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Thursday 8th July 2021

Sussex Police apologises following inquest on death of Susan Nicholson

Sussex Police has today issued a fresh apology to the family of Susan Nicholson after an inquest jury identified two significant failings by police.
Susan was murdered by her partner Robert Trigg, in Worthing in April 2011. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder in July 2017, and was also sentenced for the manslaughter of a previous partner, Caroline Devlin, in March 2006.
Today, Monday 5 July, a jury at Crawley Coroners Court concluded that police prematurely closed an investigation into Caroline Devlin's death, and this may have contributed to Susan’s death. They also found that the force should have known about the real and immediate risk to Susan and that, by not taking reasonable action, this had caused or contributed to her death.
Following the inquest, Assistant Chief Constable Fiona Macpherson said: “Susan’s family and friends have waited a long time to hear all the facts surrounding her death and our thoughts remain with them, and with the family of Caroline, at this difficult time.
"Further to the apology that the former Chief Constable offered to the families in 2017, I apologise for the failings of the force in relation to the deaths of both Caroline Devlin and Susan Nicholson.
"As the Coroner noted in her closing remarks, Sussex Police have made extensive changes and improvements in the way in which it responds to cases involving domestic abuse in the ten years since Susan’s death.
"Learning from these two cases has been used as part of our work to comprehensively revise our policies during this period.
"We respect the findings of the jury, and we now need to pause to reflect on these before deciding on any further action.”
In 2017 Sussex Police commissioned two independent reviews, one of the investigations in 2006 and 2011 and, separately, one to review the way the subsequent complaints from Susan’s family were handled. 
Today, in line with our commitment to transparency, we are publishing the investigation review, which has already been shared with the families. The complaints review will first be shared with Susan's family prior to publication.

Appeal for witnesses to a fatal collision at Uckfield

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision involving a cyclist and a lorry on the A22 Maresfield Bypass, Uckfield.

The cyclist, a 70-year-old man sadly died at the scene after he hit a stationary lorry which had broken down on the road on Thursday (1 July) at 9.34am. The lorry driver was uninjured.

The road is currently closed in both directions for investigation and vehicle recovery work.

Sergeant Dan Eaton said: "We are appealing for witnesses to the incident and would like to hear from anyone who have dashcam footage of it who can help our investigation."

If you any information about the collision, please email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Trend.

East Grinstead cricket Gator thief caught on camera

A man who rode off in a stolen utility vehicle was captured on CCTV as he left the grounds of East Grinstead Cricket Club.
The thief struck at the Saint Hill Ground on the evening of Thursday, June 10. The John Deere GX Gator was being used to transport irrigation pipes and had been left for a short while alongside the cricket square without an ignition key. It was jump-started and driven away around 9.20pm on to Saint Hill Road and is known to have turned on to West Hoathly Road towards the Weir Wood reservoir.
The loss of the vehicle is a significant blow for the volunteer-run club as it was used almost daily throughout the cricket season for ground preparation.
Anyone who saw the Gator being driven in the area on that evening, who recognises the driver or who has any information about the location of the vehicle is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 208 of 11/06.


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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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