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Tuesday 20th October 2020


Crime summary
Burglary
 
Reference: 0781 16th October
Location: Church Lane, Ashington
Date and time: Between 1330hrs 14th October and 1400hrs 16th October
Details: A door was forced and jewellery was stolen.

Reference: 0521 18th October
Location: Adams Close, Broadbridge Heath
Date and time: Between 0420hrs and 0425hrs 18th October
Details: A child’s bike was stolen from an insecure porch.

Reference: 0976 19th October
Location: Orchard Road, Horsham
Date and time: Between 16th and 19th October
Details: A rear door was forced and items taken from the property
 
Burglary other than Dwelling – there are no burglaries to sheds, garages or outbuildings to report this week.
 
Other
Theft of catalytic converters – over the last week there have been more reports of thefts of catalytic converters in Horsham.

Catalytic converters are targeted by criminals due to the high value precious metals which are contained within the converters. It only takes a few minutes to remove a catalytic converter but they are expensive to replace.

This is happening all over the UK and cars have been targeted in many areas including public car parks, hospital and supermarket car parks or at car dealerships or garages. The vehicles targeted are often hybrid models or vehicles which have high ground clearance and offer easy access to the converter.

Please report any suspicious activity around vehicles, such as someone underneath a car or lifting a vehicle up.

Consider video doorbells that could provide key evidence and deter offenders.
An alarm can be fitted to your vehicle that activates if it's tilted or shaken; and you can ask garages to weld the bolts holding the catalytic converter on, making it harder to remove.
Etching your vehicle’s serial number on to the catalytic converter could help police track stolen items

Protective covers over the catalytic converter can help to guard your vehicle
If you witness suspicious activity, don’t approach the suspects. Take note of the suspect’s vehicle registration, only if it’s safe to do so. You can report this by calling 101 or online or in an emergency always call 999
 
Ring doorbell or CCTV.
Do you have a ring doorbell or CCTV? Have you added it to your community messaging profile? This could help the police in their investigations in your local community. Let’s help each other keep crime down.  #inthistogether

 
News and appeals

Van to raise awareness of knife crime dangers launches

A new initiative was launched on the 13th October to help tackle knife crime and raise awareness of the dangers of knife possession.

Officers, with the aid of a specially-designed van, will be visiting local communities, including schools, high streets and supermarkets, across Sussex to engage, inform and educate about the serious risks of knife possession.
Members of the public will hear real-life stories of people whose lives have been impacted by knife crime and receive information and advice on where they can get help.

This forms part of a wider campaign to combat knife crime after Sussex Police secured additional funding from The Home Office's Serious Violence Fund for 2020/21.  Other tactics include targeted days of action, increased patrols, knife sweeps, test purchasing activities and a multi-agency awareness campaign.

Knife amnesty bins are available in police stations across Sussex- safely dispose of knives with no consequences and no questions asked. 
Sussex is a safe place to live, and we take any reports of knife crime seriously in Sussex so it continues to be.
If you're concerned or have information about knife crime, you can report online or via 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
 
Lose the knife, not a life.
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.
 

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/van-to-raise-awareness-of-knife-crime-dangers-launches/

Former Horsham scout leader jailed for child sex offences
 
A former West Sussex scout leader has been sent to prison for offences of voyeurism and a sexual assault, involving young children at scouting camps he helped to run.

Oliver Cooper, 27, a student, of Nor'bren Avenue, Bognor, formerly of Kings Drive, Hopton, Staffs, and a former scout leader in Horsham, was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 15 October of; two counts of sexual assault on a girl aged six, one counts of sexual assault on a girl also aged six, one count of taking indecent photographs of a child, and 13 counts of voyeurism.

He was sentenced to a total of six years imprisonment.
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.

See the Sussex Police website for information and advice on reporting sexual offences against children.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/former-horsham-scout-leader-jailed-for-child-sex-offences/

Sussex-wide pledge to combat modern slavery

Council and police leaders across Sussex are marking the occasion of Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday 18 October by signing up to a joint pledge to stop all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.

Anti-Slavery Day aims to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of modern-day slavery and human trafficking and the Sussex Anti-Slavery network has already been driving efforts to ensure that partners, but in particular local authorities in Sussex support medium and long term plans towards the eradication of slavery and exploitation in Sussex.
Now Chief Constable Jo Shiner, West and East Sussex County Council Chief Executive Becky Shaw, and Brighton and Hove City Council Chief Executive Geoff Raw are formally committing their respective organisations to the "Pledge to become a Slavery Free Community in Sussex".

To see commitments to the Pledge from the top-tier local authorities in Sussex, see: East Sussex; West Sussex; Brighton & Hove
 
The Pledge comes during a two-week human slavery public awareness campaign being led by Sussex Police which is focusing public attention on work with partner organisations to tackle modern slavery offences in local communities.

For more information about modern slavery and how to combat it, see;
Sussex Police Modern Slavery advice at webpages 
Anti-Slavery Commissioner at advice and information
Stopthetraffik at advice 
 
If you think you have information that might identify or locate a potential victim or suspect for modern slavery, or someone you know is a victim of modern slavery, or even a location where you think exploitation might be happening, please report it online or call us on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency).
 
You can also contact the national Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery helpline on 0300 303 8151, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
To see the full pledge and more, please click on the link or go to our website.
 https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/sussex-wide-pledge-to-combat-modern-slavery/ 

Attempt to rob two men in Horsham Street
 
Police are searching for a young man who attempted to rob two men in a Horsham street.
At about 10pm on Monday 5 October in Station Road, Horsham, near the junction with Depot Road, the suspect approached the pair, both in their twenties, as they were walking to their homes. He threatened them, said he had a knife though one was not seen, demanded contents of their pockets and tried to grab a bag belonging to one of the men, punching them both as he did so.

However both men broke free of him and ran off.

The suspect is described as white, about 6'3", very skinny, in his late teens or early 20’s, with a dark blue or black jacket described as a navy Harrington style, and a beige or black cap with red writing on it. He was smoking a roll-up as he approached the victims.

PC Katrina Brown Douglas said; "If you saw what happened if if you have any information about the suspect please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1403 of 05/10."
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/attempt-to-rob-two-men-in-horsham-street/
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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

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