarding homophobia, and in particular how it affects football fans and the wider community.
Superintendent Rachel Swinney, Sussex Police’s lead for hate crime, said: “We understand the devastating impact hate crime has on its victims, but also the damaging effect it has on wider communities and the area as a whole.
“There is no place for hate in Sussex, and no place for it in football. We will continue working with clubs and communities across the county to spread that message and make Sussex a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.”
PC Balkham added: “We are really pleased to have the support of football clubs across the county as we continue to try and reduce incidents of hate crime in Sussex.
“Although fans aren’t allowed in stadiums to watch live football at the moment, our work has continued behind the scenes and we have plans and processes in place so that when fans do return to matches, any incidents of hate crime are identified and responded to effectively.”
Sussex-wide pledge to combat modern slavery

Council and police leaders across Sussex are marking the occasion of Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday 18 October by signing up to a joint pledge to stop all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
Anti-Slavery Day aims to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of modern-day slavery and human trafficking and the Sussex Anti-Slavery network has already been driving efforts to ensure that partners, but in particular local authorities in Sussex support medium and long term plans towards the eradication of slavery and exploitation in Sussex. Read here for full story.
Sussex residents reminded to review their home security as the darker nights approach
Sussex Police is encouraging residents to review their home security as we approach the clock change weekend.
With longer nights drawing in, we want residents to think about how they can protect their homes, in order to deter burglaries.
Sussex remains a safe place to live and work. Our burglary solved rate has increased over the last few months and we continue to work extremely hard to catch criminals and bring them to court.
During two dedicated days of action in recently across Sussex, officers and staff working with partners have been prioritising burglary investigations and this has led to the arrests of nine people. Work carried out included a focus on distraction burglary and vulnerable victims.

Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, said: “Having your property burgled can be one of the most upsetting and destructive crimes to occur and we are committed to do all we can to reduce this crime and catch those responsible.
“Recently, we have been required to pull out all the stops to improve our solved rate for burglary and are beginning to see some really positive results.
“Sussex is a safe county and suffers from relatively low levels of burglary and we intend to work to continue to make our county a hostile place for burglars to operate.”

Our crime prevention advice on burglary ranges from leaving a light on in order to deter thieves, to installing CCTV and video doorbells. From an evidential perspective, video footage is invaluable and can greatly assist investigations and also deter criminals. To find out more about how to protect yourself against burglary, read here 
Consider joining Sussex Police’s Community Message service, In the Know which will keep you up to date on the latest news in your police district. Find out how to join here 
Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW coordinator your community can be stronger together. To find out more about NHW, visit their website



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