Texts from Sussex Police asking offenders to hand themselves in ‘surprisingly effective’

Sussex Police's text messages asking offenders on the run to hand themselves in are 'surprisingly effective', it has been revealed.

More than 13,000 people are subject to outstanding arrest warrants across England according to national reports earlier this month, and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne asked what the local picture was at a performance and accountability meeting last Friday (May 20).

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor explained that they had 41 first instance warrants, and 501 failure to appear warrants outstanding. Of these 76 are in category A, with crimes including drug trafficking, serious assault, and robbery, 404 in category B, for offences such as theft and criminal damage, and 21 in category C, including being drunk and disorderly as well as minor public order offences.

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