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Wednesday 23rd June 2021

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Police ramp up work with businesses to prevent sale of knives to under 18s

Sussex Police is ramping up its work with local businesses to prevent the sale of knives to under 18s as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle knife crime and serious violence. 

Officers are carrying out test purchase operations to engage with retailers on the Challenge 25 policy, which is challenging those who look under the age of 25 trying to purchase a knife.
Retailers have an important role to play, by helping to ensure that weapons are not falling into the wrong hands. It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, and anyone found carrying a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, faces serious legal consequences.
Alongside partners such as Trading Standards, we are working with retailers across Sussex to ensure robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives, to help them get this right.

How we are helping businesses to challenge those who look under 25
We have created materials specific for use in Sussex including:
A guide for businesses on good practice on selling and storing knives
Stickers to be placed where knives are sold to remind customers they will need to show ID
Two posters – one for customers and one for staff.
From April 1 2020 – March 31 2021 we carried out 464 test purchases which resulted in 138 intelligence logs. 124 of those test purchases were successful.
Where test purchases failed, officers provide support with retailers by meeting with retail managers to ensure relevant training is in place, and carry out further test purchases to test compliance.   
What to do if you’re worried
If you are under 18, you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime you should try to talk with your parent or carer, or alternatively talk to Childline for help on 0800 1111 or go online at
If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.
Whether you are a parent or young person you can contact Sussex Police on 101 to speak with your local Prevention Team.
Who do I report knife crime to?
You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
To report knife crime anonymously go to 

Police continuing to investigate alleged theft at Carats Café, Southwick
Police are continuing to investigate after two people allegedly stole cash from Carats Café in Southwick on Saturday 12 June.

The same two individuals were also involved in an incident in Madeira Drive, Brighton, on the same day, 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.

In relation to the suspected theft, a man and a woman have been interviewed by police and remain under investigation whilst enquiries continue. 

Superintendent Rachel Swinney said: “We are aware of the significant interest in this case, and I’d like to thank the public for coming forward with information.
“We are actively pursuing all lines of enquiry, and we will seek to identify if any further offences have been committed as our investigation continues.” 

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 Speed Watch volunteers, who give up their own time to help keep their communities safe.

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.

Crime summary
Reference:  0596 17th June
Location:  St Botolphs Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 2000hrs 16th June and 1100hrs 17th June
Details:  A laptop and cash were stolen after entry was made to the property through a rear window.  

Reference: 0610 21st June
Location: Whitelot Close, Southwick
Date and time: Between 1630hrs and 2200hrs 19th June
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property, no entry was gained but damage was caused to a front door.

Burglary other than Dwelling – there were no burglaries to sheds or other outbuildings reported in this last week.

Officer and PCSO Patrols
Sunday 13th our officers conducted a dusk patrol in the Shoreham by Sea area after reports of anti-social behaviour in the area

On Wednesday it was a beautiful day for our officers to be out patrolling Goring Gap ensuring vehicles were safe. Please remember to check that your vehicle is locked and that you don't leave valuables on display.

Officers and PCSOs have been out on patrol in Broadwater after reports of drug dealing/use within the area especially in Bashfords Lane

And on Monday officers were out on foot patrol in Buckingham Park, Shoreham, after reports of anti-social behaviour in the park. If you witness any ASB in your area, please contact us on 101 or on 999 in an emergency or report it online.

These are just some of the patrols in the last week, if you would like to see your neighbourhood team please email them on , however this email address is not for reporting crime, this can be done online, by calling 101 or in an emergency by calling 999.

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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