News and appeals News articles There was a lot to report this week, I have tried to include as many news stories as possible but for further news stories including witness appeals, wanted persons and missing people, please see our website at www.sussex.police.uk
One year since the disappearance of Georgina Gharsallah Thursday 7th March marked a year since the disappearance of Georgina Gharsallah. Georgina, 31, went missing from Worthing on March 7, 2018 and she has not been seen or made contact with her family or friends since. Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell explained: “Georgina is desperately missed by her family and this has been a very distressing time for them. “A year has passed and despite there being a huge amount of enquiries in an effort to locate and track Georgina’s movements, we are no further nearer to understanding the true circumstances of her disappearance. If you see Georgina please call 999 immediately. If you have any information at all, no matter how small, please also contact Sussex Police online or call 101 quoting Operation Pavo. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. To see the full story and photographs of Georgina, please click on the link or see our website. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/one-year-since-the-disappearance-of-georgina-gharsallah-361165 Worthing man banned from town centre for two years A man has been banned from Worthing town centre for two years after shoplifting and causing anti-social behaviour. Daniel Robinson, 30, of no fixed address, was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by Worthing Magistrates’ Court after it was heard Robinson had been arrested 17 different times in Worthing Town Centre since May 2018. The arrests were for violent behaviour, shoplifting and being drunk and disorderly. Sergeant Peter Allan of Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention Team said: “I am pleased the court approved the application for a Criminal Behaviour Order against Robinson, following his conviction in October 2018 for a number of shoplifting offences; for which he was also sentenced to sixteen weeks imprisonment. “I want to assure the public that we will continue to use anti-social behaviour legislation, as well as criminal powers, to ensure that offenders not only answer for their criminal behaviour, but that they are subject to ongoing restrictions, in order to provide a respite to individuals, businesses or communities. If anyone sees Robinson in Worthing town centre then please contact police either online or by calling 101. To see the full story please click on the link or see our website. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/worthing-man-banned-from-town-centre-for-two-years-361335 Sussex Police supports national knife campaign Young people across Sussex will be part of a conversation to about knife crime during a week-long national campaign. Officers will be visiting schools, colleges and youth events in order to inform and educate young people about how to act if they feel pressure to carry a knife, and what to do if they feel in danger. The campaign, named Operation Sceptre running between 11-17 March, supports the work Sussex Police carry out all year round to ensure residents are safe from knife crime in their communities. Operation Sceptre, originally started by the Metropolitan Police Service, is a twice-yearly run campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets. Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “We are keenly aware of how much focus knife crime is getting in the media at the moment. We now need everyone to help continue keeping our county safe.” “Operation Sceptre gives us a chance to talk about knife crime in a realistic and open fashion: we want to give young people the chance to stay safe, we do not want to demonise them. It is imperative we remind them they have choices in life, and that help is out there if they do not feel safe.” “Talk to the young people in your life, drop off your dangerous and unwanted blades to our knife amnesty bins, and if you need to talk to someone anonymously, Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111. As always, you can report crime online, or via 101. In an emergency, always call 999.” As well as the educational side, targeted patrols will take place across the county with officers working alongside British Transport Police. There is also other planned activity with days of action, working alongside other partners allowing us to talk about the dangers of knife crime and engage with those at risk of carrying knives. There is also a knife amnesty where people are encouraged to drop off their dangerous or unwanted knives and blades at police stations across Sussex. These amnesty bins are in place all year round, and there will be no consequences if weapons are disposed of safely here. Knife amnesty bins are located at the following stations: Worthing (Chatsworth Road), Shoreham, Chichester, Bognor, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Horsham, Crawley, Eastbourne, Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead, Hastings, Bexhill, Battle, Rye, Hailsham, Uckfield, Crowborough, Brighton. Test purchasing will be carried out throughout Sussex, where officers, PCSOs and cadets will mystery shop to see which premises allow them to buy knives without their age being asked for. The week is being supported by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. She said: “Getting killed or ending up with life changing injuries or a prison sentence because of knife crime is not a choice anybody would rationally make, but far too many young people are putting themselves at risk by choosing to carry a knife. “The Operation Sceptre campaign will raise awareness of these dangers and provide opportunities for young people to discuss what might motivate them to carry a knife. “I hope that the recent media coverage of families devastated by knife crime will encourage people to use the amnesty bins across the county and take unnecessary blades off our streets. Lose the knife, not your life.” https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex-police-supports-national-knife-campaign-361557 Sussex Police welcomes a further 72 new officers Sussex Police has welcomed a further 72 new PC recruits. This latest intake of officers, our largest in a decade, were sworn in at a formal ceremony last week. They boost the total number of new constables in the last year to 270, much of the recruitment made possible by the increase in last year’s council tax. The new recruits, who were welcomed by Assistant Chief Commissioner Nick May at the attestation ceremony at The Amex Stadium on March 6, have just started 15 weeks of intensive training and will join policing teams across Sussex this June. “This is our largest recruitment of constables in a decade and is part of an ongoing recruitment of over 800 officers in the next three years, resulting in a growth of 200 new officers by 2022. To see the full story, please click on the link or see our website. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex-police-welcomes-a-further-72-new-officers-361575 PCSO recruitment opens in Sussex New PCSOs being recruited this month will be among the first to gain a new qualification. A major recruitment drive to recruit PCSOs begins on 11 March, thanks to increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Over the next year our local policing will be strengthened with 100 new PCSOs being recruited. As well as joining the force, the recruits will undertake a new learning and development programme- the PCSO Apprenticeship – that will result in a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice. Sussex Police is among the first forces in the country to introduce this apprenticeship programme. It’s a role that takes courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations. By joining as a PCSO, recruits can expect a career with variety, challenges, a good starting salary, and a qualification in community policing. To see the full story, please click on the link or see our website. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/pcso-recruitment-opens-in-sussex-361578 Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details. Crime summary Burglary Reference: 0383 7th March Location: Poulters Lane, West Tarring Date and time: Overnight time period 7th March Details: Front door broken and tools stolen.
Reference: 0434 8TH March Location: Tower Road, Lancing Date and time: Between 1530hrs – 1600hrs 23rd January Details: An insecure door was entered and jewellery was stolen.
Reference: 0773 8th March Location: Brougham Road, Worthing Date and time: Between 0300hrs – 1530hrs 5th March Details: An insecure door by a fire escape was entered and bank cards were stolen.
Reference: 1364 8th March Location: Slinfold Road, Broadwater Date and time: Evening of 8th March Details: Insecure patio doors were entered, several items stolen.
Reference: 0295 9th March Location: Cheal Close, Shoreham Date and time: Time frame unknown Details: Glass was broken in a utility room door, jewellery was stolen.
Reference: 1299 10th March Location: St Lawrence Avenue, West Tarring Date and time: Time frame unknown Details: A house was entered and jewellery stolen. Other There has been aslight increase in the number of burglaries in the last week and quite a few premises have been entered via insecure doors. Please remember to secure all property at all times. Further crime prevention advice can be found on our website.
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