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Thursday 19th August 2021 - In The Know
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Thursday, 19th August 2021
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Hove man charged after dozens of stolen items found in flat
A man has appeared in court after officers recovered dozens of suspected stolen items from a property in Hove.
Police attended an address in York Road on Saturday (August 14) looking for a man wanted in connection with an unrelated matter.
A search of the address found more than 30 items that were believed to be stolen, including many thought to be linked to recent residential burglaries in the area.
Electrical goods and several items of jewellery were retrieved from the flat, including a gold engagement ring belonging to a 76-year-old man.
The ring had significant sentimental and financial value, having been specially made in Dubai for his wife.
A quantity of cannabis was also found at the flat.
Terry Hughes, 45, unemployed, of York Road, was arrested and charged with three counts of receiving stolen goods and being in possession of a Class B drug (cannabis).
He appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday (August 16) where he was released on conditional bail until October 20.
Chief Inspector Nick Dias said: "It remains a priority for us to prevent burglary and pursue those responsible, as we understand the devastating emotional impact it can have on victims alongside the loss of their personal possessions.
"In this case we are able to return items to individuals that carried both sentimental and financial value.
"We will always follow up any reports of burglaries and our officers work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice. Please do submit any reports online through the Sussex Police website here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ or by calling 101."
Appeal to identify witnesses to suspicious incident in Brighton
Police investigating a suspicious incident in Brighton are looking to identify a potential witness.
Officers were called on Sunday (August 15) to a report of a 12-year-old girl being approached by a man in a van on Hillside, between 9.11am and 9.57am that day.
The man briefly spoke to the girl, before she left the location. The van is white, believed to be an older model with no windows. The man is described as white, bald, approximately 30-40 years old and with a southern accent. There was also a passenger travelling in the van, but they were not seen in detail.
Officers investigating the matter are keen to speak to a man who was out jogging in the area, and who spoke to the girl shortly afterwards.
Detective Inspector James Meanwell said: “I would like to reassure the community that we are investigating and working to establish the full circumstances of this incident.
“We’d like to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area around that time. In particular, we’d like to speak to a man who asked the victim if she was okay.
“Our officers will continue to proactively patrol our communities and urge people to contact us if they have any issues or concerns.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ or by calling 101 quoting serial 499 of 15/08.
Hove man jailed for unprovoked assault
A Hove man has been jailed following an unprovoked assault that left his victim with a fractured skull.
Aftab Miah, 37, of Sherbourne Close in Hove, was jailed for 21 months on Tuesday, July 27, after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent at Lewes Crown Court.
The court heard Miah and his victim - a 24-year-old man - were witnessed arguing on Friday, May 21, at around 11pm in a bar in Second Avenue, Hove.
Miah, who is a trained mixed martial artist, was seen to punch the victim in the face before both men and their respective groups of friends were asked to leave the premises.
The victim and his friends went to another bar across the street, while Miah left the area.
Around an hour later, shortly before 12am, Miah's victim left the bar and was walking along Second Avenue when Miah got out of the passenger seat of a car that pulled up alongside them.
Witnesses reported seeing Miah punch his victim in the face in an unprovoked attack before getting back in the vehicle and being driven away.
His victim fell backwards and hit his head on the floor, suffering a fractured skull that led to a bleed on his brain.
The attack was captured on CCTV and Miah was arrested the following day after being identified by witnesses.
Four out of the five witnesses were also able to positively identify him from a line-up.
Miah was ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge in addition to his custodial sentence.
Detective Police Constable James Botting said: “This was a callous, unprovoked attack in which Aftab Miah left his victim lying in the street with serious injuries.
“Miah has a number of previous convictions for violent crimes and this custodial sentence has taken a violent offender off our streets.
“Violence of any kind has no place in our city and we will continue working to tackle violent behaviour through enforcement and alongside our partner agencies to try to steer people away from violence.”
Appeal for witnesses to serious collision in Wilson Avenue, Brighton
Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist suffered life threatening injuries in a collision with a BMW in Wilson Avenue, Brighton.
Emergency services were called at 5.30pm on Saturday (14 August) to the incident involving a grey BMW X5 and a black Keeway motorcycle being ridden by a 17-year-old boy from Croydon. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries, including a life threatening head injury. The car driver, a 42-year-old woman, was uninjured.
The road was closed for several hours for investigation and recovery work.
Sergeant Vicki Rees said: “We are investigating a serious collision. Both vehicles were travelling south when the collision occurred. We want to hear from anyone who witnessed it or has any dash cam or CCTV footage of the incident.”
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Police take action on knife crime as part of operation in Brighton
Police working to disrupt criminal activity and raise awareness of the dangers of knife possession carried out a day of action at Brighton railway station.
The high-visibility activity on Thursday (12 August) was part of Operation Safety – the force’s response to tackling knife crime and serious violence.
Officers, working with the British Transport Police (BTP), set up knife arches inside the station to detect and prevent harmful items from entering the city.
Sussex Police's specially designed van was stationed outside to engage with members of the public to raise awareness and educate around the risks of knife crime by using real-life stories of how young lives have been impacted by knife possession.
During the day, around 1,500 people passed through the knife arches. Nine people were searched, with one woman given a community resolution for possession of Class B drugs.
Officers engaged with 200 – 300 people at the arches, explaining the reasons for them and how they work. More than 100 people were also spoken with at the engagement van, including young children and older people concerned about knife crime.
Officers provided reassurance on the work being done to tackle serious violence in the county, and signposted to other agencies that can offer information and support around knife crime concerns.
Chief Inspector Simon Yates said: "Sussex is a safe place to live, with knife incidents falling below the national average. However, knife crime can have devastating consequences and we are determined to take proactive action to prevent further lives being affected.
"Carrying a knife can change your life. Although some people may choose to carry one to feel safer, they are actually at far more risk of harm and face serious consequences if caught.
"As well as targeting offenders and disrupting criminal activity, our focus is raising awareness of the dangers of knife possession to prevent lives being impacted by knife crime.
"We all have a part to play in tackling knife crime and we encourage anyone with information or concerns to report it to us so we can take action."
As well as days of action, Sussex Police carries out proactive patrols, carries out educational outreach in schools and among local communities, works with Border Force to prevent knives from being imported, ensures local businesses are aware of Challenge 25 policies, and works to target prolific offenders. What should I do if I’m worried about knife crime?
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.
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 neighbourhood policing team. Who do I report knife crime to?
You can report knife crime online here:https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
To report knife crime anonymously go to https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info
Man safely detained following incident in Brighton
Police safely detained a man following an incident in Queens Road, Brighton (18 August).
It follows a report of a man in distress and in possession of a knife – which was recovered by officers – about 11.36am.
A 35-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife in public and remains in police custody at this stage.
There is no threat to the wider community, and we’d like to thank the public for their concern.
Anyone who witnessed what happened is asked to report it online here:https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ or call 101, quoting serial 484 of 18/08. Crime summary Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 1208 15th August 2021
Location: Rugby Road, Brighton
Date and time: 15th August 2021 07:15-16:45
Details: Third party reported that upstairs flat had been burgled at some point during the day. No report had been made by the occupant.
Reference: 1464 15th August
Location: Montpelier Road, Brighton
Date: 15th August 2021
Details: Occupant has been away from address. Upon return the property looks as if it has been searched through. Entry was made via a ground floor flat.
Reference: 0595 13th August 2021
Location: Hollingdean Road, Brighton
Date and time: 13th – 16th August 2021 12:00-11:00
Details: Empty property has been broken into – window has been smashed to gain entry. Nothing taken.
Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 1847 16th August 2021
Location: Portland Road, Hove
Date and time: 16th August 2021 21:45-21:49
Details: Access gained by forcing through rear door into basement. Unknown if anything is stolen.
Reference: 0277 16th-17th August 2021
Location: Walsingham Road, Hove
Date and time: 16th-17th August 2021 17:00-07:30
Details: Break into a building site, tools stolen. No suspects seen.
High-visibility foot patrols were performed across Hanover, the Lower Promenade and the Pavillion Gardens in Brighton, as well as the Pepper Pot and surrounding areas near Queens Park.
Our officers and the engagement van visited Wish Park, they also held a PCSO drop in session at the Old Boat Corner Community Centre on Carden Hill
Speed awareness checks have been taking place on Mile Oak Road in Portslade.
Our officers are still busy at the Beach Hut every day. It is located on Brighton Beach, just next to the Upside Down House!
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