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Tuesday 29th June 2021

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National praise for Sussex scheme to support domestic abuse victims

A Sussex Police initiative to help domestic abuse victims during and since lockdown has been praised in a national report.

The national report, 'Policing domestic abuse during the pandemic', is published by her Majesty's Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on 23 June.
It highlights the way in which the force developed a team of specialist trained police officers and staff to deal with standard risk domestic abuse cases which are not high risk. These officers conduct virtual interviews with victims using discreet video conferencing technology. This enables officers to interact face to face with victims listening to their report, providing safeguarding advice and completing the initial investigation.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland, Head of the force's Public Protection Command, said: "Our preference is to see someone face to face in private, preferably at a police station.
"However, in March last year we recognised that restrictions such as vulnerable categories, self-isolation, or travel, might make people less able to attend so the force introduced new video conferencing technology.
"The officers obtain a safe contact number and send a onetime text message to the caller's smartphone. Activating this link puts the caller in to a virtual waiting room where one of our officers will be able to see and talk to them so that an investigation can take place."
Afterwards, the caller is told to delete the text, which is disguised in the first place to hide any links with the police.

Between May 2020 and the end of May 2021 some 6400 non-urgent appointments took place, and since January this year 88% of such appointments have been carried out by video.
Part of the safeguarding advice includes referrals to independent local support agencies.
Steve Rayland, who was awarded the QPM (Queens Police Medal) in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours for his work on combating domestic abuse, adds: “Our message has remained the same throughout Covid restrictions and beyond – if you are experiencing domestic abuse, you are not alone. We can help break the cycle of abuse. We take all allegations of domestic abuse seriously and our staff and officers understand the complexities of domestic abuse. We want to help support victims to move forward with their lives. If you are ready to talk we are ready to listen”

If you're a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call police on 999.
If you can’t talk because the perpetrator is nearby, you can then press the numbers ‘55’ into your mobile phone which will alert the operator to your situation.
The Sussex Safe Space website also provides a valuable directory of help and support from all agencies, available near you.
For further information and advice from Sussex Police see the force website.
Man jailed for police station bomb hoax
A man has been jailed after making a bomb hoax at a police station.
The 999 call was received at 7.32am on Friday 18 June – the morning after the Manchester Arena bombing inquest published its first report.

The call was traced back to a public phone box in Shoreham High Street, and officers were deployed to the scene.

Meanwhile, all staff and officers at Shoreham Police Station were alerted to the incident and advised not to open any mail.

The two-minute phone call led to the deployment of officers from divisional response and operations departments to protect the public, with CCTV operators and officers from the Force Intelligence Unit involved in both tracing the suspect and establishing the feasibility of the threat, and both South East Coast Ambulance Service and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service put on standby.

The suspect was located and arrested within 30 minutes of making the call, and emergency services were stood down 15 minutes later after the Divisional Response Inspector and Critical Incident Manager confirmed the threat was a hoax.
Peter Osbourne, 60, unemployed and of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with making a bomb hoax, and was remanded in custody.
He pleaded guilty to the offence at Brighton Magistrates’ Court the following day (19 June), where he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge.

Detective Constable Noel Simmonds said: “This bomb hoax was made the morning after Sir John Saunders published his first report on the Manchester Arena bombing, a sad reminder of why emergency services have to take such threats seriously.
“Whilst this incident turned out to be a hoax it was only the swift and thorough investigation that prevented serious disruption to the community.
“I would like to thank all of the emergency services involved in this incident, and Brighton and Hove Magistrates for demonstrating that the courts will deal robustly with this kind of behaviour.”
Crime summary
 Reference:  1170 26th June
Location:  Maybridge Square, Goring by Sea
Date and time: Approximately 1830hrs 24th June
Details:  Items were stolen after a rear door was left insecure.  

Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0276 28th June
Location: Mill Lane, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 2100hrs 27th and 0700hrs 28th June
Details: An insecure garage door was opened, nothing stolen.

PCSO and Officer Patrols
Officers have been conducting foot patrols and engaging with local businesses following reports of anti-social behaviour including theft and criminal damage in the Worthing area. And after receiving reports of anti-social driving on Salvington Road, our officers conducted a speed gun operation on Thursday where they used the speed gun on 100 cars. Thankfully no cars were speeding on that day.

Also on Thursday officers had the pleasure of meeting the whole of year 8 at St Romero Catholic School in Goring. PC Sally Scott, a Youth Officer, held a session on knife crime and associated crime. The visit was to tie in with the 12/13 year old pupils' PSHE lessons. Plenty of interesting questions asked, PC Scott said - we didn't expect anything less!
1. "Do you carry a gun?” -- No! Only police officers in our Tactical Firearms Unit do that.
2. "Have you ever arrested anyone?” -- Yes! 
3. “Can you handcuff me?" - No!

Street briefing
The local PCSO for Goring will be conducting a street briefing in Goring Gap around the Alinora Avenue area on Tuesday 13th July between 1300hrs and 1530hrs, she will be joined by a local councillor. If you would like to meet your local PCSO or your councillor and discuss any local concerns, please come along and see them.
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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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