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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 09/06/2020 11:59:00
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Police investigating two separate robberies in Worthing
Police are appealing for witnesses following two separate robberies in Worthing.
Around 10.45pm on Friday 5 June, a 27-year-old woman was pushed to the ground in Tarring Road, outside West Worthing railway station.
She had her bag stolen, which contained a small amount of cash and personal items, before five male suspects – some on bikes and others on foot – fled the scene east along Tarring Road.
Then about 12.30am on Saturday 6 June, a 20-year-old woman was pushed to the ground by two men on bikes. She managed to run away and nothing was stolen.
The incidents are believed to be linked and police are urging anyone with any information to online or call 101, quoting serial 1532 of 05/06/
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A woman who has made persistent contact with emergency services and other agencies has been jailed. The conviction is the result of a number of cases collated involving the same defendant, Rosie Ralph, 27, of Middle Road in Shoreham.
Ralph made a high volume of nuisance phone calls to police and other emergency services over several years resulting in numerous call outs.
On 10 March, police received report from an employee at a local charity that Ralph had sent a message threatening to stab someone and set their house on fire. The recipient was concerned for the welfare of the person the threats were made about and contacted police. In interviews Ralph later claimed she had no intention of causing this person harm.
On 4 April, police received 999 text messages from Ralph and located her where she admitted to being in possession of a knife. During transport, Ralph became verbally and physically aggressive towards officers and made threats to spit at them. She was found to be breach of her bail conditions - an evening curfew and a ban on contacting the charity - and was further arrested and charged.
Ralph was convicted of sending a communication conveying a threatening message, assault of an emergency worker, possession of a bladed article, persistently making use of a public communications network and breach of bail and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, (29 May).
Superintendent Rosie Ross said: "We take every call we receive seriously so would urge people to make the right call and please only dial 999 in a genuine emergency. For non-urgent police matters please report online or call 101.
"People will not get away with wasting time and putting people’s lives at risk and our priority is to ensure genuine callers get through more quickly.
"Persistent and malicious hoax callers take up a lot of valuable time and prevent us from diverting our resources to where they are needed most. If mental health issues are the catalyst, work is undertaken with the local police teams and other relevant partner agencies to provide help for the individual and deter them from constantly calling police." https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/persistent-caller-jailed-for-two-and-a-half-years/
Proactive policing to tackle anti-social behaviour from young adults in Goring
Adur and Worthing Police are sending out a message to remind youngsters that anti-social is unacceptable.
Over the past week, officers have been made aware of matters of anti-social behaviour, in particular from young adults, in the Goring Gap area. As a result, police have issued a section 34 dispersal order for the next 48 hours.
Chief Inspector for Adur and Worthing, Sarah Leadbeatter said: “We are aware of a number of issues whereby there have been large gatherings of teenagers and anti-social behaviour being conducted, despite the Government’s advice on social distancing.
“The policing role has never been to enforce social distancing – that is a matter for personal responsibility, and we have been encouraged by the vast majority of people adhering to this.
“The policing role in Worthing has not changed. We are here to prevent, investigate and detect crime and to keep people safe, and this is evidenced in the on-going efforts of police officers and staff to proactively tackle the crimes which harm the communities the most.”
Police have issued a section 34 dispersal order covering Goring Gap, Goring Greensward, the area between Sea Lane in the west and George V in the east, the beach area and roads and paths south of Nutley Drive.
Dispersal orders are in place for 48hours at a time and further orders will be put in place if necessary.
CI Leadbeatter added: “The dispersal order 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.
“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.
“This order should be a warning to all those conducting anti-social behaviour that we are using the relevant powers available to us to tackle this behaviour.
“We are aware of reports coming to us both through our channels but also through social media platforms. We urge anyone who has been a witness or victim of this crime to make contact with us directly to ensure the relevant policing action is taken.”
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