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Thursday 29th April - In The Know

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Thursday, 29th April 2021

News and appeals

Witnesses sought to car and motorcycle collision in Hove
Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision between a car and motorcycle in Hove.
Officers were called to A259 Kingsway at the junction with Holland Road at 11.05pm on Thursday 15 April to reports of a collision involving a light motorcycle and a blue Suzuki Wagon.
The motorcycle rider was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment.
Officers investigating the collision would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or who may have captured any relevant dash cam footage.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1580 of 15/04. 
Witness appeal after bike is stolen during Hove robbery
Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy had his bike stolen during a robbery in Hove.
Around 4.30pm on Wednesday 7 April, the 16-year-old victim was walking in Hove Park with three other friends when they were approached by a group of around seven people.
The victim was punched and pulled off his bike, which was then stolen. The bike (pictured) is an orange and black Scott Scale mountain bike.
The suspects are described as males between 16 to 18 years old, wearing dark clothing and hooded jumpers.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery, saw any suspicious behaviour in the area around that time, or who may have seen the stolen bike, is asked to get in touch.
Information can be reported online or by calling 101 quoting serial 872 of 07/04. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Man sentenced over street sex assaults in Brighton
A man has been sent to prison for sexual assaults on two women in Brighton city centre, having been arrested thanks to the swift action of a member of the public and patrolling police officers.
Abdullah Rahman, 36, unemployed, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of 18 weeks imprisonment at Brighton Magistrates Court on 19 April, having admitted two offences of sexual assault by touching over clothing and one offence of indecent exposure.
The first incident happened in London Road shortly before midday on Monday 15 March and the other one in nearby Trafalgar Road a few minutes later.
In each case Rahman approached the women and sexually assaulted them before walking off. In the first case he also exposed himself to the victim.
As the first victim was talking to police officers a man passing by realised what was happening, himself helped to search the area and spotted Rahman nearby in the process of talking to other women who were strangers to him. He was immediately arrested
Detective Sergeant Jenny Pietersen of Brighton CID said; “This swift police and public response ensured that Rahman was soon in custody and that no further women were assaulted.
"He had little choice but to admit his guilt and justice has been swiftly done."
Man given 12-year sentence for sex offences against girl in Brighton
A man who befriended a vulnerable girl pupil at a Brighton school where he worked as a caretaker and sexually abused her for more than three years, has now been given a prison sentencing totalling 12 years following an investigation by police safeguarding detectives
Ian Ellingford, 51, a caretaker, now of Ripe Lane, Firle, East Sussex, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 22 April, having been convicted of seven counts of rape and one of sexual assault against the girl, who was a teenager at the time of the offending between 11 and 13 years ago.
Detective Constable Suzy MacLintock said; "The girl was particularly vulnerable when Ellingford encountered her at the school which she was about to leave, but he continued to in effect groom her even after she had moved schools. He committed a series of sexual offences against her, knowing that she was at the time not in a position to readily resist him, subjected her to a series of assaults.
"Eventually she became sufficiently confident to disclose what had happened to her."
If you or anyone you know is being subjected to sexual or other abuse, you can do something about it. See this link to the Sussex Police website showing how you can report, talk in confidence to experienced investigators, and get access to a range of expert support and advice.
Crime summary
Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 0384 27th April 2021
Location: Eaton Place, Brighton
Date and time: 13/04 – 27/04/21 00:00-09:58
Details: Unknown suspect has taken two rings from inside female victim's bathroom.
Reference: 1116 28th April 2021
Location: Malvern Street, Hove
Date and time: 28th April 2021 15:00-16:00
Details: Unknown male attempted to force door open and left without making any entry. Nothing stolen.
Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0103 28th April 2021
Location: Black Lion Street, Brighton
Date and time: 28th April 2021 02:41
Details: Suspect found inside a disused restaurant. Police attended and found suspect asleep.
Reference: 0196 28th April 2021
Location: Prince Albert Street, Brighton
Date and time: 27-28th April 17:30-02:00
Details: Break in overnight. Intruder alarm activated, no obvious signs of entry.
Operation Sceptre

Sussex Police also supports Operation Sceptre, a national campaign which takes place twice a year, supporting the work Sussex Police carries out all year round to ensure residents are safe from knife crime in their communities.
The campaign comprises a mix of targeted operational and educational activities to remove unwanted knives off the streets of Sussex, and to reassure and educate young people on the dangers of carrying knives.
Know the law
In England, it is illegal to:
Sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it is a knife with a folding blade that is three inches long or less.
Carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it is a knife with a folding blade that is three inches long or less.
Carry, buy or sell any banned knife.
Use any knife in a threatening way, even if it is a legal one.
The police can stop and search anyone they suspect of carrying a knife, the maximum penalty for which is four years in prison and an unlimited fine.
If someone you are with uses a knife while you are with them you could get the same sentence.
An automatic prison sentence is handed to anyone convicted twice of carrying a knife.
Further support
Find further guidance on our knife crime advice pages:

Roads policing update
Brighton and Hove
Officers have been out all over the city in Kings Road, Western Road, Queens Park and The Level in Brighton as well as Goldstone Crescent and Old Shoreham Road in Hove. The team used the mobile Speed Identification Device which is a digital sign that displays the speed a vehicle is travelling at to encourage awareness of the speed they are going and to slow down if driving too fast. This was used in several areas including St Leonards Road, The Upper Drive, Nevill Avenue and Preston Drove reminding motorists that these are all 20mph zones.
One vehicle stop of note was on Preston Road where officers noticed suspicious behaviour and upon stopping and searching the vehicle discovered 15kgs of cannabis. The driver was charged with possession with intent to supply as well as driving without insurance or a licence.
Police looking to identify possible fraud victims in East Sussex
Police in East Sussex are looking to identify possible victims of a fraud.
Officers have reason to believe a number of people in the area have been targeted by fraudsters in January and February of this year.
The scam involves people claiming to be builders and offering to fix your roof. However, once money is handed over, no work has been carried out.
In some cases, it’s thought the victim is transported to the bank by the fraudsters in order to withdraw the money.
Police would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of this fraud, or anyone who knows someone who has been approached in similar circumstances.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 588 of 08/01.
People are urged to be vigilant about any unexpected contact from people offering products or services. Always ask to check their ID and if you’re not happy, don’t engage with them.
Never give your bank details or transfer money to those you don’t know or trust, and never give your PIN number or other sensitive information to strangers.
If you are in doubt about a situation, call police or a trusted friend or relative for advice. If something doesn’t sound right, don’t feel pressured to make a snap decision on matters relating to your finances. Take the time to do some research and trust your instincts.
For further advice on fraud prevention, visit the Sussex Police website here.

PCSO Patrols
Our officers have been performing high visibility patrols along Brighton Seafront and the pier, Hollingbury Park golf course and Norfolk Square due to reports of graffiti and anti-social behaviour.
In addition, they patrolled Blakers Park and Hove Seafront. Officers also visited the Level to chat with the public about knife crime.
Help us keep Sussex safe

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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