Crime
On 16 May the BBC ran a report stating that although recorded crime had risen in Sussex by 16% over the past three years to March 2017 (and at an increasing rate within that period), the number of criminal charges brought against perpetrators had fallen by 23%. In particular while the volume of offences of criminal damage and arson, violence, robbery, public order and sex offences have all gone up, charges in relation to each have decreased. 

This newspaper asked the office of Sussex Police Commissioner Katy Bourne to comment on these figures explaining whether she accepted that these figures give an accurate picture of what‘s happening, why she thought this was happening, and what could be done, if anything, both to reduce crime and to bring criminals to justice. So far we have received no response.

House prices
According to a BBC survey based on Land Registry data a total of over 16,000  private residential property sales for £1million or more were completed last year in England and Wales, up 5.4% from the previous high in 2016. Outside of London, there were particular surges in such sales in university towns such as Bristol, Brighton and Cambridge. And in Hastings? Not one, and none either in the previous ten years over which the survey was made. There have however been 101 £1million-plus sales over the same period in Rother.

 

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