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Woman raped in Brighton: Police appeal to taxi drivers

Police are trying to trace a taxi driver who picked up a woman after she was raped in Brighton.

The taxi picked up the 18-year-old from an address in the city and dropped her off at the Revenge nightclub in Old Steine. That was at around 3am on Friday 12th June.

The teenager was very slim and was wearing a light crop top and skinny black jeans.

Sussex Police appeal for information Credit: ITV News

The victim then raised the alarm that she had been a raped by a man who she had met earlier that night.

She had been on a night out with friends but at about 2.20am she left the nightclub with a white man. He took her to a house and then raped her.

Detective Constable Léonie White said: "The victim is very upset about her ordeal and she is being supported by specialist officers.

"We know that she left Revenge, but do not know whether she walked to the address with the man or whether they went together in a taxi.

"We need to speak to any taxi drivers who were working in Brighton who could have picked up the victim either when she left the club or to take her back there after the attack.

"We would also like to speak to anyone else who may have seen the victim leaving the club with a man at about 2.20am.

"If you know anything at all, please contact us."

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 254 of 12/06, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Two year ban for drink driver with children in car

The case was heard at Worthing Magistrates Court

A woman charged with drink driving and being drunk while in charge of a child after a car accident in Selsey in Sussex, has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a two year driving ban.

The incident happened at 1am on Sunday 23rd May. A Ford Focus saloon car being driven along Nab Tower Lane on the West Sands Caravan Park at Selsey, overturned onto its side.

There were six people from Sutton in Surrey inside the car - two women aged 36 and 35, and four children - including two girls aged three and eight, and two boys aged six and nine.

Kristiane Larsson, 36, a cleaner from Rose Hill in Sutton was sentenced at Worthing Magistrates Court.


Have you seen teen Celso Dias? Missing from Horsham

Teenager Celso Dias has been missing from Sussex since Thursday 28th May Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are appealing for help to find a 16-year-old boy who has gone missing from Horsham. Celso Dias had been staying in the Sussex town, and was on his way to Brighton when he was last seen on the morning of Thursday 28th May. He was travelling by train and told the person he was with that he was going to use the toilet, but failed to return.

The teenager is originally from London. Police say he may have got off the train at Haywards Heath and travelled to the Capital.

"Celso has connections on the South London area and we believe he might have returned there. He is 16 but acts much younger and we need to check he is safe.

"He was last seen around 9.30am on a train from Three Bridges to Brighton. He is described as black with a shaved head and is 5' 6". He was wearing a black Nike tracksuit and carrying an Adidas bag."

– PC Heather MacKay, Sussex Police

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who has seen a teenager matching Celso's description or with information about Celso's whereabouts to get on touch. The police can be contacted via email on or telephone by calling 101 quoting serial 369 of 28/5.

Scams: 'Everyone is now a potential victim'

They target the most vulnerable and trusting people in our communities, using the goodwill of the elderly to con them out of their hard-earned savings. Tonight the police are warning about the dramatic increase in scams.

There has been almost a thousand cases of so-called 'Courier Fraud' in Sussex alone in the past five months. That's where people are tricked into handing over credit or debit cards, cash and PIN numbers to someone posing as a police officer or bank official.

The police say the sheer variety of these scams are now so elaborate - everyone is a potential victim.

Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from 87-year-old scam victim Dennis, PC Bernadette Lawrie, and fraud victim Helen Brown.


Concern for missing teenage girl from Sussex

Police are concerned for a teenage girl who has gone missing from Sussex.

Gemma Black, 16, has been missing from her home in Portslade since Monday evening. She said she was going to the Co-op near Maplehurst Road but has not been seen since.

She is described as 5' 3" with black shoulder-length hair. She was wearing leggings, a black or green sweatshirt and furry Timberland boots.

'We are concerned for Gemma's welfare due to her age. If anyone has seen her or knows of her whereabouts, please let police know.'

– Vicky Morris, Missing Persons Co-ordinator

Police patrols increased after series of attacks on women

Sussex Police have stepped up patrols after a series of attacks on women in the Goring-by-Sea area. Police believe the incidents may be linked.

Most recently a 15-year-old girl was shoved in the back while walking home from the train station. The attacker tried to take her bag but she resisted and her lone attacker ran off down an alleyway.

On Thursday a 19-year-old woman was grabbed as she left public toilets at Ferring village hall. She managed to break free and run to a nearby shop for help.

Only 10 minutes later a 36-year-old woman, accompanied by a man who made sexual remarks and tried to accost her.

None of the victims were seriously hurt. In each case the attacker was said to be a young man wearing a light grey or khaki waterproof jacket.

"Crime of this nature is extremely rare in these communities and we are carrying out a thorough investigation into all three attacks. Meanwhile police patrols in the area have been reinforced, both to deter further offending and to try to identify the person responsible as swiftly as possible."

– Detective Constable Natalie Freeman, West Sussex CID

WATCH: Man so drunk he's unable to stand after car crash

Police footage shows how a man who crashed his car could not even stand when he was arrested.

Robert Hutchinson was spotted by a member of the public driving his Nissan Almera erratically on the A281 heading towards Horsham at 5.45pm on Friday 30 January.

Hutchinson veered off the road crashed head on into a Ford Ka heading south on the road at Mannings Heath.

He was so drunk that an officer had to help him to his feet and hold him up to stop him falling down again. Hutchinson was found to have 169 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millitres of his breath - almost five times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes

Sussex Police to axe 1,000 jobs including 500 officers

Sussex Police forced to make £56m savings by 2020 Credit: ITV News Meridian

Sussex Police is to cut 1,000 staff members as it attempts to make £56m worth of savings over the next five years.

That number includes five hundred frontline officers.

Chief Constable Giles York unveiled the force’s plans for policing Sussex in 2020. The jobs will be phased out over the next five years.

The force, which employs 4,865 police officers and staff - 2,477 of whom are involved in local policing - currently spends 80 per cent of its budget on pay.

Ch Con York said the significant changes will ensure local police services are directed to where they are most needed.

But he said there will be fewer officers on the street and less ability to react to anything but the highest priority policing.

"It's absolutely paramount that we respond when people face significant risk and harm," Ch Con York said.

"I am starkly aware that there will be a lot of public interest in how this will affect them and I am also aware that some will experience a reduction in some parts of policing that are very dear to them."

Ch Con York said the force would continue to prioritise crimes such as harmful antisocial behaviour but that a "radical change" would not be introduced until he could be confident that the skills and technology were in place.

He continued that Sussex Police will collaborate with partners, including Surrey Police, to gain maximum benefits in terms of financial saving and maintaining good quality policing.

The losses come after £50 million worth of cuts to the force since 2010.

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