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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 02/09/2020 10:16:00
Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
News and appeals
Man found with facial injuries in Worthing town centre
Police are appealing for information after a man was found injured in Worthing town centre.
At 4.13am on Sunday 16 August, officers were called to Chapel Road by South East Coast Ambulance Service after a man had been found alone outside Barclays bank with facial injuries.
The man, in his 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.
Enquiries have led police to think the victim was assaulted around 4am, shortly after making a purchase in the Subway store in Chapel Road.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw what happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 317 of 16/08.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/man-found-with-facial-injuries-in-worthing-town-centre/
Dealer who wrapped his drugs in lottery tickets sentenced
A drug dealer who wrapped his drugs in lottery tickets has been sentenced.
Domeniko Dedaj, 27, of Kingsland Road, Broadwater, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 14 August for sentencing following an earlier guilty plea.
On 11 June, officers were conducting a search in the area of Kingsland Road, Worthing, to locate stolen sports equipment. During this search, officers knocked on Dedja’s door and he allowed them entry to the property.
It was then that officers located a large bag of money in the bedside drawer, under the bed and further cash was found in the wardrobe; totalling to nearly £27,000.
Also inside the wardrobe, officer seized approximately 1.2kg of cocaine, some of which had been which had been portioned out and individually wrapped in lottery tickets.
Dedaj was arrested and later charged with money laundering and possession with intent to supply cocaine. He was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Katie Clack said: “We welcome the sentence Dedaj has been handed by the courts. Drugs can cause a huge amount of disruption to the community and we are committed to tackling this behaviour.
“We would urge everyone to report drug matters to us. Let’s work together and deter this behaviour from continuing.” https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/dealer-who-wrapped-his-drugs-in-lottery-tickets-sentenced/
Prolific Worthing shoplifter jailed
A prolific Worthing shoplifter who stole nearly £500 of hair products has been handed a prison sentence.
Arron Jones, 27, of The Steyne, Worthing, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 12, August, following an earlier guilty plea to all charges to offences between January and July.
Jones was charged with 11 counts of theft from a shop, which included the theft of nearly £500 worth of hair products from Boots in Worthing and £200 worth of items from the Co-operative in Lancing, and one count of attempted theft.
Unemployed Jones was also convicted of eight breaches of a Community Protection Notice and common assault which occurred on 19 July.
Jones was handed a prison sentence of 42 weeks in total and a number of suspended sentences were imposed to run concurrently. A £50 victim compensation was also ordered.
Adur and Worthing Prevention Sergeant Craig Burgess said: “Jones has committed a number of thefts from a variety of shops in the Adur and Worthing area during the lockdown period when businesses were staying open to provide a much needed service to the community.
“Such prolific offenders will always be targeted by the police and we welcome the sentence from the courts.” https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/prolific-worthing-shoplifter-jailed/
Group of Adur and Worthing teenagers convicted of 32 offences
A group of Adur and Worthing teenagers involved in violence have been convicted of 32 offences following an extensive court process.
Over the previous 14 months, seven teenagers, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, have appeared at Worthing Youth Court to face charges which include causing actual bodily harm and assault by beating.
In total the group were:
Convicted of 32 offences
Two of the group were issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order. One of the orders includes a complete ban on social media.
Issued with 23 restraining orders
Handed 50.5 months in referral orders
Given 10 months in supervision orders
Given a 24 month intensive supervision and surveillance order
Issued with a 6 month tagged curfew
Ordered to pay £1,390 in compensation
Ordered to pay £60 victim surcharge
Ordered to pay £155 in costs
And 22 months of parental orders were also issued
The group consisted of a two 13-year-old boys from Goring, two 13-year-old boys from Worthing, a 13-year-old boy from Lancing and a 13 and 14-year-old boy from Durrington.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter District Commander for Adur and Worthing said: “The behaviour from this group has caused distress and upset in the community, which is simply unacceptable.
“They would target individuals, including their peers, and use fear, intimidation and violence towards their victims. The group would often show little regard to the distress they were causing to not only the victims, but the victims’ families and wider community.
“I would like to personally thank the victims in each of the cases. They have shown incredible strength and bravery throughout this investigation especially when having to relive the traumatic events, in order for us to bring the offenders to justice.
“Although the victims in this case have physically recovered from their injuries, for some the psychological injuries remain, but I hope the conclusion of this criminal investigation goes some way to start that healing process.
“Tackling serious youth related violence across our district continues to remain my priority and we remain engaged with our communities in order to address local concerns and build on community intelligence.
“The final court case which occurred on Thursday (20 August) marks the final court case for the individuals involved and I would like to praise our partners for the multi-agency working we have all been undertaking to ensure this behaviour is being addressed.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all my officers who have worked tirelessly over the last 10 months to gather all of the relevant information for each of the individual cases. Many of our officers live and work in these communities and they too felt the distress this group was causing.
“We continue to need the support of our local community and there are many ways you can report matters of concern. Through contacting us either online or by calling 101, the independent charity Crimestoppers or Fearless. If you or you see someone in danger please dial 999.” https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/group-of-adur-and-worthing-teenagers-convicted-of-32-offences/
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Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0633 27/08/2020
Location: Gordon Road Shoreham
Date and time: On 26th August
Details: An attempt was made to break into a shed. No access was gained.
Reference: 0577 29/08/2020
Location: Church Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1am and 7am on 28th August
Details: A garage and shed were broken into. Fishing equipment, pedal cycle and an off road bike were stolen.
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