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Police News and Appeals - 27th July 2021

Appeal for witnesses after unprovoked assault at Storrington petrol station

Police are appealing for witnesses to an unprovoked assault at a petrol station in Storrington, West Sussex.

The incident, on Thursday 10 June, happened at an Esso garage in Pulborough Road.  As the victim went inside to pay a group of four men in a white convertible BMW car made a comment towards him, which he replied to.  Two of the men got out of the vehicle and one of them hit the victim twice on the head, causing a cut behind his ear. The group then left the scene.  Officers investigating the matter believe the man who can be seen by clicking on the link could help with their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises him, or who has any other information about what happened, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1544 of 10/06.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/appeal-for-witnesses-after-unprovoked-assault-at-storrington-petrol-station/

First 13 people convicted following drink/drug-driving campaign identified

13 people, arrested during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, can now be identified having been convicted in court.

A total of 279 arrests were made in Sussex during the operation between 11 June and 11 July, which was run in addition to our routine roads policing duties 365 days year.  A large proportion of the arrests (79) were in relation to an unlicensed music event in Steyning.  Police carried out dedicated patrols to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions, through education, engagement and enforcement.


Of the 279 arrests, the following people in the Horsham district are:
 
Hayden Brock, 21, a student, of Rowlands Road, Horsham, was arrested in Rushams Road, Horsham, on 19 June and charged with driving with 86mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 5 July, he was disqualified from driving for 21 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
 
David Power, 36, a telecommunications employee, of Dacre Gardens, Upper Beeding, was arrested on the A2037 in Upper Beeding on 19 June and charged with driving with 68mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 20 July, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £700 fine, £85 costs and a £70 victim surcharge.
 
Elliot Ward, 21, a builder, of Middle Mead, Steyning, was arrested in Kings Barn Lane, Steyning, on 23 June and charged with driving with 47mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 20 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £400 fine, £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
 
In keeping with previous campaigns, details of people convicted as part of this campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:
 

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;

  • A minimum 12 month ban;

  • An unlimited fine;

  • A possible prison sentence;

  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;

  • An increase in your car insurance costs;

  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

 
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.   You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

To see the full list of the 13 people please click on the link or go to our website.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/first-13-people-convicted-following-drinkdrug-driving-campaign-identified/

Police Crime Summary - 27th July 2021

Burglary – there are no burglary dwellings or burglary to other dwellings i.e. outbuildings such as sheds and garages to report this week.
 
Officer and PCSO patrols
Our neighbourhood policing team in Horsham have been busy this last week, these are just a couple of things they’ve been up to:

On Wednesday PCSO Priest was out and about in Horsham carrying out enquiries in relation to a recent pedal cycle theft. Please remember to lock your bike frame and wheels to a secure bike rack when you’re out and register your bike with bike register or Immobilise.

On Thursday our officers and PCSOs were in Lintot Square, Southwater to speak to local residents about the recent anti-social behaviour in the area.

If you would like to contact your neighbourhood policing team to speak to them about any concerns you might have, please email the team on horsham@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Help us keep Sussex safe

 

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

 

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Police News and Appeals - 20th July 2021

Storrington man jailed for child online sex offending

A man who travelled to try to meet someone he thought was a teenage girl for sex in Crawley after online contact, has now been given a prison sentence.

Richard White, 44, unemployed, of Timberlands, Storrington, was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 1 July, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to attempting to arrange a child sexual offence.

TO SEE THE FULL STORY, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE.
For further advice about child sex exploitation and sources of support see the Sussex Police website 

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/storrington-man-jailed-for-child-online-sex-offending/

Sussex Police welcomes changes to Offensive Weapons Act

It is an offence to possess weapons including knuckledusters, zombie knives and throwing stars, even in your own home, following changes to the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 by the Government on 14th July.

The Offensive Weapons Act is in place to control the sale of knives and corrosive substances, and introduces new offences on their possession and use.

Other sections of the act that have recently started also include an updated definition of flick knives to reflect changes in weapon designs, and the banning of private possession of flick knives and gravity knives.

These changes will further help officers to take weapons off the streets, deal with those intent on using them, and vitally make it more difficult for young people to get hold of knives and other dangerous items in the first place.

What to do if you’re worried about knife crime

  • If you are under 18, you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime you should try to talk with your parent or carer, or alternatively talk to Child line for help on 0800 1111 or go online at childline.org.uk.

  • If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.

  • Whether you are a parent or young person you can contact Sussex Police on 101 to speak with your local Prevention Team.


Who do I report knife crime to?
You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
To report knife crime anonymously go to https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info 

TO SEE THE FULL STORY INCLUDING A VIDEO, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/sussex-police-welcomes-changes-to-offensive-weapons-act/

Violence Reduction Units from across the country work together to prevent violence


As the national violence reduction programme enters its third year, Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) from across England and Wales met on Thursday 15th July to evaluate their progress in reducing violence and helping to build stronger, more resilient communities.


Launched in 2019, VRUs bring together different organisations, including the police, local government, health, community leaders and other key partners to tackle violent crime by understanding its root causes.

VRUs adopt a public health approach to violence reduction; this means focusing on understanding the causes of the problem and on testing, evaluating and upscaling interventions. Considering factors such as physical environment, health and education, can help to identify the interventions that will be most successful.

The Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership’s (VRP) focus has been targeting the risk factors in young people that can increase vulnerability and potential involvement in serious violence.


In East Sussex, the VRP is running a programme in College Central aimed at reducing the risk of young people being drawn into exploitation and serious violence. There was a 63% decrease in Fixed Term Exclusions across the 2019/20 academic year and numbers of young people coming to attention through the service also saw an 80% reduction compared with the previous year (Sept to Dec 2020 vs. Sept to Dec 2019).

The conference was attended by representatives from all 18 VRUs across England and Wales. Local, regional, and national stakeholders – people already working within violence reduction or those who would like to find out more about how these systems could work better together – were invited to join the conference. For more information, contact GMVRU@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk .

For further information about the Sussex VRP, visit the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner website.


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/violence-reduction-units-from-across-the-country-work-together-to-prevent-violence/

Appeal for witnesses after catalytic converter theft


Police are investigating after the theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle.


Officers were called to Manor Road, Upper Beeding, shortly before 4am on Tuesday (July 13).  A resident was awoken by a noise outside her home and saw four men targeting a yellow Honda parked in the road.  She challenged the group, who were seen leaving the area in a silver estate car.


Officers from Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) attended soon after the theft, and confirmed a catalytic converter was stolen from the Honda.

Signs that thieves may be targeting a vehicle to steal a catalytic converter include seeing a vehicle being raised using a car jack in a car park or residential area, and a loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed what happened, or anyone who has CCTV or doorbell camera footage in the area to come forward.  Witnesses or anyone with information can report it to Sussex Police online here or call 101 and quote serial 140 of 13/07.


Advice on how to prevent catalytic converter thefts or recognise the signs it may be happening is available on our website here.


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal--for-witnesses-after-catalytic-converter-theft/

Police Crime Summary - 20th July 2021

Burglary

Reference:  0334 17th July
Location:  York Close, Horsham
Date and time: Between 16th & 17th July 
Details:  Someone has attempted to enter a property, no entry gained and nothing stolen.

Reference: 1419 17th July
Location: Bennetts Road, Horsham
Date and time: overnight 17th July
Details: Someone has entered the property via an insecure door. Jewellery and a guitar lead were stolen.

Burglary other than Dwelling – there are no burglaries to outbuildings to report this week.

PCSO and Officer Patrols  
Our officers and PCSOs have been out and about again this week. One of the street briefings was in Thakeham on Saturday (17th July) when the local PCSO met with some local residents.

Catalytic converter thefts
We have recently noticed a rise in catalytic converter thefts in the Horsham district. These thefts have occurred in Pulborough, Southwater, Henfield and Steyning. If you have CCTV, ring doorbell or dash cam footage or have any information that might help, please call us on 101.

Roads Policing Unit
The latest Monthly Roads Policing Update has been shared on the Sussex Police social media pages.  
You will be able to see what’s been happening in West Sussex and across the county.
These are just some of the stories for West Sussex

West Sussex
Two mopeds were seen and stopped in Ford Road, Arundel, by officers whose investigations showed that one of the mopeds was being ridden on false plates and had actually been stolen in October 2020 from Brighton. The rider claimed to have bought it off an internet sales site the previous week, the moped was seized and enquiries are ongoing. The rider had no insurance and will receive six points on their licence and a £300 fine. The second moped rider was issued with a fixed penalty notice for an illegal number plate and broken brake light.

Local officers have been out with the West Chiltington Community Speed Watch group to provide support and positive community engagement. Our volunteers are crucial to help us make our roads safer for all road users. You can find out more and how to join Community Speedwatch in the ‘Engage with us’ section below.

A motorcyclist who was stopped due to the manner of their riding and was issued with a Section 59 warning as well as fixed penalty notice for an illegal number plate and no MOT. A Section 59 warning is issued where a rider / driver drives in an anti-social manner and can result in a warning on the first occasion and is given to the driver and put on the vehicle. If they do it again then the vehicle can be seized and only released when a fine is paid.
Speed checks were carried out on the A273, Hassocks, resulting in several motorists being stopped for speeding. Early morning speed checks were also carried out on the A286, Chichester and five speed offences were dealt with when officers carried out checks on the A285, Duncton.

The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, careless driving, drink-driving, driving with no licence, driving with no insurance, driving without a valid test certificate, failing to stop when required by police and possession of cannabis. He pleaded guilty to all offences, and at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 17 June, he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 42 months.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the fatal five causes of killed and seriously injured incidents on the roads. Our message is this drink or drive, never both.

Engage with us
Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police, which provides communities of Sussex an opportunity to report specific instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the road. In instances where there is sufficient evidence, road users are contacted and educated by Sussex Police to highlight the impact of ant-social behaviour on the roads on the wider community. All reports provide a vital oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents are taking place, assisting in the long term operational strategy of colleagues within SSRP and Sussex Police.

Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a county wide initiative involving community members working collaboratively with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding speed limits are referred to Sussex Safer Roads Partnership with the aim of educating drivers to educate their speeds.

To find out more about Community Speedwatch, or if you are interested in joining a local group, please contact SSRP

If you have any questions about road safety in Sussex, contact the SSRP team. 
If you suspect someone is drink or drug driving and there is an immediate risk dial 999 or text 65999 to report it.

Help us keep Sussex safe

 

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

 

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Covid Vaccine Passport Scam - 23rd June 2021

We have been made aware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”.

Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details (for an admin fee).

The website has since been taken down, but in case similar emails/websites appear can you please circulate the attached alert to your residents, members, groups and mailing lists.

And just to reiterate, your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

More information can be found on the gov.uk website;  
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Please note that any Phishing scams can be reported to  SERS (Suspicious Email Reporting Service):  report@phishing.gov.uk

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June Fraud Newsletter - 7th June 2021

"Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim." T/Detective Chief Inspector Rob Walker, Surrey Police & Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit

Doorstep Crime
As the weather improves and lockdown restrictions lift, we expect to see an increase in incidents of doorstep crime.  The phrase ‘doorstep crime’ includes distraction burglary, bogus callers, rogue traders and unscrupulous salespeople.  It can take many forms, including pressure selling, overpriced or substandard home maintenance or improvements and fake consumer surveys.

Case Study
A 76 year-old man living alone in East Sussex received an unsolicited visit at his door from a man offering garden and driveway services along the victim’s street.

The victim agreed to having his driveway washed for £200, but soon realised the job was escalating when the men started trimming bushes, hedges and scraping moss from the roof, which he did not initially agree to. As a result, the men charged £2000, which the victim felt forced to pay.

The victim handed over some money in cash, and the man claimed to be doing the victim a favour by taking cash and not charging any VAT. No receipts or confirmation was exchanged.  The victim realised he had been victim of a scam and contacted the police.

Case Study
A 82 year-old woman living alone in North Surrey found a company to redo her garden lawn. She asked for a quote, and paid some cash upfront to start the work.

The victim was then told the quote had increased due to the difficulty of the work. She was pressurised into handing over more cash, then the man claimed he needed to hire a truck for the work and asked for more money.

This made the victim suspicious and she refused to pay any more. She never heard from the man again. Unfortunately, she also lost £300 and the work on her garden wasn't completed.

Protect Yourself From Unwanted Callers
Be vigilant about anyone who comes to the door asking for personal or financial information. Never give your bank details, transfer money to those you don't know or trust or give your PIN number or other sensitive information to strangers.

If you are in doubt about a situation, close the door and call police. If something doesn't sound right, don't feel pressured to make a snap decision on matters relating to your finances. Trust your instincts.

Check your actions with a trusted friend or family member and get their advice on whether you should go through with any action that could impact you financially.

WhatsApp Hacking
We have received reports of WhatsApp accounts being hacked. Fraudsters send messages asking victims for a verification code, which they send the victim by text. It allows them to access the victim’s WhatsApp remotely and log the victim out. They then use the victim’s account to ask family and friends for money and continue hacking other accounts.
 

  • Never share a verification code with anyone.

  • Block unknown numbers without replying or providing personal information.

  • Remember officials from WhatsApp will never ask you to provide private information via WhatsApp messages, texts or a phone call.


Census Text Message
Have you received a text telling you that you haven't completed your 2021 census correctly?

Don’t click on links unless you can verify where they came from. If in doubt, keep them out. Text messages should be forwarded to 7726, a free-of-charge short code that enables your phone provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

How you can help us
If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud please report online.
Report fraud or attempted fraud on the Action Fraud website or call 0300 123 2040.