Crime Update - 25th February 2021

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Thursday, 25th February 2021

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Witness appeal following rape of woman in Portslade
Police investigating a report of a woman being raped in Portslade are appealing for witnesses to come forwards.
Officers wish to speak to anyone who witnessed a black Vauxhall saloon car parked in Mile Oak Road, near Mile Oak Farm, at 10pm on Tuesday (16 February), when the offence is alleged to have taken place. A 33-year-old man from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He has been bailed subject to strict conditions while enquiries are ongoing. Officers are appealing for anyone with information, or who witnessed what happened, to come forward.
DS Jemma Paterson said: "We thank the victim for her bravery in speaking to us about this incident. She is being supported by specially trained officers in the Safeguarding Investigations Unit (SIU). "Our investigation is progressing at pace and we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed what happened or may have relevant CCTV or dash-cam footage. Specifically, we are keen to hear from anyone who saw a parked car on Mile Oak Road near Mile Oak Farm at around 10pm on Tuesday. "This is being treated as an isolated incident and at this time there is not thought to be any threat to the wider community. "Anyone with information is urged to report it to us online or by calling 101, quoting 702 of 17/02."

Roads policing update
Sussex Police is committed to reducing casualties on the roads and making them a safer place for all road users. You can find a snapshot of activity from across Sussex that our teams and volunteers have been doing in response to local issues.
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership along with colleagues at Sussex Police have supported the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Mobile Phone campaign, educating and engaging with the public to raise awareness of the risks of using a mobile phone behind the wheel. 
We recognise that traffic volumes are lower during national restrictions however the campaign provided the opportunity to engage with those motorists still travelling not only to educate and enforce about the fatal 5 but also to provide a reassuring presence. 
Using a mobile phone while driving is one of the Fatal Five offences that contributes to incidents of those killed and seriously injured (KSI) on our roads. In order to reduce the number of KSIs and improve road safety for all road users, the SSRP’s campaign seeks to highlight the dangers and consequences of being distracted at the wheel when using a mobile phone. SSRP supported the campaign by conducting active patrols in various towns across the county including Crawley, Worthing, Brighton, Newhaven and Bognor Regis.
Officers took action in respect of those using a mobile phone whilst driving as well dealing with other road related offences such seizure for no insurance. Due to the adverse weather conditions across much of the county, officers also stopped a number of vehicles and gave words of advice on driving and vehicle standards. 
Road users are reminded to consider the necessity of their journey before heading out on the roads, and before setting off, to ensure their vehicle documentation is in date, their vehicle is roadworthy and safe to drive. 
Keep up to date with SSRP’s road safety campaigns here -
Our PCSOs have been out all over the city in identified hotspots but perhaps some of the less visited locations until lately, for speeding. Some of those locations include Roedean Road, Kings Road, Madeira Drive, Hangleton Way and Sackville Road. They have used the Speed Identification Device or SID stopping speeding vehicles and issuing words of advice to the drivers. Remember it’s a limit not a target. Vehicle stops can lead to all sorts of interesting results and jobs. Here a few examples:
One notable stop by the Special Enforcement Unit was that of a vehicle from London. The driver was wanted for a £9,000 fraud and both he and his passenger were issued with a Covid-19 fine for a non-essential journey. Another stop resulted in three men being arrested for drug offences and the driver was also being arrested for failing the roadside drugs test. There was also a large amount of cannabis seized from the vehicle.
Our Ops Command Roads Policing Unit have been assisting the Neighbourhood Policing Teams with these stops as well. On one particular early evening shift they stopped numerous vehicle that led to drugs being seized as well as drivers being dealt with for traffic offences and drug driving arrests.
Whilst arrests and drug seizures look scary the majority of stops result in, at worse, a ticket in some form but a lot of the stops are again to do with the education of the driver and or passengers with the vast majority of people understanding that safety is our number one priority with the aim of reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads. We all have part to play in keeping our roads safe for all road users.
Crime summary
Burglaries – Dwelling

Reference: 0153 23rd February
Location: Atlingworth Street, Brighton
Date and time: 0000 15-23rd February
Details: The front door and inner door have been kicked in to gain entry (smashed lock). Inside nothing has been disturbed at all (flat is empty). Nothing stolen

Reference: 0861 23rd February
Location: The Charltons, Brighton
Date and time: 1400-1600 21-23rd February
Details: Front door kicked causing damage believe in an attempt to gain entry

Reference: 0918 24rd February
Location: Gloucester Road, Brighton
Date and time: 1500-1600 3rd – 24th February
Details: Victim returned home and realised items missing
Reference: 0238 24th February
Location: Hollinbury Road, Brighton
Date and time: 0005-0325 9th January – 23rd February
Details: Attempted shed break, nothing stolen

Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0781 22nd February
Location: Trafalger Street, Brighton
Date and time: 1230-1300hrs 22nd February
Details: Victim was working in the back garden and heard a noise at 12:30 which he believes was the front door to the premises being opened

Reference: 22nd February
Location: Denmark Villas, Hove
Date and time: 2110 22nd February
Details: Unknown person during night time hours, entered premises by forcing rear shutter. Unknown if any items taken, exited via the same as entry

Reference: 0645 24th February
Location: London Road, Brighton
Date and time: 1100-1200 24th February
Details: Forced lock on front door (steel) of office, entered and stole 2 laptops

Join our Rural Crime Team officers live on Facebook – Thursday 25th February 2021
Poaching, sheep worrying and dog theft are just a few of the issues that have been faced by our rural communities within Sussex in recent weeks. 
Last summer Sussex Police introduced a dedicated Rural Crime Team which was made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by the Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. The additional funding has allowed for more enforcement and a greater local policing presence, including in rural areas.
On Thursday, 25 February, officers from our Rural Crime Team will be live on the Sussex Police Facebook page talking about the work they do and answering any questions you may have in relation to our ongoing efforts to support rural communities. Head over to our page ( at 5pm on the day to get involved or you can submit any questions you have in advance by commenting on the Facebook post advertising the event.

PCSO Patrols
Due to reports of speeding in the area, our officers have been conducting speeding checks on Argyle Road and Grantham Road. Speed checks were conducted in Hangleton Way, Preston Drove and Preston Road. A further patrol was made to Saltdean Football Club due to previous criminal damage - they were happy to report that all was ok!

John Street Police Station Temporarily Closed – Thursday 25th February
John Street Police Station front office will be temporarily closed this coming Thursday, 25th February 2021. There will be a mobile front office at the junction of John Street and Carlton Hill where you can still attend, and speak to staff.
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