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Adur and Worthing Bulletin

Alert message sent 30/04/2019 10:11:00

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Tuesday 30th April 2019

News and appeals

UPDATE: Police urge the victims of a Worthing kidnap to come forward
Sussex Police are appealing for the victims of a Worthing kidnap to come forward.
At 9.50pm on Thursday (25 April) two men were seen being forced into a white van in Grafton Road, near the town centre, by a group of men.
The van drove off but was stopped by officers at 10.30pm in The Strand, in the Durrington area of the town. The driver, a 36-year-old man of no fixed address, and the passenger, a 31-year-old woman from Worthing, were both arrested on suspicion of kidnap. Both have since been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.
A search of the van was conducted but no one else was found inside.
Detective Sergeant Simon Smith of Worthing Investigations said: “We received a report of two men being forced into a van at 9.50pm but when we stopped the vehicle at 10.30pm the victims were nowhere to be seen.
“We are trying to establish what happened during that 40 minute window.
“Were you in the Worthing or Durrington area at this time and notice any suspicious behaviour involving a white van? If so we believe you could hold vital information to our investigation.
"Officers have been conducting enquiries in the area and acting on information reported to us.
“We have currently not been made aware of any victims. We are urgently seeking the identity of the two men being seen to be put in the van and ensure their safety. If this is you and you are reading this, please make yourself known to police.
“If you would like to report any information please call 101 or report online quoting 1401 of 25/04. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Worthing men charged with outraging public decency
Two men arrested in Worthing on Tuesday evening (April 23) have been charged in connection with an alleged sexual act carried out in the town centre.
Richard Dawkins, 49, unemployed, of Northbrook Road, Broadwater, Worthing and James Pannel, 52, unemployed, of Brighton Road, East Worthing, Worthing, have both been charged with outraging public decency contrary to common law. They have been released on conditional bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates' Court on May 10.
Suspect sought for Worthing armed robbery
Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Worthing.
A man entered Ladbrokes in Rowlands Road, Worthing around 5.50pm on Wednesday (April 24). He threatened the staff with a knife and stole a sum of money before fleeing the premises towards Shelley Road.
Officers, assisted by the police helicopter, attended the scene and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.
The suspect is described as white, of slim build and wearing white trousers, a trench coat and a scarf around his face.
If anyone has information to aid the investigation please report online or call 101 quoting reference 1032 of 24/04.
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.

Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0488 25/04/2019
Location: Rogate Close, Worthing
Date and time: Between 23rd and 24th April
Details: A bike was stolen from a garage.

Reference: 0931 26/04/2019
Location: Woodard Road, Lancing
Date and time: On 26th April
Details: Padlocks were cut to gain entry to a garage. Tools were stolen.

Reference: 1092 26/04/2019
Location: Woodard Road, Lancing
Date and time: Between 20th and 27th April
Details: A garage was broken into. Alloy wheels and a bicycle were stolen.


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