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Tuesday 1st February 2022
News and appeals 'Relentless' Specialist Enforcement Unit officers mark first year anniversary
A specialist policing unit has seized an estimated £1 million worth of drugs and cash from criminals in its first year of operation.
Sussex Police’s Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) was set up in January 2021 to tackle serious and dangerous offenders using the road network and to disrupt the supply of drugs into the county.
The team of highly-trained officers and detectives has already accounted for more than 21,000 policing hours across three divisions and has been involved in more than 400 arrests.
This has included working on operations such as murder investigations, tackling drugs offences, responding to driving offences and catching dangerous offenders and suspects wanted on warrants. To see the full story, please click on the link or go to the website.
Ban for drink-driver who took the term ‘Drive Thru’ literally
A drink-driver took the term ‘Drive Thru’ a bit too literally, after he crashed into a McDonald’s restaurant.
Taylor Steel was driving a VW Golf which ploughed into the building at Buck Barn services, on the A24 near Horsham, around 10.25pm on 26 November.
The 19-year-old plumber, of Fairfield Way, Ashington, failed a roadside breath test for alcohol.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 101mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.
In police interview, Steel admitted he had been drinking beer at a pub before the incident occurred and added he didn’t know why he drove the car or where he intended to go.
Steel appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 25 January, where he pleaded guilty to the offence and was disqualified from driving for 24 months.
He was also sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and must pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge. To read the full story and see photos of the incident, please click on the link or go to our website.
Horsham school secures £500 donation for new books
Police have donated £500 towards the purchase of a selection of new books at Holbrook Primary School in Horsham.
The grant was secured through the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), which is a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
PC Jonny Walker, of the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are delighted to be able to donate this money to such a good cause. Reading is so important to all ages and the enjoyment books bring is invaluable, so hopefully our donation will help the school update its reading selection for all the pupils.”
Headteacher Ian Holmes added: “We are passionate about reading at Holbrook Primary School as it is the key to learning every other subject. This kind donation will help provide a selection of books that will enrich our curriculum and be enjoyed by children for years to come. Thank you.”
For more information on PPAF, visit our website here.
Appeal following fatal collision in Horsham
Police are appealing for witnesses, information, and anyone with relevant footage following a fatal collision involving a lorry and pedestrian in Horsham.
Emergency services were called shortly after 1.30pm on Monday, January 31 to the junction of Guildford Road and Merryfield Drive in the town.
A man in his 70’s suffered serious injuries and sadly died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.
Road closures remain in place in the area while the incident is investigated.
Officers investigating have asked anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with relevant dashcam or phone footage to email information to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 and quote Operation Sutcombe.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-following-fatal-collision-in-horsham/ Crime summary
Houghton building, Amberley – between 1030hrs and 1400hrs 25th January, front and rear number plates were taken from a Ford Focus. Cad 0852 25/01/22.
Briar Lane, Billingshurst – at approximately 2050hrs 27th January, an Audi was stolen. Cad 1190 27/01/22.
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