Monday 23rd April 2018
News and appeals
Ram raid on Henfield bank nets more than £88,000
Police investigating an incident in High Street, Henfield, in which thieves ram-raided a branch of Barclays Bank to remove the cash machine are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
It happened just before 2am on Sunday (15 April) when a yellow JCB hydraulic digger was used to pull the machine from the wall and load it into a black Nissan Navara 4x4 pick-up truck, which then made off. The JCB, stolen from Edburton, around an hour beforehand, was left in the middle of the street.
The bank machine, which contained more than £88,000 in cash and the pick-up were both later found burned out in Oakendon Woods, Dunsfold. The suspects had arrived at around 2.45am. Just before 4am the suspects were confronted by a member of the public whose vehicle was rammed by a grey Audi A6 estate car as it left the scene.
At least three suspects are involved. It is thought initially one made off from the bank on foot, the others in the Navara.
Detective Sergeant Kieran McDonald said: “We are investigating this ram raid and linked criminality. We are immensely grateful to the local community for assisting us in our enquires to date. We are interested in speaking to anyone who witnessed the event or who saw any activity at the stated locations and times. We would also appreciate it if people could review any dash cams or CCTV which were recording at or near the locations described, and if they find any significant material to contact us. We are particularly interested to hear about any vehicles that appeared to be in convoy with the Navara. ”
Any witnesses or anyone who has information about any elements of the incident is asked to report details online or phone 101, quoting serial 157 of 15/04.
Alternatively, they can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 25-year-old man from Henfield has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and released under investigation.
Additional officers to strengthen policing in Sussex
Sussex Police has an exciting opportunity to strengthen policing with an additional 200 police officers.
These new posts are in addition to protecting nearly 500 police officer and staff posts it had planned to lose as part of its savings plans. The increase in the precept has put the force in a much stronger financial position.
Chief Constable Giles York is determined that the public will feel the difference as he makes changes following the raise in local precept.
CC York said: “Over the last few years, we have dealt with significant challenges created by the financial constraints in which the force has found itself. This has meant difficult decisions have had to be made resulting in fewer people than we had before. Some areas of policing are stretched due to increasing demand and a change in the complexity of what we deal with.
“This change in our financial position has created an exciting opportunity to strengthen areas where it is needed most.”
He has revealed how funding will be used to strengthen local policing, improve ways for the public to make contact and further modernise the service to meet new and increasingly complex demands.
Further information can be found on our website by clicking on a link.
Stand Up To Stalking - Police re-affirm commitment to support stalking victims
Sussex Police is committed to keeping people safe when they report stalking.
There has been a welcome increase in stalking reports in the past two years, which we attribute to a number of factors, including increasing confidence by victims, more accurate recording by police, and increased awareness by officers and staff, following the recent tragic death of Shana Grice. These are complex issues, often involving people known to each other.
National figures show that some two-thirds of all stalking cases involve intimate or ex-intimate partner relationships, with the remainder being acquaintance or stranger cases. This picture is reflected in Sussex.
Further information can be found on our website by clicking on the link below.
Drink driver is imprisoned for 9 years after killing friend
A woman who was drink driving has been imprisoned for nine years for killing her friend in a crash.
Kate Woodhead, 39, from Longfield Road, Horsham in West Sussex had been driving her friend Trevor Smith from Dorking in Surrey, from her home address, on May 29, 2016 when her Audi A3 left the road and collided with a tree.
For further information on this story please click on the link. https://sussex.police.uk/news/drink-driver-is-imprisoned-for-9-years-after-killing-friend/
Sussex residents invited to complete the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey
It has been three years since the first National Rural Crime Survey asked the public for their views on matters relating to rural crime.
This year’s survey is now live, and Sussex Police encourages those who live, work or visit rural communities in the county to respond and have their voice heard.
In late 2017, the force appointed T/Supt Emma Brice and Sgt Tom Carter as dedicated leads for rural crime, to address the vulnerabilities and crime types which are specific to rural areas.
T/Supt Emma Brice said: “A large proportion of Sussex residents live, work in or visit rural areas regularly and we really want to hear your views on issues related to rural policing and crime.
“We know that there are certain types of crime and areas of vulnerability which impact rural communities and businesses differently from those in urban areas.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “One of the focuses of this year’s survey is whether rural crime continues to be underreported. Three years ago, one in four people who responded to the survey nationally said they didn’t report the last crime they’d been a victim of because they didn’t see the point.
“This is uncomfortable thing to hear, and for all those involved in protecting rural areas, so it’s important we ask these questions again and find out whether people are more willing to report crime and if they feel safer.
“It’s vital that the voice of rural communities is heard by those who can make a difference – from the Police to Government. I urge residents to take part in the survey and help us build a clear picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural Sussex and to understand the impact it has where you live or work.”
The survey is available now at www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey and is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.
Reference: 0589 13th April
Location: Brookland Way, Coldwaltham
Date and time: Between 1030hrs – 1310hrs 13th April
Details: Entry gained to property via insecure window. Jewellery was stolen.
Reference: 1416 18th April
Location: Rusper Road, Ifield
Date and time: Date and time unknown
Details: Access was gained to a property by breaking a window. Keys and a small amount of jewellery were stolen.
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