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Best-selling author joins launch of 'cyber crime' campaign

Best-selling author Peter James has joined Sussex Police at the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness of 'cyber crime'.

Recent figures show 84% of people living in our region have experienced an attempted cyber crime in the last year. 15% have become victims, with an increase in 'ransomware attacks'.

Here we speak to James and Chief Constable Giles York.

Pedestrian dies after collision in Littlehampton

Lyminster Road was closed for several hours after the incident

A man has died after being hit by a vehicle at Littlehampton in Sussex.

The emergency services, including the air ambulance, were called to the A284 Lyminster Road in the town at about 7.15pm on Friday night - following reports of a man lying in the road near the Six Bells pub.

The area was was closed off for several hours. The man, a pedestrian, who is believed to have been in his 50s or 60s died before reaching hospital.

Anyone witnesses or people with information are being asked to email the police at this address: collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk ; or to telephone 101, quoting Operation Greenleaf.

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'I made it up' teenage boy was not stabbed by man

A teenage boy who told police a man stabbed him in the stomach is to be 'dealt with' for wasting police time. The 14-year-old told Sussex Police he had been attacked while walking in Bloomsbury Place in Brighton on 14th March, but has since admitted that he made it all up. Officers say he will be dealt with for not telling the truth.

"The 14-year-old was in possession of a knife and stabbed himself accidentally while play fighting with his friend. Originally he claimed a man had approached him and stabbed him in the stomach.

"We were appealing for witnesses to the attack and the incident caused some concern in the community at the time.

"The boy will now be dealt with for wasting police time."

– Detective Sergeant Chris Lane, Sussex Police

Woman 61 and 3 children injured in collision - 2 arrests

The collision happened in Crawley on Friday night

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after four people in a car were injured in a collision in Crawley last night.

A 61-year-old woman who was driving a black VW Golf and her three passengers - children aged between 6 and 9 - were hurt when their car collided with a blue Audi S4 at about 11pm on the Friday 18th March.

Sussex Police said that the blue Audi S4 failed to stop following the incident on Crawley Avenue near the Applegreen petrol station.

A 9-year-old boy has been taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting with serious injuries. He is in a stable condition. The other three occupants of the VW Golf were taken to the East Surrey Hospital with minor injuries.

Officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man in connection with the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the Audi S4 being driven in the Crawley area before the collision is are asked to call 101 quoting Operation Ashburnham.

Police want to trace man in connection with Herstmonceux assault

Officers want to talk to Daniel Clarke in connection with an assault in Herstmonceux Credit: Daniel Clarke

Sussex Police are appealing for help to find a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault in Herstmonceux on Thursday 28th January. The assault which left a man with superficial knife wounds to his lower back happened at around 4pm in Dacre Road. The victim was also hit in the stomach with a wheelbrace.

One and a half hours later the same victim was shot at by an air weapon at the same location - resulting in cuts to his nose and face.

Officers say Daniel Clarke, from Herstmonceux, may be able to help with their inquiries. He has links to Hailsham and Horam. The police believe he is still in the area. Have you seen him?

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Sussex Police by emailing via emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 862 of 30/01.

Alternatively, people with information can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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Woman arrested after horses tails and manes cut off

Police investigating an incident in which six horses had their tails and manes cut off have arrested a woman from Hove.

The detention follows an incident at Buddy's Yard sometime overnight from Friday 29 January until Saturday 30 January in Steyning Road, Shoreham. Four of the horses were in a field and two were in a stable.

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, attempted blackmail and sending a malicious message. She has been questioned and released on bail for further enquiries until 26 April.

Sussex Police are still appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should contact police by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or ring 101 quoting serial 554 of 30/01.

Drug driving law: 295 arrests in Sussex in 1st year

Police in Sussex and Surrey are reminding people of the consequences of drug driving. The warning from the Surrey & Sussex Roads Policing Unit comes on the first anniversary of a new law which made it easier for them to catch and convict people driving under the influence of drugs.

A total of 295 arrests related to drug-driving were made in Sussex between 2nd March 2015 and the 29th February 2016. Two hundred and twenty-two of those offences were for driving with a [proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.

"The consequences of drug-driving can be lethal. Substances - both legal and illegal - can seriously impair your ability to drive, which could cause a serious or even a fatal collision.

"But there's also a knock-on effect - a conviction is likely to increase the cost of your car insurance, you could lose your job and you could have difficulty travelling to other countries. Above all, drug-driving is not a risk worth taking.

"We have a duty and a commitment to keep the roads in Sussex safe, and as such we take a zero tolerance approach to drug-driving. Anyone caught committing the offence will be dealt with accordingly."

– Sergeant Phil Badman, Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit

Man jailed for secret filming in female friend's bedroom

Theatre director jailed for secretly filming friend as she got undressed Credit: Sussex Police

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for hiding a video camera in his female friend's bedroom so that he could watch the woman getting undressed - in what she thought was the privacy of her own room.

Tarran Collins, 24, a theatre director from Shakespeare Road in Worthing was found guilty of voyeurism and two separate counts of making an indecent photograph of a child at Chichester Magistrates Court on 7th January 2016.

"She was a friend of yours. You went to her house, her family's house, under the guise of being her friend and while she was absent from her bedroom you concealed a camera in there so that you could secretly film and record her getting undressed and being naked in the privacy of her own bedroom.

"You had taken steps to acquire the camera, under an alias, so that you would not be discovered because you knew what you were doing was fundamentally wrong. She did find the camera, but not before it had been operating and filming her getting undressed. You were confronted with what you had done and you denied it."

– His Honour Judge Christopher Parker

Collins appeared before Chichester Crown Court for sentencing on 5th February and was sentenced to a maximum of 20 months with at least 16 months to be served. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

The judge said the only mitigating factor was that Collins had undergone some voluntary therapy.

However, taking into an account a previous conviction for twelve offences of making indecent images of children for which Collins was given a suspended 12 month sentence in 2012, the judge said: "Given the escalation in your offending, the type of offending and the spread of offences here, you do pose a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public, particularly young women and teenage girls, that risk arising from your committing further specified offences.".

Dog days at Sussex Police

Credit: Sussex Police

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
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