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Sussex Alerts - April 2024

Sussex Alerts- Brighton & Hove Police


Tuesday April 30th 2024


An introduction from our new Temporary Chief Inspector 

Hello everybody! I’d like to introduce myself as the temporary Chief Inspector for Neighbourhood Policing on Brighton and Hove covering Chief Inspector Karen Osborn who has been abstracted from the role for several months.

I am Brighton born and bred, and I have been extremely fortunate to work on Brighton and Hove division for the entirety of my sixteen year career in policing. Whilst I had a very brief stint working on the Neighbourhood Policing Team back in 2015, I am very excited to spend some time back on the department and really get stuck into some community issues.

I really look forward to working alongside you in the months ahead.


Divisional Update

Another month has passed, and we are about to enter the warmer months…. hopefully! As we approach the warmer weather, I just want to take this moment to remind you to be vigilant as we potentially start to spend more time outside, by the water. 

Some advance consideration to safety can go a long way so:

  • Stay away from the water/beach if you have had a drink
  • Stay within your limits
  • Keep your phone charged
  • Stick together and have a plan for if you become separated
  • It’s been another busy month for us on the Brighton and Hove and I am pleased to be able to share some of the highlights and work that has taken place.


    Project Servator

    We launched Project Servator on Tuesday 16th April. Project Servator aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, while providing a reassuring presence for the public. Our officers are experienced and specially trained to spot the tell-tale signs that someone is planning or preparing to commit an act of crime.

    You can expect to see the patrols, they will be highly visible and can happen at any time, anywhere across the city. If you do see any Project Servator officers, there isn’t anything to be concerned about. It is normal police activity and not linked to any specific intelligence about a threat in the area.

    You can learn more about #ProjectServator here Project Servator | Sussex Police


    Month of Action – Fatal 5 campaign

    We have been working together with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and National Police Chief’s Council to focus on all vehicles and road users’ offences when on the road. Here in Sussex we focus on the #Fatal5 offences which are speeding, using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt, drink and or drug driving and careless and dangerous driving.


    PCSO Activity

    Our PCSOs have been busy and out across the city visiting areas such as Hawkshurst Road, Shirley Drive, Wilson Avenue, Falmer Road, Marina Parade and Roedean Road to name just a few, conducting high visibility speed awareness work, issuing words of advice where appropriate and necessary, Traffic Offence Reports. 

    Speeding is a huge issue, and we will do whatever we can to help to tackle this.

    In addition to speed checks, our PCSOs have been out on patrol in locations such as The Level, Coldean, George Street as well as going back to school! Our Neighbourhood Policing PCSOs love to meet the members of the community, and visiting schools and meeting the young people there is a firm favourite!



    May be an image of 1 person, phone and text that says "オ Click Call Connect Reporting online could lives Reporting online helps keep our phone lines clear for those who desperately need our help. Rashyed, Contact Officer, Sussex Police"

    We simply cannot stress enough the importance of reporting but your decision about how to report can be the difference between saving a life or not.   It is vital phone lines are kept clear for people who need to contact police during a genuine emergency and need assistance urgently.

    Our Click Call Connect campaign is designed to help you decide how best to report a non-emergency.

    All reports made online are assessed by one of our skilled Contact Officers – the very same people who you would normally speak to if you called 101.  101 does receive a high level of calls and so by reporting online you do not have to spend your time queuing to speak with us, it also leaves the lines clear for anyone who does not have access to the internet.

    🖱️Click report online at https://www.sussex.police.uk/reportcrime

    📞Call 101 when you don’t require an urgent response. In an emergency always call 999.

    👮🏻Connect with us face-to-face at your nearest police station or contact point. Contact your local policing team for community matters.


    Simon Marchant

    Chief Inspector



    Sussex Police issues apology for historic failings in murder investigation

    The families of two children murdered in Brighton in the 1980s have received a formal apology from Sussex Police for failings in its earlier investigations into the case.

    You can read more here - Sussex Police issues apology for historic failings in murder investigation | Sussex Police


    Appeal after woman assaulted in Brighton

    Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in Brighton.

    The incident happened at about 2.15pm on February 24 outside the Waitrose supermarket in Western Road, Brighton.

    Learn more here - https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-after-woman-assaulted-in-brighton/


    Appeal to reunite owners with 20 stolen bikes in Brighton

    Have you had a bike stolen in Brighton?

    Police are trying to reunite owners with their bikes or bike parts which have been stolen from the Brighton area.

    Please click the link for photos and details on the missing items - https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-to-reunite-owners-with-stolen-bikes-in-brighton/


    Appeal for information after woman assaulted on bus in Hove

    Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman was assaulted on board a bus in Hove.

    She reported that another woman approached and assaulted her while they were travelling on board.

    Learn more here - https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-for-information-after-woman-assaulted-on-bus-in-hove/ 


    Information & Advice


    Community Speedwatch Survey

    👋 Can you help to reduce death and injury on our roads? 👋

    Community Speedwatch is looking for volunteers in your area!

    This is a vital role in helping to reduce anti-social driving and helping to prevent death and injury on our roads and full training will be given by Sussex Police.

    ✅ Sign up to a local scheme here 👉 spkl.io/2148 or contact Steve O’Connell, via email CSW@sussex.police.uk or phone 07773486265 for more information.

    #Fatal5 #SlowDown


    Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

    Ever considered becoming a member of Neighbourhood Watch? No time like the present...

    🎉 There are membership opportunities to suit everyone at Neighbourhood Watch, and they're all free!

    Whether you want accessible crime prevention advice, or want to volunteer and lead change in your community, you can do it all.

    Find out why Neighbourhood Watch is for you: spkl.io/1111



    Immobilise is a free online national property register which enables the public to record details of their property, including valuables and phones. Police forces are given access to the database with the aim of enabling them to identify and repatriate stolen property to its owner.


    Hate Crime


    A hate crime is committed when a person is targeted due to their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Hate crime will never be tolerated. 

    If you’re a victim or witness a hate crime, we want you to tell us about it.

    You can report:

    💻 online Report | Sussex Police

    📲 Via our 101 non-emergency number or 999 in an emergency.

    Every report made helps us to better protect our communities and catch criminals. Nothing is too small to report.


    Online Safety