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Adur and Worthing Bulletin
Alert message sent 24/11/2020 10:56:00
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Tuesday 24th November 2020
News and appeals
Worthing man sentenced for terrorism offences
THIS RELEASE IS ISSUED ON BEHALF OF COUNTER TERRORISM POLICING SOUTH EAST (CTPSE);
A man from West Sussex has today (23/11) been jailed for terrorism offences following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE).
At a hearing at the Old Bailey, 21-year-old Zakaria Yanaouri, of Congreve Road, Worthing, pleaded guilty on 22 June 2020 to five counts of possessing material likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act (2000).
Yanaouri, who was arrested by detectives following a pre-planned operation at his home on 24 February 2020, was found to have a number of banned examples of Daesh propaganda, including extremist publications.
When searching his digital devices, investigators also found videos of executions, images of jihadi fighters and audio files of pro-Daesh music.
He was charged on 29 February and sentenced today at the Old Bailey to five years imprisonment reduced to 32 months for an early guilty plea.
A Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) will also be in place for five years to disrupt Yanaouri from future online terrorist activity following his sentence.
Posters were discovered in his possession, which have been linked to a proscribed group and were produced by extremists.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “There is no doubt that Yanaouri’s mind-set is that of someone who had come under the influence of the warped ideology of Daesh.
“There is absolutely no excuse for possessing documents promoting proscribed groups, regardless of ideology. Anyone continuing to support such organisations can expect to be found and brought before the courts.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the officers working on this case, as their efforts have resulted in another potentially dangerous individual being given little option but to admit to the offences.
“Although there has been no indication that Yanaouri had formed plans to carry out an attack, it’s vitally important that people demonstrating such an extremist mind-set are apprehended before it can develop into plans to harm other people.
“A new website has just been launched designed to help and support those who have spotted changes in the behaviour of someone close to them.
“The Act Early website is aimed at parents, family members and friends.
“Research shows that those who are closest to a person are far more likely to see subtle changes in character and hints of extremist behaviour, which may be the first indication a loved one is being radicalised.
“If you have any concerns a loved one may have been groomed or radicalised in anyway, please take a look to get the information to help those people choose a different path, away from hatred and violence.”
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, Sussex Police commander for Adur, Worthing and Horsham District, said: “I’d like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding during the operation. The operation was not in response to any specific threat to our local area.
“This prosecution shows that reports of extremism are treated with the utmost seriousness. We would continue to urge anyone with information on such matters to contact police immediately.”
Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting to police in confidence at gov.uk/ACT.
Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism.
Remember, in an emergency, always dial 999. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/worthing-man-sentenced-for-terrorism-offences/
Operation Sceptre - 34 arrests made and 589 weapons seized in knife crime campaign
Sussex Police made a total of 34 arrests and removed 589 weapons from public circulation during Operation Sceptre week of action on knife crime.
Between November 9 and 15, Sussex Police joined other forces across the country to raise awareness of knife crime as part of the campaign through targeted operations, educational work with schools, patrols, weapons sweeps, knife amnesty bins and test purchasing activities.
Arrests for offences including knife possession, weapon manufacturing, robbery and possession of drugs with intent to supply were made as part of proactive work carried out during the week. Eight of the 34 arrests were knife related.
Due to coronavirus restrictions officers were unable to attend schools to talk about knife crime with students and instead held virtual assemblies across the region.
Throughout the week members of the public were able to dispose of knives and bladed articles in our knife amnesty bins placed at police stations across Sussex. Over 400 knives were recovered from the bins and will now be destroyed.
In East Sussex over 15,000 students were reached through virtual assemblies and schools were encouraged to open up honest conversations about the dangers of knife possession and the legal and personal consequences of getting caught with one.
In Brighton a total of 19 arrests were made during the week. Two males - aged 17 and 19 - were arrested in Kings Road on 15 November for possession with intent to supply of a Class A drug. Searches found both to be in possession of a knife. They have been bailed while enquiries are ongoing.
In West Sussex officers made three arrests in connection with a robbery and seized over a hundred weapons during a warrant. They also visited the addresses of 12 people who imported weapons and asked them to hand them over, putting any necessary safeguarding in place.
Superintendent Stuart Hale said: "Operation Sceptre is an opportunity to discuss knife crime in an open and honest way. We want to send the message to young people that carrying a knife is dangerous and can have serious consequences.
"It is a misconception that carrying a knife makes you safer. Carrying a knife for protection is not a defence in law and even being caught with someone carrying can result in a sentence if you are caught.
“Whilst we did increase our activity during this week of action, our activity to combat knife crime is part of everyday policing.
"We have year-round operations to address knife crime including engaging with young people in schools, the launch of our knife crime engagement van and work with partners to ensure people are signposted to help at an early opportunity.
"We also work hard to target disrupt prolific offenders, through the Tactical Enforcement Unit and are intensifying our activities through days of action - which means individuals carrying knives are increasingly likely to be caught and prosecuted.
"This anti-knife week is also a crucial reminder that there is help out there for those who do not feel safe. We always have amnesty bins in police stations where you can drop off your dangerous and unwanted blades and we will continue to work with our partners to take positive action when knife crime occurs.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “This is a great example of proactive and effective police work that has resulted in weapons being taken off our streets, offenders arrested and communities protected.”
If you need to talk to someone anonymously, Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111. As always, you can report online or via 101. In an emergency, always call 999. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/operation-sceptre---34-arrests-made-and-586-weapons-seized-in-knife-crime-campaign/
Woman charged in connection with hit-and-run involving cyclist
A woman alleged to have struck a cyclist in a hit-and-run while more than four times the drink-drive limit has been charged to appear in court.
Police responded to the incident on the A2037 at Small Dole around 2pm on Friday 13 November, whereby a cyclist was reported to have been involved in a collision with a Land Rover Freelander which failed to stop at the scene.
The victim – a 44-year-old woman from Shoreham – sustained leg injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment, and is now recovering at home.
A number of officers swiftly responded to the scene, while others made their way to the address of the registered keeper, where they discovered fresh damage to the vehicle suspected to be involved.
Sonal Shah, 42, of Penlands Vale, Steyning, was arrested and charged with 152mcg of alcohol per 100ml breath in her system, and failing to stop following a road traffic collision.
She has been released on conditional bail to appear before Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 26 January. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/woman-charged-in-connection-with-hit-and-run-involving-cyclist/
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Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1062 19/11/2020
Location: Park Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 18th and 19th November
Details: Lock forced on a shed to gain entry. Alcohol stolen.
Reference: 0585 21/11/2020
Location: Lansdowne Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 16th and 21st November
Details: Bicycle stolen from a garage.
Last Chance to enter our competition
Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner is looking for new postcard designs to use when writing to children and young people, and is inviting Sussex’s under 18s to come up with the designs.
As well as having their design printed on a postcard, the three winners will be invited to join Sussex Police teams for a range of experiences including meeting a police dog, seeing an equipment demonstration and even tea and cakes with the Chief.
Across three age categories – up to 10, 11–14 and 15–18 – the competition closes on Monday 30th November are invited to use their creative skills, from painting to photography, drawing to collage, to come up with a winning design, which can be inspired by the Sussex Police priorities:
Protecting our Communities (keeping you safe)
Delivering an outstanding service.
Jo Shiner said: “It gives me great pleasure to launch this competition for children and young people across Sussex. It has been a challenging year for everyone and this is a chance to have some fun and be creative. I am really excited to see your ideas and designs. I hope it will be a welcome activity that you can safely do at home and I look forward to meeting the winners. “
Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of children and adults, including the Chief. Their prize will be organised in line with timescales permitted under covid-19 restrictions for safety reasons. Runners up will also have their work displayed in police stations across Sussex in early 2021.
For further information on how to enter, please visit: www.sussex.police.uk/postcardcompetition.
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