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Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin
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Tuesday 8th September 2020
News and appeals Blue lights leaders condemn assaults on staff
The leaders of police, fire and ambulance services across Sussex have come together to condemn a steep rise in assaults against emergency workers.
Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner described the trend as ‘completely unacceptable’.
It comes as a national report is published with a wide-ranging set of recommendations around police officer and staff safety.
Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "Police officers have experienced a rise in assaults over the last few months, but I was shocked to hear from colleagues in the ambulance service of more than a dozen incidents of serious assaults on paramedics over the summer - and that was just in Brighton. This is completely unacceptable.
"It can't be right that the very people dedicating their lives to saving others are increasingly coming under attack or when people think sharing videos of this is the right course of action. For communities to be protected, we must stand together to protect our frontline. Assaults on police, fire and ambulance workers, and indeed other public sector workers doing their job, will simply not be tolerated."
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Police are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls after seeing a rise in reports of courier fraud across Sussex.
Courier fraud is where fraudsters call victims pretending to be from police, a bank, or another trusted organisation and request money or information. Typically, the caller persuades the victim to withdraw a sum of money or disclose personal details such as a PIN number. A courier is then sent to collect it.
In July and August Sussex Police received 91 reports of courier fraud relating to vulnerable victims. There were 25 cases where losses were recorded, totalling £243.035. Fortunately the majority of victims reported the fraud to police after realising they were being scammed or Banking Protocol was instigated to protect the victim from losing money.
You can do your bit to prevent courier fraud by checking on elderly friends, relatives and neighbours, and making sure they know what to look out for.
Please remember: The police and your bank will never
Phone and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password
Ask you to transfer money out of your account
For more information about Operation Signature, the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud see the website here.
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Driver who smashed into parked cars was over the limit for drink and drugs
A dangerous driver who crashed into a number of parked cars while high on drink and drugs has been jailed.
Tyler Mighall was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment following the incident in Brighton Road, Lancing, on 23 February.
About 1.25am that morning, officers on patrol noticed an Audi S5 travelling at speed and on the wrong side of the road. They pursued the vehicle and the driver turned off its headlights in an attempt to evade police.
It then collided with a traffic island and bollard, before crashing into three parked vehicles, causing extensive damage.
The driver ran from the scene but was swiftly detained by police and identified as Mighall, 21, unemployed, of Little High Street, Shoreham. He repeatedly refused to cooperate with a roadside test for drink and drugs.
He was transported to custody, where he provided a blood sample for drink and drugs, and was over the limit for both – he had 150mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood and 7mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system. The legal limits are 80mg of alcohol and 2mcg of cannabis respectively.
Mighall was subsequently charged with drink-driving, drug-driving, dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop after a road traffic collision, driving with no insurance, and possession of cannabis.
Adur and Worthing Police have taken proactive action to deter bike thefts.
The local Prevention teams conducted a day of action in the Worthing area on Thursday (3 September) in a bid to tackle the theft of pedal cycles.
During the day, which included an increase in high visibility patrols and monitoring CCTV in the town, officers spotted a man acting suspiciously in Chapel Road. He was pursued by officers to Rowlands Road and arrested.
Alexander Nash, 27, of no fixed address was later charged with the theft of a pedal cycle and will appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 1 December.
PC Chris Corker of the Op Override team said: “The day of action from the team is part of ongoing work aimed at tackling bike thefts across the Worthing area.
“We are utilising a number of overt and covert tactics to deter this behaviour from continuing in our communities.
“Anyone with any information regarding bike thefts is encouraged to contact police on 101, online or via Crimestoppers.”
Reference: 1026 5th September
Location: Pevensey Road, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 1220hrs and 1550hrs 5th September
Details: French doors at the location were damaged. No entry gained and nothing stolen.
Reference: 1709 5th September
Location: Rose Walk, Goring by Sea
Date and time: Between 1100hrs and 1700hrs 5th September
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property. Damage caused to window blinds. No entry gained and nothing stolen.
Reference: 0978 5th September
Location: West Parade, West Worthing
Date and time: Around 1515hrs 5th September
Details: An item left in the garden was used to break a window, damage caused by no entry gained and nothing stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0227 3rd September
Location: Park Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1am and 7am on 3rd September
Details: Access was gained to a shed. A pedal bike and an electric bike were stolen.
Reference: 0207 1st September
Location: West Parade, Worthing
Date and time: Between 27th August and 1st September
Details: Garden equipment was stolen from a shed.
Reference: 0678 7th September
Location: Ham Road, East Worthing
Date and time: Between 1700hrs 5th September and 1300hrs 7th September
Details: Items were stolen from an insecure outside toilet. Help us keep Sussex safe
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