Regency Business Ward ranks high for violent crimes

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According to statistics published by Sussex Police, violent and sexual offences make up 23% of the reported crime in the Regency Business Ward of Brighton and Hove.

The total of overall reported crime from the area between December 2018 to December 2019 is 3,372.

In comparison, the nearby North Laine ward has a lower rate of overall reported offences (2,321), with 22% reported as violent and sexual offences.

In the past few weeks, a number of cases on North Street have highlighted the severity of these figures.

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Last week, the body of 24 year old Billy Henham was found dead, inside an abandoned building on January 2nd. Police were called to reports of concern for a person in the property. Three men have been arrested on suspicion of his murder.

This week, Sussex Police released CCTV footage of a group of people they would like to speak to, in connection with an assault on  34-year-old Cameron Devlin, on the 21st of December. He later died on Boxing Day, and Police are still trying to establish if the assault resulted in his death.

We spoke with a number of residents in the area, and asked them how safe they now felt. One resident told us "mostly I feel safe, but at night I'd try to avoid (going out)".

Another resident told us that they felt there wasn't enough being police presence to deter criminals in the area. "I finished working in Regency Square at 11 o'clock at night... I used to walk home, up to Kemptown."

"Now I get the bus - especially on a Thursday or Friday, because it's just like a war zone out here".

We also contacted Sussex Police, but they were unable to provide a statement on concerns raised by the public, unless cases are officially reported.

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