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Police News and Appeals - 19th January 2021

Drink-driver crashed into parked cars while more than twice the legal limit

A man who crashed into three parked cars while more than twice the drink-drive limit has been disqualified from driving.  Toby Poole was detained after police were called to the incident in Beach Road, Littlehampton, about 2am on 20 December.

The 27-year-old identified himself as the motorist responsible, and after failing a roadside breath test, he was charged with driving with 91mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Poole, a chef, of Bushy Avenue, Rustington, appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 12 January, where he was sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, and disqualified from driving for 40 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.


He was among 212 arrests made in Sussex during our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.  The campaign ran from 1 December 2020 to 1 January 2021 – with the aim to provide education and enforcement to motorists – and was run in addition to our routine roads policing activity, 365 days a year.

Of those arrested, nine have since been convicted in court. The remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.

Here are just some of the latest convictions:

Karlis Buks, 26, a shop employee, of East Park, Crawley, was arrested in Beehive Ring Road, Gatwick Airport, on 8 December and charged with driving with 103mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 8 January, he was disqualified from driving for 24 months. He was also ordered to pay a £500 fine, £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Thea Harrison-Roberts, 23, a shop employee, of Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, was arrested in Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath, on 11 December and charged with driving with 45mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 11 January, she was disqualified from driving for 14 months. She was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Carla Rae, 30, a child carer, of Broadmead, Horley, Surrey, was arrested in Fry Close, Crawey, on 13 December and charged with driving with 51mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 11 January, she was disqualified from driving for 14 months. She was also ordered to pay a £346 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Joao De Sousa, 51, a cleaner, of Crowberry Close, Crawley, was arrested in Balcombe Road, Crawley, on 15 December and charged with driving with 51mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 12 January, he was disqualified from driving for 14 months. He was also ordered to pay a £290 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Alister Kafumbe, 22, army personnel, from Crawley, was arrested in Crawley on 19 December and charged with driving with 41mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 11 January, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £230 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Details of people convicted as part of the 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.

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/drink-driver-crashed-into-parked-cars-while-more-than-twice-the-legal-limit/

"We need to stay strong, work together and protect each other"

Since February 2020, Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller has been leading Operation Apollo, Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s Covid-19 response. He is also Chair of the Sussex Resilience Forum; a multi-agency partnership including local authorities, emergency services, the NHS, volunteers and other key agencies which prepares, responds to and recovers from emergencies and major incidents. In an open letter, he shared his Covid experience and reflects on the past 12 months.

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/we-need-to-stay-strong-work-together-and-protect-each-other/  

Man dies in house fire in Horsham

A man has died after a fire broke out at a house in Horsham.  Police officers were on patrol on Monday (January 11) when they saw flames coming from a property in Bishopric around 7.30pm.  Crews from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire. Sadly, the body of a man in his 90s was found inside the house.

The incident is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious at this stage, and the coroner’s office has been informed.  Another elderly man found at the address was treated at hospital for smoke inhalation and some burn injuries to his hand. He has since been discharged.


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/man-dies-in-house-fire-in-horsham/

Police Crime Summary - 19th January 2021

Burglary – there are no burglary dwellings to report this week.

Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0264 19th January
Location: Queensway, Horsham
Date and time: Between 2000hrs 18th January and 0400hrs 19th January
Details: A garage door was damaged and access gained, nothing has been stolen.
Other

PCSO Patrols
Our PCSOs are continuing their patrols, whilst socially distancing of course. This week they were out on patrol in Rusper. If you need to contact your local neighbourhood policing team you can email them on horsham@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Do you know who your local PCSO is? Are you a neighbourhood watch co-ordinator? Please go to the Sussex police website, click on 'Your Area' and find your local team. #workingtogether

Steyning Police station
Please note that Steyning public contact office is temporarily closed. Any phone calls put through to Steyning police station will be monitored remotely.
If you need to visit a Police station please attend either Horsham or Shoreham, details can be found on our website, or you can call us on 101 or report a non-emergency online.  We're sorry for any inconvenience and we will be open again as soon as we are able. Thank you for your co-operation.

Henfield & Steyning
Patrols of Henfield and Steyning were carried out on Thursday evening due to concerns around antisocial behaviour, and a small minority of people not following Covid rules.

Domestic Violence
Over the next couple of weeks our neighbourhood policing teams will be at Tesco Broadbridge Heath, Tesco Pulborough and Sainsbury’s Horsham to speak to people about domestic abuse. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, please check our social media accounts for more information.

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 - 12th January 2021

Police take enforcement action against those breaching Covid-19 regulations in Sussex

Police in Sussex took enforcement action against those found to be blatantly breaching the government’s Covid-19 regulations over the first weekend of the country's third national lockdown. 

The force issued 45 Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) to people across the county were found to have willfully disregarded the rules.  Officers were patrolling areas and communities at the weekend, engaging with the public and where necessary urging people to do the right thing by following the restrictions; which are in place to save lives and protect the NHS.

Enforcement action included issuing a fine to a man who was supposed to be self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, but instead went to peoples' homes to cut and style their hair in Hastings. A driver from Surrey, who when stopped by officers for speeding, claimed he was rushing to deal with an alarm which was going off at his business in Brighton yet could not give any legitimate details of the premises or an address for it. Therefore he did not have a reasonable excuse for making an essential journey.

Superintendent Julia Pope said: "We know this is an extremely difficult time for everyone, however the actions we take and the decisions we make now can help save lives.  This pandemic has been ongoing for almost a year now, and so we are all familiar with what we should be doing to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus.  We know the overwhelming majority of people in Sussex are doing the right thing by staying home, wearing masks and social distancing, but unfortunately a small minority of people continue to ignore the rules.

"The restrictions are in place for a reason – any unnecessary contact had with someone is a potential link to a vulnerable person. Everyone has a responsibility to make the right decisions. It is disappointing that our officers have to take this enforcement action again this weekend against those who are still blatantly breaching the rules as if they do not apply to them.
"It’s so important, now as much as ever, that we pull together and do what we need to do to protect our NHS and our communities from the virus."

 https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-take-enforcement-action-against-those-breaching-covid-19-regulations-in-sussex/

Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers results in 212 arrests

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers has led to 212 arrests across Sussex in just four weeks.

The campaign is run twice a year – in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year – with the aim of protecting the public from the dangers of drink and drug-driving by educating motorists and targeting offenders.

A total of 212 arrests were made by Sussex Police during the operation, which ran from 1 December to 1 January inclusive. This was an approximate 50-50 split of drink-driving and drug-driving.  During the same period, Surrey Police made 186 arrests.

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.


If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
This campaign is run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.

To read the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/christmas-crackdown-on-drink-and-drug-drivers-results-in-212-arrests/

Police Crime Summary - 12th January 2021

Burglary – There are no burglaries or breaks to outbuildings to report this week. However please remember to keep all outbuildings secure and secure all property when not in use.

Other
Roads Policing Team
Read the latest Four Weekly Roads Policing Update and find out what our teams have been doing across Sussex to keep our roads safer. An impressive 52 vehicles were stopped for speeding and Community Speed Watch receive a PPAF cheque. 

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-19 Vaccination Scam Alert - 6th January 2021

We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.


People are warned to be alert to these scams. The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.


The NHS will:
NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.


If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

Horsham District Public Spaces Protection Order - Updating Consultation - 5th January 2021

Horsham District Council has launched a Public Consultation on updating the Public Spaces Protection Order and asks you to take part in  the Consultation survey: 

As you may know, there is currently a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in force across the Horsham District.  This came into effect on 1 April 2018 with the aim of addressing anti-social behaviour and improving public spaces. Each PSPO lasts for three years and the current one expires on 31 March 2021.
 
Horsham District Council would like to renew the PSPO for a further three years (1 April 2021 - 31 March 2024) and also include new prohibitions.

What is in the current PSPO?
 
The Horsham District PSPO currently prohibits the following activities:

Nuisance behaviour relating to alcohol
Anti-social use of vehicles
Not picking up dog fouling
Lack of control of dogs
Unauthorised access and nuisance behaviour - Horsham town only
Racing of horse drawn vehicles on any dual carriageway, including the A24 and A264

Suggested additional prohibitions to be included:
 
District wide
No intoxication or possession of psychoactive substances
It is proposed to add a prohibition to the Order that states that no person shall drink, inhale, inject, or otherwise use or be in possession of any intoxicating substances, or “legal highs”, or drug paraphernalia including nitrous oxide canisters.
 
Horsham Town Only
No unlicensed busking
Licensed buskers are required to meet certain conditions and to make available their badge for inspection by Horsham District Council Neighbourhood Wardens, Police, Environmental Health or Licencing officers. If added to the PSPO, failure to either produce their badge or to stick to the conditions would lead to a fixed penalty notice.
 
No selling of periodicals which include a prize competition dependent on skill
We have received complaints from the public about companies who purport to being charitable in status when in fact they are for profit, employing aggressive sales tactics and misleading information. Despite challenge, these companies continue to operate considering that they do not require a traders licence as they are running a prize competition based on skill. The tickets are categorised as ‘periodicals’ as the competition is drawn once a year. It is proposed to implement a prohibition to deal with this problem and to tackle the aggressive selling techniques, whilst not affecting legitimate selling such as the Big Issue.
 
No anti-social behaviour or nuisance behaviour in car parks and stairwells
There have been numerous complaints of anti-social behaviour within the car parks in the town centre, caused by young people consuming alcohol or drugs, causing damage and playing loud music. These activities have given rise to complaints to both the Council and the Police from residents and are causing nuisance, annoyance and distress to other members of the public wishing to use these public spaces.
 
No drinking of alcohol in The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance
The Council and Police have received numerous complaints concerning individuals gathering on benches in the Causeway and the Gardens of Remembrance in Horsham town. Those gathering often do so to drink alcohol together and then to on to engage in anti-social behaviour such as public urination, using threatening and abusive language, and being drunk and disorderly. The behaviour from such individuals generally improves upon the arrival of Police or Council staff making it difficult to effectively respond to the issue. It is therefore proposed that the drinking of alcohol within the restricted areas of The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance is prohibited.
 
Consultation

Horsham District Council would like your views on the new prohibitions and whether we should extend the PSPO for a further three years. An online consultation is live on the Council’s website now: www.horsham.gov.uk/pspoconsultation until 31 January 2021.

Scam Warning: Fake DPD Emails and Texts - 19th December 2020

Action Fraud has seen a surge in reports relating to fake emails and texts purporting to be from DPD. The messages claim that DPD was “unable to deliver your parcel today” and provide instructions on how the recipient can arrange another delivery. The links in the emails and texts lead to fake websites that are designed to steal money, as well as personal and financial information.

Victims of this scam have reported losing over £242,000 since June. For more information, please visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fake-dpd-messages-lead-to-over-200000-in-losses-since-june

How you can protect yourself:

  • If you’re unsure whether the email or text is genuine, then don’t use the link. Instead, visit the DPD website by entering the official web address directly into your browser’s address bar, or search for it and follow the search results.

  • Remember, your bank will never ask you to transfer money to another account, or contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN or full password.

  • If you have received an email which you’re unsure about, you can report it by forwarding it to report@phishing.gov.uk. You can report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.

Cybercrime 2020 Survey - 21st December 2020

We want to invite you to take part in our latest survey about cybercrime. Your answers will be very helpful in enabling us to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales today. It will also help us with the ongoing development of the Cyberhood Watch initiative, and our general response to cybercrime prevention. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your time and support is greatly appreciated.

Link to survey - click HERE


Some of you may recall that we ran this survey previously in November last year. We would like to get a sense of how things have changed since then, and how the impact of Covid-19 has had an effect on your online experiences.

There is an optional prize draw of a £50 M&S voucher you can enter at the end, as a thank you for your cooperation.


Please feel free to share the survey will your schemes, social media followers and communities.

Best wishes,

Neighbourhood Watch Central Support Team in collaboration with Avast

Broadband Scams - 19th December 2020

UK broadband users are urged to remain vigilant to phone calls from scammers purporting to be from BT Openreach.

 

Victims have reported receiving calls informing them that the company has detected slow broadband speeds in their area and are asking people to logon to their computer and download specialist software to help improve speed.

This scam can also be from scammer supposedly representing Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk or any other broadband service provider. 

Genuine broadband service providers WOULD NEVER CONTACT THEIR CUSTOMERS LIKE THIS.

Surge In Online Shopping Fraud - 27th November 2020

Reports of online shopping fraud have surged by 30% over the pandemic as many of us continue to shop online in light of current restrictions.

Figures from Action Fraud show that criminals conned 17,407 shoppers out of almost £13.5 million over the Christmas period last year, an increase of over 20% when compared to the same period in 2018.

Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online, ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as shoppers search for bargains and gifts for loved ones in the run up to Christmas.

Top tips to shop online securely this festive season:

Where to shop:
Making a purchase from an online store you haven’t used before? Carry out some research first, or ask a friend or family member if they’ve used the site and about their experiences before completing the purchase.

Your information:
Only create an account if necessary or to save you effort if you’re going to use that site a lot in the future. Be cautious if the website asks you for details that are not required for your purchase, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your primary school.

Payments:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, ensure that the webpage where you enter your payment details is secure (website address starts with “https”). Using a credit card to pay online also means that should the worst happen and your payment details are compromised, your main bank account won’t be directly affected.

Phishing:
Some of the messages you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure, don’t use the link – go separately to the website. Report any suspicious emails you receive by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk You can also report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.

Police Contact News - Online Shopping Fraud and Safe Shopping - 27th November 2020

For your information.

1. Finding your local Police Team contacts has been made easier via the Sussex Police website, please click on the link to Your Area (Horsham) to find details of the District Commander, Inspector, Sergeants, Constables and PCSOs. You can also confirm the details of your local Police Station.

2. The GetSafeOnline and Action Fraud teams have produced useful guides on how to shop online safely in the coming weeks, leading up to Christmas - click on the GetSafeOnline advice and/or the Action Fraud advice.

We hope you find this useful - thank you.

Road Safety Campaign: Sussex Safer Roads Partnership - 14th November 2020

Sussex Police and Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are encouraging road users to share the roads responsibly in the latest campaign to reduce death and injury on roads across the county.

Operation VRU (Vulnerable Road Users) is taking place throughout November with a view to educate and advise on road safety behaviours that can improve the safety and enjoyment of all journeys taking place across the county.

With a particular focus on Cyclists, Bikers and Pedestrians, information will be shared across social media on how to keep ourselves and others safe this winter.

From Monday this week the roads policing officers are providing high-visibility patrols across the county. Across the week, there will be road safety educational messaging being delivered, with engagement and enforcement carried out by dedicated patrols throughout the road networks of Sussex. Sussex Police will also be supporting Brake’s ‘Road Safety Week’ – taking part in dedicated patrols to combat speeding in communities.

To keep up to date with road safety information and advice, members of the public can visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk and follow @SussexSRP on Twitter

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