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Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 29th January 2020

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Sussex Police warns of danger of courier fraud

Sussex Police warns of the dangers of courier fraud as it supports Operation Radium, a nationwide campaign to target fraudulent criminality and build up information on organised crime groups behind the scams.

In 2019 Sussex police received 550 reports of courier/impersonator fraud targeting vulnerable victims. 

Out of those reports, 67% of victims lived alone and 78% were aged 75 and over. The recorded total loss to these victims is £1,057,136 with an average of £8000 being lost in each case where there was a loss. 

An 83-year-old man from Pease Pottage, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he came close to being a victim of courier fraud in November 2019 when a conman called his home phone pretending to be from Essex Police.

He was told by the fraudster on the phone that there had been improper activity in his bank account that they suspected was part of a money laundering scheme.

The victim was asked to withdraw £5,000 to see if the bank notes were fraudulent. He was asked to read the bank note numbers and was told that they were a cause for concern. He was then told the money was to be taken to Essex Police station and that an officer would come and collect it.

To avoid becoming a courier fraud victim, always remember…
Your bank or the police will NEVER:

- call and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password
- ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them
- ask you to transfer money out of your account

PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police says: "Behind all of the clever tricks and ever-changing narratives, there are a few basic recurring elements that are common across many frauds, including courier fraud. 

In Sussex it has so far prevented £5 million being lost and has led to 49 arrests. 
For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see the Sussex Police website here.

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website here.
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.

Worthing teenager convicted of assault

A Worthing teenager has been convicted of assault.

The 13-year-old-boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Worthing Youth Court on Thursday (23 January) charged with two counts of causing actual bodily harm.
Police were alerted by a member of the public on 13 May to an assault involving a father and son in Durrington.

Officers were able to identify the teenager involved in the assault and he was arrested and charged. He was given a four month referral order to the youth offending services, a £20 victim surcharge and £40 court costs.

Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter District Commander for Adur and Worthing said: “This was a targeted assault on a particular child and when his father stepped in, he too was injured. This teenager used fear, intimidation and violence towards his victims and showed little regard to the distress he was causing.

“I would like to personally thank the victims in this case who have shown incredible strength and courage to come forward and report this incident to us. Their support with the investigation has been invaluable and allowed us to bring the offender to justice.

“Although the victims in this case have physically recovered from their injuries, the psychological injuries may still remain, but I hope the conclusion of this criminal investigation goes some way to starting that healing process.

“Tackling serious youth related violence across our district continues to remain my priority and we remain engaged with our communities in order to address local concerns and build on community intelligence.

“This is the first wave of court cases for a group of youths involved in violence and I would like to praise our partners for the multi-agency working we have all been undertaking and this work will continue to address this issue.

“We continue to need the support of our local community and there are many ways you can report matters of concern. Through contacting us either online or by calling 101, the independent charity Crimestoppers or Fearless. If you or you see someone in danger please dial 999.”

Police offer £500 reward to find wanted Toni Deerans

Police are offering a £500 reward for information that locates wanted Toni Deerans.
Deerans, 36, is wanted in connection with a series of burglaries in the Brighton area and a robbery.

Detective Constable James Botting said: "We hope this reward incentivises anyone with information on Deerans’ whereabouts.

"We believe she remains in the Brighton area but is maintaining a low profile.
"Please be assured that any information you provide will be treated in confidence."
a photo of Toni can be found on our website.

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101, quoting serial 239 of 28/01.

Alternatively, you can report anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
For information on burglary and keeping your home safe, read more here.

Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Crime summary

Reference: 0307 24th January
Location: Kingston Broadway, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 16th January and 24th January
Details: Damage was caused to a rear door, jewellery was stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1259 21st January
Location: Downview Road, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 1700hrs 19th January and 1900hrs 21st January
Details: A garage was entered, nothing stolen.

Reference: 0447 22nd January
Location: Test Road, Sompting
Date and time: Between 2000hrs 20th January and 0800hrs 21st January
Details: A garage door was forced open and two pedal cycles were stolen.

Reference: 0869 22nd January
Location: Dorchester Gardens, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 1000hrs 13th January and 1400hrs 22nd January
Details: An attempt was made to enter a garage but the attempt failed. No entry gained and nothing stolen.

Reference: 0377 26th January 
Location: Millfield, Sompting
Date and time: Between 2200hrs 25th January and 1000hrs 26th January
Details: A shed was broken into and pedal cycle wheels were stolen.

Reference: 0317 28th January
Location: Moat Way, Goring by Sea
Date and time: Between 2200hrs 27th January and 700hrs 28th January
Details: A mobility scooter was stolen from an insecure garage.

Reference: 0921 28th January
Location: Teign Walk, Durrington
Date and time: Between 1830hrs 27th January and 1530hrs 28th January
Details: A garage door was forced open and a pedal cycle was stolen.

Reference: 0016 29th January
Location: Drummond Road, Goring by Sea
Date and time: Between 1630hrs 23rd January and 0630hrs 28th January
Details: Two pedal cycles were stolen from an insecure garage
Welcome to this special edition of our regular fraud newsletter.
As we mentioned in the last edition of the fraud newsletter, this January all police forces are working together on a national campaign to target criminals committing courier fraud, a crime which has become much more common over the last year. We’re doing all we can to put a stop to it, but we need your help. This newsletter tells you what courier fraud is, and what you can do to help us stop it.

Please help us prevent fraud by circulating this as widely as you can.


Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at


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