Planning and policing pays off with successful half term
A week of unprecedented demand on Surrey Police and Sussex Police forces has passed successfully, despite a number of large and high profile events across the two counties. The forces had support from across the country and further afield as officer's leave and days off were cancelled to ensure normal service wasn’t impacted by the week’s events. The first event was on Bank Holiday Monday with attendance at the Surrey County Show in Guildford where policing teams showcased their skills to thousands of attendees. On Friday and Saturday, the Derby festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, and more than 36,000 racegoers. Despite number of attendees, only seven arrests were made. Police dogs, search units, public order officers, drones and firearms officers were at the event to keep the public safe. Read more here.
Charges and sentences connected to Hells Angels Euro Run 2019
Police across Surrey and Sussex have made a further 24 arrests bringing the total to 34 for possession of offensive weapons and drug offences, connected to Hells Angels Euro Run 2019. Teams of officers have been using stop and search powers to look for concealed items. On Wednesday night, Surrey Police and Sussex Police introduced an order under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, allowing stop and search of individuals within a designated area of Surrey and Sussex. This order has been extended and will now apply until 4am on Saturday morning (June 1). The 34 arrests have been all for offensive weapons and drugs offensives and 12 people, five Germans, three Hungarian, one Swiss, one French, one Czech and one Greek man, have been charged. Seven appeared in court on Friday and have been given suspended prison sentences. Five more will appear in court on Saturday.
Three more people remain in custody. All others were either cautioned or released without charge. Assistant Chief Constable Nev Kemp, who is leading policing operations across both counties this week, said: "We have been very clear with those attending the Hells Angels event, many from overseas, that we will not tolerate criminal and anti-social behaviour. Our activity over the last few days has been about keeping people safe, which is why I put the Section 60 order in place. “The fact that we have had seven people go through the courts and be sentenced so far, as well as the numerous arrests, has justified our actions and use of Section 60 this week. "This weekend, especially Saturday, sees one of the busiest for both Forces in the last 12 months and we continue to work hard to keep our residents and those visiting safe. "Officers will be out in high numbers so expect to see us on patrol responding quickly to any incidents. We have well prepared plans in place with officers from both Forces, plus mutual aid support on hand."
Celebrating our incredible volunteers, cadets and Special Constables
Volunteer Stephen O'Connell: "What motivates me is the desire to save lives"
National Volunteers Week celebrates the wonderful contribution of volunteers across Britain and is an ideal opportunity for us to thank our volunteers for the hard work they have delivered over the last year. This week we’ll be showcasing some of our great volunteers and their contribution as Special Constables, police staff volunteers or cadets on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Do give us a follow and find out more from our volunteers themselves. Stephen O’Connell is one of our award-winning volunteers. As a Community Speedwatch (CSW) volunteer, he is motivated by a desire to save lives. He started out with us on his local streets in Seaford. But six years on, Stephen has made an impact county-wide, having trained a network of over 1,000 CSW volunteers across Sussex. In that time Sussex has seen an 8 percent drop in recorded speeding violations in that period. At the same time Stephen’s training of the CSW volunteers ensures that motorists who are stopped are treated fairly and with respect at the roadside. His approach, which is being replicated by other forces, recently earned Stephen a commendation from Chief Constable, Giles York, and he was presented with a Lord Ferrers Award for volunteering in policing in 2018. Stephen, who will soon be joining us in a staff role, shares what drives him: “I find volunteering very rewarding. It’s been a great way to use my HR and management experience and skills to make a real difference to communities. “But the greatest reward is knowing I am helping to reduce death and injuries on the roads of Sussex.” Read more here.
Summer burglary campaign launched
Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie on Tuesday (May 28), a week-long summer burglary crime prevention and awareness campaign. Out of 43 UK police forces, Sussex is one of the safest places to live with low rates of burglary compared to other counties across England and Wales. There were 7170 reports of burglary from January - December 2018, 1134 fewer offences (13.6%) over the same period in 2017 (8304). This campaign will build on our successes in protecting communities from burglary through raising awareness and sharing advice about protecting homes during the summer months. We also want to show our commitment to bring offenders to justice for this type of crime, especially where vulnerable people are targeted. During this week (28 May to 3 June,) prevention advice and social media messages will be shared to help further prevent burglaries. Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. On 1 May 2019, at Lewes Crown Court, Marie Keane, 50, was jailed for seven years for offences including burglary. Marie often claimed to be a carer, and targeted vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes. She was arrested after some excellent police work and pleaded guilty to six offences – three burglaries, two thefts from persons and a fraud by false representation. Read more here.
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