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2 September 2020

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West Sussex man charged with explosives and terrorism offences

This Release is issued on behalf of Counter-Terrorist Policing South-East (CTPSE);
A man from Sussex has been charged with explosive and terror offences.
Scott Porter, aged 43, of St Josephs Way, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, was arrested as part of an investigation by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East, assisted by Sussex Police.
The charges come following an arrest carried out on Tuesday (25/8) in Burgess Hill.
Porter has been charged with making or possessing an explosive substance in suspicious circumstances under Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
He has also been charged with three offences of possessing terrorist related material under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 by detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East.
He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in at Westminster Magistrates today (27/8).
Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman of Sussex Police said; "We have worked closely with Counter-Terrorism Policing South East to support their operation and through this effective police action we are confident there is no current risk to the local community."

Appeal to find owner of stolen medal

Police are appealing to locate the owner of a medal that was reported stolen from a property in East Sussex in 2000.
A member of the public who collects and researches military items reported it to Sussex Police on Friday, 14 August after noticing the stolen medal was for sale at an auction in Newcastle.
The medal is described as a Distinguished Flying medal King George IV and was awarded to 529248 Sergeant Arthur Moy, RAF.
Officers are appealing to anyone who knows who the item may belong to to come forwards. 
PC Michelle Holdstock said: "We're enormously grateful to this member of the public for reporting this stolen item to us and we are keen to reunite it with its rightful owner. 
"We do not know where this medal has been over the last 20 years and hope that by releasing these images we may help jog someone's memory.
"If you recognise this medal or have any information that may assist with our enquiries please report online or call 101, quoting 185 of 14/08."

Sussex Police donates £91,000 to help local organisations during Covid-19 crisis

Sussex Police has donated a total of £91,000 to charities and local organisations to help during the Covid-19 crisis. 
The funds went to 134 different organisations across Sussex through the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from the sale of unclaimed lost property and property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.
Examples of ways the money has been used include:

-  Purchasing PPE for staff and volunteers to enable them to carry out their key roles with increased safety measures.
- Obtaining materials to allow organisations to make PPE equipment more available to NHS staff and Key workers for free.
- For food and storage for foodbanks and similar organisations to allow them to help more vulnerable families and households who require it.
Read more here.

Buying or selling vehicle online?

These days – pandemic or no pandemic – the vast majority of second-hand cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles are bought and sold online. It’s fast and convenient, and there’s so much choice at your fingertips.
But online marketplaces are also very popular with fraudsters. Unfortunate buyers get tricked into paying deposits or transportation fees for cars, vans, bikes and other vehicles that simply don’t exist. Or buy a vehicle without checking its history, only to find it’s been written off by a previous owner. Some sellers hand over their keys and documents to a fraudulent buyer on trust, without checking that there are cleared funds in their account. These are just examples of many types of situations you need to be wary of.
How can you tell what ads, vehicles, buyers and sellers are genuine? You can find out from Get Safe Online website here.


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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