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Horsham Weekly Bulletin
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Tuesday 30th June 2020
Crime summary Burglary
Reference: 0537 29th June
Location: Crawley Road, Horsham
Date and time: 1130hrs 29th June
Details: An attempt was made to enter a flat, no entry gained and no damage was caused.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0635 27th June
Location: Arun Road, Billingshurst
Date and time: Overnight between 26th – 27th June
Details: Several garages broken into overnight. One push scooter taken, unsure what else was stolen.
There has been an increase in the Horsham district of thefts from motor vehicles including cars and vans. Please ensure all vehicles are locked and that you take all personal belongings with you. If you have CCTV or Dash cams please make sure they are switched on.
If you are a victim of crime, please report it to us. Thank you. https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/ Sussex Police’s Tactical Enforcement Units (TEUs) continuing to disrupt, enforce and protect
Sussex Police’s Tactical Enforcement Units (TEUs) have been busy making arrests, disrupting criminals and protecting victims over the last month.
The TEU is a proactive police unit, which was set up in December last year to target Sussex’s most prolific offenders.
Two separate drugs warrants in Brighton were carried out – one in Auckland Drive where a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, possession of cannabis, a domestic assault and an assault. The team discovered several bags of white powder, cash and mobile phones. He was later released under investigation pending more enquiries.
The other warrant was in Stonecross Road where the team carried out a warrant where a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of supplying cannabis. Drugs, cash and weapons including flick knives were seized. A man aged 20 and a woman aged 44 were later released under investigation.
The West Sussex TEU team which was launched at the end of May to cover the West Sussex division has also been busy carrying out warrants and making an arrests.
Two officers in the team stopped a car in Worthing. When they searched the vehicle they found £10,000 cash and class A drugs. The driver and passenger, were arrested and the team along with officers from Worthing Prevention and newly recruited officers with their coaching unit carried out further searches at addresses in Worthing and seized a further £50,000 cash and a large amount of cannabis, cocaine and amphetamine.
A 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug, a 51-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and a 59-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of money laundering. They have all been released under investigation.
The teams are made up of eight PCs, and a Sergeant. The TEU will then expand again in July with dedicated teams in Brighton and Hove and East Sussex divisions.
Inspector Dan Hiles, who is leading the TEU, said: "The TEU has been created to disrupt, enforce and protect and that’s what the teams have been doing. The first TEU team which was set up at the end of December made 19 arrests, carried out 91 stop and searches targeting serious and organised criminals and created 75 intelligence reports in May alone.
“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."
To see the full story and more photos, please click on the link or go to the Sussex Police website. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/sussex-polices-tactical-enforcement-units-teus-continuing-to-disrupt-enforce-and-protect/ Man sentenced for drug dealing between London and Crawley
A man has been sentenced to prison for drug offences after police executed simultaneous warrants in Sussex and West London.
On Tuesday, 5 May, officers from the West Sussex Community Investigations team, assisted by officers from the Metropolitan Police, executed a warrant in Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, and one at an address in Hammersmith, London.
A large quantity of class A drugs, a number of mobile phones and £2,000 in cash were recovered from the properties.
Nkrumah McKenzie, 31, of Flora Gardens, Hammersmith was arrested at the property and later charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine and heroin).
McKenzie pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday, 3 June, and was sentenced to a total of four-and-a-half years in prison and a given forfeiture order for the cash found.
Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow of Sussex Police said; "This successful investigation resulted from close working and sharing of intelligence between the Metropolitan Police and ourselves.
"A 'County Lines' drug supply route between London and Crawley has been completely disrupted and we continue to work with colleagues in London on similar operations involving Sussex."
For further information on work done by Sussex Police to combat drug dealing, and ways in which you can help the police, see the force website.
Police set to launch summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
Police are set to launch a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Surrey and Sussex.
The two-week campaign aims to educate motorists about the dangers of driving under the influence, and to target offenders who pose a risk to themselves and other road users.
While officers routinely respond to reports of drink and drug-driving 365 days a year, patrols will be increased across the counties from 29 June to 13 July.
The campaign also coincides with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s seatbelt operation, aimed to raise awareness of the potentially devastating consequences of not belting up in a vehicle.
You can read more about the seatbelt campaign here http://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/news/buckle-up
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our priority is to keep everyone as safe as possible on our roads, and to deal robustly with anyone who compromises the safety of themselves or anyone else. “Much of this is down to education and enforcement of the ‘fatal four’ offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt. These are the four most common causes of fatal and seriously injury collisions on our roads.
“I’m sure people will have heard me warn them about these dangers before, but the message remains the same as I am committed to saving lives. Drink and drug-driving destroys lives, it’s as simple as that.
“While the vast majority of motorists drive safely and responsibly, there continues to be a small minority who think they are above the law. Whether you “feel fine” or were “just around the corner”, we’ve heard every excuse in the book. But there’s no excuse for ever driving under the influence of drink or drugs.”
Last year in Sussex, a total of 289 crashes involving a drink-driver resulted in one or more persons being injured. Of these, four were fatal.
Chief Insp Hodder said: “These are statistics which are wholly avoidable. By choosing to drink-drive, you are choosing to put your life – and the lives of other innocent road users – at risk.
“We’ll continue to proactively patrol our counties’ roads and respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers when we receive them. We can’t be everywhere, but we could be anywhere.
“Think carefully before you make your next journey. It could be your last.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am always dismayed by the number of people who choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is totally irresponsible and potentially life-threatening behaviour.
“Those who are caught over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions, which could mean, fines, imprisonment, losing their licence and their livelihoods.”
Anyone caught and convicted as part of the summer 2020 crackdown will be identified on the Sussex Police news website and social media pages.
The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
The drink and drug-driving campaign is being run in conjunction with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at email@example.com 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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