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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 28/07/2020 13:21:00
Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police
Tuesday 28th July 2020
News and appeals
Two men arrested following short pursuit in Worthing
Two men have been arrested following a short police pursuit in Worthing.
Officers on patrol in The Boulevard became aware of a vehicle of interest, which failed to stop, about 5pm on Saturday 25 July.
A pursuit ensued, during which the grey BMW collided with a number of other vehicles, resulting in minor injuries to three members of the public.
It then crashed in Palatine Road, where the sole passenger, a 30-year-old man from Worthing, was detained and arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking. He remains in custody.
The driver, identified as a 37-year-old man from Hove, decamped and made off from the scene, but was located in Frobisher Close a short time later. A Taser was deployed to safely detain and arrest him, and he has been taken to hospital as a precaution, under police supervision.
A police officer on foot was struck by a van as he searched for the suspect, and sustained minor injuries. He has also been taken to hospital as a precaution.
A section of Palatine Road has been temporarily closed as enquiries continue.
We’d like to thank the public for their patience and understanding at this time. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/two-men-arrested-following-short-pursuit-in-worthing/
Sussex Police leading the way on Stalking Protection Orders
Police in Sussex have been leading the way in enforcing a new law aimed at helping victims of stalking.
Stalking Protection Orders (SPO’s) came into effect on 20 January and Sussex, which was the first force the country to obtain an order that day, has now secured 23 in the first six months, as an additional tool in responding to reports of stalking.
The response from victims has been positive. One has told the police;
"Getting an SPO has help me hugely to make sense of what is going on for me and has given me hope that the system will work, thank you to all those supporting me, a burden shared has certainly being a burden halved. it is really reassuring that something is in place that protects me and my family."
Another has said; "I have tried many times to end this relationship but did not think it was possible or that I was worth any better. This time the police really believed me and helped me to stay strong and safe, The SPO has given me a much-needed respite and finally the attention is on him. "
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Richards of the force's Public Protection Command, said; "These new Orders, which we seek from Magistrates, are an important development in helping us to better protect victims or anyone connected with them, in stalking cases.
"For example, subjects will be prohibited from contacting, by any means, directly or indirectly, the named person on the Order. This includes but is not limited to contact in person, calls, letters, emails, messages and social media.
"They can also be prohibited from publishing any material, or making reference to any material already published, which references, refers or relates to the victim either directly or indirectly.
They can also be prohibited from entering into an agreed exclusion zone, be that an area within the town or county. This would include where the victim works, usual routes taken for example, walking children to school.
Some of the positive requirements include allowing officers access to the home address for the purposes of conducting risk assessments, having to re-register their home address every year, or if of no fixed address, having to attend a police station every week.
There are further conditions that can be considered depending on the nature of the stalking behaviour.
However an Order is not an alternative to prosecution for stalking offences under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, and it can be used to strengthen prosecutions as well as safeguarding victims.
Any breach of an Order is itself a criminal offence punishable by Magistrates by up to 12 months or a fine or both, or at Crown Court with imprisonment for up to five years or a fine or both.
Mick Richards adds: "This new resource really helps us to protect victims. In Sussex we are already recording the second highest number of stalking reports anywhere in the UK outside London, and are now advising and supporting more victims than ever.
"With better awareness and enhanced training our approach is more robust in keeping people safe and feeling safe. We encourage victims to come forward with the knowledge that our officers and staff are better trained and that they take all reports seriously.
"We are absolutely aware of the consequences if our response is not the correct one, so we want to ensure that victims have confidence in how both police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will support them.
"There is clearly an increased awareness and identification in society generally of stalking behaviour and that too helps us to provide early intervention and provide safeguarding to those in need.
"The force has independent advice on our response to stalking and harassment, from partners such as Veritas Justice, and this has improved our understanding of stalking as well as its impact on victims. We regularly review our response to ensure we have taken the right action and to identify learning for our staff."
Officers and staff complete online mandatory stalking and harassment training so they can provide the right response and keep people safe and further specialised training is being delivered.
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said; "Stalking is an insidious crime that gradually takes over and ruins lives, and perpetrators must be reprimanded.
“The SPOs have allowed officers to take swift and decisive action, putting restrictions in place and enforcing breaches, treating them as criminal offences.
"Sussex Police has been the leading light in putting this new piece of legislation into practice incredibly quickly and have safeguarded many victims already.
“Officer’s readiness to take action in this way is having a hugely positive effect on the confidence people have in coming forward, knowing that in Sussex we take stalking incredibly seriously.”
If you are being stalked or harassed it is important that you report it. Stalkers are fixated and obsessive offenders who will not stop.
You can report stalking or harassment online or by calling 101 or in person at your local police station.
But always call 999 if you are in danger. Officers and staff will undertake a risk assessment and focus on keeping you safe.
If you would like further information about stalking or harassment, there are several organisations that specialise in providing advice and support to victims.
Veritas Justice is a local Sussex organisation which provides advocacy and support for victims of stalking.
The National Stalking Helpline provides advice and guidance to current or previous victims of stalking or harassment. The helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 0300.
Further information and advice is also available on the Sussex Police website. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/sussex-police-leading-the-way-on-stalking-protection-orders/
New scheme gives further help to domestic abuse victims in Sussex
Police tackling domestic abuse across Sussex can now give further help to victims by also enabling them to quickly access a locally-based charity.
The Daisy Chain Project (TDCP) specialises in advice and assistance in seeking civil court Protective Injunctions against domestic abuse perpetrators, including Non-Molestation Orders. It has its own legal team consisting of experienced, qualified, and fully regulated barristers and solicitors who offer free legal support to men and women experiencing, or fleeing, domestic abuse. They are regulated by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority respectively.
This new service has been made possible by additional funding for the Daisy Chain Project provided by Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.
From July 2020 officers dealing with incidents involving domestic abuse are telling victims about this service and can refer them via the Daisy Chain Project app which is available on mobile police devices to download on the spot. More than 140 victims have already used the facility.
It has replaced two similar national support schemes which have been providing this type of service in Sussex, but which don't enable access to such legal advice at the local level which is what so many victims need.
Officers emphasise that this new local service is in addition to police investigations. Detective Superintendent Vanessa Britton of the force's Public Protection Command said; "It is important to be clear that our support for victims continues, from immediate response to urgent reports, and to criminal investigation, with forensic support where necessary and to prosecution wherever possible.
"We can also still give victims access to a range of other support and counselling services. But this new scheme works alongside us, giving that immediate and local approach to getting court orders where needed, to help further protect them while we investigate."
Jade-Shannon Patrick and Hayley Stoner from TDCP said: "We are really excited to have developed this app and get it on to officers' handsets, and we are enjoying being able to keep people safer, quicker."
Katy Bourne said; "I was pleased to recently provide an extra £23,000 to The Daisy Chain Project from my emergency Covid funding pot allocated by the Government.
“With this money they can continue to help victims access pro bono legal support to put in place robust safeguarding orders.
“The app they have developed is another innovative way that they are enabling their service to reach those in need quickly.
“It is also a great asset for Sussex Police officers who are coming in contact with vulnerable people every day who need access to practical legal advice.”
For more information on dealing with domestic abuse and how to report it see the force website https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/new-scheme-gives-further-help-to-domestic-abuse-victims-in-sussex/
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1044 23/07/2020
Location: Little High Street, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 21st July and 23rd July
Details: Pedal cycle stolen from an underground garage.
Reference: 0098 27/05/2020
Location: Poulters Lane, Worthing
Date and time: Between 2am and 8am on 26th July
Details: It is unknown how access was gained to a garage. A pedal cycle was stolen.
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