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Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Police investigate series of linked distraction burglaries

Sussex Police are investigating a series of seven distraction burglaries across West Sussex.
Officers received a report regarding a break-in of a caravan in Havenwood caravan park, Arundel on May 29. Two men were seen acting suspiciously in the area before they left in a black vehicle.
A further four reports of burglaries were received by police on the same day. The first was at a property in Brookview South in Coldwaltham near Pulborough where a safe with identification documents inside was stolen.
The second and third in Meadsway, Slindon and St James Road, Chichester, both reported men entering their properties pretending to be from a water board company. Nothing was reported as stolen from either property.
The fourth was a break-in at a property in Ferring Lane, Worthing between 11.45am and 1pm. Items of jewellery and personal documents were reported as stolen.
On May 30, police received a call from a woman in Manor Way, Henfield to report three men entering her house while she was in the garden. Costume jewellery was reported as stolen.
Soon after this report another call was received regarding four men acting suspiciously in the Fairfield Court area in Cowfold and a safe being stolen from a property.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Jon Berisford said: “We believe all seven of these incidents are linked due to the similarities in circumstances.
“Each of the victims have been left shaken by this experience and support and advice is being provided.
“We are interesting in searching for the owners of a black vehicle with registration X504 UFC which we believe to be linked to each of the incidents.
“If you have information on any of these burglaries or the car in question then we would like to speak with you.
"For our advice on burglary prevention please click here.”
Please report information online or call 101 quoting Operation Tranquil.

Man given 14-year sentence for offences against two young girls in Sussex
A man is starting a 14-year prison sentence for offences against two young girls which occurred in Brighton, Newhaven and Lancing.
Jonathan Pelling, 39, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Thursday (27 June) having been convicted of a total of five offences against the victims, who were known to him.
He committed three offences of sexual assault in Brighton, and one of child neglect in Newhaven, against a girl then aged between eight and 11, between 2012 and 2014.
He also sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Lancing in 2011.
Pelling will be a registered sex offender for life.
Detective Constable Nikki Clarke of the Littlehampton Safeguarding investigations Unit said; "This offending first came to light two years ago when the first young girl disclosed her experiences with Pelling to relatives, and social workers and police were immediately informed.
"During that investigation we discovered anonymous information about Pelling suggesting that he had behaved inappropriately with other young girls. We identified one of them, the Lancing victim, and she disclosed to us the offending by Pelling against her.
"Both victims resolutely supported the prosecution and gave evidence at the trial, from behind screens so that only judge, jury and counsel to could see them.
"Pelling had gained the confidence of these two very young and trusting girls over a period of time, and then used them purely for his own sexual gratification.
"We will always follow up such reports no matter from how long ago, to seek justice and support victims."
For further information on reporting sexual offences and the support and advice which is available, see the Sussex Police website here.

Man arrested in connection with attack on dog walker in Worthing
A man has been arrested in connection with the assault of a dog walker in Worthing.
The incident happened around 5pm on June 17 on Honeysuckle Lane. The victim, a 74-year-old man, suffered a fractured pelvis.
A 59-year-old man from Worthing has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and has been released under investigation.

Motorcyclist arrested following A27 pursuit
About 4.15pm on Friday 28 June, police received a report of dangerous driving in Brighton from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter.
NPAS pursued the motorcyclist, who travelled westbound on the A27 towards Lancing, before returning eastbound on the same road.
Throughout the pursuit, NPAS maintained sight of the vehicle and provided running commentary to Sussex Police to enable the force to deploy officers on the ground.
Police then used a Stop Stick to bring the motorcycle to a safe stop close to the junction with Hoe Court. No injuries were sustained and minimal damage was caused to the vehicle.
A 47-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop when required by police, dangerous driving and driving without a valid licence. He remains in custody at this stage.

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Crime summary


Reference: 0528 25th June
Location: Hailsham Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 2215hrs 24th June & 0630hrs 25th June
Details:  It is unknown how access was gained to a property, money boxes and cash were stolen.
Reference: 0208 24th June
Location: Grand Avenue, Worthing
Date and time: During night-time
Details: Entry was made to a house via an insecure window. A candle was stolen.
Reference: 0744 25th June
Location: South Farm Road, Broadwater
Date and time: Between 1045hrs and 1230hrs 25th June
Details: Glass was broken on a rear door and entry was gained to a property, Passports were stolen.
Reference: 0490 26th June
Location: Lansdowne Close, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 0200hrs and 0915hrs 24th June
Details: Entry was made to a property through an insecure window. A games console and a handbag were stolen.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0742 25th June
Location: Shadwells Road, Lancing
Date and time: Time frame unknown
Details: Entry was gained to a garden by breaking a padlock. Tools were stolen from a garden shed.
Reference: 0792 27th June
Location: Westbourne Avenue, Broadwater
Date and time: Between 0100hrs – 0600hrs 21st June
Details: Window was broken on a shed, believe an attempt was made to enter and steal. Nothing was stolen.
Reference: 1231 27th June
Location: King Edward Avenue, Broadwater
Date and time: Between midnight and 0800hrs 19th June
Details: The padlock on the shed was broken and a pedal cycle was stolen.
Reference: 0592 30th June
Location: Trinity Mews Worthing 
Date and time: On 29th June
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from a shed
Reference: 0340 1st June
Location: Annweir Avenue, Lancing
Date and time: Between 30th June and 1st July  
Details: A door was forced to gain access to a garage. A saw and pedal cycle were stolen
Reference: 1198 1st July
Location: Fourth Avenue Lancing
Date and time: On the 1st July
Details: A garage door was forced and alcohol was stolen


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