NEW funds to tackle serious violence in the county have been revealed.

Sussex is to be one of 18 forces to receive a share of a £35 million Home Office fund to create Violence Reduction Units (VRUs).

The Government revealed the plan in August and since then Sussex Police has worked to bring together authorities to help address the root causes of violent crime.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said the force will receive more than £880,000.

The unit will seek to establish programmes for early intervention, rehabilitation, and discipline to stop the worst offences.

Mrs Bourne said: “The partnership approach to violence reduction that the VRUs co-ordinate really works and I’m pleased to see the Home Office recognising this.

“Their commitment to the future of these initiatives is welcome news and will hopefully mean that Sussex Police and partners will be able to continue to intervene, rehabilitate and divert people away from crime, especially young people.

“The work of the VRUs and the recent launch of the new Tactical Enforcement Unit show that Sussex Police are steadfast in their aim of stamping out serious violence from our communities and safeguarding our most vulnerable.”

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “Violence, and the fear of violence, is a blight on our communities. This additional funding is good news.

“It will enable us to continue to better understand the specific issues in different parts of Sussex.

“The key to success in tackling and reducing violent crime is a co-ordinated approach with partners offering long-term solutions to violence in society, especially amongst the young.

“Our officers and staff work tirelessly to support young people in the community and to divert those at risk away from a following a criminal path.

“We look forward to continuing this vital work with our partner agencies.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel commented: “I will not tolerate criminals drawing vulnerable young people into a life of violence.

“These units are already playing a vital role in diverting young people away from crime - and the funding I have announced today will allow them to continue this important work.”