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Tuesday 8th December 2020

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Worthing shoplifter jailed for 30 weeks
A shoplifter has been jailed for 30 weeks after pleading guilty to two counts of theft and for breaching his Community Protection Notice (CPN) in Worthing. 

At Worthing Magistrates' Court on 24 November, Fardin Farji, 27, of Christchurch Road, Worthing, admitted stealing chocolate and sweets from local shops on 17 and 20 November.
He was also found to be in breach of a CPN banning him from South Street.
Farji was jailed for 30 weeks and ordered to pay £156 victim surcharge costs.
Sergeant Craig Burgess said: "Farji was served two suspended prison sentences in September for a total of 12 thefts, yet he has continued to break the law by stealing from local shops.

"We are pleased the court has taken this matter seriously and hope Farji takes this time to re-evaluate his behaviour and how it impacts the community. 
"Shoplifting is completely unacceptable and we work tirelessly to protect our local businesses and members of the public."

Three arrested in Worthing drugs operation

Police made three arrests in Worthing on Thursday 26 November as part of an on-going operation investigating the supply of illicit drugs.
Seven addresses and ten vehicles were searched.

Jordan Lee Moore, 38, a company director, of Whitebeam Road, Durrington, was charged with two offences of unlawfully possessing an air weapon. He appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court on 28 November and was remanded in custody for trial, with an initial hearing at Lewes Crown Court on 8 January 2021.

A 19-year-old man arrested in Salvington Road on suspicion of being involved in the production of cannabis, possession of cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon, was released under investigation.

A 17-year-old boy arrested in Whitebeam Road on suspicion of possession of cannabis, was released under investigation.
Quantities of growing cannabis plants were found at a residential address in Chesham Close, Worthing, in February 2020 and at a residential address in Peacehaven on 11 November.

The investigation by the West Sussex Community Investigation Team continues.
UPDATED: Witness appeal to armed robbery in Worthing

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an armed robbery at a shop in Worthing. 

Officers were called to Worthing News in Rowlands Road at 6.10pm on Thursday (3 December) following a report that staff had been threatened by two men with a firearm. Four bottles of vodka and around £400 cash was reportedly taken from the till. 

One victim was assaulted and suffered a minor injury that did not require hospital treatment. 
The first suspect is described as a white man, bald, in his mid-30s, with blue eyes and wearing  a black hoodie and a black backpack. 

The second suspect is described as a tall man with dark brown eyes, wearing a face mask and also wearing all black. 

Detective Inspector Pauline Lane said: "We are pursuing fast-time lines of enquiry to identify and trace these two suspects and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or who has information that may assist us.

"We would also urge anyone who was in the area around the time of this incident and has CCTV, doorbell or dash-cam footage to get in touch straightaway.

"If you know anything that could help us with our investigation or recognise anyone in the images please report it to us online or via 101, quoting Operation Everdon."
Sussex Police issues courier fraud alert

Residents are being urged to stay alert following cases of courier fraud across and Sussex after the region has seen a small rise in reports. 

Courier fraud is when a fraudster calls the victim pretending to be from the police or a bank and asks for money under false pretences. They will arrange for someone to pick up the money from the victim’s home, leaving the victim out of pocket. Most recent cases have involved the suspect taking the victim’s bank card and withdrawing money from their account.

In Sussex, the average loss to victims since August this year has been £8,249 with 76% of victims aged 75 and over. In the case study below, an elderly man was targeted by fraudsters pretending to be from his bank. Sussex has seen a rise of 7% in courier and impersonator fraud reports in August - November 2020 versus the same period in 2019.

A 78-year-old woman in Horsham had her bank cards taken on 16 November. The victim received a call from suspects pretending to be from her bank. They advised that that someone would attend her address to collect the card. The victim was given a reference number over the phone before a man came up to pick up her card. She was also asked for personal information including his PIN number.

After several days, the victim became aware of the scam and reported it to police. She had been alerted to it by her bank after large sums of cash were withdrawn from her account in Croydon. The victim lost a total of £840. 

There’s further informant about how to protect yourself from courier fraud in the full story that can be seen by clicking on the link or going to our website. 

Please pass this advice onto your loved ones, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable.
If you believe you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, you can report information online or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
For more information and advice about Operation Signature, Sussex Police's initiative to identify and protect vulnerable victims of fraud, please see the website here: 
Crime summary

Reference: 0793 4th December
Location: Upper Brighton Road, Sompting 
Date and time: Between 2nd and 4th December
Details: A rear panel on a door was damaged and access to the property gained. A number of items were taken.

Reference: 1346 4th December
Location: Rowlands Road, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 1740hrs and 2110hrs 4th December
Details: Someone has entered the building and taken the CCTV camera.

Reference: 1565 4th December
Location: Barnet Way, Durrington
Date and time: Between 1340hrs and 1730hrs 4th December
Details: A property was entered via an insecure door and three IPads were stolen.

Reference: 1220 7th December
Location: Downsway, Southwick
Date and time: Between 1800hrs and 2110hrs 7th December
Details: Someone has entered the property, a search has taken place but its unknown if anything has been stolen.
Other than Dwelling – there are no burglaries to sheds, garages or outbuildings to report this week.
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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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