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Two men jailed for rape of 'vulnerable woman'

Two men jailed for 22 years for rape of vulnerable woman Credit: Sussex Police

Two men who raped a vulnerable woman at a hotel in Brighton have been jailed for a total of 22 years.

Titus Gulu and Abdulla Rashid were sentenced to 10 and 12 years' imprisonment respectively, after being found guilty of the offence.

The pair had been drinking in Brighton in the early hours of 28 February 2014 when they invited a group of friends – previously unknown to them – back to their room at the Royal Albion Hotel in Old Steine.

This included the victim, whose friends left a short while later, leaving her alone with the two men.

Due to her intoxicated state, the 21-year-old, from Worthing, went to sleep on the bed, before she was raped by the pair.

Police became aware of the incident after she was encouraged to report it several days later.

The suspects were identified by officers who traced their details back to the booking for the room.

Gulu, 25, unemployed, of The Lawns, Lancing, and Rashid, 24, a student, of Barking in Essex, were subsequently charged with rape, which they both denied.

They were sentenced following a trial which concluded at Hove Crown Court on Friday 10 June.

Detective Constable Tom Duffy said:

"This was a particularly nasty case in which Gulu and Rashid befriended a vulnerable young woman on a night out in Brighton and took advantage of her in her drunken state.

Their sentences serve as a reminder that we fully investigate all reports of sexual offences, and those caught and convicted will be dealt with robustly.

I would also like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a sexual offence to come forward. We are there to help and to bring criminals like these to justice.”

– DC Tom Duffy, Sussex Police

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Sussex Police appeal - Have you seen Lewis Gant?

Police are searching for Lewis Gant in connection with motoring offences Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are appealing for the public's help after a man charged with vehicle offences failed to appear at Worthing Magistrates Court.

Twenty-three year old Lewis Gant of Brading Road in Brighton was arrested and charged on the 9th April 2016 with aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified. He was due before Worthing magistrates on 3rd May, but he did not turn up - so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Detectives say he is white, 6ft 2 in, of a heavy build with shot brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police via an email to 101@sussex.ppn.police.uk or by telephoning 101.

27,000 cyclists take part in London to Brighton bike ride

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Preparing for the arrival of the cyclists is Brighton Credit: ITV

Twenty-seven thousand cyclists have converged on Brighton at the end of the London to Brighton Bike ride. For the first time there was a beach party on Brighton seafront to allow the competitors and their supporters to celebrate in style. The event is organised by the British Heart Foundation.

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Commuters protest in Brighton as new rail strikes announced

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A demonstration has been held at Brighton railway station by passengers calling for an end to ongoing disruption.

Southern wants to increase the number of driver only-operated services but the RMT union claim safety and jobs would be at risk. Southern say jobs and safety are not at issue.

A new strike has now been announced for Tuesday next week after talks broke down at ACAS.

German yacht, high and dry on the rocks

The yacht was succesfully refloated Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Coastguard and lifeboat crews were called to assist a lone German yachtsman after his vessel ran aground at Ovingdean.

The yacht was high and dry on the rocks. A tow was established and the vessel was successfully refloated, then escorted to Brighton Marina.

Rescue operation off Brighton

A rescue operation has been carried out off Brighton after reports of a person in the water.

The operation was carried out by Shoreham Coastguard Rescue Team., Shoreham RNLI and the Lee on Solent search and rescue helicopter.

A casualty has been taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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