Three arrests made and five weapons seized during Worthing day of action
Police made three arrests and seized five weapons during a day of action in Worthing on Monday (19 October).
A suspect - a 13-year-old boy - was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place following a report of a male threatening others with a baseball bat in Durrington on 18 October. He has been released under investigation.
A second teenager – a 14-year-old boy - was arrested and cautioned in connection with a burglary in Victoria Road on 28 July where two bikes were stolen.
A 14-year-old male was on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage and theft following a report of vandalism to a primary school in West Tarring. He has been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.
This was followed by knife sweeps of seven local parks including Lamb Park, Sompting Road, Manor Sports Ground, Homefield Park, Dominion Road Park, Kitty’s Field, Goring Gap Green and Hill Barn/Rotary Recreation Ground. Five weapons were recovered and safely disposed of.
Twelve shops were visited for 'Challenge 25' test purchasing educational activities to ensure local businesses understand the laws behind the sale of knives and have the correct training in place for staff.
Police teams dealt with two reports from UK Border Force regarding the importation of weapons. Both suspects were dealt with through community resolutions which were a warning letter and an educational talk from a police officer.
Officers used the Force's new van at hotspot locations in the town centre to engage with the local community and raise awareness of the risks associated with carrying a knife. The new initiative uses real-life stories of people whose lives have been impacted by knife crime to warn members of the public of dangers.
Superintendent Miles Ockwell, West Sussex District Commander, said: "My huge thanks to the officers and search volunteers who participated in this day and are committed to protecting our local communities and keeping Sussex safe.
"To tackle the complex issues of violence and knife crime we're taking both a proactive and preventative approach. We'll be out engaging with young people in schools and warning of the dangers of knife and weapon possession as well as carrying out targeted operations and scouring public spaces for harmful weapons.
"We would urge anyone with information about violence or knife crime to make the right call and get in touch with us."
To read more about the consequences of knife crime see the force website here.
Report crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
Halloween celebrations are likely to be a bit different this year due to the pandemic restrictions.
As concerns continue about rising Covid-19 infection rates across the county and the traditions of trick-or-treating carry a risk, Sussex Police are urging members of the public to enjoy safer ways of celebrating Halloween.
There are many alternatives that mean you can still enjoy Halloween
Take part in the Sussex Police competition for Sussex’s Spookiest House: take photos of your Halloween creations, decorations or pumpkins for a chance to win a visit to meet one of our police dogs. Find details on your local area’s police Facebook page.
Join the pumpkin trail: take part in 'pumpkin spotting'. Every time your child spots a pumpkin, you reward them with a treat.
Be virtual: consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Halloween games, bake Halloween treats or tell spooky stories.
Decorate your home: dress up the outside of your house with Halloween decorations for you and your neighbours to enjoy.
Spooky Halloween hunt: hide Halloween sweets and treats around your homes or gardens as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
Sussex Police is reminding people that if they are getting involved in Halloween activities over this period that they be considerate to their neighbours and respectful of others’ property.
For the vast majority, Halloween is great fun and a time to celebrate with friends and family, but for some elderly and vulnerable people, or those living alone, some people’s behaviour can be intimidating.
To make it easy to see who doesn’t wish to be disturbed, Sussex Police have produced some posters. You can find the posters here.
At this time of year there is often an increase in anti-social behaviour, which can distress and worry many residents. Sussex Police will have an increased number of patrols to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or you have been told to self-isolate, you should not participate in any in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out sweets to trick-or-treaters.
Chief Inspector Jon Carter said: "This year we are urging people to celebrate Halloween in a responsible way and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
"We are here to make sure that everyone can still enjoy Halloween by focussing our resources in the right places and working closely with our partners and communities.
"We will also be engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly, reminding them to follow COVID-19 guidelines and following the rule of six.
"There will be increased patrols to deter any anti-social behaviour and provide a reassuring presence; officers will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.
"It is important to stress that the majority of people behave safely and responsibly, however, we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and will take action where necessary."
More advice is available here.
Sussex Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.
You can also find out more about ASB and the support available at https://asbhelp.co.uk/
Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator your community can be stronger together.
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
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Reference: 0531 25/10/2020
Location: Victoria Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 11th and 25th October
Details: Entry was gained to a shed by forcing a padlock. A pedal cycle was stolen.
Theft of catalytic converters – over the last week there have been reports of thefts of catalytic converters in Adur & Worthing
Catalytic converters are targeted by criminals due to the high value precious metals which are contained within the converters. It only takes a few minutes to remove a catalytic converter but they are expensive to replace.
This is happening all over the UK and cars have been targeted in many areas including public car parks, hospital and supermarket car parks or at car dealerships or garages. The vehicles targeted are often hybrid models or vehicles which have high ground clearance and offer easy access to the converter.
Please report any suspicious activity around vehicles, such as someone underneath a car or lifting a vehicle up.
Consider video doorbells that could provide key evidence and deter offenders.
An alarm can be fitted to your vehicle that activates if it's tilted or shaken; and you can ask garages to weld the bolts holding the catalytic converter on, making it harder to remove.
Etching your vehicle’s serial number on to the catalytic converter could help police track stolen items
Protective covers over the catalytic converter can help to guard your vehicle
If you witness suspicious activity, don’t approach the suspects. Take note of the suspect’s vehicle registration, only if it’s safe to do so. You can report this by calling 101 or online or in an emergency always call 999.
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