Sussex Police make nearly 40 arrests in Brighton during Pride

NEARLY 40 arrests were made in the city over Pride weekend.

Sussex Police said most were related to drug-related offenses as well as public order offenses involving drunk people.

But the force confirmed there were no major incidents at the first in-person pride in two years.

Around 300,000 people filled the city for the celebrations.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “The role of Sussex Police throughout Brighton Pride is first and foremost public safety.

The Argus: The parade that goes up West Street. Image by Simon DackThe parade goes up West Street. Image by Simon Dack

“As a force, we are working with partners to support the Pride event organizers to minimize disruption to the local community, prevent crime and disorder, and provide a safe environment for Pride attendees as well as the surrounding community.

“Sussex are a force with experience policing major events like this and Saturday’s events proceeded as planned with no major incidents.

“As part of the Brighton Pride operation, 37 arrests were made on Saturday, the vast majority of which were related to drug offenses and public order offenses linked to high levels of intoxication.

“Police action continued throughout Sunday and we continue to encourage people to enjoy a safe and responsible Pride.

The Argus: People enjoy the parade near the Royal Pavilion. Image by Simon DackPeople enjoy the parade near the Royal Pavilion. Image by Simon Dack

“Please report any crime or concern to an officer or steward, online via the Sussex Police website, on 101 or in an emergency on 999.”

Pride started with the traditional parade from Hove Lawns from 11am.

It went along Kings Road before going up West Street, then North Street, past the Royal Pavilion and finally to Preston Park where the We Are Fabuloso Festival was held.

Many familiar faces attended including Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty, Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Hove MP Peter Kyle and Sussex Police Commissioner Jo Shiner.

Rescue workers were seen all over the city, all painted in Pride colors. Some people held signs that read “No Cops at Pride.”

Saturday’s entertainment culminated in Ella Henderson and leading lady Christina Aguilera.

Sunday’s acts included Sophie Ellis-Bextor and headliner Paloma Faith. Sussex Police make nearly 40 arrests in Brighton during Pride

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