Tuesday 25th February 2020
There are no burglary dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 1203 20th February
Location: Doomsday Lane, Horsham
Date and time: At approximately 0130hrs 20th February
Details: The padlock on a shed was broken but there was nothing stolen.
Reference: 0212 21st February
Location: Lordings Road, Billingshurst
Date and time: Between 0545hrs and 0700hrs 21st February
Details: A garage door was forced open and a large amount of tools were stolen.
Reference: 0686 21st February
Location: Furzefield Road, Horsham
Date and time: Between 20th and 21st February
Details: Locks were broken off a garage and a mountain bike was stolen.
Reference: 0622 21st February
Location: Worthing Road, Horsham
Date and time: Between 20th and 21st February
Details: Several garages had their locks broken off, unknown what has been taken.
News and appeals
First Sussex Police officers funded by 20,000 campaign on the streets of Sussex
One of the first cohorts of recruit people officers in the country funded by the Government’s 20,000 officer recruitment campaign are joining policing teams across Sussex this week; making a proactive difference to communities across the county.
The 36 new Sussex police officers will be joining response teams in communities across the county, alongside their dedicated coaches, where they will be responding to 999 calls having completed robust training at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes.
The recruits are the first of an additional 129 officers for Sussex to be recruited by March 2021 funded by the first phase of the Government initiative, which aims to recruit 20,000 officers by 2023. Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse co-launched the national recruitment campaign when he visited Sussex Police HQ last September.
In addition to the posts created as part of the Government’s recruitment commitment, the force is on track to recruit the extra 250 police officers, 100 PCSOs and 50 specialist staff funded by the 2018/2019 local precept increases.
Previous Worthing shopkeeper, PC Mitulkumar Patel feels incredibly proud to be serving as a police officer: “I’m looking forward to my first shift having wanted to be part of the team for many years. I’m here to make a difference.”
Sussex Police’s police officer recruitment drive continues next month with the first recruitment drive of 2020 launching on Monday, 9 March. The recruitment drive is looking for those who have what it takes to tackle crime, keep communities safe and protect the most vulnerable. More information can be found here.
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Police warn of Dyno-Rod scam
Police are issuing a warning after a series of people have been scammed by fraudsters pretending to be from Dyno-Rod Drain Company.
Since the start of January, over 20 victims have reported incidents with similar circumstances to police across Sussex. The majority of victims are elderly and have occurred in Brighton and Hove.
Typically, the fraudsters will knock on the door and tell the victims they need emergency work. The victims will then be asked to transfer money to the fraudsters or hand over their bank details. Money is taken from the victims' accounts for work that is not carried out.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police said: "This impersonator fraud scam is a disgraceful way of defrauding the victims of their cash and we are determined to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Please be vigilant about anyone who comes to the door asking for personal or financial information. Never give your bank details, transfer money to those you don't know or trust or give your PIN number or other sensitive information to strangers.
"If you are in doubt about a situation, close the door and call police. If something doesn't sound right, don't feel pressured to make a snap decision on matters relating to your finances. Trust your instincts.
"Alternatively, speak with a trusted friend or family member and get their advice on whether you should go through with any action that could impact you financially.”
If you have been a victim of this crime or have any information that could help with our enquiries, please report online or call 101.
For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support vulnerable victims, see the force website here.
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Witnesses sought to knife point robbery in Horsham
Police are appealing for witnesses to a knife point robbery in Horsham.
A 29-year-old local man was walking along Serrin way about 8am on Friday 14 February when he was approached by an unknown man in possession of a knife, who demanded his money.
The victim handed over his wallet containing cards and £180 cash, and the suspect ran off in the direction of Littlehaven railway station.
He is described as white, about 6’, in his 30s, of stocky build and with a shaven head and no facial hair. He was wearing a full grey nylon tracksuit.
Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 202 of 14/02.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Man charged after fleeing from stolen car
Police have charged a man after he fled from a stolen vehicle in Pulborough.
A man was washing his car in Nutbourne Common on Sunday morning (23 February) when he quickly popped back inside his house. During this time his wallet, which was inside the vehicle, was stolen.
The suspect ran away and got into a stolen car, before colliding with another vehicle and fleeing the area on foot.
Officers attended the scene and conducted an area search and a man matching the description provided was detained.
Terrence Winter, 46, of High Street, Bognor Regis was charged with burglary dwelling and theft, theft from a motor vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. He was remanded in custody and will appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (25 February).
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