Brighton man charged with multiple theft offences
Detectives in Brighton have charged a man with a series of burglaries during December and January.
Derek Antwi, 28, of Upper Hollingdean Road in Brighton, was arrested by officers from Brighton and Hove’s Tactical Enforcement Unit on Tuesday (January 18th) in connection to a number of investigations.
He was charged with robbery, handling stolen goods, two counts of residential burglary, three counts of fraud and two counts of theft of a pedal cycle, and remanded in custody pending a court hearing on Wednesday, February 16th.
The charges follow a reported break-in at Glendale Road, Brighton, on December 10th, where the residents returned home to find the property had been ransacked and various items including jewellery, cash and credit cards were missing.
Their neighbour’s bicycle had also been stolen.
The stolen credit cards were used at various convenience stores shortly after the burglary was believed to have taken place.
The next day, December 11th, police received reports of a property in Beechwood Avenue having been ransacked and burgled in a similar way.
On December 16th, a resident of Silverdale Road confronted a man in his garden at 11.30pm who was attempting to steal a bicycle. The intruder threatened to stab the victim and left the scene carrying the bike, while a second bike was also found to be missing.
A Stanford Avenue resident also reported spotting a man take a pair of trainers from his front doorstep on January 10th, and his neighbour found his house had been ransacked and burgled shortly after.
Both victims confronted a man nearby who they believed to be responsible, but they were threatened by him before he fled the scene.
Antwi was identified as a suspect in every incident and a search of an address linked to him found a number of items linking him to the offences, including stolen property.
Detective Chief Inspector Cath O’Connor, of Brighton CID, said: “Each of these incidents was carried out with total disregard for the victims and their property, not only through threats of violence but the violation of their personal spaces.
“Derek Antwi is an individual well known to Sussex Police and we are pleased to have gathered enough evidence to secure charges that will bring him before the courts.
“I would like to thank the victims for their support throughout the investigation and now look forward to the outcome of the judicial process.”
Four teenagers arrested in Brighton after swift police response
Four teenagers were arrested on suspicion of robbery on Thursday (January 20) after swift work by Brighton police officers.
Police received a call at 8.10pm on Thursday from a 19-year-old man who reported being robbed by a group of teenagers in Lewes Road.
A group matching the victim’s description were quickly picked up on CCTV by the force’s command centre, heading towards the Lewes Road Sainsbury’s.
Officers were swiftly on the scene and several foot chases ensued as the suspects split up and fled. Two of them were caught and detained within minutes.
As one of the suspects was being placed into a police car, a 17-year-old boy approached officers and reported having been robbed at knifepoint earlier that evening and identified the suspects in custody as being responsible.
Officers then conducted a wide search of the area and another two suspects were taken into custody later that evening.
The group was found to be in possession of a number of items believed to have been stolen during the robberies and from nearby shops.
An 18-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of robbery.
A second 18-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of two robberies.
A third 18-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of robbery, possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) and possession with the intent to supply a Class B drug (cannabis).
An 18-year-old man from Surrey was also arrested on suspicion of robbery and theft.
All four have been released on conditional bail while enquiries continue.
Inspector James Dover, of Brighton and Hove’s Response Unit, said: “This was a great example of a rapid response from officers from several different units, working together as a team to bring these suspects into custody.
“The initial reaction saw two suspects arrested within minutes and the officers were rewarded for the tenacity of a two-hour search by later detaining two further individuals.
“I would like to commend all of the officers and support staff involved, and thank the victims for reporting the incidents and assisting with our response.”
Appeal for witnesses after man charged with firearm offence in Brighton
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm at The Level in Brighton on Wednesday, January 12.
Officers were called to The Level at around 1.40pm to reports of a man wielding a handgun. He was arrested in nearby Lewes Road less than 20 minutes later and a BB gun was seized.
Jeremiah Mensah, 22, of no fixed address, was charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear, and possession of cannabis.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident, particularly an individual at whom Mensah is believed to have pointed the firearm.
If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact police online via the Sussex Police website here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/contact-us/provide-more-information-to-be-added-to-a-crime-report/ or call 101, quoting serial 704 of 12/01.
Witness appeal after boy assaulted by teenagers in Brighton
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy in Brighton was assaulted by a group of young people on Sunday morning (January 23rd).
The victim reported being approached by a group of around six teenagers at a basketball court in Hodshrove Lane between 10.30am and 10.45am.
He was then assaulted and left unconscious, before being helped by two women passing by. He attended hospital to have his injuries assessed.
The group are described as having hoods up and wearing masks and bandanas.
Officers would like to speak to anybody who witnessed the incident or has any information that could help with the investigation, particularly the two women who stopped to help.
Contact police via the Sussex Police website: https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ or by calling 101, quoting serial 442 of 23/01.
Sussex Police awards £2,000 to Brighton homelessness support service
Sussex Police has awarded £2,000 towards the development of an app and website that will put Brighton and Hove’s homeless community in touch with life-saving support services at the touch of a button.
The grant from the Police Property Act Fund has been given to community organisation Brighton and Hove Faith in Action (BHFA) to help build Street Support, an online database and app which lists support services for people experiencing homelessness and other problems.
Users can search for up-to-date services through a filtering system, for keywords such as ‘accommodation’, ‘meals’ and ‘food banks’ by geographical area. A paper-based sheet for people who do not have access to a mobile phone or computer will also be available.
Street Support also provides information to the public on how to donate money, time, food and other support.
Its front page will link to local advice and Street Link, the service that identifies rough sleepers and links them with a support worker who seeks out the individual, offers to get them off the street as a matter of urgency and engaged with relevant services.
Sergeant Maria Skinner, of Brighton and Hove’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Safeguarding the most vulnerable people in our society is a team effort and Sussex Police is delighted to help fund initiatives like Street Support, which has the potential to make a huge difference to people’s lives.
“It is so important that those in need are able to access the appropriate support services quickly and easily, and Street Support is a powerful tool in making that possible.
“As a police force we are entrusted with ensuring the safety of the public and that means protecting people from all walks of life, across the rich and varied demographics of Brighton and Hove.
“Organisations such as Brighton and Hove Faith in Action make real, tangible impacts to people’s lives on a daily basis and tackling the underlying issues that drive people towards homelessness is crucial to reducing vulnerability and increasing public safety.
“We remain committed to working with our partners in the community across Brighton and Hove and funding more worthwhile initiatives through the Police Property Act Fund.”
Rik Child, City Administrator for Street Support, (pictured above) said: “PPAF funding has been essential to setting up Street Support for Brighton and Hove.
“The website and app have over 100 organisations offering several hundred different services for people who are experiencing homelessness, vulnerably housed or who otherwise need to access support.”
For more information on Street Support, which is currently live in 23 areas across the UK, visit: https://streetsupport.net/
Brighton man convicted of terrorism offence
Release courtesy of Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE)
A Brighton man who tried to encourage members of his community to commit jihad has been convicted of a terrorism offence.
AbuBaker Deghayes of Arundel Drive East, Saltdean, Brighton was arrested under Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 in July 2021 by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) and Sussex Police. He was subsequently charged with encouraging terrorism.
This charge was in relation to an incident which happened on 1 November 2020, where the 53-year-old made an uninvited speech at Dyke Road Mosque in Brighton in which he encouraged people to commit violent Jihad. He stated that Jihad was an obligation and encouraged Jihad by sword. He also went on to specifically exclude non-violent jihad and to criticise Prevent, which is a strand of the Governments Counter-Terrorism strategy that aims to prevent violent extremism through mentoring and counselling.
On 19th January 2022, he was found guilty of encouraging terrorism by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.
He is due to be sentenced on Friday, February 25th, at the same court.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, QPM, Head of CTPSE, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those within the community who support and assist officers during investigations of this nature. It is vitally important that communities come forward with this information if they think someone has been or is trying to radicalise others.
“By reporting to us, we can take action and investigate.”
Sussex Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Tanya Jones, said: “This investigation demonstrates that we, along with our partners in CTPSE, will stop all forms of toxic ideology which have the potential to divide our communities and threaten the safety of the public.
“We understand incidents such as this occurring locally can be concerning, but please be assured that a full investigation has taken place and there is no wider risk to the public.
“Our officers will be carrying out further engagement work in the community and ask anybody with any concerns to let them know in person or to report them to us via the Sussex Police website, by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who supported this investigation and helped to achieve this conviction.”
There is lots of help and support available if the behaviour of someone you are close to has changed and you are worried they may have become radicalised in their views.
Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat – and we need this to continue. We would always encourage people to report anything suspicious.
If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, please trust your instincts and ACT early.
Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism.
Gov.uk/report-terrorism Crime summary Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 0177 20th January 2022
Location: Grand Parade, Brighton
Date: 20th January 2022
Details: Entry gained via insecure door. Cash and tobacco stolen.
Reference: 0567 15th-21st January 2022
Location: Canning Street, Brighton
Date and time: 15th-21st January 2022 00:00-00:00
Details: Unknown persons entered property and stolen item from outside.
Reference: 0657 24th January 2022
Location: Millcroft, Brighton
Date and time: 24th January 2022 15:17
Details: Suspects entered through rear of property and stolen car keys and car. Vehicle was tracked and recovered.
Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0296 18th January 2022
Location: St James’s Street, Brighton
Date and time: 18th January 2022 03:35
Details: Entered premises via broken front door, tobacco and alcohol stolen and exited.
Reference: 0278 23rd-24th January 2022
Location: Warren Road, Brighton
Date and time: 23rd-24th January 2022 17:30-06:30
Details: Unknown persons gained access to location. Locks damaged and an untidy search has taken place. Nothing stolen.
Reference: 0183 23rd-24th January 2022
Location: Nevill Road, Hove
Date and time: 23rd-24th January 2022 02:00-08:00
Details: Suspect has smashed the windows and attempted to gain access. Alcohol stolen.
Road safety update
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are encouraging all road users to start 2022 off the right way, by ensuring your vehicle is in good condition for the cold, wet and sometimes icy conditions. Make sure that your vehicle is regularly checked and that you give yourself plenty of time for your morning journey.
Watch this short video SSRP have made with top tips for driving this winter: https://youtu.be/ahgyPtls0A0
Last month was an incredibly busy one for officers keeping our roads safe in Sussex, hundreds of motorists were arrested as part of the month-long crackdown on drink and drug driving which ran from 1 December 1 to 1 January.
In total, 257 arrests were made in Sussex, up from 212 arrests in the same period last year - more than a 20 per cent rise. There were 137 arrests for drug driving, 111 for drink-driving, and nine arrests for both drink and drug driving.
During this year's campaign, officers carried out more than 4,500 stop checks on motorists across Sussex. Of these, 1,591 drivers completed roadside breath tests, 319 drivers completed roadside DrugWipe tests, and a further 18 motorists completed roadside field impairment tests. You can read more in our news article.
Sussex Police officers’ work to stop drink and drug-drivers continues all year round, and officers will continue to be on patrol to stop selfish motorists who put the safety of themselves and other road users at risk. If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online
Brighton & Hove
A man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, after crashing and overturning his car on the A27, just north of Brighton.
After receiving complaints from residents and councillors concerned about people parking on zig-zag lines on Boundary Road, Hove. Officers attended and spotted a car parked on the zig-zag lines, when the driver returned to his vehicle, further checks revealed that he had no insurance. The driver received 3 points and a £100 fine for parking on zig-zag lines, and 6 points and a £300 fine for no insurance, his vehicle was seized, and he also had to pay recovery costs.
Four drivers were arrested by officers within an hour on the A259 at Rottingdean, all for suspected drug-driving. On New Years’ Day, four more drivers were arrested during a short period of time at a check at the same location: two for drink-driving and two for drug-driving.
Rural Crime Team Monthly Update
January 2022 Seasonal overview
“As a new year is upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the Rural Crime Team and its activities over the previous year
In many respects, 2021 was a year of imbedding the team in, so its activities within the community could become the new “normal”. This is more about people than it is processes. We’ve made it our business to develop and build on the relationships we have with our partners, so that we always aim to tackle issues with a multi-agency approach. What does that mean in reality?
An example might be working with Environmental Health and our own Commercial Vehicle Unit, to tackle vehicles connected to fly tipping. Or we might be working with Trading Standards and the RSPCA to tackle unethical puppy breeding.
What we know is that the puppy farmers and fly tippers are often involved in a full spectrum of criminal activity, so we need to direct the full spectrum of enforcement at them. By working shoulder-to-shoulder with our partner agencies, sharing resources and intelligence, we deliver a more powerful effect.
In the coming year, we are looking to increase further the power of partnership working. In January, we are launching Sussex Heritage Watch, a scheme to protect our most precious, historic sites. Later in the spring we will host the first Sussex Rural Partnership Conference, with the aim of exploring ways to support the shared strategic interests that policing, local government, charities and representative bodies have, particularly with regards to influencing poor behaviour in the countryside.
I am very much looking forward to seeing the Rural Crime Team deliver yet more for rural communities in 2022.”
Inspector Oliver Fisher
Read more here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/.divisional-campaigns/rural-crime-team-monthly-update/
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Learn more and apply: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/careers/jobs/police-officers/
Recruitment closes at midnight on 26 January.
Foot patrols across the city as always, including Greenleas Rec and the surrounding areas due to reports of anti-social behaviour involving dirt bikes and quad bikes as well as Brighton city centre.
We were stationed on Portland Road after reports of anti-social driving. Let us know if you see any, you can report it to Operation Crackdown here: http://www.operationcrackdown.org/ You will need the vehicle’s registration number, make and colour to complete the report.
Our PCSO'S were once again at the engagement hut, you may seem them on your travels if you walk along New Road. If you do, please do not hesitate to stop and chat if you have any queries or require help. They will be handing out anti-spiking devices if you would like to pick one up also.
Please remember to always dial 999 if you have an emergency.
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