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Tuesday 5th January 2021

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Ben Atkinson sought for recall to prison
Police in West Sussex are searching for Ben Atkinson, 32, who is wanted for recall to prison.
Atkinson, who is described as white, 5’9, of muscular build, with brown eyes and short dark brown hair, was released from prison on licence in November 2020 part way through a four year sentence for drugs offences, but the probation service now require his return for breaching the licence conditions.

He frequents the Horsham area but also other areas in West and East Sussex.
Anyone who sees Atkinson should not approach him but call 999 right away. If you have other information on his whereabouts, please contact the police either online or by calling 101. Always quote serial 969 of 17/11.

Significant number of police officers assaulted on Christmas Day
Assaulting a police officer is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
This is the message being issued by Sussex Police after a significant number of officers were assaulted on duty on Christmas Day.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland said: “Over the past 24 hours, we’ve seen at least 16 police officers assaulted while on duty across Sussex. This is completely unacceptable and it will not be tolerated.

“Each one of these officers has sacrificed spending Christmas with their loved ones to protect the public and catch criminals, only to be on the receiving end of offences committed by a small number of individuals.
“We are fortunate to have committed police officers who signed up to protect vulnerable people and make our towns and communities a safer place; they did not sign up to be assaulted, insulted or abused.
“While the vast majority of people in Sussex are fully supportive of our officers and our force, there is a small minority who seem to think the law does not apply to them.
“We know things are tough at the moment, especially during the festive season, but we’re all in this together. Whatever the circumstances, there is absolutely no excuse to assault a police officer, and anyone found guilty of committing such an offence will be dealt with robustly.”

Assaults on officers on Christmas Day included spitting, kicking, punching and biting, while one officer suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Of the 16 incidents recorded, 12 occurred in West Sussex and four occurred in Brighton and Hove.
Police donate £500 to help improve security at Worthing church

A church that has regularly been the target of criminal damage has received a £500 donation from police to help improve its security.
Maybridge St Richard Parish Church, in Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, has received the money from the Police Property Act Fund – a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

The money will be used to buy security equipment for the church, such as CCTV and sensor lights.

PCSO Laura Newman, who presented the cheque to the charity, said: “This church was regularly the target of criminal damage and so I wanted to nominate it for the Police Property Act Fund so money can be used towards buying security equipment. 
“This is such a worthy cause as the church is built in the centre of the community and it was heart-breaking to see how it was being treated. I am so glad to have been able to help the church out and I look forward to working with Father Mark and the local community in the future.”

Father Mark Lyon’s added: "On behalf of the Parochial Church Council of St Richard’s, I want to thank those involved in the Police Property Act Fund for awarding us this grant. 
“St Richard’s Church was deliberately built in the centre of the Maybridge community and we continue to strive to live up to this calling. 
“Having recently made changes to the inside of the Church building to be more accommodating to the many community groups that use our premises, we will be using the funds from the grant to install a CCTV camera system to keep all those users and the wide variety of the public who use our grounds as safe as possible. 
“Having always prayed for the wider community we are also ready and willing to help in building up the community in more practical ways and look forward to working with the police and other community groups in the area.” 
Crime summary

Reference:  0182 28th December
Location:  Whiterock Place, Southwick
Date and time: Overnight 28th December
Details: Access gained via an insecure door. A TV and other items were stolen.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0869 27th December
Location: Cranmer Road, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 1400hrs 25th December to 1200hrs 27th December
Details: A shed door was damaged and access gained. Nothing believe to have been stolen.

Reference: 0191 31st December
Location: Steyne Gardens, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1700hrs 30th and 0750hrs 31st December
Details: Damage was caused to a secure garage door, entry was gained but nothing stolen.

Reference: 0436 31st December
Location: Bruce Avenue, West Worthing
Date and time: Between 2200hrs 30th to 1100hrs 31st December
Details: A padlock on a garage was broken and entry gained, a pedal cycle and tools were stolen. Then the door to a vehicle was damaged and entry gained and further items taken. 

Reference: 1454 31st December
Location: Augusta Place, Worthing
Date and time: Between 2130hrs and 2135hrs 30th December
Details: Bolt cutters were used to gain entry to a car park, a pedal cycle was stolen.

Reference: 0589 1st January 2021
Location: Manor Road, Lancing
Date and time: Between 1400hrs 31st December and 1000hrs 1st January.
Details: Force was used to break a shed door, damage was caused to items inside and some items taken.

Vehicle crime

There has been a rise in vehicle crime in the Heene area of Worthing. Vehicles have had their windows broken or locks damage and items have been stolen.
If you have any information or have CCTV, dash cam or ring doorbell footage, please contact us on 101

Pedal cycles
Did you know that over the last couple of years January has seen the most amount of reported thefts of pedal cycles? The numbers are even higher than those in July or August which are considered the months when most bikes go missing.  

If you’ve purchased a new bike recently or have been lucky enough to have had one for Christmas, please take a moment to consider a strong D lock which will, in most cases secure your bike and prevent it from being stolen. Also, please make a note of the frame number, take a photo of the bike and register it with bike register.
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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