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Police in Brighton commandeered a member of the public’s car after street robbery resulting in arrests and a knife off the street

One officer from Brighton and Hove police commandeered a member of the public’s car to catch up with a fleeing suspect.

Our officers will stop at nothing to bring criminals to justice.

So much so one officer commandeered a member of the public’s car last weekend to catch up with a fleeing suspect.

Officers were called to Western Road at around 7.40pm on Saturday, July 2, to reports of two boys being robbed by a group of teenagers.

One of them had a knife, another had a baseball bat.

After parking in Western Road, an officer quickly detained one suspect in Clarence Square – but a call came in that another suspect was back in Western Road, on the other side of Churchill Square.

With time of the essence, the officer leapt into the passenger seat of a member of the public’s car, who drove them back round to catch the suspect before he could escape.

Thanks to his quick thinking and the vital help of the driver, it was one knife off the street and another suspect in custody.

A 14-year-old boy from Bognor Regis was arrested on suspicion of robbery and carrying an offensive weapon. A 16-year-old boy from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of cannabis.

Both have been released on conditional bail while enquiries continue.

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