Peter James to be guest at Sussex Crimestoppers fundraiser

CONNORS Brighton 01273 486851 'Picture by Darren Cool'Author Peter James poses with a horse in Woodmancote, Sussex, UK.
CONNORS Brighton 01273 486851 'Picture by Darren Cool'Author Peter James poses with a horse in Woodmancote, Sussex, UK.

DAME Vera Lynn and best selling crime novelist Peter James will be among the guests at a fundraising race night in aid of Sussex Crimestoppers at Brighton Racecourse.

The Forces Sweetheart and author are both patrons of the charity which encourages people to anonymously pass on information ofcriminals or criminal activity on 0800 555 111 or online at

The race meeting takes place on Thursday April 26 and there is free admission into the racecourse’s Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure (maximum of four tickets per household).

Four and a half thousand tickets have already been claimed for the meeting.

The first race is off at 4.35pm.

Various local companies are backing the event by sponsoring races and booking places at a fundraising dinner. They include Brighton and Hove Jobs, the Hilton Metropole, JD Davies Building and The Thistle Hotel.

Sunday Times no 1 best selling novelist, Peter James, will be signing copies from his hugely popular series with Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace as well as copies of his latest critically acclaimed stand alone thriller ‘Perfect People’.

His new crime novel ‘Not Dead Yet’ is due to be published in June.

Sussex Crimestoppers is the local branch of the national Crimestoppers charity, an independent, self-financing body.

Since the national charity’s inception in 1988, thanks to Crimestoppers information:

More than 114,000 people have been arrested and charged with offences including murder, rape, drug dealing, burglary, robbery and theft

More than 1.3 million useful pieces of information have been received

More than £122m of stolen property has been recovered

Illegal drugs with a street value of over £229m has been seized

To help achieve these results, Sussex Crimestoppers run and/or take part in a variety of campaigns at the national, county and local level.

This includes the race meeting at Brighton on Thursday April 26.

Stuart Dorn, the head of sales and operations at Brighton Racecourse, said: ”We are delighted to be working with Sussex Crimestoppers.

“The racecourse is very much part of the community and we wanted to do something to raise the profile of such a worthwhile body.

“We are expecting one of the biggest attendances of the season because of the free admission offer so Sussex Crimestoppers will be able to publicise their activities to a wide audience.”

For further information contact, Stuart Dorn on 01273 603580 or e-mail