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Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Sussex-wide news Woman attacked on Haywards Heath footpath
Police are seeking witnesses after a woman was attacked on a Haywards Heath footpath.
At about 12.50pm on Saturday 19 June, the woman in her early twenties was walking along a footpath leading from Chapman Way, close to the St. Francis Social Club, to Colwell Road when she was approached from behind by someone who pulled her hair and then punched her to the face.
The suspect, of whom there is currently no description, then ran away through the bushes.
PC Sam Chapman said; "We have had no reports recently of similar incidents or anything else that could be linked to this.
"We would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who saw anything else suspicious in that area on Saturday morning. You can contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 654 of 19/06."
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.
Sergeant Elizabeth Reschwamm said: "We are determined to get knives off our streets and keep Sussex a safe place to live.
"In addition to our campaign to engage and educate the public on the dangers of knife possession, we are working closely with retailers to prevent knives falling into the hands of young people.
"We all have a part to play in reducing knife crime and keeping the public safe and we would urge anyone with information or concerns to report it to us so we can take action."
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 childline.org.uk.
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 https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info
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.
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