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Tuesday 17th November 2020

Crime summary 
Reference:  0889 16th November
Location:  Fenhurst Close, Horsham
Date and time: Between 0830hrs and 1510hrs 16th November
Details:  A rear window was forced open causing damage and the property was entered. Laptops and other electrical items were stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0506 16th November
Location: Morris Drive, Billingshurst
Date and time: Between 0215hrs and 0245hrs 16th November
Details: A garage was entered and a mountain bike was stolen.
Vehicle crime – over the last 24 hours there has been an increase in vehicle crime in Billingshurst. Officers and PCSO’s are collating all the information and exploring CCTV, dash cam footage and any ring doorbell opportunities.
If you have been a victim of vehicle crime in the Billingshurst area and have any CCTV with clear facial images please report this to us on 101 or report it online.

News and appeals 
Dozens of stolen tools and machines recovered during search warrant

More than 50 stolen tools and machines were recovered after police executed a warrant in Wealden.

Officers from the Prevention Enforcement Team (PET) executed the warrant at a property in Cross-in-Hand on Tuesday, October 27 as part of an ongoing focus to tackle those responsible for burglary in rural areas.

At the address, dozens of suspected stolen items were found including chainsaws, lawn mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers and an industrial wood chipper. A tractor, quad bike, mini digger, caravan and a trailer were also recovered.
A number of the items have already been matched to reports of crime and their rightful owners have been contacted. Enquiries are ongoing to establish who the other items belong to.  

Anyone who recognises any of the items pictured, or who may have any other information that could help with the investigation, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 247 of 27/10.

To see the rest of the story and to see photographs, please click on the link or go to our website.

Stay vigilant after spate of catalytic converter thefts in East Sussex

Police are urging people to be vigilant after a spate of catalytic converter thefts in East Sussex, however this is also a reminder to people in and around Horsham as this is still happening from time to time.

Toyota and Honda vehicles have been targeted in particular.

Chief Inspector Di Lewis, district commander for Eastbourne and Lewes, said: “We are urging people to take extra precautions around their vehicles following a rise in thefts of catalytic converters across East Sussex.

“There are a number of measures people can take to deter thieves, including parking in a secure or well-lit area and considering locks or guards.
“We also encourage people to continue reporting any thefts to us, so we can build a picture of the crimes and respond effectively.”
Steps to protect your vehicle include parking in a garage overnight or in a secure compound.

If this is not possible, people are urged to park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked.

Drivers are also encouraged to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

Car owners can ask their car dealer for any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer to keep catalytic converters safe. People are also urged to register their converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.

More information can be found on the Secured by Design website. Further measures on how to protect your car from thieves can also be found on the Sussex Police website.
Anyone who has been a victim of a catalytic converter theft, or who may have any other information including relevant CCTV, doorbell or dash cam footage, is asked to contact police. This can be done either online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Sussex Police launches final police officer recruitment drive of 2020

Sussex Police has opened recruitment for the third time this year, as part of its push to drive up officer numbers by 2022.

During this round of recruitment, the final opportunity for this year, applications will be sought for cohorts to join the force in late 2021 as part of a three-year programme where they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training. The Degree Holders Entry Programme also offers a two-year option for those who want to fast-track to a policing career.

In the financial year 2020/21 Sussex Police is on track to recruit over 290 Officers. This will ensure it recruits into the 129 additional officers as a result of Operation Uplift (the government increase of 20,000 nationally) and 50 additional officers funded by the precept. In addition, the recruitment plans ensure that it replaces all those officers who leave the force during the year – normally as a result of retirement. As such Sussex Police will see a net increase of 179 officers over the financial year.

Those who enter the force will experience a job that is challenging and demanding, but offers job satisfaction and variety like no other. By continuing to strengthen local policing numbers, these officers will make a real difference to communities across the county by giving Sussex residents what they want – a visible and proactive force which is tough on crime.

One of the latest officers to join Sussex Police is PC Jaimine Shahid. She joined the force as a constable in September having previously worked as a pharmacy dispenser and a policy enquiry officer.

Joining at one of the most unique times in the history of policing, Jaimine is currently undergoing her 13-week training at Police HQ, before moving on to a Divisional Coaching Unit in December, where she will begin operational duties with the support of an experienced officer and coach.
Jaimine said: “As cliché as this may sound, I have always wanted to join the police. Not because of the salary, power or privilege, but because I want to break down the barriers that some people feel between the public and the police. At the end of the day, we are the community, we just wear a uniform. 
“I come from a Bangladeshi background, and know that within some communities, the perception of police, for a wide variety of reasons – is negative. My goal is to show these communities that police are here to help and that we are part of their community, not working in isolation. 

“My Attestation Day, when I formally became a police officer, was the biggest day of my life.  I couldn’t be more proud of myself and the fact that all my hard work had paid off.  Longer –term, I want to join the Safeguarding team. My sense of compassion and my desire to help vulnerable people means I think I could make a real difference there.”
If you have the judgment to make quick decisions, are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need and the resilience to serve the community every single day; then being a police officer could be the career you've always dreamed of.

Recruitment will close at midnight on the 30 November. We anticipate high levels of interest, particularly in the Degree Holder’s Entry Programme so recommend submitting your application as early as possible as it may be necessary to close the recruitment window early. Apply now and help make a real difference to your community.
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.

Round of a-paws for Police Dog Isla, after assisting officers with three incidents in seven days

Police Dog Isla has received a round of a-paws after winning three consecutive games of hide-and-seek with suspected criminals.

The four-year-old German Shepherd has proved that when it comes to locating people and property, a dog’s nose knows best.
It follows three separate incidents within seven days where she successfully tracked individuals who had run from police.

PD Isla’s handler, PC Kris Drake, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Unit, said: “Isla is a very chilled out dog at home. But when tasked to work in her roles as a general purpose dog and a firearms support dog, she’s very switched on. She relishes the challenge and is rewarded with her favourite treats. She is an asset to our force.”
To see the full story, click on the link or go to our website.

Weapons seized during Operation Sceptre action in West Sussex

Police working as part of Operation Sceptre, the nationwide campaign to tackle knife crime, executed a warrant at an address in Storrington and seized 120 weapons including knives, crossbows and swords.

The warrant, carried out about 12 midday on Friday 13th November followed information regarding the manufacture and distribution of weapons.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the manufacture of offensive weapons and has been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.
Sergeant Scott Walters said: “Keeping knives and dangerous items off the streets and away from the communities we serve to protect is one of our key priorities. 
“This is a huge number of weapons we now know have been safely recovered and I’d like to thank the fantastic work from our officers in making this possible.”
The warrant followed police teams working as part of Operation Sceptre have seized a number of weapons after visiting a number of addresses across West Sussex on Thursday 12th November.

Following information from UK Border Force, officers visited 12 addresses of people who have imported knives and offered them the opportunity to hand them over. 

A total of 14 knives and one extendable baton were seized by officers. Four community resolutions were issued to individuals who had imported prohibited weapons. 

Sergeant Scott Walters added: "Visiting these individuals provided us with the opportunity to further understand why people are buying weapons and put safeguarding in place for those who need it.

"This work forms a crucial part of our campaign against knife crime. If we can work with our partners in UKBF to stop weapons entering the country in the first place, this reduces the risk of them reaching the streets and our communities and causing harm."

Anyone with information or concerns about knife crime is asked to report online or call 101.

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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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