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HETIM RRËMBIMI

17 April 2015

Detektivat e policise bejne APEL Komunitetit Shqipetar per gjetjen e personit te rrembyer/kidnapum ne Brighton. Pak para ores 6 pas dite te Dielen (12 prill) nje person eshte marr dhe future me force ne Vauxhall Astra targa HN05 FPY ne Princes terrace, Brighton, pasi qe ka zbritur nga taksi ne rruge. Makina Vauxhall qe ka te bej me rrembimin/kidnapimin eshte gjetur parkum ne Benett Avenue, Hove, te Ejten pas dite (16 prill). Momentalisht makina eshte ner examinim forensic mirepo officeret dojn me dite se ku ka qene makina caksisht prej Dieles ne dark. Deri tani Policia nuk ka pas mundesi te identifikoj personin qe eshte sulmuar/goditur dhe momentalish jane duke u mundu me marr infiormata ne qytet per me mujte me gjet kete person. Nga informata qe eshte marr deri tani sygjeron qe ky person eshte Shqipetar. Poashtu policia eshte duke u munduar te gjen edhe 2 persona te tjere qe besohet te jene prefshire ne kete rrembim/kidnapim. Detektiv Shef Inspektori Mark Preston tha:” Urgjensisht kemi nevoje per ndihmen e Komunitetit Shqipetar per me gjet personin qe eshte rrembyer/kidnapum. Kemi shpallur ngjarjen e kapur ne CCTV dhe besojm qe eshte e viktima dhe nje person tjeter. “Jemi duke itervistuar 2 persona nga Shqiperia dhe besojm qe viktima eshte poashtu Shqipetar keshtu qe jam I bindur qe keta persona kane njerez, familje, shoket diku tjeter ne Jug Lindje dikush qe eshte ne dijeni se cfar ka ndodhur Momentalish nuk jemi ne dijeni se kush eshte Viktima, apo a eshte lenduar dhe kemi nevoje dikush qe e njeh kete person te kontakton neve per me mujt me gjet personin. “Dikush prej juve qe keni ardhur nga Shqiperia ne Sussex ndoshta nuk keni patur besim policise ne vendin e tuaj mirepo ju lutem te keni besim tek ne dhe mund te japin informata ne mirebisim. Gjithashtu mund te japin informata anonime dhe ne mirebesim tek Crimestoppers ne 0800555111” Officeret momentalisht jan duke intervistuar nje person te moshes 23 vjeq dhe 29 vjeq te dy persona jan nga Shqiperia dhe te dy jetojn ne qytet dhe jan arrestuar te Marten (14 prill) ne dyshim per rrembim marrje per peng. Personi 34 vjeq nga Hove I cili poashtu eshte arrestuar te Marten ne dyshim per konspiracion (plan) per rrembim /kidnapim. Personi 34 vjeqar nga Hove I cili ishte arrestuar te Marten (14/prill.) per konspiracion/plan rrembim/kidnapim eshte liruar me kusht nga policia. Policia beson personin qe e ka kap kamera CCTV ne Queens Square, Brighton, mund te jet Viktima. Kamera ka kap kete person me nje tjeter afer rreshtit ku presin taksit te cilen mund te shihni ne https://youtu.be/Djw9MNyISJY- dyshohet qe eshte Viktima. The personi I dyte mund te ket pare se cfare ka ndodhur. Pjesa e dyte qe ka kap security kamera” ne Princes Terrace pak para ores 6 pas dite. Duken 2 persona/burra afer nje makine te parkuar ngjyre kuqe ne rruge. Kur taksija e bardh mbrine dhe ndalet afer, 2 persona/burra affrohen ne at kahje. Pastaj kamera shkon/kcen tek makina Vauxhall Astra qe ka qene e parkume ne afersi. disa persona /burra dalin nga makina dhe zhduken nga inxhizimi i kameres. Pastaj nje grup te figurave shifen duke e marr/ zhagit nje person tjeter me force/dhune per te future mbrenda dhe ne kete moment makina levize/hece. Gjdokush me informata duhet te dergon me e-mail 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, apo thirr 101 duke cituar “Operation Wave” ose mund te kontaktoni shoqaten e pamvarur “charity Crimestoppers anonim ne 0800555111.

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CCTV released of man wanted over burglary in Brighton

16 April 2015

Detectives are trying to identify a man who they want to speak to about a burglary in which a man forced his way into a home in Brighton. At about 9am on 23 March the man forced his way into a flat in Bloomsbury Place, off St George's Road, and threatened the 47-year-old woman inside. He stole a camera, cash, bank cards and a laptop computer, which he placed in a black rucksack bearing the logo Speech Radio 4 before escaping. The offender had earlier visited the flat posing as a researcher working for a youth project but had been sent away by the woman. The attacker was black, 5' 10" and in his early 30s with a dark beard on the underside of his chin. He was wearing a grey hooded top and dark jacket. Detective Constable Sarah Townsend said: "We would also like to speak to anyone who has been visited in a similar way in Brighton by a man posing as a researcher. "If you can identify the man in the CCTV or have any idea where he could be, please contact us." Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, phone 101 quoting serial 459 of 23/03 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Help us find man kidnapped in Brighton

15 April 2015

Detectives have released CCTV footage of two men they urgently need to speak to about a kidnapping in Brighton. Officers believe one of the men may have been the victim of the kidnapping and that the other may have seen it happen. Just before 6pm on Sunday (12 April) a man was bundled into a Vauxhall Astra with the registration number HN05 FPY in Princes Terrace, Brighton, just moments after he got out of a taxi in the road. Police have so far been unable to identify the man who was attacked and are carrying out inquiries across the city to try to trace him. Three men aged 23, 29 and 34 were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap. They currently remain in custody. The CCTV package that has been released begins with two men walking close to the taxi rank in Queens Square in Brighton shortly after 5.30pm on Sunday. Police need to trace them to check they are safe and well. The next part of the footage was recorded on security cameras in Princes Terrace shortly before 6pm that day. It features two men standing next to a parked red car in the road. When a white taxi pulls up close by, the men move towards it. The footage then cuts to a white Vauxhall Astra parked nearby. A number of men get out of the vehicle and go out of the view of the camera. A group of figures are then seen dragging another man to the Vauxhall and forcing him inside before the car is driven off. Detective Inspector Gordon Denslow said: "Although the footage is not of high quality, it is clear enough to show the drama of what happened. I am hopeful that it could prompt someone who has seen something - like the Vauxhall being driven away at speed or men arguing inside it - to contact us. "We urgently need to speak to the two men shown at the start of the footage. We have no evidence that they have been harmed but we need to find them to make sure that they are ok. "If you know who they are or you know where they could be, please contact us." "We also need to speak to anyone who may have seen the Vauxhall Astra before or after the kidnapping and to any other witnesses, in particular a man in a white van who drove along Princes Terrace at the time of the incident and could have important information about what happened." Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, call 101 quoting Operation Wave or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Ifield murder detectives release video of victim in Portslade

12 March 2015

Officers investigating the murder of German student Janet Müller, whose body was found in a burning car in Ifield on March 13, have released video stills and footage of her in Portslade the night before her death. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi, who is leading the investigation for the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "We are extremely grateful to Janet's family for their co-operation in agreeing to allow release of these images, which are the last known of Janet before she died. "We are very keen to learn about her last movements between leaving Millview Hospital and the discovery of her body in Ifield on Friday, March 13. The images show her walking in Portslade - in a subway at 10.33pm on Thursday, March 12; the second in Station Road at 12.28am and the final one walking east towards Brighton and crossing Sackville Gardens near the BP garage at 12.55am. "If you saw her in the area around those times or perhaps a little later, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Madeira. Even if you think you may have seen her or that your sighting was only brief, please do call as your information could prove very important to us." Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, of Lakeside, Beckenham, London, has been charged with her murder. He will appear at Guildford Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on April 9.

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Introducing the new Local Policing Model for Sussex

10 March 2015

Sussex Police has today unveiled its vision for policing. It will make significant changes over the next four years to ensure local police services are directed to where they are most needed.

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CCTV to trace man who stole from cafe till

06 March 2015

Police are hoping someone can identify this man who stole money from a cafe in Arundel. At around 5.15pm on Friday, March 6, a man came into Gaskyns on Queen Street and has approached a staff member. He then asked the cashier for some keys which had been handed in and were in the back office. As the cashier has gone to speak to her manager, the man has leant over the counter and stolen money from the till. PC Jay Shah said: "The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 35-years-old, approximately 5'10 to 6', medium build with short dark coloured hair. He was seen wearing a purple long sleeved jumper with a chequed shirt underneath, skinny blue denim jeans and white plimsoll style trainers. We are hoping someone can identify him as he has brazenly stolen about £250 from the till. "Anyone who recognises him or has any information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1167 of 6/03."

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Crawley district commander Justina Beeken's vlog - Ride Along Scheme

03 March 2015

To find out more, please copy and paste the below links into your address bar at the top of the screen. Stop And Search link http://www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/news-stories/2014/12/01/sussex-police-implements-the-governments-best-use-of-stop-and-search-scheme Ride Along Scheme link https://www.sussex.police.uk/admin-section/ride-along-scheme-application

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Drug-driver Sean Thompson fails to show officers he is fit to drive after being arrested in Midhurst

26 February 2015

Sean Thompson, 26, was arrested after he crashed his Ford Focus into a van in Petersfield Road, Midhurst, at 7.45am on 11 July 2014. He had already hit at least four parked cars on the journey before he crashed into the van, wrecking it and his vehicle. When officers arrived he was trying to push his car at the scene. He had cocaine, ketamine and alcohol in his system. The video shows him being assessed by officers. Thompson, of Holmbush Way, Midhurst, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs. He was banned from driving for 29 months, given an eight week suspended sentence, ordered to do 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge. Motorists who get behind the wheel after taking drugs are to be targeted in a new road safety crackdown across Surrey and Sussex. Legislation that comes into force on 2 March sets legal limits for how much of a substance - both illegal drugs and prescription medication - motorists can have in their system while driving. A new device has also been approved that will allow officers at the roadside to test if a motorist has taken cannabis or cocaine. The DrugWipe system allows officers to determine in less than 10 minutes whether motorists have the illegal substances in their body, using a swab from inside a driver's cheek. Officers no longer need to prove that a motorist is fit to drive – just that the motorist has an illegal level of drugs in their system while driving. The change in the law is designed to make it quicker and easier for drug-drivers to be prosecuted - meaning more of the dangerous motorists can be removed from the streets. Illegal drugs covered by the new rules include cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and ketamine. Medicinal drugs covered include diazepam, methadone and morphine. The limits for these drugs have been set after advice from a panel of medical experts, at the level where the substances begin to affect 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 or drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter. If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999. Sussex Police – Serving Sussex

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Dangerous driver tops 118mph and heads wrong way down dual carriageway to try to escape from police

18 February 2015

This footage shows how dangerous driver Colin Pollard refused to stop for officers during a long pursuit in West Sussex, at one point driving at 118mph. At 3.45am on 7 December officers in a marked patrol car signalled for Pollard to stop after they saw him driving a silver Renault Laguna in Northgate Avenue, Crawley. Pollard ignored the flashing blue lights and sped up to 80mph in the 40mph area towards a roundabout, where he went the wrong way down a slip road, drove the wrong way around the roundabout twice before exiting onto Crawley Avenue on the wrong side of the carriageway. He drove the wrong way down the dual carriageway until he turned onto Balcombe Road, again going the wrong way along the slip road. In Turners Hill Road, where the speed limit is 30mph, Pollard accelerated to more than 90mph, veering onto the wrong side of the road several times for no apparent reason. He continued along Wallage Lane, Turners Hill Road and then onto the A264 towards Crawley, reaching 98mph in the 50mph area. Pollard went the wrong way around the Copthorne roundabout and then the roundabout at junction 10 of the M23 before heading onto the motorway and heading south. He accelerated to 118mph before slowing down, after which police forced him to stop. Pollard, 29, of Sackville Gardens, East Grinstead, was jailed for a year after he admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop for police when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court. If you see someone driving dangerously, call 999 immediately. If you know someone is driving antisocially report them by visiting www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

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Dangerous high speed driving could have cost motorcyclist his life

10 February 2015

The footage shows Lee Oliver attempting to do a wheelie on his motorcycle at more than 70mph, losing control and being thrown from his bike into the path of a passing van. The driver brakes immediately but Oliver is travelling so quickly that while his bike skids off the surface into undergrowth, the rider rolls and bounces along the road until he is struck by the van. Oliver continued to slide along the road for another 15 metres past the van, which had been forced to brake so suddenly that it was struck from behind by a following car. Both Oliver and another rider, Lee Cunningham, had cameras fitted to their bikes that recorded their journeys as well as their speedometer - meaning police officers were able to see exactly what speed they had been travelling at. Before he crashed Oliver had reached a speed of 130mph on the Cuckfield bypass while Cunningham had managed to reach 137mph at one point as well as almost three times the 30mph speed limit on another stretch of the road. Oliver's crash at 9am on Sunday 18 May last year was captured by both the camera on his bike and a dashboard camera in the van that was travelling towards him. Cunningham, 39, of Brighton Road, Horsham, and Oliver, 38, of Oakleigh Road, Horsham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving when they appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 6 February. Both were given an 18-month suspended prison sentence, banned from driving for four years and told to do 200 hours of community service. They were each also ordered to pay a £1,000 fine and £700 costs. Sergeant Huw Watts, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: "When you watch the video, it seems amazing that Oliver escaped with just minor injuries and concussion. "If he had come off his bike just seconds later he could have gone under the wheels of the van and been seriously injured or even killed. "Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users who usually come off worst when they are involved in a collision but this case shows how some can put themselves at risk by abusing the fact that their machines can go fast and perform stunts. "Every road user needs to think whether they are putting themselves in unnecessary danger and what they can do to avoid a trip to hospital. "The roads are no place for stunts or speeding." If you see someone driving dangerously call 999. To report people driving antisocially, make a note of their vehicle details and visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk

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CCTV captures armed robbery at garage in Petworth

05 February 2015

CCTV footage has captured the moment a masked robber held up a garage worker at knifepoint. The images show how the man dressed in dark clothing walked into The Flower Bowl garage in London Road, Petworth, at about 7.45pm on 15 December and threatened the member of staff on duty with a knife and a long piece of wood. He gave the worker a pale blue rucksack and ordered him to put cash from the till inside it. He then ripped the garage's phone out of the socket and left. Detective Constable Paul Gilmour said: "Although the man was wearing a balaclava that showed only a small part of his face, I am very hopeful that someone will recognise him from the CCTV. "This was a terrifying incident for the victim but thankfully he was not hurt. We are determined to find the robber. "A number of vehicles drove past the garage at about the time of the robbery so we would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the man before of after the robbery. "If you recognise the man and know who or where he is, please contact us urgently." Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1432 of 15/12, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Volunteer Search Teams Major Exercise

02 February 2015

Nearly 200 search and rescue volunteers descended on Ashdown Forest on Sunday (February 1) in a major exercise designed to test the skills and capabilities of a number of organisations. Organised and hosted by Sussex Police at its Kingstanding training facility near Crowborough, the scenario presented to the teams involved a hunt for four people - in reality, enthusiastic police cadets - lost on the forest. In addition to search specialists from Sussex Police, there were volunteers from Sussex Search and Rescue, Surrey Search and Rescue, ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex, Sussex 4x4 Response and three Sussex Neighbourhood Watch teams. They were assisted from the air by three fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter from the voluntary Air Search organisation, along with operators of the Sussex Police drone, based at Gatwick. Sergeant Russ Phillips, who organised the exercise, said: "Conditions weren't as bad as they are experiencing further north, but the chilly weather was a valuable reminder of just how wild and hostile some of the remoter areas of Sussex can be. "Our scenario involved four high risk missing people and provided opportunities not only for searching techniques, but also for first aid, recovery and medivac (medical evacuation). "While the exercise did unfortunately necessitate the recovery of a 'body', I am pleased to say that all four of our cadets were successfully found, returned safely and were very grateful for warm drinks and a meal!"

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Drink driver who cannot stand

30 January 2015

This police footage shows how a man who crashed his car could not even stand when he was arrested. Robert Hutchinson was spotted by a member of the public driving his Nissan Almera erratically on the A281 heading towards Horsham at 5.45pm on Friday 30 January. As the witness phoned police to describe what he could see, Hutchinson veered off the road, overcorrected and crashed head on into a Ford Ka heading south on the road at Mannings Heath. The Ford span around and the Nissan ended up in bushes. The driver of the Ford, a 42-year-old woman from Plummers Plain, suffered slight injuries. Hutchinson was not injured. When police arrived they found Hutchinson was still sitting behind the wheel. CCTV footage recorded inside Worthing custody centre shows how he fell off a chair and into a wall while waiting to be breathalysed. To watch the footage visit https://youtu.be/6q4nCjPakyQ. He was so drunk that an officer had to help him to his feet and hold him up to stop him falling down again. Hutchinson was found to have 169 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millitres of his breath - almost five times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes. The 59-year-old told police he had been drinking for several hours at home that afternoon but had decided to go shopping for food and then crashed his car. He had already served a ban for drink-driving after being convicted in 2009 and did not have a driving licence. Hutchinson, of Fir Tree Close, Plummers Plain, pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 23 February. He was banned from driving for five years, given an 18-week suspended prison sentence, told to do 300 hours of community service and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge. Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: "The footage shows just how drunk Hutchinson was, yet he thought that it was acceptable for him to drive in that condition. "It is vital that we get people who think that it's ok to drink and drive off the roads. "We need the public's help to tell us whenever they see someone who could be drink-driving so that we can act before someone is seriously hurt or even killed." 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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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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Armed robbery at One Stop Shop, Broadbridge Heath

18 January 2015

Police have released this CCTV footage of three men bursting into the One Stop Shop in Broadbridge Heath and robbing the staff. Shortly after 10pm on Sunday 18 January the robbers struck at the One Stop shop in Billingshurst Road stealing a quantity of cash and cigarettes. As two women shopworkers were locking up to go home three men wearing dark clothing and with their faces covered burst through the door. The women, aged 46 and 32, were roughly pushed around by the intruders who ordered them to hand over several hundreds of pounds in cash and cigarettes. The three men then fled, making off in a dark-coloured Peugeot car. Detective Sergeant Sian Harding said: "Although the women in the shop were not badly hurt this was a terrifying incident for them and we are determined to track down the offenders." Anyone who knows the robbers or who may have other information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1225 of 18/01 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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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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Voice clue to armed robbery in Portslade

16 December 2014

Police investigating a series of armed robberies in Portslade, Hangleton and Shoreham have released CCTV footage in the hope that someone may recognise the suspects from their voices.

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Do you recognise the men in this CCTV of a Bexhill betting shop robbery?

05 November 2013

CCTV footage captured the moment two men robbed a betting shop in East Sussex. Surveillance cameras recorded the men entering Betfred in Cooden Sea Road, Little Common, wearing masks and threatening a member of staff with what appears to be handguns. One of the men approached the shop counter, leapt over it and took the contents of the till before both men escaped. The suspects were both about 5' 10" to 6ft and were wearing hooded tops and masks over their faces. On leaving the shop they ran off along the A259 in the direction of Hastings. They are believed to have escaped in a red Ford Fiesta. The robbery happened at 8.45pm on Wednesday November 5 but officers have so far been unable to identify the men involved. It is not currently being linked to any other incidents. Detective Constable Paul Wren said: "So far we have been unable to identify the robbers but we are determined we will find them. "We need to speak to anyone who saw the men going into or leaving the shop or who may have heard who was responsible. "The robbers may have boasted to someone about what they did so there could be members of the community who know who was responsible. I would urge anyone who hears anything to contact us immediately." Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Bembrook, 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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