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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 02/06/2020 10:43:00
Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
News and appeals
Witness appeal after cyclist seriously injured in Shoreham
Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist suffered serious, life-changing injuries when he was in collision with a car in Shoreham on Tuesday afternoon (May 26).
Emergency services were called to the scene in Kingston Lane at 6pm following the collision between a Land Rover Discovery and the cycle, ridden by a 50-year-old man from Shoreham. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment, where he remained on Friday (May 29).
The Discovery driver, an 80-year-old man from Steyning, was uninjured. The road was reopened shortly after 9pm.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dash cam footage of the area around the time is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting Operation Elmsted.
Proactive policing results in two Worthing shoplifters being jailed
Proactive action from Adur and Worthing police results in two persistent shoplifters being jailed.
Bradie Thomson, 31, of The Steyne, Worthing, appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 19 May, to face six charges of theft from a shop and three for breaching a community protection notice (CPN).
The charges were in relation to offences from 27 April at supermarkets across Shoreham and Worthing. Thomson was spotted on CCTV at each of the premises stealing food and alcohol from the shelves. On one occasion, Thomson stole five bottles of wine and concealed them in his coat before leaving the store.
Thomson was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for the theft from shop offences and the courts dismissed the three breaches of a CPN.
Anthony Cornford, 30, of The Avenue, Goring, was charged with five counts of theft from a shop dating from 3-27 February. Cornford entered a shop in Goring Road and on each occasion stole a quantity of alcohol by placing it in his rucksack and leaving the shop without paying.
Cornford was sentenced at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 19 May, to eight weeks in prison.
Adur and Worthing Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: “The teams have worked incredibly hard to tackle both Thomson’s and Cornford’s shoplifting habit and disruption caused to local businesses. On each occasion witnesses have had to be obtained and CCTV footage viewed.
“The court results for Thomson and Cornford are not the only successful convictions the team have achieved. At the start of this month Kirsten Hocking, 28, of no fixed address was also sentenced to 26-weeks in prison after she stole a large quantity of items from different businesses in Worthing, including £996 worth of beauty products.
“We understand the impact shoplifting from local businesses can have but we also recognise the impact this anti-social behaviour could have been having on the community.
“These sentences from the courts have come as of a result of months of investigation, problem solving, close partnership working and the use of our policing powers to persistently target those causing the most threat, harm and risk in the community.
“We would like to thank the public for their support while we continue to tackle matters of ASB and encourage anyone who has been a victim or witnesses of this behaviour to report it to us immediately.”
You can report a crime online or call 101.
Hundreds of offences detected in latest speed campaign
Police are reminding all road users to drive and ride responsibly, after more than 800 speeding offences were detected over the bank holiday weekend.
Officers were deployed across Surrey and Sussex to provide education and enforcement as part of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s bi-annual speed campaign, and in response to community concerns.
This consisted of static checks and proactive patrols on main roads including the M23, as well as rural routes including parts of the A29 and A272 in West Sussex, and sections of the A259 in East Sussex.
Across the weekend, more than 600 speeding offences were detected in Sussex and approximately 285 in Surrey, resulting in fines, prosecution notices and words of advice.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It is clear from the feedback we’ve had from the community and on social media that our response to this national campaign has been well received. However, it’s also clear that a small minority of motorists continue to drive or ride in excess of the speed limit.
“This is not about targeting any vehicle type in particular; this is about educating all motorists and providing enforcement where necessary. The bottom line is if you don’t exceed the speed limit, then you have nothing to worry about.”
In addition to speed checks, officers also detected a number of other offences, such as drink-driving, driving without insurance or an MOT, driving with an illegal number plate and this insecure load in Winchelsea, which resulted in a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice:
These dedicated patrols were in addition to Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s ongoing commitment to tackling the fatal four offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt – 365 days a year.
The campaign is also run in conjunction with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.
Chief Insp Hodder added: “We work closely with our Community Speedwatch volunteers to identify areas of concern and to address them accordingly. This may involve educational messaging, site speed checks and proactive policing enforcement.
“While the vast majority of road users drive safe and responsibly, there are a small number of people who wrongly assume they can use our roads to commit offences. In doing so, they are risking the lives of themselves and other road users.
“It only takes a momentary lapse in concentration or an unforeseen hazard to cause a collision. Once you add excess speed into the equation, these risks are greatly increased. Speed kills, it’s as simple as that.”
Last year in Sussex, a total of 1,393 speed-related collisions were recorded – the highest number in the county since 2009. Of these, 315 resulted in serious injuries and 18 in fatalities.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne commented: “Sussex residents are still telling me that road safety is one of their top local priorities, especially since lockdown has led to some road users ignoring safe speed limits.
“The recent rise in local council tax supported by residents has enabled Sussex Police to invest more money into the roads policing unit over the last year. I’m pleased to see that the team continues to take swift, proactive action to reduce the number of collisions and fatalities on our roads during this crisis and beyond.
“Sussex Police will continue to be a visible presence on our roads, educating all road users and they will not hesitate to use enforcement where necessary.”
For more information on this speed campaign, please see a further press release on the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership website here.
You can report incidents of dangerous or antisocial driving or riding in Sussex via Operation Crackdown.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/hundreds-of-offences-detected-in-latest-speed-campaign/
Appeal for witnesses after man assaulted in Worthing
Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after a stabbing in Worthing.
Officers received a call from a member of the public just before 3.50pm on Tuesday (26 May) to report a man being assaulted by three others in College Gardens just off Grand Avenue.
On arrival, the victim and the suspects had left the area. Offices conducted a number of lines of enquiry and located the victim who was receiving medical treatment.
Police believe there is no wider threat to the community and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault to make contact. You can report information either online or call 101 quoting reference 1045 of 26/05.
Sussex Resilience Forum thanks volunteers for their hard work
Published on behalf of Sussex Resilience Forum
To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, 1 – 7 June, the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) is shining a light on the stories of Sussex volunteers who have supported their communities in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
From the start of the pandemic, volunteers have provided services at all levels, from delivering vital PPE supplies to protect the frontline, to making welfare calls and food drops to support individuals within communities.
The SRF is the multi-agency operation through which the work of local authorities and emergency services co-ordinate the response across public services, also working closely with health services and the military and linking with central government.
The Volunteer Work stream triages requests for support from these and also other voluntary, community & social enterprise organisations, and Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate volunteers supporting directly and also those less formal voluntary efforts, where people have selflessly given their time and efforts to help others.
Neil Stocker, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, SRF Co-Chair, said: “I have been so impressed by the scale of ingenuity, enthusiasm and sheer persistent hard work which has gone into the efforts of volunteers to help and protect the people of Sussex.
“The scale of the efforts, ranging from rescue charities driving thousands of miles to deliver PPE and essential equipment, to individuals who’ve taken up responsibility for looking after people in their local communities, and those volunteering to use their specialist skills within the SRF, has been astounding. I thank each and every one of them for their efforts.
“As we turn our minds increasingly to planning how to support our communities as they consider the next tentative steps towards recovery, I know that volunteers will remain an essential part of this effort.”
Organisations and individuals involved in supporting the SRF’s response include:
Team Rubicon UK
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0489 28/05/2020
Location: Little High Street, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 25th and 27th May
Details: Entry was gained to a bike store and a pedal cycle was stolen.
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