A Sussex police chief has stated that the police patrols in Brighton will be stepped up following a recent spate of murders and an increase in violent crime in the city.
Superintendent Ed De La Rue made the announcement to reassure residents, stating that Sussex police were working "around the clock" to protect the public.
The statement comes following the news last week that 18-year-old Ollie Wells was stabbed to death in Newhaven, and 24-year-old Billy Henham who was found dead at a building on North Street at the beginning of January.
Over the past few weeks there have been 5 high-profile murder cases reported in the city
De La Rue added that although there has been a significant amount of murders in a short period of time, it is "unusual" but these incidents are not known to be linked.
The chief said: "We have numerous operations in place as part of our strategy to combat violent crime across the force.”
The operations mentioned include a new campaign to tackle violence amongst youths thanks to a £1.3 million grant from the Home Office.