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Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 21st January 2020

Crime summary
Sussex Police secure first stalking protection order in the country

Sussex leading the way in protection from stalking.

The first Stalking Protection Order (SPO), believed to be the first in the country, was obtained by Sussex Police at Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday 20 January in respect of a 22-year-old man from Lancing, just hours after the new Stalking Protection Act came into effect

It relates to his alleged online stalking of a woman in her early twenties, who does not come from Sussex. She lives elsewhere in the UK.

The man was present in court and did not contest the application, which was granted and prohibits him from; contacting the woman directly or indirectly, by whatever means; sharing or posting any photograph of her on the internet, social media or in any public place; sharing or posting any photograph of her to any other individual;

The Order will last indefinitely.

Meanwhile a criminal investigation is ongoing into this case.

See details of the new law and of Sussex Police plans to use it, here.

Officers stood down following standoff with police in Worthing

A man has been arrested following a six hour standoff with police in Worthing.
Officers, including armed officers, and other emergency services attended a property in Broadwater Street West around 8.35am on Thursday (16 January) following concerns for a man who was threatening to harm himself.

The man refused to come out of the flat for police until just before 2.30pm when he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and threats to cause criminal damage. He remains in custody while the investigation is ongoing.

Adur and Worthing Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience while we were dealing with this incident and apologise for any inconvenience caused by part of the road being closed.

“This was an isolated incident, not involving a firearm, contained within the property with no wider threat to the community, including the local schools.”

Appeal to find key witness in Worthing stabbing investigation

Police investigating a stabbing in Worthing are trying to trace a taxi driver who could be a key witness in the case. 
Two men got in a taxi at the taxi rank in Chapel Road, Worthing town centre, at around 00.30am on Sunday (January 12) and got dropped off at Whitebeam Road, Durrington, where they were attacked by two other men.  
It is thought the incident happened between 00:40am and 00:51am after a brief altercation between the two parties, who were not known to each other.
One victim suffered a stab wound to the chest and is in a serious but not life-threatening condition in hospital. The other victim was stabbed in the abdomen and suffered minor injuries. 
Police would like to track down the taxi driver who drove the victims from the town centre to Whitebeam Road. The taxi was not pre-booked, but was known to be a white car and driven by a male. 
Anyone with information about the taxi driver, or who may have any information regarding the assault, is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 46 of 12/01. 
Investigating Officer PC Charlotte Carter said: "We have a dedicated response to reduce instances of knife crime and serious violence in Sussex. 
"We place extra hi-vis patrols where and when they are needed and try to intervene before criminality gets as far as serious violence, with visits to schools and engagement with young people, and roadshows across Sussex to engage with local communities to inform and educate residents and visitors."

Man sentenced after taking advantage of the goodwill of the public

A man who preyed on the goodwill of the public has been sentenced.

Graham Keeley, 38, of no fixed address, knocked on the door of a property in Clifton Road, Worthing, on Wednesday 1 January and asked to use the bathroom.

The owner of the house allowed him in but later found personal documents and some cash had been stolen from the property and he reported this to police. 

On Friday, 3 January, officers were conducting a routine foot patrol in Brighton Road in the town when they spotted Keeley who was also wanted on recall to prison and for shoplifting offences.

To prevent being arrested, Keeley feigned an illness and on realisation he would still be arrested, he lunged at a police officer causing minor injuries.

Keeley was arrested and later charged with receiving stolen goods and assault by beating of an emergency worker, alongside two counts of theft from a shop and one count of attempted theft from a shop from Sainsbury’s in Lyons Farm in December.

Keeley appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ court on Saturday, 4 January, and was given a 10 week custodial sentence, a compensation order of £475, £85 in court costs and a restraining order against the victim was granted.

Reference: 0351 21st January
Location: St Mary’s Close, Sompting
Date and time: Between 0800hrs and 0830hrs 21st January
Details: Someone entered a property and stole a handbag and school bag.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0310 19th January
Location: Ferry Road, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 1000hrs 14th January and 2300hrs 17th January
Details: Someone entered a garage and made an untidy search but it is unsure if anything was taken.  

Reference: 0722 19th January
Location: Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham
Date and time: Date and time unknown
Details: A garage door was damaged and a motor cycle was stolen.
There has been a spat of thefts from garages in the Sompting area. If anyone has any CCTV or dash cam footage then please call Sussex Police on 101 quoting reference number 0663 18th January 2020.


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