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1 October 2019


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Thousands spoken to during week of action to tackle knife crime



Between September 16 and 22, Sussex Police joined other forces across the country to raise awareness of knife crime as part of Operation Sceptre.
The national week of action saw our officers attending local colleges and schools to speak to young people about the dangers of knife crime and the potential consequences if they are found to be in possession of one. Throughout the week over 3,000 students at different educational establishments were spoken to and numerous discussions had about the impact they felt knife crime had on their community.
Test purchases were also carried out across the county. This involved Police Cadets working with officers and Trading Standards colleagues to try and buy a knife in shops when they were clearly under the age of 18. Out of 39 shops tested, 5 failed. Those that failed were given warnings and will be tested again. A further failure will result in them being named and either fined or prosecuted.
Increased patrols in town centres and other areas identified as anti-social behaviour hotspots resulted in a number of items being seized by officers. This included a homemade knife and a baseball bat with nails in. Read more here.




Crawley man sentenced for voyeurism offences in school where he worked



A Crawley man has been given an 18-month prison sentence for secret video recording of staff colleagues at a school where he worked as a cleaner.
Steeve Frivolle, 51, of Pound Hill Parade, Crawley, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (20 September) having previously pleaded guilty to 18 charges of voyeurism between July 2014 and May 2017.
He will also be a registered sex offender for ten years and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) prohibiting him from entering any toilet other than ones designated for the use of males only, and requiring him to allow police to install software to monitor his use of computers and other electronic devices.
The offences took place at Thomas Bennett Community School in Crawley, where Frivolle was a cleaner. He had planted a recording device secured into the back of the seat of a toilet at the school, which was eventually spotted by a member of staff.
Other similar devices were seized from Frivolle and his address when he was arrested.
The offending was targeted at adult females, and there is no evidence of any contact offending. No children were identified as victims. Parents or guardians of pupils at the school were not amongst the victims either.
Detective Constable Kirstie Neal of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "This was a lengthy and complex investigation in which we worked closely with partner agencies to ensure that there are no ongoing safeguarding issues and to ensure the victims, all of whom were informed of what had happened, have received the support they need over this very intrusive and distressing offending."



Two drones behind Gatwick closure



A police investigation into illegal drone incursions at Gatwick Airport has concluded that at least two drones were behind the attack.
The incident, during the peak Christmas period, led to the airport being closed for 30 hours, disrupting 1,000 flights and more than 140,000 passengers.
The criminal investigation by Sussex Police, with support from national expertise, has identified, researched and ruled out 96 people ‘of interest’.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller, Head of Operations Command, said: “This was a serious and deliberate criminal act designed to endanger airport operations and the safety of the travelling public.
“A drone strike can cause significant damage to an aircraft in flight and it is important to emphasise that public safety was always at the forefront of our response. No aircraft was damaged or passenger injured.
“This was an unprecedented set of circumstances for all agencies involved at a time when the police and the Government were at the early stages of assessing domestic counter drone technology.
Read more here.









 
 

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