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Police News and Appeals - 13th November 2019

Bi-annual blitz on burglary through Operation Magpie

Early November saw Sussex Police run its bi-annual burglary prevention and awareness campaign under the banner of Operation Magpie, providing advice to residents on securing their property.

During the week officers undertook days of action in rural communities, which can be more vulnerable to burglary.  In the Chichester district, rural crime Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and prevention teams visited Loxwood and Southbourne, where they spoke to residents at length about crime prevention and security, and handed out advisory leaflets.

On Friday (1 November) In the wake of recent burglaries, Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner and Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne met up with the new rural crime PCSO Olivia Clinton to patrol Hartfield, part of Wealden district. They were joined by other PCSOs and officers as part of a day of action.  At both locations the day saw high-visibility patrols in potentially vulnerable areas and areas affected by recent crime. Local businesses were visited and offered one-to-one advice on how best to secure property. Rural PCSOs also visited farms and villages to provide guidance and free property marking for vehicles and high-value equipment.

One visit was to the Ashdown Forest Centre, scene of a recent break-in, where the team carried out property marking with DNA kits. These provide instant identification of stolen property and are particularly useful for repeat victims or those deemed vulnerable to burglary and theft.  Following the days of action, people will continue to see more PCSOs within their community. Since Monday 4 November they have been given responsibility for specific areas within Sussex, to which they will be linked by name. The aim is to enhance local policing countywide and to raise officers' profiles among residents.

This process will continue to be rolled out over the coming months as additional PCSOs are recruited and deployed. This is in addition to six new rural crime PCSOs providing specialist support.

Sussex Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "It was great to get out and about with the prevention team, and the area’s new rural crime PCSO for Operation Magpie to talk to residents in our rural communities. Burglary can cause victims long-lasting suffering, and in rural areas it can be damaging to not only their homes, but their livelihoods.

"The prevention of these crimes is key to keeping our communities safe, so it is important we continue to work closely with the public. With the launch of the rural crime PCSO team and the allocation of a named PCSO for each area, we can further help to prevent people from becoming victims of burglary in the first place.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne added: "Burglary is one of the top concerns for Sussex residents, especially those in more rural, isolated locations. It was great to have the opportunity to join a dedicated rural PCSO on patrol with officers, offering practical advice to keep residents and businesses safe in the future.  The police visibility in our communities that PCSOs provide not only boosts public confidence but also acts as a deterrent for criminals.”

To help protect yourself against burglary, please read our crime prevention advice here.

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes moments to do. If your valuables are subsequently stolen, it helps police, insurers and second-hand traders to identify them.

You can also join Sussex Police’s community message service, In the Know, which will keep you updated on news in your area.

Police Crime Summary - 13th November 2019

Reference: 1499 5th November
Location: Mannings Heath
Date and time: Approximately 1930hrs 5th November 
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property, no entry was gained.

Reference: 1677 5th November
Location: Tanbridge Place, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1700hrs and 2330hrs 5th November
Details: Point of entry unknown, cash was stolen.

Reference: 0626 10th November
Location: Eversfield Road, Horsham
Date and time: Between 7th and 10th November
Details: A rear door was broken and a house was entered, jewellery was stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling

Reference: 0359 9th November
Location: Station Road, Amberley
Date and time: Between 2000hrs 8th November and 0815hrs 9th November
Details: 2 workshops were broken into, nothing stolen.

Reference: 0440 9th November
Location: Nuthurst Road, Monks Gate
Date and time: Overnight 8th – 9th November
Details: Power Tools were stolen from a garage.

Reference: 0751 12th November
Location:  Sleets Road, Broadbridge Heath
Date and time: Between 10th & 12th November
Details: A lock was broken off a shed and tools were stolen.


Theft from vehicles.
We have received several reports of vans being broken into between Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November where the vehicles had the windows broken and power tools stolen. The roads affected are north of Lambs Farm Road. If you have noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area or have any CCTV then please call 101 and report it or report online.

Also, we have also noticed a rise in the thefts of catalytic converters over the last week, the vehicles being targeted are Mazda and Honda.  If you have any information in relation to the thefts please call us on 101 or report it online.

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 or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.


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

Police News and Appeals - 5th November 2019


Prevention is the best defence against burglary
Keep valuables out of sight and reach
Don’t advertise you’re away or not at home on social media
Keep doors and windows locked. Find our more advice.

Riding school receives police cash boost

The Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Association has received a £500 cash boost from Sussex Police.

PCSO Tracy Bicknell, of the Horsham Prevention Team, said she was delighted to present a cheque to the riding school.

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from the sale of unclaimed lost property and property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.

The riding school in Cranleigh, Surrey, is for people with special needs to benefit their health and wellbeing and is used by pupils at Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School in Horsham.

To find out more about PPAF grants, please look here.

Man stabbed in Horsham town centre - witnesses sought

Police are seeking witnesses to a fight in Horsham town centre in which a man was stabbed.

At about 9pm on Friday (1 November) a fight took place involving several men in Bishopric, Horsham, outside the Lynd Cross pub.  A 20-year-old man from Crawley sustained a stab wound to his body and was taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious but not life threatening.  A 55-year-old Crawley man was arrested on suspicion of affray and is in custody for interview and further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said; "The investigation is at an early stage and enquiries are currently being made to trace other people suspected of being involved in the fight.

"If you were in Horsham town centre on Friday evening and saw anything of what happened,or have any further information, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Evesham.  You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"At this stage the Lynd Cross pub does not appear to have been directly involved in the incident, but it was a prominent and identifiable location directly outside which it took place." 

PCSO model will look to increase local engagement across Sussex

Monday, November 4 saw the launch of a named PCSO for every community in Sussex Police.

The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.  The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year. There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019. Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.  This investment has given Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing. The precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of Anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime. This investment will also assist in identifying and keeping safe the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Along with the traditional foot patrol in areas where the community needs our support, our PCSOs are equipped to help solve neighbourhood issues, take statements, work with police officers and our partners to problem solve in the community.” 

With natural attrition, Sussex Police should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, though the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer.  There will also be six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support to rural communities. The rural PCSOs will have specialist training and this will enable them to recognise the specific crime types which can affect rural communities and the unique vulnerabilities of those who live and work in rural areas, both out in the community and through digital channels.

All PCSOs will work closely with our partners and voluntary organisations to solve specific local issues. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly showed the public wanted PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police.  Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations. 

“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities.  A huge welcome to our 100 extra PCSOs, as they start to enter Sussex communities on November 4. I look forward to visiting them in their designated areas and seeing the positive impact that they make to residents and local businesses.” 

The 100 new posts will be allocated according to the demand and severity data

By inputting your postcode in you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live. Some areas may have more than one PCSO.  You can read more about how PCSOs will work and be deployed here. 

Police Crime Summary - 5th November 2019

Reference: 0333 30th October
Location: Rectory Close, Pulborough
Date and time: Between 0500hrs and 0730hrs 30th October
Details: A property was entered via an insecure door. Items stolen include a laptop, jewellery and cigarettes.
Burglary other than Dwelling

Reference: 0807 30th October
Location: Coldwaltham
Date and time: Between 2330hrs 27th October and 0830hrs 28th October
Details: An electric bike was stolen from a secure shed after unscrewing the hinges off the door.
A digger from Manning’s Heath was stolen between 1939hrs and 2036hrs on the 3rd November, if you have seen any suspicious activity in the area please call us on 101 and quote reference number 0331 4th November.
Fraud Newsletter
The November fraud newsletter can be found on our website.

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 or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.


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

How To Shop Online Safely This Christmas and Black Friday - 4th November 2019

It’s no surprise that the lead-up to Christmas – including Black Friday – is the busiest time of the year for online shopping. But with so much on your mind at this time of year and your keenness to bag a bargain, it’s important to get into some good habits and stay alert when you’re buying … whether it’s  presents, a short break, next year’s holiday or those once-a-year treat.

November and December are the busiest times for fraudsters, and we’re sure you don’t want to give them and early Christmas present. That’s why we’ve come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams.

  • Ensure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Type it in rather than clicking on a link in an email, text or post. Fraudsters can set up convincing websites with an appearance and address very similar to the authentic one.

  • Make sure payment pages are secure by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar. But remember, this just means that the page is secure, and not necessarily that the site isn’t fraudulent.

  • Often, advertisements for items such as gifts, holidays and events on social media and online forums are fraudulent, and items non-existent or not as advertised. Be wary: it’s best not to pay any money without seeing the item at first hand.

  • Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know, however desperate you are to buy. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover or refund your money. If you can, pay by credit card.

  • When you’ve finished paying, log out of the page or app. Simply closing it may not log you out automatically.

  • Don’t buy fake goods intentionally or get duped into buying them, however cheap or ‘authentic’ they are. They are of inferior quality, can be dangerous, contravene copyright law and affect the livelihoods of workers who make the real thing.

  • Avoid ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trials – whether slimming pills or the latest tech gadgets – without thoroughly reading the small print and trusted reviews. You could be signing up for large monthly direct debits which are difficult to cancel.

  • Check that seasonal breaks, holidays or travel that you book online are genuine by researching them thoroughly. Look for independent reviews, and make sure travel agents / tour operators are genuine by checking for an ABTA/ATOL number. Pay by credit card for extra protection.

  • If you’re buying event, fixture or entry tickets, do so only from official sources such as box offices, sports clubs or reputable fan ticket exchange sites. If you don’t, you could be paying for fake or non-existent tickets.

  • Avoid clicking on links in unexpected emails, texts or posts, or email attachments. At this time of year, fake parcel firm delivery notifications are commonplace attachments or links: they could lead to fraud or identity theft.


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