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09 July 2020
Police have responded to a serious injury collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Crawley Down this morning (Monday 6 July).
The incident occurred on Turners Hill Road, close to the junction with Old Hollow, around 8.44am.
The motorcyclist is being treated for serious injuries and police are urging anyone who saw what happened – or anyone with relevant dash cam footage – to email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Drawbridge.
New police scheme helps support domestic abuse victims in Sussex
A new police scheme in Sussex has given extra support to more than 1400 people reporting domestic abuse.
The 39-strong specialist unit, the Local Resolution Team, introduced in March this year, deals by appointment with any cases that are not immediately urgent, including a new video appointment service when conversations can’t take place face to face.
Officers discuss the incident with the caller, carry out an initial investigation and provide safeguarding advice, to leave the victim feeling safer than before and can explore further investigative opportunities to prosecute those responsible for domestic abuse, advise on obtaining court orders to prevent further abuse, and also arrange access to sources of independent advice and support. Read here for full story here.
Sussex Police and Surrey Police support international operation targeting international serious and organised crime
Sussex Police and Surrey Police have taken part in a large international operation targeting serious and organised crime.
Arrests and drugs seizures have already taken place and investigations are continuing across both counties.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has been working in partnership with every Regional Organised Crime Unit and police force both in the UK and overseas, in an operation which is previously unmatched in its scale in the UK.
To ensure success, details of this operation have, until now, been withheld.
Since April, regional and local units have been sharing data with the NCA and European partners relating to a specific encrypted criminal messaging system, Encrochat.
Thousands of handsets have been monitored, millions of messages have been analysed and intelligence gathered across the country and overseas has revealed the illicit activity of people using this system around the world. Read more here
Police warn residents about bogus HMRC callers
Elderly and vulnerable people across Sussex are again being warned to be wary of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC).
The bogus callers claim the targeted person is wanted for tax evasion and is arrestable on warrant unless they pay a cash sum - sometimes up to £4,000 - to clear their 'debt'.
Some even address victims by name, or use a number that is often displayed as the official number of the agency they claim to represent, to add credibility to their call.Police received reports of 18 such calls in Sussex during June, although thankfully only two succeeded in getting any money - a total of £4300.
And at the beginning of July three calls were received in the Bognor area, one of them on 2 July netting £900 by phone-arranged bank transfer. The other two were unsuccessful.
Of the 18 people who reported calls in June, 10 live alone and seven are aged over 75. Calls were received across East and West Sussex as well as Brighton & Hove
Genuine authorities stress that people will never be texted or telephoned by them out of the blue with requests to make payments, to log in to an online account or to disclose personal information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or bank details.
Anyone receiving such contact is advised to hang up and report the call - preferably using a separate mobile phone or landline in case the criminals have kept the line open - to police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, the force's Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; "This underlines the importance of never giving out private information and reporting any suspicious activity without delay.
"We'd also ask friends or relatives of potentially vulnerable people to ensure they are fully aware and alert to the risks."
For further advice, please visit the Sussex Police website.
Tributes paid to cyclist who sadly died following East Grinstead collision
Tributes have been paid to cyclist who sadly died following a collision with a car in East Grinstead.
David Gadbury was cycling around the roundabout at the end of Beeching Way about 11.09am on Friday April 24 when he was in collision with a Vauxhall Astra.
The 78-year-old, who lived in the town for more than 40 years, was taken to Kings College Hospital in London, where he sadly died from his injuries.
David had retired from Southern Water in Worthing but continued to work voluntarily on various committees and boards, including holding the post of Honorary Treasurer of the Royal National Institute for the Blind for a number of years. He was also a member of the local tennis club and a loyal and keen supporter of East Grinstead Town Football Club.
His daughter Helen issued the following tribute to him:
“Dad will be remembered by many in the town with his regular visits to Waitrose, the vintage sweet shop, the bookshop, Jingles music store and the library, plus Jack’s fruit and veg, who he had supported for many years with his custom.
“Dad was a well valued member of his book club and regularly attended quizzes (of which he was very good at although he would never have admitted it).
“Many people would recognise him and would have seen him riding his bike through town, he much preferred to cycle when at all possible rather than use a car.”
David lived in East Grinstead with his wife of 55 years. His daughter Helen attended St Mary's and Sackville schools, and then moved to Bristol to study at university where she still lives now.
Helen added: “Dad was a true gentleman, friendly, funny, intelligent, and kind in a quiet and unassuming way. He will be greatly missed by his family and numerous friends and acquaintances.”
A 55-year-old man from East Grinstead was arrested and is being investigated for causing death by careless driving. He was released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or captured it on dash cam is asked to email email@example.com quoting Operation Juniper.
Tributes paid to motorcyclist tragically killed in Crawley Down collision
A motorcyclist who tragically died following a crash in Crawley Down has been described as “one in a million”.
Nicholas Bailey was riding a red Kawasaki in Turners Hill Road about 8.50pm on Thursday 25 June, when he was in collision with a blue Vauxhall Astra.
The 74-year-old, who lived in the village, suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
His daughter Nicola Bailey issued the following tribute to him:
“My Dad was an amazing person, truly one in a million. He was well known locally and had many friends. He was well thought of due to his honesty, hard work and high standards. Always willing to lend a hand to any of his friends and family.
“He was a brilliant Dad and fantastic Grandpa, we are truly blessed to have had him. His loss will leave a huge hole, our lives will never be the same.
“Without doubt, the strongest man I have ever known, in every respect of the word.”
The Astra driver – a 72-year-old man from Crawley – sustained minor injuries in the collision. He was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Anyone who saw what happened, or anyone with dash cam footage which captured the incident or the events leading up to it, is urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Bavian.
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