Neighbourhood Watch

Police Crime Summary - 10th December 2017


Reference: 0438 03/12/2017
Location: Faygate Lane Horsham
Date and time: Between 30th November and 2nd December
Details: Entry was gained to a property through a window. Cash was stolen

Other than Dwelling

Reference: 0745 03/12/2017
Location: Steyning Road Wiston
Date and time: Between 29th November and 3rd December
Details: A garage was broken into by cutting the padlock. A saw was stolen

Reference: 0322 07/12/2017
Location: Bolney Road Cowfold
Date and time: Overnight on the 6th December
Details: Entry was gained to an insecure shed an engine was stolen

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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Police News and Appeals - 4th December 2017

Police to increase patrols as part of Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A quick drive under the influence of drink or drugs could lead to a life behind bars.

This is the message being issued by Surrey Police and Sussex Police as they prepare to launch their Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Under new Government proposals, motorists who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The current maximum term is 14 years.

The plans have been put forward following significant support from people including bereaved families of victims and road safety experts.

But while the penalty for the offence looks set to increase, the advice from police remains the same – if you’re prepared to drive with drink or drugs in your system, prepare to face the consequences.

Chief Inspector Warren Franklin, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Each and every year, people’s lives are destroyed through drink and drug-driving, and it won’t be tolerated on our roads in Surrey and Sussex.

“Our officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to target offenders across the two counties between 1 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, and will deal robustly with anyone caught driving under the influence.

“Patrols will include static stop checks at various locations, which will be in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers all year round. Our priority is to educate people of the clear risks associated with drink and drug-driving, and to keep road users safe.”

During the same campaign last year (1 December 2016 to 1 January 2017), a total of 187 arrests were made in Sussex, of which 143 have since led to convictions.

Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is among the four major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions, along with speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile device while driving.

Chief Insp Franklin added: “Christmas is a time for friends and family, but it’s also a time when a stupid decision could lead to the loss of someone’s life.

“For those caught and convicted, it will have dire consequences – offenders face a minimum 12-month disqualification, fines up to £5,000 and up to six months’ imprisonment. If you kill someone, you could face life behind bars.

“This could happen to anyone. You may think it’s only a short drive home or you’ve not been caught before, but you might not be so lucky next time.

“We always encourage motorists to plan ahead. If you’re going for a night out or you’re likely to be hungover in the morning, for example, arrange a taxi or a lift with someone sober. Don’t chance driving yourself. It’s really not worth the risk.

“Please ensure you make the right decision this festive season, and don’t ruin Christmas.”

The month-long initiative is supported by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Drive Smart in Surrey and the independent charity Crimestoppers.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Street briefing held to address anti-social behaviour in Billingshurst

Horsham Prevention Policing Team held a street briefing in Billingshurst to address issues of local anti-social behaviour.

The briefing was held in the High Street on Saturday (November 25) and residents were able to speak to Police Community Support Officers and other agencies about local issues.

Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, from the Local Prevention Policing Team, said: “The street briefing provided us with a fantastic opportunity to work closely with our partners and engage with the community by listening to their concerns regarding the local area.

“From this, we will be able to focus our resources on the areas that need it most, tackling and preventing crime and keeping our communities feeling safe.”

Also in attendance of the street briefing were West Sussex Fire and Rescue, local Parish Councillors, Neighbourhood Watch, Horsham District Councils’ Community Safety Team and Billingshurst street pastors.

If you would like to report any issues of anti-social behaviour please report online or call 101.

Boy robbed of BMX bike in Bishopric, Horsham

Police are investigating after a 16-year-old boy was robbed of his BMX bike in Bishopric, Horsham, at around 8pm on Wednesday, 1 November.

Shortly after passing KFC, the boy was approached by a group of three youths, one of whom ordered him to get to his knees before kicking him and stealing his bicycle. The trio then headed off into the town centre.

The suspect is described as white, 5'8" and was wearing a grey hooded jersey and blue jeans.

Anyone who saw what happened, who may recognise the suspect or who may have other relevant information is asked to contact police online or call 101, quoting serial 1377 of 01/11.

Crime summary

We are pleased to say there are no Burglaries to report this week.

Support For Policing In Sussex - 27th November 2017

Will you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

Neighbourhood Watch colleagues, residents, their families and friends can now take part in the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s consultation for the 2018/19 Police Precept. This proposes to increase the police element of council tax to sustain policing in Sussex.

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex. Can you please spare a few moments to complete a very short survey?

The PCC has opened an online survey via her website to seek residents’ views on supporting policing in the county. She explains: “I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cybercrime, but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.”

“In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response. Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public. Now we need your help to sustain this service.”

Last year Mrs Bourne carried out her biggest consultation to date: almost 4,500 people responded with nearly 80% supporting an increase in the police precept part of their council tax bill.

Sussex Police has already saved £76m since 2010, and the Chief Constable’s Local Policing Plan is working towards delivering further savings over the next four years.

“The Chief Constable and I are continuing to work together to drive further reform, and substantial progress has already been made through collaboration with local and regional partners and through investment in mobile technology,” added Mrs Bourne.

“I want to help Sussex Police explore and identify all opportunities for investment. That is why I have carried out a review of the amount of money Sussex Police holds in its reserves and released £15m to reduce the impact of reductions in police officer numbers. I’ve done this because I recognise the scale of the impact that these changes are having on the police and the public, and I remain committed to investing in local policing.

“I am also seeking further sources of external funding, including contributions from new building developments that lead to increased demand on local services. I – and other Police & Crime Commissioners – continue to negotiate with the Government for more funding for policing, as well as asking for the removal of the current cap on the police precept.”

You can find a link to the online survey, as well as further information, at We know that some people are, understandably, hesitant to click on links sent by E-mail. If you feel uncomfortable about following this link you can also search online for the PCC’s website, where you will find the link to the survey clearly displayed on the home page, and also there is a short video explaining why the increase is being proposed.

Do you support this proposal? Please give your views by taking part in this short survey by 5th January 2017. We would encourage you to forward this message to all your neighbours and friends in Sussex.

For more information or to contact the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner please visit

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail or visit

Employment Fraud Alert - 14th November 2017

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.
    • What to do if you’re a victim:

      • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
      • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
      • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
      • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

The Sussex Local Policing Model - 10th November 2017

Since 2015 we have embarked on a transformational change programme. We have looked at every element of our local policing service provision, determining how we can manage more demand with fewer people and meet new and emerging threats facing our communities.

Our new local policing model holds on to areas of policing which are much valued and has transformed others to address the changing nature of crime and evolution of new crime types and threats - for example CSE and terrorism.

In the last five years we have seen reductions in reports of ASB, whilst reports of sexual offences, domestic abuse and cybercrimes have increased – in many cases because people have more confidence to report.

Today we are launching the final element of our local policing model – the introduction of new Prevention Teams. Formerly known as Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Prevention officers and staff are now working smarter to prevent crime from happening and actively targeting local problems.

These teams of skilled PCSOs, police officers and staff are tackling local issues, patrolling where they can make a difference and working closely with you, our partners, to provide better solutions and improved outcomes.

Prevention Teams:

  • are accessible.
  • aim to prevent crime and anti-social b_ehaviour by working with partners and targeting their patrols in areas where they can make a difference.
  • include PCSOs with enhanced skills, police officers and staff, including specialists working with young people in schools and colleges.
  • identify the best ways to solve problems, tackle repeat issues and reduce crime.
  • cover every neighbourhood in Sussex and can be contacted directly.

    • Response Teams:
      • are there when needed in an emergency, available 24/7.
      • provide proactive intervention in vulnerable areas.
      • also attend non-emergency calls where a policing presence is needed.

        • Investigations Teams:
          • investigate professionally and effectively.
          • proactively pursue and manage offenders, using the latest technology and digital evidence techniques to catch criminals.
          • support communities and victims, with each crime type investigated and each case considered individually according to the threat and harm caused.
          • through the Investigation and Resolution Centre resolve less serious incidents, which do not require a face to face visit, over the phone.

            • The launch of our local policing model and vision for future policing shows our commitment to maintain the safest communities in Sussex.

              Local policing is at the heart of everything we do and will continue to be the foundation of the service we provide to keep people safe and feeling safe.

              I look forward to talking to you in more detail about the changes and how our new, resilient model will enable our teams to respond flexibly to new and emerging demands on our service. In the meantime, from 12 noon today, you can visit our website to find out more.

              ACC Laurence Taylor, Local Policing, Public Protection, CJ and Custody
              Sussex Police HQ, Malling House, Church Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DZ
              Tel: 101 ext: 544005 / DDI: 01273 404005

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