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Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin
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Tuesday 18th February 2020
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Swap a candlelit supper for a rawhide chew in front of the fire and a bunch of red roses for a ball on a rope and you have every dog's recipe for the perfect Valentine's Day.
Police dog handlers in Sussex are showing the love for their canine friends this 14 February by celebrating the remarkable work carried out by their four-legged colleagues across the county.
Gem, Ollie, Basil and Mason are just four of the dogs who work across Sussex and Surrey and who feature in Sussex Police's 'Puppy Love Dating' service. Unfortunately, there's little chance of them sharing their affections as they only have eyes for their handlers, but their often brave work normally goes unheralded.
While the general perception of a police dog may be a big, hairy, noisy German Shepherd like Gem, a general purpose police dog who is five-years-old and works across the county, various breeds are used according to their various traits and abilities. Mason, an eight-year-old Labrador and Ollie, a six-year-old Brittany spaniel are both explosive search dogs at Gatwick and while a lot of their work is behind the scenes, passengers may see them working around the public areas of the airport. Basil, 8, is a cocker spaniel and he is used as a drugs search dog across Sussex.
The force also uses springer and cocker spaniels and Belgian Malinois, but that doesn't discount using other breeds or even crosses if they are up to the job.
The dogs are selected as puppies, sometimes from litters bred by the dog unit, and are then fostered into families in Sussex and Surrey who socialise them and get them used to the world. During this time, they come back to us for puppy training and if after a year they are assessed as suitable, they start dog school. Training varies according to specialism but ranges from six weeks for a drugs detection dog to 12 weeks for a general purpose dog.
Last year, police dogs in Sussex and Surrey attended 13,140 incidents - that's 36 a day - and were involved in 938 arrests and finding 104 missing people. They undertook 703 drugs, firearms and currency searches, which seized £563,000 in cash and nearly £650,000 worth of drugs. Talk about worth their weight in gold!
They go places a human would never be able to, cover large areas a whole lot more quickly and their amazing sense of smell is put to good use every day, sniffing out people from hundreds of yards away and having a nose for all sorts of illicit things. Above all else, they are faithful and brave and many a dog handler has been thankful for their chum getting them out of a sticky and sometimes dangerous situation.
Shoreham stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder
Police investigating an incident in Nicolson Drive, Shoreham-by-Sea, in which a 55-year-old man was stabbed have arrested a teenager on suspicion of attempted murder.
On Tuesday 11 February the victim was attacked in a summerhouse. He sustained serious injuries.
Jordan Bell, 19, unemployed, of Grafton Gardens, Sompting, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated burglary and possessing an offensive weapon in public on 11 February.
He was also charged with possessing a quantity of Class B amphetamine at Grafton Gardens on 14 February.
Arson attack on parked car in Goring-By-Sea
Police are investigating after a parked car was set on fire in Goring-By-Sea.
At about 9.40pm on Sunday (9 February) a large black moped with two people drew up by the red Vauxhall Vectra parked in the driveway of a house in Raleigh Way, Goring, and threw a flammable object at it, before making off.
The car was burnt out by the fire
The occupants of the house were indoors at the time and were not injured. No other damage was caused.
No arrests have been made at this stage.
Detective Constable Francesca Safiruddin said; "We are looking into the circumstances behind this isolated incident, and are keen to speak to anyone who saw this moped in the area or who has any other information.
"It is not clear exactly what the object was but this was clearly a deliberate attack.
Police are looking to reunite these items with their owners.
The tools were found in a car suspected of being involved in the theft of property from vehicles across Sussex.
Some items retrieved from the vehicle have already been reunited with their owners, who reported the thefts to police.
Officers are now keen to find the owners of the other items found in the car.
Anyone who recognises any of these items, or who thinks they may belong to them, are asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1351 of 15/02.
Reference: 0349 12th February
Location: Orchard Way, Lancing
Date and time: Between 11th and 12th February
Details: Entry was gained to a garage by cutting a padlock. A motor cycle was stolen.
Reference: 1009 13th February
Location: Heene Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 9am and 1:30 pm on 13th February
Details: It has unknown how entry was gained to a property. A watch, laptop, Xbox and games were stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0892 14th February
Location: Goodwood Road, Salvington
Date and time: Between 1500hrs 13th February and 1200hrs 14th February
Details: A mobility scooter was stolen from an insecure garage but later found abandoned.
Reference: 0827 17th February
Location: Brook Barn Way, Goring by Sea
Date and time: Between 1500hrs 16th February and noon 17th February
Details: A door was forced on a shed and a pedal cycle was stolen.
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