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Sussex Police welcome new Deputy Chief Constable

As Deputy Chief Constable she will replace Bernie O’Reilly, who is joining the College of Policing.



Jo Shiner is to become the new Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police.

She is currently an Assistant Chief Constable responsible for local policing and partnerships in Kent Police.

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As Deputy Chief Constable she will replace Bernie O’Reilly, who is joining the College of Policing.

Jo said: “I am delighted and humbled to be offered the position, and I look forward to working with everyone.”

In her four years with Kent Police, Jo was responsible for the Central Operations Directorate before heading up the Local Policing Command. She has been a tactical and strategic firearms and critical incident commander for nearly 15 years.

Chief Constable Giles York said:

“Jo will be a real asset to the force, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of local policing at a time when we are strengthening our teams and transforming policing.

“She has held a wide range of operational and organisational roles, and I welcome the skills that she will bring to Sussex to ensure we are well placed to meet future policing needs.”

Jo started her policing career in Norfolk Constabulary in 1993 and during her service has held a variety of roles including local policing, CID, public protection, corporate development and specialist operations.

She is passionate about her charitable work. A keen runner, Jo enjoys raising money for charity through sporting events, and she is currently a Trustee of Kent Search & Rescue Board and Embrace CVOC, a national charity focused on supporting child victims of crime.


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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