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Police hunt thieves in 'ultimate smash and grab' - full report

It took less than a minute to break-in, steal thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and leave. Tonight, the hunt is on for a gang of thieves captured on CCTV ransacking a shop in Sussex.

The gang of four used a crowbar to smash display cabinets at 'Decorus' in East Grinstead, as others stuffed jewellery into duffle bags.

And now local businesses say there just aren't enough police patrolling their streets.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Sgt Jim Collen and Stuart Scholes of the the East Grinstead Business Association.


Sussex Police urge public to remain vigilant

Sussex Police have issued a statement about the tragic events in Paris on Friday night, when a number of gunmen killed and injured hundreds of people in the French city. The British force commiserated with the victims and their families, and urged UK citizens to remain vigilant.

"Sussex Police's thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the terrorist attacks in France in which, according to current reports, more than 120 people tragically lost their lives. "Our thoughts are also with all the French people and our colleagues in Paris who are dealing with this horrific situation.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation following the attacks. We would urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity straightaway by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency."

– Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Sussex Police

Region's police forces 'thoughts' with Paris & France


Police officers under investigation following racial slur

Credit: PA

A senior Sussex Police officer is under investigation following an allegation of racist and offensive behaviour during an incident.

The officer is alleged to have made the comments on September 5th while in a taxi that had picked him up while he was off duty in Eastbourne.

Another enquiry showed that an Inspector, also based in East Sussex, accessed a police computer in regards to this incident without permission.

These matters were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and it has decided to conduct an independent investigation.

Sussex Police has suspended the senior officer for the duration of the investigation into allegations of racist and offensive behaviour.

We take any report of racism very seriously, along with any inappropriate access to police IT systems and we will co-operate with the IPCC in their investigation.

Sussex Police cares about developing and has invested in building its relationship with BME communities, through its neighbourhood policing teams and support from an independent Race Advisory Group.

We remain fully committed to providing a fair and non-discriminatory policing service to our communities.

– Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Sussex Police

So much stolen stuff could any of it be yours?

Sussex Police have released pictures of items stolen from cars over the summer in the hope of tracing the rightful owners.

Police hope to reunite rings, earings, neclaces and bracelets, with their owners Credit: Sussex Police

They have recovered everything from jewellery, to clothing, TV's, handbags mobile phones, tools and even fishing rods.

These are amongst the fishing rods that have been found Credit: Sussex Police
A number of camera's have been recovered Credit: Sussex Police
Tools taken from a vehicle, are they yours? Credit: Sussex Police
Do you recognise this handbag? Credit: Sussex Police

"If you or friends or family have had any property stolen, please take a look at the recovered property as Sussex Police is keen to reunite property to the rightful owners and bring offenders to justice."

""It also helps us to catch burglars who try to sell these items on to second hand goods traders as the items can be traced"

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts, Sussex Police

There's much more, to see all the property police want to reunite with their owners click here

Sussex has one of highest numbers of legally owned guns

Sussex is one of the police forces with the highest number of firearms certificates in England and Wales, as the number of legally owned guns reaches its highest level for 20 years.

There were more than 1.3 million shotguns and and 525,125 other firearms covered by licences at the end of March. The combined total of 1,863,524 is the largest recorded since statistics were first collected in 1995.

There were 153,603 firearms certificates, which cover guns other than shotguns such as rifles, on issue earlier this year - the highest number since 1988. A certificate can cover several guns.

Police forces with the highest number of firearms certificates as of March 31 2015 were Devon and Cornwall, Sussex and West Mercia -10,855, 6,735 and 6,708 respectively.

A report published by the Home Office alongside the figures said the number of firearms fell from 418,300 to 295,000 between 1996 and 1998 as tighter controls were introduced in the wake of the Dunblane shootings.

Since 1998, there has been an upward trend.

Shoreham police dogs rewarded for their hard work

Spud, Sussex Police Dog Credit: Sussex Police

Police dogs who helped in the aftermath of the Shoreham air disaster have been rewarded for their hard work.

The professionally trained canines had their skills heavily tested as they aided with the recovery operation.

Pets Corner delivered a doggy hamper to their dog unit headquaters which included tennis balls and chew sticks.

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