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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 15/10/2019 11:08:00
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Tuesday 15th October 2019
News and appeals
Plea for community help to address youth violence in Worthing
Police and partner agencies in Worthing are urging the community to work with them to address a recent increase in violence involving young people in the town.
Superintendent Miles Ockwell said the vast majority of recent incidents are linked to ‘a small group of young people’ and all avenues are currently being pursued to target and disrupt them - with a number of arrests already made.
His comments follow the assault of a 12-year-old boy at a bus stop in The Boulevard on Thursday (10 October) at about 4.30pm.
The boy was approached by three youths, believed to be aged about 14 or 15, and two of them attacked him, punching him before assaulting him while on the ground.
Two of the suspects were reported as white, one with tight curls and the other with straight blonde hair. The other was of mixed race with black wavy hair.
Superintendent Ockwell said: “This latest unprovoked attack on a young student appears to be part of series of violent incidents on young people that police and partner agencies are actively working hard to disrupt.
“The incidents have largely seen young people targeted when they are alone, in parks and close to train stations. We advise young people to stay together, let their parents or carers know where they are and to talk to someone if they are worried.
“Importantly, we need the community’s support to help us stop this. We know some people are feeling intimidated by the small group who are behind the vast majority of these incidents but we need victims and witnesses to come forward. Our initial response to this particular incident was not in line with what should be expected and we have apologised to the victim and his parents for this. I can confirm that we are actively investigating the assault and following a number of lines of enquiry.
"People can report to the police or speak anonymously if they wish through Crimestoppers or if they are a witness or victim under 16 through Fearless.org, which is easy to access.
“A wide ranging investigation has been taking place for some months into attacks by that same group of core offenders."
A number of youths have been arrested and cautioned for other offences and 11 charges resulted in criminal convictions for three of the boys for assault, criminal damage and public order. There are 11 other offences being considered by the CPS for a charging decision. These related to offenders, aged 12 and 13, mainly for assault.
Further incidents of violence, including a stabbing last week, have led to a multi-agency response to target violence in that area.
Next week, a letter on behalf of local secondary schools, the police and West Sussex County Council will be issued to parents and carers in the town, providing reassurance, advice and information.
Head teachers from a number of secondary schools, the district and county council met last week to put into place measures to address this issue and they will meet again next week to consider further measures that will help keep youngsters safe.
Superintendent Ockwell added: “We are aware of the concerns locally and, through additional funding, are deploying more police officers to provide proactive high visibility patrols, especially at the end of the school day, and Outreach workers from the district council in parks and public spaces to listen to worries.
“Together we are looking to manage the high risk of offending and, working with children’s social care, to address safeguarding issues for those involved.”
To report incidents please:
Call 999 in an emergency or report online
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use an anonymous online form at Crimestoppers or Fearless.org for young people. Anyone with information about the assault on Thursday is asked to report to police online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1040 of 10/10. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/plea-for-community-help-to-address-youth-violence-in-worthing
Named PCSO for every local community in Sussex
Every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO starting from next month, Sussex Police has announced.
The confirmation follows an investment in 100 extra PCSOs secured through local funding by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner – bringing the total number to 296.
Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing Julia Chapman said the decision will put ‘eyes and ears’ into every part of the county and give local people a direct point of contact for local policing issues and concerns.
“When a new local policing model was introduced three years ago, we said it would be scalable. Now, thanks to this additional investment, we’re in a position to strengthen local policing and we know this is what local communities want to see,” she said.
“Our PCSOs do an incredible job, every day, working alongside their police officer colleagues to prevent and detect crime and tackle anti-social behaviour in local communities.
“This change means communities will soon begin to see and feel the benefits of their investment as new PCSOs are deployed over the coming months, where they will provide a visible policing presence and be a point of contact for local policing issues.”
The change will take effect from November 4, when all existing PCSOs will adopt responsibility for a defined geographical area, and continue to be rolled out over the coming months as additional PCSOs are recruited and deployed.
It comes in addition to recent announcements on the recruitment of 379 additional police officers for the county over the next four years, 250 funded locally and 129 through central Government funding.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly show that the public want PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police.
“Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations.
“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed PCSOs with more knowledge skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities.
“I know that communities across the county will be delighted to hear that Sussex Police are making their PCSOs more accessible and more visible by increasing the numbers on our streets by 100 and providing a named PCSO for each ward area.
PSCOs will continue to form part of wider local prevention teams, ensuring police resources are focused on the most critical issues, but spend more time in their dedicated area.
The uplift in PCSOs includes six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support and advice to those in rural communities with three based in West Sussex, two in East Sussex and one in Brighton and Hove.
The increase will help address some of the low level issues affecting communities, preventing the escalation of serious crime including violent crime.
The decision complements on-going transformation plans by Sussex Police to bolster local policing, improve public contact and modernise to remain agile and capable of responding to changing patterns of crime and vulnerability.
These additional PCSO posts are being recruited throughout the financial year with intakes of 18 in July 2019, 36 in September 2019, and 72 during two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.
With natural attrition the force should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, although the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer.
Cyclist arrested following report of assault in Worthing
A man has been arrested following an incident in Worthing this afternoon (Sunday 13 October).
Police received a report of an assault at Worthing railway station shortly before 4pm.
Officers attended the scene and pursued the suspect, who made off on a bicycle. During the pursuit, a police car was involved in a minor, non-injury collision with another vehicle.
The suspect was eventually detained by officers, with the assistance of a member of the public, in Chesswood Road.
A 42-year-old man from Worthing, arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm, common assault, theft and making threats to kill, remains in police custody at this stage.
We’d like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we dealt with this incident, which involved a number of officers pursuing a man on a bike.
We’d also like to thank the member of the public who helped us to detain the suspect, who is now in custody.
We are liaising with colleagues at British Transport Police in order to progress the investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 794 of 13/10. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/cyclist-arrested-following-report-of-assault-in-worthing/
Police appeal for victims of vehicle crime to come forward
Two men arrested in connection with vehicle breaks in Worthing have been released under investigation.
Police received a call from a member of the public to report two men acting suspiciously in Greyfriars Close, Worthing, around 11.30pm on Tuesday (October 8).
Officers conducted an area search, assisted by the police helicopter, and arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and a 33-year-old man on suspicion of vehicle interference.
Prevention Inspector Allan Lowe said: “We would like to praise the members of the public who reported the suspicious behaviour to us and for their assistance with the arrests.
“We have been listening to the concerns in the community and understand the impact this is having on residents. We have been conducting high visibility patrols within the area in a bid to tackle this behaviour.
"We would encourage anyone who has been a victim, witness or has CCTV footage of vehicle crime to report it to us without delay."
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There are no Burglary’s or theft from sheds and garages to report this week.
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