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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


Another man arrested as part of police crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

Police arrest another man as part of Operation Dragonfly Credit: Sussex Police

An electrician who crashed into a parked vehicle is among the latest motorists to be disqualified as part of Operation Dragonfly, Surrey and Sussex Police's summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

At about 11.50pm on Tuesday 7 June, police were called by a member of public to a collision in Victoria Road, Hastings.

On arrival, officers discovered a man in the driver's seat of a silver BMW 318 which had collided with a stationary taxi – a silver Ford Transit. Arresting officer PC Matt Elms said:

"We approached the BMW and spotted a man sitting in the driver's seat. His eyes were closed and his head was slumped forward. I knocked on the window and roused the man, who then opened his door.

As the door opened there was a clear smell of alcohol and the man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.”

– PC Matt Elms, Sussex Police

Robert Spillane, 37, of Montgomery Road, Hastings, was subsequently charged with driving with 97mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and was disqualified from driving for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months and pay £85 costs.

Three more motorists have also been sentenced in court this week, having been arrested as part of the operation which started on 6 June.

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 or by telephoning 101.

Extra time for police to question 2 men & 2 women arrested on suspicion of 20-year-old's murder

Police are continuing to question four people

Sussex Police have been granted extra time to continue questioning four people arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 20-year-old man.

The victim, from Mayfield, was found with a stab wound at a property in Spencers Road in Crawley in the early hours of Saturday morning. He later died in hospital. A post mortem examination is underway.

Two men aged 20, and two women aged 22 and 24 - all from Crawley - were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday. They remain in police custody, after detectives were granted a 36-hour warrant of further detention to continue their enquiries.

Crawley murder inquiry continues after fatal stabbing

Police have spent the day making enquiries in the Spencer Road area of Crawley Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Sussex Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after the death of a man who was stabbed in Crawley. The 20-year-old man from Mayfield was found at a house in Spencer Road in the town in the early hours of this morning.

Sussex Police have been guarding the scene in Spencer Road

Anyone with information can telephone 101 quoting Operation Venture; email also quoting Operation Vulture; or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (


Murder investigation launched in Sussex

Police have launched a murder investigation after a 20-year-old man was found with serious injuries at a house in Crawley this morning. Officers were called by paramedics to Spencers Road at around 3am. The victim was treated at the scene for what is believed to be a stab wound to the abdomen and was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

A 24-year-old woman, a 22-year-old woman and a two 20-year-old men, who are all from Crawley, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Antony Archibald from the Sussex and Surrey Major Crime Team said: "This has been a fast moving investigation and we are still making enquiries. We have arrested four people who are being questioned. Officers remain in the Spencers Road area to speak to residents about their concerns."

Sussex Police under fire over treatment of 11-year-old girl

An eleven year old girl was restrained by Sussex Police, using handcuffs, leg straps and a mesh hood and held in custody for 60 hours alone.

The force is tonight under fire for their treatment of the child after a damning report by the Independent Police Commission.

The mother of the girl who has a disability and is being called child H for legal reasons has described the ordeal as a nightmare. 11 officers have been investigated for misconduct.

Charlotte Wilkins reports.

The IPCC has made a number of recommendations to Sussex Police including -

Improved training on the use of force on children and adults with mental illness.

Additional training on detaining vulnerable people and the presence of an appropriate adult. And to ensure officers are accountable for their use of force.

But will that be enough to ensure a case like this doesn't happen again?

Derek Johnson has been speaking to Deputy Chief Constable Robin Smith.

Sussex Police criticised over treatment of disabled child

Sussex Police says it is working to improve training for staff Credit: ITV Meridian

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has criticised Sussex Police's treatment of an 11-year-old girl with a neurological disability.

She was handcuffed and put in leg restraints - and held in cells for a total of 60 hours over three separate arrests.

The force says it is working to improve training for staff. The girl's mother wants police to change the way they deal with such cases.

ITV Meridian spoke to Gus Silverman, Solicitor with Irwin Mitchell.

Summer drink-driving crackdown begins in Surrey & Sussex

Police start their summer drink-driving campaign

A summer crackdown on drink driving is starting across Sussex and Surrey.

The county's police forces say they will be focusing on people who may be drink too much alcohol while watching Euro 2016 or attending events such as parties and barbecues.

"A lot of people like to have a drink when the sun is out, whether they are on holiday, having a barbecue, enjoying the UEFA European championship or just relaxing with friends. And whilst we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun in the sun, we also want them to act responsibly.

"If you're driving to an event or a venue, think about your journey home and plan ahead. Book a licensed cab, take public transport or get a lift with someone who hasn't been drinking or taking drugs. Please don't be tempted to get behind the wheel and drive yourself, even if you think you're fine.

"There is a thin line between being under and over the limit, and that's why we encourage people to drink or drive - not both, it's not worth the risk."

– Inspector Alan Nicholls, Surrey & Sussex Roads Policing Unit
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