Police investigating deliberate car fire in Worthing
A car fire in Worthing is being investigated as an arson.
Police and firefighters were called after a silver Vauxhall Zafira was reported to be damaged and alight in Anglesea Street around 11.20pm on Wednesday 9 October.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who has dash cam or CCTV which may have captured the incident, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1687 of 09/10.
A 21-year-old man from Canterbury in Kent; a 23-year-old man from Worthing; and a 22-year-old man from Goring; all arrested on suspicion of arson, have been bailed until 8 November pending further enquiries. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/police-investigating-deliberate-car-fire-in-worthing/
Police appeal for witnesses after firearms seized in Patching, Worthing
Police are appealing for information after a rucksack with firearms was discovered near Patching in Worthing.
Police were alerted by a member of the public around 4.30pm on Friday (October 18) to a rucksack which had been left in the bushes in Arundel Road.
Officers attended the scene and seized the rucksack, which contained viable firearms inside. There have been no reports of injuries or firearms being used in this area.
Detective Inspector Alan Pack said: "We would like to praise the member of the public who made the right decision to contact us when they noticed something suspicious and out of place.
"The bag and the firearms have been seized by officers and removed from the scene.
"We are appealing to anyone who noticed anyone acting suspiciously in this area at this time to make contact with us as you may hold vital information to our investigation."
Report online or by calling 101 quoting 1142 of 18/10. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/police-appeal-for-witnesses-after-firearms-seized-in-patching-worthing/
Man jailed for unprovoked attacks in Worthing
A man has been jailed after carrying out two unprovoked attacks in Worthing.
About 2.40pm on Sunday 13 October, a local man parked his van in Clifton Road when he was approached by an unknown man, who leaned on his vehicle.
After asking him politely not to touch it, the victim was punched to the ribs. Police were called and the suspect made off on a bicycle.
Later, around 5.35pm, the same suspect entered Co-Op in Ham Road, and stole milk and chicken wings valued at £5.30.
A member of staff confronted the man, who responded by head-butting him. Again, he made off from the scene on his bike.
Officers carried out a search of the area and the suspect was located in nearby Chesswood Road.
He was detained with the help of a quick-thinking member of the public, who spotted he was being pursued and kicked his bike, causing him to fall to the ground.
The man was identified as Alex Gilbertson, 42, unemployed, of no fixed address.
He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 15 October, where he pleaded guilty to theft and two counts of assault by beating.
He was sentenced to a total of 24 weeks’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £75 compensation to each of his victims.
Magistrates said the deliberate attacks, and his flagrant disregard for people and their property, were taken into account on sentencing.
A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “We’d like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we dealt with this incident, which involved a number of officers pursuing the defendant on a bike.
“We’d also like to thank the member of the public whose quick-thinking actions helped us to detain this man and bring him to justice.”
A report of an assault at Worthing railway station that afternoon is being investigated by the British Transport Police. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/man-jailed-for-unprovoked-attacks-in-worthing/
Sad death of Worthing woman following collision
A woman pedestrian who was injured in a collision with a cyclist in Worthing has died in hospital.
At 2.50pm on Friday (11 October) Sandy Burfield, 71, of Grand Parade, Worthing, collided with the cyclist in Marine Parade, Worthing.
She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital to be treated for a serious head injury but sadly died on Sunday (13 October).
The cyclist was not injured.
Sandy's family have issued the following tribute to her, together with a photograph; "Sandy Burfield, mum to Carl and Marc Burfield and to Emma Hansford, had seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was full of love, lived life to the full. She will be missed so much by everyone. She was the life and soul of the party and loved so much by everyone that knew her."
Anyone who saw what happened can contact the police online at or by calling 101, quoting Operation Garston. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/sad-death-of-worthing-woman-following-collision/
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details
Reference: 1546 18/10/2019
Location: Southfield Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 13th and 18th October
Details: Entry was gained to a property through a window. A watch was stolen.
Reference: 0857 20/10/2019
Location: Ladydell road Worthing
Date and time: On the 10th October
Details: It is unclear how entry was made to a property. Headphones were stolen
With the clocks going back this weekend, as nights start to get darker some burglary prevention tips.
Keep windows and doors secure, and lock side gates, even if you are at home.
Keep all keys, wallets, purses and valuable items out of sight and out of reach.
Consider using timer switches so that a light automatically comes on at a time of your choosing ,always leave a light on in a room that can not be peered into from the road..
Register your property at immobilise.com
(https://www.immobilise.com/) It’s free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property
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