FACT - There
are hundreds of bent coppers in the force, a fraction of which are
finally trapped by evidence and even then most of them walk free,
because they know the system backwards and so how to elude capture, or
when captured have already worked out how to cheat the system. Many public
protection officers are actually
claimants as a perk of the job; coaching them
to obtain convictions and after that having illegal affairs with their
stooges - it's a whole new ball-game, if you'll pardon the pun. You will notice that the national press does not cover these
stories. The only papers
that follow the
incredible number of ex-police officers that are convicted, are the
prison newspapers. In our opinion these newspapers far more accurately
reflect the appalling state of the British (in) justice system, than any
other news media. Some of the worst offenders are politicians who introduce
laws that give police forces that already cut corners to obtain higher
conviction numbers more ways to cheat innocent men and women, who
because of David
Blunkett's changes via the Sexual
Offences Act 2003, now have the advantage that anyone accused of a
sexual offence is presumed guilty as they enter a court, instead of
innocent until proven guilty, contrary to Article
6, the right of a person to a fair trial. Couple that with Legal Aid
cuts so that barristers cannot adequately mount an Article
14 compliant discrimination free defence, and the politicians
responsible, such as Chris
Grayling and now David Gauke - and the Criminal
Cases Review Commission being complicit in discriminating and
failing to properly refer unsafe cases back to the Court of Appeal and
we now have a Kangaroo Court system that is not only a blight in Human
Rights terms, but a tool to wipe out political activists as part of a
program that Nazi
Germany would have been proud of.
current incumbent under investigation as of 2016 is Giles
York, together with Katy
Bourne, the present Crime Commissioner who despite the number of
complaints coming her way, appears to be saying that there is no
corruption within the Sussex Police. That is like saying that sugar is
BOURNE - Was elected Crime Commissioner, taking office with an oath to serve
the public interest. That is an oath that many are now questioning, where
she appears to be serving Sussex Police instead of policing the
organisation that has come under such flack for their blatant refusal to
investigate so many complaints of malfeasance in public office.
York is the chief constable of Sussex
Police taking over from a long chain of chief constables,
including Paul Whitehouse, who was finally
forced to resign after the Home Secretary insisted that he should go. Each
time one chief resigns, the next candidate learns from the mistakes of
his predecessor and makes effort not to be tripped up in the same way.
Unfortunately, that is not helping the situation, where in-effect Mr
York has nobody looking over his shoulder to make sure that he is not
breaking the law. The most common way of breaking the law, is simply
doing nothing when a crime is reported - so becoming party to the crime,
as with the Petition scandal in 1997.
may think the Police are there to protect you and your property - but
unless you are a mason, you could be wrong. Why? Well,
Police forces are funded by their local authorities. Because of this
they build up cosy
relationships with local council officers, often belonging to the same
masonic lodges. Hence, if you are not a mason, and your neighbour or
other interested party is, you will be the loser even is you are in the
Additionally, the Police do not
regard planning crime as a high priority, having told our reporters as
much, and indeed very often do not
understand the law sufficiently to realise a crime has been committed. It appears our Government
has directed the Police accordingly. In any event our government declines to take action
or to form a special planning crime unit to investigate deception and
fraud, which is left to whistleblowers
to fight, on the rare occasion a citizen is rubbed up the wrong way
sufficiently to make a stand. Neither have the Government taken any steps to implement the
recommendations of Lord Nolan and the Nolan Committee
report on Standards in
Every regional Police
Force has its own website which contains information and advice about
police activity in the area it serves. You can select your local force, or
the force for another region below: However, you will not find any
information as to how to report planning crime. If you do report a
planning crime, the force you have contacted will write back explaining it
is a civil matter, despite the criminal sanctions in the Town &
Country Planning Act as amended by the Planning & Compensation
Act. If you really push for a crime to be logged, they will tell you
they do not have the resources and to take out a civil action.
Clearly, this is a crime in itself as in R
v Dytham and R v Bowden - failing to perform one's duty to uphold the
law. Please also see the Police
Act and Code of Conduct elsewhere on this site. Just click the
It appears the UK
Police Service works alongside a number of Government organisations,
masquerading as independents, to stifle planning crime and suppress public
outcry. The best thing you can do if you recognise any of the
symptoms, is to lobby your Member of Parliament for a change in the
law. The Ombudsman, District
Auditor and Office for the Supervision of Solicitors are all their to
preserve the status quo, regardless of the ongoing injustice:-
Hammer Lane, Vines Cross, East Sussex, 3 March
2004 - an illegal site visit by Wealden District Council officers ended
Kruschandl threatening to effect a citizen's arrest. Geoff Johnson,
a solicitor for this allegedly corrupt council was present and when
challenged could not produce the necessary documentation. The whole
episode was captured on video. The council officers scurried off without
entering the site, as witnessed by the attending police officer (seen in
this picture) who did absolutely nothing, despite being apprised of a
criminal offence in operation.
was at the scene of other illegal site visits, hand-cuffs in evidence.
He was already a thorn in Wealden's side as a WAG
petitioner from 1997. Soon after Mr Kruschandl made it plain that he was
prepared to make citizens arrests, he was charged with a sexual offence,
the aim being to discredit the dissident activist, allegedly.
is claimed that the Sussex Police told the claimant or her mother to
hide any evidence that was inconvenient to the sexual claim. This the
claimant's mother did, hiding her work diary in her loft our of sight of
any investigation officers. The CPS then accelerated the trial to
February 2006, to get in before March 2006 when new medical evidence
would have been available to show a jury that the evidence of Dr
Melanie Liebenberg was misguided at best and fraudulent at worst. It
is alleged that the CPS chose Hove Crown Court for the trial and Cedric
Joseph as the Judge most likely to conduct his court in a manner
befitting a conviction, despite the requirements of Article
6 as to fairness. The work diary entries demonstrate that there was
no opportunity as claimed, for Kruschandl to have committed the acts he
was accused of. In summing up Judge Cedric Joseph was so confused as to
the evidence, that he told the Jury that this diary belonged to the
defendant and that his evidence on this diary was of no value. That was
not the case of course. It was not his diary and the dates therein,
which he confirmed in the dock were reasonable, showed that he was not
with the claimant as she had claimed. The CCRC have not yet looked at
this new evidence, nor the matter of virginity. Kruschandl was charged
with penetration, not once, but 30-40 times according to Judge Joseph -
and yet the girl's hymen was tightly closed and could not be opened with
labial traction. This was noted by Doctor Liebenberg, but having noticed
this contradiction in evidence, she did not then follow up correctly
with a colposcope and measurements to confirm the virginity finding. It
is alleged that she kept quiet on this because she knew that that
revelation would mean the Mr Kruschandl could not be charged. She was
thus not an independent witness, but working for the prosecution to
obtain a wrongful conviction. We wonder what Melanie has to say about
that? Please help us out here Dr Liebenberg, why did you not measure the
complainant internally, or did you do so and then conceal the evidence?
We will do our best to grant you immunity from prosecution. It might
assist if you know that the defendant has confirmed to us that he will
not sue you in the civil courts, if you might be minded to help correct
Sussex Police boss - Thursday, 16 February 2006
The new boss of Sussex Police has admitted he thinks some form of
policing shake-up is "highly likely" in the South East.
Constable Joe Edwards takes up his new post on Friday. His
promotion comes at a time when Home Office proposals are being considered
which could see Sussex Police merged with neighbouring forces.
Edwards said he believed "some new alliance" with colleagues in
Hampshire, Kent or Surrey could be a good thing.
that's a full merger or a federation of activity and people, I think it's
highly likely," he said. Mr
Edwards was quizzed by BBC South East Today viewers in West
other issues they felt needed addressing.
Constable Joe Edwards
said anti-social behaviour against other people made him angry and was
"why I became a cop". "We've
managed to secure Asbos against a number of people, sometimes they work,
sometimes people will continue their thuggery in defiance of them.
a long prison sentence is the answer [and] we need to secure harder
evidence of offences."
the subject of new licensing hours and their impact on alcohol-related
crime, he said:
"Our violent crime and disorder associated with
drinking is in decline because we're getting a much stronger partnership
engagement with the business itself."
Edwards, a married father-of-two, has been Sussex Police's deputy chief
constable for the past four years since moving from Essex. He
replaces the previous chief constable, Ken Jones, who is becoming
president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
If you have experienced of or been witness to any
untoward attention, why not contact the Chief Constable:-
Jones - retiring Chief Constable
Headquarters, Malling House, Church Lane
Sussex, BN7 2DZ
0845 6070 999
DID COUNCIL AX BILLS SOAR IN 2003
year the police element of the council tax bill rose by 54p a week for
Band D council tax payers (some 80% of Sussex households are classed as
Band D, or lower). The Sussex Police say they owe you an explanation as to why it was
We have invested in the future of policing in Sussex. We hope you are
starting to notice our new neighbourhood policing style. Police stations
are staying open for longer, and there are more police on the streets, as
hundreds of new recruits come through their training. They are being
backed by dozens of new Police Community Support Officers, who are helping
us to become a more visible service.
We are also working hard behind the scenes to bring more criminals to
justice - new case directors and investigative officers are being
appointed to further improve the way we deal with major crime. Ninety four
per cent of our major crime was detected last year.
But these developments, and others described in the pages of this
newspaper, are only part of the reason why hard pressed council tax payers
are being asked to pay more for policing.
Sussex has long been a relatively safe place to live, and the costs of
policing have traditionally been low. Of all the non-metropolitan police
authorities in England in 2002-03, Sussex had the second lowest level of
Band D council tax for policing. Excluding Gatwick officers, we also have
the third lowest number of police officers, per percentage of our
So there is ground to be made up to bring us into line with the rest of
the country, and to give you the service you deserve.
But there is more. A major change is taking place in the way that local
police authorities are funded, with the balance shifting from central
Government grant to local taxation. Council tax payers are being asked to
pay more to maintain services at existing levels, let alone develop them.
The way these changes have been made has hit Sussex Police in
particular, which received the lowest level of increase in
Government grant support this year.
So, to maintain and develop policing in the way you want, the
Police Authority increased council tax. Since the lion’s share
of police funding still comes from Government grant, it takes a 4%
increase in the police element of your council tax to bring about
a 1% increase in Sussex Police’s budget.
Taken together, the effect of all these changes was a rise of just
54p a week for most Sussex residents.
The decision to raise your council tax was not taken lightly; and,
in this newspaper, we seek to show you some of the ways that this
modest investment is being taken forward - in improved
neighbourhood policing, and in a more visible and accessible
police service which helps bring more criminals to justice.
ACT 2006 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CRIME
Intellectual Property (IP) crime remains a tangible
threat within the UK and internationally. The IP Crime Report is proving to be a vital tool in highlighting that
threat, along with the large amount of work that has been carried out over the past year by industry, law
enforcement agencies and government departments to tackle IP crime. I am extremely pleased by the
increased submissions by IP Crime Group members which has enabled us to collate this Report.
IP crime continues to receive an increased amount of publicity, which can only benefit consumers by giving
them the knowledge to make an informed choice when purchasing goods in person or via the internet. Indeed,
trading standard authorities have seen an increase in the trend of goods being bought via social networking
sites which raises the probability of purchasing
counterfeit products. This adds to the profits of the criminals who have no regard for the safety or well
being of the people who are buying their products and continues the unfair and damaging infringement of IP
rights owners property.
It is therefore important that the recently launched IP Crime Strategy 2011-2015 continues to focus on ways
to tackle IP crime and to protect consumers from the considerable harms posed by untested fake products.
The IP Crime Group has a key role to play in taking forward this Strategy where coordination is vital.
As always there are many positive contributions to the Report, but I am particularly pleased to see the:
• development of a ‘Best Practice’ section on the IPO’s website bringing together all IP Crime
Group members’ resources to support businesses and enforcement agencies on IP
and IP crime;
• launch of the “Preventing IP Right Infringement in the Workplace” e-guide and tools to help
business protect themselves from legal action and potential damages, and; • appointment of the IP attachés to encourage
effective enforcement in other countries.
Of course the UK is not the only country that is affected by IP crime. However, the UK is leading the way and
other countries are seeking advice from us on how to tackle this criminal activity.
The work of the IPO’s Intelligence Hub continues to be a central factor with its national database supporting and
adding value to an increasing number of investigations at local, regional, national and international levels.
With the Olympic Games this year we have yet to see any significant seizures or incidents relating to
counterfeit Olympic products. However, law enforcement agencies have been proactive in receiving training
on identifying such products, in preparation to protect tourists visiting the UK from purchasing counterfeit
I am in no doubt that the challenges we have faced in the fight against IP crime over the past year have been
tough. In difficult economic times resources are even more precious and I am encouraged to see the quality
and quantity of work being done. Customs and Border authorities have increased levels of seizures, trading
standards have maintained theirs, police have taken
a lead in financial investigations and along with the Serious and Organised Crime Agency investigated some
sophisticated organised crime groups.
Equally industry has invested heavily individually and collectively in IP crime investigations, the quality of
which consistently meets the requirements of courts and provides good evidence of the scope and scale of
the problem. When all this work comes together, the outcomes are better, the impact more effective and
everyone but the offender benefits. I encourage this approach to continue and develop so that the UK is
a safer place for consumers, better for business and
unattractive to criminals.
Deputy Chief Constable Giles York
ACPO Lead for IP Crime
Chair of the IP Crime Group
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policemen are Masons. This can lead to corruption at high levels,
where fellow Masons, members of the public, might obtain favours, charges
dropped, or charges brought against someone, as examples. The law is
quite often used incorrectly (illegally) to further the objectives of
private causes. But who is there to investigate? Since many, if not most
high ranking officers are Masons, in whichever force, even an outside
force is unlikely to identify an officer who will make any effort to
investigate a fellow officer. It's a club, for a favoured few.
- Z OF SUSSEX POLICE OFFICER INVESTIGATIONS
Ken Macdonald QC
above is just a few of a number of persons likely to be investigated in
respect of certain cases brought against Wealden Action Group members, on
the instigation of known Masons, councillors, or planning officers, many
of which are themselves Masons.
SUSSEX Police Authority gives its approval to Chief Constable Ken Jones'
Force Operational Review. The plan is to create 'excellence in local
policing' with the creation of neighbourhood policing teams, integrated
teams of officers providing day-to-day policing in every part of Sussex.
David Rogers, Chair of the Authority, said: "The emphasis on local
policing is what people in Sussex want. I believe it will improve public
confidence in their local police service.
" AN early sign of the changes is the amalgamation of the
former Brighton and Hove police divisions into a single division covering
the whole city. In the course of the year, chief inspectors take command
of policing districts across Sussex which share the same boundaries as
local authority districts and boroughs - to improve partnership working.
This is all part of making Sussex Police more 'visible, accessible and
familiar' to the public they serve.
THE Force's new Major Crime Branch starts its first full year's operation,
updating and developing the way that Sussex Police manages major crime
inquiries. A permanent team of experienced detectives has been put in
place to respond quickly and effectively to serious crime. The result is a
94% detection rate for major crime in Sussex during 2002-03. During the
year the first two of four state-of-the-art major crime suites - at
Brighton (Hollingbury) and Horsham - become operational.
MORE than 200 Sussex Police officers and staff take part in the
largest series of activities aimed at disrupting the supply of crack
cocaine in Sussex. On this occasion, some 52 search warrants are executed
in and around Eastbourne and, as a direct result, 19 people eventually
face prison sentences totalling 67 years.
Operation Sceptre is an established Forcewide priority, to target those
who deal in hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine. As a direct result
there is an impressive 66% increase during 2002-03 in the number of drugs
offences dealt with, but the battle to combat the menace of drugs
THE man responsible for a spate of armed robberies at local petrol
stations, convenience stores and betting shops in the Worthing area is
jailed for nine years as a result of a crime operation involving large
numbers of local officers. The breakthrough comes when a police sniffer
dog finds the disguise the robber used to frighten his victims hidden in a
local churchyard. DNA evidence then nails the suspect who, like so many
other offenders, turns out to be a drug abuser resorting to crime to feed
THREE people are killed in a tragic Bank Holiday road crash on the M23
north of Gatwick. Road Policing officer Mark Hill, based at Haywards
Heath, is called to the scene and finds himself dealing with a father and
his ten year old son who have seen their family perish from a car
following behind. PC Hill stays with them for seven hours. A doctor at the
scene wrote later: "In over 15 years of attending such incidents . .
. I do not think I can remember another occasion when I saw a police
officer work through such difficult circumstances with such great dignity
"PC Hill receives several awards for what he did that evening. In
fact it is just one extreme example of the heart wrenching work undertaken
by police officers at road crashes. In the course of the year, 83 people
die on Sussex roads and almost 900 are seriously hurt. PC Mark Hill
HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are guests of honour at the South
of England Show at Ardingly. It is the highlight of a joyful and
trouble-free Golden Jubilee week in Sussex. Police involvement is low-key
DAVID Rogers is re-elected to chair Sussex Police Authority for a second
and final year. His deputy, Mark Dunn, is also re-elected and took over as
chairman in June 2003.
SERGEANT David Kemp earns a Chief Constable's commendation for his bravery
one afternoon when he risks his life to climb on to the roof of a bungalow
in Peacehaven, where a man has soaked himself in petrol. He has already
doused several rooms inside and is waiting with a box of matches in his
hand. As emergency services stand by fearing an inferno, the police
officer persuades the depressed husband to come down and accept treatment.
No one is hurt.
A CAMPAIGN is launched in Brighton & Hove to raise awareness of the
CCTV security cameras around the city, providing re-assurance to shoppers,
residents and visitors. Thousands of distinctive yellow and black window
stickers, posters and beer mats are circulated to pubs, clubs and shops,
using the slogan 'Smile! You're on CCTV'.
This is just one of many partnership activities being undertaken with
local authorities and community partners across Sussex to promote
community safety, and the same campaign is taken up in other Sussex towns
in the following months.
Meanwhile Sussex Police CCTV operators, monitoring their 314 cameras from
suites in police stations across Sussex, generated a record 1,761 arrests
by police during 2002. A real contribution to making Sussex safer.
POLICE on duty in Brighton during a warm summer Saturday find
themselves stretched to the limit as tens of thousands of young people
descend on the city for a free beach party, hosted by locally based DJ Fat
Extra officers are called in at short notice as the crowds swell way
beyond the anticipated 60,000. The exact numbers this night will never be
known for sure, but estimates of 150,000 or more are probably not
unreasonable. Amid unprecedented scenes, and despite real concerns for
people's safety, the event is allowed to go ahead.
AUGUST brings a spate of offshore tragedies to Sussex. A 45 year old man
was killed when two speedboats collided south of Brighton Pier, and two
weeks later an experienced diver died in an underwater accident 12 miles
off Shoreham. Before the end of the month there was a third fatal incident
involving a water-skier who became caught in the propellers of the boat
Police have a key role in dealing with such events - sobering reminders of
the darker side of summer at the seaside.
THE new school term sees Eastbourne PC Roy Millar operating in a
new crime busting role. The town's six Eastbourne secondary schools have
joined forces with police to engage Roy in the novel role of 'intervention
His job is to work with young people to prevent crime and tackle problems
such as bullying, vandalism, drugs, truancy and anti-social behaviour and
to develop a sense of citizenship and respect among young people.
Within weeks Roy, already an experienced schools liaison officer,
is earning rave reviews from head teachers for his 'powerful influence' in
all six schools. The unusual initiative also attracts the interest of
A TARGETED operation in part of Brighton identified as suffering from high
levels of drugs, burglary and car crime had a dramatic effect on reducing
local crime. For one eight-hour period in September, vehicle check points
were set up at five locations, leaving nobody in any doubt that the police
were serious about tackling local crime. While the road checks were in
place, not one burglary or car crime was reported as having taken place in
MORE than 500 people pack into Hailsham police station for a
family fun day. The demands of modern policing make such events
increasingly difficult to support but, when they do take place, they are
A HIGH-PROFILE murder investigation is launched at Bognor Regis when a
retired businessman from Steyning is reported missing after going to meet
a prospective buyer for his motor cruiser at Birdham Pool, near Chichester.
A man is arrested and charged with murder and, a few days later, the
businessman's body is washed up on a beach on the Isle of Wight.
law enforcement agencies are among the worst offenders. Fitting
up targeted members of the public, by crafting evidence to
obtain a conviction. See "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets
Nest" They will then use their positions of trust to groom
the girls and boys who helped them, many of which have given
false testimony - so are themselves caught in a web of lies that
the wily officers will exploit for their jollies. Many children
and even adults crave this attention so much that they are
willing to say just about anything to please a police officer or
social worker who lavishes attention on them.
TWO Sussex officers, Vicky Denman and Phil Seymour, fly out to
Bali following the terrorist bomb outrage there. The two detective
constables, normally based on Senlac (Hastings and Rother) division,
join a contingent of police family liaison officers giving support to
bereaved relatives of the British victims of the explosions.
THREE new state-of-the-art custody centres - at Chichester, Worthing (Durrington)
and Brighton (Hollingbury) - open for business. They are the result of a
private finance contract which not only replaces dozens of outdated
police cells but provides the management for the six new custody centres
- the others are at Hastings, Crawley and Eastbourne - across the Force
area. Only Eastbourne is still to open.
Force has a new Deputy Chief Constable. Joe Edwards, who has served most
of his police service in neighbouring Hampshire, says he shares with
Chief Constable Ken Jones a 'common belief in a community based policing
service'. Within weeks of his arrival, Joe has taken charge of the
programme to move Sussex Police towards a neighbourhood policing style.
He will also head the drive to go on improving Force performance.
A MULTI-AGENCY campaign is launched in Sussex to bring together the
various services tackling domestic violence. At a reception to launch
the campaign, held on the International Day Against Violence Towards
Women, Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Yeo reveals that half of all
murders in Sussex where the victims are women have their roots in
CHILD Rescue Alert, the scheme being pioneered by Sussex Police
to save the life of a kidnapped child, is launched with a gala event at
Brighton Racecourse. Based on an idea imported from the US, the scheme
uses the latest technology - and close working relationships with the
media - to ensure that, in the rare event of a child being abducted,
messages can be broadcast instantly to ensure that the whole community
is put on alert to help.
SUSSEX Police Authority welcomes an upbeat report on the state of the
Force following the latest inspection visit by Her Majesty's Inspector
of Constabulary. The inspector commends the Force for its 'demonstrably
improved' performance during the previous year, with improved detection
rates and reducing crime which have defied national trends in the
A WEEK before Christmas, more than 100 officers are involved in
another major drugs operation in our Operation Sceptre series - this
time in Brighton & Hove. The aim is to disrupt the supply of drugs
into the city in the run-up to Christmas. A total of 25 arrests are made
and 70,000 Pounds worth of Class A drugs including crack cocaine are
called to attend a fatal single vehicle road crash on the A23 at Bolney
in the early hours of New Year's Day are horrified to discover that the
victim is a former colleague. PC Tokunbo Ezobi, aged 26, universally
known as 'Tok', had recently transferred to the Metropolitan Police from
Sussex. He had been driving home to his young family at the end of his
New Year shift in London when the crash happened. A picture of Tok, on
patrol in Brighton, featured on the front of this newspaper last year.
FOUR weeks of concerted action on every division ensures that
Sussex Police takes effective action against those who trade in images
of child abuse on the Internet. The aim of the Sussex operation has been
to identify those who pose a risk to child safety and to help disrupt
this worldwide market in child pornography. More than 100 arrests are
made and hundreds of computers seized.
SERGEANT David Tye, making inquiries about a crime suspect in
Crowborough, reaches through a car window to remove the keys from the
ignition when the car moves off at speed. The officer is dragged 400
yards down Queens Road and suffers serious injuries as a result. David
is now well and back at work.
A SPECIAL Constabulary weekend sees our volunteer police
officers out in force all over Sussex, whether helping police the Albion
v Millwall football at Withdean, or staffing a mobile police station in
Bognor Regis. The aim of the weekend is to showcase the valuable work
that Specials undertake in support of the 'regular' police officers. The
weekend is a big success, and brings in 94 new inquiries from people
interested in volunteering. If you'd like to know more about becoming a
Special, log on to our website or ask at any police station.
A TWO year old boy who has gone missing in the countryside around Barns
Green, Horsham, is eventually found alive and unharmed ten hours later -
to the immense relief of his family and police searching for him. He had
wandered some 500 metres from his grandparents' farmhouse and is found,
in total darkness, trapped in branches next to a stream - cold, shocked
and wet. The hero of this heart-warming tale was a neighbouring farmer,
checking his own boundaries as a major police search developed.
THREE police officers and a member of the public risk their
lives in a dramatic sea rescue off Bognor Regis. PCs Gary Relf, Phil
Duffy and Peter Hawkins, along with pier technical manager Kevin Murphy,
brave icy cold water and a strong swell to save a mother and five year
old daughter who had gone into the sea. After 30 minutes they are
plucked to safety by the Coastguard helicopter and lifeboat.
WELL rehearsed plans swing into action at Gatwick Airport when a hand
grenade is found in the luggage of an incoming passenger. The North
Terminal is evacuated and stays closed for five hours, as police and
airport staff mount an effective safety operation. A Venezuelan man is
arrested under the Terrorism Act.
TWO men are arrested in China in connection with the death of a
backpacker from Crawley. The body of the 30 year old woman, who had been
travelling around Asia, was found in Sichuan province in May 2000. She
had suffered multiple stab wounds. The arrests follow two visits to
China by a team of Sussex Police investigators assisting with forensic
aspects of the inquiry.
THE end of March sees the start of a month-long national guns amnesty.
People in Sussex respond in their thousands and, within four weeks,
almost 2,000 weapons and 32,700 rounds of ammunition have been handed in
at police stations. Some weapons were held as souvenirs, or inherited
following a death in the family; others were unwanted replicas or air
weapons, best taken out of circulation. Gun crime is nothing like the
problem in Sussex that it is in some parts of the country, but any
opportunity to put such potentially lethal weapons beyond the reach of
criminals is welcome.
A MISSING person inquiry is launched following the mysterious
disappearance of Brighton teacher Jane Longhurst. Repeated searches and
media appeals bring only negative results. Weeks later her body is found
at Wiggonholt Common, near Pulborough, and a man is charged with murder.
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