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Police News and Appeals - 1st December 2020

Police Dog Finn finds vulnerable man missing in woods

Despite having access to the latest technology, our greatest search tool often comes in the form of four legs, a fluffy tail and a wet nose.  Meet Police Dog Finn, who took just three minutes to find a vulnerable man missing in dense woodland in Faygate, near Horsham.

Police were alerted after the subject was reported to be intoxicated and wearing only a dressing gown in the early hours of Tuesday 17 November.
A number of officers searched the woods for around an hour, but without success, and called in the Dog Unit.

Dog handler PC West attended with her canine counterpart to assist. PD Finn put his nose to work and they managed to locate the man lying on the floor just minutes later. He was taken to a place of safety.

PC West, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Unit, said: “PD Finn is a five-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd general purpose police dog, who is trained to search for people and property. He is a cheeky chappie and loves being at work supporting officers in the best way he can.  Our role is not always about catching criminals; in this case, PD Finn has potentially saved the life of a vulnerable man and I’m very proud of him.”
 
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-dog-finn-finds-vulnerable-man-missing-in-woods/

Police set to launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers launches today (1st December), as police strive to protect the public and deal robustly with offenders.
Drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It is one of the most common causes of collisions which result in death or serious injury.

While the vast majority of people are safe and competent motorists, there is a small minority who still seem prepared to take the risk – since the beginning of 2018, more than 6,000 motorists have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in Sussex, and more than 2,600 in Surrey.

From 1 December to 1 January, Surrey Police and Sussex Police will have resources dedicated to preventing and detecting incidents of drink and drug-driving. This is in addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “The consequences of drink and drug-driving are far reaching. Even a small amount of alcohol or substances can massively impair your ability to drive safely, and you increase the risk of seriously injuring or even killing yourself or someone else.  Imagine being responsible for something like that. Not only have you destroyed the life of that person and their loved ones, you’ve also destroyed your own life.  This is not just a warning; this is the reality. In the past three years (October 2017 – September 2020), there have been 296 collisions in Sussex and 214 collisions in Surrey which have resulted in death or serious injury, and where drink or drugs has been the main contributory factor.

“Working with our divisional colleagues and partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey, we are committed to improving the safety of all road users and reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSIs) on our roads.  Our approach to reducing KSIs will target those at greatest risk on our roads, including motorcyclists, young drivers and vulnerable road users, and we will make the road network an inhospitable place for those intent on criminality by denying them use of the roads.

“We will achieve this through a combination of measures including education, engineering and enforcement, and we will continue to improve the safety of the road network with special emphasis on reducing casualty rates of vulnerable users.”


In keeping with previous campaigns, anyone arrested during this period and convicted will be identified on our website and social media channels.

Chief Insp Hodder added: “By raising awareness of this very serious issue, we hope to discourage people from getting behind the wheel having consumed drink or drugs. Those who do break the law will be dealt with robustly.  It’s also important to add that drink and drug intake affects different people in different ways. This can depend on your gender, height, weight, and even stress levels, for example.  You could also be over the limit several hours after you’ve stopped drinking, so make sure you give it enough time before you drive. Drugs stay in your system far longer.”


You can use our ‘under the influence calculator’ online here: https://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/info/safer-for-motorcyclists/under-the-influence-calculator
 
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am still dismayed by the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  I’m pleased to see Sussex Police cracking down once again on this selfish and reckless behaviour.  This Christmas please remember the serious and life-threatening consequences of driving whilst under the influence.  You will be caught; you will face the consequences. Ask yourself, is it worth it?”


The consequences of drink or drug-driving 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.
Alternatively, people in Sussex can text police on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. www.operationcrackdown.co.uk
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. www.crimestoppers-uk.
The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Drive Smart in Surrey.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-set-to-launch-christmas-crackdown-on-drink-and-drug-drivers/

Police Crime Summary - 1st December 2020

Burglary – There are no burglaries to report this week and I am happy to report there are no breaks to sheds, garages or outbuildings to report either. This is very good news but always keep your property safe. Remember to keep a light on if you go out in the evenings and check all outbuildings are secure.
 
Other
Get Safe Online
A safe online Christmas is about doing your shopping safely, but also much, much more.

Like how you set up and use those new connected devices, make sure the young people in your life are going online safely and responsibly and remain vigilant when there's so much going on around you, including keeping yourself and the family protected from the virus.  Experts from get safe online have put together some top tips to help you and your family go online with safety, security and confidence this festive season.

visit www.getsafeonline.org/onlinechristmas

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

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.

Police News and Appeals - 24th November 2020

Sussex Police continued support for domestic abuse victims

Sussex Police have successfully introduced new initiatives to encourage the reporting of domestic abuse and to support victims, an issue which remains a priority for the force at this crucial time of further lockdown.

Since a new specialist unit was set up in March more than half of people reporting cases that are not immediately urgent have opted for a special video appointment service that can be used when conversations can’t take place face to face for any reason.

The 30-strong Local Resolution Team of specially trained officers are dedicated to dealing with reports of domestic abuse which are not immediately urgent. They discuss the incident with the caller, carry out an initial investigation and provide safeguarding advice, to leave the victim feeling safer than before and to explore available investigative opportunities to prosecute and prevent domestic abuse.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland, Head of the force's Public Protection Command said; "Our preference is to see someone face to face in private at a police station. However, in March we recognised that restrictions such as vulnerable categories, self-isolation, or travel, might make people less able to attend so the force introduced new video conferencing technology.  The officers obtain a safe contact number and send a one time text message to the caller's smartphone. Activating this link puts the caller in to a virtual waiting room where one of our officers will be able to see and talk to them so that an investigation can take place."


Between March and the end of October over 3200 video appointments took place.

To see the rest of this story including details of the White Ribbon Campaign starting tomorrow 25th November, please click on the link or go to our website.
 
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/sussex-police-continued-support-for-domestic-abuse-victims/

Woman charged in connection with hit-and-run involving cyclist

A woman alleged to have struck a cyclist in a hit-and-run while more than four times the drink-drive limit has been charged to appear in court.

Police responded to the incident on the A2037 at Small Dole around 2pm on Friday 13 November, whereby a cyclist was reported to have been involved in a collision with a Land Rover Freelander which failed to stop at the scene.

The victim – a 44-year-old woman from Shoreham – sustained leg injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment, and is now recovering at home.

A number of officers swiftly responded to the scene, while others made their way to the address of the registered keeper, where they discovered fresh damage to the vehicle suspected to be involved.  Sonal Shah, 42, of Penlands Vale, Steyning, was arrested and charged with 152mcg of alcohol per 100ml breath in her system, and failing to stop following a road traffic collision.  She has been released on conditional bail to appear before Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 26 January.


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/woman-charged-in-connection-with-hit-and-run-involving-cyclist/

New website to help prevent terrorism

This Release is issued on behalf of National Counter-Terrorist Policing;

The impact of Covid-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online is creating a ‘perfect storm’ which is making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming.

But parents, friends and families can now get specialist support to stop their loved ones being drawn into harmful activities or groups, with the launch of ACT Early - a new dedicated safeguarding website and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).

This new resource will provide advice, guidance and support for anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be at risk from being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content online.

Between 1st January 2019 and 30th June 2020, 17 children have been arrested in relation to terrorism offences. Some were as young as 14 years old, while nearly all will have been radicalised entirely online. In the same time period, more than 1500 children under the age of 15 were helped by the Prevent programme to choose a different path, away from hatred and violence.

Family and friends are best placed to spot the worrying behaviour changes which can indicate that a loved one is heading down a path towards terrorism, but currently just 2% of referrals into the Government’s anti-radicalisation programme Prevent come from that group of people.
Prevent is just that – a preventative programme, delivered locally by teachers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, the police, charities, and religious leaders. It places protection around people vulnerable to radicalisation, stopping them from being drawn into terrorism – regardless of the ideology.

For help and advice visit www.actearly.uk, or call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, and our specially trained Prevent officers will listen carefully to your concerns.

You can also see further information at the national counter-terrorism police website.


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


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/new-website-to-help-prevent-terrorism-page/

Proactive policing and protecting communities remains our focus during second lockdown

Sussex Police’s Chief Constable has thanked local communities for their perseverance during the second national lockdown, revealing police are now dealing with the full range of crimes alongside policing the pandemic.

Crime patterns have shown an increase in some offences including drug trafficking and possession and in public order. Other crimes have also now returned to pre-Covid levels.

Jo Shiner said the focus remains on daily policing, assessing where police resources will have the most impact and continuing to proactively disrupt criminal activity.

Our priority is keeping communities safe and feeling safe. So we can respond effectively, we ask people to #MakeTheRightCall and contact us online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.  


To see the full story and for further information and advice from Sussex Police, see the force website. 


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/proactive-policing-remains-our-focus-during-second-lockdown/

Appeal after forklift stolen in Horsham

Police are seeking the public's help to identify a man in connection with the theft of a forklift truck in Horsham.

Sussex Police are asking for members of the public to help identify the individual captured on CCTV following a burglary at RGH Supplies in Guildford Road, Rudgwick, Horsham.

During the incident, which occurred on Friday, 2 October, a green Avant 640 pivot steer forklift was taken. The vehicle, which is road legal and has the registration GX65 JSZ, was driven from the property by the suspect in the early hours.

Anyone who may have seen the forklift or recognises the man in the CCTV images is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 214 of 02/10.  Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-after-forklift-stolen-in-horsham/

Police Crime Summary - 24th November 2020

Burglary
 
Reference:  0505 19th November
Location:  Canberra Place, Horsham
Date and time: Between 0730hrs and 1030hrs 19th November
Details:  Damage was caused to a lock on a front door of a flat, believe in an attempt to enter and steal. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen. 
 
Burglary other than Dwelling – There were no burglaries to sheds, garages or outbuildings to report this week.
 
Other
Damage caused in Amberley
On Saturday 21st of November damage was caused to at least 3 vehicles in the High Titten, Houghton Bridge and North Stoke area of Amberley.

Windows were broken and items were stolen. If anyone has any information or has CCTV, please report this on 101.   

Last Chance to enter our competition
A couple of weeks ago we mentioned that the Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner is looking for new postcard designs to use when writing to children and young people, and is inviting Sussex’s under 18s to come up with the designs.

As well as having their design printed on a postcard, the three winners will be invited to join Sussex Police teams for a range of experiences including meeting a police dog, seeing an equipment demonstration and even tea and cakes with the Chief.

Across three age categories – up to 10, 11–14 and 15–18 – the competition closes on Monday 30th  November are invited to use their creative skills, from painting to photography, drawing to collage, to come up with a winning design, which can be inspired by the Sussex Police priorities:

  • Protecting our Communities (keeping you safe)

  • Catching Criminals

  • Delivering an outstanding service.

 
Jo Shiner said: “It gives me great pleasure to launch this competition for children and young people across Sussex. It has been a challenging year for everyone and this is a chance to have some fun and be creative. I am really excited to see your ideas and designs. I hope it will be a welcome activity that you can safely do at home and I look forward to meeting the winners. “

Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of children and adults, including the Chief. Their prize will be organised in line with timescales permitted under covid-19 restrictions for safety reasons. Runners up will also have their work displayed in police stations across Sussex in early 2021.
For further information on how to enter, please visit: www.sussex.police.uk/postcardcompetition .
 
Car Crime
We are aware of someone trying car doors in the Wickhurst Green area of Broadbridge Heath and on some occasions entering and stealing from the vehicles.  

Please always remember to lock your vehicles and to take valuables with you and keep any other items out of sight.

If you or anyone you know has any information regarding this or if you have any CCTV, dash cam or ring doorbell images to please call 101 or report 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 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

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

Scam Warning: Fake Paypal Emails - 9th November 2020

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.
 

  • Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.

  • Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.

  • Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.

  • Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.


How does it happen?

Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment.

  • Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

  • How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.


If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

We Are Supporting Project Edward - 14th September 2020

Sussex Police are urging road users to pledge their support towards September’s Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) campaign to save lives and reduce death and injury on roads across the county.

Project EDWARD, set to take place on Wednesday 16 September 2020 and championed by ROADPOL (European Traffic Police Network), aims to raise long term awareness of road safety and better driving.

Supported by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Sussex Police will be focusing on the ‘Fatal Five’ – drink or drug driving, mobile phone use, not wearing a seat belt, inconsiderate driving and speeding, which are the five common causes of serious and fatal collisions.

Roads policing officers will provide high-visibility patrols across the county on the week beginning Monday 14 September 2020. Across the week, there will be road safety educational messaging being delivered, with enforcement carried out by dedicated patrols throughout the road networks of Sussex.

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.

Are You Shopping Online? - 18th July 2020

Have you bought anything online recently?…

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive. 

Top tips for shopping online securely:

Choosing where to shop:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.

Email accounts:
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use 
your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Scam messages:
Some of the emails or texts 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. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Payment method:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.

If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.

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