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Sussex Police launch Autumn campaign targeting burglary

Sussex Police recorded 644 burglaries across the force in September last year, but this fell to 518 in September 2018.

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Sussex Police will begin a focus on burglary this Autumn after the clocks changed this weekend.

Starting on Monday (29 October) and continuing through to Sunday (4 November), Sussex Police is running ‘Operation Magpie’, the autumn burglary prevention and awareness campaign.

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Data provided by Sussex Police says there were 644 burglaries across the force in September 2017, but this fell to 518 in September 2018. The autumn campaign aims to maintain this decrease, as well as raising awareness about how local residents can protect their own home.

A statement from Sussex Police said: “During this week there will be prevention advice to specific communities as well as social media posts, in an effort to prevent burglaries from happening in the first place.”

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary lead said:

“Operation Magpie acts as a reminder for residents and business owners to keep their property safe and reduce the chance of being burgled.

“Despite Sussex being one of the least likely areas of the country to be a victim of burglary, we still need to work together to ensure our dwellings and work premises are secure from intruders. At this time of year I would encourage people to remind themselves of our crime prevention advice, advertised through our flyers and social media messaging out this week. Please also help us by recording details of your valuable property on the free to use “Immobilise” website.

“Tackling burglary is business as usual for our teams, and we will be focusing our resources across Sussex to undertake high visibility patrols and to provide crime prevention advice in selected areas. We’ll also aim to keep you up to date on our efforts to prosecute criminals linked to this type of crime via our local district social media accounts during the week.”

Of the 43 UK police forces, Sussex is rated as fifth highest in the national league table as one of the least likely places to live and be burgled.

Residents can also be kept up to date by joining Sussex Police’s Community Message service, In the Know which will keep you up to date on the latest news in your local police district.

“Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW coordinator your community can be stronger together.”

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Langley Green man sent to prison after more than £13k drugs found in his home

A Crawley man found with nearly £13,500 worth of drugs in his home has been given a prison sentence.

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Police conducted a warrant at the address of Matthew Stevens in Dobson Road, Crawley, after reports from members of the public regarding suspicious behaviour in the area was reported.

During the search on 15 July 2016, officers found a quantity of cocaine, spice and drug paraphernalia. Stevens, 44, was then arrested.

He was released under investigation and the Crawley Investigation team began a long and complex analysis of items seized from the address.

Stevens was charged in May 2017 and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply class A (cocaine), possession of a class B and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance (spice).

He stood trial at Hove Crown Court and on Friday 2 November Stevens was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to a total of four years.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said:

“Sussex Police work tirelessly to stop the supply of illegal drugs within our community.
“The presiding Judge recognised the severity of Stevens’ actions and imposed a sentence representing that.

“We are conscientiously robustly tackling drug issues in Crawley and urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to report it to us without delay.

“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems out of place.”

You can read police’s advice on how to report issues of drugs here.

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