Sussex Police

  1. 'Stick to the rules,' urges Sussex Police

    Sussex Police has reminded people to abide by the regulations of the latest national lockdown.

    It has urged everyone to "pull together and stick to the rules".

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  2. Brighton brawl: Man seriously injured in 20-person fight

    A mass brawl erupted in Brighton on the eve of lockdown involving a group of about 20 people.

    Sussex Police were called to Montpelier Place at 22:15 GMT on Wednesday.

    One man suffered serious injuries and was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment, where he remains in a serious condition. Two men were arrested nearby and remain in custody.

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  3. Police raid uncovers brothel

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Sussex Police raid in Uckfield

    Police uncovered a brothel after raiding premises advertised as a riverside spa.

    Detectives believe the women found inside the property in Uckfield were trafficked and forced into a life of prostitution.

    Support workers from the charity Streetlight, which offers specialist support to such women, were also involved in the operation.

    Spokeswoman Jean Bovell-Strachan said the women had effectively been imprisoned in one room, where they met clients, and also ate and slept.

    An investigation is now under way under modern day slavery legislation.

  4. Police begin knife crime 'stories' tour

    Police officers outside the decorated bus
    Image caption: The initiative is part of a wider campaign to tackle knife crime

    Police officers in a specially-designed van have begun a tour of Sussex communities to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

    Children in schools and high street shoppers will be among those invited to hear "real life stories" of people who have been affected by knife crime and receive information and advice on where they can get help.

    The police van in Lewes High street on Tuesday morning
    Image caption: The van's first stop was Lewes High Street

    As the van made its first stop in Lewes, Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "Carrying a knife can change your life forever. Not only does it put you and those around you at an increased risk of harm, but getting caught with one can result in serious personal and legal consequences."

    Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne added: “It is vitally important that real-life stories are shared with young people so they can understand the life-changing consequences this could have on them."

  5. Rural crime rises across Sussex

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Sussex Police recorded more than 5,700 rural crimes in 2019/20 – a rise of more than 350 compared to the previous year, a meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel was told.

    Rural crime falls into four categories – agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage – and can also include environmental issues such as fly-tipping and the polluting of streams and rivers.

    In West Sussex, the highest increase was seen in Mid Sussex, with 584 cases recorded – a rise of 101.

    In East Sussex, Rother and Wealden saw the most rural crime committed, with 716 and 884 cases respectively, both a rise of more than 100.

    In Brighton there were 478 cases (up 18), in Eastbourne there were 151 (up 11) and in Lewes there were 333 (up seven).

    Almost 2,000 of the crimes were violent – a rise of 12% – with burglaries rising by almost one-quarter – up 172 to 888 cases – and criminal damage rising from 760 cases to 797.

    Working with the National Farmers’ Union and the Country Land & Business Association, Sussex Police has developed a Rural Crime Strategy outlining how rural communities will be protected.

  6. Woman suffers broken leg in road rage row

    A woman suffered a broken leg in a road rage incident in Crawley, police have said.

    The 34-year-old victim stopped to speak to another driver who she felt had been driving aggressively in Waterfield Gardens between 19:00 and 19:30 BST on 11 September.

    Police on patrol

    As she went to speak to him, he reversed his Mitsubishi 4x4 and hit her before driving off, police said. As well as a broken leg, the victim was left with a broken thumb and cuts and bruises.

    Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska, of Sussex Police, said: "The victim has suffered some serious injuries and we are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it."