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Boy, 16, stabbed and seriously injured outside Sussex supermarket

Police were called to Abinger Road on Saturday evening Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed in Portslade in Sussex.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Abinger Road at 5.17pm on Saturday where a group of youths were gathered in the car park of the Co-op store.

The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious stab wounds and was taken into surgery on Saturday evening.

Police dog teams were called to the incident Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Detectives are now investigating what happened but say they believe in was an isolated incident

"This is an incident that was confined to a small group and we do not consider them to be a threat to the general community.

We have identified a number of suspects and two have already been arrested.

We are continuing to search for a number of others.

– Inspector Ed Neve, Sussex Police
Enquiries are still continuing at the scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 15-year-old boy from Hove was arrested shortly before 8pm on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and an 18-year-old man from Portslade was arrested just under an hour later on suspicion of affray.

Both remained in custody on Saturday evening.

Police force praised for its workplace diversity

The force has been recognised for its continued dedication to workplace diversity Credit: Surrey Police

Surrey Police has been ranked as one of the top police forces nationwide for workplace diversity.

The ranking makes it the fourth highest force in The Excellence in Diversity Awards: Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list.

The list investigates whether organisations have representation at management, senior, executive and board level, from across all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith & religion. Surrey Police's Association of Culture and Ethnicity provides a mentoring scheme for applicants from these diverse communities, guiding them through the recruitment process.

We are extremely proud to have been awarded this position in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers. This ranking shows our dedication to creating a diverse workforce and we will continue to work towards maintaining an inclusive organisation that is reflective of the communities we serve.”

– Gavin Stephens, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Surrey Police

Overall, Surrey Police ranked #28 out of all organisations in the list, which included British Airways, Ministry of Justice and ASDA.

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More body cameras for frontline police

Every police officer in Sussex responding to an emergency call will now be fitted with a body camera. The devices were first introduced eight years ago but now more cameras are being made available to record incidents. This report by Tom Savvides has interviews with Superintendent Edward De La Rue, PC Scott Walters and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

Drones are 'the future of policing'

Police will use more drones in the future Credit: ITV

Drones are the future of policing - according to Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner. Martyn Underhill says drones could revolutionise policing in the same way that police radios did in the 1960s. Dorset currently shares four of the unmanned devices with Devon and Cornwall Police to photograph crime scenes, road accidents and help in the search for missing people.

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Police announce locations for 'no excuse' campaign

Police are looking out for drivers using mobile phones Credit: ITV

The 'no excuse' team operated by Dorset Police is out and about in the county tackling bad and inconsiderate driving.

The team aims to use a combination of enforcement and education to tackle the ‘fatal five’: drink and drug driving; excessive and inappropriate speed; not wearing a seatbelt; driver distractions such as hand-held mobile phones; and careless driving.

The police have announced the areas for their campaign over the next few days.

Thursday 18th February: No Excuse and camera van covering West Dorset due to speed complaints and collisions. Friday 19th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Poole due to speed complaints and collisions. Saturday 20th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Bournemouth due to speed complaints and collisions. Tuesday 23rd February: No Excuse and camera van covering Poole due to speed complaints and collisions. Wednesday 24th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Bournemouth due to speed complaints, collisions and assisting local officers. Friday 26th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Poole due to speed complaints and collisions. Saturday 27th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Weymouth Beach Race Event with the 50/50 car.

Sussex Police praised for preventing crime and keeping people safe

The work of the force has been reviewed Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police is 'good' at preventing crime and keeping people safe. The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary's PEEL Effectiveness report reviewed the work of the force and found it is:

  • good at preventing offending and keeping people safe
  • good at tackling anti-social behaviour
  • good at investigating crime and managing offenders
  • good at protecting the vulnerable who are at risk of harm, and supporting victims
  • good at tackling serious and organised crime.

Sussex Police has been assessed as good in relation to each of the four core categories, good overall and is one of only 10 forces which have achieved good or outstanding assessments across all areas inspected.

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Less use of police cells for mental health patients

Almost eight hundred people with serious mental health issues are put in police cells in Sussex every year, even if they haven't committed a crime. That's more people than anywhere else in the country. Now a new scheme between the police and the NHS means the majority of people experiencing mental health problems are now being assessed and treated in specialist hospitals. Tom Savvides reports from Crawley with interviews from the Chief Constable of Sussex Giles York, Vincent Badu from the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and Home Office Minister Karen Bradley.

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