Safety of Brighton's young population pulled into question following string of violent crime.

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Brighton Police Station (photo: Jesse Williams)
Brighton Police Station

Sussex Police have launched a series of major investigations into violent crime across Brighton occurring over a six-week period.

In December, Suel Miquel Monteiro Delgado, 20, died from serious head injuries after he was struck by a car on Marine Parade following a fight.

In the same month, 34-year-old Cameron Devlin died in hospital after sustaining head injuries following an assault in the city centre.  

24-year-old Billy Henham was found dead in a building on North Street at the beginning of January after a sustained assault.

Just four days later, 18-year-old Oliver Wells died after a stabbing incident in Newhaven.

Figures of violent and sexual crime across Brighton have risen over the last year, with student hot spots being some of the worst affected areas.

In Moulsecoomb, an area which sits between two university campuses, nearly 40% of all crime committed in the last year was related to a violent or sexual offence.  

Areas including the seafront and North Laine saw over 400 offences of violent and sexual crime since January 2019.

Regency Business, which covers locations including Churchill Square and West Street, saw 781 offences, over a hundred more than the previous year.

Roisin Vafee, Police Constable for Sussex Police and Liaison Officer for University of Brighton, expressed students in particular need to remain aware of putting themselves in danger, stating the age group of students makes them vulnerable.

She said statistics outline that victims and perpetrators “tend to be around the early twenties” with “60 percent of under-grads in that age bracket”.

Superintendent Ed Da La Rue has reassured concern over safety, stating that a £1.3 million share of the £100 million Home Office Serious Violence Fund is being used to form operations to tackle crime across Sussex, including youth violence and sexual offences.

He said that while the recent spate of crimes is serious, “these events have happened in circumstances unique to each tragedy” and the succession of such crimes in such a short period is “unusual”.

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