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Rogue road users targeted in Sussex Police operation

The Argus: Rogue road users targeted in Sussex Police operation Rogue road users targeted in Sussex Police operation

Police officers have launched a crackdown on misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists.

Up to 30 police officers were joined by immigration and trading standards colleagues, traffic wardens and city ambassadors in a day of action against rogue road users in Brighton and Hove.

The new project, Operation Intercept, focused on a series of transport issues including cyclists going the wrong way down St James’s Street, cyclists jumping the lights at the junction of King’s Road and Montpelier Road, Lewes Road cycle lane being blocked by parked cars and vehicles parked on zig-zags in Station Road and Boundary Road.


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Taxi ranks at Brighton Railway Station and East Street were also areas of concern where the overflow of taxis had obstructed emergency vehicles responding to calls.

Car key burglars were also identified as a problem with groups of youngsters in West Hove breaking into homes to steal the keys of topend cars to use in joyrides.

Officers were also briefed to be on the lookout for a shortlist of known suspects and offenders including the owner of a Mercedes Benz ambulance suspected of being used for drug sales and a man riding a mobility scooter under the influence of crack cocaine.

Officials from Vehicle and Operator Services Agency carried out spot checks in Madeira Drive while a van with licence plate recognition capability was checking cars travelling along Preston Road.

PC Jimmy Conway, who led the operation, said: “It’s nice for people to see us. It makes a lasting impression and keeps people on their toes.

“The thing is for car thieves, we have the technology, we have the officers with the local knowledge and Brighton is not that big a place.

“We know who is doing it and we will get to them pretty quickly if they do it again.”

During the time The Argus rode with PC Conway and PC Lizzie Luckman on patrol, the officers pulled over a student with a broken wing mirror in New England Street, a driver without her seatbelt on in Lewes Road, a taxi driver stopping on zigzags in North Road and a van driver driving without his seatbelt and lighting a cigarette in Lewes Road.

While many of the incidents were for minor offences, PC Conway explained that picking up for what might be considered a minor offence can actually reveal a more serious offence such as driving without insurance.

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9:37am Fri 24 Jan 14

Indigatio says...

misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words.
Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.
misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words. Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing. Indigatio
  • Score: 29

9:42am Fri 24 Jan 14

whatone says...

"During the time The Argus rode with PC Conway and PC Lizzie Luckman on patrol, the officers pulled over a student with a broken wing mirror in New England Street, a driver without her seatbelt on in Lewes Road, a taxi driver stopping on zigzags in North Road and a van driver driving without his seatbelt and lighting a cigarette in Lewes Road. "

Wow!

Meanwhile burglaries and serious anti social behaviour were probably ignored due to 'lack of resources'

Always the easy targets

Still, it helps the police with their 'not fit for purpose' crime figures!
"During the time The Argus rode with PC Conway and PC Lizzie Luckman on patrol, the officers pulled over a student with a broken wing mirror in New England Street, a driver without her seatbelt on in Lewes Road, a taxi driver stopping on zigzags in North Road and a van driver driving without his seatbelt and lighting a cigarette in Lewes Road. " Wow! Meanwhile burglaries and serious anti social behaviour were probably ignored due to 'lack of resources' Always the easy targets Still, it helps the police with their 'not fit for purpose' crime figures! whatone
  • Score: -7

9:49am Fri 24 Jan 14

MikeyA says...

Indigatio wrote:
misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words.
Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.
A fine use of alliteration, I'd say!
[quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words. Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.[/p][/quote]A fine use of alliteration, I'd say! MikeyA
  • Score: 10

9:49am Fri 24 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

This operation will only be taking place in daylight hours as we all now know as soon as darkness appears our police go home.But its good for crime figures not having police on duty after dark means there are few officers to record any crime.Plus to make sure the crime figures stay good they have closed down the local police stations and as I found out last year the online police reporting form gets ignored so the public also cannot now report crime easily.This is not a dig at the police on duty but a dig at the cut to visable due to government cuts,and a dig at the government for thinking we actually believe the fake crime figures.One other point the police should do on the spot fines for foreign drivers and seize cars without insurance as to make it fair to the british driver.
This operation will only be taking place in daylight hours as we all now know as soon as darkness appears our police go home.But its good for crime figures not having police on duty after dark means there are few officers to record any crime.Plus to make sure the crime figures stay good they have closed down the local police stations and as I found out last year the online police reporting form gets ignored so the public also cannot now report crime easily.This is not a dig at the police on duty but a dig at the cut to visable due to government cuts,and a dig at the government for thinking we actually believe the fake crime figures.One other point the police should do on the spot fines for foreign drivers and seize cars without insurance as to make it fair to the british driver. clubrob6
  • Score: 14

9:54am Fri 24 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

whatone wrote:
"During the time The Argus rode with PC Conway and PC Lizzie Luckman on patrol, the officers pulled over a student with a broken wing mirror in New England Street, a driver without her seatbelt on in Lewes Road, a taxi driver stopping on zigzags in North Road and a van driver driving without his seatbelt and lighting a cigarette in Lewes Road. "

Wow!

Meanwhile burglaries and serious anti social behaviour were probably ignored due to 'lack of resources'

Always the easy targets

Still, it helps the police with their 'not fit for purpose' crime figures!
You are quite correct on police crime figures the only reason they are down is because after dark we have very few police on duty to record any plus the public cant report crime as police stations have closed,and the online reporting form is a gimmick that gets totally ignored as I found out last year.
[quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: "During the time The Argus rode with PC Conway and PC Lizzie Luckman on patrol, the officers pulled over a student with a broken wing mirror in New England Street, a driver without her seatbelt on in Lewes Road, a taxi driver stopping on zigzags in North Road and a van driver driving without his seatbelt and lighting a cigarette in Lewes Road. " Wow! Meanwhile burglaries and serious anti social behaviour were probably ignored due to 'lack of resources' Always the easy targets Still, it helps the police with their 'not fit for purpose' crime figures![/p][/quote]You are quite correct on police crime figures the only reason they are down is because after dark we have very few police on duty to record any plus the public cant report crime as police stations have closed,and the online reporting form is a gimmick that gets totally ignored as I found out last year. clubrob6
  • Score: 10

10:22am Fri 24 Jan 14

Paul_M says...

Alliteration is cheap trick much loved of hack journos on cheap local rags, and given the Argus' rabid pro-motoring stance they simply couldn't resist.

So riding the wrong way on a one way street is a criminal act now, is it? Or jumping red lights? So how come I don't see motorists going to jail for jumping red lights? Or is that just because when they kill and main they are merely "misbehaving"?

Who buys this sh*t anyway?
Alliteration is cheap trick much loved of hack journos on cheap local rags, and given the Argus' rabid pro-motoring stance they simply couldn't resist. So riding the wrong way on a one way street is a criminal act now, is it? Or jumping red lights? So how come I don't see motorists going to jail for jumping red lights? Or is that just because when they kill and main they are merely "misbehaving"? Who buys this sh*t anyway? Paul_M
  • Score: -13

10:37am Fri 24 Jan 14

gheese77 says...

Indigatio wrote:
misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words.
Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.
Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office.
[quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words. Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.[/p][/quote]Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office. gheese77
  • Score: -15

10:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

qm says...

No mention of the 50+ cars parked daily then on the cycle lane in Dyke Road. Are the 'authorities' afraid of offending the "too posh too park properly" brigade???
No mention of the 50+ cars parked daily then on the cycle lane in Dyke Road. Are the 'authorities' afraid of offending the "too posh too park properly" brigade??? qm
  • Score: 3

10:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

TonE60 says...

Idiots like the cyclist who almost collided with me are what the story is about, though there were no police about at that time! I was using the crossing opposite Brighton Uni at the bottom of the Avenue. The lights were red for traffic, but it didn't stop a cyclist from continuing as if the lights didn't apply to him!

If the green man is showing at a crossing, I expect everyone to stop and obey the signals. Cars, Lorries, Buses, Motorcycles and cyclists. The only exceptions being, emergency vehicles with their blues and twos going.
Idiots like the cyclist who almost collided with me are what the story is about, though there were no police about at that time! I was using the crossing opposite Brighton Uni at the bottom of the Avenue. The lights were red for traffic, but it didn't stop a cyclist from continuing as if the lights didn't apply to him! If the green man is showing at a crossing, I expect everyone to stop and obey the signals. Cars, Lorries, Buses, Motorcycles and cyclists. The only exceptions being, emergency vehicles with their blues and twos going. TonE60
  • Score: 17

11:53am Fri 24 Jan 14

Plantpot says...

qm wrote:
No mention of the 50+ cars parked daily then on the cycle lane in Dyke Road. Are the 'authorities' afraid of offending the "too posh too park properly" brigade???
It is legal to park in those cycle lanes.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: No mention of the 50+ cars parked daily then on the cycle lane in Dyke Road. Are the 'authorities' afraid of offending the "too posh too park properly" brigade???[/p][/quote]It is legal to park in those cycle lanes. Plantpot
  • Score: 2

12:00pm Fri 24 Jan 14

cynic_the says...

gheese77 wrote:
Indigatio wrote:
misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words.
Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.
Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office.
Sad that trolls such as gheese77 always have to turn what in this case is a good news story into a cars vs cyclists rant.

It is said that internet trolling is inversely proportional to sexual performance so there must be some pretty unsatisfied partners up at Green HQ.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words. Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.[/p][/quote]Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office.[/p][/quote]Sad that trolls such as gheese77 always have to turn what in this case is a good news story into a cars vs cyclists rant. It is said that internet trolling is inversely proportional to sexual performance so there must be some pretty unsatisfied partners up at Green HQ. cynic_the
  • Score: 7

12:10pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Pity police seem to ignore the 1 in 5 vehicles displaying only one functioning headlight and fail to catch those who delight in driving 2 metres from the rear of my MPV at 50+ mph!
Pity police seem to ignore the 1 in 5 vehicles displaying only one functioning headlight and fail to catch those who delight in driving 2 metres from the rear of my MPV at 50+ mph! Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Fri 24 Jan 14

somethlngsarejustwrong says...

Q. what's the difference between green, and red ?

A. nothing, if you're a cyclist.
Q. what's the difference between green, and red ? A. nothing, if you're a cyclist. somethlngsarejustwrong
  • Score: 16

3:53pm Fri 24 Jan 14

sedwardsESQ says...

What about these drivers that drive whilst under the influence of drugs that give you road rage, speeding thinking they are the best drivers forgetting to indicate and knocking people of their bikes in one way streets because they think they only need to look the way the traffic is moving (like my neighbour did 18 months ago), she fly's down the bypass at over 90 mph having no consideration for other road users shouting and abusing motorists because she feels they not comparing themselves with her speed in her black KIA Soll, has no consideration to those who are crossing the road and even jumping red lights because she is late on picking up her drugs from her dealer, she was reported to Sussex Police yonks ago but still commits offences without any redress or is it just a fact their immune to be charged for other reasons ???
Can the general public report these types of offences they catch on their in car video systems that are date time stamped ???
What about these drivers that drive whilst under the influence of drugs that give you road rage, speeding thinking they are the best drivers forgetting to indicate and knocking people of their bikes in one way streets because they think they only need to look the way the traffic is moving (like my neighbour did 18 months ago), she fly's down the bypass at over 90 mph having no consideration for other road users shouting and abusing motorists because she feels they not comparing themselves with her speed in her black KIA Soll, has no consideration to those who are crossing the road and even jumping red lights because she is late on picking up her drugs from her dealer, she was reported to Sussex Police yonks ago but still commits offences without any redress or is it just a fact their immune to be charged for other reasons ??? Can the general public report these types of offences they catch on their in car video systems that are date time stamped ??? sedwardsESQ
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Fri 24 Jan 14

sedwardsESQ says...

somethlngsarejustwro
ng
wrote:
Q. what's the difference between green, and red ?

A. nothing, if you're a cyclist.
They can't see what colour the lights are as they only looking at their front wheel...............
.lol
[quote][p][bold]somethlngsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: Q. what's the difference between green, and red ? A. nothing, if you're a cyclist.[/p][/quote]They can't see what colour the lights are as they only looking at their front wheel............... .lol sedwardsESQ
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

sedwardsESQ says...

TonE60 wrote:
Idiots like the cyclist who almost collided with me are what the story is about, though there were no police about at that time! I was using the crossing opposite Brighton Uni at the bottom of the Avenue. The lights were red for traffic, but it didn't stop a cyclist from continuing as if the lights didn't apply to him!

If the green man is showing at a crossing, I expect everyone to stop and obey the signals. Cars, Lorries, Buses, Motorcycles and cyclists. The only exceptions being, emergency vehicles with their blues and twos going.
No because cyclists don't see anything other than their front wheel or the ground ahead of them, you should try cycling and your'l understand what I mean, they watching out for the pot holes............lol
[quote][p][bold]TonE60[/bold] wrote: Idiots like the cyclist who almost collided with me are what the story is about, though there were no police about at that time! I was using the crossing opposite Brighton Uni at the bottom of the Avenue. The lights were red for traffic, but it didn't stop a cyclist from continuing as if the lights didn't apply to him! If the green man is showing at a crossing, I expect everyone to stop and obey the signals. Cars, Lorries, Buses, Motorcycles and cyclists. The only exceptions being, emergency vehicles with their blues and twos going.[/p][/quote]No because cyclists don't see anything other than their front wheel or the ground ahead of them, you should try cycling and your'l understand what I mean, they watching out for the pot holes............lol sedwardsESQ
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Fri 24 Jan 14

sedwardsESQ says...

And talking of cyclists, Sussex Police are not exactly the greatest of examples when they riding their bikes, not only the other day whilst strolling along seafront at 20 mph towards the pier, two cops were cycling towards me in tandem (side by side) and has they passed me my passenger said gee you couldn't have got many fag papers between your car and his handle bars but if I had moved further into the road I would have hit one of those stupid green mounts in the middle, then he had the cheek to turn round whilst still cycling giving me a filthy look, good job I suppose I have an in vehicle recording system that is meant exactly for that purpose.
And talking of cyclists, Sussex Police are not exactly the greatest of examples when they riding their bikes, not only the other day whilst strolling along seafront at 20 mph towards the pier, two cops were cycling towards me in tandem (side by side) and has they passed me my passenger said gee you couldn't have got many fag papers between your car and his handle bars but if I had moved further into the road I would have hit one of those stupid green mounts in the middle, then he had the cheek to turn round whilst still cycling giving me a filthy look, good job I suppose I have an in vehicle recording system that is meant exactly for that purpose. sedwardsESQ
  • Score: -1

5:31pm Fri 24 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

cynic_the wrote:
gheese77 wrote:
Indigatio wrote:
misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words.
Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.
Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office.
Sad that trolls such as gheese77 always have to turn what in this case is a good news story into a cars vs cyclists rant.

It is said that internet trolling is inversely proportional to sexual performance so there must be some pretty unsatisfied partners up at Green HQ.
And round your place following your logic. Anything to actually contribute?
[quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words. Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.[/p][/quote]Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office.[/p][/quote]Sad that trolls such as gheese77 always have to turn what in this case is a good news story into a cars vs cyclists rant. It is said that internet trolling is inversely proportional to sexual performance so there must be some pretty unsatisfied partners up at Green HQ.[/p][/quote]And round your place following your logic. Anything to actually contribute? HJarrs
  • Score: -1

5:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

I hope we see a lot more of this type of action. It is not only about crime reduction but also road safety. Preventing death and injury on the roads needs to be a far higher priority. Only the most hardcore of the moanerati would complain about upholding the law sensibly for road users and I am pleased to see the headline of criminal cyclists has been removed.
I hope we see a lot more of this type of action. It is not only about crime reduction but also road safety. Preventing death and injury on the roads needs to be a far higher priority. Only the most hardcore of the moanerati would complain about upholding the law sensibly for road users and I am pleased to see the headline of criminal cyclists has been removed. HJarrs
  • Score: -3

5:47pm Fri 24 Jan 14

the red head says...

HJarrs wrote:
I hope we see a lot more of this type of action. It is not only about crime reduction but also road safety. Preventing death and injury on the roads needs to be a far higher priority. Only the most hardcore of the moanerati would complain about upholding the law sensibly for road users and I am pleased to see the headline of criminal cyclists has been removed.
Why? Isn't is true that until cyclists are treated in the same way as motorists when breaking the law, they will never be regarded as equal on all counts? Imagine the roads where cars do not abide by red lights, do not put their headlights on in the dark and mount the pavement? This is the Highway Code for all that we should all be adhering to. It's great that the police are focusing on all road users to make it safer all round.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: I hope we see a lot more of this type of action. It is not only about crime reduction but also road safety. Preventing death and injury on the roads needs to be a far higher priority. Only the most hardcore of the moanerati would complain about upholding the law sensibly for road users and I am pleased to see the headline of criminal cyclists has been removed.[/p][/quote]Why? Isn't is true that until cyclists are treated in the same way as motorists when breaking the law, they will never be regarded as equal on all counts? Imagine the roads where cars do not abide by red lights, do not put their headlights on in the dark and mount the pavement? This is the Highway Code for all that we should all be adhering to. It's great that the police are focusing on all road users to make it safer all round. the red head
  • Score: 7

12:13am Sat 25 Jan 14

cynic_the says...

HJarrs wrote:
cynic_the wrote:
gheese77 wrote:
Indigatio wrote:
misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words.
Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.
Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office.
Sad that trolls such as gheese77 always have to turn what in this case is a good news story into a cars vs cyclists rant.

It is said that internet trolling is inversely proportional to sexual performance so there must be some pretty unsatisfied partners up at Green HQ.
And round your place following your logic. Anything to actually contribute?
How come you didn't say the same to gheese77? oh! because you're the.....
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: misbehaving motorists and criminal cyclists! Strange choice of words. Anyway, nice to see old bill doing a high profile job for a change. Its just a shame that its not a regular thing.[/p][/quote]Not a strange choice of words considering this papers pro motorist / anti cycling stance. It is said that dislike of cycling/cyclists is proportional to waistline so there must be some pretty large folks up at the argus office.[/p][/quote]Sad that trolls such as gheese77 always have to turn what in this case is a good news story into a cars vs cyclists rant. It is said that internet trolling is inversely proportional to sexual performance so there must be some pretty unsatisfied partners up at Green HQ.[/p][/quote]And round your place following your logic. Anything to actually contribute?[/p][/quote]How come you didn't say the same to gheese77? oh! because you're the..... cynic_the
  • Score: 0

9:44am Sat 25 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

the red head wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
I hope we see a lot more of this type of action. It is not only about crime reduction but also road safety. Preventing death and injury on the roads needs to be a far higher priority. Only the most hardcore of the moanerati would complain about upholding the law sensibly for road users and I am pleased to see the headline of criminal cyclists has been removed.
Why? Isn't is true that until cyclists are treated in the same way as motorists when breaking the law, they will never be regarded as equal on all counts? Imagine the roads where cars do not abide by red lights, do not put their headlights on in the dark and mount the pavement? This is the Highway Code for all that we should all be adhering to. It's great that the police are focusing on all road users to make it safer all round.
I said all road users. Sad but unsurprising you seem to see this as unfair treatment of motorists.
[quote][p][bold]the red head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: I hope we see a lot more of this type of action. It is not only about crime reduction but also road safety. Preventing death and injury on the roads needs to be a far higher priority. Only the most hardcore of the moanerati would complain about upholding the law sensibly for road users and I am pleased to see the headline of criminal cyclists has been removed.[/p][/quote]Why? Isn't is true that until cyclists are treated in the same way as motorists when breaking the law, they will never be regarded as equal on all counts? Imagine the roads where cars do not abide by red lights, do not put their headlights on in the dark and mount the pavement? This is the Highway Code for all that we should all be adhering to. It's great that the police are focusing on all road users to make it safer all round.[/p][/quote]I said all road users. Sad but unsurprising you seem to see this as unfair treatment of motorists. HJarrs
  • Score: 0

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