News and appeals News articles Thousands join in conversation on knife crime Tens of thousands of people joined in the conversation about knife crime across Sussex during a week-long national campaign.
During Operation Sceptre, which ran between March 11 and 17, officers were out across the county talking to people about knives. Schools, college and youth events were visited during the week to speak to young people about how to act if they feel pressure to carry a knife, and what to do if they feel in danger.
Throughout the week 38 educational establishments were visited and approximately 5,600 young people were spoken to about the impact they felt knife crime had on their community. During the climate march in Brighton, officers had the chance to speak to thousands of students and used the Crimestoppers van as a place to chat to them at the Level, where the march ended.
Test purchases were also carried out across the whole county. Police cadets worked with officers and Trading Standards colleagues to try and buy a knife in shops when they were clearly under 18. Out of the 47 shops tested, 12 failed. They were all given warnings and will be tested again. If they fail again, they will be named and either fined or prosecuted. Across the force knife amnesty bins were in place in police stations and knives were handed in and will now be destroyed.
Brighton officers worked alongside British Transport Police at Brighton railway station with the use of a knife arch. This acted as a metal detector and those who avoided the arch were spoken to by officers. 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. To read the full story please click on the link or see our website. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/thousands-join-in-conversation-on-knife-crime-362790 Elderly couple burgled while in their own home Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly couple were burgled in Worthing.
The incident occurred between 10pm and 11pm on Sunday (17 March), when the occupants were in the living room of their home in Hall Avenue, Salvington.
A window was forced open and an unknown quantity of jewellery was stolen.
PC David Slade said: “This is a despicable thing to do and if anyone saw anything suspicious either around this time or the days leading up to it, such as people sitting in vehicles near the vicinity, we would encourage them to contact us.”
On each of the occasions, the suspect has broken into properties, usually through an insecure rear door or window, after 10pm. The suspect has taken handbags and cash from the properties.
The suspect, who has been seen by two victims and a witness is described as a white man, between 20 and 30, around 5' 8" to 5' 11" with light hair. He has been seen riding a black bike and wearing a hooded top or hat, sports style jacket with a white thin stripe down the side.
Detective Constable Greg Brown said: "We are keen to identify this man and would urge anyone who thinks they recognise him to get in touch. "Please make sure you are locking doors and windows at night. "Anyone with information is urged to contact police online quoting Operation Wembury." https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/do-you-recognise-this-man-connected-to-worthing-burglaries-363117 Boy suffers leg injuries in Worthing collision Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy suffered leg injuries following a Worthing collision.
The boy was crossing Durrington Lane, Worthing around 8.10am on Thursday (March 14) when he was involved with a collision with a blue car. He was taken to hospital with a serious leg injury.
The driver of the vehicle, a woman, stopped at the scene but failed to leave her details.
Reference: 0931 21st March Location: Gratwick Road, Worthing Date and time: Between 2015hrs – 2200hrs 19th March Details: The property was entered via an insecure rear door, handbag was stolen from kitchen.
Reference: 0207 22nd March Location: St Georges Road, Worthing Date and time: Between 2230hrs 21st March and 0715hrs 22nd March Details: Rear door was broken nothing stolen. Other than Dwelling Reference: 0216 19th March Location: Lansdowne Road, Worthing Date and time: 0430hrs 19th March Details: A male was seen attempting to break into a garage, no entry gained
Reference: 0972 21st March Location: Ham Fields Allotments, Shoreham Date and time: Between 11th & 20th March Details: A shed was entered and a strimmer was stolen.
Reference: 0296 22nd March Location: Nicholson Drive, Shoreham Date and time: Between 2200hrs 21st March and 0600hrs 22nd March Details: Someone entered and insecure outbuilding and stole 2 x Xboxes.
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