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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 28th April 2020

Crime summary
There are no Burglary Dwellings or Burglary other than dwellings to report this week.
We have seen very few reports of thefts, vehicle crime or burglaries over the last week but we have had a couple of thefts from motor vehicles where the vehicles have been left insecure. We would like to remind everyone to ensure all property including dwellings, sheds, garages, outbuildings and vehicles are secured at all times even if left for a short amount of time.   

Whilst we are social distancing and on lockdown at the moment, have you considered reviewing your security? Please click on the links below to see our crime prevention on vehicle crime and how to keep your property secure.
News and appeals
Police ask the public to stop and think before making unnecessary journeys

Police are asking the public to stop and consider what their contribution to the coronavirus crisis is, as people continue to flout safety guidance.

Since last Friday, 17 April, 74 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued across Sussex to people breaching the lockdown measures.

Reasons given to officers over the past week have included:
Driving from Essex to Chichester to collect a Bonsai tree at 2am
Driving from London to take photos of the stars at Beachy Head
Driving from Manchester to visit a friend in Brighton with your young child
Driving down from London to visit a friend who is in self-isolation as they are showing coronavirus symptoms

Driving to a police station in the middle of the night to beep the car horn at officers to “waste police time”

Temporary Chief Inspector Simon Burroughs said: "Please take a moment to think about the impact your actions during the coronavirus crisis are having on public health".

"We want you to be able to look back on this challenging time and be proud of your efforts to protect the NHS and save lives.

"We’d like to give a huge thanks to those doing their bit and following the guidance, which includes not meeting up with other people from outside your household or making unnecessary journeys.

"At the moment we’re asking those considering coming down from other counties to visit Sussex to stargaze, go on road trips, visit friends or for any other unnecessary reason to please stay at home.

"We will be patrolling our rural and urban communities over the weekend, continuing our approach of engaging with the public and explaining why it is important to do the right thing and follow government guidance. However, we will be using enforcement where necessary.
"The message is crystal clear - stay home, protect our NHS and save lives."

An open letter to the people of Sussex from public service workers makes an emotional plea
Sussex’s NHS, care providers, councils, police, fire and ambulance services are making an impassioned plea to the public to continue to stay at home to stop the spread of covid-19.

In an open letter to the public, public services across Sussex urge local communities to stick with Government advice.

As the fifth week of lockdown draws to a close, Sussex Local Resilience Forum organisations are turning to the public to play their part in combatting the pandemic.

The letter, from Sussex LRF Chair, Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller begins: ‘To our local communities. We need your help…Please, stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives.’

It goes on to outline the efforts of key workers right across Sussex including ‘doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals…working around the clock to save lives’ and whose ‘families worry about them too’.

The letter has been endorsed by leaders from key public services around the county including the Council Leaders of the three local authorities, the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Fire Officers, the Chief Executive of the South East Coast Ambulance Service and the NHS Covid-19 leader for Sussex.

These public agencies and others across Sussex are working together and with the military, private and voluntary sectors, as part of the Sussex LRF to combine and co-ordinate efforts to help protect the public.

The letter is supported by this video, featuring personal pleas doctors, nurses, social workers, paramedics, firefighters other frontline workers tasked with the job of keeping Sussex safe during the pandemic, asking people to work with them as #SussexTogether.
The letter reads:
To our local communities,

Please, stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Across Sussex, all of our organisations are working hard to keep you safe and well and make sure you get the essential services you need.

We are your NHS, your care providers, your councils, your police, fire and ambulance services, working together with the military, private and voluntary services to protect you and prevent deaths in our county from Covid-19.

Our staff are working hard to prevent the spread of the virus. Our nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals are working around the clock to save lives.

Our key workers are putting themselves forward every day to ensure people can be cared for, children educated and looked after, and communities given access to the things they need.

We thank you for all that you are doing to support us.

The most important thing you can do is to continue following the social distancing rules.

Thank you for helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Sussex.

Together, we will get through this.

Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.


Thank you.

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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