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Wednesday 24th February 2021

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Police warn of online blackmail and sextortion

Police are warning of sextortion and the dangers associated with interacting with someone you don’t know online after receiving reports of three similar cases in Sussex.
Sextortion is a form of blackmail where a perpetrator threatens to reveal intimate images of the victim online unless they give in to their demands. These demands are typically for money or further images.

Criminals might befriend victims online by using a fake identity and then persuade them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam.  Criminals will then threaten to share the images with the victims’ friends and family which can make the victims feel embarrassed and ashamed, and prevent them from coming forward to report the incident.

In February, police received reports of three victims in West Sussex, who were blackmailed after sharing intimate videos with someone they started speaking to on Instagram.


For more information about Operation Signature, Sussex Police's campaign to identify and protect vulnerable victims of fraud see the Force website here. 

Two men jailed for armed robbery in Worthing
Two men have been jailed for an armed robbery in Worthing.

At 4.30pm on Thursday 3rd December, two men who had been browsing Worthing News in Rowlands Road, pulled out a silver imitation revolver and demanded cash from shop workers.

The victims handed over around £400 in cash from the till. One victim was led to the back of the store and asked to open the safe, but it was empty.

He was assaulted and hit over the head with the imitation weapon, resulting in a minor injury.

Four bottles of vodka were taken by the defendants as they left the store.

Through intelligence and CCTV enquiries, Dale Benjamin Searle, 32, and Danny Lee Cobbold, 32, both of no fixed address, were arrested and charged with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

The defendants appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 19th February and pleaded guilty to the offences.

Searle was sentenced to five years imprisonment and Cobbold was sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment.

DS Andrew Ricks said: "Searle and Cobbold caused significant distress to their victims in this appalling crime and we will absolutely not tolerate this kind of violence and intimidation.
"This investigation moved at a fast pace and we are pleased the defendants have now been brought to justice.
"Our priority is keeping local communities safe and every day we work tirelessly to prevent and disrupt crime." 

Partial Closure Orders secured at homes in Lancing and Sompting

Officers from Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team have successfully obtained two Partial Closure Orders in Lancing and Sompting.

Concerns had been raised by local residents and other agencies in relation to antisocial behaviour and drug use at the addresses in Hurstfield and Busticle Lane – both of which are home to vulnerable tenants.

The Partial Closure Orders will initially last for three months and stipulates that only specified visitors are permitted from entering the addresses. Those who are not permitted can be arrested if they are found inside.

The orders will help to protect the vulnerable tenants, provide relief to the neighbours and assist local officers in targeting the perpetrators of the antisocial behaviour.
Sergeant Craig Burgess, from Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team, said “Partial Closure Orders are the final option when dealing with antisocial behaviour at a particular address. We have worked with the vulnerable residents and other agencies to take this action to protect the residents and wider community from the antisocial behaviour, which unfortunately was associated with these addresses.” 
Crime summary
Burglary – There are no residential burglaries to report this week.

Burglary Other than Dwelling

Reference: 0643 17th February
Location: Wigmore Road, Broadwater
Date and time: Between 1800hrs 16th and 0800hrs 17th February
Details: The door on a shed which is in the front garden was damaged and a pedal cycle was stolen.

Reference: 0405 21st February
Location: Downview Road, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 1500hrs 20th and noon 21st February
Details: A garage door was broken and the garage entered, nothing was stolen.

The Joyful Whippet
Police were alerted to a group of people congregating at the Joyful Whippet in Halewick Lane, Sompting at 4.40pm on Friday 19th February.

Officers attended and suspects were seen to discard a quantity of Class B and Class A drugs as well as a mobile phone.

Two men aged 19 and 25 were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and a 29yr old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug. 

All men have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. 

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