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In The Know - Thursday 6th May 2021
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Thursday, 6th May 2021
News and appeals
Information sought following rape of woman in Brighton city centre
Police in Brighton are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in the city centre.
Detective Sergeant Matt Stevens of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "We are asking anyone who may have been in the London Road area of Brighton , between 4am and 7am, on Monday 3 May, or who has any other information, to get in touch with us.
"We are particularly keen to trace a group of men in their early twenties wearing light tops and dark trousers.
"If you can help please contact us either by calling 101 or online quoting serial 314 of 03/05."
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The victim is currently being supported by specially trained officers.
Witness appeal after aggravated burglary in Brighton
Police are investigating a report of an aggravated burglary at an address in Bevendean Crescent, Brighton at around 9.20pm on Tuesday, 27 April.
During the incident it is reported that three men knocked on the door and then forced their way into the property, threatening the residents with a baseball bat and a knife. The intruders searched the address before taking a number of electrical items, including phones and laptops, as well as expensive clothing.
The suspects then left the property and fled on foot in a northerly direction. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the incident.
The three men, all described as black or mixed race, were said to have been wearing surgical gloves and face coverings. Two of them wore orange high visibility jackets.
Anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed anyone acting suspiciously is asked to report online or call 101, quoting 1405 of 27/04.
London couple jailed for County Lines drug dealing in Brighton
A North London couple have been jailed following a police investigation into a 'County Lines' operation bringing Class A drugs from London into Brighton.
Edward Birigwa, 30, and Kessia Davies, 21, both of Golders Way, London, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (23 April), both charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.
The charges followed an investigation over several months by detectives from the Brighton Community Investigation Team, working with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Orochi, which works with police forces surrounding London to combat County Lines drug dealing from the capital.
The couple were arrested in North London on 27 January and their address was searched. A quantity of drugs was seized for analysis together cash, electronic scales, mobile phones and other items.
At Lewes Crown Court on Friday (23 April), Birigwa pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years' imprisonment. Davies pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years' and six months imprisonment.
Detective Inspector Dee Wells said: "We work tirelessly to disrupt dealers who bring harmful drugs into our local communities and bring criminals to justice wherever they live.
"I am pleased the court has recognised the severity of Birigwa and Davies' actions and served them with significant custodial sentences.
"We are committed to protecting the public and I hope this sends a clear message to drug dealers that they cannot expect to go undetected in Brighton and Hove."
The County Lines response isn’t just a policing one. Effective collaboration between law enforcement and safeguarding organisations and also the private sector industries is a vital part of both the national and local response.
Members of the public can also help, the best advice is to trust your instincts – if somebody shows signs of mistreatment, or someone seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with a locality, you can report suspicions to local police here or by calling 101 - or to British Transport Police if you see something on the railway network.
Safe Space Sussex at takes you to all the local organisations who provide support for those affected by drugs misuse.
Burglaries – Dwelling Reference: 0158 4th May 2021
Location: Waldegrave, Brighton
Date and time: 3rd/4th May 2021 22:00-05:00
Details: Attempted break in. Damage caused to a side door but no entry was gained. Nothing stolen. Reference: 1371 4th May 2021
Location: Osbourne Road, Brighton
Date and time: 27th April-3rd May 2021 Time unknown
Details: Entry made through the front door. No forced entry, believed suspect used key left under pot. Electric scooters, mobile phone and items of jewellery stolen (other high value items have been left) Burglaries – Non Dwelling Reference: 1338 30th April 2021
Location: Charlotte Street, Brighton
Date and time: 30th April 2021 20:54
Details: Third Party report of a group of young people smashed glass of front door of a hotel.
Work bag containing £200 taken
Reference: 0327 2nd May 2021
Location: North Street, Portslade
Date and time: 1st May 2021 01:23-03:00
Details: Two men seen breaking gate open in rear car park and loading scaffold towers onto a white van (Ford Transit Connect style).
Other Op Sceptre: 272 knives seized and 18 arrests made in anti-knife week Sussex Police teams taking part in Operation Sceptre have taken a total of 272 knives off the street through amnesty bins, weapon sweeps, and stop searches.
Operation Sceptre is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and ran from 26 April to 2 May.
Officers in Sussex made a total of 18 arrests for offences including weapon possession, being concerned in the supply of drugs, possession with intent to supply, drug driving, for being wanted on warrant, and assault.
Officers carried out 19 weapon sweeps, 254 knives were placed in the amnesty bins, 21 stop searches were conducted, test purchasing activities were carried out as well as proactive patrols.
Almost 4000 young people were engaged with by officers and provided with vital information and education around the harm knives can cause.
Officers were called to report of an altercation in Grand Parade, Brighton at 4am on Saturday (29 April). Officers attended and carried out searches of the men involved, seizing drugs and a knife. A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug and possession of a knife. A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, attempted robbery and possession a Class A drug. Both have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
At 12.50pm on Saturday, 29 April, plain clothes officers witnessed a suspected drug deal in Boyces Street Brighton. During the search of a suspect a quantity of suspected Class A drugs and a knife were seized. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and possession of a knife. He has been bailed subject to conditions while enquiries are ongoing.
Officers subsequently stopped a male behaving suspiciously near Albion Hill in Brighton around 2pm and carried out a search. The suspect - aged 17 - was found to be in possession of 46 wraps of suspected Class A drugs. He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. He was released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Yates said: "This week we've seen some fantastic results as our teams have worked together to take knives off the streets and arrest individuals in connection with serious incidents.
"It's crucial that we continue to share our message that it is a misconception that carrying a knife makes you safer, as it actually puts you at increased risk of harm.
"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.
“During Operation Sceptre we intensified our activities to target offenders and remove harmful items from the streets, but I would like to stress that our activity to combat knife crime is part of everyday policing.
"We have year-round operations to address knife crime including engaging with young people in schools, targeted days of action, and work with partners to ensure people are signposted to help at an early opportunity.
"There is help out there for those who do not feel safe, and we always have amnesty bins in police stations where you can drop off blades so they can be safely disposed of."
If you need to talk to someone anonymously, Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111. As always, you can report online or via 101. In an emergency, always call 999.
Our officers patrolled New Road, Brighton Marina car park and St Andrews Church after reports of ASB in those areas.
High-visibility foot patrols were performed at St Ann Wells Gardens, Hangleton, Brighton Seafront and the Knoll. Help us keep Sussex safe
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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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