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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

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Tuesday 19th May 2020

Crime summary
Reference: 1009 13th May
Location: Kings Stone Avenue, Steyning
Date and time: Approximately 2.20am 13th May
Details: As a result of the dog barking and the alarm sounding the occupants believe someone was outside and attempting to enter the property. No entry was gained and no damage caused.

Reference: 1334 14th May 
Location: Ridgehurst Drive, Horsham
Date and time: Approximately 1615hrs 14th May
Details: A male was seen trying a door handle, no entry was gained.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0282 18th May
Location: Faygate Lane, Faygate
Date and time: Between 2330hrs 17th May and 0730hrs 18th May
Details: Padlocks were broken off a shed and a power tool was stolen

Reference: 0293 18th May
Location: Crawley Road, Faygate
Date and time: Between 2200hrs 17th May and 0745hrs 18th May
Details: A shed and an outbuilding were broken into, Pedal cycles and power tools were stolen.
Burglaries – The good news is that the chances of being a victim of burglary in Sussex is low. There have been very few burglaries in the last couple of months but that doesn’t mean the opportunists are not out there and we need to make sure we don’t give them the opportunity in the nice weather.
Don’t leave doors and windows open and remove any valuable items from view.
Check the security for your sheds and garages and make sure your CCTV or Dash cams are all working.
Get home security advice from our website.
News and appeals
Thermal image camera assists in the arrest of two people at Amberley Castle
Police arrested two intruders at Amberley Castle with the use of a thermal imaging device.
Officers were called to the castle in the early hours of Friday (8 May) after two people were spotted breaking into the castle. 

Due to the lack of lighting, officers conducted an area search with a thermal imagery camera and were able to detect the two suspects on the roof. 

Assisted by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the pair were safely brought down from the Grade 1 listed building. 

A 16-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man from Amberley were both arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling with intent to steal and criminal damage. The pair have been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.

Animal lovers warned of pet buying scams

Police are issuing a warning after several people in Sussex have become victims of pet buying scams.

The suspect typically advertises puppies or kittens online and uses the Covid-19 outbreak as the reason the victim can’t come and see the pet. 

They will often send photos or videos and persuade the victim to make a deposit or even full payment in advance. The suspects may also try to get the victim to cover other unforeseen costs such as insurance or vaccinations, after they’ve made the initial payment. The pet is never provided.

A woman in her 20s from Worthing responded to an advert for a puppy posted on Facebook. The dog was said to be for sale for £400 plus a £100 delivery fee as it was in Ireland, she was conned into paying a £250 deposit.

The victim received an email that appeared to be from a shipping company advising that a life insurance payment of £300 must be paid in order to ship the puppy from Ireland to England.

She spoke to the seller as this was not agreed and was told it was due to the Covid-19 outbreak and was refundable. The victim became suspicious following the interaction and contacted police.

A man in his 30s, also from Worthing, responded to an advert for a puppy on a pet selling website.

After speaking to the seller and seeing videos of the puppies he sent them a £700 deposit and agreed to pay the additional £200 upon collection of the dog.
The seller ceased communication with him and he never received the pet.

Action Fraud has reported a significant spike in pet buying scams since the Covid-19 outbreak. Nationwide it has seen 669 people lose a combined total of £282,686 in March and April, after putting down deposits for pets they have seen advertised online.

PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Sussex and Surrey Police said: “Criminals are on the lookout for any opportunity they can capitalise on – and clearly the extraordinary times we find ourselves in are no exception.

“It makes complete sense that you would not be able to go visit an animal in person at the moment and fraudsters are exploiting this to encourage people to part with their cash.

“Please think very carefully before sending money to a stranger. Make sure you’ve done your research and always trust your instincts.”

To help protect yourself from scams like this:
Do your research – Research sellers carefully before sending over any money, check their terms and conditions and returns policy.
Trust your instinct – If something feels wrong or seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Never be rushed into making a decision – if it doesn’t feel right then walk away.
Choose a payment method that protects you – If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, avoid paying by bank transfer as that offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or a payment service such as PayPal. 
Report crime like this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

If the victim is vulnerable, report to Sussex Police online or by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

For information about Operation Signature, Sussex Police’s campaign to identify and protect vulnerable victims of fraud, see the Force website here. 
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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