Thursday, 22nd July 2021
News and appeals
Man given nine-year sentence for rape on Brighton beach
A man who raped an 18-year-old woman on the beach at Brighton after befriending her at a nearby club has been given a nine-year prison sentence.
Abdenour Ben Ali, 30, a plumber, of Sheepcote Road, Harrow, Middlesex, was convicted and sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Wednesday 14 July.
He will also be a registered sex offender indefinitely.
Police were called to King Road Arches at 4.30am on Saturday 7 September 2019 after Ben Ali had been restrained by door staff from a nearby nightclub who intervened after seeing him assaulting the woman on the beach.
The victim was taken to hospital and was supported by specialist officers.
Detective Constable Tom Perry of the Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "The four door staff, who were commended in court at the end of the trial by Judge Janet Waddicor, spotted what was happening, restrained Ben Ali and called police.
"Ben Ali had met the woman in the club shortly beforehand and some time conversation she had gone with him to the adjacent beach area where he assaulted her. Fortunately alert door staff took action and now Ben Ali, who had taken advantage of her vulnerability, has faced justice."
See information on reporting rape or other sexual assault and support that is available on the Sussex Police website - https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/how-to-report-rape-and-sexual-assault/
Investigation launched after man suffers stab injury in Brighton
Police are investigating after a man has suffered a serious injury following an incident in Brighton.
Officers were called to a flat in Pelham Street at 11.59pm on Monday (19 July) following a report that a man had been stabbed.
The victim - a 20-year-old man - suffered a chest injury and has been taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
An 18-year-old local man was swiftly arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He remains in custody for questioning.
Detective Inspector Simon Morgan said: "We are carrying out fast-time enquiries to establish the circumstances of what has taken place.
"Understandably, this incident may cause concern to the local community and residents can expect to see a visible police presence while our work at the scene is ongoing.
"It is believed that the victim and suspect may be known to each other and there is nothing to suggest any threat to the wider community at this stage.
"Thank you to local residents for your patience and understanding as our work in the area continues.
"Anyone with information, or who witnessed anything that may assist with our investigation, is urged to report it to us online or by calling 101, quoting 1715 of 19/07."
Appeal after police officers hit with beer bottle in Brighton after England game
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after two officers were assaulted in Brighton on Wednesday 7 July at about 11.45pm.
The pair had responded to reports of a crowd of more than 100 people in West Street after the England v Denmark Euro 2020 match.
A man had climbed on to a balcony and when he got down, was led away by officers. At this point someone from the crowd threw a bottle in their direction which hit one officer in the back and the other in the face.
Anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information on who threw the bottle is asked to contact police online or call 101, quoting serial 3707 of 15/07.
Police investigate sexual assault on girl in Brighton
Police are seeking information in their investigation of a sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in Brighton.
In the early hours of Saturday 29 May, believed shortly after midnight, the girl was on her way home from the beach with friends but became separated from them after getting off a bus in Eastern Road at the Park Street bus stop.
As she was walking through in an alleyway near the Park Street bus stop, believed to be the one linking Eastern Road with Hereford Street, running parallel with Lavender Street, she was suddenly and violently attacked by a man who sexually assaulted her before making off.
He is described as being white or of mixed race, quite tall, and may have dark hair. He was wearing a hood, trousers or tracksuit bottoms - not jeans - and black shoes.
The victim has been receiving support from specially trained officers, who have been working with her to help establish the circumstances.
Police enquiries have also included checks at addresses in the area.
Detective Constable Tony Gander of Brighton CID said; "After the attack the victim managed to link up with her friends again and they observed several members of the public around the scene, who may have seen the assault or the offender, without realising what was happening.
"If you were in the area at that time, and remember seeing or hearing anything at all, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1009 of 31/05.
"We have had no similar reports recently and this is an isolated incident for the area."
Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 1180 15th July 2021
Location: Brunswick Terrace, Hove
Date and time: 15th July 2021, 15:30-22:05
Details: Property has been forced into and an untidy search has taken place. Bank cards taken.
Reference: 0029 15th-16th July 2021
Location: Cowley Drive, Brighton
Date and time: 15th-16th July 2021, 18:00-13:00
Details: Unknown person has gained entry through an open window, nothing was taken
Reference: 0406 20th July 2021
Location: Stroudley Road, Brighton
Date and time: 20th July 2021, 08:43
Details: Key safe was broken and key taken and used to enter property. Nothing taken.
Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0640 20th July 2021
Location: Western Road, Brighton
Date and time: 20th July 2021, 06:00
Details: Suspect has entered cellar area and stolen bottles of spirits.
Reference: 0136 22nd July 2021
Location: St George’s Road, Brighton
Date and time: 22nd July 2021, 02:30
Details: Suspect attempted to break in to the property. Nothing taken.
Reference: 0293 17th July 2021
Location: Church Road, Hove
Date and time: 17th July 2021, 03:10-03:30
Details: Suspect has entered through an unlocked door. Tablet, milk and tea taken
High-visibility foot patrols were performed along Preston Park, Easthill Park, The Lower in Brighton, Hove Lawns and Hove Seafront.
Our Speed Prevention teams were busy attending Davigdor Road in Hove, Falmer Road and Mile Oak Road in Brighton and Longhill Road in Ovingdean..
If you see our officers out and about, don’t be shy, give them a wave and say hello!
Roads policing update
Throughout July the Sussex Safer Road Partnership (SSRP) are supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council Speed Campaign, raising awareness of the impact of unsafe and illegal speeds across the county. The #NoNeedForSpeed campaign aims to raise awareness of the ‘Fatal Five’ and tackle irresponsible and dangerous drivers and riders.
SSRP will provide educational messaging and amplify the work that SSRP and Sussex Police deploy 365 days a year to combat speeding vehicles across Sussex. The SSRP Safety Camera team will also be out on the roads using both fixed and mobile cameras to enforce the law and provide support to the initiative.
Alongside speed, operators are able to capture mobile phone and seatbelt offences, ensuring a robust stance is taken on tackling speeding and wider driving offences in the region throughout the year.
Sussex Community Speed Watch groups (CSW) will be providing extra support in local areas through volunteer teams. Find out more about the work of SSRP and their latest campaigns on their Twitter @SussexSRP
Sussex Police supported the national Seatbelt campaign which ran between Monday 31 May and Sunday 13 June 2021. In the last six years, the proportion of car occupants killed who were not wearing a seatbelt has remained consistently above 20%. During this two week period officers across the force identified over 355 drivers, passengers and even children were stopped for not wearing their seatbelt. It cannot be emphasised enough how important it is to wear your seatbelt whether you are driving or are a passenger, they can and do save lives.
Brighton and Hove
A driver was stopped for not wearing their seatbelt. When officers did further checks they found that the vehicle was also uninsured. The driver was dealt with for the seatbelt offence, driving with no insurance and the vehicle was seized.
A 20 year old man was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving following a two vehicle collision at the junction of the A23 / A27.
Police received a report of concerns for a woman who was a passenger in a car travelling in Veronica Way, Brighton. Officers responded and signalled for the car to stop, but the driver continued and collided with the police car, causing minor injuries to one of the officers. The car continued and failed to stop for officers in Brighton and was found again and spotted by an unmarked police car on the A23 and followed to Hassocks, where it was finally stopped.
The driver was arrested and charged with assaulting an emergency worker, failing to stop when required by police and dangerous driving. He has been remanded in custody ahead of a court hearing at a date yet to be fixed. The woman spoke with the officers and was safe and well.
PCSOs have been out with the speed awareness sign across the city all month. This sign highlights the speed a motorist is traveling at which acts an encouragement to travel at the speed limit. Locations visited included, Nevill Avenue, Hangleton, Shirley Drive, Upper Drive, New Church Road, Surrenden Road, Mile Oak Road and Argyle Road
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership Casualty Reduction team
The Casualty Reduction team continued to support National Police Chiefs’ Council campaigns across Sussex, educating road users on key road safety issues and the ‘Fatal Five’ – the five most common contributory factors to collisions on the roads. The team have also supported Sussex Police by dealing with incidents such as broken down vehicles, attending collisions, assisting with a drink drivers and seizure of vehicles. Further to this, the Casualty Reduction Officers continue to respond to Operation Crackdown reports and support the activity undertaken by Community Speed Watch volunteers.
Community Speed Watch
Community Speed Watch Volunteers play a vital role in keeping communities safe and educating road users on the impact of inappropriate or unsafe speeds. Over 60 groups have conducted Speed Watch sessions over the past month, with 5,689 reports generated to the Operation Crackdown system. If you are interested in joining a Community Speed Watch group, visit www.communityspeedwatch.org
Safety Camera Team
The Safety Camera team continue to monitor roads across the county where there have been collisions or identified speed related road safety issues. The Safety Camera team have been in Haywards Heath, Bury, Bognor, Chichester, Heathfield and Hailsham, along with key points on the A27 and A23. To find out more about the work of the SSRP Safety Camera Team, visit their website: www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/info/safer-speed
Engage with us
Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police, which provides communities of Sussex an opportunity to report specific instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the road. In instances where there is sufficient evidence, road users are contacted and educated by Sussex Police to highlight the impact of ant-social behaviour on the roads on the wider community. All reports provide a vital oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents are taking place, assisting in the long term operational strategy of colleagues within SSRP and Sussex Police.
Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a county wide initiative involving community members working collaboratively with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding speed limits are referred to Sussex Safer Roads Partnership with the aim of educating drivers to educate their speeds.
To find out more about Community Speedwatch, or if you are interested in joining a local group, please contact SSRP here - https://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/page/contact.
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