Tuesday 9th October 2018
News and appeals
Identity sought for man who approached young girls on Worthing pier
Police are trying to identify a man who approached two teenage girls on Worthing pier and acted in a threatening manner towards one of them
At about 1pm on Sunday 16 September the two 13-year-old girls from Rustington were sitting eating some lunch on the east side of the pier by the theatre, when they were approached by a man who started talking to them.
They did not know him and went to leave, but he chased after them for a short distance and tried to grab one of them before two members of the public stopped to help and the man made off.
PC Caroline Bond of Worthing Investigations said; "The girls were not hurt but were upset by the experience.
"His motive is not clear at present, but we want to trace this man
"He is described as white but with tanned skin, in his late 20's or early 30's, of medium height, with a shaved head, and wearing dark clothing. He was hunched over and had some teeth missing.
"If you know who he is, or if you have any other information please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 670 of 16/09."
Drink-driver tracked down by Police Dog Vinnie
A drink-driver who fled the scene of this crash was tracked down by a police officer and his canine counterpart.
About 4.30am on Thursday 13 September, officers were alerted to a car having crashed into a parked coach at the junction of Wallace Avenue and West Parade, Worthing.
On arrival, PC Paul House discovered the driver had made off from the red Volkswagen Up. He deployed Police Dog Vinnie, who immediately indicated a track, and directed his handler north up Wallace Avenue and left into Latimer Road.
The pair continued left into Bernard Road until they reached West Parade again, and at this point PC House noticed a figure moving between the beach huts on the seafront opposite.
He was confronted and identified as 21-year-old Joel Elphick, a waiter, of Golden Avenue, East Preston, who admitted being the driver of the car involved.
Having failed a roadside breath test, he was arrested and charged with driving with 72mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Friday (28 September), Elphick was disqualified from driving for 20 months, fined £92, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These 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.
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.
Two teenagers identified for Shoreham Fort vandalism
Sussex Police have identified two boys in connection with graffiti at Shoreham Fort.
The two 15-year-olds took part in three mediation sessions with the Restorative Justice Team and wrote a letter of apology for the damaged caused between the 26 and 29 March.
PC Mike Harvey said: "The fort is an Ancient Scheduled Monument and any crimes committed on the site which directly affect it are treated as aggravated heritage crimes.
"The two teenagers were identified from a Sussex Police social media post and have been dealt with by means of mediation sessions.
"The pair have shown remorse for the crime and have taken a real interest in the fort
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0048 04/10/2018
Location: Nutbourne Road Worthing
Date and time: Between 03rd and 4th October
Details: Access was gained to a property through a window. A plant was stolen.
Reference: 0628 06/10/2018
Location: New Parade Worthing
Date and time: Between 10pm and 4:50am on the 6th October
Details: Entry was gained to a property through an insecure door. Money and a mobile phone were stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0729 02/10/2018
Location: Rectory Farm Road, Sompting
Date and time: Between 27th September and 1st October
Details: A lock was damaged on a garage to gain entry. Tools and a pedal cycle were stolen.
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