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Police News and Appeals - 10th MAY 2022

Witness appeal following assault in Horsham

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a teenage boy around 1.45pm on Monday, May 2, outside the Royal Mail sorting office in Hurst Road, Horsham.

Four teenage boys are reported to have followed the victim and two teenage girls through the town centre.  On Hurst Road they pushed the victim demanding that he hands over his possessions to them.  The victim did not hand over anything and was pushed again, but this time was punched in the head three times.

Any witnesses to the assault or anyone with video footage of the incident which could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to police online or call 101 quoting serial number 708 of 02/05.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/witness-appeal-following-assault-in-horsham/

Pair jailed after violent attack in Storrington

A man violently assaulted another man with a baseball bat before texting his friend to brag that he had “done him right over”.

Anthony Lee and George Cranford carried out the pre-planned and prolonged attack at an address in Rowan Close, Storrington, on Sunday 16 February, 2020.  The 22-year-old victim, who was known to them, had been playing his friend’s games console when the pair barged in uninvited and beat him without warning.  He was struck with a baseball bat, and punched and kicked multiple times, causing a head injury, a fractured elbow and significant bruising.

Lee, 26, of Brighton Road, Crawley, and Cranford, 21, of Rowan Close, Storrington, were identified as the suspects and were later arrested.  Enquiries revealed Lee had messaged at least two people to brag about the offence he had committed, adding: “Me and George smash[ed] him right up earlier”.

He was charged with committing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on 27 April.  Cranford was charged with committing grievous bodily harm without intent. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment at the same hearing.

Detective Constable Michelle Jewiss, of Worthing Investigations, said: “The judge agreed with us that this was a pre-meditated, prolonged and brutal attack on a young man who sustained significant injuries which required hospital treatment.  Lee in particular has had a significant impact on his victim and the local community over the years, and this sentence will come as a welcome relief to victim and members of his local community alike, who should now be able to feel safer knowing that Lee will not be around for a while.”

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/pair-jailed-after-violent-attack-in-storrington/

National firearms surrender campaign launches this month

People in possession of unwanted guns or ammunition are being encouraged to hand them in as part of a campaign to make Sussex and Surrey safer.

Many firearms are held in innocence and without awareness of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes.  Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities.

This appeal gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by handing them in at their local police station.  The surrender, which runs from Thursday, May 12 to Sunday, May 29 forms part of a national campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).  This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, component parts, stun guns, Taser, cs/pepper spray and other ballistic items.  We are also encouraging current and previous military personnel to hand in any items kept as war trophies.

By surrendering your weapons now, it will prevent them falling into the hands of criminals and endangering the public.  During the two-week campaign, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender.

  • Worthing Police Station, 21 Chatsworth Road (Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 20:00)

  • Chichester Police Station, Kingsham Road (Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 20:00)

  • Uckfield Police Station (Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 14:00)

  • Brighton Police Station, John Street (Monday to Sunday: 08:00-22:00)

 

Any deactivated firearm deactivated prior to the new specifications of March 5, 2018 (UK implementation date 28 June 2018) is a ‘defectively-deactivated’ firearm and cannot be sold, purchased or gifted, but possession on the other hand is permitted.  Firearms that do meet the 2018 specification and offered for sale or gift must be accompanied by their deactivation certificate (issued by a proof house anywhere within the EU). You can find more information online here.

TO READ THE FULL STORY, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/national-firearms-surrender-campaign-launches-this-month/

Police Crime Summary - 10th May 2022

Worthing Road, Horsham – between 5th & 7th May, an attempt was made to enter a property, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen. Cad 0981 07/05/22. 

Billingshurst Road, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham – between 1900hrs 5th May and 0700hrs 6th May, a Ford Ranger was stolen. Cad 0668 06/05/22. 

Alder Copse, Horsham – between 2200hrs 4th May and 0500hrs 5th May, a wallet was stolen from a vehicle. No damage was caused. Cad 0791 06/05/22. 

Fairfield Court, Cowfold – at approximately 1410hrs 9th May, someone has entered a property via the rear patio doors, used an instrument to force a cupboard and then stolen money. Cad 0831 09/05/22. 

 

Fraud Newsletter 

 

The fraud newsletter for May has been published on the Sussex Police website and provides the latest news and advice. 

You can find the newsletter here or go to the campaigns section on the Sussex Police website. https://sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/fraud/

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 - 19th April 2022

Police help towards purchase of life-saving equipment in Southwater

Sussex Police have donated £500 towards the purchase of additional Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) in Southwater.

The application for the grant was made by Southwater Community First Responders (CFR), which is a team of volunteers who provide emergency medical support to the local community. They are trained to respond in conjunction with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb).

They provide immediate care to those who have fallen ill. In addition to this, the team maintain a network of PADs across the parish and provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/PAD training.

The cheque was presented on Friday 18 March at Southwater Community Police Office. In attendance were PCSO Damian Cecil and Southwater CFR Trustees Pauline Flores-Moore, Councillor Claire Vickers (Horsham District Councillor for Southwater North), Tony Bull and Rob Warde.

Southwater Community First Responders is a registered charity and is largely self-funding. Trustee Pauline Flores-Moore, who applied for the grant said: “The money will be used to fund further Public Access Defibrillators in the Parish. At present we have 13 and are actively looking for additional locations.”

For every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest without receiving CPR and having a defibrillator used on them, their chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent. A defibrillator gives a jolt of energy to the heart, which can help restore the heart’s rhythm, and get it beating normally again. The device is easy to use and does not require training, but it could make the difference between life and death.

PCSO Damian Cecil said: “We are delighted to support a charity which provides a vital service. I am sure the donation from the Police Property Act Fund will be of benefit everyone in the local community.”

The Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) is a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold. Further information can be found here.

For more information or to find out how you can support the organisation go to the Southwater Community Responders website.  You will also find a map of all the Public Access Defibrators in the parish.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-help-towards-purchase-of-life-saving-equipment-in-southwater/

Police Crime Summary - 19th April 2022

Amundsen Road, Horsham – between 1630hrs 8th April and 1200hrs 10th April, cash was stolen from an insecure car. Cad 1291 12/04/22. 

Sullington Lane, Storrington – approximately 1300hrs 13th April, a vehicle was stolen. Cad 0579 13/04/22. 

Henfield Road, Cowfold – between 1130hrs & 1500hrs 10th April, a wallet was stolen from an insecure car. Cad 1566 13/04/22. 

Stoneybrook, Horsham – overnight between 14th & 15th April, the lock on the rear door was broken and entry gained, a purse and car keys were stolen and then the BMW car was stolen from the driveway. Cad 0261 15/04/22. 

Tanbridge Park, Horsham – between 1535hrs and 1630hrs 14th April, persons were seen on CCTV damaging a vehicle and stealing a wing mirror. Enquiries continue. Cad 0963 17/04/22. 

Warnham Court, Warnham – between 1540hrs 16th April and 0800hrs 17th April, a Porsche was stolen from a communal parking area. Cad 1292 17/04/22.

Spierbridge Road, Storrington – at approximately 0040hrs 17th April, 2 males were seen on CCTV attempting to enter a vehicle, the vehicle was secure and no entry was gained and nothing was stolen. Enquiries continue. Cad 0158 18/04/22. 

Houghton Building, Amberley – between 1830hrs and 2030hrs 15th April, a rear window of a vehicle was broken, a power tool and some hand tools were stolen. Cad 0273 18/04/22. 

 

Rural Crime Team Monthly 

Please click on the link for the seasonal overview and update. 

https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/.divisional-campaigns/rural-crime-team-monthly-update/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Orlo

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

Over 20,000 People Fell Victim to Remote Access Scams

More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.


New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device.

Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim. 

 

What are remote access scams

Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:

"While remote access tools are safe when used legitimately, we want the public to be aware that they can be misused by criminals to perpetrate fraud. We often see criminals posing as legitimate businesses in order to trick people into handing over control of their computer or smartphone. 

“You should only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop-up or text message.”

 

How to protect yourself

 

  • Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.

  • Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.

  • If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.

  • Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.

  • Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk. If you are in Scotland, please report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.

Think WIDEN Burglary Prevention Campaign Launched - 3rd March 2022

Our research shows two thirds (67%) of people are worried about their home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming a victim of burglary by up to 50%.

To help you be and feel safer at home, we are running our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign (1st-31st March), highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets.

 

At Neighbourhood Watch, we also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so we've extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N):

  • W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked

  • I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb

  • D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors

  • E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor

  • (N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours

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To learn more about WIDE(N) and burglary prevention measures, visit ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said 'It is not okay for two-thirds of people to fear being burgled. More needs to be done to help people be and feel safer, and when it comes to burglary, prevention is always better than cure. Since 1982 we have been supporting communities to feel and be safer. We know that by securing your home's windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of not being burgled. If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you've had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted - use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.'

We have joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring their expertise to our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign. We are excited to invite you to some events this month:

  • WEBINAR: WHAT DOES SMART SECURITY MEAN FOR MY HOME? 10th March, 5-6pm delivered in partnership with ERA – booking opening soon on ourwatch.org.uk/webinars.

  • ASK THE EXPERTS DAY: 16th March on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram channels – an opportunity to learn more and discuss burglary prevention live with ERA experts and Neighbourhood Watch

 

Member discount
In addition, as a thank you for your continued support of Neighbourhood Watch, ERA is offering a discount of 10% off all alarm kits using the code NHW2022. Click here to take advantage of this special offer. Take advantage of this offer by 31st March 2022.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the campaign, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.

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