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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.



Man suffers serious injuries in Mid Sussex collision



Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Mid Sussex.
A red Mini and a black BMW were involved in a collision in Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, around 6.25pm on Friday, September 20.
A 19-year-old local man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
We would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision, obtained dash cam footage or may have seen either vehicle involved prior to the incident.
If you have any information please report via collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting 1191 of 20/09.






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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