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Missing 24-year-old man from Brighton

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing Brighton man Steven Cattell, who was last seen in a distressed state.

The 24-year-old, who was last seen on November 17 in North Street, is described as white and about 5' 8" with brown hair.

Steven Cattell,24, from Brighton has been missing since November 17. Credit: SussexPolice

PC Lee Willis said: "Steven was last seen in a distressed state and we are concerned for his welfare."

Anyone who sees him or hears from him is asked to contact police on 101, quoting serial 0919 of 17/11.

Driver caught using phone three times over drink limit

A driver who was caught using his mobile phone at the wheel while more than three times the legal drink-drive limit is being hunted by police.

Tarik Girgin, 30, was caught while driving his Mercedes Sprinter van on the A259 Bexhill Road.

Girgin, from Bromley, failed to turn up to Hastings Magistrates' Court after he was charged, but was convicted in his absence of drink-driving, driving without a licence, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

A warrant has now been issued for Girgin's arrest.

Girgin was spotted holding his mobile phone to his ear as he drove his Mercedes Sprinter van on the A259 Bexhill Road. Credit: SussexPolice

A month-long campaign was run in June as part of Operation Dragonfly, the force's crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

Of the 119 people to have been charged, 102 have been convicted of offences so far. The remaining 17 are still being dealt with by the courts.

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Efit released following sexual assault on 11-year-old boy

Police have released an efit of a man following a sexual assault on an 11-year-old boy in Eastbourne.

The victim had been on the beach at the end of Macquarie Quay on October 22 at around 6.30pm, when he was approached by a man who tried to put his hand down the boy's trousers.

The suspect is described as white, about 30-years-old, with blond hair.

The suspect was wearing a black Nike top, grey joggers and Nike Air trainers when the incident happened. Credit: SussexPolice

DC Claire Linsell said: "Whilst serious, this is an isolated incident and enquiries are continuing. The victim did exactly the right thing by telling his parents what happened."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1605 of 23/10, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Man sentenced to jail over indecent images of children

A Southwick man has been sentenced to two years and five months in jail over indecent images of children.

Adam Clements, 26, pleaded guilty to 12 offences, seven relating to distributing indecent images and videos of children and five relating to making indecent images of children.

He also pleaded guilty to further offences of making and distributing indecent images of children, all committed whilst he was on bail on suspicion of the other offences.

Clements was also served with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order lasting indefinitely and severely restricting his access to computers, and was ordered to sign the sexual offences register on his release.

He was arrested in December 2013 following an inteligence-led investigation by the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team of Sussex Police.

Adam Clements, 26. Credit: SussexPolice

Clements had denied his offending throughout, until Monday's hearing, and his eventual guilty pleas and conviction are testament to the extensive enquiries undertaken by our team.

He had over 2000 indecent images of children on his computer, and had distributed over 100 of them. The images depicted children aged as young as four and some were in the most serious category of images. It is important remember that every one of these images depicts a child being abused.

– Detective Sergeant Martin Harmer

CCTV footage of Bognor Regis burglary suspect released

Detectives have released CCTV footage to help a trace a man they want to speak to following a burglary in Den Avenue, Bognor Regis, on September 2.

Between 1pm and 4pm the house was broken into while the owners were out and a large amount of jewellery was taken.

CCTV recorded at the address shows a man leaving the house during that time. He appears to be aged 30 to 40, is about 5' 10" and was carrying a grey shoulder bag and a JD Sports carrier bag.

A £1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1045 of 02/09, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Missing 15-year-old girl from Worthing

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 15-year-old from Worthing.

Chloe is white, 5' 5" and slim. She has shoulder length curly brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on November 5 wearing a blue Superdry hooded top and blue skinny jeans.

Have you seen missing teenager Chloe Newman? Credit: SussexPolice

Chloe has been missing since 5 November and although there have been possible sightings of her in London and Newhaven, we do not know where she is. We urgently need to track her down so we can make sure she is ok.

– PC Alex Leeson

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 586 of 05/11, call 101 and should dial 999 if you see her and believe she could be in danger.

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Police urge public to surrender firearms and ammunition

Surrey and Sussex Police are encouraging members of the public to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition so they can be disposed of safely and avoid risks of becoming involved in criminality.

New legislation that came into effect on July 14 increased the maximum jail term for illegal gun possession from 10 years to life. This now includes anyone who is storing a weapon for someone else. It also includes antique firearms due to the fact that obsolete weapons can be made viable by criminals with ballistics knowledge.

Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison, the head of operations command across Surrey and Sussex Police, said:

Gun crime in the UK has continued to fall year on year for the last ten years but we are not complacent. We must do all we can to ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of criminals and the public can help us.

People may have firearms or ammunition that belong to other people, who have inherited them or who might have items they have overlooked or forgotten.

We would encourage people to check their attics, sheds and cupboards and hand weapons in. A firearm might not be a danger in your hands but if it was stolen by a burglar and passed to other criminals it could put people's lives in danger.

– Paul Morrison

The nationwide operation is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, which analyses guns and ballistic material for police forces across the UK, and starts from Monday, November 10, until Friday, November 21 November.

Anyone with information about the possession of an illegal firearm or criminal activity related to weapons, can report online at or call 101.

Reports of man approaching boys in Horsham

Police have been made aware of two reports of a man either following boys or asking them to enter a vehicle in the last few weeks in the south of the Horsham district.

Sussex Police are investigating the incidents, which occurred in Link Lane, Pulborough, and in Church Street, West Chiltington, to establish whether they are linked and whether or not criminal offences have been committed.

Of particular interest is the description of a vehicle that has been given - an older, Land Rover-style green 4x4.

Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, Sussex Police's Horsham district commander, said:

At this stage I would like to provide reassurance to the wider public of Horsham that we are taking these matters seriously and working with partners - including local schools - to understand them fully. There have been no further reports for more than two weeks but we will not be complacent.

There is no cause for alarm at this stage and I would like to ask the public to be vigilant and to report any concerns that they may have - or previously unreported incidents.

– Howard Hodges

People can contact Sussex Police either via 101, 999 in an emergency, online, or confidentially via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting Operation Block.

Sussex and Surrey Police launch gun amnesty

Sussex Police urge "Give up your guns and ammunition" Credit: ITV news

Give us your guns and ammunition. That's the appeal from Sussex and Surrey police. The force is asking people in the county to surrender their firearms during a two week campaign (Monday 10th November - Friday 21st November) so that they can be disposed of safely.

New legislation that came into effect on July 14 increased the maximum jail term for illegal gun possession from 10 years to life. This now includes anyone who is storing a weapon for someone else. It also includes antique firearms due to the fact that obsolete weapons can be made viable by criminals with ballistics knowledge.

Police believe many gun owners may not realise the weapons they have could be illegal or the danger they pose if they fall into the wrong hands. During the two week period, those surrendering firearms will not be prosecuted for offences of possessing them illegally. However each weapon may be analysed to determine if it has been used in crime.

Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison, the head of operations command across both forces, said: "Gun crime in the UK has continued to fall for the last ten years but we are not complacent. We do all we can to ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of criminals and the public can help us. People may have firearms or ammunition that belong to other people, who have inherited them or who might have items they have overlooked or forgotten".

The surrender is part of a nationwide operation being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), which analyses guns and ballistic material for police forces across the UK.

Sussex Police officers investigated over handling of reported assault by Jimmy Savile

The IPCC is independently investigating the conduct of Sussex Police detectives over their handling of a reported indecent assault carried out by Jimmy Savile in 1970.

Notices have been served on four serving police officers to advise them they are subject to the investigation. Two of the officers, a detective sergeant and detective constable, who visited the woman over the alleged sexual offence soon after she contacted the force in March 2008, have been served with gross misconduct notices.

The two other officers, a detective chief inspector and detective inspector, who had supervisory roles, have received misconduct notices.

IPCC deputy chair, Sarah Green, who is overseeing Savile investigations, said: "The investigation is examining interactions between Sussex Police officers and the victim and whether all lines of enquiry were properly pursued.”

IPCC investigators have taken a statement from the woman who reported the assault and expect to interview the four officers soon. A number of Sussex Police policy documents are being examined.

The IPCC directed Sussex Police to refer the conduct of two of the officers late last year.

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