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MPs call for taskforce to tackle city’s rising violent crime

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Brighton and Hove MPs have written to the Home Secretary to urge him to set up a task force on the rise in violent crime in the city.

The letter to Sajid Javid was written by the Labour MP for Hove and Portslade, Peter Kyle, with the support of the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown.

Recorded violent crime in Brighton and Hove has risen by 108% since 2011, with more than 5,739 incidents of violence recorded in the first quarter of 2019.

The number of recorded sexual offences and incidents of domestic violence have also increased.

General view of Brighton
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The letter raises "very serious concerns" about this "national emergency playing out on the streets of our constituencies".

The MPs write: "Nothing can be more serious than the security of our constituents and the safety of our streets and communities, and we are urging you to set up a task force on violent crime for Brighton and Hove, as part of a comprehensive strategy both to prevent these crimes from happening and tackle their root causes.”

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A firm of solicitors is calling on Home Secretary Sajid Javid to launch a public inquiry into abuse of inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre over a period of 26 years.

Ben Hoare Bell LLP said it represented more than 400 clients who claim they were physically and/or sexually abused at the unit by prison employees and others.

The firm says the recent convictions of five former employees "only scratches the surface of the scale of abuse which vulnerable young inmates were subjected to".

Three former young offender detention centre officers were jailed for their part in abusing inmates.

Hundreds of men came forward to police over their treatment at Medomsley in County Durham in the 1970s and 80s.

Medomsley Detention Centre