Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 13th November 2018

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Witnesses sought to robbery at KFC in Goring

Detectives are investigating a robbery at the KFC fast food restaurant in Goring.

At about 10.30pm, closing time, on Sunday (4 November) three men entered the restaurant in Goring Road, Goring, and threatened staff and stole the takings, about £1500. They made off on foot, eastwards towards Worthing.

There were no customers present at the time.

No weapons were seen but one member of staff was assaulted though not physically injured. All four were shocked and upset by what happened.

The three suspects are all described as black, in their early to mid-twenties, with masks or scarves over faces, wearing puffa and parka jackets and tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Constable Pete Parkinson said; "if you saw what happened or have any other information please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1245 of 04/11.

"Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."


Distraction burglaries in Worthing and Adur hit the most vulnerable

Police are reminding residents, especially the elderly and their families, to be aware of cold callers purporting to be 'water board' officials

The daughter of one victim has branded the offenders "spineless" and questioned their pride in stealing from vulnerable people.

On six occasions in the past three weeks two men, one around 40-50 years, of chubby build, wearing a fleece and combat style trousers, and the second, aged between 25-30 years with fair hair, have called at addresses in Worthing and Shoreham.

They said they were 'water board' officials. One distracted victims in the kitchen while the second searched bedrooms for valuables.

All the victims are in their 80s and have lost cash and jewellery of great sentimental value. One was targeted at her home in Princess Street, West Tarring.

Her daughter, who is not being named, said: “My 85-year-old mother has survived cancer, strokes and heart attacks.

"She is stronger than these spineless creatures will ever be.

"They must be so proud they caused so much alarm and distress to her by taking advantage of her better nature and stealing the most treasured possessions she had." 

Detective Constable Sara Liau said: "Please be vigilant and always ask callers for proof of their identity. There is no longer any organisation called 'the water board' and the modern water companies will visit by appointment anyway. 

"If in doubt keep them out.  Do not allow them to enter your property unless you are certain they are genuine, and if at all suspicious, call the police on 999.

"If you have any information about this heartless pair, or if you too or a member of your family have been approached by them, please contact us either
online or via 101, quoting serial 1161 of 01/11. 

Alternatively please contact
Crimestoppers  or phone the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For further advice on protecting yourself against burglary see the Sussex Police website

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Five given a total of 45 years prison sentences over Durrington stabbing

Five people have been given sentences totalling 45 years over the vicious stabbing of a 39-year-old father of three in Durrington.

Please click on link for full story



Did you drive injured boy to hospital in Worthing?

Police are keen to trace a witness who drove a victim to hospital after a fight in Worthing.

Police were called to Marine Parade at 10pm on Friday (November 2) where a fight had spilled out of a flat into the street. A 17-year-old boy received a stab wound to his arm.

Five people were initially arrested but have all been released without charge.

Detective Constable Leigh Rankin said: "We are really keen to trace a witness, a member of the public in an Audi. This driver gave the victim and his friends a lift to hospital.

"We also know a number of people saw this fight out in the street and we need to speak to anyone who saw what happened. The 17-year-old suffer an injury to his arm which required surgery.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact us
online quoting serial 1407 of 02/11."


Rothman's smoker may hold clue to Worthing murder

A Rothmans smoker could hold the key to solving the murder of a Worthing man who died a year ago.

Stephen Frith, 58, was found dead in a flat in Tarring Road, West Worthing, shortly before 5.30pm on Friday, October 27, last year. He had sustained serious injuries consistent with a physical assault.


 Please click on link for full story including an appeal from Stephen’s father


If you have any information on Stephen’s murder, please contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at quoting Operation Clyde. Only information provided directly to Crimestoppers will qualify for the reward.


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

Crime summary

Other than Dwelling


Reference: 0319 07/11/2018

Location: Ambleside Road, Sompting  

Date and time:  Between 6th and 7th November

Details:  A shed was broken into by forcing the lock. Nothing was stolen.

Reference: 0413 10/11/2018 

Location: Tower Road, Sompting

Date and time:  Overnight between 09th November and 10th November

Details: A shed was broken into by forcing a window. Alcohol and musical instruments were stolen





It only takes a few seconds for a thief to steal a motorbike, moped or scooter.

We have seen an increase in the theft of mopeds across Adur and Worthing.

By using multiple security measures you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.

When you are not using your motorbike, scooter or moped, put it in a garage or secure outbuilding. Consider using an alarm system to your garage or out building.

Always try to park in areas where there are lots of passers-by who may notice if anyone is tampering with your vehicle.

Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed easily so won’t help). Where possible, secure your bike, with the lock off the ground, to an immovable object such as a ground anchor, railings or lamp post, which will also stop thieves from just picking the whole bike up.

If these options aren’t available, always try to thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel if the design allows it.

A cover provides a time consuming obstacle to thieves

Using a disc lock helps to secure the front brake disc to physically stop it from being wheeled away.

If you see someone acting suspiciously around vehicles dial 999


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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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