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How safe are we? – Sussex Police to attend public meeting tonight

Besi Besemar April 10, 2019

Police officers will attend a public meeting tonight to discuss recent violent attacks in the St James Street area.

FOLLOWING further violent attacks on another two gay men at the weekend which has left one of the victims still hospitalised, Sgt Karen Osborn and Karon Chamberlain, the Prevention and Partnership Manager at Sussex Police will attend the Quarterly Public Meeting of the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum in the Phil Starr Pavilion this evening.

Amid growing concerns of a lack of communication between Sussex Police and the LGBT+ communities, the officer will explain how St James Street is being policed, updating progress investigating the recent round of serious violent attacks and policing plans for the area going forward.

The meeting will be hosted by the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, chaired by Billie Lewis and starts at 7pm prompt.

Billie Lewis
Billie Lewis

Billie Lewis, chair of the LGBT Community Forum said: “There is clear concern across the LGBT+ communities about the recent violent attacks in the St James Street area. This evening will give you the chance to hear what Sussex Police are doing about the situation and ask the officer present any questions.”

The Brighton and Hove Community Safety Forum are an established independent LGBT forum of eight elected unpaid volunteers working with LGBT+ Communities across the city to address and improve safety and access issues in Brighton & Hove.

It’s very much a Forum where members of the public can have their say and can ask direct questions to those in charge of community safety in the city.

The Forum was formed to give the LGBT+ communities a much needed voice on a wide range of safety issues in Brighton and Hove, to act as a bridge with statutory service providers such as the city council and Sussex Police to enable there to be more accountability and transparency of the services provided.

Event: Public Meeting – Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum Quarterly Meeting

Where: Phil Starr Pavilion, Victoria Gardens, Brighton

When: Wednesday, April 10

Start: 7pm

Entry: This is a free event