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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
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Tuesday 19th May 2020
News and appeals
Worthing police adopt a partnership approach to tackle anti-social behaviour in town centre
Adur and Worthing police have joined forces with partner agencies to tackle to recent spate of anti-social behaviour.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: “We are aware of anti-social behaviour being carried out by a small minority of people across the town centre.
“We understand the impact this behaviour can have on the community and local businesses and the continuation of this behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Alongside our partners, we want to robustly tackle this matter and we will enforce our police powers around anti-social behaviour, including drinking in the street, if necessary.”
A spokesperson from Adur and Worthing Councils added: "Following the Government's direction to all local authorities that accommodation during the period of the coronavirus pandemic should be given to those without, Adur and Worthing Council have worked with various establishments within its area to accommodate those without current accommodation.
“All those accommodated are receiving relevant support, including assistance to ensure they can abide with social distancing rules.
“The councils have and will continue, to take appropriate action where anyone it has placed in temporary accommodation engages in ASB. The councils continue to work with everyone in temporary accommodation to find suitable and permanent accommodation."
Police have issued a section 34 dispersal order covering Worthing town centre, including Steyne Gardens, which will be in place until Friday evening, when it will be reissued until Sunday evening.
Dispersal orders are in place for 48hours at a time and further orders, after the weekend, will be put in place if necessary.
The dispersal power will enable officers and PCSOs to direct a person who has committed, or is likely to commit, anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder to leave a specified area and not return for a specified period of up to 48 hours.
CI Leadbeatter added: “We have increased our presence within this area to prioritise offences which cause the greatest harm to victims and communities.
“Our officers will be out patrolling and engaging with this small minority about the dispersal order and the current government guidance around the coronavirus. Officers will engage, explain and encourage and only if absolutely necessary, enforce
“We want to reassure the public that solving these issues remains a priority for us and we will continue to monitor reports regarding this behaviour.
“We would encourage members of the public to report matters of anti-social behaviour to us, either onlineor call 101, to ensure we have a clear picture of what is happening and have the opportunity to act.”
Police, including armed officers, responded to a report of an armed robbery in Shoreham.
The alarm was raised at 6.26am on Friday (May 15) when a man is reported to have threatened staff at Tesco Express in Upper Shoreham Road and made off with money.
Nobody was physically hurt and police remained at the scene into the afternoon.
A 38-year-old man from Shoreham was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remained in custody at 12.45pm on Friday.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about it is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Stafford. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/man-arrested-after-armed-robbery-at-shoreham/
Three arrests after violent incident in Worthing park
Detectives in Worthing are seeking witnesses to a violent incident in a local park which left two men with concussion and broken ribs.
At about 10pm on Monday (11 May) four people, two men aged 29 and 23, a woman aged 19 and a boy aged 16 were approached while walking through Victoria Park, Worthing, by several people.
The younger of the two men had a cigarette snatched from him and all four were attacked. Both men had to be taken to hospital to be treated for concussion and broken ribs.
Detective Constable Katie Clack said; "We arrested two girls aged 15 and 14, and a boy aged 15, on suspicion of robbery and after being interviewed they have been released under investigation.
"This was an unpleasant and violent attack and our enquiries are continuing. If you can help in any way please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1349 of 11/05.
"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111." https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/three-arrests-after-violent-incident-in-worthing-park/
Appeal for witnesses following flat burglary in Worthing
Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Worthing.
Around 8.30pm on Monday (11 May) three men wearing dark clothing and face coverings broke into a flat in Sackville Road.
The front door was damaged and a mobile phone was taken before the trio left and are believed to have gotten into a black vehicle.
Police believe this is an isolated incident and there is not believed to be a wider threat to the public.
If you believe you may have seen the suspects, witnessed the burglary or have information to assist the police investigation please report online or call 101 quoting 1272 of 11/05
Pedestrian seriously injured in central Worthing collision
A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision with a car in Worthing on Friday evening (May 15).
The 36-year-old local man was crossing the A259 North Street just before 8pm when he was in collision with a black Nissan Qashqai. He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
The 40-year-old driver of the Nissan, a Worthing man, was uninjured.
The road was closed for several hours while rescue, recovery and investigation work took place and was fully re-opened around 1.30am.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to email email@example.com or call 101 quoting Operation Maplehurst.
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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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