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Tuesday 1st December 2020

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Worthing man sentenced for terrorism offences

On the 23rd November a man from West Sussex was 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 at the Old Bailey to five years imprisonment reduced to 32 months for an early guilty plea.

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Appeal for information after woman approaches boy in Durrington

Police in Durrington are appealing for witnesses following reports that a nine-year-old boy was approached by a woman during his walk home from school at approximately 3.45pm on Wednesday (25 November).

The incident occurred close to traffic lights on Columbia Drive, Durrington Worthing. The woman was reported to have put her arms on the boy’s shoulders and looked at him, before he pushed her arms off and ran away.
The woman is described as black, approximately 40-years-old and with black wavy hair with a bow.

Sergeant Peter Allan said: “Officers have been patrolling the area following this report and we encourage anyone who may have seen the incident happen, or has any further information, to report online or call 101 quoting serial 0873 of 25/11.

“Our teams have visited the boy and his family and we are working closely with the school to provide advice and reassurance.”

Appeal to identify suspects following assault on 12-year-old boy

Police are asking the public to help identify one of two suspects responsible for an attack on a 12-year-old boy in Southwick on Wednesday, 28 October.

The incident, which appears to be entirely unprovoked, happened at around 2pm as the victim walked along Underdown Road with a group of friends. They were approached by two older boys who kicked and punched the victim, causing bruising and swelling to his face.

The incident was filmed using a mobile phone which one of the suspects then shared on Instagram.

The boy pictured in the image is described as white, 5’ 9” and of medium build. He is about 15,  with short, mousey coloured hair. He was wearing khaki colour trousers, a grey hooded jumper and had a black Nike rucksack.

The second boy who filmed the incident, but is not pictured, is described as white, 5’ 9” and of medium build. He is also thought to be about 15, with curly blond hair.

PC Emma MacSweeney said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a 12-year-old boy by two suspects who are much bigger than him. The assault was filmed by one of them and distributed on social media. We are now appealing to the public for assistance as we are confident someone knows who these individuals are.”  
Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 0499 of 05/11. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police set to launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers launches today (1 December), as police strive to protect the public and deal robustly with offenders.

Drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It is one of the most common causes of collisions which result in death or serious injury.

While the vast majority of people are safe and competent motorists, there is a small minority who still seem prepared to take the risk – since the beginning of 2018, more than 6,000 motorists have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in Sussex, and more than 2,600 in Surrey.

From 1 December to 1 January, Surrey Police and Sussex Police will have resources dedicated to preventing and detecting incidents of drink and drug-driving. This is in addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “The consequences of drink and drug-driving are far reaching. Even a small amount of alcohol or substances can massively impair your ability to drive safely, and you increase the risk of seriously injuring or even killing yourself or someone else.
“Imagine being responsible for something like that. Not only have you destroyed the life of that person and their loved ones, you’ve also destroyed your own life.

“This is not just a warning; this is the reality. In the past three years (October 2017 – September 2020), there have been 296 collisions in Sussex and 214 collisions in Surrey which have resulted in death or serious injury, and where drink or drugs has been the main contributory factor.

“Working with our divisional colleagues and partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey, we are committed to improving the safety of all road users and reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSIs) on our roads.
“Our approach to reducing KSIs will target those at greatest risk on our roads, including motorcyclists, young drivers and vulnerable road users, and we will make the road network an inhospitable place for those intent on criminality by denying them use of the roads.

“We will achieve this through a combination of measures including education, engineering and enforcement, and we will continue to improve the safety of the road network with special emphasis on reducing casualty rates of vulnerable users.”
In keeping with previous campaigns, anyone arrested during this period and convicted will be identified on our website and social media channels.

Chief Insp Hodder added: “By raising awareness of this very serious issue, we hope to discourage people from getting behind the wheel having consumed drink or drugs. Those who do break the law will be dealt with robustly.

“It’s also important to add that drink and drug intake affects different people in different ways. This can depend on your gender, height, weight, and even stress levels, for example.
“You could also be over the limit several hours after you’ve stopped drinking, so make sure you give it enough time before you drive. Drugs stay in your system far longer.”
You can use our ‘under the influence calculator’ online here:
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am still dismayed by the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“I’m pleased to see Sussex Police cracking down once again on this selfish and reckless behaviour.
“This Christmas please remember the serious and life-threatening consequences of driving whilst under the influence.
“You will be caught; you will face the consequences. Ask yourself, is it worth it?”
The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:
Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance costs;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
Alternatively, people in Sussex can text police on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Drive Smart in Surrey. 
Crime summary
Burglary – There are no burglaries to dwelling to report this week.
Other than Dwelling

Reference: 1012 25th November
Location: Teville Place, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1915hrs 24th November and 1655hrs 25th November
Details: Two padlocks were broken off a door of an outbuilding and entry was gained. Nothing stolen.

Reference: 817 26th November
Location: Eirene Avenue, Goring-By-Sea
Date and time: Between 1900hrs 25th November and 0830hrs 26th November
Details: An insecure outbuilding was entered believe in an attempt to steal, however nothing was stolen and no damage was caused.

Reference: 0238 27th November
Location: Woodard Road, Lancing
Date and time: Between 1430hrs 26th November and 0800hrs 27th November
Details: An attempt was made to enter a garage. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen but damage was caused to the door.

Reference: 1291 27TH November
Location: Rye Close, Worthing
Date and time: 2010hrs 27th November
Details: An insecure garage was entered and pedal cycles were removed, however the suspects were disturbed and left the bikes when they ran off on foot.

Want to know what our teams have been doing across Sussex to make our roads a safer place for all road users? Read our latest Roads Policing Four Weekly Update  for more local information follow your district account.

Get Safe Online
A safe online Christmas is about doing your shopping safely, but also much, much more.
Like how you set up and use those new connected devices, make sure the young people in your life are going online safely and responsibly and remain vigilant when there's so much more going on around you including keeping yourself and the family protected from the virus.
Online experts have put together some top tips to help you and your family go online with safety, security and confidence this festive season.

Thefts from vehicles
Between 25th and 30th November several cars were entered and items were stolen. These cars were in the Worthing seafront area. Most were left insecure although some had damaged caused to them. We are urging people to always lock their vehicles and remember to take valuables out or keep them out of sight. If you have any CCTV, dash cam or ring doorbell images please contact us on 101.  

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 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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