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Convicted killer and rapist recaptured in Eastbourne

Samuel Lee had absconded from a mental health unit
Samuel Lee had absconded from a mental health unit Credit: Sussex Police

A convicted killer and rapist who absconded from a mental health centre has been arrested in Sussex.

Officers launched a search after Samuel Lee, 44, failed to return from an authorised trip from the John Howard Centre, Kenworthy Road, Hackney, east London, last Thursday afternoon.

He was found in the Sussex seaside town of Eastbourne yesterday evening. Lee is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2006 of snatching a 31-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer in Finsbury Park, north London and raping her in 2000.

In 1989, he was jailed for manslaughter, after he stabbed a man to death. Police officers thanked the public for their help in tracking him down.

Sussex Police launch crackdown on drink and drug driving

Sussex Police launch Operation Dragonfly Credit: ITV

Sussex Police's summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving began at midnight with officers on patrol across the county looking for offenders.

Police warn that anyone driving erratically or who is suspected of being under the influence of drink or drugs while behind the wheel should expect to be stopped and prosecuted as part of the initiative, named Operation Dragonfly.

Motorists charged with drink or drug driving offences throughout June will have their names published online and made available to the media. Posters are also being put up at sites where offenders were stopped during the force's Christmas campaign.

Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney said: "Throughout the year we look for drivers who have been drinking or have taken drugs but from today there will be extra patrols out specifically focusing on these kinds of offenders.

"There is no excuse for driving while over the limit or after taking drugs and there will be no leeway given to anyone we find doing it. Unfortunately there remains a hardcore of people who continue to put themselves and others at risk by driving when they are in no fit state.

During June 2013 more than 3,500 motorists were breathalysed and more than 140 people were arrested. Road users in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with details about people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk. Or call 999.


Man left with fractured skull after attack

A 22-year-old man suffered a fractured skull after an argument outside a Co-op in Crawley. It happened at around 1am on Saturday morning on the Parade, shortly after the 'Bringing it Back' dance event in the Grasshopper Pub in Tilgate.

A 36-year old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and a 34-year old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Both were released on police bail until 13 August.

Up to 2,000 people attended a rave party in Sussex

Sussex Police have made seven arrests at a rave party on the South Downs. Officers say the open-air music event near Devils Dyke finished early this morning. Up to 2,000 revellers were estimated to have attended the event at its busiest on Sunday.

Police had set up road blocks to help prevent more people arriving. News of the rave had spread via social media. Sussex Police said they carried out breath tests on departing vehicles as people left, but the tests did not result in any arrests.

About 400 vehicles were on the site. Officers said they began to receive reports of the event from 1am on Sunday. A number of calls came from nearby residents in Poynings and Saddlescombe during Sunday, complaining about noise and the serious distress the event was causing them.

"Such gatherings are unlicensed, illegal parties often held on land which is not owned by the organisers. These raves can cause a huge amount of disruption to local residents and damage to the land.

"Where we can we will attend a report at the earliest opportunity to try to bring it to a safe conclusion. When a large number of people are already at the site it is not always possible for us to shut down the rave safely with the police resources available at that time.

"However we will always take action to contain the event, to reassure local residents, and work with partners, such as the National Trust in this case, to minimise the impact."

– Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, Sussex Police

Have you seen this man?

Jean Leveque Credit: Sussex Police

Police say a family is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing man from Crawley.

42 year old Jean Leveque was last seen by a friend two weeks ago. He lives in Hawth Close but is often seen in the town centre and Three Bridges area.

He is described as black with short black hair and a pierced right ear and is believed to be wearing a fleece jacket and jeans.

PC Mark Green said: "His family are concerned for his welfare as this is very out of character for him to be out of contact for so long. We are appealing to anyone who has seen him to make contact with us on 101 quoting serial 1251 of 22/5."


Sussex police quizzed over Balcombe protests

PCC questions over last summer's protests Credit: PA

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex has quizzed the Force about what lessons have been learned following the anti-fracking protests in Balcombe. Sussex Police made 126 arrests during the operation which led to 29 convictions.

The Force says it's looking at the judgements of a review and the implications for policing similar future events.

Lessons to be learnt from massive emergency exercise

Emergency services in Brighton were put to the test today. An explosion was staged at a disused army barracks to see how police, fire and ambulance crews would respond.

Around 200 volunteers took part with other incidents staged across Sussex.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Insp Tony Lumb from Sussex Police and Mark Rist from East Sussex fire and Rescue.

Police looking for man who is wanted for recall to jail

Dean Kiely is wanted by Sussex Police as he has breached the conditions of his prison release licence Credit: Sussex Police

A Brighton man is wanted by police to return to prison.

Dean Kiely has breached the conditions of his prison release licence.

He had been served a prison sentence for disqualified driving and handling stolen goods in September last year.

Kiely is described as white, 5'11" and is of proportionate build.

He has a scar on his nose to the right of his cheek as well as another scar on his forehead.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said, "Kiely comes from Brighton but also has links to Sutton in South London."

Police trial drones above Gatwick Airport

A remotely-controlled minature helicopter with a video camera on board is being tested by Sussex Police.

It's being used in the skies above Gatwick Airport. The force says the unmnanned drone will help in the fight against terror. But some groups have raised concerns about privacy.

Our reporter David Johns speaks to Supt Brian Bracher from Sussex Police and Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne.

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