#AceNewsReport – Oct.25: Chief Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw, Divisional Commander for Brighton, said: “We are talking with two victims who felt unwell after a night out in the city and suspect they had been injected. They are being supported by officers: We are still at a very early stage in our investigation and a number of enquiries are being made:
#AceDailyNews reports that detectives are investigating two reports of spiking by injection in Brighton and officers are increasing patrols as part of their continued work policing the night-time economy, and will continue working closely with partners and licensed premises on initiatives to help keep their patrons safe.
Ch Supt Burtenshaw added: “We are aware of the national media and the worry and anxiety this may cause those wanting to enjoy the night-time economy. Everyone should be able to enjoy themselves safely and to support this there are officers who will be on patrol across the city over the weekend: Our Licensing Teams are working hard with venues to raise awareness about spiking and ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to prevent this from happening.”
“We take all reports incredibly seriously and ask anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking to contact us. We also encourage people to report any suspicious behaviour to us – either onlineor via 101, or by calling 999 in an emergency.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.16: Following police enquiries and further information, a 32-year-old local man was detained in the town at 11.15am on Thursday 14 October. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and of impersonating a police officer and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries…..
#AceDailyNews reports that a man has been arrested just after 8am on Wednesday when a 14-year-old girl, on her way to school, was approached by a man wearing a yellow hi-viz jacket, who took her to an adjacent area off the road and searched her clothing before cycling off.
Superintendent Marc Clothier said: “We understand that this arrest will impact communities. The girl is safe and unharmed and is receiving support from officers, working with her family: We want to reassure people we have not received any similar reports at this time and there is no current risk to anyone in the community in relation to this case: You will see more uniformed patrols in the area and we encourage you to stop and talk to us if you have any concerns.
“If you have any information that would assist our investigation, please call us on 101, quoting Operation Lonsdale.
“If you do see any behaviour that causes you concern, please always call 999 right away.
“We understand some people may want additional reassurance when interacting with a lone police officer and when you are alone. If this is the case, genuine officers can use their police radio on loudspeaker to talk to the operator in the police control room. The operator can confirm the identity of the officer, that they are on duty and carrying out legitimate policing business. You can also ask a passer-by to observe. Off-duty officers intervening in a crime in action or where someone is vulnerable, and not carrying a radio, will quickly call 999 for back up.”