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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 17/03/2020 10:52:00
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Dog walkers warned as sheep killed near Lancing
A dog walker in West Sussex has been cautioned after a sheep died and two others were seriously injured following an attack by dogs in their care on the South Downs near Lancing.
The incident happened on February 17 and earlier this month the dog walker was cautioned and issued with a community protection warning.
With the days drawing out and warming up, more people are heading out into rural areas to exercise their pets, prompting Sussex Police to renew oft-repeated appeals to keep dogs under control in the countryside.
Rural PCSO Erica Baxter (pictured) said: "Unfortunately, livestock worrying is an all too common occurrence across Sussex and we've had particular problems in areas with excellent public access such as the South Downs. It is important for all pet owners and commercial dog walkers to understand that allowing a dog to be off lead and out of close control within a livestock field can be considered to be livestock worrying, without any physical attack taking place.
Livestock worrying does have a significant effect on the animals involved, on farm businesses and on farmers whose livestock is harmed through no cause of their own. Quite apart from the obvious immediate stress and potential injury to livestock, those frightened animals can damage field boundaries as they try to escape attack, so they are no longer safely contained. After-effects can include death from shock, abortion or failure to conceive and injuries can take time to heal, carrying a risk of 'fly strike' where they become infested with maggots as blood attracts insects.
"We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead while they are walking in rural areas and around livestock. So often in these incidents the owners are horrified by what their dogs have done. It is true to say that even a single, gentle and loving pet dog can be hard to catch if it runs off; it can enter a field and once there, can chase or kill livestock. Commercial dog walkers with multiple dogs from different homes bear a particular risk level and responsibility for awareness around this issue, so it is advisable for pet owners to ensure that their dog is also being walked responsibly when out of their own care.
"Apart from the impacts on farming, there are also risks to dogs and to people if they are within a livestock field. Frightened animals can charge unpredictably or even directly at the person or animal that they perceive to be a threat, which would be an awful experience to go through even without any injury caused. Additionally, a farmer can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock.
"Everyone involved in these beautiful areas of our county wishes them to be widely enjoyed for the great open areas that they are and that is best achieved through responsible attitudes all round." https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/dog-walkers-warned-as-sheep-killed-near-lancing/
Prolific thief jailed for latest offence in Worthing
A man who has 48 previous convictions for 108 offences has been jailed for his latest theft.
Shortly before 3am on Monday 9 March, police were called by a member of public who witnessed a man dressed in black clothing trying car doors in St Andrews Road, Worthing.
Officers attended and the suspect was spotted hiding behind a vehicle. He was identified as Jordan Thomson, 27, unemployed and of no fixed address.
A search of his bag revealed he was in possession of items including a car stereo – which was confirmed stolen from a vehicle in the same road – and he was subsequently arrested and charged with theft from a vehicle.
Thomson was remanded in custody and appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 10 March, where he pleaded guilty to the offence.
He was also convicted of four counts of committing a further offence while subject to a conditional discharge – this relates to thefts of items including soft toys, aftershave, an electric toothbrush and dog biscuits from various retailers in Worthing over the past 12 months.
Due to his persistent offending, he was sentenced to 40 days’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a £122 victim surcharge.
Inspector Allan Lowe, of the Adur and Worthing Prevention Team, said: “I’d like to remind motorists to keep the doors of their vehicles locked when unattended, and to keep belongings – especially expensive items such as sunglasses – out of sight. Preferably, do not keep any valuables in your vehicle at all.
“If you witnesses an incident such as this, report it to us immediately. Working with the community, we endeavour to prevent and detect crime, and bring offenders to justice.”
For more advice on how to keep your vehicle safe and sound, visit our crime prevention page here.
Police investigating the rape of a woman in Shoreham have charged a man with the offence.
Jordan Murphy, 22, a warehouseman, of Hammy Close, Shoreham, is due to appear in custody at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday (12 March) charged with rape.
The attack on the 21-year-old woman took place in an alleyway off Middle Road, Shoreham, at about 2.30am on Sunday (8 March) when she was walking home.
He has also been charged with common assault relating to a separate incident shortly beforehand, just off nearby Old Shoreham Road, in which another 21-year-old woman was grabbed by a man but ran off unharmed.
Prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/man-charged-with-rape-of-woman-in-shoreham/
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0246 12/03/2020
Location: Annington Gardens, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 11th and 12th March
Details: Access was gained to a property through an insecure door. A bag was stolen.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0721 12/03/2020
Location: Gordon Road, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 11th and 12th March
Details: A shed was broken into by forcing a lock. Two pedal cycles were stolen.
Reference: 1414 14/03/2020
Location: Third Avenue, Lancing
Date and time: On 14th March
Details: A garage was broken into and a pedal cycle was stolen.
Reference: 0358 15/03/2020
Location: Annweir Avenue, Lancing.
Date and time: Between 14th and 15th March
Details: Two pedal cycles were stolen from a garage
Here are the fraud and cybercrime newsletters for March. This month we’re asking you to take extra care when using cashpoints and be vigilant if someone calls at your house claiming your roof or insulation needs repairing.
We've also had an alert from the national fraud bureau about an increase in coronavirus related fraud - whether that's people thinking they are buying masks from what turn out to be fraudulent sellers, or giving financial information to criminals as a result of a coronavirus-related phishing email. Please be aware and think twice if you receive an unsolicited call or email.
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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Lindsey Wine (Police, Prevention Support & Engagement Officer, Sussex)