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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.

Sussex Police officers remember colleagues who have died in the line of duty

Remembering colleagues Credit: Police Unity Tour

Eleven cyclists from the Sussex Police will take part in a charity ride to remember officers who have died in the line of duty. In July this year the team will take part in the third UK Police Unity Tour from London to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where a service of remembrance is held.

Started in America in 1997 the Unity Tour remembers officers who died while on service. Police in the UK started one of their own in 2013 in aid of Care of Police Survivors and the tour has grown in those two years.

Rider Sgt Pete Verney said: "Each person rides in memory of a fallen colleague and wears a metal band of honour which is presented at the remembrance service to surviving family members; a list of people which unfortunately continues to grow in number. Those riding pledge to raise at least £400 each for the charity Care Of Police Survivors. As such, our team's target is £4,400. We have already secured donations from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), the Sussex Police Sports Association and Sussex Police Federation for which we are very grateful."


Police investigating human bones find in Sussex

Sussex Police are investigating the discovery of what are believed to be two large human bones near a pond in Pease Pottage, just south of Crawley.

The find was reported to officers on Wednesday 28 January. The bones had been found by a member of an angling club who had been fishing at the pond in Parish Lane on Monday 26 January.

Police officers have searched the area and surrounding woodland, but no further remains have been found. The discovery is being treated as an 'unexplained' mystery, however, an investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police via an email to or a telephone call to 101, quoting 'Operation Carlisle'. Alternatively anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Husband tips off police about his wife drink-driving on the school run

A court has heard how a late night row led a husband to report his wife for drink-driving on the school run the next morning.

33 year old Emily Colbourne from Henfield pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates Court today and was banned from driving for three years.

Sussex Police have defended their policy of "naming and shaming" drink-drivers. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas.

Hackers steal personal details of police and public

Sussex Police is investigating security breaches of its external website.

Three breaches 'have been identified within a contained area of the website and could possibly be linked'.

A full investigation is underway to identify the source of the breaches and their impact.

Those responsible have obtained email addresses of a number of officers and personal email addresses of some members of the public who have used the services of our website.

Communications staff have contacted around 270 people who may have been affected, in particular to give them security advice in relation to their passwords for our community messaging service.

Our website is entirely separate to those systems used to investigate crime. The activity has not impacted on any other force IT, web or telephony systems and operational response is unaffected. There has been no impact on our service to the public. Measures are being put in place to ensure that the security of the website is not compromised further.

Work is being carried out to ensure that all our IT systems remain resilient and secure and an investigation is underway to find those responsible.

– Amaraghosha Carter, Joint Head of IT for Surrey and Sussex

Major works begins at Newhaven Swing Bridge

The Newhaven Swing Bridge will be refurbished Credit: East Sussex County Council

Work has begun on a £1 million project to refurbish a bridge which forms part of a key coastal route through East Sussex.

The project will see a complete revamp of the original mechanical and electrical components on Newhaven Swing Bridge, which carries the A259 over the River Ouse.

The East Sussex County Council scheme is expected to last until May but the authority says the work will have little effect on motorists or marine traffic.

A small number of night time closures may have to be imposed on the bridge later in the project but these will be advertised well in advance.

Cllr Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment, said: 'The reliability of the swing bridge is of paramount importance, both to allow traffic to flow along the main coastal route and for the smooth operation of Newhaven Port.

'The bridge is 40 years old and while it is rigorously maintained, the electrical and mechanical systems are outdated and need replacing.

'This project, which will have a minimal impact on road and river traffic, will bring the bridge into the 21st century and ensure it continues to operate reliably for many years to come.'

The swing bridge opens around 20 times a month at high tide, when its deck swings open 90 degrees for about 20 minutes to allow marine traffic to pass up and down the river.

The present bridge was constructed in 1974, replacing a manually-operated structure which was coming to the end of its natural life.


Christmas shoppers warned of theft threat

Christmas shoppers are being warned to keep an eye on their valuables Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Christmas shoppers across Sussex are being warned to keep an eye on their valuables as shopping centres and streets become busier with just over a week to go.

Operation Tinsel aims to reduce incidents of theft, anti-social behaviour and to reduce the fear of crime. Leading up to the festive season there tends to be an increase in retail thefts.

In the Horsham area, Sussex Police are targeting shoplifters in the run up to Christmas. Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols throughout the festive period to identify and target offenders by various means including uniformed and plain clothes patrols, utilising the Shopwatch radio system and CCTV and working in partnership with shops and licensed premises.

Purse thefts tend to increase around this time of year as the shops get more crowded in the busy pre-Christmas period and there is often an increase in this type of crime.

Sergeant Vicky Tomlinson said: 'If anyone is thinking about visiting our local towns to commit crime then think again. We're sending out a strong message to thieves that shoplifting and theft will not be tolerated. Offenders caught stealing can expect to be dealt with robustly.'

The police force also provided crime prevention advice:

• Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, held securely under your arm or strapped across your body if possible.

• Never leave bags unattended - e.g. on a trolley, pushchair or wheelchair.

• Be aware of anyone acting suspiciously, such as getting too close to you or trying to distract you by bumping into you - such behaviour should be reported to police, security or shop staff immediately.

• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash around with you and don't let anyone see what's in your purse or wallet as you are paying.

• Never keep your PIN number with your bank cards.

Man left with facial injuries after being robbed in Sussex

A man has been left with nasty facial injuries and bruising to his upper body after a group of youths robbed him of his wallet and phone in Hove street.

Just before 4am on Saturday 22 November, the 42-year old local man who was walking home was attacked and robbed by up to 10 youths who kicked and punched him to the ground outside 'Uncle Sam's' in Queens Parade.

42-year-old victim left with facial injuries. Credit: SussexPolice

All the suspects are described as white and in their late teens.

Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn said: "This was a nasty and cowardly attack and the victim is badly shaken by his ordeal."

Anyone with information should contact Brighton CID via or call 101, quoting serial 233 of 22 November, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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