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Horsham Weekly Bulletin
Alert message sent 09/06/2020 11:14:00
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Tuesday 9th June 2020
Reference: 1119 3rd June
Location: Thelton Avenue, Broadbridge Heath
Date and time: Between 1500hrs and 1700hrs 3rd June
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property, no entry made but criminal damage caused.
Reference: 0864 6th June
Location: Lyons Road, Slinfold
Date and time: Between 28th May and 3rd June
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property. Nothing stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0769 4th June
Location: Fryern Road, Storrington
Date and time: Between 0300hrs and 0700hrs 3rd June
Details: A pedal cycle and some fishing equipment were stolen from a garage.
Reference: 0120 6th June
Location: Bonfire Hill, Southwater
Date and time: Between 18th May and 19th May
Details: A lock was broken off a shed and tools were taken.
Anti-Social Behaviour in Southwater
There has been an increase in anti-social behaviour in Southwater which includes criminal damage and graffiti. We have stepped up patrols in various areas to try to identify the group that are causing issues in the town.
If you see anything you feel is not right then please report it to us or if you have any CCTV or dash cam footage to help identify the youths then please let us know. Thank you.News and appeals Volunteers' Week shines a light on selfless contribution of Special Constabulary
Sussex Police is marking Volunteers' Week by celebrating the incredible contribution made by its Special Constabulary.
During the coronavirus pandemic and all year round, these volunteers put themselves on the frontline not for pay or material reward, but to support the work of the force in keeping people safe.
Special Constables have volunteered more than 6,100 hours since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown period, which makes up some of the astonishing 26,181 hours contributed by Specials from May 2019 to April 2020 inclusive.
They include Gio Manzella, who has been volunteering full time with Sussex Police during lockdown having been furloughed from his main job as an aircraft broker. Working with Crawley response, he has helped arrest a man suspected of dealing drugs near a school and rescued a man from a car which set alight after a collision.
Wealden Special Constables Steve Wood, Chris Pring and Andrew Jelinek (pictured above) have contributed more than 100 hours each since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, with duties including Op Blitz patrols tackling anti-social behaviour and responding to calls about coronavirus restriction breaches. They also made arrests for drink driving, breach of the peace and domestic violence, as well as dealing with offences relating to drugs and fraud.
Special Constable Julie Rainey (pictured below) has continued to balance her full-time job at the RNLI with her voluntary role working within the Safeguarding Investigations Unit in Brighton. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she has been part of a team reaching out to support the most vulnerable victims of domestic abuse, sexual offences and stalking.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “I would like to thank all our Special Constables for the significant difference they make to people’s lives in so many ways including; protecting the public from harm, investigating offences, problem solving, and building trust and relationships with the public and partner agencies.
"As volunteers from the community they really have the ability to empathise and engage with those they help and the fact they do this in their own time is even more powerful.”
Specials Weekend (June 5 - June 7) will be celebrated across the force by highlighting the great work of the Special Constabulary.
A 'Response Take Over' is being organised in Uckfield whereby Special Constables will staff the Uckfield response team for an entire shift. Police Constables will be on hand to support should the need arise, but will otherwise be freed up to complete necessary paperwork and administration jobs.
Currently, more than 10 experienced Special Constables have volunteered to take part, with a range of different skills between them.
Similarly in Brighton, a Divisional Support Team made up of Special Constables with a wide range of specialist training will be supporting the division with a mix of prevention and response work.
Throughout Volunteers' Week and Specials Weekend, Special Constables who are working alongside their usual teams will be encouraged to tweet and promote the good work being done by volunteers across the force.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Special Constables have been involved in policing Sussex since 1831 and are an integral part of policing in the modern world.
New team launched to tackle countryside crime in Sussex
Sussex Police has launched a new rural crime team, whose overall aim is to crack down on unlawful behaviour in isolated communities.
This team, launched on Monday (June 1), has been made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne at the start of this financial year. The new funding will allow for more enforcement and greater local policing presence, part of which is rural crime.
The team will have a specialist focus on agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage issues and it has been brought together to serve the rural community, to increase confidence and encourage reporting through preventing crime and carrying out more proactive investigations.
Made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers (PCSOs), the team will be operating out of bases at Midhurst and Heathfield.
The impact of rural crime has become more apparent in recent years and this is reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
Sussex Police’s own Rural Crime Strategy aims to make rural communities feel safer by building long-lasting partnerships, responding to the community’s needs and provide an effective policing service. In turn, this work aims to increase confidence in the police in our more isolated areas.
With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).
Recently, Sussex Police arrested three men near High Hurstwood, Wealden, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. This is just one example of the force’s approach to disrupting rural crime in the county.
Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Sussex Police’s Rural Crime lead, said: “We are keenly aware of the significant impact that these types of crimes have on our remote communities, and the implementation of this new team is designed to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage reporting of rural crimes, because with this insight, we are able to deploy the team to where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. We have a substantial number of rural residents and businesses in Sussex and they deserve our protection.”
Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “It is so important to have a dedicated team for this area of policing, which quite often can go unnoticed. We want to reassure the residents of Sussex that we are here to disrupt rural crime, to catch those who think they can get away with it and to ensure our more isolated communities feel safe in their own homes.
“There have been cases recently of animal thefts, quad bike thefts and numerous other countryside offences. We understand how destructive these are to people’s livelihoods, and how damaging they can be emotionally to the victim. We want perpetrators of these crimes to know we are here to catch them: do not consider committing the crime because we will bring you to justice.
“Working closely with partners, we can draw on expertise and resources from all over the county; together, we can provide the service needed to prevent rural crime.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations, including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that our rural and village communities in Sussex can sometimes feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘forgotten about’.
“Rural crime is particularly worrying and, since the Covid-19 lock down, there have been many disturbing reports of fly-tipping and expensive equipment theft. I want to reassure our rural residents that these crimes will not be ignored and are being taken extremely seriously.
“This expanded team will have the specialist knowledge, skills and training that is vital to police our rural communities, successfully investigate and prosecute crimes made against them and keep people feeling safe where they live and work.
“I know that this will be welcome news to many residents and organisations across Sussex.” https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/new-team-launched-to-tackle-countryside-crime-in-sussex/
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