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Crackdown on crime as police launch new operation in Sussex

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Improving road safety is one of the biggest issues that residents raise with me and I would agree with them that, too often, motoring offences go unchallenged and undetected.”



A multi-agency operation to crackdown on criminals using Sussex roads is taking place this week.

Modern technology – Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) – will be used by police and partners with three main objectives:

  1. To target vehicles being driven illegally (no tax, insurance, etc);
  2. To target and deny criminals the use of the roads (for transporting weapons, drugs, etc);
  3. To prevent crimes from being committed in the first place.

The operation is being run by Sussex Police in conjunction with the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and the DVLA, with support from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Prevention Teams, Dog Unit and Tactical Firearms Unit will be on patrol during five days of action, which started yesterday (Monday 11 June) and concludes on Friday (15 June).

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:

“I made a commitment to the residents of Sussex that they will see the difference their contributions to local policing makes. Local people tell me that they want to see more visible policing so they feel safer in Sussex, and Sussex Police also need to make best use of technology to do this effectively.

“Improving road safety is one of the biggest issues that residents raise with me and I would agree with them that, too often, motoring offences go unchallenged and undetected.

“I share the frustrations of residents so I want the police to stop criminals having free use of our road networks.

“This multi-agency operation will crackdown on those who openly break the law and will use technology to shine a light on others who are using our roads to covertly commit criminal offences.

“Visible policing matters. Let’s start by making our roads safer.”

Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said:

“While we recognise the vast majority of motorists are not criminals, most criminals are motorists who utilise the road networks to carry out their crimes. Our aim is to target and deny these criminals, and to prevent crimes from being committed in the first place.

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“Policing the roads is not just down to our Roads Policing Unit. We have created multi-functional, multi-skilled and interoperable teams – also consisting of firearms and dog unit officers – to increase resilience. This means, for instance, a firearms unit could be called to deal with a road traffic collision.

“The recent council tax increase enables us to focus on proactive policing operations such as this, and working with our partners, we aim to keep people safe on our roads and deal robustly with offenders.”

Elaine Rees, national wheel-clamping manager at the DVLA, said:

“We operate a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid, including online vehicle taxing and Direct Debit. We also continue to send reminder letters to vehicle keepers, which is why it is so important they notify DVLA of a change of address or keeper.

“It is right that we take action against those who don’t tax their vehicles and then drive them otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to those who do the right thing. We are pleased to work with Sussex Police to make sure these untaxed vehicles are not driven on the road.”

The five-day operation will also be run in parts of Surrey, and will involve checks and patrols at various locations across the two counties.

Officers will have the power to seize vehicles and arrest suspected offenders.

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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.



The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to

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