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Friday 13th November 2020

Operation Sceptre - campaign against knife crime launches

Sussex Police is highlighting its ongoing activities in tackling knife crime and violence as part of the national week-long campaign launching today (9 November).
Operation Sceptre bolsters the work undertaken by Sussex police all year round to help keep residents safe from knife-related harm in their local communities.
Sussex is a safe place to live, although in line with national trends Sussex has seen an increase in knife crime. The vast majority of young people (99 per cent of 10-29-year-olds) do not carry a knife. However, bringing violence and knife crime down is a top priority and Sussex Police is determined to get knives off the streets for good.
Operation Sceptre is a campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets.  It is a misconception that carrying a knife makes you safer. Carrying a knife for protection is not a defence in law and even being caught with someone carrying can result in a sentence if you are caught. Read here for full story

Witness appeal to distraction burglary in East Grinstead

Police are appealing for witnesses following a distraction burglary in East Grinstead. 

Officers received report of a man visiting an 82-year-old woman in Escots Drive about 2.30pm on 26 October claiming to be from the water board. 

After being allowed into the property a quantity of cash and cards were stolen from the victim.

The suspect is described as a white male with a slight tan, 5’8”, of a stocky build, aged around 40. He spoke with a London accent and was dressed in all black clothing and a black beanie style hat.  
Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles or persons seen in or around this area of East Grinstead between midday and 3pm. 
Anyone with information can report online or call 101, quoting 820 of 26/10.

Nathan Fogarty, reported missing from Hassocks, found safe

Nathan Fogarty, who has been reported missing from Hassocks, has thankfully been found.
He is safe and has returned home.

Dozens of stolen tools and machines recovered during search warrant

More than 50 stolen tools and machines were recovered after police executed a warrant in Wealden.
Officers from the Prevention Enforcement Team (PET) executed the warrant at a property in Cross-in-Hand on Tuesday, October 27 as part of an ongoing focus to tackle those responsible for burglary in rural areas.
At the address, dozens of suspected stolen items were found including chainsaws, lawn mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers and an industrial wood chipper. A tractor, quad bike, mini digger, caravan and a trailer were also recovered. For more listed items please visit here

Dog Unit officer praised for response to incident in Uckfield

A Police Constable has been praised for her response to a violent incident which led to the arrest of a man in Uckfield.
PC Claire Harrison, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Unit, was called to a report of a disturbance within a flat in Grange Road, Uckfield, about 6.35pm on 23 October.
A woman ran out of the address in a distressed state, followed moments later by a man who was displaying aggressive behaviour.
Concerned for the safety of herself and all other parties, PC Harrison drew her Taser and red-dotted the man, warning him to stop.
But his aggressive demeanour continued and he was subsequently Tasered due to the threat level posed, and to prevent injury.
Robert McPhee, 35, unemployed, of Grange Road, Uckfield, was arrested and charged with assault by beating.
He is scheduled to stand trial at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 8 December.




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