Two police officers have been assaulted and also received dog bite injuries at an address in Worthing.The Constables, a man and a woman, were in the area on routine enquiries but went to the address, shortly before 9.30am on Wednesday (30 October) after they were concerned for the welfare of a woman resident. Whilst there they were both repeatedly punched, and were both bitten by the dog, currently identified as a Staffie-type breed, and which is owned by the woman. The dog was safely restrained with the help of a police taser and the officers received treatment for their wounds at Worthing Hospital but were later discharged.
A 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault on police and of causing grievous bodily harm and is in custody for interview and further enquiries.
The dog was tasered in order to help ensure its safe restraint and it is not reported to have suffered any ill-effects. it was taken away by other officers and is now in secure kennels while enquiries continue,
District Commander, Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, said; "This was a nasty attack on two officers who were going about their normal duties. In order to ensure the officers and wider community remained safe the dog needed to be restrained with the help of a taser.
Police are seeking information to help clear up an unexplained sighting of a young girl seen to get into a car in Lancing.
At about 10.10pm on Thursday (31 October) three teenage girls were reported by a witness to be in Upper Boundstone Lane, Lancing, when an argument allegedly developed between one of them and a man in his 40's driving a silver/grey hatchback car.
That girl, who might be known as 'Bunny', is then said to have got into the car which drove off.
Neither of the other two girls reported to be present has contacted the police and there have been no related reports.
Detective Constable Francesca Safiruddin said; " If you witnessed this reported incident, or know any of the people described, please get in touch with us. We are particularly keen for anyone said to be directly involved to call us so that we can clear this matter up.
"We are naturally considering it quite possible that this is a false alarm, raised with good intent, but it is important that we establish exactly what has happened.
"If you can help, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1492 of 31/10." https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/mystery-of-girl-getting-into-car-in-lancing/
Eight arrests made during enhanced stop and search powers in Worthing
Police in Adur and Worthing make a total of eight arrests under enhanced stop and search power.
A section 60 and 60aa order of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was issued for a limited period of 15 hours between Thursday and Friday (October 31 and November 1) in the Worthing district.
The order was in response to the recent anti-social behaviour and violence involving and affecting youths in the area and allowed officers to target those who were on the streets for criminal purposes.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter of Adur and Worthing said: “The order, an enhanced stop and search order without grounds, was in place to ensure young people were able to go out and enjoy themselves and feel reassured that we could deploy resources quickly if a problem arised.
“Our resources were able to disrupt groups of young people in the Worthing area and we arrested eight boys, all aged between 12 and 14, for a total of 20 offences including trespassing, criminal damage and harassment.
“The decision to implement the short-term order was not taken lightly but shows the seriousness of our response to the violence involving and affecting young people in the community.
“Our close working partnership with other agencies will remain and we will continue to tackle this behaviour, which is totally unacceptable.
“We are appealing to the public to continue to report matters of anti-social behaviour to us and there are many ways you can do this. You can report it to us online or by calling 101 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers or Fearless.” https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/eight-arrests-made-during-enhanced-stop-and-search-powers-in-worthing/
PCSO model will look to increase local engagement across Sussex
Monday, November 4th saw the launch of a named PCSO for every community in Sussex Police.
The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.
The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year. There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019. Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.
This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.
This investment has given Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing. The precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of Anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime. This investment will also assist in identifying and keeping safe the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“Along with the traditional foot patrol in areas where the community needs our support, our PCSOs are equipped to help solve neighbourhood issues, take statements, work with police officers and our partners to problem solve in the community.”
With natural attrition, Sussex Police should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, though the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer.
There will also be six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support to rural communities. The rural PCSOs will have specialist training and this will enable them to recognise the specific crime types which can affect rural communities and the unique vulnerabilities of those who live and work in rural areas, both out in the community and through digital channels.
All PCSOs will work closely with our partners and voluntary organisations to solve specific local issues.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly showed the public wanted PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police.
“Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations.
“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities.
“A huge welcome to our 100 extra PCSOs, as they start to enter Sussex communities on November 4. I look forward to visiting them in their designated areas and seeing the positive impact that they make to residents and local businesses.”
The 100 new posts will be allocated according to the demand and severity data
By inputting your postcode in www.police.uk you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live. Some areas may have more than one PCSO.
You can read more about how PCSOs will work and be deployed here. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/pcso-model-will-look-to-increase-local-engagement-across-sussex/
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 1202 29/10/2019
Location: Sompting Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between midday and 6pm
Details: It is unknown how entry was gained to a property. Jewellery and cash were stolen.
Burglary other then dwelling
Reference: 0192 02/11/2019
Location: The Oval, WestTarring
Date and time: Between midnight and 1am
Details: A garage was broken into. Nothing stolen.
November Fraud Newsletter
Here is our fraud newsletter for November. In this edition, as usual, we’re highlighting the types of scam we’re seeing across Surrey and Sussex this month, and our advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
It’s also that time of year again already, so we’re sharing our tips on safe online shopping as Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach!
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