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Tuesday 13th October 2020


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Man charged with theft from vehicles after being spotted by diligent PCSOs on patrol
 

A man has been charged with the theft from vehicles thanks to two diligent Worthing PCSOs.
The two PCSOs were conducting a foot patrol in Worthing town centre in the early morning of Saturday, 26 September. Foot patrols form an import part of daily activities conducted by neighbourhood policing teams and enables the team to engage with the community.
It was on this patrol that the pair spotted 29-year-old Ben Dillon who matched the description of an earlier police report regarding the theft of items from a vehicle parked in the Tarring area of Worthing.
Dillon of Shelley Road, Worthing, was arrested and later charged with two counts of theft from a motor vehicle. He was released on conditional bail and will next appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 26 October.
Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Michelle Palmer-Harris said: “From dealing with anti-social behaviour to providing reassurance and helping resolve community challenges, PCSOs play a critical and visible role in preventing harm.
“In this case they were able to process the information from an overnight report, match the description to a suspect and engage with the suspect until support arrived. Without their diligent work, the charge may not have been possible.
“If you would like to report a crime please call 101 or report it online. If a crime is in action or it is an emergency please dial 999.”
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/man-charged-with-theft-from-vehicles-after-being-spotted-by-diligent-pcsos-on-patrol/
 

Police investigating two separate robberies in Shoreham
 
Police are appealing for information following two separate robberies in Shoreham on Tuesday 6th October, which are believed to be linked.
Around 10.30pm, two teenagers were walking along Middle Road, close to the junction with Crown Road, when they were approached by three unknown youths.
The suspects assaulted both boys causing them to fall to the ground, and stole a rucksack containing a speaker, headphones, tobacco and an inhaler; and a bumbag containing a mobile phone, headphones, cards, clothes and tobacco.
It is believed they came from a small black car which had two further occupants.
Following the attack, a passing woman approached the two victims to ensure their welfare.
In a separate incident at the junction of St Julian’s Lane and Kingston Lane around 11.15pm, a 23-year-old man was approached by five youths who had just exited a small black car – believed to be the same vehicle from the previous incident.
He was punched to the face and head, and had his phone, wallet, and rucksack containing clothes and medication, stolen.
The vehicle headed north up Kingston Lane.
At least two of the five suspects are described as white, in their late teens, and wearing hooded jackets. One of them wore a black North Face jacket with the hood up, and a second had blond hair.
Police are appealing for anyone with any information about either incident – or anyone with any dash cam or CCTV footage which may have captured vital evidence – to come forward.
Officers are also urging residents in the area to keep an eye out for any stolen items of low value which may have been discarded.
You can report it online or call 101, quoting reference 47200172456.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/police-investigating-two-separate-robberies-in-shoreham/
 

Worthing stabbing: Teenage boy charged
 
A teenager has been charged in connection with a stabbing in Worthing.
At 5.20pm on Saturday (10 October) officers responded to reports of an 18-year-old man found with a number of stab wounds in Dominion Road, Broadwater.
The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for treatment and he remains in a stable condition.
Officers swiftly arrested two teenagers in relation to the incident and a third was arrested later in the evening.
A 16-year-old boy from Worthing, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with threatening a person with a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place and for using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence. He will appear at Worthing Youth Court on Monday (12 October).
An 18-year-old man from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. He was released on police bail until 8 November.
A second 18-year-old man from Worthing was also arrested on suspicion of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place and possession with intent to supply a class A and class B drug. He has been released under investigation.
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the assault or who has information to assist the police investigation to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Quebec.
Officers are also urging anyone with video footage to come forward and refrain from posting the videos on social media as it could jeopardise court proceedings.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/worthing-stabbing-teenage-boy-charged/
 
 
Hate crime will not be tolerated in Sussex’ – victims share their stories to raise awareness


Victims of hate crime in Sussex have shared their experiences to raise awareness and encourage others to come forward.
Sussex Police is marking Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 10 – 17) by highlighting the impact of the crime, and urging people to report it so offences can be investigated and victims can be supported.
A hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender’.
It doesn’t always include physical violence – someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you, or posting abusive comments or messages online, can also constitute a hate crime.
Victims of hate crime in Sussex have shared their experiences to raise awareness and encourage others to come forward.
Sussex Police is marking Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 10 – 17) by highlighting the impact of the crime, and urging people to report it so offences can be investigated and victims can be supported.
A hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender’.
It doesn’t always include physical violence – someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you, or posting abusive comments or messages online, can also constitute a hate crime.
Charlie Cressey was a victim of hate crime in Hove in May. While volunteering for a beach patrol team helping vulnerable people during the night time economy, Mr Cressey and a friend approached an intoxicated man to offer support.
The man became abusive and started shouting homophobic insults at the victim. He was arrested for homophobic-aggravated public order.
In agreement with the victim, the man was issued with a community resolution requiring him to write a 500-word apology letter to the victim and to make a donation of £60 to the Brighton Beach Patrol the victim was volunteering for.
Mr Cressey said: “This experience has helped me realise than any form of hate crime is not acceptable and people do not have to be living with the fear of being a victim of it.
“There are so many people that will look out for you if you speak out. For myself, Sussex Police was a great support and helped me through it all.”
Rexha Besnik was also a victim of hate crime in Bexhill in April. He was on his way to work when he was nearly involved in a collision with another vehicle.
The occupants of the vehicle attended the victim’s workplace and verbally abused him, making reference to his race. One of the women also damaged a pair of sunglasses the victim was wearing.
In agreement with the victim, the two women were both given a caution for racially-aggravated public order. One of the women was also given a caution for criminal damage.
Mr Besnik said: “I am glad that I reported the matter to police. The hope is these people will not do the same again.
“I have found reporting the incident a positive experience and was offered victim services which also helped me.
“I am happy with the police, they were quick to respond and I was kept updated of the outcome.”
A man was also convicted in August after racially abusing a police officer at Brighton’s custody suite. The defendant was given an eight-week sentence suspended for 12 months, was ordered to complete 90 hours of unpaid work and rehabilitation activity, and pay a victim surcharge of £122, £350 costs and £50 in compensation.
Superintendent Rachel Swinney, Sussex Police’s hate crime lead, said: “Hate crime is damaging, disrespectful and creates fear and humiliation. This can impact not only on those directly exposed to it, but also the wider community.
“It’s not okay to be targeted because of who you are, or because of who people think you are. If you have been a victim of hate crime, remember it is not your fault and help is available. By reporting to us, you may be able to prevent it from happening again to yourself or to another.
“Our officers and staff are trained to deal sensitively and professionally with reports of hate crime. They understand that it can sometimes be difficult to explain what has happened, but they are there to help you and can provide details of other support services that may be available.
“We take hate crime very seriously and we want to hear about incidents so we can respond effectively. Make the right call and report to us via our website, our 101 non-emergency number, or if it’s an emergency through 999.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne allocated £123,000 of her victim’s budget to set up the new Sussex Hate Incident Support Service, which provides emotional and frontline support to complex, high risk and vulnerable victims of hate crime.
Mrs Bourne said: “In its first six months of operation the Sussex Hate Incident Support Service has offered support to 1,557 victims of hate crime – 50% more than the service was expecting.
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have seen people across all communities come together and show an immense amount of kindness towards each other. However it saddens me that, during this time, we have also seen a significant rise in crimes driven by hatred and I’m concerned that these figures may just be the tip of the iceberg.
“I’m pleased that Sussex Police and partner agencies are reassuring residents of their determination to stamp out hate crime.
“If you come forward you will be believed, you will be taken seriously, and I will continue to ensure that you receive the help and support you need.”


Please click on the link to view a short video from Superintendent Rachel Swinney Sussex Police hate crime lead.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/hate-crime-will-not-be-tolerated-in-sussex--victims-share-their-stories-to-raise-awareness/

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


 

Burglary Other than Dwelling
 
Reference: 0364 06/10/2020
Location: Hudson Close, Worthing
Date and time: Between 01st and 6th October.
Details: Entry was gained to a garage by forcing the lock. Nothing was stolen.

Reference: 0583 10/10/2020
Location: Riverside Road, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 8th and 9th October
Details: A laptop and alcohol were stolen from a garage.
 



 
 

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