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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 17/12/2019 10:34:00
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Tuesday 17th December 2019
News and appeals
E-fit issued after attempted stabbing in Shoreham
Police are appealing for information following an attempted stabbing in Shoreham.
On Wednesday, November 20, at around 8.30am, the victim was walking to school on Brighton Road when he was assaulted by a male who approached him from behind.
The suspect produced a knife and tried to stab the victim in the abdomen.
The victim managed to disarm the suspect who then fled on foot.
The suspect was described as being white, 5’8’’, with dark hazel eyes, a pale complexion with reddened cheeks and he was wearing a black puffer jacket with grey school trousers.
Police have issued an e-fit of the suspect to assist with the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Simon Smith said: “This was a shocking attack on a teenage boy as he walked to school in Shoreham.
“Every effort is being made by police to identify the person responsible for this offence.
“I would urge anyone who may have seen this incident or may have information as to who the suspect is to report online or call 101 quoting serial 418 of 20/11.” https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/e-fit-issued-after-attempted-stabbing-in-shoreham/
Police set to launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
Jingle bells, here’s our cells, open every day; if you drive with drink or drugs, you’ll soon be on your way.
This is the message being issued as Surrey Police and Sussex Police prepare to launch their 2019 Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.
Increased patrols and stop checks will be carried out throughout this month, when there tends to be more social occasions which could result in motorists driving under the influence.
But while we ho-ho-hope you have fun this festive season, we can assure you driving with drink or drugs in your system is no laughing matter.
A total of 1,003 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Sussex last year, 74 of which involved a drink-driver (statistics from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership).
In the 12 months to November 2019, a total of 696 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Surrey (alcohol-related incidents unknown at time of publication).
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Christmas is typically considered a time of ‘giving’ and ‘sharing’. But don’t give us an excuse to arrest you, and don’t let us share the bad news with your loved ones if you’re involved in a collision.
“This campaign is all about education and enforcement. Our main aims are to save lives by deterring people from drink and drug-driving, and to deal robustly with offenders. As such, we will continue to publicise the names of those convicted as part of the campaign.”
The crackdown runs from Wednesday 18 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive, in line with guidance from the National Police Chief’s Council. However, this will be in addition to our routine daily policing.
Chief Insp Hodder said: “While this is a dedicated campaign which occurs twice a year during peak periods – at Christmas and in the summer – we still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year.
“It is no secret that drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It happens year on year and sadly, despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”
During the same campaign last year (1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019), a total of 240 arrests were made in Sussex and 108 arrests were made in Surrey.
Chief Insp Hodder said: “If you’re going to consume drink or drugs, we’d encourage you to plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with a sober driver. Never get into a vehicle with someone you know is over the limit.
“If you’re planning to drive after ‘just a couple’, it’s more than likely you’ll be over the limit. The only way to guarantee you’re under the limit is to drink OR drive; never both.
“Also be mindful of the amount of time it takes for substances to leave your body. Even if you’ve slept for several hours, you could still be over the limit the next morning. And a coffee and a cold shower won’t speed up the process.”
The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership has a morning after calculator on its website, where you can find out roughly how long it takes before you can safely drive.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am still dismayed by the number of people who get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It shows their contempt for the law and reckless disregard for other road users and pedestrians.
“Last month I held the first Road Safety Summit for Sussex and this was a top concern for residents. I know that they have no sympathy for those who kill or seriously injure when under the influence, so the ‘naming and shaming’ technique of this campaign should act as a deterrent.
“The message now and all year round is clear - drink or drive - don’t put other people’s lives at risk. If you are caught driving under the influence expect to face the consequences.”
Consequences of such actions could include the following:
Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance costs;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
Alternatively, people in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-set-to-launch-christmas-crackdown-on-drink-and-drug-drivers/
Man charged in connection with attack on dog walker in Worthing
A man has been charged after an attack which left an elderly dog walker with serious injuries.
On June 17, 2019, a 74-year-old man was attacked by a cyclist while walking his dog along a narrow footpath on Honeysuckle Lane in Worthing. He suffered a fractured pelvis and significant bruising to his face and body.
Kenneth Ramage, 59, of Broadwater Road, Worthing, has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. He is due to appear at Worthing Magistrates' Court on December 31.
Sergeant Craig Burgess, from the Worthing Prevention Team, said: "This was a serious attack on an elderly gentleman enjoying a summer's evening walk with his dog.
"We know the incident caused a great deal of community concern due to the age of the victim and the location where the attack took place, which is known generally as a safe environment to enjoy countryside walks.
"We are pleased that the Crown Prosecution Service has now authorised a charge in regards to this incident." https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/man-charged-in-connection-with-attack-on-dog-walker-in-worthing/
Police appeal for information after woman is raped in Worthing
Detectives are seeking witnesses following the rape of a woman in Worthing town centre.
The 33-year-old woman was walking home when she was attacked in the High Street surface car park off Chatsworth Road between 10.40 and 11pm on Thursday (December 12).
Police have been examining the scene and surrounding area and the victim is receiving support from specialist officers.
Detective Inspector Steve Cobbett of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "This is a very unusual and serious incident for the area and we have an intensive investigation under way.
"If you saw anything suspicious in the area around that time or if you have any other information about the incident please contact us online or call 101, quoting Operation Kerswell.
"Although there is no evidence that this is part of a pattern of crimes we are stepping up patrols in the immediate area and anyone with concerns or information can also talk to any of our officers and PCSOs." https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/police-appeal-for-information-after-woman-raped-in-worthing/
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Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0511 16/12/2019
Location: Wallace Avenue, Worthing
Date and time: Over the last 3 to 4 weeks
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from an insecure garage.
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