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Wednesday 15th May 2019

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Officer dedicated to combat fraud awarded British Empire Medal
An officer dedicated to tackling fraudsters has been awarded the British Empire Medal.
PC Bernadette Lawrie attended the mayor's parlour at Worthing town hall and was presented with the medal by West Sussex Lord Lieutenant, Susan Pyper, on Tuesday (May 7).
PC Lawrie was recognised in the New Year Honours list for her work in the force's Op Signature team. The team have been leading the way nationally in how to combat fraudsters who particularly target the elderly and most vulnerable members of our community.
PC Lawrie said: "I was absolutely thrilled to have been recognised in this way for my work with Sussex Police, protecting vulnerable victims of fraud and it was an honour to be presented with the medal this week. I am most grateful to those within Sussex Police who have believed in me and supported me over the years to achieve this milestone.
"I joined Sussex Police to ‘make a difference’ and through the implementation of Operation Signature both locally and nationally I feel I have really done this. I am extremely passionate about what I do, working with a variety of agencies to protect fraud victims.
"I will continue to raise the profile of scams and fraud and the policing response to this."
Chief Constable Giles York said: "A huge congratulations to Bernadette who has proved herself to be a compassionate and self-motivated officer who has quite literally transformed the safety of so many elderly and vulnerable people. Her work is ground-breaking and far-reaching. I'm delighted to see it recognised."
Man who stabbed his partner given 16 years
A man who stabbed his on-off partner 39 times has been sent to prison for 16 years.
Liam Hanley was found guilty of GBH with intent on his partner Sarah Harries on March 13 after a two-and-a-half week trial at Lewes Crown Court.
On May 10 he was sentenced to 16 years in prison at Hove Crown Court.
On Tuesday, September 4 last year, Hanley, 32, and his on-off partner of a year, Sarah, had spent the day together in Shoreham where Sarah lived.

On returning to Sarah's flat on Shoreham Beach, Sarah ran herself a bath. However a short time later, Liam came into the bathroom and stabbed her. She managed to get out of the bath and fought him off. During the fight they moved from the bathroom to the kitchen and then he fled the flat.

Sarah had suffered 39 stab wounds, including to her neck, abdomen and arms with the deepest wound to her neck. She suffered a punctured lung. She was rushed to Royal Sussex County Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery and miraculously survived her horrific injuries.
Police officers began hunting for Liam. On leaving the flat Liam had called a friend in Lancing who, unaware of what had happened, arranged for a lift with another friend to take Liam to Slough in Berkshire.
The driver dropped him off and while returning home received an alert from the Sussex Police's Facebook page alerting Liam was wanted. The driver immediately returned to Liam's friend, who had already called the police and waited for officers there to give them details about what had happened.
The next day, after staying at another friend’s house, Liam called police and handed himself into police in Maidenhead.
The 32-year-old was charged with attempted murder, on March 13 a jury found him guilty of GBH with intent with Judge Henson calling it a "vicious assault". After the sentencing Sarah said: "I've been left with scars all over my body, some more visible than others. What really hurts is that Liam did this, I loved him and I still don't understand what made him do it."
Detective Constable Katy Lewis said: "I am really pleased with the sentence as it reflects the seriousness of the offence.
"Sarah has thankfully made a recovery, however this attack with have an impact on her for the rest of her life. I am grateful Sarah has been able to come to court and bravely face Liam once again.
"This was a horrific attack and came completely out of the blue, the ferocious nature of it shocked not only Sarah but also the close community in Shoreham."

Witnesses sought to assault in Worthing town centre
Police are seeking witnesses following a serious assault outside the Guildbourne Centre in Chapel Road, Worthing.
Shortly before 1am on Sunday 28 April, police were contacted by the ambulance service after a man was found unconscious on the ramped pavement, close to the junction with Ann Street.
The victim, a 44-year-old local man, was taken to Worthing Hospital where he was treated for head and facial injuries.
The town centre was very busy at the time of the reported incident, and police are urging anyone who saw what happened to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 125 of 28/04.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.

Crime summary

Reference: 0934 07/05/2019
Location: Brighton Road Worthing
Date and time: Between Midday and 4pm on the 7th May
Details: An attempt was made to break into a property. No access was gained.
Reference: 0526 08/05/2019
Location: Redwood Close Worthing
Date and time: On the 8th May
Details: A property was broken into. Cash and personal paperwork were stolen.
Reference: 0024 13/05/2019
Location: High Street, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 11th and 12th May
Details: It is unknown how entry was made to a property. Photographic equipment was stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0549 10/05/2019
Location: Grand Avenue Worthing
Date and time: Between 6th and 9th May
Details: An attempt was made to break into a garage. No access was gained.


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