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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

Alert message sent 03/12/2019 09:51:00

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Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Crime Summary 
Reference: 1499 28th November 
Location: Coltsfoot Drive, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1800hrs and 2150hrs 28th November
Details: Access gained to a property via an insecure window. 

Reference: 0697 1st December
Location: Brighton Road, Shermanbury
Date and time: Between 1900hrs 29th November and 1400hrs 1st December
Details: A rear door was forced open and cash was stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0275 28th November
Location: Brighton Road, Woodmancote, Henfield
Date and time: Between 25th November and 28th November
Details: Several items were stolen from a shed.
News and appeals 
Horsham Prevention team delighted to receive sponsored vehicle
 Horsham Prevention Team has been given a sponsored car, thanks to the continued support of Swan Walk shopping centre and Hendy Ford.

PC Adam Ferries said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Ford and the shopping centre and we thank them for their continued support.

“This demonstrates supporting and working with local businesses in the community, a fundamental part of community policing.

“The public will be able to see us in the area in this car, do come and talk to us if you have any issues within your community.”

Gill Buchanan, Swan Walk Centre Manager added: “Supporting our local Policing teams in the community is a priority for the centre.

“This has been a partnership of nearly 20 Years and we know that this initiative is valued by our customers too.”

Commercial Director, Mark Busby, said: “We are thrilled to be continuing the support of our local policing team, and the vital work that they do within our community.

“We know that the vehicle is extremely valuable in helping the prevention team to best respond to public concerns, and we are proud to be working in partnership with them.”

Partridge Green man convicted of violent offences against two women

An engineer from Partridge Green has been convicted of violent and sexual attacks on two women after a Sussex Police investigation.

Neil Scott-O'Connor, 23, a household appliance engineer, was convicted at Hove Crown Court on Thursday (28 November) after a 14-day trial, of;

- six offences against a 29-year old woman at an address in Brighton on dates between September 2018 and January 2019; one offence of threats to kill, one of attempted strangulation with intent to commit a sexual offence, two offences of causing actual bodily harm, and one of harassment with intent to cause fear;
- three offences against a 17-year-old girl at his address in Partridge Green in December 2018; one offence of attempted strangulation with intent to commit a sexual offence and two of causing actual bodily harm.

He was found not guilty of one offence of causing actual bodily harm to the 29-year old woman.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Scott-O'Connor had his own business an emergency appliance repair man, driving around Sussex fixing appliances in houses or in businesses.
Detective Sergeant Andy Ricks said; "I am extremely pleased with this result. My team, including Investigator Gary Campbell, and Detective Constable Tracey Dixon from the Brighton SIU, worked tirelessly to build a solid evidential case over the past year. Neil Scott-O'Connor posed a significant risk, luring his victims into relationships through charm and flattery, in one case via social media, then turning to violence and fear to act out his dark sexual fantasies.

"His obsession with strangulation was a common feature in the investigation and it's only by good fortune that one of his victims was not killed. As Counsel for the prosecution, Richard Hearndon said of Scott-O'Connor; "...during strangulation he literally had their life in his hands".

"We would also like to thank the victims for having the courage to come forward and support us in putting this dangerous offender behind bars."

Scott-O'Connor was remanded in custody for pre-sentence reports, prior to sentencing on 17 January 2020.

To see the full story please click on the link or see our website.

For information about support and advice available to victims see the Sussex Police website.
 Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.


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