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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 17/11/2020 12:48:00
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Tuesday 17th November 2020
Witness appeal after woman is robbed in Worthing
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was robbed in Worthing.
On Friday (November 6), the 18-year-old victim was with a friend when she withdrew money from the Tesco cashpoint at the southern end of South Farm Road around 7.30pm.
The pair then walked west along Tarring Road towards West Worthing railway station, where they noticed they were being followed by a man.
The victim and her friend continued walking, turning into South Street where they had to wait at the railway crossing.
While waiting on a bench, the same man who had been following them approached them and took a burgundy rucksack belonging to the victim.
The victim chased the man, who headed east back along Tarring Road where he got into the passenger seat of a blue Fiat Punto. The car then made off at speed, heading east towards Worthing town centre.
The victim and her friend were not harmed but were both shaken by the incident.
The man is described as white, slim, 6' tall with an athletic build. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper with the hood up and a blue medical face covering.
Police investigating the matter would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or who may have any relevant CCTV or dash cam footage from the area at that time.
They are particularly keen to speak to a taxi driver who is thought to have witnessed the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1369 of 06/11. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. The woman was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/witness-appeal-after-woman-is-robbed-in-worthing/
Appeal for witnesses after assault on boy in Worthing
Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was assaulted in Worthing.
Officers were called around 10pm on Saturday (October 31) to a report of a 16-year-old boy being assaulted.
It happened between 9.30pm and 9.50pm in Selden Park, Littlehampton Road. The boy was punched and kicked by a group of nine people who had been letting off fireworks in the park.
A member of the public intervened and the group ran off. The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his face, hands and knees during the assault.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who may have any other information about the assault, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1652 of 31/10.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-for-witnesses-after-assault-on-boy-in-worthing/
Sussex Police launches final police officer recruitment drive of 2020
Sussex Police has today, Monday (16 November), 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.
With opportunities to specialise in a diverse range of policing specialisms, a career as a police officer opens doors to roles in areas such as safeguarding, community engagement, investigations and anti-terrorism.
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.
Director of People Services, Adrian Rutherford commented: “As a police officers and staff, we’re proud of our role, our impact and our dedication every day, but I hope that Covid-19 has demonstrated this to the public now more than ever.
“Our communities depend on us, and we do all we can to protect our communities, catching criminals and deliver an outstanding service. We can only do this with the right kind of people, so this police officer recruitment is so important to help us add to our front-line and strengthen our teams who deliver so much, right across the county.
“We’re a police force that is full of difference, insight and experience thanks to our people, and we want to grow this even further. I’d challenge anyone who may never have considered a career in policing before to just give it some thought. You might be just the person we need, so do read through our recruitment pages and listen to the stories of our people to find out more.
“Policing won’t offer you an easy job, but will it offer you a career unlike any other, that is rewarding, varied and full of opportunities.”
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.”
Welcoming the recruitment news, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I’m pleased to see Sussex Police continuing with their recruitment campaign with such gusto during another lockdown period.
“This is great news for Sussex residents and for Sussex Police as an organisation. It provides a fantastic opportunity for anybody wanting a fulfilling and varied career.
"I applaud senior officers for continuing to put extra boots on the ground when we need them most. I know that local communities will be delighted at the prospect of even more officers joining the force.
"If you want to make a real positive difference to your local community then apply today."
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. Please note, 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. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/sussex-police-launches-final-police-officer-recruitment-drive-of-2020/
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 (13 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 (12 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. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/weapons-seized-during-operation-sceptre-action-in-west-sussex/
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0532 15/11/2020
Location: Wenceling Cottages, Lancing
Date and time: Between 12th November and 15th November
Details: Entry was gained to a property, nothing was stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1441 16/11/2020
Location: Littlehampton Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 14th November and 15th November
Details: A garage was broken into nothing was stolen.
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