Adur and Worthing Bulletin

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Wednesday 2nd January 2019

News and appeals

Man convicted for Worthing arson
A man has been convicted of an arson at a closed Worthing store.
Daniel Robinson, 30, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (December 19) and pleaded guilty to a charge of arson.
Officers received a report of a fire at a closed shop premises in Montague Street, Worthing, at 6.53pm on Sunday (December 16).
Robinson from Seafield Road, Hove, was arrested by officers on Tuesday (December 18) after officers spotted him wearing the same clothes as he did in the CCTV footage.
Robinson was given an eight-week custodial sentence, to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £115.
Prevention Inspector Allan Lowe said: “This fire was significant and without the early attendance of the fire service, the fire could have spread quickly.
“Using CCTV cameras from various sources, we were able to quickly establish the fire had been deliberately started and identify Robinson as the suspect. We will continue to prioritise offences that cause the greatest harm to victims and communities.
“We will not tolerate this anti-social behaviour and our officers will continue to patrol the town centre over the festive period.
“No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems suspicious or out of place.”
Report information online or by calling 101.

Taxi driver assaulted in Shoreham
Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a taxi driver in Shoreham in the early hours of Sunday, December 9.
The assault took place in Clarendon Road, at around 12.30am and resulted in the taxi driver suffering facial injuries and bruising to his body.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Colin Taylor from Worthing CID said: “This was a nasty assault which meant the taxi driver had to go to hospital. He has fortunately since been discharged.
“We believe there are a number of people who live in the area that may have seen or heard the assault who we may not have spoken to at the time.
“If you saw what happened or have any information, please get in touch with us online or by calling 101 quoting serial 32 of 09/12.”
A 28-year-old man from Shoreham was arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm and racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage. A 25-year-old woman, also from Shoreham, was arrested on suspicion of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
Both have been released under investigation.
Did you see attack on woman in Penfold Road, Worthing?
Police are seeking witnesses to a street incident in Worthing in which a woman was pulled to the ground by her hair.
At about 9.30pm on Saturday 15 (December) there was an altercation between a man and a 33-year-old woman by a parked van in Penfold Road, Worthing. The woman sustained bruising to her arm and pain from her hair being pulled, before the man drove the van away.
PC Nadine Curtis said; ""We would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, and in particular a fast food delivery driver who is reported to have been in the road at the time.
"Anyone with information is asked to contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1118 of 15/12."
A 42-year-old Worthing man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, and after being interviewed was released on police bail until 7 January while enquiries continue.

Worthing man gets 15-year sentence for sex offences against young boys
A Worthing man who carried out a series of sexual offences against young boys over a period of 11 years has been given a 15-year prison sentence following an investigation by Sussex detectives.
Desmond Ward, now 60, of Ambrose Place, Worthing, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 21 December, having been convicted in two separate trials, in September 2017 and October 2018, of a total of 16 offences against the four boys between 1983 and 1994.
They were; 12 counts of indecent assault, three counts of indecency with a child, and one count of buggery.
He will be a registered sex offender for life.
Please follow the link for the full story
For sources of further information and advice about reporting child sexual abuse see our website.

Concern for missing Worthing woman
Sussex Police are appealing for information on missing Worthing woman Stacey Dougan.
Stacey, who also goes by the surname of Dusntall, was last seen in Worthing town centre on Saturday, December 22 and hasn’t been seen or spoken to her family or friends since.
Stacey, 27, is white, 5’ 7”, of skinny build, with long dark brown hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what Stacey was last seen wearing.
If you have any information on Stacey’s whereabouts please report it to Sussex Police either online or by calling 101 quoting 684 of 30/12.
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Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.

Reference: 0413 23/12/2018
Location: Fircroft Avenue, Lancing
Date and time:  On the 23rd December
Details: An attempt was made to break into a property by smashing a glass door. No access was gained.  

Reference:  0386 31/12/2018
Location: Firsdown Road, Worthing
Date and time:  Between 30th and 31st December
Details: Entry was gained to a property by forcing a window. Jewellery and cash were stolen.   
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0287 21/12/2018
Location:  Browning Road Worthing
Date and time: Between 20th and 21st December   
Details: A bicycle was stolen from a shed. 

Reference: 1045 21/12/2018
Location:  Brookdean Road Worthing
Date and time:  Between 21st and 22nd December
Details:  Two bicycles were stolen from a shed.

Reference: 0608 31/12/2018
Location: Melrose Avenue Worthing
Date and time: Between 26th and 31st December
Details: Lock broken on a shed to gain access. Bicycle stolen.    
Fraud Newsletter
Decembers Keep your Money Safe newsletter looks at the potential pitfalls of selling your car privately and what steps to take to make sure you only deal with legitimate buyers.
Our second story involves a fraudster targeting a local business, requesting ‘overdue’ advertising invoices out of the blue to be paid to a new bank account, which seemed to be quite plausible in the heat of the moment, but without double checking the owner was defrauded in minutes by almost £8,000.


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