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Adur and Worthing Bulletin

Alert message sent 29/09/2020 11:29:00

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Tuesday 29th September 2020

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Drug supply arrests in combined Sussex and Met Police operation
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad and Sussex Police worked together to arrest nine people on Tuesday evening (23 September) for a number of different offences including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (namely cocaine) and being concerned in the acquisition/retention/concealment /disposal of criminal property (namely cash) under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)
The investigation is related to the large scale supply of Class A drugs identified within the Met, Kent and Sussex areas. It is also part of ‘Operation Eternal’ - the Met’s operational name to arrest those believed to be using encrypted devices to commit crimes.
One woman aged 26 and eight men aged between 21 and 47 have been taken into custody suites across London and Sussex. Three of the men were arrested in Sussex.
Searches for evidence are being conducted at addresses across London, Kent and Sussex. So far approximately 10 kilos of Class A drugs and £60,000 has been seized.
A kilo of cocaine and £10,000 cash was seized in Sussex.
Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford of the Surrey and Sussex Serious Organised Crime Unit said; “This is a great example of how forces can work together to disrupt crime groups. This operation will have an immediate impact on the availability of Class A drugs in the Brighton and Shoreham area and we will continue to work hard to ensure that the disruption of this supply network is long term. “
Detective Inspector Gail Lilley, from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “Today’s arrests are a continued and concerted effort by law enforcement to stop and arrest those involved in the supply of Class A drugs who often have, or show, very little sympathy for the chaos or violence that comes with it.
“Organised Criminal Networks (OCNs) that think they can use encrypted devices, such as EncroChat, to smuggle drugs or weapons into and around the country are now looking over their shoulders as they know that police forces throughout the UK are working together to arrest and prosecute them for their crimes. Today’s action is a prime example of officers from different police forces coming together to dismantle OCNs and seize their ill-gotten gains.”
Warrants were executed at:
- Abbey Drive, Dartford
- A commercial property in Belvedere, DA17
- Dowells Street, SE10
- St Mary’s Road, Wrotham
- Cold Blow Crescent, Bexley
- Sheppey Close, Erith
- First Avenue, Bexleyheath
- Wichling Close, Orpington
- Greenways Crescent, Shoreham
- Foredown Drive, Portslade
- Glenfalls Avenue, Brighton
- May Road, Brighton
Worthing Police conduct proactive days of action to combat anti-social behaviour

Worthing Police are continuing their proactive policing to tackle anti-social behaviour and disorder. 
Officers and staff conducted four days of action around the town centre designed to address anti-social, disruptive and criminal behaviour in the area. 
Over the four days officers conducted high visibility patrols, engaged with members of the public, seized alcohol from those in breach of the public space protection order and issued three section 35 dispersal orders. 
Adur and Worthing Chief Inspector Sarah Leabeatter added: “Our officers and staff have been patrolling the town centre to address any issues of ASB or disorder.
“We are aware a small minority of people who are causing concern within the communities and this is simply unacceptable. 
“I am pleased to say that, on the whole, the public are acting in a respectable manner and the fact that no arrests were made on our four-days of action shows this.
“We will continue to engage and work with partner agencies to ensure the relevant action is taken against those who are being disruptive. Just last week we issued two community protection notices to individuals who have persistently been causing ASB. 
“We would continue to ask members of the public to report ASB and disorder within the town to us either online or by calling 101.”

Police hand over historic artefact to Shoreham Fort
Sussex Police was delighted to present the Friends of Shoreham Fort (FoSF) with a historic Remington First World War bayonet, dated 1917 from storage.
Gary Baines, FoSF chairman said: "I was really pleased Sussex Police were able to pass this on to us, it has such historical significance. It would be a great loss if this item was destroyed, as history would be lost forever."
PCSO Daryl Holter, volunteer Heritage Crime Officer said: "I echo Gary’s words as unfortunately our history is too easily lost. Artefacts like this can link us to our shared heritage. I’m glad that this is now with the Friends of Shoreham Fort where it will be preserved and kept safe."
PC Vicky Aldridge said: "It was a surprise and very interesting to find the 1917 Remington Bayonet in our storage. I’m immensely pleased to have had some involvement and to know that it will be conserved at Shoreham Fort for the future generations to see and learn about."

Teenagers assisting police in connection with Worthing park incident
Four teenagers have been identified in relation to an incident at a Worthing park.
A 13-year-old local boy sustained life-changing injuries after falling from a swing at the park known as ‘Kitty’s Field’, off Dominion Road, on 8 September. He currently remains in hospital.
Four teenagers voluntarily attended police interview in response to a police appeal for information, and are fully assisting officers with their enquiries. No other persons are being sought.
We would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we investigate this incident, and we would we urge people not to speculate as we seek to establish the full circumstances.

Woman injured in collision with cyclist in Lancing

Police want to speak to anyone who saw a collision in Lancing in which a woman was seriously injured.
Between 11.15am and 11.45am on Friday 11 September the 65-year-old pedestrian was in collision with a 30-year-old man riding a pedal cycle, outside the Mayfair Hair salon in Crabtree Lane, Lancing. She sustained serious leg injuries and was taken to Worthing Hospital for treatment.
The cyclist was unhurt.
PC Rob Elshof of the Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Unit said; "If you saw what happened please contact us, either online or by emailing, quoting serial 490 of 11/09."

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

Reference: 0204 26/09/2020
Location: Palantine Road, Worthing
Date and time: On the 23rd October between 1pm and 5:30pm
Details: Access was gained to a property through an insecure door. A laptop was stolen.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0724 25/09/2020
Location: Greenacres, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 23rd and 24th September
Details: A garage was broken into. Nothing was stolen.

Reference: 1566 25/09/2020
Location: Chantry Road, Worthing
Date and time: On 20th September
Details: A bicycle was stolen from a garage.



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