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Wednesday 16th December 2020

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West Sussex man jailed for 42 weeks
A man convicted of nine offences, including criminal damage, assault and stalking, has been jailed for 42 weeks, following an investigation by Sussex Police. 
Glenn Waters, 34, of no fixed address, failed to appear in court on 12 November, and was wanted by police. He was located and arrested on the A27 near Emsworth on Tuesday, 24 November.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 30 November, Waters pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal damage in Shoreham by Sea between 15 and 16 October, two counts of stalking involving fear of violence on 27 September and 16 October, and one count of theft from a motorcycle on 16 October. He was also convicted of one count of assault in Hove on 24 January 2019 for which he had failed to appear at court on 12 November this year.
Detective Sergeant Stuart McAdams of West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: "Glenn Waters is no stranger to us, having been convicted of a number of other offences in the past few years.

“This outcome was the result of a big team effort across the force in West Sussex, including CID, response officers and our intel team as well as the Safeguarding Investigations Unit. The collaborative working resulted in the arrest of the offender and ensured he was brought to justice."

Search for Dale Benjamin Searle wanted for robbery in Worthing
Police are searching for Dale Benjamin Searle, 32, who is wanted in connection with a robbery in Worthing. 

He is described as a white male, about 6', of an athletic build, with light brown hair and has tattoos. 

Police want to speak to Searle, of Worthing, in connection with in an incident in Rowlands Road at 4.30pm on Thursday (3 December) where cash and alcohol were stolen from a shop.
Anyone who sees him is urged not to approach but to call 999 immediately, quoting Operation Everdon.

Man charged with armed robbery in Worthing

Police investigating a report of an armed robbery in Worthing have charged a man.
Officers were called to Worthing News in Rowlands Road at 4.30pm on Thursday 3rd 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.

Danny Cobbold, 32, of Winterbourne Close in Worthing has been charged with robbery, assault thereby causing actual bodily harm and possession of an imitation firearm. 
Enquiries continue to identify a second suspect described as a tall man with dark brown eyes, wearing a face mask and also wearing all black.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Ricks said: "Our investigation into this matter is progressing and we continue to appeal to anyone with information to come forward.
"We 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.

"Please report information to us online or via 101, quoting Operation Everdon."

Offensive Weapon Act Surrender and Compensation Scheme

On Thursday 10th December the Government launched a surrender scheme for weapons which will be unlawful to own from 10 December. This will see a three month surrender period for owners to hand in their weapons to the police and claim compensation which will run until 9 March 2021. 

The surrender scheme marks an important development in the Government’s commitment to tackling serious violence and strengthening police powers to take action against it.
Guidance is available here on the Government website providing a list of items covered, guidance on how to travel with and surrender weapons safely, the compensation form and compensation levels.

To see more on this story, please click on the link or go to our website.
Police reminder for counter-terrorism awareness over festive season

Police in Surrey and Sussex are supporting a national public awareness campaign about the threat of terrorism over the festive season.

With the coronavirus pandemic impacting on life and work every day, the threat from terrorism isn’t necessarily in the front of everyone's mind.

But the threat of terrorism sadly has not gone away.

Given national and regional restrictions, compared to previous years there may be a different look and feel to city and town centres, and public venues, over the festive season.
However, the recent terror attacks in Europe and the change in the UK’s terrorism threat level to Severe – meaning an attack is highly likely – are reminders of how important it is to stay vigilant wherever you are out and about.

If you see or hear something suspicious, trust your instincts and ACT. If you are out and about in a shopping or hospitality area report it to a security staff or the police.
You can also report in confidence to the police online at where there is further information about the police message.

In addition, parents, friends and families can now get specialist support to stop their loved ones being drawn into harmful activities or groups, with the launch of ACT Early – a new dedicated safeguarding website, and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).

BUT in an emergency always call 999.

To see the full story please click on the link or go to our website.
Crime summary
Reference: 0406 8th December   
Location: West Avenue, Worthing
Date and time: Overnight between 7th and 8th December
Details: A conservatory door was damaged and entry gained.

Reference: 0231 11th December
Location: Longlands, Broadwater
Date and time: 7th to 11th December 
Details: A security light was broken and the rear door was forced. Nothing believe to have been taken.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0201 9th December
Location: Vestry Place, West Tarring
Date and time: Time and date unknown
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from shared bike shed.
PCSO Patrols

Over the last week our PCSO’s have been out and about patrolling around the River Adur ensuring there was no-one cockle picking, patrolling Shoreham town centre, patrolling in Durrington due to vehicle damage, a street briefing in Worthing town centre supported by NHW – Operation Tinsel, patrolling Holmbush shopping centre and Tesco at Durrington. There will be another street briefing today at 1.30pm at the Shoreham Air Show Memorial and tomorrow in the town between 9.30 and 11.30.  

If you would like to contact your local PCSO or speak to someone in the Neighbourhood Policing Team please email  – please note, this email address is not for reporting crime.   

Weekly Bulletins over the Christmas / New Year period.
The last bulletin of 2020 will be next week 22nd December and the first bulletin of 2021 will be on or around 5th January. 
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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