Sussex Police is committed to reducing casualties on the roads and making them a safer place for all road users. You can find a snapshot of activity from across Sussex that our teams and volunteers have been doing in response to local issues.
A new police unit has been launched to track and catch dangerous and wanted criminals using the Sussex roads network.
The Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) will carry out disruption and enforcement operations on roads across the county, targeting those involved in serious, organised and violent crime.
The team is made up of experienced police officers and detectives with a blend of specialist skills and who can use a range of tactics to tackle criminals using the road network, including advanced driving skills and the use of a police dog unit to track offenders and search vehicles.
So far the unit has clocked up more than 750 officer hours on visible proactive work across Sussex, made 17 arrests for supply of class A drugs, money laundering, drug relating motoring offences, seized six vehicles, made 93 seizures of class A drugs including crack and heroin and during one job alone they seized £10,000 worth of cocaine, £20,000 cash and safeguarded a 16-year-old involved in county lines drug dealing.
The unit is the latest in a series of police enforcement teams to be launched across Sussex in the past year funded by the Government’s Uplift programme and local precept investment.
Local officers in Chichester have been out and about across Selsey and Midhurst ably supported by Roads Policing Unit colleagues. Their operational activity led to some interesting stops and arrests. A section 59 warning was given to a driver wheel spinning out of McDonalds as well as a £100 fine for having an illegal number plate.
Another stop, where the driver admitted to not having any insurance but stated ‘don’t worry I’ll have it tomorrow’ had their vehicle seized and the driver will be going to court. A particular vehicle stop of note, whereby the vehicle smelt of cannabis, resulted in one person being arrested, with drugs and weapons also recovered. This really does go to show that a road stop can lead to the uncovering of very serious offences that potentially put the public at risk. However, it didn’t stop there. Following a search of the detained person’s home, more drugs and offensive weapons as well as cash were seized. There were also a number of high value items seized as suspected proceeds of crime. This is an excellent result.
The Sussex Safer Road Partnership’s Casualty Reduction Officers have also been out and busy in West Sussex. One stop resulted in the driver receiving two Traffic Offence Reports (TOR), one for a defective tyre (the side wall was so badly damaged the rubber had peeled back) and a second for an expired MOT.
They have also been busy in Crawley seizing a vehicle with no road tax for five months. Down in Littlehampton a number of TORs were issued for drivers who ignored a temporary traffic sign prohibiting right turns. Temporary signs are not optional actions and are to be adhered to. In addition the Safety Camera Team have been out, concentrating on the A29 and A285. On this deployment they recorded 101 speed offences but also attended a collision to provide vital assistance to the driver.
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Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police, which provides communities of Sussex an opportunity to report specific instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the road. In instances where there is sufficient evidence, road users are contacted and educated by Sussex Police to highlight the impact of ant-social behaviour on the roads on the wider community. All reports provide a vital oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents are taking place, assisting in the long term operational strategy of colleagues within SSRP and Sussex Police.
Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a county wide initiative involving community members working collaboratively with Sussex Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. To find out more about Community Speedwatch operations, please visit CSW online.
If you are interested in joining an existing Community Speedwatch group, or setting up a new group in your local area, get in touch with the Community Speedwatch team.
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If you have any questions about road safety in Sussex, contact the SSRP team.
If you suspect someone is drink or drug driving and there is an immediate risk dial 999 or text 65999 to report it.
Compton, Chichester – Overnight between Sunday 17 and Monday 18 January there was an attempted burglary of a residential property. Serial 0847 18/01.
Guildford Close, Emsworth – On the evening of Monday 18 January there was an attempted burglary of a bike shed. Serial 1405 18/01.
Priors Leaze Lane, Hambrook – Overnight between Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 January a vehicle was broken into a golf clubs were stolen. Serial 0649 19/01.
Park Road, Emsworth – In the early hours of Wednesday 20 January a Ford Transit Minibus was stolen. Serial 0373 20/01.
Whyke Road, Chichester – Between Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 January both number plates were stolen from a vehicle. Serial 0338 21/01.
Stockbridge Road, Chichester – Between Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 January a vehicle was criminally damaged. Serial 0481 22/01.
Fishbourne Road West, Chichester – In the early hours of Friday 22 January a residential property was burgled and three bikes were stolen. Serial 0046 22/01.
Brooks Lane, Bosham – Overnight between Friday 22 and Saturday 23 January a vehicle was criminally damaged. Serial 0077 24/01.
Leander Road, Bosham – Overnight between Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January a shed was burgled and power tools stolen. Serial 0247 24/01.
Selsey, The Witterings and surrounding area (WC2)
Broad View, Selsey – Between Friday 22 and Sunday 24 January a vehicle was criminally damaged. Serial 0269 24/01.
Dell Quay Road, Chichester – Overnight between Friday 22 and Saturday 23 January four boats were broken into. Serial 0583 23/01.
Midhurst, Petworth and surrounding area (WC3)
Marley Common, Haslemere – Between Saturday 16 and Monday 18 January a garage was burgled and numerous items were stolen. Serial 0909 18/01.
Marley Common, Haslemere – In the early hours of Monday 18 January two outbuildings were burgled and numerous items stolen. Serials 1218 18/01 and 0093 23/01.
Toronto Road, Petworth – On Monday 18 January a residential property was burgled. Serial 1063 18/01.
Cooks Pond Road, Milland – On Tuesday 19 January a residential property was burgled. Serial 00 19/01.
Easebourne, Midhurst – In the early hours of Wednesday 20 January a business premises was burgled. Serial 0105 20/01.
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