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Sex pest copper jailed     Sex cops, abuses of the system

 

SAD 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 grooming 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.

 

 

The 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 not sweet.

 

 

Katy Bourne sitting on her hands while sitting on the fence

 

KATY 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.

 

 

Giles York chief constable of Sussex

 

Giles 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, in simply doing nothing when a crime is reported - so becoming party to the crime.

 

 

MISNOMERS

 

You may think the Police are there to protect you and your property - but unless you are a mason, you could be wrong. Why?  Well, most 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 right.

 

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 Public Life.

 

Our advice to the public, is to log every complaint to the Police by recorded delivery.  If possible tape record, or even better video record the event.  Believe us, there is no substitute for hard footage to combat the lies of a police officer failing to do his duty and lbe complacent they will be!

 

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 links.

 

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 with Nelson 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.

 

Kruschandl 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.

 

It 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 this injustice.

 

 

JIMMY SAVILLE

 

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New 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.

 

Chief 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.

 

Mr Edwards said he believed "some new alliance" with colleagues in Hampshire, Kent or Surrey could be a good thing. "Whether 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 Sussex on other issues they felt needed addressing.

 

 

Joe Edwards Sussex Police Chief Constable

 

Chief Constable Joe Edwards

 

 

He 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. "Occasionally a long prison sentence is the answer [and] we need to secure harder evidence of offences."

 

On 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."

 

Mr 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:-

 

 

 

Ken Jones chief constable Sussex Police

 

Ken Jones - retiring Chief Constable

 

 

Joe Edwards

Chief Constable

Police Headquarters, Malling House, Church Lane

East Sussex,  BN7 2DZ

Tel.  0845 6070 999

Fax.  01273 404263

Email.   ken.jones@sussex.police.uk 

 

 

 

WHY DID COUNCIL AX BILLS SOAR IN 2003

 

This 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 necessary:-

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 population.

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.

 

FRAUD 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 Olympic products. 

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 
Sussex Police 
ACPO Lead for IP Crime 
Chair of the IP Crime Group 

 

 

 

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Many 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.

 

A - Z OF SUSSEX POLICE OFFICER INVESTIGATIONS

 

Aran Boyt

Joe Edwards

Giles York

Gordon Staker

Kara Tombling

Ken Jones

Paul Whitehouse

Robert Lovell

Sarah Jane Gallagher

Sir Ken Macdonald QC

 

The 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.

 

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2002 - 2003

 

APRIL 2002


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.

MAY


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 trafficking continues.

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 his addiction.

JUNE


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 and humanity.

"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 throughout.

 

 

David Rogers, chairman Sussex Police Authority

 

David Rogers



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.

JULY


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 Boy Slim.

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


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 towing him.

Police have a key role in dealing with such events - sobering reminders of the darker side of summer at the seaside.

SEPTEMBER


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 officer'.

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 Government ministers.

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 the area.

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 always popular.

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.

 

 

OCTOBER


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.

 

Joe Edwards chief constable Sussex Police


THE 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.

NOVEMBER


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 domestic violence.

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.

DECEMBER


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 opposite direction.

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 seized.

JANUARY 2003

OFFICERS 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.

FEBRUARY


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.

MARCH


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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