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Damage caused to car in Church Road, Burgess Hill

22 January 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was captured on CCTV spending a minute vandalising a car. Shortly before 5am on 1 January the man began kicking and punching a blue Seat Ibiza parked in Church Road, Burgess Hill, until both wing mirrors had been smashed off. The incident was recorded on a camera nearby but officers have so far been unable to identify the man involved. He appears to be white, between 5' 8" and 6ft and had dark hair. He was wearing a black jacket and light coloured trousers. PC Andy Mackay said: "We don't know who the man is or why he targeted this car in particular. "If you know who or where he is please contact us. We would also like to speak to anyone who was in Church Road on 1 January and saw or heard any part of the vandalism." Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1002 of 01/01, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Valerie Graves murder - Sussex Police start mass voluntary DNA screening

21 January 2015

Sussex Police have started the biggest voluntary mass DNA screening in its history. On 30 December 2013 55-year-old mother and grandmother Valerie Graves was found brutally murdered in her bedroom in Smugglers Lane, Bosham. She had been staying at the property while the owners were away over the Christmas period. Just over a year on and a significant investigation is continuing into the murder. Detective Superintendent Nick May of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "Since the murder, officers have interviewed more than 9,500 people, of whom 8,000 of these were during the house-to-house enquiries and taken 580 statements as part of the investigation. "We announced in November that forensic scientists had obtained a limited DNA profile for the suspect, which meant we can start requesting voluntary DNA samples to eliminate males from the investigation who live or work in the Bosham area, either permanently or as migrant workers. "This was a significant breakthrough for the investigation. Although this profile is not suitable for a search on the National DNA Database it does indicate the suspect is male. "We are appealing for all men aged over 17 who live or work in Bosham to volunteer their DNA and provide a thumbprint. "This is the biggest mass DNA screening Sussex Police have ever undertaken. We hope people will spare a little of their time to turn up and volunteer their DNA. Their help could be invaluable in helping to find Valerie's killer. "Eliminating men from the enquiry without this approach is time consuming. "First the officers have to visit the address and obtain the necessary information. Often the man won't be home and a letter will be left asking them to call and make an appointment. Once the information is obtained, it needs to be researched and verified until finally the man can be eliminated. "Setting up the DNA screening means that local men can visit at a time convenient to them and officers can quickly eliminate them from the enquiry. "As well as those men who live in Bosham, I would also like to appeal for any men who regularly visit the area to volunteer your DNA. For example tradesmen or whose relatives live there." The family of Valerie Graves made an appeal late last year around the anniversary of her murder for people to come forward to give their DNA. Valerie's sister's partner Nigel Acres said: "We would ask anyone who is eligible to attend one of the screening sessions and give their DNA. "This is a difficult case and we know the police are doing all they can to solve it. The DNA screening is an important part of the investigation. Please help." Chichester district councillor for Bosham Myles Cullen said: "The police are doing all they can to solve this. I would encourage all men in the area to come forward to give their DNA. "I have given mine and it is so easy. You just open your mouth for a few seconds for the swab and roll your thumb across a pad for your thumbprint to be taken." Detective Constable Steve Taylor from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team explained the procedure of the DNA screening. "Those who attend have been asked to bring along photo identification, a passport or the photo driving licence. An officer will fill out some details, check their identification and take a photo of them. "Their thumbprint will be taken and a swab will be taken from inside their mouth. The process is painless and should take no longer than 10 minutes. "It is important for the public to understand that we will only use the samples obtained to check against this particular crime and their DNA profile will not appear on any database. Legal safeguards are in place to ensure we do not use them for any other purpose." Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw, district policing commander for Chichester, said: "I would urge any residents or visitors to come forward and speak to my officers who will be in Bosham during the DNA screening sessions, if they have any information about the murder." Anyone with information about the murder of Valerie Graves is asked to call 101 and quote Operation Ensign or to call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. *The DNA screening sessions will take place at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham Lane, Bosham, from Wednesday 21 January to Thursday 29 January, Monday 2 February to Saturday 7 February and Tuesday 10 February to Sunday 15 February. All sessions are from 10am to 8pm.

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Burglary suspect Simon Knights

15 January 2015

Police are hunting for a commuting criminal who travels around the region by train breaking into homes. Officers believe Simon Knights, 38, uses the rail network to move from town to town dressed smartly in a jacket, shirt and trousers, committing burglaries and then getting the next train home. Detectives from five police forces are currently looking for Knights and a £2,500 reward has been put up for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of him for at least one of the offences. It is thought that Knights is stealing cash and jewellery from homes to fund his gambling addiction, selling off any jewellery and spending the cash in betting shops, casinos and on fruit machines. Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery have been stolen during the more than a dozen break-ins that Knights is suspected of being responsible for in Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, London and Essex since June. More than £5,000 worth of jewellery was taken in the Sussex ones alone, in Oving, Barnham, Eastergate, Burgess Hill and Southwick. The latest crime Knights is being linked to is a burglary in Bromley on 26 November that is being investigated by Metropolitan Police detectives. Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglaries in the county. CCTV footage recorded on 16 June at 10.45am shows Knights at Barnham Station. Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins, of Sussex Police, said: "We need to speak to Knights about eight offences in June in Sussex but have not been able to trace him so far. "We believe that he uses the rail network to get around so people might see him on trains along the south coast, possibly smartly dressed. He has links to Essex so could have returned there but we need anyone who sees him to contact us as we do not know where he is. "People might also see him in betting shops or casinos so we would urge anyone who visits them to keep an eye out for him. "If you have any information about where he is or where he has been, please get in touch." Charlton Athletic fan Knights is white, about 5' 8" and has ginger hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 840 of 16/06, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Xmas drink drive vlog with Superintendent Jane Derrick

23 December 2014

Police are urging motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to think about safety whenever they use the county's roads. Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing in Sussex and Surrey, is calling on residents and visitors to the county to take care on the roads and to think about how the way they drive, cycle and walk could put them or other people in danger. Over the last six years the number of people being killed on Sussex roads has more than halved, from 69 in the first 11 months of 2008 to 33 in the first 11 months of this year. However this year has seen a dramatic rise in the total number of people being killed or seriously injured in the county. A total of 927 people died or were seriously injured between January and November - more than in any of the previous six years. This has been followed by seven fatalities on the roads this month. Officers are concerned that while the bad weather has been a contributory factor in some of those crashes, driver, cyclist or pedestrian behaviour has been more to blame. Supt Derrick said: "A lot of people on the roads are putting more emphasis on rushing to get to their destination instead of making sure they get there in one piece. "We are doing all we can to stop those who are putting other people in danger but we need road users to take some responsibility for their own actions. "Make sure your vehicle is in a good condition before you use it. Slow down, drive appropriately to the conditions and be aware of other road users. "No one else can dictate how you drive. It really is up to you to decide at the start of every journey whether you are going to drive responsibly or whether you are going to put yourself and other people at risk. "Every death on the roads is tragic and we have had a number of them already this month in Sussex. Think about how it would affect your family and friends if you were killed in a collision - or how the loved ones of your victims would be affected." Motorists are encouraged to check their vehicles are roadworthy before they start journeys, including making sure their windscreen wipers and lights are working and that their tyres are properly inflated and have plenty of grip. They are also being urged to reduce their speed, increase their stopping distances and to be alert for how other road users are being affected by the conditions. Cyclists are being encouraged to make sure they can see and be seen on the roads, to check their bikes are in a good condition and to be aware of other road users. Pedestrians are being asked to take extra care on slippy pavements and when they are crossing the road, including giving vehicles extra time to stop. If you see a vehicle being driven dangerously call 999. To report a vehicle being driven antisocially text 65999 or report it at www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

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Valerie Graves murder - family appeal

23 December 2014

The family of Valerie Graves who was murdered in Bosham nearly a year ago have made a fresh appeal to help find her killer. Valerie, 55, was brutally killed in her bedroom while housesitting in Smugglers Lane, sometime overnight on 29 December and 30 December, 2013. Valerie's son, Tim Wood, daughter, Jemima Harrison and Valerie's sister's partner Nigel Acres, said they could not find closure until the person responsible for her death was caught. Tim said: "This has been a horrible year. We just ask that anyone who has any information comes forward and speaks to the police. We just want the person who has done this to be caught and off the streets. We don't want another family to have to go through this." Speaking about Christmas and the anniversary of the murder, Tim said: "My young daughter is really excited about Christmas but it is hard to share in that excitement. We really need some closure." Jemima said: "Our mum was such a lovely, gentle person and we can't think of anyone who would want to hurt her. This has been devastating for us but we are a strong family and we do support each other." Nigel Acres said: "I would appeal again for anyone who knows anything about this to come forward and contact police, even if they think it is insignificant. "This is a difficult case and we know the police are doing all they can to solve it. Someone somewhere must know something." Detective Superintendent Nick May of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team: "We continue to have a significant number of officers and staff working on the investigation. This inquiry remains a priority for the force and we are determined to find Valerie's killer and get justice for her and her family. "Local neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs are working in and with the community and if anyone has any concerns or information, I would urge them to speak to those officers or give us a call." Anyone with information should ring 101 quoting Operation Ensign or email op.ensign@sussex.pnn.police.uk or go to the website www.valeriegravesmurder.com for more information.

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'Is This Normal?' - Domestic Abuse video by students from Collyers College

25 November 2014

Students from Collyer's, The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, have worked with Sussex Police to raise awareness of domestic abuse with young people.

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Fit to drive test

25 November 2014

Jason Fray, 29, was arrested at 2.30am on 20 December 2013 after officers found him parked next to the A29 at Billingshurst and suspected he could have been drug-driving. Fray was ordered to prove that he was fit to drive by carrying out basic tasks such as walking in a straight line and standing on one leg. It was clear that Fray could not complete the tasks properly so he was arrested. Fray, of Rascals Close, Southwater, was convicted of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs. He was banned from driving for four months, fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge. During December 2013 a total of 211 motorists were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving offences. 135 of them have so far been convicted of offences. A further five are still going through the courts. People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk. To keep up to date with officers looking for drink drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter. If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.

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Men may have witnessed rape in Steine Street, Brighton

25 October 2014

Police wish to talk to two men who may be witnesses to a rape in Steine Street, Brighton, on Saturday morning. CCTV shows two men (walking separately) enter the narrow street leading towards the seafront moments after a man had led a 27-year-old woman there and raped her. Detective Sergeant Emma Vickers said: "We wish to talk to these two men pictured on CCTV in the street at the time. They could be witnesses and we are asking them or anyone who was in or near the street between 8.45am and 9.15am on Saturday to call us on 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 407 of 25/10 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111." A 23-year-old man has been arrested for rape and has been bailed until 1 November for further enquiries.

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Detectives want to speak to this man about a burglary in Bognor Regis

02 September 2014

Detectives want to speak to this man about a burglary in Den Avenue, Bognor Regis, on 2 September 2014. Between 1pm and 4pm that day a house in the road was broken into while the owners were out and a large amount of jewellery was taken. CCTV recorded at the address shows a man leaving the house during that time. He appears to be aged 30 to 40, is about 5' 10" and was carrying a grey shoulder bag and a JD Sports carrier bag. A £1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender. Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1045 of 02/09, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Drink-driver without licence tries to explain why his car is wrecked

This is the moment a drink-driver wrecked his car by overturning it and then tried to claim he was only moving it in the road. Police were called after a member of the public found Christopher Squires sitting in a Volkswagen Polo that appeared to have rolled in a crash in Lickfold Road, Fernhurst, shortly before 2am on 24 December. But when officers arrived Squires denied that he had crashed the car - instead insisting the heavy damage had been caused on a previous occasion and that he was just turning the vehicle around. The 28-year-old was more than twice the limit when he was arrested. He then lied about who he was and criticised officers for breathalysing him. Squires, of School Lane, Lodsworth, pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 6 January. He was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a £320 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. Superintendent Jane Derrick said: "Squires made a series of ridiculous attempts to avoid justice. "He claimed the damage to his car was old, when it clearly wasn't. He tried to use a fake name, which we were able to quickly prove was not his own. "He did not have a full driving licence but said that we were wasting his time and taxpayers' money by arresting and questioning him. "We will not tolerate drink-driving and the ban given by the magistrates shows they considered his offences to be serious as well." A total of 40 people have so far been convicted after being arrested during Sussex Police's December crackdown on drink and drug-driving. People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. To keep up to date with officers looking for drink drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter. If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.

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Horsham burglary 8 September

Do you recognise these two men who are suspects for a burglary at a house in Forest Road, Colgate, near Horsham? A home was broken into on 8 September sometime between 2.30pm and 5.30pm and a large amount of property was stolen including a laptop, watches, jewellery, three mobile phones and perfume. Some footage captured on CCTV cameras has been found showing two men looking through the windows of the house. They are dressed in dark clothes and wearing gloves and hats. Detective Constable Julie Chambers said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have information about these two men or saw them acting suspiciously on the day." Contact police on 101 or by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1352 of 08/09 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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