Rise in domestic abuse over Christmas

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Sussex Police dealt with 460 reports of domestic abuse in West Sussex over Christmas and New Year.

Under a campaign called Operation Cranberry, patrols were on duty to respond to reports, with officers equipped with body-worn video cameras to help gather evidence.

The patrols began on December 20 and continued until January 1.

Across the whole of Sussex, officers responded to a total of 979 incident calls, and logged 257 crime reports ranging from assault to harassment.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hale from the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Branch said; “This was the fifth year that we operated these force-wide patrols, anticipating that this period would be particularly busy with calls for help, and again we were sadly proved correct.

“During this period we received an average of 73 domestic abuse calls every day, compared with an average of 63 such calls every day for the rest of the year.

“We want people to be confident in contacting us for advice and assistance, and we see the figures as evidence that our efforts are beginning to pay off.”

For advice and support, visit www.sussex.police.uk or call 101 or 01273 470101.