Domestic abuse patrols

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PATROLS dedicated to responding to reports of domestic violence will be on duty throughout Christmas and New Year.

Sussex Police will also be equipped with body-worn cameras to help secure evidence in Operation Cranberry.

The patrols will begin on Friday and continue until January 1.

Last year, police in Sussex were called to 982 incidents of domestic abuse over the same period, an increase from 643 the previous year.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hale from the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Branch, said: ‘This is the fifth year running that we have operated extra force-wide patrols focusing on high risk victims of domestic abuse as we understand that the festive period can be a particularly difficult time for them.

‘We have historically had peaks in the number of calls for help on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Victims can be assaulted or abused by their partners or other family members and many of the incidents the police have attended in the past have been extremely violent.’

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