Do the right thing and save lives this weekend
“Let us all save lives in Sussex this weekend.”
That’s the plea from Sussex Police as the country enters a long Bank Holiday weekend of lockdown to combat Covid-19.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner says police are “well resourced” and will be on patrol in urban and rural communities to reassure and support over the Easter break.
DCC Shiner said: “We remain well-resourced and are still dealing with all types of crime, continuing to police our roads and tackle criminality in the community. As ever, our plea is for everyone to do the right thing this weekend, stay home, save lives and protect the NHS.
"Our officers and PCSOs will continue to engage with people and explain what the government guidance is and why it has been put in place. We want to encourage people to do the right thing in following that guidance and only where absolutely necessary will our officers take enforcement action.
"Our officers are working in a more visible and agile way, patrolling our communities as they would usually do but also being responsive to reports we receive from the public regarding any areas where people may be gathering against the current guidelines.
"Above all, it is for people to make the right choices to help save lives and slow down the spread of the virus.”
Police will continue to use a full range of powers where needed and have recently issued dispersal orders in Eastbourne, Hastings, Seaford and Crawley to further prevent large gatherings in hot spot areas. Read more here.
Public urged to avoid unnecessary journeys in fight against coronavirus
Sussex Police is urging everyone to avoid unnecessary journeys in the fight against coronavirus.
Motorists flouting the government’s restrictions on non-essential travel, especially during the fine weather, are putting added strain on emergency services.
There have been several incidents of antisocial driving reported by the public in recent weeks, despite there being fewer vehicles on our roads.
The restrictions on movement under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) England Regulations 2020 have been put in place specifically to reduce all unnecessary travel and the associated risks on the roads. This is to minimise demand and pressure on the emergency services, including the National Health Service, so that resources can be focused on combating coronavirus and saving lives.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are hugely appreciative of the majority of people who are staying at home and avoiding unnecessary trips out of home. We’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the number of vehicles on our roads since the travel restrictions were introduced, which shows that people are taking government advice on board. However, even with less traffic on the roads, we continue to receive reports of vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit.
“While the volume of traffic on our roads may have changed in recent weeks, the law on roads policing hasn’t, and we’ll continue to crackdown on criminals in order to keep everyone as safe as possible on our roads.
Read more here.
Public services across Sussex join forces in “mammoth effort” to respond to Covid-19 pandemic
In an unprecedented effort, public services across Sussex are coming together to protect and support the communities of Sussex in the face of Covid-19.
Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), a multi-agency partnership which includes all emergency services, local authorities and other agencies, is working closely with the military and NHS to co-ordinate the local response to Covid-19 on behalf of the Government.
Drawing on well-rehearsed plans, staff from across the public sector are working side-by-side to ensure that services are being delivered in the best interests of the public, with special attention given to the most vulnerable in communities.
Key areas of focus through the crisis so far have included co-ordinating the work of volunteers, gaining additional supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensuring Sussex’s most vulnerable have the help they need.
The SRF is currently chaired by Sussex Police, with Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller the lead.
“We stand united, as public services across Sussex, in support of our NHS colleagues as they work around the clock to provide vital care as we face this public health emergency,” he said.
“Across the system, the SRF’s multi-agency teams are ensuring that vital resources reach those who need them most, and that the information is available to address the complex and urgent issues that have arisen from Covid-19.
“It truly is a mammoth effort and local services are working together in a way and on a scale never before seen, absolutely committed to saving lives and protecting the NHS in Sussex.”
Read more here.
Businesses and residents urged to check security
Local businesses are being urged to ensure their premises are sufficiently protected during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Sussex Police believe there could be an increase in organised acquisitive crime across the county – including burglaries of business premises – and have increased police patrols and proactive targeting of known local criminals.
Two men, charged with stealing £80,000 worth of stock from Currys PC World in Hove, were arrested after a fast-moving intelligence-led operation saw them arrested after a black Audi A4 was stopped by officers on the M23 on March 17. They've been remanded in custody to re-appear in court on April.
Officers are also advising residents to make sure that their valuables are secure, especially as warmer weather may well result in opportunistic crooks taking advantage of properties left insecure.
Read more and find crime prevention advice for protecting your business from the inside out and keeping high value items safe at home on the Sussex Police website here.
Woman accused of coughing at police appears in court
A woman accused of coughing at police officers while claiming to be infected with coronavirus has appeared in court.
Sarah Baldwin, 31, of Fennel Close, Crawley, was charged with three counts of assaulting emergency workers and was brought before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (7 April).
It follows a report of a fight in Nightingale Close, Crawley, on Sunday (5 April) at about 8.15pm. While responding to the incident, a woman is alleged to have coughed at three officers.
Baldwin was released on bail and is next listed to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 6 May.
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