Did you witness a collision on the A23 at Hickstead?
Police are appealing for witnesses after a car hit the rear of a parked lorry on the A23 at Hickstead on Sunday evening (18 August).
The Renault Scenic was travelling south when the collision occurred as the HGV was parked in a layby at 8.40pm. The front seat passenger, an 18-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. His condition is critical.
The driver of the car, an 18-year-old man from London, suffered minor injuries and was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He is currently in custody. The lorry driver was unhurt.
Sergeant Dan Eaton said: "We would like to hear from anyone who saw this serious injury collision or has any information about it. The road was closed for several hours last night while we carried out an investigation and we would like to thank drivers for their patience."
If you can help with the investigation report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Beaufort.
Rogue Traders in Sussex
This type of crime across Sussex, together with other cold callers saying they are variously from the water companies or drain clearance companies gaining access and gaining cash, has increased. There were 67 similar reports in July, compared with 31 reports in June, 32 in May and 29 in April. 38 of the July reports were in West Sussex, 12 in East Sussex and 17 in Brighton and Hove. So far in 2019 there have been 261 such reports altogether and in 153 of the cases residents lost money, totalling £600,629.
154 of the 2019 reports were in West Sussex, 58 in East Sussex and 49 in Brighton and Hove.The average age of victims was 80 years, with the oldest being 97.
For more on this news story and for advice on what to do, click https://news.sussex.police.uk/…/police-warning-rise-in-rogu…
Community devastated by theft of grave markers, West Hoathly
Our local Community was devastated by the theft of 52 brass memorial plaques from the graveyard of St Margaret of Antioch’s Church in West Hoathly. The theft was discovered Wednesday morning, 14 August. For more on this story click here.
Burglars target outbuildings in Sharpthorne, near East Grinstead
We are investigating suspicious activity and two burglaries in the Bluebell Lane area at Sharpthorne, near East Grinstead. Property worth several thousands of pounds has been stolen by intruders, including high-value bicycles and power tools.
Between Monday and Wednesday, August 5 - 7, a garage was broken into and more than £2,000 worth of items were taken. They included two Milwaukee electric drills, each worth £500; four caravan batteries, £320; a Karcher pressure washer, £350; a Halfords socket set, £200; a Husqvarna chainsaw, £60 and a Makita angle grinder, £150.
Earlier, at another property nearby, a blue Five Pro mountain bike with white suspension forks, a Fox rear shock absorber, carbon fibre handlebars and Hop Tech 2 hydraulic brakes worth £4,000 was stolen from a garden shed. Read more https://news.sussex.police.uk/…/burglars-target-outbuilding….
“Cunning, cruel and highly manipulative” fraudsters jailed
Last week saw a major success in our battle against online fraud with five people jailed for their part in an online romance fraud conspiracy. Using internet dating sites, the group hid behind the false personas of ‘Kevin Churchill’ and ‘Kevin Thompson’, posing as wealthy businessmen with international lifestyles to target women in a bid to persuade them of their genuine romantic interest. To read more and for August Fraud Newsletter click https://www.sussex.police.uk/…/…/latest-fraud-newsletter.pdf.
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