Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 11th December 2018

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Cannabis plants seized from two Worthing properties
Sussex Police have seized nearly 40 cannabis plants from two adjoining Worthing properties.
Officers conducted the warrants at two properties in Littlehampton Road, Worthing, on Monday 3 December following reports of suspicious behaviour.
Around 30 plants were discovered in the first property and about 10 were found in the second.
A 51-year-old man and a 53-year-old man both from Worthing were arrested on suspicion of the production of a class B drug (cannabis). Both were released under investigation and enquiries are continuing.

New scheme stops more than 500,000 pounds being defrauded from vulnerable people in one month
A national scheme, adopted by Sussex Police just 18 months ago, aimed at preventing elderly and other vulnerable people falling victim to fraud across the county, has prevented £528,083 being stolen in just one month

In October 2018, there were 35 calls to the force from banks and other financial institutions under the
Banking Protocol, about potential victims with an average age of 75. In each case police responded and succeeded in ensuring that the person did not hand any money over.

Since June 2017 433 such calls have been received by Sussex Police from banks and £2,478,761 has been saved from being defrauded.

In Sussex this process dovetails with the force's
Operation Signature, because following a call from the bank, police attend and always take positive action in crime recording and taking further action to safeguard the victim. 

Police advise:-

- Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
-  If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don’t reply. Then report it to Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number.
 - Never send or give money to anyone you don't know or trust; check people are who they say they are; don't share your personal information; make decisions in your own time; and if in doubt phone a relative or a friend.

Operation Signature is the Sussex Police campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud across the county. Fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, and much of it is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.

For further information about Operation Signature and ways of preventing fraud, especially against elderly and other vulnerable people, see the Sussex Police website

For the full story please click on the link or see our website.
Sussex Police welcomes 38 new constables
Sussex Police has welcomed a further 38 new recruits.
This latest intake sworn in on Wednesday (December 5) boosts the total number of new constables this year to 208, much of the recruitment made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.
Chief Constable Giles York and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne welcomed the new recruits in to the police family at their attestation ceremony at The Amex Stadium at Falmer and the start of their intensive 15 week course.
They join our biggest intake of 70 officers who are completing their training at headquarters in Lewes before being seen out in the community with their tutors next month.
Chief Constable Giles York said: “I am excited. The ceremony absolutely marks the beginning of a career for them and as the chief constable for Sussex Police, I want to be able to welcome them personally, launch them on their career and set really clear expectations, not only for me, not only for the force, but actually on behalf of the public as well.
“The current recruitment profile for Sussex is game changing for us. Over the next four years we will be recruiting 800 new officers into the organisation. That's a growth of 200.
"I have been with Sussex Police for ten years and for nearly all of that time we've been trying to save money. Only in the last year have we been able to turn a corner, a shift in the precept up to £12. Projecting that forward over the next three years as well has allowed us to absolutely start recruiting in a way that we haven't been able to. It’s a game changer for the organisation and more importantly it’s a game changer for the public.”
PCC Katy Bourne said: “I’m really excited to watch them as they take their oath and swear allegiance to Sussex Police and to protect the people of Sussex in front of their family, their friends and their loved ones. It’s a really, really important moment for them, but also for the people of Sussex, because these are the new officers that in about three months’ time will be on the streets, protecting all of us and keeping us safe.
“Having paid a bit more in local council tax, the residents in Sussex have been very clear saying they want more visible policing. The only way you get more visibility is to get more officers onto the streets.
“In four years’ time we will have 200 more than we currently have today and the 38 officers are part of that recruitment drive. It’s really exciting seeing local people’s council tax money being put to really good use. That’s what they want, visible policing, and that’s exactly where the local council tax precept is going.”
View the ceremony here.
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.

Crime summary
Reference:  0792 06/12/2018
Location: Eldon Road Worthing
Date and time:  Between 7am and 3:30pm on the 6th December
Details: It is unclear how entry was gained to a property.
Jewellery and cash were stolen.  

Reference: 0332 10/12/2018
Location: Hammy Close Shoreham
Date and time: Between 8th and 9th December
Details: A key was stolen from an insecure vehicle to obtain entry to a property. Mobile telephones and I pod were stolen. 

Reference: 1256 06/12/2018
Location: Old Rectory Gardens Southwick
Date and time: Between 12:15pm and 8:30 pm on the 06th December
Details: Two locks were damaged in an attempt to gain entry to a property. No access was gained.

Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0222 06/12/2018
Location: Rochester Close Worthing
Date and time:  Between 5th and 6th December
Details: A padlock was broken on a shed to gain access. A motorcycle was stolen.

Reference:  0898 07/12/2018
Location:  Third Avenue Worthing
Date and time: On the 6th December
Details: A bicycle was stolen from the rear of a property.

Reference: 0903 10/12/2018 
Location: Cowper Road Worthing
Date and time:  On the 8th December
Details:  A bicycle was stolen from a shed. 
Christmas and New Year bulletins.
Due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on a Tuesday, we will not be sending out bulletins on those days. We will send out bulletins on the following dates:
Friday 22nd December.
Wednesday 2nd January.

You can keep up to date with Sussex police news stories on our website
Thank you for your understanding and we hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas


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