Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 23rd October 2018

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Two teenagers sought in connection with attempted knifepoint robbery

Two teenagers are being sought in connection with an attempted knifepoint robbery in Tarring, Worthing.

About 5.40pm on 14 September, two boys – aged 14 and 15 – were approached in Tarring Park, off Church Road, by two suspects.

One held a knife and demanded money from the victims, but a passer-by intervened and they managed to run away unharmed.

The first suspect is described as white, aged 15-16, of stocky build, with very spotty skin. He wore a light grey zipped hoody with the hood up, a navy blue tracksuit and black Nike Air Force One trainers.

The second suspect is described as white, aged 15-16, and had square glasses with large lenses. He wore a cream tracksuit top and navy tracksuit bottoms, and had a navy side square bag, and a gold ring on his right ring finger.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1098 of 14/09.

In particular, officers would like to hear from the passer-by who intervened in the incident.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

Granddaughter who conned her relatives out of hundreds of thousands of pounds is jailed

A granddaughter who conned family members out of nearly £135,000 has been given a four-year prison sentence.

Asha Dawes, who was at the time using the name Asha Pinder, was convicted of defrauding her grandparents, Shirley and John, of £72,950, and £61,893.67 from her retired great aunt and uncle, over a period of three years.

Dawes from Nelson Road, Worthing began siphoning money from her grandmother’s savings in 2014 and claimed to have moved the money into a high-interest savings account to help with their retirement. 

Detective Constable Noel Simmonds said: “One of the saddest parts of this investigation was that even after Shirley and John discovered Asha stole the proceeds of their house sale, they were still looking for the money Asha claimed she had moved into a high-interest savings account. 

“Asha’s actions had a devastating impact on Shirley and John, as well as her great aunt and great uncle, an impact that will likely continue for the rest of their lives. The sentence passed provides a degree of recognition, validation, and closure that was previously denied to them, but they find no comfort in the imprisonment of a loved one.”


She appeared at Hove Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (16 October) where Judge Shani Barnes gave her a four year prison sentence. The confiscation benefit figure was set at £94,970.42. As Dawes has no identifiable assets to seize, a nominal confiscation order was made for £1 which allows the confiscation order to be amended should Dawes come into money, or further assets be identified. 


Judge Barnes said in her sentencing remarks: “These three charges are an abuse of love and loyalty which I have seen very rarely, and even more rarely by members of their family. The damage to these people is irreparable.”

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Police looking for wanted man Thomas Keatley

Police are looking for Thomas Keatley who is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

Keatley, 33, formerly of Brighton Road, Lancing, was released from prison after being jailed for eight years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in October 2013.

Keatley has links to Crawley, Brighton and Worthing. He is white, of heavy build with black hair.

Anyone who has seen Keatley or has any information about him should contact police online 
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Crime summary


Reference: 0094 18/10/2018

Location: Findon Road, Worthing

Date and time:  Between 10th and 17th October

Details: Access was gained to a property by forcing a window. Jewellery was stolen.



Reference:  0421 16/10/2018

Location: Warren Road, Worthing

Date and time: Between 12th and 15th October

Details: Copper piping and lead were stolen from an insecure garage.

Reference:  0919 16/10/2018

Location:  Limbrick Lane, Worthing 

Date and time: Between the 7th and 10th October

Details: Damage was found on a garage door. It is believed that someone had tried to gain access.



October Fraud News Letter

This month’s Keep your Money Safe looks at ‘number spoofing’, where fraudsters can send a scam text displaying a phone number or name that looks like one you already recognise.

We also highlight a case of a woman who received a fake call from Virgin Media stating her internet account had been hacked and a payment would help them rectify the problem.



Prevention Advice

With the clocks going back this weekend, as nights start to get darker some burglary prevention tips.

Keep windows and doors secure, and lock side gates, even if you are at home. 

Keep all keys, wallets, purses and valuable items out of sight and out of reach.

Consider using timer switches so that a light automatically comes on at a time of your choosing ,always leave a light on in a room that can not be peered into from the road.

Register your property at

( It’s free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property





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

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