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Tuesday 11th August 2020

Worthing man sentenced over further child sex offences

A retired Worthing organist and teacher is starting a further prison sentence for non-recent sexual offences against young boys whose care was entrusted to him.

Neil Turner, 67, of Pevensey Gardens, West Worthing, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Wednesday (5 August), having admitted at a previous hearing before Worthing magistrates, ten counts of indecent assault in Worthing on seven boys aged between eight and 17, between 1984 and 2015. He was sentenced to 28 months' imprisonment.

The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, followed an investigation by public protection officers from Sussex Police.

Turner's latest victims came forward following publicity for his sentencing  in June 2017 to 30 months' imprisonment for sexual assaults on three other young boys during the 1980s and 1990s.

In this new case, six of the seven victims were members of a church choir in Worthing, at which Turner was the organist and choirmaster. It was this ‘position of trust’ that allowed him unfettered access to the boys. The boys were left under his charge by the unsuspecting parents. Some boys were lured by the offer of free sweets, chocolate, pop, and the use of computer games. Two of the boys were lured by the offer of payment for cleaning his flat as well as the previously mentioned incentives. 

The seventh boy met Turner when he was pupil at Shoreham College when Turner was a teacher there, but the offences took place at Turner's flat.

Six of the boys were assaulted at Turner's address (though one of them was also assaulted at his own home) and the other boy was twice assaulted at the church.  

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cullimore said: "This case is an example of the way in which we will always take such reports seriously, no matter how long ago the events took place, and will seek to investigate and wherever possible to achieve justice and some closure for victims."

Anyone who wishes to report such offences can contact the police online at any time or by calling 101 and arranging to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.

Police emphasise that the offending took place between five and 35 years ago and that there are no current safeguarding issues for the church or the school in relation to this case.

Witness appeal after woman threatened in Worthing
Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident outside a supermarket in Worthing. 

Officers received report of a woman being threatened with a knife by another woman outside Tesco in Chapel Road at 2pm on Saturday (1 August).

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault by beating and making threats with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence and bailed while enquiries are ongoing. 

It is understood that the suspect and victim are known to each other. 

Constable Sean Trebble said: "We are investigating this matter as threats are alleged to have been made to the victim who has been left shaken. 

"If you witnessed what happened or have any information please report online or call 101 quoting reference 1066 of 01/08."

Identity sought after bike theft in Worthing

Sussex Police are seeking the identity of a man in connection to the theft of a bike.
Officers received a report of a locked bike being stolen from Brighton Road, Worthing, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday (1 July).
Police would like to speak to this man who was captured on the CCTV footage walking along this road with a bike.
If you recognise this man or have information to assist the police investigation please report it to us either online or call 101 quoting reference 1139 of 01/07.

Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.


Burglary Other than Dwelling

Reference: 0100 07/08/2020
Location: Poulters Lane, West Tarring
Date and time: Between 1200hrs and 1500hrs 6th August
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from an insecure garage.

Reference: 0178 05/08/2020
Location: The Crescent, Southwick.
Date and time: Between 3rd and 4th August.
Details: A garden shed was broken into. Two pedal cycles and a tent were stolen.

Reference: 0302 11/08/2020
Location: Butts Road, Southwick
Date and time: Between 10th August and 11th August  
Details: A lock was forced on a garage door. Nothing was stolen


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