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.
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.
A 73-year-old victim from Hove has spoken about how he was defrauded out of £2,000 through the scam.
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. To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.
Closure order for Worthing property after anti-social behaviour
A property on Broadwater Street West in Worthing being used for drug use and anti-social behaviour has been shut under a closure order.
The order was granted by Worthing Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (18 February) under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, which prevents any person from entering the premises for three months.
The closure follows a lengthy period of anti-social behaviour from both the occupant and visitors to the address.
A partial closure on the property last year failed to resolve the issue so an application was made for a full closure.
Drink-driver makes himself known by crashing into police car
A drink-driver was more than four times the legal limit when he crashed into a police car in Worthing.
Officers were driving westbound along Brighton Road about 9.19pm on 24 January when a Volkswagen Polo pulled away from the kerb and collided with their vehicle and a parked vehicle, causing minor damage to both. The officers were not on an emergency call at the time and no injuries were reported.
The Polo driver was identified as Adam Chapman, 49, a chef, of Rectory Road, Worthing.
He was required to undergo a roadside breath test, which he failed. He was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 147mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system – more than four times the legal limit of 35mcg.
At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 18 February, Chapman was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for three years. He was also required to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and pay £85 costs and a £122 victim surcharge.
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:
Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance costs;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
Man arrested in Worthing on suspicion of terrorism offences
This Release is issued on behalf of Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE)
Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) have today (24/2) arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences in West Sussex.
Following a pre-planned operation at around 5am at a residential address in Worthing, the 20-year-old was arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act (2000) on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation, or instigation of an act of terrorism.
He currently remains in police custody.
As part of the investigation, officers are also carrying out a search at the address.
The arrest was intelligence-led and linked to Islamist-related terrorism.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “This arrest forms part of a pre-planned operation by CTPSE, working alongside colleagues at Sussex Police.
“I would like to thank the local community for their patience while we carry out searches and continue our investigation.”
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander for Adur, Worthing and Horsham, said: "Sussex Police are working closely with the Counter-Terrorism investigators to support their operation which is intelligence-led and not in response to any specific threat to our local area."
Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting to police in confidence at gov.uk/ACT
Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism.
Reference: 1642 22nd February
Location: Aldsworth Avenue, Goring by Sea
Date and time: Between 0800hrs and 2245hrs 22nd February
Details: A rear door was broken and jewellery stolen.
Reference: 0392 23rd February
Location: Berriedale Drive, Sompting
Date and time: Between 2100hrs 22/02 and 0800hrs 23/02
Details: Entry gained to the property via the rear door, items stolen including car keys and car.
Reference: 1146 23rd February
Location: Anscombe Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1630hrs 21st February and 1800hrs 23rd February
Details: A rear door was broken and jewellery and cash was stolen.
Reference: 0236 24th February
Location: Matston Road, Broadwater
Date and time: Between 2000hrs 23rd February and 0700hrs 24th February
Details: An insecure rear door was entered, car keys and car were stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1371 18th February
Location: Steyne Gardens, Worthing
Date and time: Over a period of a week
Details: Golf clubs and tools were stolen from a garage after the door was forced open.
Reference: 1658 22nd February
Location: Rosslyn Road, Shoreham
Date and time: Over a period of time
Details: The padlock was cut off a shed and a pedal cycle was stolen.
Reference: 0730 23rd February
Location: Western Road North, Sompting
Date and time: Between 1700hrs 22nd February and 0900hrs 23rd February
Details: An insecure shed was broken into, nothing stolen.
Reference: 0494 24th February
Location: Rectory Farm Road, Sompting
Details: A garage was broken into over a 2 week period and a wheelchair was stolen. Help us keep Sussex safe
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