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Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin
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Tuesday 20th October 2020
News and appeals
Police campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery
Sussex Police have launched a two-week campaign to focus attention on our work with partner organisations to tackle modern slavery offences in our communities.
Chief Inspector Kris Ottery, operational lead for modern slavery said: “Modern slavery is a serious crime that is often hidden in plain sight. Perpetrators exploit people from all backgrounds and will target an individual’s particular vulnerability. That vulnerability could be an individual’s desire to seek a better life for themselves and their families or they could be homeless living on the streets. There is no one stereotype to neatly define a victim of modern slavery.
"Our best approach to protect people who are being exploited is to work with our communities and partner organisations. Police cannot act alone to eradicate modern slavery, it takes a number of agencies to work together to achieve this from gathering intelligence from the public, acting on it, safeguarding potential victims and getting a case to court. This process can take up to two years.
"Modern slavery cases are complex and often entwined with other serious offences such as drugs, knife crime and sexual exploitation. All of these crimes trade in human misery and exploit people for profit.
"We continue to build stronger links with our partners, voluntary organisations and businesses to establish working practices which are aligned to tackle modern slavery, stop it from happening and protect those exploited by it. Later this week we’re involved in a milestone event with local authorities, you can find out more on Friday, 16 October.”
Sunday 18 October is also the tenth anniversary of Anti-Slavery Day and the force will be showing our support on news and social media channels, signing up to a multi-agency pledge with leaders from top tier local authorities across Sussex.
We will also highlight and support the work of our award winning East Sussex based Discovery Team, a partnership of 21 agencies that include a team of specialist police officers who work together, maximizing their combined powers to disrupt criminal activity and safeguard victims.
Public authorities and key agencies throughout the UK refer potential victims of Modern Slavery offences to the Home Office, to identify and assess their circumstances and to enable appropriate protection and support. This process the 'National Referral Mechanism' or NRM also ensures that investigative agencies are allocated the referrals to investigate. During 2019, Sussex Police recorded 380 such cases, of which 101 were generated by police activity and enquiries.
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.
Support the campaign by following Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts and sharing the posts. We’ll be using the #Itscloserthanyouthink
You can find more information on our Modern Slavery advice webpages or https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk
How the government is tackling Modern Slavery https://www.stopthetraffik.org
Police in Worthing have taken a proactive approach to tackling County Lines, resulting in 32 arrests.
Officers launched Operation Dunsfold in August 2019 to target the supply of cocaine in the Worthing area. In particular, police were interested in disrupting those who used vehicles to supply the class A drug.
Officers and staff from the Prevention Enforcement Team, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Response, Investigation and Community Investigation Teams undertook a number of warrants, both covert and overt patrols and acted upon intelligence in the local area.
Since the launch of the operation a total of 32 arrests were made, 23 vehicles seized, £13,000 recovered and between £13,000 and £15,000 worth of drugs taken off the streets.
Of the 32 arrests:
A 27-year-old man was given a six year prison sentence
A 28-year-old man from Worthing will appear at court next month to face two charges
Seven were passed into the care of the Home Office
Eight were given a caution
Seven were released without further charge for drug offences
One was dealt with by the means of a fine
One was charged for driving offences
Six remain released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing
‘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.
PC Chris Corker of the Prevent Enforcement Team, who launched the operation, said: “Drugs can have a huge impact on the community and we are committed to disrupting the dealers who try to deal dangerous drugs in Worthing.
“We investigate and prosecute those who would bring harm to local people and our proactive work over the last year has seen a notable reduction in those using vehicles to supply drugs to the area.
“We will continue to proactively tackle this behaviour and send out the message that those dealing drugs in Worthing are not welcome.”
You can report concerns around drug issues either online or by calling 101. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-disrupt-the-supply-of-cocaine-in-worthing/
Police seize hundreds of cannabis plants in Shoreham
Police officers carried out a drugs warrant in Shoreham and uncovered a large scale cannabis factory.
Acting on information from the community, the West Sussex Tactical Enforcement Unit and the Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team raided a house in Mill Hill on Sunday (11 October). They found seven separate rooms in the property containing about 700 cannabis plants estimated to be worth around several hundred thousand pounds.
A 24-year-old man was arrested at the premises on suspicion of permitting the production of cannabis, questioned and released on police bail until 7 November.
Adur and Worthing district commander Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: "This enforcement activity shows the importance of making the right call and to report anything suspicious to us so that we can respond effectively.
"We were able to disrupt a significant large scale cannabis factory and seize hundreds of plants and drugs which would have ended up being sold on the streets of Sussex.
"Our priority is keeping communities safe and feeling safe and preventing crime.”
We take reports of drugs dealing and criminality seriously. Please report online or ring 101 with any information. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/police-seize-hundreds-of-cannabis-plants-in-shoreham/
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Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1507 19/10/2020
Location: Boundray Road, Lancing
Date and time: On 17th October
Details: Two pedal cycles were stolen from a bike shed.
The fraud newsletter for October.
This month includes a romance fraud special, with a story from a victim who lost £20,000, quote from T/DCI Rob Walker, as well as lots of advice and signs to look out for. This is to coincide with the two week national romance fraud campaign, co-ordinated by City of London Police. October’s edition also contains some information about recruitment scams, an app to stop loan sharks, and details of a FREE Staying Safe Online webinar. https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/keep-your-money-safe/ Help us keep Sussex safe
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