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18 June 2019

News and appeals

Appeal for help over Ditchling Common car crash after casualty sadly dies

Police are renewing an appeal for witnesses following the death of a 26-year-old woman who was involved in a single vehicle crash at Ditchling Common, near Burgess Hill, on Tuesday 4 June.
The woman had been a rear-seat passenger in the vehicle, a blue Vauxhall Corsa. She died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, shortly after 9pm on Tuesday (11 June).
On 4 June emergency services were called to the B2112 Common Lane at Ditchling Common after a car left the road and collided with a tree before overturning in a ditch near the Oaks Poultry Farm.
Also in the car were a 29-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, both of whom were seriously injured. They too were taken by ambulance to the RSCH. All three casualties were from the Haywards Heath area.
The coroner has been informed. Common Lane was closed to traffic until 6.30am.
Anyone who saw what happened or noticed the vehicle being driven shortly beforehand, who may have dash-cam footage or who has other relevant information, is asked to report details online, to email or to phone 101, quoting Operation Alto.

Remember your elderly friends and relatives on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Sussex Police are reminding older people and their families and carers, that it is important to stay on the alert for attempts to defraud them - whether through couriers, doorstep callers, computers and telephones, investment offers, on dating sites, by someone close to them or through bogus inheritance claims.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday (June 15) shows that various types of abuse affect more than half-a-million older people across the UK each year; abuse can be physical, financial, sexual or psychological and all can be a result of neglect. It can occur anywhere - at home, in residential care, even in hospital.

In Sussex alone, in the year to the end of May 2019, there were 1,754 Operation Signature reports with a financial loss to those who were defrauded of over £11,000,000. Seventy-three per cent of victims were over 60 and 71 per cent lived alone. Fraud is a crime type which is particularly prevalent among the elderly population and Operation Signature is the Sussex Police process to identify, protect and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex. Read more here.

We welcomed 72 new Police Officers 

Our 72 new PCs are all set to join local policing teams in communities across Sussex in just a few weeks.

After completing initial training today, they were joined in celebrating by CC Giles York and PCC Katy Bourne.
“I’m really excited to be getting out there on response in West Sussex and doing it for real,” says PC Adam Harris, a former local authority fraud investigator. “I want to make a positive impact on people’s lives when they need us most.”
PC Beth Holland is looking forward to joining Wealden Police team. Having grown up on an East Sussex dairy farm, she is keen to get into rural policing.
For PC Nicki White, joining her local Adur and Worthing Police team is about making a positive impact on her own community.
“I can’t wait to get out there. As I have raised two children, worked in custody in Worthing and have a lot of experience with vulnerable people, I feel I can make a difference.
“I really want to break down barriers and help change the direction of people’s lives – particularly the young.”

Clare’s Law

Have you wondered whether a new partner has previously been abusive? Clare's Law can provide potentially life-saving information so you can make an informed decision.
To make a Clare’s Law application contact us:
• Visit a police station or speak to any officer
• Email
• Phone 101
If someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.
You can find more information here.


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