West Sussex 'crime spree' saw residents threatened with a knife; culprit given jail sentence

A man who threatened people with a knife during a ‘12-hour crime spree’ in West Sussex has been jailed.
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Zac Brazil, 26 – of no fixed address – ‘caused distress to a number of victims’, Sussex Police said.

A spokesperson added: “A man has been jailed following a 12-hour crime spre e across West Sussex.

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"At around 4.30pm on January 3, officers received a report of a disturbance at Pengelly Gardens, Littlehampton.

Zac Brazil, 26, of no fixed address, ‘caused distress to a number of victims’. Photo: Sussex PoliceZac Brazil, 26, of no fixed address, ‘caused distress to a number of victims’. Photo: Sussex Police
Zac Brazil, 26, of no fixed address, ‘caused distress to a number of victims’. Photo: Sussex Police

“Zac Brazil entered a property in possession of a knife and threatened the residents.

“Later that day, at around 8pm he entered a property in Ravenscroft, Storrington and threatened a woman with a knife, causing minor injuries. He then damaged the victim’s glasses by stamping on them.”

Police said Brazil was also found with cannabis on him when searched by officers.

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The previous day, he had been caught driving while disqualified and without insurance, police said.

The spokesperson added: “He was arrested and pleaded guilty to criminal damage, common assault, affray, possession of a knife, possession of a Class B drug, fail to cooperate with a preliminary test, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.

“He appeared before Lewes Crown Court on February 12 and was sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment and was handed a five-year Serious Violence Reduction Order (SVRO), which gives police the powers to search him at any time in a public place for a year.”

He was also disqualified from driving for a further 90 months, police said.

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Detective Inspector Gary Jacobs said: “This is a deserved result for Brazil who caused distress to a number of victims.

“Not only the prison sentence, but the power of the SVRO is so important and I am proud of the team for securing yet another one.

“This shows our commitment to make sure dangerous and persistent offenders are taken off the streets.”