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  1. Specialist road policing unit launched in Sussex

    A police officer pulls over a car

    A new policing unit has been launched to track and catch criminals on Sussex roads.

    So far the Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) has made 17 arrests for the supply of Class A drugs, money laundering and drug related motoring offences.

    In one job they seized cocaine with a street value of £10,000 and £20,000 in cash. They also safeguarded a 16-year-old involved in county lines drug dealing, police said.

    The unit, which has so far clocked up 750 officer hours, has also made 93 seizures of Class A drugs including crack and heroin.

    Some of the drugs seized so far, wrapped in plastic
    Image caption: The unit seized drugs with a street value of £10,000 in one job, police said.

    Chief Constable Jo Shiner said roads were a “prime hunting ground” for the police.

    She added: “From drugs and violent crime, to people trafficking, child exploitation and theft, most criminals have to use the roads.”

    She said the SEU will use both marked and unmarked vehicles equipped with technology to identify offenders and target hot spots.

    The unit is the latest in a series of police enforcement teams to be launched across Sussex in the past year funded by the Government’s Uplift programme and local precept investment.

    A pile of £10, £20 and £50 notes that have been seized.
    Image caption: £20,000 in cash was also found in one job by the unit
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  4. East Sussex GPs vaccinate care home residents

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    A team of GPs from a surgery near Uckfield are among the first in the South East to vaccinate local care home residents with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

    While the jabs began in hospitals earlier this week, GP surgeries in the South East had their first doses delivered on Thursday.

    The team from the Meads Medical Centre took the vaccine to Saxon Court care home in Buxted where they vaccinated 20 elderly people and their carers.

    GP Dr Andrew Duckworth said: "To be able to give them the first jab relatively early and to keep them safe is a privilege."

    Practice manager Charlotte Luck and her team worked around the clock on the logistics. She said "it’s a real game changer" for them and "makes everyone feel so much more protected".

    Local NHS bosses say many more GP-led services will go live in the next few days.