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Tuesday 19th November  2019

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Man carries out vicious attack the same day he is released from prison

A man carried out a violent and unprovoked attack the same day he was released from prison.
Alex Gilbertson approached another man – who was unknown to him – in Rowlands Road, Worthing, on the afternoon of Thursday 10 October, having been released from prison only hours earlier for an unrelated matter.
He shouted “what are you looking at?” but the victim ignored him and carried on walking. He then shouted “don’t walk away from me” and eventually caught up with the man.
Gilbertson then grabbed the 50-year-old local man and punched him to the face with a can of beer he was holding, causing a deep laceration below his right eye.
Police and paramedics arrived at the scene, and following enquires the suspect was later located and arrested.
Gilbertson, 42, of Park Crescent, Worthing, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 12 November and was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge.
He had previously been jailed for 24 weeks on Tuesday 15 October for two further unprovoked attacks in Worthing on Sunday 13 October.
A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “Gilbertson carried out this violent attack on an innocent member of the public shortly after being released from prison for an unrelated matter. He has an extensive history of offending, and it is clear the local community is a safer place without him on the streets.”

Coercive Control - do not suffer in silence
Coercive Control - do not suffer in silence in your relationship.
Sussex Police is running a social media campaign over two weeks starting on Monday (18 November) with a focus on coercive and controlling behaviour in a domestic context, as part of ongoing awareness raising on domestic abuse.
The campaign includes short videos which aim to shed light on the wider aspects of non-violent domestic abuse, and helping people to recognise the subtle signs of coercive control.
The campaign launches a week ahead of White Ribbon Day on 25 November and its associated 16 Days of Action to encourage a wider conversation around coercive and controlling behaviour. While this predominantly affects women, with recent national data showing that 95% of coercive control victims are women and 74% of perpetrators are men - anyone can be affected and can report it as domestic abuse and criminal behaviour.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Bates of Sussex Police said: “In 2015, coercive control was recognised in law as a form of domestic abuse. This marked a huge step forward in tackling domestic abuse. But we want to make sure that everyone understands what it is.
“Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.
"It can create a deep sense of fear that affects all elements of a person’s life, making it incredibly hard for people to have the confidence to break free of this sort of abusive relationship. Often people who experience coercive and controlling behaviour don’t recognise that they are victims of domestic abuse as they are conditioned and manipulated to accept this as normal and acceptable behaviour within a relationship.”
Some common examples of coercive behaviour are:
Isolating you from friends and family

Depriving you of basic needs, such as food

Monitoring your time

Monitoring you via online communication tools or spyware

Taking control over aspects of your everyday life, such as where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep

Depriving you access to support services, such as medical services

Repeatedly putting you down, such as saying you’re worthless

Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising you

Controlling your finances

Making threats or intimidating you
For advice and support on domestic abuse in Sussex visit our website advice pages. 
You can report domestic abuse online or call 101, or 999 in an emergency. We have specially trained officers who can help.
Sussex Police has domestic abuse case workers embedded the six Safeguarding Investigation Units and also works closely with partner agencies to ensure any victim of domestic abuse gets the support that they need.
This includes: 
Support and safety advice from Victim Support
Local Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) services who provide independent and impartial support for victims at significant risk.
Refuge services who can provide emergency accommodation for victims of domestic abuse.
You will be supported throughout the whole police investigation and given further support if the case goes to court.
Ongoing support can be provided by partner agencies. The Safe Space Sussex website provides details of local agencies that can support victims of domestic abuse.
Refuge provide a Freephone 24 hour domestic violence helpline. There are specialist services for male victims of domestic abuse nationwide, such as Men's Advice Line. Locally, male victims can get specialist help and advice from The Portal (East Sussex and Brighton & Hove) and Worth Services (West Sussex).
Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse - Respect provides a confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone who is concerned that their behaviour is abusive or violent towards their partner, ex-partner or family member. Their helpline is 0808 802 4040.
To see the whole story and to watch a short video please click on the link or go to our website. 

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Crime summary
Reference: 1233 14/11/2019
Location: Limbrick Lane, Worthing
Date and time: Between 5pm and 9pm 14th November
Details: Entry was gained to a property through a window. Cash and jewellery were stolen.

Reference: 1302 14/11/2019
Location: Princess Avenue, Worthing
Date and time: Between 11am and 9pm 14th November
Details: A window was forced to gain entry to a property. Jewellery was stolen.

Reference: 0738 17/11/2019
Location: Heene Road, Worthing
Date and time: Overnight on the 16th November
Details: Patio door were forced to gain entry to a property. Alcohol and watches were stolen.
We have received reports of catalytic convertors being stolen from cars in the Southwick area in the last few days. 
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles or have any Dash cam or CCTV footage please contact us


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