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Alert message sent 11/06/2019 10:05:00

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Tuesday 11th June 2019

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VIDEO: 151mph M23 driver convicted of speeding
Police have released video footage which shows the moment a young driver is caught speeding at 151mph on the M23.
This incident, captured by our safety camera team, recorded the Audi TT RS travelling at more than double the 70mph limit.
The driver was reported for dangerous driving and has since been convicted in court.
To view the footage online, visit the Sussex Police Facebook or Twitter pages.
Its release comes as West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service urges motorists to slow down as part of its speeding prevention month.
Last year, 16 people died and a further 239 were seriously injured by speed-related collisions in Sussex.
Chris Snell, of the Sussex Police Safety Camera Team, said: “Speed restrictions are in place for a reason – they are a legal limit; not a target, and your speed should be adjusted according to the conditions. Exceeding the speed limit is dangerous and can have devastating consequences.
“Every year, our officers have the unenviable task of passing a death message onto numerous families of victims involved in speed-related collisions. It also has a huge impact on emergency services partners who are called to assist with incidents, the vast majority of which could have been avoided.
“Speeding significantly reduces your ability to react to hazards on the road, such as wildlife, debris and other traffic. By the time you become aware of a hazard at such speeds, it could be too late.”
The footage was captured on 25 August 2018 on the M23 northbound at Crawley as part of routine safety and enforcement checks.
Following extensive enquiries, the driver was identified as Ricardo Thompson, 21, a builder, of Belvedere Avenue, Lancing.
He was later summoned before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 22 May to face a charge of dangerous driving.
In police interview, Thompson was apologetic for his actions, and said his reason for speeding was to get to work on time.
He was given credit for his guilty plea and was disqualified from driving for 15 months. He was also required to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
He will also be required to take an extended retest should he wish to drive again.
At the time of the offence, the safety camera team van was parked on a police ramp in full view of traffic.
This week, WSFRS has launched a social media campaign urging people to cut their speed.
Nicki Peddle, Head of Prevention for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Last year we attended 684 road traffic collisions in West Sussex.
“Attending these incidents is a big part of firefighters’ roles and we want to highlight the potentially fatal consequences of speeding. If drivers maintain a safe speed there is more chance of preventing a tragedy from happening.”
Being caught speeding could result in:
  • Up to six points on your licence;
  • Fine of up to 175% of your weekly income;
  • Driving ban or licence revoked (if you’re still within two years of passing your test);
  • Disqualification;
  • Criminal record;
  • Prison sentence;
  • The death or serious injury of either yourself or an innocent person.
  • Witnesses sought to incident on A283 at Steyning
  • Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with a man on the A283 at Steyning.
    The incident occurred in a layby shortly before 6.30pm on Wednesday 5 June.
    The victim, a local man in his 60s, was hit by the car which then drove off. He is currently being treated for his injuries at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
    Police enquiries led to the arrest of two people shortly afterwards, who remain in custody at this stage.
    Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident – or anyone who has dash cam or CCTV which may have captured it – to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1073 of 05/06.
    You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
  • Man charged following police pursuit in West Sussex
    A man has been arrested and charged by officers following a vehicle pursuit.
    Officers received intelligence a stolen Ford Focus was travelling on the A259 in Lancing on Friday evening (June 7). Police pursued the stolen vehicle along Old Shoreham Road, onto the A283 and then to the High Tree’s roundabout in Bramber where the driver decamped from the car.
    Police conducted an area search and discovered a man hiding in the bushes of a nearby back garden.
    Oltjan Mici aged 19 of Pasture Road, Lewisham was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving a vehicle which had been taken without the owner’s consent, actual bodily harm and two counts of driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. He was remanded in custody to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday (June 10).

    Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.

Crime summary

Reference: 1234 05/06/2019
Location: Oxford Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1pm and 8pm on the 5th June
Details: An attempt was made to break into a property. Damage was found on the door frame no access was gained.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0963 08/06/2019
Location: Pevensey Garden, Worthing
Date and time: Between 30th May and 2nd June
Details: A bike was stolen from a garage

Reference: 1421 10/06/2019
Location: Bolsover Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1st and 9th June
Details: A bike was stolen from a bike store
Follow the link for our latest fraud newsletter. In this month’s edition read about romance fraud and how you can help ‘blacklist’ the culprits. We would also like to make you aware of phone fraudsters operating currently and purporting to be a Surrey Police officer called Collins.
As ever, your support in making friends, family and elderly and vulnerable people you may work with aware of our fraud prevention messages is greatly appreciated.
Worthing Police Prevention team will be supporting Neighbourhood watch week 17th -23rd June.
NHW want to bring awareness of the work their volunteers do and to give people a rounded sense of what NHW is about.
During the week Neighbourhood watch will be holding bike marking sessions at the following locations:
Tuesday 18th June between 3:30pm and 5pm outside Tesco Express Broadwater Worthing
Thursday 20thJune between 3:30pm and 5pm at Splashpoint Worthing
Saturday 22nd June between 10am and 4pm South Street Worthing
If you would like your bike marked and registered with the National Bike Registry
You will need to provide proof of identity and an email address.
Members from Worthing Police Prevention team will be at the events.
There will be an opportunity to talk to your local Police Prevention Team about any policing issues or concerns you may have


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