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Police News and Appeals - 23rd June 2021

Five men arrested following assault in Southwater

Police have arrested five men after an assault in Southwater.

Officers were called to Lintot Square on Monday (June 21) following reports of an altercation around 4pm.  It was reported a man was assaulted by a group of people who had mistakenly got into his car thinking it was a taxi.

The group left the area in two separate vehicles. Police carried out a number of fast-time enquiries and swiftly arrested five men on suspicion of affray in the Causeway, in Horsham.  The men – aged between 24 and 32 and all from areas outside of Sussex – remain in custody at this time.

Police continue to carry out high-visibility patrols in Southwater to identify and deter any criminal and anti-social behaviour.

Members of the public are urged to continue reporting information to police, so officers can respond effectively. Information can be reported online or by calling 101, or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police ramp up work with businesses to prevent sale of knives to under 18's.

Sussex Police is ramping up its work with local businesses to prevent the sale of knives to under 18s as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle knife crime and serious violence. 

Officers are carrying out test purchase operations to engage with retailers on the Challenge 25 policy, which is challenging those who look under the age of 25 trying to purchase a knife.

Retailers have an important role to play, by helping to ensure that weapons are not falling into the wrong hands. It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, and anyone found carrying a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, faces serious legal consequences.  Alongside partners such as Trading Standards, we are working with retailers across Sussex to ensure robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives, to help them get this right.

Sergeant Elizabeth Reschwamm said: "We are determined to get knives off our streets and keep Sussex a safe place to live."

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 


20 arrests made in first three days of drink/drug-driving campaign

Police made 20 arrests in the first three days of a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

The month-long campaign kicked off on Friday 11 June in conjunction with Euro 2020, and is being run in addition to our routine roads policing activity 365 days a year.  Through education, engagement and enforcement, our aim is to reduce the number of casualties and to deal robustly with offenders, who make up the minority of road users.  As part of the operation, officers from Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership worked together to provide proactive patrols across the county over the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.

In addition to the 20 people arrested for drink and drug-driving, police also recorded more than 600 offences including speeding, driving with no MOT, illegal number plates and not wearing a seatbelt.  This could not have been achieved without the help of our dedicated Community Speed Watch volunteers, who give up their own time to help keep their communities safe.

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

  • 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;

  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;

  • You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

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.


Police Crime Summary - 23rd June 2021


Reference:  0198 17th June
Location:  York Close, Horsham
Date and time: Between 2200hrs 16th June – 0645hrs 17th June
Details:  A bathroom window was forced, believe in an attempt to enter the property, however, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

Burglary other than Dwelling

Reference: 0141 16th June
Location: Owl Close, Billingshurst
Date and time: Approximately 0245hrs 16th June
Details: An attempt was made to enter a garage believe in an attempt to steal, however, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

Storrington road bike
Storrington residents notified us of a dirt bike being ridden dangerously around the village. Officers attended and found the rider of the bike, the bike wasn’t taxed or insured, the rider didn’t have a licence and wasn’t wearing a helmet. Subsequently the bike was seized by police and the rider will be going to court.
You said, we did.
If you witness any anti-social behaviour in your area, 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

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 website;

Please note that any Phishing scams can be reported to  SERS (Suspicious Email Reporting Service):


Police News and Appeals - 7th June 2021

Police appealing for witnesses to crash in Hampers Lane, Horsham

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in Hampers Lane, Horsham.

A grey Volkswagen Golf crashed into a tree around 1.48 am on Wednesday 26 May.  Four men were each taken to hospital for treatment.

A white Ford Focus may also have been indirectly involved, and police are urging anyone who saw what happened – or anyone who saw either vehicle being driven in the area immediately before the collision – to come forward.

You can email quoting Operation Millau. 

Continued police activity against 'County Drugs Lines' in Sussex

Police across Sussex have been keeping up pressure on 'County Lines' and other drug dealers.

During 2020 Sussex Police recorded 236 disruptions against such 'lines' into the county, mainly from London, an increase of 171% in disruptions over the previous year.  And in May this work was intensified as part of a continuing national effort.

The week of intensified activity focused on disrupting the activities of those involved in County Lines by safeguarding and protecting vulnerable people, pursuing offenders, reducing the number of lines, and seizing proceeds of crime.  Activity during the week of 17-22 May took place across the force area:

- Proactive targeting of drug related activity, resulting in 27 arrests, seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of at least £66,000, £10,000 cash, 16 mobile phones and four weapons including a machete and a knuckleduster;
- 56 enhanced 'cuckoo' checks at addresses, involving identification of a further 17 people including two children, vulnerable to predatory drug dealers.
- Educational visits to 69 hotels and B&B's and taxi firms to talk about the risks of exploitation.
- Awareness sessions at schools.

Local officers were joined by the force's recruitment team and they positively engaged with many young people and other members of the public highlighting the dangers of County Lines and criminal exploitation whilst also encouraging them to consider policing as a career!  The County Lines response isn’t just a policing one. Effective collaboration between law enforcement and safeguarding organisations and also the private sector industries is a vital part of both the national and local response.

Members of the public can also help, the best advice is to trust your instincts – if somebody shows signs of mistreatment, or a child seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with a locality, you can report suspicions to local police on 101 or to   - or to British Transport Police if you see something on the railway network.

‘County Lines' is a term used by Police and partner agencies to refer to drug networks, both gangs and organised crime groups, from large urban areas such as London, who use children and young people and vulnerable adults to carry out illegal activity on their behalf. Gangs dealing drugs is not a new issue but the extent to which criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, as well as the increasing use of violence, has become an inherent part of it through 'County Lines' makes it especially damaging.

The organised crime groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes a drug user, as a base for their activities. This is known as 'cuckooing' and will often happen by force or coercion. In some instances victims have left their homes in fear of violence. Much police work involves identifying these victims and helping them.

There are currently some 36 'deal lines' in operation in Sussex at any one time, often overlapping with other force areas, but that figure fluctuates on a regular basis. A ‘deal line’ is the dedicated mobile phone line to take orders from drug users.


Appeal for witness to fatal hit and run collision near Henfield

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal hit and run collision near Henfield in the early hours of Saturday (29 May).

A black Vauxhall Insignia car was travelling southbound on the A2037 Shoreham Road between Henfield and Small Dole when it lost control and hit a tree at 12.17am. The passenger, a man, sadly died at the scene. The driver made off from the scene.

Police have arrested four people in connection with the collision including a 22-year-old woman and a man aged 20 who were both detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop. A 26-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and a man aged 49 was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They remain in custody.

The road was closed for nine hours for investigation and recovery work to take place but has now re-opened.

Detective Sergeant Rob Baldwin said: "We would like to hear from anyone who saw the Vauxhall Insignia travelling southbound prior to the collision or the incident itself or if anyone has dashcam or CCTV footage of the collision to come forward."

Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to email quoting Operation Pitstone.

Witnesses sought to assault outside Sainsbury's store in Horsham

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a teenager in Horsham.

Officers were called to the car park of the Sainsbury’s store in Worthing Road following reports of an altercation involving a group of people around 7.20pm on Wednesday (May 26).  A 17-year-old boy suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged.

The shop was open at the time and it’s thought a number of customers would have walked through the car park while the altercation was taking place.

Investigating officer Perry Humphreys is keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or who may have any other relevant information.  Any witnesses are urged to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1382 of 26/05.  Alternatively, you can contact the  independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Police Crime Summary - 7th June 2021

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

Reference: 0654 25th May
Location: Ifield, Crawley
Date and time: Between 1530hrs 24th May and 0700hrs 25th May
Details: The door to a bike shed was forced and a pedal cycle was stolen.

Roads Policing Update
Sussex Police is committed to reducing casualties on the roads and making them a safer place for all road users. You can find a snapshot of activity from across Sussex that our teams and volunteers have been doing in response to local issues.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership are taking part in a national seat belt campaign to raise awareness of the importance of keeping drivers and passengers safe and secure on every journey. In the past five years, the proportion of car occupants killed who were not wearing a seat belt has remained consistently above 20%. Belts are least likely to worn by people driving short distances on familiar roads, despite statistics that demonstrate collisions are most likely to occur close to home.

To find out more about the campaign and the work of SSRP, visit them 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

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.

National Seat Belt Campaign - 25th May 2021

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership are raising awareness and providing road safety information on the importance of wearing a seatbelt, no matter how long or short the journey. As lockdown eases further SSRP are reminding the public of maintaining correct road safety practice to ensure the safety of themselves and others when travelling across the county.

Whilst the majority of road users wear their seatbelts, the consequences however, should they not be worn, can be severe.

In 2019, 23% of car occupants killed were not wearing a seatbelt. This is only a 3% decrease since 2018 where the proportion of car occupants killed while not wearing a seatbelt was 26%. Whether a driver or a passenger in a vehicle, in a crash a seatbelt greatly improves your chance of avoiding serious injury of death.

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

Protect Your Pooch - A New Dog Theft Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch
18th May 2021

In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:

  1. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts

  2. Print this poster and display it in your community

  3. Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups

  4. Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP. Find out more on

  5. Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.  The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.

Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email

Sussex Police Launches First Police Officer Recruitment Drive of 2021 - 11th May 2021

Sussex Police has today, Monday 10th May, opened police officer recruitment for the first time this year, as part of its push to drive up police officer numbers by 2022.

During this round of recruitment applications will be sort for the 2022 cohorts as part of a three year programme where they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training. 

Between April 2021 and March 2022 Sussex Police will recruit over 250 officers, including an increase of 121 as a result of Operation Uplift (the government increase of 20,000 officers nationally) and 30 additional officers funded by the precept. In addition, the recruitment plans to ensure that it replaces all those officers who leave the force during the year – normally as a result of retirement. As such Sussex Police will see a net increase of 117 officers over the financial year.

With opportunities to specialise in a diverse range of policing specialisms, a career as a police officer opens doors to roles in areas such as safeguarding, community engagement, investigations and anti-terrorism. 

Those who enter the force will experience a job that is challenging and demanding, but offers job satisfaction and variety like no other. By continuing to strengthen local policing numbers, these officers will make a real difference to communities across the county by giving Sussex residents what they want – a visible and proactive force which is tough on crime.

Director of People Services Adrian Rutherford said: “I have been really pleased to have seen the quality of new officers that we have been recruiting over the past few years, in this time of growth for Sussex Police. This has been enhanced by the new entry routes into policing including the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme which has proved highly popular and will equip our new officers with the skills and attitude to provide an excellent service to the public of Sussex.

“We are particularly looking to attract candidates from communities who are underrepresented in policing – this is essential to ensure that we can be an effective and high performing force.”

If you have the judgment to make quick decisions, are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need and the resilience to serve the community every single day; then being a police officer could be the career you've always dreamed of.

Recruitment will close at midnight on the 24th May. Please note, we anticipate high levels of interest so recommend submitting your application as early as possible. Apply now and help make a real difference to your community.

Avoid Falling Victim To Travel Fraud - 3rd May 2021

Booking that long-awaited holiday or travel online? Don’t fall victim to travel fraud!

Following a year of travel bans, quarantine, uncertainty and missed holidays, many of us are desperate to get away for a break, whether it’s a holiday in the sun or a weekend by the sea in the UK. You may be taking the plunge and booking right now, or waiting cautiously until the travel situation becomes clearer.

Or you may be booking travel and accommodation for that face-to-face meeting you’ve yearned for every time you go on a video call.

But cybercriminals are busy thinking about holidays and travel too ... not taking them but exploiting your desperation for a break, with fake websites, advertisements, emails, social media posts, texts and phone calls for holidays, flights, accommodation or pilgrimages that don’t exist.

Avoid disappointment and financial losses: start by reading Get Safe Online's expert tips on searching and booking holidays, and travel safely and securely.

Top tips to ensure your holiday or travel booking is safe

  • Do thorough research on accommodation, flights, cruises, package holidays or pilgrimages advertised via private advertisements, to check they’re authentic.

  • Check that accommodation really exists by finding it on Google Maps and looking for independent reviews and recommendations. If you can, call and speak to the owner/agent directly. If the number is not provided, email and request it.

  • Check reviews on TripAdvisor or similar sites.

  • Never pay for holidays or travel by bank transfer. If you do and it’s a fraud, you may never see your money again. Paying by credit card means more chance of getting your money back if something goes wrong.

  • Make sure travel agents and tour operators you book through are members of trade associations such as ABTA or ATOL, by checking on these bodies’ websites.

For the full story, visit, select ‘Protecting Yourself’ and then ‘Holiday & Travel Booking’.

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.

For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit

If you think you’ve been a victim of online fraud, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre on 0300 123 20 40 or at