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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

Alert message sent 29/10/2019 13:51:00

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Tuesday 29th October 2019

Crime Summary
Reference: 1414 22nd October
Location: Coxham Lane, Steyning
Date and time: Approximately 2000hrs 22nd October
Details: A male was seen attempting to enter a property. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

Reference: 0824 24th October
Location: Ryecroft Drive, Horsham
Date and time: time and date unknown
Details: An attempt was made to enter a conservatory, attempt failed and no entry was gained but damage caused.

Reference: 1138 28th October
Location: Smithbarn, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1200hrs and 1815hrs 28th October
Details: A patio door was broken, unknown if anything was stolen.

Reference: 1157 28th October
Location: Pondtail Road, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1530hrs and 1830hrs 28th October
Details: A 1st floor window was forced open, jewellery and cash were stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0254 23rd October
Location: Littleworth Lane, Partridge Green
Date and time: Between 1830hrs 20th October and 1700hrs 21st October
Details: A padlock was removed from an outbuilding and an attempt was made to force the door, no entry was gained.

Reference: 1167 24th October
Location: School Lane, Ashurst, Steyning
Date and time: Between 21st and 23rd October
Details: An attempt was made to remove the lock on a garage door, the attempt failed and no entry was gained.

Reference: 0540 26th October
Location: Clays Hill, Bramber, Steyning
Date and time: Between 1900hrs 25th October and 1130hrs 26th October
Details: A window was forced open on a garage and pedal cycles were stolen. A shed was also entered after the padlock was removed and power tools and mountain bikes were stolen. 

Reference: 0909 27th October
Location: Culcross Grange, Wimlands Lane, Faygate
Date and time: Time and date unknown
Details: A shed was entered and power tools were stolen.
There have been reports of criminal damage in the Steyning area. If anyone has seen or has any CCTV of any suspicious activity in the area, please call us on 101.

Rural Crime
Three thefts of equine equipment have been reported to Sussex Police in the past week, one each in our Shipley, Coolham and Storrington areas.  If you have connections with any local stables, please check that security arrangements are up-to-date and encourage reporting of any suspicious behaviour, people or vehicles.  Have you thought about alarm systems on doors which trigger phone alerts, CCTV, lighting, good quality locks? Don’t forget to lock away outside tools as these can be used to break into properties. Call us on 101 to report a crime or call us on 999 if you think a crime is in progress.  
News and appeals
Sussex Police remind residents to keep a light on

As the nights draw in, Sussex Police is reminding people to keep a light on and take steps to protect their homes from burglars.

From Monday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November, the force is running Operation Magpie, its bi-annual burglary prevention and awareness campaign, providing timely advice to people on securing their property. 

During the week prevention advice and tips will be shared on social media. This year’s campaign will also focus on preventing break-ins in rural areas. Which can be more vulnerable to burglary.

Following the introduction of dedicated rural crime Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) they will be patrolling potential hot-spots in the countryside, aiming to engage with residents and offer advice and reassurance while providing a high-visibility deterrent to criminals.

Sussex Police takes reports of burglary seriously and keeps unsolved cases under constant review. Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary lead, said: “Burglary is a horrible crime which can cause victims long-lasting suffering. Whether it be the invasion of your home, damage to your business premises or the theft of essential work tools, it is totally abhorrent to us and that is why our priority is to reduce this crime and catch those who are responsible. Over the coming week we will be highlighting crime prevention advice to help our communities and sharing the efforts we go to in preventing and solving these crimes.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Burglary can have a profound impact on a victim, especially those that live in more isolated, rural communities. 

“This is why I am pleased that with 100 extra PCSOs and the recent launch of a specialist rural crime team, Sussex Police is able to also target rural hot spot areas during this campaign. I hope this will deter burglars from preying on those in more remote locations and help residents feel safer.

“The Force is proactively tackling this issue and I will continue to ensure that they maintain their effective levels of prevention and deterrent activities.

"However, we all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars.”

To help protect yourself against burglary, please read our crime prevention advice:

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes moments to do. If your valuables are subsequently stolen, it helps police, insurers and second-hand traders to identify them. Find out more here:

You can also join Sussex Police’s community message service, In the Know, which will keep you updated on news in your area. Find out how to join here:

Communities can often work together to prevent crime.  Joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW coordinator helps to strengthen deterrents. More information can be found here:

Hallowe’en has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

If you are celebrating Hallowe’en, please consider the elderly and more vulnerable in the community who may find having strangers call at their door a frightening and intimidating experience.

For more information on Hallowe’en and to print off the PDF posters, please go to our website

To report anti-social behaviour please report online here

News articles
Rudgwick man David Cairns is missing

A Rudgwick man has gone missing after dropping his car off for repairs at a local garage.

David Cairns, 68, left home a few minutes after 8am on Saturday (October 26) to take his car to Broadbridge Heath Garage on the Lawson Hunt Industrial Park. He dropped off the car at 8.45am and left as it was going to take a while to deal with.

He has not been seen since, either by his family or the garage, who have both tried

David is white, 6', of chubby build with short white/grey hair and wears glasses. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and possibly a navy blue sleeveless puffer jacket.

Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to dial 999 immediately quoting serial 1120 of 26/10.
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
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