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17 March 2020

Police have issued an E-fit in a bid to track down a distinctive mystery stalker seen on three occasions in Crawley, talking to or approaching a local woman.
The most recent incident happened on 6 March when the woman in her twenties saw the man from the window of her house which backs on to open land adjoining Tilgate golf course which is accessible from the golf course, as well as from Forest View, and Gainsborough Road playing fields. He was looking in her direction and appeared to be using his phone to take photos.
On 30 November he had approached and followed her in Crawley town centre, and on the following day he had come up and spoken to her in Ashdown Drive near Tilgate shops until she ran away.
The man is described as white, in his 50’s, about 5’10”, of medium build and bald except for bands of short white hair on the sides of his head.
He has been seen wearing a khaki coloured body warmer and has an 'old style' mobile phone, ie not a smartphone. He has also worn ‘Matrix style’ sunglasses with narrow lenses.
PC Sam Bate said; "He also has a very noticeable skin complaint across his cheeks and nose, suggestive of the condition 'rosacea'.
"His motives are not completely clear but he is causing the victim increasing concern and distress and we need to find him and put a stop to his unpleasant activities as soon as possible.
"If you think you recognise him or know where we can find him, please contact us on 101 or 999, quoting serial 378 of 06/03.
"You can also contact us online or get in touch with the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Funding allocated for the Sussex Violence Reduction Unit to continue

Funding allocated for the Sussex Violence Reduction Unit to continue
Public sector organisations are taking a united stand against serious violence in Sussex by working together to make a difference to communities. 
Further funding from the Home Office has been allocated to continue the activities of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) into 2020/2021 in a partnership between Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County, Public Health England, the NHS and others. To read the full story click here.

Are you a confident communicator, value listening to others and wish to keep your community safe?​​​​​​​

Monday 16 March saw the launch of our latest round of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
Being a PCSO is a challenging, yet fantastic line of work that allows you to learn and implement vital policing practices to keep communities safe whilst developing a variety of skills, where no two shifts are the same.
From dealing with anti-social behaviour to providing reassurance and helping resolve community challenges; our PCSOs play a critical and visible role in preventing harm.
Becoming a PCSO will offer a personally rewarding career, working where you are most needed with people who are at their most vulnerable, being the person who is looked towards for help, making a real difference in the community.
As the face of local policing for the community, we are looking for great communicators; those who are calm, confident and compassionate. If you can listen carefully, think through challenges, find solutions and have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our community safe, we want to hear from you.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "This PCSO recruitment campaign opens up another fantastic opportunity for anybody wanting a fulfilling and varied career in policing. 
"If you want to become the boots on the ground that boost public confidence, gather intelligence and help to take down criminals in your community, then this is the job for you. Apply today!"
All new PCSOs join under our 12-month apprenticeship programme; providing the best possible training and, upon completion, a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice. Employed as a PCSO from day one, the training remains focused on practical policing, with the majority of learning taking place on the job and out in the public alongside experienced colleagues.
If you are interested in joining as a PCSO, this helpful guide provides more information on the eligibility, application process and training programme and answers some of the more commonly asked questions we receive.
To apply, click here.  Closing date is the 23rd March 2020


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