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Thursday 17th June - In The Know
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Thursday, 17th June 2021
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Police progressing investigation into theft from Southwick café
Police investigating the theft of money from Carats Café in Southwick on Saturday (12 June) have formally identified two people in footage from the café. The investigation is progressing with the assistance of colleagues at Bedfordshire Police.
The same two individuals were also involved in an incident in Madeira Drive, Brighton, whereby police responded to a welfare call in respect of two dogs locked in a car. The dogs were subsequently released from the car by police.
Superintendent Rachel Swinney said: “The behaviour of the individuals concerned in both of these incidents will not be tolerated. I want to send a clear message to those visiting our county that we will actively pursue those who commit crime in Sussex.”
20 arrests made in first three days of drink/drug-driving campaign
Police made 20 arrests in the first three days of a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.
The month-long campaign kicked off on Friday 11 June in conjunction with Euro 2020, and is being run in addition to our routine roads policing activity 365 days a year.
Through education, engagement and enforcement, our aim is to reduce the number of casualties and to deal robustly with offenders, who make up the minority of road users.
As part of the operation, officers from Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership worked together to provide proactive patrols across the county over the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.
In addition to the 20 people arrested for drink and drug-driving, police also recorded more than 600 offences including speeding, driving with no MOT, illegal number plates and not wearing a seatbelt.
This could not have been achieved without the help of our dedicated Community SpeedWatch volunteers, who give up their own time to help keep their communities safe.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It is deeply disappointing that some people still make the conscious decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These are selfish and mindless individuals, who thankfully make up the small minority of road users in Sussex, but who put the lives of themselves and others at risk.
“We urge everyone to take responsibility this summer and beyond; do not get behind the wheel if you’ve consumed drink or drugs, do not get into a vehicle with a driver you know to be under the influence, and report anyone you suspect may be drink or drug-driving. Together, we can save lives.”
The public can expect to see a heightened policing presence every weekend throughout the summer, as we strive to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
The aim of this dedicated activity is to create an environment that is inhospitable to the dangerous or antisocial use of vehicles on the roads, thereby reducing road casualties, and the impact of noise and poor behaviour on local communities.
The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
Hard work and dedication recognised at Brighton and Hove divisional awards
The hard work and dedication of officers, staff and volunteers has been commended at Brighton and Hove divisional awards. The awards, normally held as part of an event, have taken place virtually this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Awards have been presented for a huge variety of impressive police work; from in-depth investigations to complex operations and impactful community engagement.
Fifteen officers have been presented awards for their roles in Operation Moonraker, an investigation into an organised crime group importing and distributing drugs from Southampton to Brighton in 2019. DI Dee Wells was commended for leading a team that prosecuted 19 individuals who were sentenced to 90 years imprisonment with seizures totalling 1.6 kilos of cocaine, 4.9 kilos of cannabis and £165,000 cash. Other officers were praised for their roles in gathering evidence using covert tactics and for financial investigator roles.
Sergeant Alec Barrett has been awarded for his work in coordinating operations to tackle knife crime across the city as part of Operation Safety. PS Barrett worked on days of action to reduce knife-related harm among local communities by raising awareness of the dangers of knife possession and through targeted activities. Between April 2020 and April 2021, a total of 222 arrests were made in connection with Op Safety surge operations in Brighton and Hove and 181 weapons were seized.
Sergeant Maria Skinner was awarded for her role in tackling anti-social behaviour in Brighton. PS Skinner has worked closely with partners to drive a multi-agency response to dealing with targeting offenders and preventing further offences from taking place. Over the past 12 months alone, 45 Community Protection warnings (CPWs) have been issued, 21 Community Protection Notices (21), and three Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs).
Fourteen Special Constables were praised for putting in a significant contributions made to policing. SC Alan Rankin-Thorn was recognised for his dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic, having completed 1617 hours service in 2020, with many deployments being in Brighton and Hove. SC Jamie Jackson was praised for his role in liasing with local bus services, helping to secure CCTV evidence of crimes that occurred on local buses and bus routes.
PC Christopher Murphy was commended for his outstanding work in tackling burglary. On 10 December Murphy was responsible for arresting a prolific burglar and bringing about a conviction for a string of offences. The following day, he tracked down another suspect, and secured a conviction for another separate offence.
Andrew Morley from the Estates and Facilities team has been awarded for his quick work in dealing with a significant water leak at John Street Police Station on 3 January. He delivered first the response and recovery to the incident, leading the team and contractors to ensure that the impact on frontline services had no impact upon our communities and going above and beyond what is expected.
Heather Van Dyke, who has worked for Sussex Police for over 25 years, was given an award for taking on additional responsibilities in the front office at John Street Police Station and ensuring her team deliver an excellent service to the community of Brighton and Hove.
Chief Superintendent Nick May said: "I am honoured and extremely proud to celebrate the outstanding work of our officers, staff and volunteers.
"Among those awarded are those who have carried out complex investigative work, fantastic heroics, and others who have gone above and beyond to look after their teammates.
"Each award demonstrates how determined and resilient all have been in doing their best for the people of this city. I hope these nominations help provide the public with insight into the brilliant achievements I am fortunate to witness on the division every single day.
"Our winners have demonstrated their commitment to keeping our communities safe and going above and beyond for the communities of Brighton and Hove."
Witnesses sought after child hit by car in Patcham
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old pedestrian was hit by a vehicle as he crossed the road in Patcham, Brighton.
The incident involving a car, believed to be a white Mercedes, occurred in Ladies Mile Road about 3pm on Thursday 27 May.
After a brief exchange of words, the driver reportedly made off from the scene.
The victim, a local boy, sustained minor injuries.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who captured the incident on CCTV, dash cam or mobile, is asked to email email@example.com quoting serial 256 of 28/05. Crime summary
Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 1754 14th June 2021
Location: Beaconsfield Villas
Date and time: 14Th June 2021 22:00-00:00
Details: Handbag stolen from open back door
Reference: 1352 14th June 2021
Location: Kingsway, Hove
Date and time: 14th June 2021 20:30
Details: Electric bikes stolen from locked and secured storage shed – the lock was forced open
Reference: 1627 15th June 2021
Location: Brunswick Place, Hove
Date and time: 15th June 2021 22:50
Details: Attempted burglary – no entry gained
Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0070 13th June 2021
Location: North Street
Date and time: 13th June 2021 00:34-00:51
Details: Entry gained
High-visibility foot patrols were performed in William Clark Park, Hove Lagoon, Dyke Road Park, Tarner Park, Church Street, Palmeria Square and Queens Park.
Speed Prevention teams attended Shirley Drive, Portslade, Hangleton and Nevill Avenue.
After reports of Anti-Social Behaviour in the area, officers visited Hove Lawns, Hove Park and St Mary’s Church on St James Street.
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