Sussex Police keep up the pressure on drug dealers
Sussex Police has been keeping up the pressure on 'County Lines' drug dealers who operate from outside the county as well as locally. During the week starting on 21 January officers carried out 28 arrests, made 711 drug seizures, and seized £10,475 cash as well as 32 mobile phones. During the same week, officers carried out safeguarding action to support 17 vulnerable people and visited 91 addresses where people were at risk of being 'cuckooed' to check on their safety. Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland said: "This is the result of just one week's activity, and shows how we are continuing to disrupt dealers who try to distribute dangerous drugs across our communities. Our work will continue relentlessly, targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable. "Police work to combat illegal drugs in Sussex continues under the 'Fortress' brand, launched to encompass all our drug-harm reduction work. It is already used by police in Hampshire and there are plans to roll this out further across the South East, which will continue to strengthen the unified voice from police and partners that says this is a hostile environment for drug supply.” Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said; “County lines activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation have a devastating impact on young people and vulnerable adults. The results from this intensification week show how much of an emerging threat it is across Sussex and I have been assured that there will be an ongoing determination to combat this crime type by our Force. Read more here.
Surrey and Sussex Police have praised the public’s willingness to ACT in response to the unprecedented terrorist threat, after it was revealed that the number of attacks across the UK foiled since March 2017 has risen to 18. Counter Terrorism Policing across the UK have once again highlighted the importance of communities in the UK’s fight against terrorism by launching a new public information campaign, being be shown in UK cinemas and across police social media accounts. The blockbuster sequel to last year’s ‘Communities Defeat Terrorism’ campaign will feature a new 60-second film based on real-life foiled plots, which will show examples of terrorist-related suspicious activity and behaviour, as well as attack planning methodology. Airing across 120 cinemas nationwide, including Sussex, for the next eight weeks, the film will encourage people to report suspicious behaviour and activity via the confidential hotline - 0800 789 321.
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