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In The Know - Wednesday 16th February 2022

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Wednesday, 16th February 2022

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Wanted Brighton man Dale Crozier arrested and charged with multiple offences
Wanted Brighton man Dale Crozier has been charged with a number of offences after being arrested in the city on Friday (February 11th).
Crozier, 30, of no fixed address, was detained in West Street after being sought in connection to several theft offences.
He was first arrested near Brighton Marina on Tuesday, February 1st, after being found at the wheel of a stolen vehicle.
When he attempted to drive away the vehicle collided with two police officers, causing minor injuries.
After being released on conditional bail, he was wanted for further arrest in connection to burglaries at three businesses in Brighton and Portslade at the end of January.
In each instance, damage was caused to the properties and cash and goods worth around £2,000 in total were taken.
Following his arrest, during which he was found to be in possession of a pair of kitchen scissors, Crozier was charged with three counts of burglary, possession of a bladed article in a public place, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 21st.
Sergeant Barrett, of Brighton and Hove’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Brighton’s neighbourhood policing officers responded swiftly to a reported sighting of Crozier in West Street on Friday and were able to quickly get him into custody.
“As an individual well known to police, we are pleased to have been able to bring charges in relation to a number of offences.
“I would like to personally thank the public, victims and business community for their support in this investigation, which should send a strong message that we take all reports of burglary seriously and will do everything we can to catch those responsible.”

Two arrested after Brighton city centre robbery
Police in Brighton arrested two people during the early hours of Tuesday morning (February 8th) following a number of reported crimes in the city centre overnight.
Officers received a report of a man having been assaulted at the basketball courts near Shelter Hall on the seafront at around 10.10pm, causing facial injuries.
Around five minutes later, two men leaving a car park in Cannon Street were approached by a pair of teenagers and assaulted.
At 3am a man reported being approached by two males wearing balaclavas in East Street, who attempted to steal his mobile phone, assaulted him and threatened to stab him.
Security at the East Street Tap observed both suspects harassing members of the public nearby. Police were called and a search of the area by responding officers found two suspects matching the descriptions, who were taken into custody shortly after 3.22am.
Two 18-year-old men from Brighton were arrested on suspicion of robbery, while one was further arrested for breaching a non-molestation order.
Both have been released on conditional bail while enquiries continue.

Brighton and Hove's Tactical Enforcement Unit marks 18 months tackling the city's most wanted criminals
It has been an action-packed first 18 months for Brighton and Hove’s Tactical Enforcement Unit, a specialist team of officers who tackle the area’s most wanted, prolific criminals.
The close-knit team of eight Police Constables, one Special Constable and a Sergeant first came together in July 2020 and have already seized over £1million in counterfeit goods, thousands of kilograms of drugs and taken dozens of offenders into custody.
As well as supporting local and national policing operations, the TEU carries out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities aimed at perpetrators of serious violence, organised crime and County Lines drug gangs.
While all of Sussex Police’s officers are highly trained, the TEU has a set of skills suited to specialist operations, such as advanced methods of entry if there is a door that needs to be breached, enhanced driving skills, plain clothes tactics for covert operations and even capabilities for a chemical/nuclear incident.
Since Brighton’s TEU was formed, the team has supported 47 divisional, force and national level operations and executed 60 individual court search warrants, resulting in the seizures of:
  • 2,004kg of Class A drugs
  • 3,241kg of Class B drugs and 1,700 intact cannabis plants
  • 200kg of other illegal substances
  • £1,100,000 of counterfeit goods
  • 50 prohibited weapons, including seven firearms
  • Over £90,000 of illegally obtained money
Read more here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/brighton-and-hoves-tactical-enforcement-unit-marks-18-months-tackling-the-citys-most-wanted-criminals/ 

Brighton man charged with domestic abuse offences
Detectives in Brighton have charged a man with a number of offences linked to domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour.
Jack Fitzpatrick, 25, of Stanmer Park Road in Brighton, was reported to have emotionally and physically abused a woman several times in January and February.
The victim also reported her phone being stolen and destroyed, a door and jewellery damaged and Fitzpatrick threatening to kill her.
He was also in breach of an existing restraining order by contacting the victim.
Fitzpatrick was arrested on Thursday (February 10th) and charged with causing actual bodily harm, engaging in coercive or controlling behaviour, harassment and two counts of criminal damage.
He has been remanded in custody pending a court date to be confirmed.
Detective Inspector Laura Hillier-Diamond, of Brighton and Hove’s Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said: “Abusive and controlling behaviour has a devastating impact on people’s lives and I would like to thank and commend the victim in this case for her incredible bravery in supporting the investigation.
“As a force we will continue to take all reports of domestic abuse extremely seriously and proactively take steps to safeguard victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“We have a dedicated team of domestic abuse investigators who can respond to victims via video calls quickly and discreetly, as well as specialist officers to offer ongoing support to victims.
“Dedicated patrol units also respond to emergency calls reporting domestic abuse.
“If you or anybody you know is a victim of domestic abuse, report it to us via the Sussex Police website: https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/contact-us/provide-more-information-to-be-added-to-a-crime-report/ , 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“You can also find support and information at Sussex SafeSpace: https://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/ "
Crime summary

Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 0798 14th February 2022
Location: Dawson Terrace, Brighton
Date and time: 14th February 2022 16:00
Details: Attempted break in. Suspect entered by the rear gate and left before Police arrived.

Reference: 0142 12th February 2022
Location: Kings Road, Brighton
Date: 12th February 2022
Details: Victim has woken to find door open and items missing – laptop, wallet and phone

Reference: 0319 14-15th February 2022
Location: York Avenue, Hove
Date and time: 14th-15th February 2022 22:00-08:00
Details: Unknown suspect has entered the property through the front door. A tidy search was completed and high value electrical goods were stolen.

Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0935 13th February 2022
Location: Coldean Lane, Brighton
Date and time: 13th February 2022 17:53
Details: Unknown suspect has gained entry and conducted an untidy search. CCTV available.

Reference: 1369 14th February 2022
Location: Thornbush Crescent, Portslade
Date and time: 14th February 2022 12:45
Details: Attempted break in to shed. The shed door was broken to open. Nothing appears to have been taken

Reference: 1289 14th February 2022
Location: Fonthill Road, Hove
Date and time: 14th February 2022 16-17:00
Details: Suspects have jumped over fence and attempted to steal goods. Tools and materials have been removed and grafitti on walls. No CCTV available.


Road safety update
Using a mobile phone when driving
This February, Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are supporting the National Police Chiefs Council’s (NPCC) campaign raising awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone whilst driving. Officers will be using both marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles to crackdown on mobile phone users.
Most drivers don’t use a phone at the wheel, but those that do put themselves and other road users in danger as they’re four times more likely to crash. Here are a few of our tips to make sure your mobile phone doesn’t distract you on journeys:
Put your phone out of reach in a bag or glove box so you won’t be tempted to take a look whilst you’re waiting at the lights, or in traffic.
Use safe driving mode to mute any calls or texts whilst you’re driving. You can always catch up when you reach your destination.
If you’re using your phone as a sat nav, don’t be tempted to touch it when you’re driving – pull over where it’s safe and turn your engine off if you need to change your route.
Any kind of phone use can be distracting, taking your eyes off the road, even for a couple of seconds to check a text or notification, can be dangerous. Using handsfree systems can be distracting too, so the safest thing to do is avoid using your phone completely whilst driving. A split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.
If you’re caught using a phone at the wheel you could receive six points and £200 fine, and new drivers (within the first two years of holding a full licence) can even have their licence removed by the courts.

E-scooter enforcement action
Sussex Police are launching enforcement action on the use of electric scooters, or e-scooters, in public throughout the month. There has been increasing public concern about e-scooters riding on pavements and an increase in crime reports linked to e-scooters.
Currently, it is illegal to ride an e-scooter on a public road or public place in the UK, and our Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be carrying out proactive patrols across Sussex to enforce the law.
Owners are being advised that if they are seen riding an e-scooter in Sussex they can be arrested for offences such as; driving an e-scooter under the influence of drink or drugs, driving an e-scooter whilst disqualified or causing death or serious injury via a collision whilst driving an e-scooter.
As well as the potential for arrest you may be prosecuted, and the e-scooter may be seized.
While there are Government trials taking place under the Future Transport scheme, there are currently no areas in Sussex taking part in these trials. E-scooters should only be used on private land with the owner’s permission.
Officers across the force will continue to enforce the law on e-scooters as part of their regular policing responsibilities.
For the full legal advice surrounding the use of electric scooters, please see our e-scooter advice page: https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rs/road-safety/advice-escooters/ 

Changes to the Highway Code
The UK government has made three very important changes to the Highway Code, which affect all road users. These changes came into effect from 29 January and include:
1) New hierarchy of road users prioritising pedestrians and then cyclists over other road users,
2) Priority for cyclists over cars when cars are turning,
3) Pedestrians having priority over cars at junctions plus changes to cyclist positioning to ensure better visibility.
All road users should make sure they are aware of the changes, you can find full details on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-highway-code-8-changes-you-need-to-know-from-29-january-2022

Brighton and Hove Localised Activity
A 21-year-old woman was arrested in Brighton after officers spotted her driving erratically. She was later found to be almost twice the legal drink-drive limit.
Officers stopped a van in Brighton due to it showing as having an expired vehicle excise licence, the driver subsequently failed a DrugWipe and was arrested.
A driver in Brighton faces court for various offences after officers spotted he had used black tape to change the lettering on his car number plate.
A van driver from Hove was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for causing death by careless driving, following a fatal collision at Seven Dials in Brighton on 21 May 2020. Kamil Zieba was seen repeatedly driving with his hands off the steering wheel, rolling cigarettes, eating, drinking, using his mobile phone and checking notes as he drove, before his delivery van struck and killed a pedestrian as she crossed the road. Zieba was also disqualified from driving for four years and nine months. You can read more in our news story: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/careless-driver-jailed-over-fatal-brighton-collision/ 

Community Speed Watch
Last month, Community Speed Watch volunteers continued to provide vital road safety education across the county, with over 1,000 hours undertaken by volunteers. Over 403 roadside sessions took place across 70 groups, all with the aim to improve road safety and reduce inappropriate speeds on the roads. If you are interested in supporting your local Community Speed Watch group, please get in touch with the team: csw@sussex.pnn.police.uk

SSRP Safety Camera Team
The Safety Camera Team continue to deliver high visibility enforcement to support local and national campaigns. Alongside speed offences detected via static and mobile camera enforcement, the Safety Camera Team are also equipped to detect further motoring offences, such as mobile phone use, and failure to wear a seatbelt. Throughout 2021, the Safety Camera Team have detected over 700 seatbelt offences. The SSRPs ‘Embrace Life’ video continues to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM 

Crimestoppers County Lines survey
Do you work at the University of Sussex or the University of Brighton? If so, then Crimestoppers would like you to take a survey on County Lines.
Crimestoppers are keen to hear from all university staff to help better protect undergraduates from drugs gangs.
The survey runs until 28 February.

Rural Crime Team Monthly Update
February 2022
Seasonal overview

Criminals aside, most of us are looking forward to more daylight hours. Driving to and from work in the dark starts to get a bit tiresome after a while. Again, rural criminals probably won’t share that view as they don’t like to be seen, with many equipment thieves and poachers working under cover of darkness. This includes ‘virtually’ too and our training input from Datatag this month provided some valuable insights into how far criminals will go to avoid detection.
Making your farm or other rural business equipment easily identifiable is an important step in preventing and disrupting thefts. It has been suggested that spraying your tractor bright pink will deter thieves. Maybe so, and if we spot a pink John Deere on our Sussex roads then we’ll know someone has taken this advice on board.
In the unfortunate event that you do become a victim of theft, it is vital that you give us as much detail about your equipment as possible. Registration and VIN numbers are important, as are make and model numbers. Any distinctive marks should be noted too. Take photographs of your tractors and farm equipment.
We advise recording all of these details on Immobilise.com (the National Property Register). It’s free, and once you have created an account, you can add all these details and photos for each of your items.
Immobilise.com is secure and approved by police forces in the UK. In the event of theft, the details stored can prove invaluable in identifying the true owner and enabling recovery.
Read more here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/.divisional-campaigns/rural-crime-team-monthly-update 

Fraud newsletter - February 2022
“"Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim." T/Detective Chief Inspector Rob Walker, Surrey Police & Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit”
Read the newsletter here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/fraud/

Op Safety Day of Action
Brighton and Hove’s Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), supported by Worthing NPT and British Transport Police, working as part of Operation Safety to tackle knife crime and violence made three arrests during a day of action in Brighton on Thursday (10 February).
Officers carried out an arrest in connection with a robbery reported on Kings Place, where the victim was assaulted and asked to hand over their money. A suspect was identified and Operation Safety officers arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of attempted robbery. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Whilst on patrol, officers were alerted to a passenger in a taxi in St James Avenue taking part in a suspected drug deal. When the taxi was stopped, the passenger was found to have bags of white powder and a quantity of cannabis on his person, as well as cash and multiple mobile phones. The suspect – a 21 year-old man from London - was then arrested for possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply and has been released under investigation.
Plain clothed officers were patrolling Whitecross Street in Brighton when they witnessed two suspected drug deals. Officers stopped and searched a man and found a large amount of cannabis, cash and several mobile phones. The man – a 49 year old from Brighton- was arrested for possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply, and has been released under investigation.
PS Barrett said: "Our teams continue to work hard to protect local communities so Brighton remains a safe city."
If you have information about knife crime or violence, we want to know about it. Report crime online here: https://orlo.uk/eFmGs or by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

PCSO Patrols

Foot patrols have been taking place across the city as always, including parks in Hove

The Police Property Act Fund are delighted to have awarded £2,400 of funding to Friends Of St Ann's Well Gardens Hove, a local charity looking after the green spaces and parks in St Ann’s Well Gardens. PSCO Sophie Hughes, who presented the cheque, said “PCSO Sophie Hughes presented the cheque to the charity, said
"I became aware of this charity while conducting patrols and attending meetings on my local ward of Goldsmid. The Friends of St Ann’s Well Gardens look after this space and are constantly seeking new ways to improve the gardens. It has been wonderful to work with partners such as The Friends, not only creating a fantastic, inclusive space for people to enjoy, but also thinking of ways to combat anti-social behaviour in the area."

Our PCSOs have been busy with speed checks across the city, focusing particularly on Withdean Road and Queens Park this week.

Please remember to always dial 999 if you have an emergency.

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


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