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Tuesday 7th December 2021

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Police launch winter crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
Motorists are being warned that there are no excuses for drink or drug-driving as police launch an annual Christmas crackdown.
Drink and drug-driving is one of the most common causes of collisions which result in death or serious injury on our roads.

But hundreds of drivers in Sussex continue to be arrested each month, and give a variety of excuses for being over the limit behind the wheel.

So from December 1 to January 1, Surrey Police and Sussex Police will have officers dedicated to preventing and detecting incidents of drink and drug-driving. This is in addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year.

In keeping with previous campaigns, anyone arrested during this period and convicted will be identified on our website and social media channels as a deterrent.

Do the right thing and arrange an alternative and safe way home.
The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include:

Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
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 costs;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The campaign is being supported by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.
To read more on this story, please click on the link or go to our website.
Police seize 496 weapons and make 41 arrests during knife crime week of action
Hundreds of dangerous weapons have been taken off the streets of Sussex during a dedicated week of action to tackle knife crime.
Police forces across the country took part in Operation Sceptre - a national campaign of education and enforcement aimed at tackling knife crime and serious violence - from November 15 to November 21.
In Sussex, officers seized 496 weapons - 145 in West Sussex, 96 in Brighton and Hove, and 255 in East Sussex - through a combination of amnesty bins, weapon sweeps and stop searches.

Police conducted 195 stop searches and made 41 arrests during the week of action, as well as engaging with more than 3,000 people on the dangers and consequences of knife crime.
In West Sussex, the operation saw officers seize quantities of drugs as well as knives, including a block of heroin in Worthing with an estimated value of £6,000.
Other seizures include a knife from a 16-year-old boy by officers patrolling Littlehampton railway station, and a knife from a man in Southwick who was threatening to harm himself. He was safeguarded and referred to support agencies as a result of the intervention.
Test purchases were also carried out at 22 businesses, all of which passed.
School and college inputs also led to more than 1,000 children and young people receiving educational visits from neighbourhood youth officers.
To talk to someone anonymously, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can contact the police online or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency.
To read more on this story, please click on the link or go to our website.

Sussex Police celebrates International Volunteer Day – a year like no other
Sunday 5th December, International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the incredible efforts of more than 500 volunteers at Sussex Police.
Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “I am humbled and amazed on a daily basis by the work that our volunteers do, unpaid, and often unseen.
“Their efforts are truly appreciated, and I know that without many of our volunteers, our communities would be worse off, and less protected.
“The range of volunteer responsibilities, and efforts is incredible, and the way in which our volunteers go about it, with professionalism, enthusiasm and relentless commitment is admirable. Thank you for everything you do.”

We are proud of our volunteers who include Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers (PSVs), Volunteer Police Cadets and their leaders. Our volunteers also work across a wide range of areas in Sussex and include chaplains, Sussex Search Team, Community Speedwatch and Independent Custody Volunteers.

We would like to thank our partner agency volunteers who support policing in a wide range of activities across Crimestoppers, Sussex Resilience Forum and Citizens Advice Witness Service.
To read more about the stories from our volunteers including Yasmine Walters, Daryl Holter and Julie Rainey please click on the link or go to our website.
Man sentenced for child sex assault at Shoreham Air Show
A West Sussex man has been given a seven-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a young girl at an air show 18 years ago.
David Conrad, 57, of Pepper Lane, Ashurst, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on 18 November, having been convicted of indecent assault on the girl, then aged eight, while they were spectators at the Shoreham Air Show in August 2003.
He will also serve a further year on extended prison released licence and will be a registered sex offender indefinitely.
For information on how to report sexual offences and the services available, see the Sussex Police website. 
To read more on this story please click on the link or go to our website.

Crime summary
Whiterock Place, Southwick – between 1700hrs 29th November and 1300hrs 30th November, a search was made of the vehicle and some money and a driving licence was taken. Damage was caused to the petrol cap. Cad 0978 30/11/21.
Romany Road, Durrington – between 1645hrs 30th November and 0700hrs 1st December, a Vauxhall Vivaro was stolen. Cad 0161 01/12/21.
Church Lane, Southwick – time frame unknown, a rear door was damaged, believe in an attempt to enter and steal, no entry is believed to be gained and nothing has been stolen. Cad 0794 01/12/21.
Winterbourne Close, Durrington – between 2000hrs 1st December and 1040hrs 2nd December, a Land Rover was stolen. Cad 0392 02/12/21.
Northcourt Road, Worthing – between 0100hrs and 0900hrs 7th December, window were broken on a taxi and some loose change was stolen. Cad 0341 07/12/21

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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 or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at


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