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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

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Friday 23rd March 2018

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Police seek public support for latest counter-terrorist awareness campaign

Sussex Police urges the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives.

Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT - Action Counters Terrorism.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Head of the Surrey and Sussex Operations Command, said;

"Terrorism is rare in the UK, but an attack could happen at any time or place without warning. The current threat to the UK stands at severe, which means an attack is highly likely. There is no specific intelligence to suggest that any area of Sussex is currently at extra risk.

"In Sussex we have a range of plans and resources, working with both local partners and communities, and with national agencies, to help keep people safe.

"Our advice to the public is always to be alert but not alarmed. We ask everyone to remain vigilant and to report any concerns to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, or online via secure form at

"All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously.

"But in an emergency always dial 999."

What should you report?

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.

Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could potentially include:

Research: Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism?

Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology?

Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere: Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going?

Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?

Gathering materials; Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?

If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?

Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?

Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them?

Storing materials Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack: Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?

Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?

Hostile Reconnaissance Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks: Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?

Financing Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash: Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?

If you’d like more information visit

You can follow Counter Terrorism Policing on social media via http://www.npcc.police.uk/CounterTerrorism/HomePage.aspx



Do you recognise these men in connection to robbery at Co-Op in Cowfold?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at Co-op in Cowfold on Wednesday night (March 21). Photos can be seen by clicking the link below.

At around 10pm the store had closed and the door was locked, but at around 10.05pm, one member of staff was confronted by two men. The other two members of staff, who were cashing up, were threatened with a machete and all three were tied up.

Cash was taken and the two men left.

Detective Inspector Jon Robeson said: "Thankfully none of the staff were hurt, although extremely shaken by what happened.

"They have given us descriptions of the men involved.

"One of the suspects was black, large build, around 6' wearing a balaclava covering his face. He was wearing all black and black gloves and spoke with a southern accent. The second suspect was also black but smaller, around 5' 4" with grey sideburns, also wearing all black.

"We are appealing to anyone in Cowfold on Wednesday who might have seen anything suspicious. Please contact us with any information, however small."

Reports can be made online quoting serial 1376 of 21/03.



Sussex Police raise £35,000 for the Chief Constable's charity of the year

Sussex Police have successfully raised £35,000 for Chestnut Tree House, the Chief Constable’s charity of the year 2017.

Chief Constable Giles York presented the cheque to three staff members of the Chestnut Tree House on Wednesday (21 March) at Sussex Police headquarters.

A second cheque was presented by Assistant Chief Constable Di Roskilly for almost £1,500 from the Senior Women In Policing Conference that took place in Brighton in November.

A committee consisting of 14 Sussex Police officers and staff organised fun days and events throughout the year, including a youth Christmas party. The Force also purchased a mobility vehicle, which is being loaned to other forces, to use at various events.

Fundraising events throughout the year included a balloon raffle, five-a-side football match, marathons, cake sales and a bingo night. Donations to the charity were also received from the Police Federation and author Peter James.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “It is vital that all members of our community have the opportunity to engage with policing and to experience the excellent work that we do. 

“I was delighted to support Chestnut Tree House as my Charity of the Year in 2017 and this prompted us to contact Peugeot who generously made it possible for us to secure a liveried mobility vehicle.

“I am really pleased to know that other forces are also making good use of this fantastic vehicle.”

During 2017 Sussex Police worked closely with the staff to also promote and raise awareness for the charity.

Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire and cares for 300 children and young adults from birth to 19 years-of-age with progressive life-shortening conditions.

Joanne Moss from the Chestnut Tree House said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sussex Police for their support, not just by raising an incredible amount but the opportunities they have given the children throughout the year, creating amazing memories for all the children and families of Chestnut Tree House. 

“We would like to say a massive thank you for all of their hard work, time and effort that they have given in their spare time. Whether it has been organising an event, donating to our charity shops, volunteering or taking part in activities we really appreciate all their support this year, it has made such a difference to all the families and children at Chestnut Tree House



Horsham man to appear at Crown Court on crack cocaine charge

Acting on community concerns and recent intelligence, police executed a misuse of drugs act warrant at a property in Manor Fields, Horsham, on Monday (19 March) and arrested three men on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Two men - a 19-year-old from Crawley and a 20-year-old from Horsham - were questioned and later released under investigation.

A third man, Nathan Young, 19, of Manor Fields, Horsham, was charged with possessing a quantity of Class A crack cocaine with intent to supply. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer.

He appeared before Crawley magistrates on Tuesday (20 March) and pleaded not guilty to both the alleged offences. He was released on conditional bail to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, 17 April.


Crime summary



Reference: 0822 20th March

Location: Horsham Road, Rusper

Date and time: Between 1200hrs – 1515hrs 20th March

Details: Rear doors broken and house was entered, unknown if items have been stolen.  

Reference: 0966 20th March

Location: Newbridge Road East, Billingshurst

Date and time: Between 0900hrs – 1630hrs

Details: Patio doors have been forced, Laptops and X-Boxes stolen

Reference:  1112 20th March

Location: Five Oaks Road, Slinfold

Date and time: Between 1000hrs – 1730hrs

Details: Both front and back doors broken, several items stolen.


Other than Dwelling


Reference:  1015 22nd March

Location: Spithandle Lane, Wiston

Date and time: Between 0800hrs – 1645hrs 22nd march

Details: Shed door was forced and a power tool was stolen.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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