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Dog days at Sussex Police

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Harper, just 11 weeks old, has started work at Sussex Police. In about 12 months' time she'll become a key asset to officers across both Sussex and Surrey.

The sable German shepherd has been introduced as a general purpose dog, designed to track, chase and detain suspects, search for stolen property and missing people, and assist public order units with crowd control.

Harper was among a litter of four puppies, all of which will go through the same process as her in a bid to become general purpose police dogs.

Harper is still very young and she's certainly keeping her foster family on their toes. But all going to plan, she will be issued to a handler in December, before going on a full training course in January.

– Emma Coles, Sussex Police

Concern grows for missing 14-year-old girl

Police in Sussex say they're very worried about a young girl who's gone missing.

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Police in Sussex say they're worried about Grace Power who has gone missing from Hastings. She's 14. She was last seen at her home on Monday. She is white, 5' 2", has long wavy dark brown hair and has her nose pierced. She was wearing a black long-sleeved top, black leggings, black trainers and was carrying a black handbag.

We are concerned for the welfare of Grace as she is 14 and she left without a coat in the bad weather on Monday.

– Shannon Marchesani, missing persons co-ordinator

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New campaign to tackle child exploitation

Police in Sussex have launched a new campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Officers believe around 140 youngsters in the county are at risk.

Around half of the offences involve online activity.

The three month campaign will aim to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, and encourage victims to come forward.

ITV Meridian spoken to Dep Supt Jason Tingley Sussex Police.

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.

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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

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