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Tuesday 7th May 2019

Crime Summary 
Reference: 0740 30th April
Location: Roebuck Close, Horsham
Date and time: approx. 1445hrs 30/04
Details: 2 men pretending to be from the council and needed to fell a large tree distracted the female and one entered the house and stole cash and bank cards.

Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0005 1st May
Location: Sinnocks, West Chiltington
Date and time: Between 1930hrs – 2000hrs 29/04
Details: Two men entered a large garage believe in an attempt to steal but were disturbed and ran off, nothing stolen.

Reference: 0062 1st May  
Location: Blackbridge Lane, Horsham
Date and time: Between 0100hrs 27th April and 0800hrs 28th April  
Details: Golf Clubs were stolen from an insecure garage.

The Sussex & Surrey Police Fraud Newsletter May 2019 can be found on our website or you can click the link below.

This month’s covers Text Messaging dating service scams plus information on an attempted phone scam by a person calling himself Alex Robinson and general information about scams and keeping your money safe.

To find information on fraud, please go to our website, click on the Report button then go to Fraud and then scroll down to Operation Signature.
News and appeals
Wisborough Green burglary: Appeal for witnesses after precious jewellery stolen
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen these precious items which were stolen in a burglary at a house in Wisborough Green earlier this month to come forward.

They are also appealing for witnesses to the burglary which happened in Roundstreet Common on Wednesday 17 April sometime between 8.40am and 6.30pm. A safe containing valuable jewellery, cash, Euros, keys and paperwork was stolen.

The jewellery stolen included a 4.51 carat blue tanzanite round stone worth £6,000 and a blue tanzanite trillian cut stone pendant with a silver snake chain.

Crime investigator Kelly Ackerman said: "These pieces of jewellery are of significant sentimental value to the victim. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen the items or has any information about them or the burglary to come forward."
Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 1182 of 17/04.
Stop It Now! Campaign to help reduce viewing of indecent images of children
Sussex Police today, Thursday (2 May), join police forces across the South East in supporting a leading child protection charity around the launch of their campaign to tackle growing demand for sexual images of children online.

The regional campaign represents a multi-agency approach to tackling the growing demand for sexually explicit images of children. It will bring together robust law enforcement work with work already being undertaken by UK child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

To see the full story, please click on the link or see our website.
Police issue warning as summer crackdown on disruptive passengers launches at Gatwick Airport

Passengers are being reminded to “behave responsibly and fly responsibly” when at Gatwick Airport, as part of a project to tackle all forms of disruptive behaviour.

Reported incidents of disorderly behaviour are comparatively rare at the airport but when incidents occur they can have a significant impact on the travel plans of other passengers, especially when a flight is delayed or diverted.

On Wednesday 1 May, Sussex Police and Gatwick Airport launched Project Disrupt – a collaborative approach committed to reducing the number of disruptive passenger incidents, both at the airport and on board aircraft.

A total of 379 incidents of disruption were reported to police during the summer campaign in 2018, representing just 0.001 per cent of all passengers.

Of those reports, a total of 77 passengers were refused carriage.
To see the full story, please click on the link or see our website.
 Ex-West Sussex school chaplain and teacher convicted of sex offences against boy pupil
A former teacher and chaplain at a Horsham public school has been convicted of a series of sexual offences against a pupil in his care.

Gary Dobbie, 67, of Rue De La Piale, Albi, France, was convicted of four counts of sexual assaults against the boy between 28 and 31 years ago, at Hove Crown Court on Friday (3 May) after a nine-day trial.

Dobbie had already been convicted in June last year at the same Court of 15 offences against eight other pupils aged between 12 and 19, while a teacher at the school, all but one between 1991 and 1996.

Following the further allegation received by police for the first time during 2018, Dobbie appeared again at the same Court in April this year and pleaded not guilty to four charges that he indecently assaulted the further victim, then aged between 13 and 17 between 1986 and 1991, who was also a pupil at the school while Dobbie was a teacher. One of the counts related to multiple occasions.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 12 June this year for all 19 offences - those of which he was convicted in June last year, and those of which he was convicted on 3 May this year.

Dobbie is a registered sex offender for life.

"Anyone who is the victim of sexual abuse, now or in the past, can contact us at any time, online or by calling 101, and can arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators."

Further advice and sources of support are available on the Sussex Police website.

For the full story please click on the link or see our website.
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