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5 November 2020

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Sussex's Chief Constable 'disappointed' by weekend Covid19 breaches

Sussex’s Chief Constable has described a string of Covid19 breaches over the weekend as ‘disappointing and selfish’.
As England prepares for a second lockdown, Jo Shiner said police enforcement activity would be stepped up to address the behaviour of people knowingly breaking the rules in the coming days and weeks to help protect the NHS and save lives.
Police were called to a number of disorder incidents across the county over the weekend, with some officers experiencing both verbal and physical abuse. The incidents included:
·       A house party involving mo re than 100 people at a property in Norwich Drive, Brighton. A £10,000 fine was issued to the organiser – the first £10,000 issued in Sussex
·       A gathering in Stanmer Park. The group were dispersed and music equipment seized
·       A gathering at the University of Sussex campus in Falmer. A section 34 dispersal order was issued and warning letters to students issued
·       Disorder in Brighton city centre once pubs and bars were closed at 10pm
·       A section 34 dispersal order was issued in Maidenbower Square, Crawley, due to anti-social behaviour being committed by a group of young people.
Read full story here.

Rural crime team warning to walkers: Please do not damage stock fencing

Rural Crime Team PCSO Julie Pearce-Martin has joined forces with local farmers and Battle Town Council to highlight the problem of walkers damaging stock fencing.
Farmer John Wheatland says his fences behind the Battle Abbey area have been deliberately cut. He said: “It is a constant worry for me. My cows and calves get out onto public land and I have to get there as quickly as possible to get them back onto my land.”
Battle Town clerk Carol Harris is well aware of the problem, receiving reports to her office of escaping sheep and cows.
She said: “This is not only an inconvenience but also potentially hazardous. Our grounds team have seen the damage for themselves. Farmers work very hard to maintain their boundaries to ensure their animals remain enclosed and safe.”
PCSO Pearce-Martin said: “Cutting fencing is criminal damage and we would really like to know who the offenders are. Dog walkers must also keep their dogs on leads and everyone needs to take note of the signage, not deface or remove the signs.”
There are a number of published footpaths in the Rother area which can be found using websites such as These footpaths include the appropriate access routes using either gates or styles.
Members of the public are encouraged to continue reporting crime and suspicious behaviour to police, so officers can build a picture of crime in the area and respond effectively.
Report online or ring 101.

Postcard competition

The Sussex Police postcard competition is now open!

Children and young people across Sussex are invited to design a postcard, and the winning three creations will be used by Chief Constable Jo Shiner when writing to children and young people.

There’s also a range of unique and exciting prize for the winners across three age categories (up to 10, 11–14 and 15–18).

What do I have to do?

To enter the competition, create a postcard design that is suitable to be printed in a 2D format on a postcard. You can use any media, including painting, photography, mixed media/collages, graphic designs or drawings. The final postcard size will be approximately 14.8 x 10.5cm.

You can make it about anything you like, but might be inspired by the priorities that everyone in Sussex Police works to:

Protect our communities (keep you safe)
Catch criminals
Deliver an outstanding service.

More details here.


Statement from Head of CT Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu regarding the increased threat level in the UK can be found here.


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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at


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