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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 14/07/2020 13:42:00
Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police
Tuesday 14th July
News and appeals
Police warn residents about bogus HMRC callers
Elderly and vulnerable people across Sussex are again being warned to be wary of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC).
The bogus callers claim the targeted person is wanted for tax evasion and is arrestable on warrant unless they pay a cash sum - sometimes up to £4,000 - to clear their 'debt'.
Some even address victims by name, or use a number that is often displayed as the official number of the agency they claim to represent, to add credibility to their call.Police received reports of 18 such calls in Sussex during June, although thankfully only two succeeded in getting any money - a total of £4300.
And at the beginning of July three calls were received in the Bognor area, one of them on 2 July netting £900 by phone-arranged bank transfer. The other two were unsuccessful.
Of the 18 people who reported calls in June, 10 live alone and seven are aged over 75. Calls were received across East and West Sussex as well as Brighton & Hove
Genuine authorities stress that people will never be texted or telephoned by them out of the blue with requests to make payments, to log in to an online account or to disclose personal information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or bank details.
Anyone receiving such contact is advised to hang up and report the call - preferably using a separate mobile phone or landline in case the criminals have kept the line open - to police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, the force's Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; "This underlines the importance of never giving out private information and reporting any suspicious activity without delay.
"We'd also ask friends or relatives of potentially vulnerable people to ensure they are fully aware and alert to the risks."
For further advice, please visit the Sussex Police website. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-warn-residents-about-bogus-hmrc-callers/
West Sussex Superintendent addresses the disorder in Shoreham
West Sussex Superintendent is committed to taking police action to address groups of young people causing anti-social behaviour and disorder.
It follows the assault on two officers in Shoreham on Saturday evening by a group of young people. Officers were responding to reports of a young man causing criminal damage to vehicles in the area. When they attempted to arrest the suspect, they were pushed to the floor and assaulted by a large group of youths – with one officer punched in the head.
Superintendent Miles Ockwell said: “The behaviour of a minority of young people over the weekend was simply unacceptable. Our officers should be able to carry out their lawful duty without being intimidated or assaulted.
“A total of 16 arrests were made and those who are identified as being involved will have to face the consequences of their actions.
“We appreciate the concern this behaviour from a minority of group of people is causing within the community and additional resources will be deployed to areas where groups are known to gather to deter such behaviour in the future.
“We have a strong working relationship with local authorities and as of a result of this, two boys from the local area have recently been issued a Community Behaviour Order by the courts.
“Together as partner agencies we can, and we will, use a wide variety of powers, including criminalisation whereby other options are inappropriate, to tackle those who persistently cause ant-social behaviour and disorder.
“We want people to go out and enjoy themselves in a way that is safe and doesn’t impact others and I would like to commend the young people who have, and continue to, behave themselves during the Covid-19 lockdown.
“Parents and guardians also have the responsibility to ensure their children are not causing disruptive behaviour, which we will take action against.
“My message to those involved is simple. If you behave in an anti-social manner, you will be held to account. Your choice to engage in poor behaviour could have a lasting effect on your future and this is not something we would like to see.”
All 16 young people arrested have been released on police bail with strict conditions.
Man arrested after assault and robbery in Worthing
A man has been arrested after two people reported being assaulted and robbed at gunpoint in Worthing.
Officers were called to Montague Street around 00:40am on Monday (July 13) by two men who said they had been approached and threatened by a man holding what appeared to be a gun.
The man then used the object to assault the two men, causing facial injuries that required hospital treatment.
The man was described as black, in his late 30s, with a short beard and short black hair, wearing black jogging bottoms gathered at the bottom, a grey hooded jumper and trainers. He was riding a blue mountain bike.
He was in the company of a second man, described as white, approximately 40 years old, unshaven and wearing a grey hooded jumper and jogging bottoms gathered at the bottom. He was riding a purple bicycle.
Officers also received third-party reports of a third man being assaulted and robbed by the same suspect, but have so far been unable to make contact with the victim.
A search was carried out and a suspect was arrested with the use of taser on Brighton Road in Worthing. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody at this time.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw men matching either description in the area at the time. They are also keen to hear from any other victims.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Duffield.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A drug dealer has been given a six and a half-year sentence for his activities in Worthing following an investigation by West Sussex detectives.
Ian Edwards, 36, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 6 July having pleaded guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine.
Edwards was also on prison licence at the time of his arrest in December 2019, having been released part way through a 13 year sentence he had been given in 2013 for conspiracy to supply drugs, and has also been recalled to prison to serve the remaining part of that sentence.
His new six and a half year sentence is to be served consecutively to the remainder of the 13-year sentence.
Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow of the West Sussex Community Investigation Team said; "Edwards' latest arrest was part of a long term operation in the Worthing area and involved collaborative working with colleagues from Brighton Prevention Enforcement Team.
"He was actively involved in supplying heroin and crack to some users in the town centre but our operation completely disrupted his activities. We are continuing our relentless work to disrupt criminals like Edwards who bring degradation and misery to vulnerable people."
For information on how you can help the fight against drug dealing in communities see the Sussex Police website. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/worthing-drug-dealer-given-prison-sentence/
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1145 09/07/2020
Location: Longshore Drive, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 2nd and 9th July
Details: Pedal cycle stolen from a bike shed.
Reference: 1286 09/07/2020
Location: Church Walk, Worthing
Date and time: On 6th July between 6:30 and 7:30am
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from an insecure garage.
Here is the fraud newsletter for July. The newsletter is published monthly to give you a short summary of the type of fraud that is being reported to us, the methods fraudsters use so you can be alert to them, and advice on how you can protect yourself and your friends and family.
This month we’re raising awareness of the different types of telephone fraud and are also warning about social media messaging scams.
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
Links and attachments: Sussex Police will only ever link you to secure Websites we trust. We will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.
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Lindsey Wine (Police, Prevention Support & Engagement Officer, Sussex)