The rise of violence and sexual offences in Britain’s sunshine coast

Tweet To hear Eastbourne is in the top 10 of the UK’s happiest towns may surprise many. To hear this is the case when there is an alarmingly growing rate of violence and sexual offences should surprise many. With the number of violence and sexual offences being doubled in the last two years, it may no longer be tears of joy crawling down the faces of Eastbourne residents. 39 violence and sexual offence cases were reported in January 2017. Eastbourne’s crime map on Police.uk shows this figure more than doubled…

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Glass bottle attacker receives suspended sentence

Tweet A Woman who stabbed a man with a glass bottle and attacked another woman will be punished through unpaid work instead of jail time. Mandu Okoko, 24, of Richmond Place, Brighton, was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment suspended for two years; a community order with 300 hours of unpaid work and 25 days of rehabilitation classes. Okoko, a university student with no previous convictions, was sentenced under charges for two counts of assault by beating; assault occasioning actual bodily harm; wounding with intent; and having an offensive weapon. Judge…

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Meet the people working to tackle knife crime in London

Tweet As more and more youths are being sucked into gang life, Overtime hears from the Communities Against Violence group and Fight For Peace team on trying to prevent knife crime. London has become notorious for knife crime, but there are organizations trying to create stronger communities. Hesketh Benoit, founder of Haringey Communities Against Violence, says that things have changed. “Back in the day, when elders saw fights outside schools- they would try and stop them. 90% of the time they would listen, but that doesn’t happen anymore.”   HCAV is made up of a…

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