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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

Alert message sent 11/08/2020 11:36:00

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Tuesday 11th August 2020

Crime summary
Burglary –there have been no burglary dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling

Reference:  1601 7th August
Location:   Rowhood Road, Rowhood
Date and time: Between 1115hrs 6th August and 1000hrs 7th August   
Details:  The lock was broken off a shed and a strimmer was stolen.

Reference: 0880 8th August
Location: Wakehurst Mews, Horsham
Date and time: over a period of 3 days,
Details: The lock was broken off a garage door and 3 pedal cycles were stolen

News and appeals
Appeal after series of tool thefts across Sussex

Police are appealing for information after a series of thefts across Sussex.
Between July 17 and July 22, a number of reports were received of plant equipment and tools being stolen from vans and sites in Shoreham, Brighton, Polegate, Arundel and Crawley.
In each case, a white Ford Transit Custom van has been seen in the area. The van has two aerials on the roof near to the windscreen but one is missing.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about the van or the thefts, which have mostly taken place during daylight hours.
In particular, police would like to speak to the two men pictured as they believe the pair may have information that could help their enquiries.

One man is described as white, of medium build, with short brown hair. He also appears to have a tattoo on his upper right arm. He was seen wearing a white polo shirt, dark trousers and a reflective jacket.

The second man is also white, of medium build and with short brown hair. He was seen wearing a white face mask and dark clothing.

Anyone who recognises them or who has any other information is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1174 of 22/07. 

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sussex Police launches latest recruitment drive for police officers

Following the Home Office announcement that Sussex Police is on track to achieve its first year Government funded uplift targets, the force launches its latest recruitment drive for those who wish to become police officers through the police constable degree apprenticeship entry route.

Seeking those who have got what it takes to protect communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the public; the officers recruited through this campaign will join training cohorts in 2021 and will commence a three-year programme where they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training.

Continuing to strengthen local policing numbers, these officers will make a real difference to communities across the county by giving Sussex residents what they want – a visible and proactive force which is tough on crime.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "We’re continuously looking to employ the right mix of police officers and police staff to deliver an effective, efficient and high quality policing service to the people of Sussex”.
"This recruitment drive will continue to add numbers to our frontline and make a positive difference to the public and communities which we serve. Covid-19 has not stopped recruitment however we’ve had to adopt new recruitment approaches and intensive training programmes to ensure we could continue to get highly skilled officers onto the streets of Sussex”.

Welcoming the recruitment news, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "The opening of the police officer recruitment campaign is great news for Sussex residents and for Sussex Police as an organisation. It also provides a fantastic opportunity for anybody wanting a fulfilling and varied career”.
"Local communities will be delighted at the prospect of even more officers joining the 126 that have already been recruited since January”. 
"I have applauded senior officers for continuing recruitment during the pandemic and putting extra boots on the ground when they’re most needed”.
"If you want to make a real positive difference to your local community then apply today."
If you have the judgment to make quick decisions, are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need and the resilience to serve the community every single day; then being a police officer could be the career you've always dreamed of.

Recruitment will close on Wednesday 19 August and it is expected there will be a high volume of applications. Therefore apply now and help make a real difference to your community
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.

Police warn of fraudsters calling about computer security

Sussex Police is urging people to be wary of software scams after the Force has received 77 reports from vulnerable victims so far this year with losses totalling £154,454. The average loss has been around £2,000. 

The scam typically involves the victim being told they have been hacked or their computer has a virus. They're advised they need to install software, pay money or hand over details to protect their device from further damage. 

A 60-year-old woman in Brighton was contacted by a man purporting to be a security technician from Amazon and said her online security was at risk. She was told had been hacked by someone in California and her IP address was not secure. The victim was advised to download an app which then gave scammers access to her computer. They took her financial and personal details and transferred £7,900 from her accounts. The victim realised and contacted police. 

Similarly, an 80-year-old man in Rye received a call saying his computer had viruses and security issues. The victim thought this was odd as he had paid around £600 a few months ago to McAfee for anti-virus and computer protection, which was a three year subscription. The fraudster persuaded the victim to give remote access to the computer and asked him to transfer £900 via Moneygram to sort out the problem. The victim returned to his computer to find that he could not enter is password and had been locked out of it.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Safeguarding Abuse Officer at Sussex and Surrey Police said: "Please be wary if you receive an unsolicited call about the security of your computer. There are fraudsters out there who will try to capitalise on your concern to financially profit. 

"We're urging people to be careful make sure you know who you're talking to. Remember - Computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer. Fraudsters make these phone calls to try to steal from you and damage your computer with malware. Treat all unsolicited phone calls with scepticism and don’t give out any personal information. If you feel pressured, hang up and talk it through with a friend or family member”.

To see the full story and how to deal with unsolicited calls please click on the link or go to our website.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at


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