Crime summary Burglary – There are no burglary dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0873 23rd February
Location: Kithurst Lane, Storrington
Date and time: Between 2200hrs 22nd February and 1000hrs 23rd February
Details: A pedal cycle that was chained to the wall in an insecure garage was stolen.
Our officers and PCSOs have been out and about.
Last Wednesday they were in Lintot Square, Southwater due to reports of anti-social behaviour in and around the area and on Thursday 25th they were out in Storrington due to concerns about crime in the area.
On Friday 26th February they were on high visibility patrols in Billingshurst engaging with businesses and a group of youths were also dispersed from the skate park under Covid regulations.
Also on Friday they were out on patrol again in Southwater with regards to the ASB in the village.
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News and appeals Sussex Police tackling thieves who target businesses across the county
Sussex Police have been working with businesses across the county to take action against those stealing from shops and put measures in place to deter it from happening.
The Safer Sussex Business Partnership (SSBP) was set up by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne in February 2020. It brings together Sussex Police, local and national retailers and other interested partners to tackle the root causes of business crime, encourage swifter reporting and find better ways to work together to catch and punish all prolific offenders.
PCC Bourne said she was pleased that Sussex Police were now working more closely with local businesses and taking even greater action to target persistent offenders in our high streets and shopping areas.
“I am determined to find better ways of targeting offenders who continue to blight our business communities and, working with the SSBP, to find innovative ways of reducing the impact of these crimes.
“This type of rigorous investigating is exactly what local businesses have told me they want to see. It sends a strong message to criminals who wish to exploit our retail sector that they will be reported, caught and punished.
“It also helps build confidence among our local retail sector that appropriate action will be taken by Sussex Police to protect them, their livelihoods and their customers.
“Sussex Police recognise that theft is a crime that should receive an appropriate response and there is no minimum monetary threshold applied to what will, or will not be, investigated.”
Appeal for witnesses to attempted robbery in Storrington
Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery in Storrington shortly after midday on Tuesday 23rd February.
The victim, a man in his 80s, had been outside a property in Manleys Hill when he was approached by a woman with a clipboard who appeared to be asking for donations.
The victim gave her a small quantity of cash, after which she tried to take a watch from his wrist. A struggle ensued but the woman left the scene empty-handed after members of the public intervened. The victim suffered minor injuries.
The woman was described as white, aged between 20s and 35, with shoulder length brown hair. She was wearing glasses and an olive green coat, and left in the direction of High Street and School Hill.
An extensive area search was carried out but with no trace. Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols in the area to deter and identify any further criminal behaviour.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have any other information about what happened, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 491 of 23/02. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-for-witnesses-to-attempted-robbery-in-storrington/
Meet the new PCSOs who went on the streets early to support the Covid response
As the nation entered its third lockdown and the force stepped up its response to the pandemic, PCSO Apprentices Mark Ridley and Sophie Mamoany were preparing to start their policing careers in Sussex communities.
Along with 14 fellow PCSO apprentices, the new officers were deployed a few weeks early in January to help support the force’s effort to protect the NHS and save lives.
Working alongside their tutors at all times, the apprentices have been undertaking patrols, engaging with communities and ensuring Covid regulations are followed, including dealing with breaches. At the same time, they have been looking out for those who are most vulnerable at this time and engaging with partner agencies to ensure they get the help they need.
All the new PCSOs have been tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB), following concerns from communities. NHS partners at the vaccine centre have now reported a significant decrease in anti-social behaviour and thanked the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Sussex Police Chief Constable, Jo Shiner, said: “I’m proud of the impressive start these 16 new PCSOs have made in protecting and supporting their communities at this challenging time.
“We took the decision to deploy this cohort three weeks early to further strengthen our frontline teams as they continue to meet the challenges of the pandemic and keep our communities safe. As the apprentices had already completed their essential training during their initial nine weeks at Sussex Police HQ, we were able to reschedule some of their classroom-based learning.
“I’m also delighted to welcome to the force a further 14 PCSO apprentices who are commencing their initial training at Police HQ this week, undertaking a programme carefully adapted to meet Covid safety guidelines.
“Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams have expanded through the uplift of additional PCSOs over the last two years, so I am pleased to say an extra 17 new sergeants have joined these teams in recent months, resulting in greater supervision and a more proactive, localised approach to tackling community issues.”
“I wish all these new PCSO Apprentices every success in their new careers.”
The recruits are continuing their three-year apprenticeship on the job alongside their tutors.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “It is impressive that these PSCOs have already made such a positive impact on the communities they serve.
Arrests made and weapons seized in force wide operation
Sussex Police carried out a force wide day of action on Saturday 27th February to tackle knife crime, violence and wider criminality as part of Operation Safety.
Around 80 officers from Response, Investigations, Neighbourhood Policing, the Tactical Enforcement Unit, the Special Enforcement Unit, the Dog Unit, new recruits from the Dedicated Coaching Unit and other teams took part in the operation.
A total of 15 arrests were made for offences including weapon possession, weapon importation, robbery, burglary and drug offences. 26 weapons were seized and 39 searches were carried out.
PS Elizabeth Reschwamm, co-ordinator for Operation Safety, said: "Dangerous items such as weapons and drugs have no place on our streets and we work tirelessly to remove them and keep local communities safe.
"Carrying weapons is extremely dangerous and although some people may carry them to feel safer - it actually puts you at more risk of coming to harm.
"Yesterday's operation was a great success. Colleagues from across the Force, including new recruits, worked together to tackle the issues such as weapon possession, violence and wider criminal issues.
"We will continue to tackle and prevent crime through targeted action and by raising awareness.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne showed her support for this activity saying: "Sussex Police remain steadfast in their commitment to taking prolific offenders off our streets, preventing knife crime and tackling serious violence.
"This targeted activity has already had some successful, tangible results and the presence in those higher-harm areas is exactly the visible and proactive policing that I know residents want to see.
"A strong message was sent out - the police will respond swiftly and robustly to prevent serious violence and anyone thinking about carrying a knife should beware of the dangers and life-changing consequences of doing so.
"Please remember that all knives can kill and maim and, just by carrying one, you are putting yourself and others in grave danger. My message is clear – lose the knife not a life."
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