Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 2nd October 2018 

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Lay preacher sentenced to 11½ years for non-recent sex offences against young girls in Sussex

A lay preacher has been given an 11-and-a half year prison sentence for non-recent sexual offences against three girls in Sussex after an investigation by Sussex Safeguarding detectives.

Peter Ernest Bourne, 79, retired, of Moorefield Way, Great Stukeley, near Huntington, Cambridgeshire,  was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday (27 September), having been convicted on the same day after an eight-day trial on 14 counts, including one rape, five offences of indecency with a child, and eight offences of indecent assault, separately involving the three girls, all known to him, in Southwick, Hove and Worthing during the 1960's and 1970's while they were between the ages of 9 and 16. 

He will be a registered sex offender for life.

He was found not guilty of the rape of one of the girls and of sexually assaulting another of the girls.

Detective Constable Andrew Roe of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "This investigation started two years ago when we received information for this first time, from a third party. A sensitive investigation was carried out to identify and gain the confidence of the victims, who had not disclosed and information to police for up to fifty years.

"Bourne had taken advantage of their vulnerability and exploited them each separately, for his own sexual gratification over several years.

"He refused to admit his guilt throughout, and when arrested he made no comment to all questions put to him.

"We also discovered that Bourne, who worked in a range of roles, including as a charity worker, a coal man and a driver, was also a lay preacher in various churches including evangelical and Baptist churches, in Sussex and elsewhere. However these vulnerable young victims became known to him through his personal life and not through his church activities.

"Due to the abuse that he subjected these individuals to, it has taken great bravery and strength for these individuals to come forward. Our thanks go to all of Bourne's family still in Sussex who supported the prosecution case with information, and especially to the three victims, now adults in their fifties, came to court to give evidence against them. 

"We will always take reports like this seriously and investigate to seek justice wherever possible, as well as enabling victims to access other sources of support and counselling. You can contact us at any time online or by calling 101, to arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators."

For information about sources of advice and support to prevent and deal with child sex offending also see the Sussex Police website

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 Police cease to record lost property reports

From today (Monday 1 October), in alignment with police forces nationally, Sussex Police will no longer record reports of lost property in police stations, in person, online, email or through 101.

The national decision was approved by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) after discussions between police forces and the National Police Front Counters Forum (NPFCF). Traditionally, police have accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, although there is no statutory duty to do so.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder, Communications Department said: “Although lost property will no longer be recorded by police, we are accepting items of found property.

“There are a range of other free services which will allow you to report if an item has gone missing.

“Also it is worth noting that some items of lost property need to be reported directly to the relevant issuing authority. For example, a lost passport is to be reported to the passport agency, a driving licence to the DVLA or credit cards to the bank or financial provider.

“There are a few exceptions though. In cases where items which are dangerous or hazardous such as ammunition, firearms, weapons, chemicals/poisons are lost, these are to be reported to police immediately.

“Where an item has a serial number such as electrical equipment, it’s recommended that they are registered at which is free of charge. This will also help police identify and reunite you with your property if it was ever stolen.

“Our website has comprehensive information on where lost property reports can now be made. You can find out more here on our lost property page.”

Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.

Crime summary

Reference:  0307 29/08/2018

Location: Flag Square Shoreham

Date and time:  Between 28th and 29th September

Details:  A shed was broken into and a pedal cycle was stolen.


Reference:  0276 01/10/2018

Location:  Grand Avenue Worthing

Date and time:  Between 22nd September and 01st October

Details:  A pedal cycle was stolen from a communal storage area.


Reference:  0573 01/10/2018

Location:  Paxmead Crescent Worthing

Date and time:  Sometime in the last week

Details:  It is unknown how entry was made to a garage. A BBQ and inflatable hot tub were stolen.



There has been an increase in thefts from garages and sheds in the last couple of weeks in Adur and Worthing. We often go to great lengths to protect our homes from burglars, however we forget about sheds and garages which can contain high value equipment. There are ways in which you can prevent and reduce the risk of your equipment being stolen.  A battery –operated shed alarm is worth considering. They respond to movement or door contact with a very loud alarm. Consider chaining large pieces of equipment together such as lawn mowers, bikes shredders etc. this will make them tougher to move, padlock the chains to the framework of the shed to create a greater deterrent. For advice on protecting your home and belongings please follow the link #Adur#Worthing

You can register your property on immobilise .com it is free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.






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