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Tuesday 21st May 2019

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Two sentenced for outraging public decency in Worthing
Two Worthing men have been sentenced for outraging public decency.
Richard Dawkins, 49, of Northbrook Road, Broadwater, Worthing and James Pannel, 52, of Brighton Road, East Worthing, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (May 15).
The pair were arrested on Tuesday, April 23 by police officers who responded to a call from the public at the time of the offence.
Following an earlier guilty plea, Dawkins and Pannel both received a 16-week custodial sentence.
Adur and Worthing Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell said: “This incident was particularly shocking and our immediate response in making the arrests is an example of the robust action we take against those who commit crime and anti-social behaviour in Worthing town centre.
“The pair were quickly charged and dealt with robustly by the courts.
“Anti-social behaviour is something we are working to tackle closely with our partners and I am proud of the partnership approach we take to it.
“We understand there have been a lot of comments on social media on various community groups regarding issues with anti-social behaviour in Worthing town centre. Please report any such behaviour to us immediately. There are a number of ways to report to us – dial 999 if the crime is in action, call 101 or report online.
“The individuals involved in antisocial behaviour are the minority and we know who they are. Rest assured they are dealt with robustly when we are aware of crimes being committed. We are determined to not let a small number of people disrupt others enjoyment of our town.”
Lancing woman jailed for homophobic attack
A woman who conducted a homophobic attack on a man travelling back from Brighton Pride has been jailed.
Jasmine Shepherd, 20, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday, May 7 following her earlier guilty plea.
The court hear how Shepherd of Hayley Road, Lancing targeted the victim as he left Lancing railway station on the afternoon of Saturday, August 4.
Shepherd hurled a torrent of homophobic verbal abuse at the victim and followed him into a nearby supermarket in South Street before picking up a bottle of wine and throwing it at the back of the victim’s head.
The victim suffered a serious head injury and partial loss of hearing in one of his ears.
With the aid of eye witnesses to both the assault and verbal abuse, Shepherd was quickly identified.
She pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to eight years and six months in a young offenders’ institute.
Investigating Officer Robert Rollins of Worthing Investigation Team said: “Shepherd took an immediate dislike towards the victim and the verbal abuse she shouted was abhorrent.
“The attack, understandably, caused the victim a huge amount of stress, pain and worry and I hope this sentencing provides closure for him.
“Shepherd’s previous bad character and the homophobic aspect of the assault allowed the judge to provide a higher sentence.
“We hope this statement will be a stark warning to everyone that this behaviour is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Pressure kept on drug dealers across Sussex
Scores of arrests have been made as Sussex Police keep up the pressure on County Lines drug dealers.
During the week starting on May 13, officers carried out 12 warrants, 29 arrests, made more than £10,000 worth of class A drug seizures as well as 36 mobile phones.
During the same week, officers carried out safeguarding action to support 26 vulnerable people and visited 43 addresses where people were at risk of being 'cuckooed' to check on their safety.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland said: "We are continuing to disrupt dealers who try to deal dangerous drugs across our communities and are targeting those who use children to sell drugs or those who buy drugs from children; we will investigate and prosecute you. Our work will continue relentlessly, targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable and this is the result of just one week's activity.
"Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via county lines and by working together with partners to shed a light on this often hidden crime. We are sending a clear message to drug dealers that they cannot expect to go undetected in Sussex."
'County Lines' is a term used by Police and partner agencies to refer to drug networks, both gangs and organised crime groups, from large urban areas such as London, who use children and young people and vulnerable adults to carry out illegal activity on their behalf. Gangs dealing drugs is not a new issue but the extent to which criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, as well as the increasing use of violence, has become an inherent part of it through 'County Lines' makes it especially damaging.
The organised crime groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes a drug user, as a base for their activities. This is known as 'cuckooing' and will often happen by force or coercion. In some instances victims have left their homes in fear of violence. Much police work involves identifying these victims and helping them.
Police continue to see children being exploited by criminal gangs to supply drugs in Sussex. Sussex have experienced children travelling from London to Sussex to deal drugs on behalf of county line gangs as well Sussex children being exploited and targeted by London gangs to deal drugs locally. Our priority is to identify those children at risk of criminal exploitation and once identified work with partner agencies to put the appropriate safeguarding measures in place.
The areas in Sussex most effected by the drug trade from London are the larger coastal towns, with established drugs markets that can be exploited locally, including Hastings, Eastbourne, Worthing, Bognor, and Brighton, but also towns such as Crawley.
Ch Insp Rayland continued: "We use the range of legal powers to tackle this problem, ranging from the Misuse of Drugs Act to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking legislation and technological advances through the use of Drug Dealing Telephone Restriction Orders (DDTRO).
"We also work closely with other agencies to support those vulnerable adults and children who are exploited by county line gangs. This includes regular visits to those adults at risk of cuckooing and raising awareness with those agencies engaged with children to ensure that information is shared effectively to prevent young people being drawn in to this criminality."
The County Lines response isn’t just a policing one. Effective collaboration between law enforcement and safeguarding organisations and also the private sector industries is a vital part of both the national and local response.
Members of the public can also help, the best advice is to trust your instincts – if somebody shows signs of mistreatment, or a child seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with a locality, you can report suspicions to local police on 101 or online or to British Transport Police if you see something on the railway network.
There are also many sources of further advice and assistance to help combat the harm caused by drugs, including;
FRANK - Provides straight-talking information about drugs
·  Helpline number: 0800 77 66 00
·  Website:
Narcotics Anonymous - A self-help group run by recovering addicts. Provides an open discussion on the impact of drugs and family.
·  Helpline number: 0300 999 1212
·  Website:
The Samaritans - Offers emotional support 24 hours a day
·  Helpline number: 08457 90 90 90 (UK)
·  Website:
Families Anonymous - Support groups for the family and friends of people with a current, suspected or former drug problem.
·  Helpline number: 0845 1200 660
·  Website:
Adfam - A national organisation working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol
·  Email:
·  Website:
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Crime summary

Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1205 15/05/2019
Location: Cambrian Way, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1st and 15th May
Details: Two pedal cycles were stolen from a bike shed.


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