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Horsham Weekly Bulletin
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Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Crime summary Burglary – There are no burglaries to dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling – There are no burglaries to Sheds, Garages and outbuildings to report this week.
News and appeals Make the right call and help our Tactical Enforcement Unit target criminals
Sussex Police’s Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) carried out a warrant at an address in Saltdean following concerns of suspected drug dealing.
Acting on information received from the public, the team searched the house and seized £35,000 worth of drugs including cocaine, cannabis and diazepam, along with £16,000 cash. Two men aged 32 and 47 and a 56-year-old woman were all arrested on suspicion for being concerned in the supply of drugs. They have been released under investigation.
The team, made up of officers with specialist skills in proactive policing, carries out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed.
The TEU captures some of Sussex’s most wanted and prolific offenders, including those involved in serious violence, organised crime and county lines drugs gangs.
Policing as usual continues in Sussex, despite the current crisis we are living in. This enforcement activity shows the importance of making the right call, and to report anything
suspicious to us, or other agencies anonymously such as Crimestoppers so that we can respond effectively.
Our priority is keeping communities safe and feeling safe, and we are asking the public to continue to #MakeTheRightCall so we can ensure that our resources are focused on those who genuinely need our help and to prevent crime.
Since the launch of the TEU on 16 December 2019, the team has made 105 arrests, conducted 263 intelligence led stop and searches, seized thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs, weapons, cash and helped to safeguard vulnerable people and those at risk of exploitation.
One initial central team made up of eight PCs, a Sergeant and led by an inspector, is expanding from May 29 thanks to the additional precept and Government funding. The team is growing to form three teams in each division, the next expansion is in West Sussex, followed by East Sussex in July this year.
Inspector Dan Hiles, who is leading the TEU, said: “There is no officer who enjoys the idea of a criminal evading justice. The unit was set up to target exactly those people, while helping to keep communities safe."
If you notice anything suspicious, we want to know about it. Please report online or call 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian sustained potentially life-changing injuries in a collision in Horsham.
The incident involving a blue Mitsubishi Shogun occurred in Canberra Road about 7am on Tuesday 26 May.
The pedestrian – a 27-year-old local man – became trapped between the 4x4 and another vehicle, and sustained a broken arm and fractured pelvis. He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for surgery.
The road was closed for a short period while officers conducted their investigation at the scene, and police would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
Anyone who saw what happened – specifically anyone with dash cam, CCTV or mobile phone footage which may have captured the incident – or anyone who saw a blue Mitsubishi Shogun being driven in the area shortly beforehand, is urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 265 of 26/05.
Motorcyclist seriously injured in Pulborough collision
Police are investigating a serious collision on the A29 Beacon Hill, Pulborough, on Tuesday (May 26).
Officers were called around 6.15pm to reports of a collision involving a white Honda CBR motorcycle and a black Seat Ibiza.
The motorcycle rider – a 27-year-old man from the Selham area – suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
The driver of the Seat – a 30-year-old woman from the Walberton area – was uninjured.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, who saw either vehicle being driven prior to the collision, or who may have any relevant dash cam footage.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Sussex Police by calling 101 or emailing email@example.com quoting Operation Downley.
Sussex Police warn hate crime will not be tolerated in the county
Sussex Police is reminding the public that hate crime will not be tolerated in the county.
Superintendent Rachel Swinney, the Force Hate Crime lead, said: “The impact of coronavirus is widespread and is affecting most of us in some way.
“We have seen many communities coming together to help and support each other however there may still be people who are being targeted simply for being who they are.
The Force participate in the national awareness weeks for hate crime which aim to raise understanding of what hate crime is. These advice weeks are a platform to encourage victims to report matters of hate crime to us to ensure support is provided and the relevant action is taken against the perpetrators. Supt Swinney added: “A hate crime doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are is also a crime. This includes circumstances whereby someone posts abusive or offensive messages.
“Last month we were called to a shoplifting offence at a shop in a Brighton shopping centre. On arrival it was reported the suspect allegedly racially abused a security guard. “Ishmal Mohammed, 24, of no fixed address was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress, two counts of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress in words or writing. He was released on court bail until 29 May.
“The severity of hate crime offences has also been acknowledged by the courts and judges can impose a higher sentence if hate crime is one of the offences recorded.” Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. For those who wish to report online, you can do so here.
People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website operated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
There is also a range of support agencies to whom you can report – for more details, please see our website.
If you have been a victim of hate crime you can also find support online at Safe:Space Sussex, a directory of local specialist services to help people find all the information they need here.
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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
Sussex 4x4 Response
Sussex 4x4 Assist
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
Haywards Heath Mutual Aid
In addition, throughout Volunteers’ Week, the SRF agencies will be sharing stories of localised examples of voluntary work to support communities. Please visit @SussexRF on Twitter and Sussex Resilience Forum on Facebook to see these throughout the week.
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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