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Thursday, 4 January 2018

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Bognor Regis man sentenced for £11,000 money laundering case

A man who laundered thousands of pounds to fund his gambling addiction has been convicted in court.

At the end of June, Eclipse Financial Management Limited, an insurance broker based in Tangmere, overpaid Pen Underwriting £10,937.35. The client then contacted Eclipse to arrange the return of the funds.

However, the funds were instead transferred into the account of Ronnie Lewry, who was a training and compliance manager with Eclipse at the time.

It emerged the 28-year-old, of Brooks Lane West, Bognor Regis, had falsified documents to ensure he was the beneficiary of the overpayment. The following day, he failed to turn up for work.

As part of a police investigation, Lewry was arrested on 24 October, and charged with fraud and conversion of criminal property.

Evidence shows he converted this criminal property through online gambling websites, ATM cash withdrawals and other personal spending.

He fully admitted the offences, and at Portsmouth Crown Court on 18 December he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months.

Police intend to pursue a confiscation order to recover the funds.

Arrest summary

More than 25 people were arrested from across the Arun district between the 25th December and 1st January. Offences included shoplifting, domestic assault, criminal damage, affray, Breach of bail conditions, assault and harassment.

Sussex Police celebrates 50th anniversary

Sussex Police is delighted to be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

It is exactly five decades since the borough forces of Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton, and the county forces of East Sussex and West Sussex, came together in January 1968 to form Sussex Police.

Back then we saw the introduction of the Ford Escort, rock band Led Zeppelin and BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.

It is also the year five and ten pence coins were introduced in preparation for decimalisation in 1971, the M1 was completed and the first Isle of Wight Festival was held.

But while much has changed since then, including the way Sussex Police operates, the force’s core values remain the same – protecting people from harm, catching criminals and keeping communities safe.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of changes which have been necessary in order to maintain and improve our policing services. However, much remains the same, as outlined by our force priorities - to keep communities safe and feeling safe, to identify and protect vulnerable people, and to prevent and respond to harm.

“We are a workforce of individuals who serve with dedication, professionalism and moral courage. While doing so, our staff and officers have empathy, they have good humour in going about their duties, and most of all they have compassion.

“The landscape of policing has changed so much over 50 years. I am heartened by how strong we are as a force today, and I really do believe we are in a strong position to continue to protect our communities across the county.

“That’s why I invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of Sussex Police.”

Throughout the next 12 months, we will be exploring a number of themes which show how dramatically things have changed – while others have remained almost exactly the same – over the past 50 years since Sussex Police formed.

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Crime summary

Bognor Regis and surrounding area

The Hartings, Middleton-On-Sea - Four tyres to vehicle slashed overnight into 25th December. Ref 0239 of 25/12.

Linden Road, Bognor Regis - Between 22nd and 27th December, a first floor flat was broken into. Ref 0506 of 27/12.

Orchard Way, Bognor Regis - A man was seen running out of a property by the occupant at approximately 7:30pm, 27th December. Handbag reported stolen. Ref 0970 of 27/12.
Durlston Drive, Bersted - Key damage caused to a vehicle overnight into 27th December. Ref 0946 of 27/12.

Aldwick Road - Overnight into 28th December, three vehicles had tyres slashed and one car was scratched. Ref 0216 of 28/12.

Northwyke Road, Felpham - Between 26th and 28th December, there was an attempt break to a garage. Ref 1182 of 28/12.

Littlehampton and surrounding area

Courtwick Road, Wick - Between 22nd and 27th December, tools stolen from insecure van. Ref 0851 of 27/12.

Michel Grove, East Preston - Between 7:30pm - 11:40pm, 30th December, there was an attempt break to a property. Ref 0993 of 30/12.

Starboard Walk, Littlehampton - A young man was seen to jump out of a window to a detached property at approximately 6:30pm, 1st January. Jewellery and cash have been reported stolen. Ref 1220 of 01/01.

Barnham, Arundel and surrounding area

Barnham Road, Barnham -  On 27th December, there was a report of garage built on building site being broken into via the roof. Tools reported stolen. Ref 0411 of 28/12.
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