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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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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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