News and appeals Disabled man’s specially adapted bike stolen Police are appealing for information after a disabled man’s bicycle was stolen in Worthing.
The victim, a 66-year-old local man, had left his bike at the junction of Eirene Road and Eirene Avenue about 11am on Monday 20 May after he had an accident and had to rush to hospital.
When he returned around 11pm the same day, it had gone. The bike – a silver Claud Butler model with a bag on the frame and accessories – is specially adapted to the victim, who is paralysed. Specifically, it has been made so all brakes and gears are on the left hand side.
It is his main mode of transport.
Officers are appealing for anyone who knows where the bike may be, or anyone who may have been offered it for sale, to get in touch. You can report it online or call 101, quoting serial 508 of 21/05. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/disabled-mans-specially-adapted-bike-stolen-370256 Be on the alert for bogus phone callers seeking your bank account details Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after 35 cases of 'courier fraud' or attempts so far in May including six on one day.
But thanks to alert residents and bank staff, only six attempts succeeded. In several of the cases residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be a 'Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harrison'. There is no such officer. The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card, that someone has been arrested, and that there is an investigation ongoing.
The caller says that the resident must both supply their PIN and other card details over the phone, and hand the card or cards to a courier who would arrive at the door.
However thanks to the alertness of residents, and in six cases thanks to the alertness of bank staff, only six of the 35 attempts were successful, with a total loss of £24,800 - the biggest single loss was £7,900. The oldest victim was 96 years old.
18 were in West Sussex, 16 in East Sussex, and one in Brighton
For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website here. To see the full story please click on the link or go to our website. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/be-on-the-alert-for-bogus-phone-callers-seeking-your-bank-account-details-370372 Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details. Crime summary Burglary Reference: 0601 26th May Location: Longlands, Broadwater Date and time: Between 2200hrs 25th May and 1200hrs 26th May Details: Entry gained to property, car keys and car stolen.
Reference: 1390 26th May Location: Hawthorne Crescent, Broadwater Date and time: Between 1200hrs and 1400hrs 23rd May Details: Entry gained to a property via an insecure side door, jewellery stolen. Other than Dwelling Reference: 1677 21/05/2019 Location: Poulters Lane Worthing Date and time: Between 19th and 20th June Details: A shed was broken into by breaking the lock. Two hammers were stolen
Reference: 0315 27th May Location: Lisher Road, Lancing Date and time: Between 1800hrs 23rd May and 0800hrs 24th May Details: The padlock was broken off the garage door and a power tool was taken. Help us keep Sussex safe
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