Al Capone | 12.11.2012 10:31
The fact is that in areas as Brighton and Hove, the gangsters run the show. Reports are that "There are 12 Mr Big types in Brighton who are so big that no one can touch them". One of these is Nicholas Hoogstraten, a landord, hotel, pub and club owner, who runs his empire like Chicago in the 1920s.
So you might expect Sussex Police to try and clean up these large scale criminal enterprises. You would be wrong. Not only do they offer protection to the gangsters, they act as enforcers for them.
Anyone who upsets, or threatens, the profits of crime run by the gangsters, finds they have Sussex Plod after them. The innocent who complains in more likely to be charged and arrested than the criminals.
This state of affairs has continued for years. Will whoever is appointed Polic and Crime Commissioner take them on and clean it up?