Saturday (6 August) saw Brighton welcome thousands for the city’s biggest day: Pride.
“I am also hugely proud of the officers who have been policing Pride this year, many of whom worked very long and busy shifts in the hot weather but remained positive and professional throughout.
“The overwhelming majority of people who have come to Pride have been brilliant but officers have made a number of arrests today for a variety of offences, which can be expected at such a large event.
“Officers also quickly closed down a rave at Black Rock car park in Madeira Drive on Saturday night when 30 people began playing loud music.
“As the weekend continues I would urge people to please take care of themselves and each other. If you have come to the city with friends then stick together, have fun but make sure you all go home together – I don’t want anyone to end up with not so pleasant memories of their Pride weekend.
Police Appeal Following Eastbourne Vehicle Thefts
Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after numerous vehicles were broken into on Carlisle Road, Eastbourne sometime between the eve of Wednesday, 3 August and the early hours of Thursday, 4 August.
Fortunately none of the vehicles were damaged but a number of iPods, charging cables, DVDs and dashboard camera were recovered in the area’s vicinity.
One 50-year-old male from Eastbourne has been arrested in relation to these incidents on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. He has been bailed pending further enquiries until 7 September.
Anyone who was in the area and who saw anything suspicious can email email@example.com or call 101 quoting reference 143 of 04/08.
If you’ve seen Chloe please contact police on firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 1635 of 07/08.
St Leonards Fraudster Jailed
Kelly Jane Hodd, 28, (now) unemployed, from St Leonards has been convicted for defrauding her own local Estates Agents where she worked.
Hodd, was sentenced to four months imprisonment at Hove Crown Court on Thursday (4 August), she pled guilty of three counts of fraud throes abuse of her position by defrauding her former employers for nearly £4,000 in a four month spell back in 2015.
Hodd who got the job under false pretences where she claimed to have had highly regarded position with American express used the firms accounts to write company cheques to her mother, as well as a local private school with permission of the firm.
Hodd, who has prior convictions for similar fraudulent offences at first told police the money had been a loan, but following a thorough police investigation the CPS decided to press charges.
She had in fact intended to plea not guilty but changed her plea just a week before the trial was to start.
She eventually changed her plea to guilty just a week before the trial was due to start.
PC Tess Warren of the Hastings Investigations Team said; “Hodd was a convincing liar who earned her victim’s trust before helping herself to her money. The victim in the case, who runs a small firm, feels this was a huge breach of trust and it made her question her own personal and professional relationships to a distressing degree. This case was never about the money for the victim; for her it was about the trust she had placed in Hodd being abused to such a degree.”