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Tuesday 22nd December 2020

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Second man charged with armed robbery in Worthing

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

Dale Benjamin Searle, 32, of no fixed address, has been charged with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm. He appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Monday 21st December and has been remanded to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 18 January.
On 8 December, Danny Cobbold, 32, of Winterbourne Close in Worthing was charged with robbery, assault thereby causing actual bodily harm and possession of an imitation firearm.

Anyone with information can report online or via 101, quoting Operation Everdon.
Police support Worthing families affected by Coronavirus pandemic with donation

R: Councillor Margaret Howard, retired midwife Pat Schan and PCSO Emma Newbery
 Families in Worthing who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic will benefit from a cash injection by Sussex Police.

The force has donated £500 to the Worthing Uniform Centre, which will help to fund school uniforms and winter clothing for those most in need.
PCSO Emma Newbery, who presented a cheque to the charity on Tuesday 15th December said: “Many families are experiencing extreme hardship due to furlough and redundancies, so
I wanted to nominate this charity for some help from the Police Property Act Fund.

“This is very worthy cause and I am so happy that the local policing neighbourhood team can help this charity make a difference.”

The Police Property Act Fund is a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court, and then sold.
Paul Eustice, from the Les Alden Foundation, which launched the Worthing Uniform Centre, said: “Worthing Uniform Centre is a partnership between Worthing Food Foundation (WFF) and Broadwater Covid Support Group. It supports local families with ‘pre-loved’ school uniforms and winter coats and has recently opened a new base at 52 Ann Street to store and distribute them.
“The money will be used for additional shelving, cleaning of donated items and supplying additional stock.”

Councillor Margaret Howard, a member of both WFF and the Broadwater Group, said, “We really appreciated this grant at what is always a difficult time of year. It helped us set up our new base and a lot of local children will be warmer in winter as a result.”
Pat Schan, a retired midwife and a group member, added:”The community has been pulling together during the crisis and we are grateful that the local police, as part of the community, were able to play their part. It’s a great help.”
Sussex welcomes new Special Constables

Sussex Police has welcomed its first new Special Constables to the force for four years. The 21 new officers  will be heading out on the streets of Sussex for the first time over the Christmas and New Year period.

The new officers were sworn into the force at a formal attestation ceremony on Sunday (20 December), and welcomed by Chief Constable Jo Shiner, with families and friends attending via Zoom.

Having completed their intense 18 weeks’ initial training, they will join local policing teams as volunteer police officers, giving their free time to help keep Sussex communities safe.
“I was delighted to welcome the new Special Constables to the policing family,” said CC Jo Shiner.
“These officers are the first new additions to the force’s Special Constabulary for four years, and have worked so hard in these challenging times to complete their initial training in their free time.
“They will be valued members of the force, working alongside regular officers in our response and neighbourhood teams to fight crime and protect the public.
“Our Specials bring valuable experience, skills and professionalism to their police work from a variety of regular careers, and work with a commitment, passion and self-sacrifice that is greatly appreciated by the whole force. In this past year Specials have donated thousands of hours of their time to support the force and the community during the pandemic.”  


Crime summary

Burglary – I am happy to say there are no reports of burglary dwellings or burglary to outbuildings, sheds and garages to report this week.
In the last week our PCSOs have been out and about on patrol and also doing some street briefings for Operation Tinsel which is engaging with the public to give crime prevention advice and also to deter shoplifting and pick pocketing. Thanks to Worthing NHW who came along to a lot of the street briefings.

If you didn’t see them they were at the Holmbush shopping centre in Shoreham, at Tesco Durrington, they donated £500 to the Worthing Uniform Centre which will help to fund school uniform and winter clothing for those most in need. They were at the Shoreham Air Show Memorial after an incident involving the benches which were restored by the council. There was a street briefing in Montague Place / Montague Street and officers were out on patrol in Broadwater due to reports of vehicle tyres that have been deliberately damaged/slashed in Bridge Road and King Edward Avenue and asking anyone with any information to call us on 101 or online.

Over the last few days there have been a few more reports of theft of catalytic converters in Worthing and Lancing. If you have any information, CCTV, ring doorbell footage or dash cam footage, please let us know.

This is just a few of the street briefings and patrols where our neighbourhood team have been. If you need to contact your local team then please email us on . Please note that this email address isn’t for reporting crime. If you need to report crime, please call us on 101 or report it online via our website.  

The next weekly bulletin will be on or around 5th January. We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.
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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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