Source: Brighton and Hove Independant
A quick-thinking taxi driver helped a police officer in Hove catch a suspected criminal. Now, the officer involved wants to thank the taxi driver, as he didn’t have time to get his details.
Police said at around 11.30pm on July 29, officers stopped a vehicle in Cowper Street after police suspected drugs may be being transported inside it. While one officer detained one suspect in the vehicle, the other suspect ran from police.
Sergeant Andy Newman chased the quick-footed suspect and was soon assisted by a taxi driver and his passenger who gave him a lift. The taxi driver drove the officer to the end of Rutland Road, when Sgt Newman directed the driver to stop and then managed to detain the suspect. The driver and passenger then checked the officer was okay before going on their way.
While awaiting for his colleagues to arrive at the scene another member of the public also stopped and asked him if he required any assistance. Sgt Newman said: “I was on my own with a suspect so I was gutted that I didn’t get a chance to get the details of those who assisted me as I would like to thank them for their actions.
It is fantastic to know that we have support from the public.” Officers found a large quantity of cocaine during the search. A 31-year-old man from Hove was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cocaine, supplying cocaine, possession of criminal property and being carried in a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and a 62-year-old Portslade man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine and possession with intent to supply cocaine.
They have been released on bail until October 11. If you were the taxi driver or passenger involved, get in touch with police by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 101 quoting serial 1709 of 29/07.