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In The Know - Thursday 10th June 2021

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Thursday, 10th June 2021

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Police officer knocked unconscious by glass bottle thrown from crowd on Hove Lawns
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an officer was struck in the face by a glass bottle, knocking her unconscious.
Police responded to reports of antisocial behaviour involving a large group of people on Hove Lawns and Brunswick Square last night (Saturday 5 June).
During this, a glass bottle was thrown towards them. The female officer was taken to hospital for treatment, and is now thankfully recovering at home.
Footage from the officer’s body camera captures the moment before the glass bottle hits her.
Detective Sergeant Chris Lane, of Brighton and Hove Criminal Investigations Department, said: “A member of the crowd threw a glass bottle at officers, which hit one directly in the face and knocked her unconscious. As she fell to the floor, her head also hit the police car, and she was unconscious and injured in what was clearly a very dangerous situation.
“Thankfully her injuries are not believed to be serious and she is now resting at home after being discharged from hospital.
“The officer’s body camera footage shows that the bottle was thrown from a considerable distance away, and it could have seriously injured any one of a number of police officers or the person they were arresting.
“To indiscriminately throw a bottle into a group of police officers is deplorable and could have caused serious injury. The individual that threw the bottle has not been apprehended and we are appealing for the help of the public.”
One member of the public was also taken to hospital following the incident, and four arrests were made.
Det Sgt Lane added: “We are aware of a number of videos circulating on social media, including one which shows an officer detaining a young woman who was reported to have damaged a police car. 
“Our officers attempted to engage with the group in response to concerns of disruption and disorder, but a small number of individuals became obstructive and refused to co-operate. At this point, we had to respond to prevent the situation from getting out of hand and ultimately, to keep everyone safe.
“There were a large number of people present who were filming on mobile phones and we would ask that they provide this footage to police to assist with the investigation. Even if the footage does not show the individual in the act of throwing the bottle, it may still assist the investigation.
“The investigation into this matter will be unwavering and we will scrutinise every second of footage from the many officers and public present to identify the individual concerned, and to identify any further offences committed.
“If you are that person we would urge you to step up now, contact police and take responsibility for your actions.”
You can report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1410 of 05/06.
A 16-year-old girl from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
A 53-year-old man from Hove was arrested on suspicion of affray.
A 26-year-old man from Hove was arrested on suspicion of assault of an emergency worker.
A 15-year-old boy from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of obstructing police, affray, and failing to comply with a Section 35 order excluding a person from an area.
All four suspects remain in custody at this time.

Man charged in connection with alleged sexual assault in Brighton
A man has been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault which took place in Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, just before midnight on Wednesday 2 June.
A 17-year-old girl had walked to the gardens with two suspects via East Street and North Street.
After the alleged assault, they walked together along Old Steine and into Pool Valley, where the victim was assisted by members of the public.
Following enquiries, two people were arrested. The Crown Prosecution Service has since authorised charges against one suspect.
Ashley Lewis, 35, of Gloucester Gardens, London, is charged with sexual assault and theft of personal items including a bag, a bank card and mobile phone, belonging to the victim. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 7 June.
A boy aged 17, arrested on suspicion of rape, remains released on conditional bail until 1 July, pending further enquiries.
Officers are still appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area of East Street or Pavilion Gardens to come forward.
Detective Inspector Carrie Williams, of the Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said: "We are working to establish the circumstances of this incident and are appealing for help from the public.
"If you witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Pavilion Gardens and East Street area between 11.20pm on 2 June and 12.10am on 3 June, or have any relevant CCTV or dash cam footage, please report it to us online or call 101, quoting Operation Varnish.
"We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and we are grateful to the members of the public who came forward to assist the victim. She is currently being supported by specially trained officers and officers will be completing high visibility patrols in the area for community reassurance.”
“This incident is being treated as isolated and there is not thought to be any threat to the wider community.”

Man arrested following two-vehicle crash at Patcham, Brighton
Police are appealing for witnesses following a two-vehicle collision at Patcham, Brighton.
A silver Mercedes travelling southbound on the A23 collided with a silver Ford C-Max at the junction with the A27 about 8.55am on Saturday 5 June.
Minor injuries were reported and the scene has since been cleared.
The Mercedes driver – a 20–year-old man from London – was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and drug-driving, and remains in custody at this time.
Anyone who witnessed the crash, or who captured it on dash cam, is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 343 of 05/06.

Teen jailed for knifepoint robbery of e-scooter
A teenager who robbed a man of his electric scooter at knifepoint has been jailed.
The 20-year-old victim was riding along Grantham Road, Brighton, around 10pm on 21 March when he was approached by two men travelling in a car. They demanded he hand over his scooter, but he refused.
The victim was able to run to nearby Edburton Avenue, where he was threatened with a knife and punched to the head by the suspects, who then left the scene in possession of the scooter.
A witness called police with the registration number of the vehicle – a silver Ford Focus – and this was linked to an address in Coleridge Street, Hove.
Following a search of the property and the vehicle, a number of items of stolen property were recovered, as well as two Stanley knives.
Cameron Boxall, 18, unemployed, of no fixed address, was subsequently arrested and charged with robbery, possession of a knife in public, and handling stolen goods in relation to another matter.
He appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 24 March and was remanded in custody to appear for a further hearing on 21 April.
Boxall pleaded guilty and was further remanded ahead of his appearance at the same court on Tuesday 1 June, where he was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment.
Investigating officer, Rose Horan, said: “The young victim was alone and on his way home when he was accosted, and robbed at knifepoint by two men. He was also punched in the head, and his e-scooter was taken. The investigation is still ongoing regarding the identification of the other suspect.
“Thanks are due to the victim and members of the local community for providing accurate and key evidence, which led to the conviction of this dangerous offender.”
The electric scooter was not recovered and the second suspect remains outstanding.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery, or who may have any other information, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 180 of 22/03.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police investigating Hove Park bin fires
Police are appealing for information after several bins were set on fire in Hove Park shortly before 9pm on Saturday 22 May.
The fire service responded quickly to the incident, however there was a risk that buildings within Hove Park may have also caught alight had the fires not been extinguished. 
The fires are being treated as deliberate and officers investigating the matter are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the vicinity.
Police would also like to speak to anyone who may have captured any relevant dash cam, CCTV or mobile phone footage from the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting crime reference 47210082710.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Man charged with Brighton noxious substance attack
A man arrested by police investigating an assault where a noxious substance was thrown over a woman in Brighton has now been charged.
Milad Rouf, 25, a medical student, of Newport Road, Roath, Cardiff, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and administering poison with intent to endanger life. He had been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (31 May).
Officers responded to a report of a substance being thrown over the victim in the doorway of a property in Steine Gardens around 4.20pm on Thursday 20 May.
The woman in her 20s, was taken to hospital where she remains with potentially life changing injuries.
Anyone who has information which could help our investigation into the assault should report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Overstone. 
Crime summary

Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 0253 5th June 2021
Location: Sussex University, Brighton
Date and time: 5th June 2021, 05:30-05:35
Details: Gained access through unlocked back door and stolen a games console
Reference: 0343 8th June 2021
Location: Brunswick Street, Hove
Date and time: 7th-8th June 2021 23:30-00:01
Details: Wallet and jacket stolen
Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0134 8th June 2021
Location:  Steyning Road, Rottingdean
Date and time: 8th June 2021, 02:13
Details: Attempted burglary
Reference: 1083 8th June 2021
Location: Stanford Avenue, Brighton
Date and time: 7th-8th June 2021, 22:00-16:00
Details: Bicycle stolen from locked bike shed


PCSO Patrols
Following reports of anti-social behaviour, our officers have been patrolling Jubilee Street, New Road, Hove Lawns and Hollingbury Golf Course. 
High-visibility foot patrols were performed in Norfolk Square, St Peters and North Laine. 
Speed Prevention teams attended St Leonards Avenue. 
If you see our officers out and about, give them a wave!
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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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