Friday 2nd March 2018
News and appeals
Flat fire in Worthing being treated as arson
Police are investigating a fire which broke out in a fourth-floor flat at the six-storey Victoria Court building in Clifton Road, Worthing, at around 10.30am on Thursday (22 February).
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service sent four pumps to the blaze, which was put out with no reports of anyone having been injured.
Police cordoned off the scene and due to the origins of the fire being unexplained, a criminal investigation into its cause has since been launched.
Detective Sergeant Kieran McDonald, of the West Sussex investigations team, said; "We're asking anyone who may have any relevant information about this incident to contact police online or phone 101, quoting Operation Hornbeam.
"Alternatively, they can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."
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Two men charged with attempted murder following Worthing stabbing
Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with an incident in Carisbrooke Drive, Durrington, during the evening of Tuesday, 20 February, in which a 39-year-old local man was stabbed, sustaining serious injuries.
Both appeared before Crawley magistrates on Wednesday (27 February) and were remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, 27 March.
Tommy Howlett, 24, an unemployed roofer, of no fixed address, and Bradley Jake Allen, 26, a carpenter, of Orkney Court, Worthing, are jointly charged with attempted murder.
They have been further jointly charged that between 16 and 21 February they blackmailed the victim.
And they also face two joint charges of causing criminal damage - slashing tyres on a vehicle and damaging a house window, and damaging tyres and a back windscreen on two other vehicles - on 17 February.
Howlett alone is charged that on 20 February he was in possession of a knife in a public place.
The victim of the stabbing was released from hospital on Tuesday (27 February) after a week of treatment and care.
Sussex Police strongly believe that others were present at the time of the stabbing on 20 February, with a group of between six and eight possibly involved.
Witnesses and information relating to the various incidents, and details of other men in the group, are still being sought. Anyone who can assist is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Elham.
Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police issue timely reminder on the dangers of drug-driving
Police have issued a timely reminder to motorists around the devastating consequences of drug-driving.
On 2 March 2015, the Government announced it is illegal to drive while over the specified limit of 17 legal and illegal drugs.
Now, on the third anniversary of the new law, officers are warning offenders that they are now far more likely to be caught and convicted.
In the 12 months leading up to the new legislation (2 March 2014 – 1 March 2015), a total of 62 drug-driving arrests were made in Sussex.
This compares to 325 the next 12 months (2 March 2015 – 1 March 2016) and 558 the following year (2 March 2016 – 1 March 2017).
Between 2 March 2017 and 26 February 2018, a total of 464 drug-driving arrests were made in the county.
Chief Inspector Warren Franklin, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Prior to the introduction of this drug-driving law, we had to rely on a roadside impairment test to prove a driver was under the influence of drugs. Now, with this new legislation and the Drug Wipe kit – a tool which tests for a number of drugs at the roadside – we can prove it in a matter of minutes.
“This makes is a lot easier to catch and convict criminals, and this is reflected in the increased number of arrests made since the law was introduced.
“What hasn’t changed is our stance on roads policing – we have a zero tolerance approach to drug-driving, and anyone caught committing this offence will be dealt with robustly.”
- This motorist was found to be more than 16 times the drug-driving limit:
On 8 February 2017, police were called to a two-vehicle collision which occurred in Shopwyke Road, Chichester.
The driver of an Isuzu Rodeo was suspected to be under the influence of drugs, and a roadside Drug Wipe test confirmed he had cocaine in his system.
He was identified as Martin Roberts, 24, a builder, of Uphill Way, Hunston, Chichester. He was subsequently charged with driving with more than 800mcg of benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite of cocaine) and 33mcg of cocaine per litre of blood in his system, and possession of a weapon designed for the discharge of a noxious liquid, namely CS gas.
The legal limits for these substances are 50mcg and 10mcg per litre of blood respectively.
At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 13 June 2017, he was disqualified from driving for 18 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, which requires him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
- This motorist was just 14 when he was arrested for drug-driving:
On 9 October 2017, a teenager was arrested following reports of youths riding a moped antisocially in Orchard Way, Bognor Regis.
The 15-year-old, from Bognor Regis, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was subsequently charged with driving with 3.7mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and failing to stop when required to do so by a police officer.
At Worthing Youth Court on 8 February, he was disqualified from driving for 18 months and sentenced to a 12-month youth rehabilitation order. He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.
If you are convicted of drug-driving, you could face a minimum 12-month ban, a criminal record, an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison, and an endorsement on your driving licence for 11 years.
Chief Insp Franklin added: “The consequences of drug-driving can be catastrophic, and it is well documented that driving under the influence of drink or drugs is one of the four most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions in the UK.
“Drug-driving is stupid, it’s irresponsible and it’s downright dangerous. Anyone who does so risks killing themselves, their passengers or other innocent road users. They also risk losing their job and their licence, in addition to a criminal record, increased car insurance costs and trouble getting into countries including the USA.”
The new legislation introduced in 2017 makes it against the law to drive while over the specified limit of 17 legal and illegal drugs. The limit set for each drug is extremely low, and limits have been set to account for circumstances such as accidental exposure to drugs.
Surrey and Sussex Police liaise closely with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey to provide education and enforcement around drug-driving.
To find out more, visit THINK!’s drug-driving page online.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
Reference: 0578 25th February
Location: Southview Drive, West Worthing
Date and time: approx. midnight 25th February
Details: Attempt was made to enter property by using force on front door. No entry was gained.
Reference: 0837 25th February
Location: Harwood Avenue, Goring
Date and time: Between 1530hrs – 1550hrs 25th February
Details: Pedal Cycle was stolen from insecure garage.
Reference: 1031 28th February
Location: Brighton Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 0730 – 1815hrs 28th February
Details: Unknown how entry was gain, money and jewellery were stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0779 1st March
Location: Limbrick Lane, Goring
Date and time: Between 24th February & 26th February
Details: Damage caused to side door of garage entered, nothing stolen.
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