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16 May 2019

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Bid to reunite stolen jewellery with terminally ill owner in Crawley Down

Some of the stolen items of jewellery
Have you seen any of this unique jewellery?
These were stolen along with other items in a burglary from a house in Turners Hill Road, Crawley Down, in March.
The owner of the jewellery, who is terminally ill, had the items commissioned with the intention of passing them onto her nine-year-old daughter at significant moments in her life.
Detective Constable Rebecca Buckley said: "The victim may not live to see these key times in her daughter's life. These are highly emotive circumstances for the family involved and we are renewing our appeal for anyone who has any information about the jewellery to come forward."
The burglary happened on Monday 4 March between 5pm and 7.30pm. The items stolen included rings, necklaces and earrings.
Anyone with any information should report online or ring 101 quoting serial 1064 of 04/03.

Six people charged with Haywards Heath fight

Six people have been charged following a fight in Haywards Heath.
Police were called shortly before 11am on Tuesday (April 30) to a collision between two vehicles in America Lane.
A group of people in the vehicles, two white transit vans, were then involved in an altercation and a number of weapons were seen. One man suffered a broken arm.
Detective Sergeant Martin Drabble said: "We continue to appeal to any other motorists or residents in the area to get in touch if they saw anything or have dash cam footage which could help with our investigation.
"We are very grateful to those who came forward so far as witnesses to what happened. We believe these are people all known to each other and our investigation continues."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online quoting serial 405 of 30/4.
Mark Brazil, 40, of America Lane, Haywards Heath has been charged with affray and possession offensive weapon. He pleaded not guilty at Crawley Magistrates' Court on May 2.
Sue Brazil, 40 of America Lane was charged with and pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at Crawley Magistrates' Court on May 2.
A 17-year-old boy from Haywards Heath was charged and pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon but pleaded not guilty to affray
All three have been conditionally bailed.
Frank Smith, 49, of Little Bentswood, Haywards Heath and Ambrose Smith, 20, of Hanlye Lane, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath were charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon. They appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court and no plea was given. They were both conditionally bailed.
Ambrose Smith, 47, of Hanlye Lane, Cuckfield, Haywards heath was charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon on May 3. He appeared at Crawley Magistrates on May 4.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online quoting Operation Rouge.

Romance fraud

Sussex Police is encouraging victims of romance fraud to report the 'fraudster' who has targeted them, anonymously, via an online form.
The force has linked up with Scamalytics who have produced a form which, once completed free of charge, will be sent to genuine dating services for them to check against their users’ data to detect suspected romance fraudsters.
Romance fraud is a fast growing issue which affects both men and women. Fraudsters will prey on their victims by building, what feels like, a loving relationship before asking for money to help with a problem they are experiencing.
Once the initial payment is made, the fraudster will normally ask for more money or cut all contact with the victim.
Reports made to Action Fraud reveal that £50,766,602 was lost to romance fraud in 2018 – an average of £11,145 per victim and a 27% increase on the previous year.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding officer, said: “Romance fraud, accounts for 10% of all vulnerable victim fraud reports across our counties and is one of the most despicable crimes we see due to the devastating and lasting impact it has on victims going far beyond the financial loss.
“Victims are targeted and exploited when they are at their most vulnerable and the complex tactics and deceitful tales that lure the victims into parting with such huge sums of money are quite astonishing. Read more here.

Livestock worrying

Livestock worrying is a criminal offence and comes under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.
“Worrying’ is where a dog attacks or chases livestock causing injury or suffering.
This isn’t just a threat to a farmer or land owner’s livelihood, it’s also a dangerous situation for the animals involved, and could lead to more risk if the animals get onto the road.
We would like everyone to be able to enjoy the weather and the beautiful Sussex countryside. If you are a dog owner, please be aware of your responsibility to keep your dog under control at all times.
If you see a dog on the loose worrying animals, call 101.



Reference: 0509 04/05
Location: Copthorne Road, Crawley Down
Date: 4 May 2019
Details: Break to the summer house.

Reference: 1049 12/05
Location: Church Road, Scaynes Hill
Date and time: Between 12pm on 10 May and 7pm on 12 May 2019
Details: Access to the property was gained via smashed window. Car key and a vehicle were stolen.

Reference: 0042 13/05
Location:  Oadlands Lane, Hassocks
Date: 13 May 2019
Details: Shed break.


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