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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

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Friday 2nd February 2018

News and appeals

Police investigating a break-in at a filling station in Upper Beeding appeal for witnesses

Witnesses are being sought following a burglary at a West Sussex filling station.

Police were on scene within five minutes of a 2.46am call on Friday (26 January) advising that someone was trying to steal a cash machine from the BP garage in High Street, Upper Beeding, near Steyning.

Officers found signs of a break-in at the rear of the premises and the incident is now under investigation. For forensic reasons it has not yet been possible to determine if any cash was stolen.

The intruders are thought to have fled moments before police arrived.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or who noticed vehicle movements in the area, is asked to contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting serial 80 of 26/01.

Alternatively please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police continue action against drug dealers across Sussex

Police action against drug dealing in Sussex continues, including the execution of drugs warrants at addresses in Eastbourne and Worthing on Friday (26 January).

The raids are part of steps being taken to combat drug dealers who operate from London by operating special phone lines and taking homes of vulnerable people locally, in order to use as a supply base.  

An address in Marine Parade, Eastbourne, was searched and three men were arrested, in a car parked nearby, on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply. After being interviewed they were arrested under investigation.

£1000 cash and five mobile phones were seized.

Two addresses in Worthing were searched, one in Queens Road and one Christchurch Road. Five people, three women and two men, were interviewed but not arrested. Another man, aged 25, was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and cocaine, and after being interviewed was released under investigation.

A further ten addresses, eight in and around Eastbourne and two in Worthing, were visited to check on the welfare of occupants and ensure they have access to sources of support, following information that they may be vulnerable to having their homes used by dealers.

And the police activity developed intelligence which resulted in at least six 'County Lines' drug supply phone line being disrupted across Sussex on the same day.

In a linked operation on the previous day, Thursday (25 January), local officers arrested three people on suspicion of drug offences at another property in Worthing.

Officers entered a flat in Northcourt Road, Worthing on a welfare check and the three suspects were discovered inside.

A 45-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman both from Worthing, and a 24-year-old man from Croydon, London, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine). All three were released under investigation.

Typical ‘County Lines’ activity involves an organised crime group from a large urban area travelling to smaller locations, such as a county or coastal towns to sell class A drugs in particular cocaine and heroin. The group may challenge an existing group from the local area or another county lines enterprise, which can lead to violence.

The name ‘County Lines’ is used because the organised crime group establishes and operates a single telephone number for customers ordering drugs, operated from outside the area, which becomes their ‘brand’. Unlike other criminal activities where telephone numbers are changed on a regular basis, these telephone numbers have value so are maintained and protected.

The organised crime groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes drug users, as a base from which to deal. This is known as 'cuckooing' and will often happen by force or coercion. In some instances victims have left their homes in fear of violence.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland of Sussex Police said: "This is not a new phenomenon and is not confined to Sussex. London affiliated gangs have been seeking to establish drug distribution in Sussex and elsewhere in the South East for several years, although activity has increased in the past two or three years, sometimes involving the use or threat of violence.

"The number of active 'County Lines' changes on an often daily basis, as we disrupt them or when they cease to be active for other reasons.

"Sometimes children and vulnerable adults are involved and we work with local partners to safeguard any vulnerable adults and children, although no children were found during this particular operation. The most successful safeguarding outcomes have involved multiple agencies, including police, housing authorities, town councils, public health bodies, and charities.

"We are continuing to actively target such drug dealing across Sussex on a forcewide and local level wherever it is identified in order to make the area a hostile environment for dealers.

For example across Hastings and Rother local officers have identified almost 30 active addresses as being 'cuckooed' or having the potential to be so misused. Four have been identified since New Year’s Day alone."

Anyone with information about 'cuckooing' or drug dealing in their area can contact police online or phone 101, quoting Operation Preclude. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Alternatively please visit the
Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For further information see the force

Owner of stolen 2012 Olympic torch appeals for its return

The owner of a London 2012 Olympic torch which was stolen in a burglary is appealing for its return.

Guy Watts (pictured) was chosen to run a leg of the Olympic torch relay ahead of the 2012 London games in recognition of his charity work.

However on Tuesday (23 January) he discovered a burglar had broken into his home in Nuthurst, near Horsham, and stolen a number of items including the prized Olympic torch.

He said: “I probably have about three or four items that mean a lot to me and that is one of them. There is no monetary or physical value in it for anyone else but, for me, it is something I cannot replace.

“For the first 24 hours after the break in, I found it hard to talk about it before I decided to try to get it back. I just hope that someone will see this and do the right thing and return

Mr. Watts was selected to run a leg of the 2012 Olympic torch relay, in Sutton, after raising more than £15,000 for male cancer charity Orchid with a record-breaking unassisted row across the Indian Ocean with his friend Andrew Delaney in 2009. It took the pair 102 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes making them the first and fastest pair to complete the journey.

A few years later, he set up the charity Streetscape to help the long-term unemployed gain the skills, experience and attributes required for a lifetime of work.

Mr. Watts, who is managing director at Architectural Plants in Pulborough said he had hoped to pass the torch on to his eight-month-old daughter to help inspire her when she grows up.

A PlayStation console, Nintendo console and a bottle of whisky were also stolen in the burglary.

Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: "We would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this burglary which happened in Nuthurst Street, Nuthurst, near Horsham, sometime between midnight on 21 January and midnight on 23 January.

"The Olympic torch is obviously very distinctive and if anyone sees it for sale or has been offered it please let us know."

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 875 of 24/01.

For advice on how to protect your home and belongings click here

Vehicle Crime

Over the last couple of months there has been an increase in Theft from Motor Vehicles mainly in Central Horsham but also including other areas of Horsham and surrounding areas, these include theft of tools from vans.

Please remember to take all valuables including sunglasses with you if you can. If you are unable to take them from the vehicle, lock them in the boot or place them out of view.


Some of the vehicles were left unlocked, if a vehicle is left insecure it only take 10 seconds for your valuables to be stolen.


Call us on 999 if you see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles.


Click below for the latest car crime prevention advice.


Crime summary



Reference: 0688 26th January

Location: Plummer Plain, Horsham

Date and time: Between 1100hrs – 1400hrs 26th January

Details:  Large brick was used to break rear patio window, TV stolen.

Reference: 0777 26th January

Location: Hayes Lane, Slinfold

Date and time: Between 1400hrs – 1445hrs 26th January

Details: Brick used to break conservatory door, chainsaw, vacuum cleaner and Apple Mac were stolen.

Other than Dwelling


Reference: 0276 27th January

Location: Edburton Road, Henfield

Date and time: Between 0100hrs - 0700hrs 27th January 

Details: Quad bike stolen from a barn.

Reference: 0939 27th January

Location: Church Street, Storrington

Date and time:  Between 0830hrs 24th January & 1730hrs 26th January

Details: Garage door was broken and garage entered, nothing stolen.

Reference: 0067 1st February

Location: Denne Road, Horsham

Date and time: Between 25th & 29th January

Details: Outbuilding broken into, nothing stolen.


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