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Driver fined for pretending a thief had crashed his car

A driver from Sussex who crashed his car and then lied that it had been stolen was caught when his DNA was found on the airbag.

27-year-old Ciaran Fitzgerald, of Ruskin Road, Hove, crashed into two cars on Norton Road, before he fled the scene. Later that day he called the police to report that his car had been stolen.

When his DNA was found to be on the airbag, he admitted he had lied and accepted a police caution for perverting the course of justice.

He was also charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 12 March and was given eight points on his licence, fined £183 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

"Fitzgerald thought he could get away with crashing his car by claiming his vehicle had been stolen but good work by our CSIs meant we could prove he was behind the wheel when the impact happened. "Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offence in itself. If you are involved in a crash, stay put and call us so that we can investigate."

– Police Constable Dan Patterson

3D printer provides woman with artificial knees

An opera singer has become the first person in the country to be given two artificial knees - thanks to revolutionary 3D printing technology. Paula Anglin from Hove, in Sussex, was forced to stop performing on stage when her arthritis became severe. But she now has new knees, modelled on her own. Detailed x-rays were sent to the United States where 3D printers created an exact copy.

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Rapist jailed for historic offences

A man from Hove has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape. Patrick Foley, who's 83 years old, was convicted of seven counts of rape against a girl, when she was aged between 11 and 18. The jury at Lewes Crown Court unanimously found him guilty of all seven counts between 1968 and 1975.

Rapist Patrick Foley jailed Credit: Sussex Police

The victim has had to live with this for the last forty years and this is a fantastic result for her. She has shown enormous courage in coming forward and talking to us about what she endured and now she has the justice she deserves. I would urge anyone who has suffered any form of historic abuse to also have the courage to come forward.

– Detective Constable Holly Hallahan

Parents and son convicted of brutal assault

Three people have been found guilty of assault after a fight near Billingshurst in 2012.

Family were convicted after two and a half week trial in Hove

On May 27 2012, the two victims a 26-year-old man and a 52-year-old man, were attacked in their driveway at their home on Loxwood Road in Alford Bars. At 10pm three members of the Stevens family arrived at the address and the victims suffered a sustained attack by being repeatedly punched and assaulted with a baseball bat, an axe handle and a wheelbarrow.

Gary Stevens Senior, 46, and Kim Stevens, 47, both of Plaistow Road, Dunsfold were found guilty of GBH with intent and ABH, Gary Stevens Junior, their son, 19, also of the same address was found guilty of GBH and ABH. The jury found them guilty after a two and a half week trial at Hove Crown Court.

There was an incident between two members of the families involved, who are all known to each other, in Cranleigh earlier that evening. This resulted in what happened on the driveway of the property in Alfold Bars in which the two victims sustained their injuries.

The victims received multiple fractures to their faces and injuries to their arms as they tried to defend themselves. Both victims were hospitalised, the victim of the GBH for four days and he sustained lasting damage to his eye-socket as a result.

Five people were arrested in July 2012 and they stood trial in June 2013. When the trial collapsed, a retrial took place this month at Hove Crown Court.

– Detective constable Jon Berisford

The family, parents and son, were found guilty. Sam Smith and Tony Smith were both acquitted on both counts of ABH and GBH.

The Stevens are due to be sentenced on November 13.

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Cyclist injured in hit and run in Hove

Police are searching for the driver of a silver car which failed to stop after a collision involving a cyclist, leaving him injured by the road. It happened at the junction of the A259 Kingsway and Carlisle Road in Hove. The cyclist, a 33 year old man from Brighton, suffered minor injuries. The car involved, believed to be a Vauxhall, did not stop at the scene and drove on. Police would like to hear from its driver or anyone who saw what happened. They should emailcollision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.hq or phone 101, quoting serial 1052 of 16/10.

Maintenance man jailed for care home sex offences

A 57-year-old Hove man has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of nine sexual offences at a care home.

Paul Brown Credit: Sussex Police

Paul Brown, of Clarendon Road, worked as a maintenance man at Springfields Care Home in Hove. He was convicted at Brighton Crown Court on September 11 for offences that took place at the care home between 2004 and 2012.

Brown was convicted on seven counts of sexual assault by touching seven female members of care staff. He was also convicted of voyeurism and being a careworker engaged in sexual activity with a mentally disordered female.

This related to kissing a vulnerable resident who was suffering with a mental disorder.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.

Man attacked with bag of stones in Hove

Police want to speak to a man captured on CCTV after after a shopkeeper was attacked with a bag of stones in Hove.

Credit: Sussex Police

The victim was working at a newsagents in Portland Road when a man approached him with a bag of stones and struck him over the head from behind.

He turned and fought off the attacker who fled from the shop leaving his weapon behind.

The victim suffered a cut head and bruising.

The attacker was white, slim, 20 to 30 and about 5' 10". He was wearing a green jacket, dark bottoms and blue trainers with a white trim. He was carrying a light grey or green rucksack.

The incident happened at about 8.30pm on 21 August.

This was a nasty attack but we don't know what the man's motive was as he did not take anything from the shop.

Although this happened several weeks ago, we are still determined to find the man involved. If you recognise him or know where he could be please contact us.

– Detective Constable Léonie White
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