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Tuesday 12th January 2021

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Appeal after two linked robberies at shops in Worthing

Police investigating two linked robberies at shops in Worthing are appealing for witnesses to come forward and to identify the two males pictured.

At 7.15pm on Wednesday (30 December), police were called to Portland Convenience Store in Portland Road to report of two male suspects entered the store, one suspects sprayed the shop worker in the face with a noxious substance.

The suspects then left with around cash and items from the store.

The victim suffered a minor injury and was taken to hospital for treatment. 

At 7.24pm, about ten minutes later, a second robbery took place at Smart Shop in Crescent Road. One male suspect entered the store and sprayed the store worker in the face with a noxious substance before leaving with £320. This victim also required hospital treatment.

The first suspect is described as a white male, aged somewhere between late teens and late twenties, of a slim build wearing a dark coloured hooded coat with the hood up with dark coloured face covering, wearing dark coloured trousers and white trainers.

The second suspect is described as a white male, aged somewhere between late teens and late twenties, of a slim build wearing a navy blue or black coloured hooded with a grey coloured stripe running all the way around the coat just below shoulder height with his hood up. He also appears to be wearing a white or cream coloured top underneath, with dark coloured trousers and dark coloured shoes.

DC Versluys said: "These incidents happened in quick succession of one another and we are treating them as linked. 

"Were you in the vicinity at the time of these incidents? We believe someone may have seen what happened and may be able to help identify the suspects pictured.

"If you witnessed what happened or have any information that may assist with enquiries please report it to us online or by calling 101, quoting 1260 of 30/12 in relation to the first incident and 1335 of 30/12 in relation to the second." 

Police take enforcement action against those breaching Covid-19 regulations in Sussex

Police in Sussex took enforcement action against those found to be blatantly breaching the government’s Covid-19 regulations over the first weekend of the country's third national lockdown. 

The force issued 45 Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) to people across the county were found to have wilfully disregarded the rules.

Officers were patrolling areas and communities at the weekend, engaging with the public and where necessary urging people to do the right thing by following the restrictions; which are in place to save lives and protect the NHS.

Enforcement action included issuing a fine to a man who was supposed to be self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, but instead went to peoples' homes to cut and style their hair in Hastings. A driver from Surrey, who when stopped by officers for speeding, claimed he was rushing to deal with an alarm which was going off at his business in Brighton yet could not give any legitimate details of the premises or an address for it. Therefore he did not have a reasonable excuse for making an essential journey.
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Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers results in 212 arrests

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers has led to 212 arrests across Sussex in just four weeks.

The campaign is run twice a year – in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year – with the aim of protecting the public from the dangers of drink and drug-driving by educating motorists and targeting offenders.

A total of 212 arrests were made by Sussex Police during the operation, which ran from 1 December to 1 January inclusive. This was an approximate 50-50 split of drink-driving and drug-driving.

During the same period, Surrey Police made 186 arrests.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These 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.

This campaign is run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.

To read the full story, please click on the link or go to our website. 

Crime summary


Reference: 0391 8th January
Location: Surry Street, Shoreham By Sea
Date and time: Between 0900hrs and 1100hrs 8th January
Details: A front door was damage and access gained to the property. Money and other items were stolen.

Burglary Other than Dwelling

Reference: 0546 5th January
Location: Old Salts Farm Road, Lancing
Date and time: Approximately 1130hrs 5th January
Details: A parcel was stolen from an insecure porch.

Read the latest Four Weekly Roads Policing Update and find out what our teams have been doing across Sussex to keep our roads safer. An impressive 52 vehicles were stopped for speeding and Community Speed Watch receive a PPAF cheque.
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