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Tuesday 29th September 2020

Crime summary 

Reference:  0629 24th September
Location:  Forestfield, Horsham
Date and time: Between 0915hrs and 1250hrs 24th September
Details:  A rear patio door was broken and a few items stolen from inside the property.

Reference: 0299 29th September
Location: Stane Street, Billingshurst
Date and time: unknown
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property, the attempt failed and nothing was stolen. Damage caused.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0043 27th September
Location: Sedgwick Lane, Horsham
Date and time: Between midnight and 0030hrs 27th September
Details: A padlock was removed from an outbuilding, nothing stolen

News and appeals 
Police keep up pressure on drug dealing in Sussex

Police across Sussex are keeping up the pressure on 'County Lines' and other drug dealers.
During just one week from 14 to 19 September, as part of the latest phase of coordinated law enforcement activity across the UK, officers in Sussex made 29 arrests, and seized more than £15,000 worth of drugs, 47 mobile phones, and 13 weapons, mainly knives.
In the same week, local officers visited 68 addresses where people were at risk of being 'cuckooed' to check on their safety. They also identified and took safeguarding action for five particularly vulnerable people who needed extra help and support from the police and local services.

These are just some examples of police action during the week;

In Horsham, on Friday 18 September local Prevention officers executed a warrant at an address in the town
There is a video on our website showing the moment (also in our featured photo) that police entered to ensure any evidence could be quickly seized. Three arrests were made for drugs possession, and drugs and £500 cash were seized.

During the operation at Brighton railway station, officers saw a 16-year-old girl from Buckinghamshire, who was particularly vulnerable to exploitation and safeguarding action was taken to help protect her.

On Thursday 17 September, officers executed a search warrant at an address in Church Road Hove, where they arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of possession of cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply. Drugs with an estimated street value of £10,000 were seized.
See this photo of the seizures.

On the same day, Crawley officers arrested a man in the town centre for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and for assaulting a police officer.

Stuart Hale adds; "Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via county lines and by working together with partners to shed a light on this often hidden crime. We are sending a clear message to drug dealers that they cannot expect to go undetected in Sussex."

'County Lines' is a term used by Police and partner agencies to refer to drug networks, both gangs and organised crime groups, from large urban areas such as London, who use children and young people and vulnerable adults to carry out illegal activity on their behalf. Gangs dealing drugs is not a new issue but the extent to which criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, as well as the increasing use of violence, has become an inherent part of it through 'County Lines' makes it especially damaging.

"Police continue to see children being exploited by criminal gangs to supply drugs in Sussex. We have experienced children travelling from London to Sussex to deal drugs on behalf of county line gangs as well Sussex children being exploited and targeted by London gangs to deal drugs locally. Our priority is to identify those children at risk of criminal exploitation and once identified work with partner agencies to put the appropriate safeguarding measures in place."

"We also work closely with other agencies to support those vulnerable adults and children who are exploited by county line gangs. This includes regular visits to those adults at risk of cuckooing and raising awareness with those agencies engaged with children to ensure that information is shared effectively to prevent young people being drawn in to this criminality."

Members of the public can also help, the best advice is to trust your instincts – if somebody shows signs of mistreatment, or a child seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with a locality, you can report suspicions to local police on 101 or via our website  - or to British Transport Police if you see something on the railway network.
As part of the Intensification Week, The Children’s Society has rolled out its #LookCloser awareness campaign across all force areas in partnership with the police. The campaign encourages professionals and the public to ‘Look Closer’ for signs that a child may be at risk of criminal exploitation. For details of the campaign see their website. 

There are also many sources of further advice and assistance to help combat the harm caused by drugs. Safe Space Sussex takes you to all the local organisations who provide support for those affected by drugs misuse.

To see the full story, the video and other photographs, please click on the link or go to our website.

Witnesses sought to serious collision near Cowfold

Police are appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage following a serious collision near Cowfold. 

Officers, ambulance and fire crews were called to the A272 at 8.55am on Tuesday (22 September) to a crash involving a white van and a sewerage lorry. 
Police are keen to speak to anyone drove from Cowfold to Buckbarn between 08.40am to 08.50am or who saw the lorry prior to the collision and may have dash-cam to get in touch.
The van driver - a 22-year-old man - was air-lifted to hospital with serious injuries. He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The lorry driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Sergeant Chris Ambrose said: "We are investigating the circumstances of this collision and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or may have dash-cam footage of either of the vehicles.
"If you have any information you believe may be able to assist with our enquiries, please report online or call 101 quoting Operation Stirling."

Two charged with burglary attempt in Southwater

Two men are to appear in court on a charge of attempting to burgle a residential property in Southwater.

Thomas Riley, 32, unemployed, of Seafield Road, Hove, and Riordan Imbimbo, 21, a plasterer, of Upton Gardens, West Tarring, Worthing, have been summonsed to appear at Crawley Magistrates Court on 9 December to answer a charge that on 6 February they attempted to burgle the property in Roman Lane, Southwater.
The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows an investigation by the West Sussex Community Investigations Team.

Sussex Police urge the public to continue to prevent the spread of Covid
Covid-19 is not going away and we all have our part to play in suppressing the virus. 
Sussex Police will continue to support the national effort and work with partners and local communities to prevent the spread of infection in Sussex. 
Earlier this week, the government announced new laws for the wearing of face masks, a 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants, and further guidance to the ‘rule of six’. The full government regulations can be viewed here.
Police officers and PCSOs will continue to be out and about in communities to engage with members of the public, explain the new government regulations and encourage people to follow them.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando, who leads local policing, said: “First and foremost, as has been the case throughout this pandemic, we know the vast majority of people will stick to the law and follow the government guidance. This is a national health crisis and we all have our part to play.
“Our officers and staff have been patrolling across the county and, on the whole, have been impressed with the public’s compliance to the government regulations. Where officers have needed to engage with members of the public and explain the current legislation generally, people have acted positively and changed their behaviour accordingly.
“However, those who continue to choose to flout the rules and put other people’s lives at risk will face enforcement action. Over the last month, we have issued three FPNs for those who were non-compliant with wearing a face mask when on public transport and two people were issued a fine for failing to comply with self-isolation regulations.
“We all need to work together to prevent the spread of the virus and that includes our officers and staff too. We have a number of procedures in place to ensure our employees can continue to respond to crime in the normal way, assessed against the greatest risk of harm, and support those in the communities who really need us.
“The demands on the police service are now back to pre-Covid levels. Our priorities lie with public safety and so it is even more important that people take personal responsibility for their actions and do their bit to prevent the spread of the virus, so the force can operate effectively for those who need us.
“If people are aware of a serious and current breach of the government’s coronavirus regulations, we would ask them to report it to us online form, 999 should only be used in an emergency.” 

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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