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Man racially abused in St Leonards street
Police are investigating a case of racist abuse directed at a man in at St Leonards street.
In the early evening of Monday (1 April) a 60-year-old local man was leaving the Co-op in London Road, St Leonards, when another man standing just outside the doorway made a racist comment aimed towards the victim.
The suspect then followed the victim down the road into another store and continued to be abusive towards him until store staff managed to get him to leave.
PC Candace Ferguson said: "We are looking for any witnesses who were in that area early on Friday evening and who may heard or saw what happened.
"If you can help please contact us by calling 101, quoting serial 1083 of 01/01."
A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated words and harassment. After being interviewed he was released under investigation.

Number of Christmas drink and drug-driving convictions nears 100
Almost 100 people, arrested during a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, have now been convicted in court.
A total of 240 motorists were arrested in Sussex as part of the Surrey and Sussex Police campaign, which ran from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019.
Of those, 95 have since been convicted in court and a further nine have been charged. The remaining 131 have either been released under investigation or released without charge.
These are the latest people to be convicted:
  • Cheryle Haffenden, 47, unemployed, of Blackman Avenue, St Leonards, was arrested in Saxon Street, St Leonards, on 1 December, and charged with driving with 23mcg of cocaine and more than 800mcg of benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite of cocaine) per litre of blood in her system. The legal limits are 10mcg and 50mcg respectively.
At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 3 April, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £50 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • James Scott, 27, unemployed, of Abinger Road, Portslade, was arrested in Marine Parade, Brighton, on 4 December and charged with driving with 7mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.
At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 28 March, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Frankie Parker, 41, an undertaker, of Lockwood Crescent, Brighton, was arrested in Stanstead Crescent, Brighton, on 10 December and charged with driving with 83mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.
At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 8 April, she was disqualified from driving for 20 months. She was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £150 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Sandu Cirpaci, 25, a driver, of Moyne Road, Crawley, was arrested in High Street, Crawley, on 1 January and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath when suspected of having driven a vehicle.
At Horsham Magistrates’ Court on 18 March, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £108 fine, £300 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:
  • 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;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving
Ycan also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Campaign to help prevent moped and motorbike thefts
Sussex Police are encouraging moped and motorbike riders to protect their vehicles from would-be thieves.
The campaign, advises riders to “lock, chain and cover your bike”, wherever they park.
Moped and motorbike thefts saw a rise in Sussex during last summer and the end of 2018, with various operations being put into action to tackle this. This advice campaign aims to maintain the recent fall in thefts and to support the work that police have already carried out.
Posters will be placed in areas where moped and motorbike thieves are known to operate, as well as bike parks and other areas parking areas.
Advice includes locking your bike in order to make it harder to steal. A chain is another deterrent, making it impossible to wheel away from the parking area. Covering your bike hides what make and model it is, as well as adding another obstacle to would-be thieves. Also think about parking your vehicle in well-lit areas and choosing a location which has CCTV if possible. All these precautions add up to a better-protected vehicle and fewer incidents of stealing.
Mopeds and motorbikes are frequently stolen in Sussex in order to sell them on or for joy-riding. Unlike recent occurrences in London, it is unlikely the stolen vehicles would be used for “moped-enabled crime”, where they are taken in order to carry out a further crime such as robbery, but that does not mean it will not happen.
Inspector Brian McCarthy said: “We are appealing to all riders in Sussex to be vigilant in keeping their vehicles safe whenever they are out on the road. You may just be parking for five minutes, or just leaving your vehicle while you run an errand, but that’s all that is needed for thieves to take advantage of an unlocked moped or motorbike.
"Don’t give them the opportunity they are looking for. Your vehicle is worth more than a £10 bike lock, so invest now and keep your property safe.”
This campaign will be run across the county starting in April, and continuing throughout the summer.
Witnesses sought to collision between car and cyclist, St Leonards-on-Sea
Police are appealing for help in tracing a motorist who failed to stop after his car and a pedal cyclist were in collision on Gillsmans Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea, at its junction with Fern Road.
The incident, which involved a silver car of an unknown make and model, occurred shortly before 5pm on Wednesday 20 March.
The cyclist - a 27-year-old local man - fell from his bike and sustained broken ribs, cuts and bruises for which he was treated at the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards, before being allowed home.
Officers investigating the incident would like the driver of the car involved to come forward. They would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have relevant dash-cam or closed circuit television (CCTV) images.
They are asked to contact Sussex Police by phoning 101, quoting serial 1258 of 20/03.



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