Horsham Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 9th April 2019

Crime summary
Reference: 1283 5th April
Location: Redford Avenue, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1855hrs and 2215hrs 5th April
Details: Window in conservatory and patio doors broken and jewellery was stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0497 6th April
Location: Gardeners Grove, Rusper
Date and time: 6th April
Details: A garage was broken into and a trolley was stolen.

Reference: 0075 6th April
Location: Bonwycks Place, Ifield
Date and time: Between 2300hrs 3rd April and 0700hrs 4th April
Details: A garage was broken into, nothing stolen.

Reference: 0238 8th April
Location: Chanctonbury Ring Road, Wiston, Steyning
Date and time: Btw 0030hrs and 0300hrs 8th April
Details: Containers broken into and power tools stolen. 
Officers and PCSO’s along with Neighbourhood Watch will be visiting 3 garden centres during the weekend of 13th & 14th April to give advice to members of the public regarding securing outdoor property such as sheds and garages and to talk about marking property such as lawn mowers, furniture and tools. You can also register your property with immobilise.com.
13th April – Mole Country Stores Garden Centre, Frenches Corner, Billingshurst between 10am and midday.
13th April – Camelia Botnar, Littleworth Lane, near Cowfold between 1.30pm and 3.30pm
14th April – Newbridge Nurseries, Broadbridge Heath between 11am and 1pm.
Please see the link below for the March Newsletter. March’s newsletter covers fraudsters masquerading as a model agency, using Facebook Messenger to con people out of money and posing as landlords.
Please share this advice with family and friends and look out for each other. If you suspect you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please report it.

News and appeals
News articles
Stalking victim Amanda Playle urges victims to seek help as Sussex Police supports National Stalking Awareness Week
Stalkers are fixated and obsessive offenders who will not stop.

Statistics show that one in six women and one in 12 men will experience stalking, but this is believed to be grossly underestimated.

And when they become victims, they do not tend to report to the police until the 100th incident.

Stalking victim Amanda Playle, from Bexhill, is urging people to take stalking seriously and not delay reporting as part of Sussex Police’s campaign in support of National Stalking Awareness Week, 8-12 April 2019.

Amanda, who believed she was being stalked by her ex-partner from 2015-2017, got in touch with Sussex Police after two years of being bombarded with text messages and emails which became abusive and relentless. The police investigation identified a shocking truth.

She said: “It was constant, all day, every day – at the worst point I was being contacted up to 300 times a day on Facebook, Whatsapp and email. The messages had turned abusive and threatening, and got out of hand when the stalker started messaging my daughter, my parents, my boss and my friends.

“People need to go to the police the moment they get a message they’re not comfortable with, or that turns nasty. These people don’t go away, you just need to make the first step to get help.”

The National Stalking Awareness Week this year focuses on the emotional and mental health impact on stalking victims, with the hashtag #StalkingStealsLives summarising the severity of the impact of trauma on victims’ lives.

As part of the campaign, Sussex Police is publishing a series of videos on Amanda’s story, showing how stalking can begin, spotting the behaviours of stalking and advice for victims including early reporting. These are being published on social media together with key safety and reporting advice and signposting to where people can access local support services.
Sussex Police recorded 216 stalking offences in 2016, 874 in 2017 and 1383 in 2018. Some of this increase is down to changes in how we classify stalking.

If you are being stalked or harassed it is important that you report it. Stalkers are fixated and obsessive offenders who will not stop.

You can find further advice and support at https://www.sussex.police.uk/stalking

You can also report stalking or harassment online, or by calling 101 or in person at your local police station.

But always call 999 if you are in danger. Our officers and staff will undertake a risk assessment and focus on keeping you safe.
If you would like further information about stalking or harassment, there are several organisations that specialise in providing advice and support to victims.

Veritas is a local organisation which provides advocacy and support for victims of stalking - http://veritas-justice.co.uk/stalking/

The National Stalking Helpline provides advice and guidance to current or previous victims of stalking or harassment. The helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 0300.

Paladin support high risk victims of stalking with their specialist Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISAC) and ensure that a coordinated community response is developed locally to protect victims. Contact them at 0207 840 8960 or info@paladinservice.co.uk

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provides practical personal safety advice - http://www.suzylamplugh.org/ - 020 7091 0014.

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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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