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Tuesday 27th April 2021

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Police launch initiative to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminality in West Sussex

A policing operation to tackle reports of anti-social behaviour and criminality in various areas across West Sussex has already been received positively by local communities.

Extra officers from response, neighbourhood policing and the Tactical Enforcement Unit have been out on patrol on late shifts in areas where there have been regular reports of anti-social and criminal behaviour including Bognor and Worthing. In one week the officers have achieved:

Nearly 100 interactions with youths and members of the public
Carried out proactive searches
Made dispersal orders
Made arrests for assault, being drunk and disorderly and public order,
Carried out referrals to safeguard vulnerable individuals
Submitted intelligence/information reports

West Sussex divisional commander Chief Superintendent Howard Hodges said: "For policing to be effective we need to be able to respond quickly and effectively to emerging issues and in particular those that represent the greatest risk of harm to the public. In recent weeks across West Sussex we have experienced a number of incidents involving young people gathering in groups which has resulted in crime, anti-social behaviour and, in a minority of cases, serious violence.

"Operation Dozen will initially run for a three-month period with the specific aim of protecting our communities in particular those who are young and vulnerable, providing a robust response to those who seek to cause harm to others, engaging with young people to divert them from criminality and harm and providing the community with reassurance that we are taking action and listening to their concerns.


Operation Sceptre: Anti-knife week of action launches

Sussex Police is intensifying its ongoing activities in tackling knife crime and violence as part of the national week of action launched yesterday, 26th April.
Operation Sceptre bolsters the work undertaken by Sussex police all year round to help keep residents safe from knife-related harm in their local communities. The campaign will focus on key themes such as prevention and education and officers will carry out targeted operations alongside partner agencies. 

Sussex is a safe place to live, however, putting aside significant falls in violence during lockdown periods, offences involving knives have been rising in recent years in line with the national picture. 

Superintendent Stu Hale said: "Reducing knife crime and knife possession is a key priority for Sussex Police and we are determined to take harmful items off our streets. 
"Operation Sceptre is an opportunity to have vital conversations with the public around knife crime. Our message is clear: carrying a knife is dangerous and does not make you safer, it puts you at more risk of coming to harm.

"As part of our week of action we're carrying out educational activities, amnesty and targeted operations to raise awareness among at-risk groups and disrupt crime in action.   
"This week intensifies our year-round tactics to address knife crime by engaging with young people in schools, using our knife crime engagement van and our work with partners to ensure people are signposted to help at an early opportunity.
"We also work hard to target disrupt prolific offenders, through teams such as the Special Enforcement Unit, Tactical Enforcement Unit through days of action."

This week, police will work closely with Border Force to monitor attempts to import weapons and will also work locally with schools and community members offering engagement and prevention advice to young people.

Officers will continue to work closely with retailers and Trading Standards, including retailers that operate online, to ensure weapons are kept off our streets.
Other tactics during the week of action will include targeted high visibility and plain-clothes patrols across the county. Activity also includes target stop and search against habitual knife carriers and previous offenders and weapon sweeps by police officers.

As always, knife amnesty bins where people can safely dispose of dangerous or unwanted knives and blades at police stations across Sussex, no questions asked.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, said: "Coronavirus has been a huge part of everyone’s lives for over a year now but we want to remind people that our normal policing role hasn’t stopped during this time.

"Forces are determined to tackle violent crime and with the restrictions easing, taking knives off our streets and helping people understand the dangers of carrying a knife remains a top priority.

"Our work with Border Force, Trading Standards, the Violence Reduction Units and many other partners means we are able to tackle some of the significant underlying causes of knife related violence.

"Operation Sceptre brings forces together and highlights that we will be united in doing everything possible to stop those intent on causing serious violence."

To tell Sussex Police about knife crime please report online or call 101, we will treat information you give us sensitively. In an emergency always dial 999.

To report knife crime anonymously, go to 

Crime summary
Burglary – there are no burglary dwellings to report this week.

Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 1642 21st April
Location: Greenways Crescent, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 1130hrs and 1145hrs 21st April
Details: Someone entered an insecure garage, nothing was stolen.

Reference: 0959 23rd April
Location: Mill Lane, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 1000hrs and 1400hrs 22nd April
Details: Damage was caused to a garage door and 2 pedal cycles were stolen.

Reference: 0692 23rd April
Location: Mill Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 0130hrs and 12 noon 22nd April
Details: Damage was caused to a shed door and a pedal cycle was stolen.

PCSO Patrols

As always, our neighbourhood policing team have been out on foot patrol in the last week. You may have seen your local PCSO out on patrol in Manor Ground Broadwater around the benches following reports of drug taking/smoking. There is someone out on patrol in this area most evenings.

Patrols were stepped up in the Sompting and Lancing area after receiving reports of attempt theft and thefts of motor cycles. A social media post was put out which included some crime prevention advice.

If you don’t know who your local PCSO is and would like to find out, please email the team on 

Thefts from cars and vans
Over the last week there have been several reports of attempt thefts and thefts from cars and vans in Worthing. Most of the thefts from vehicles were from vehicles that hadn’t been locked and secured properly. There is crime prevention advice which covers vehicles, home and gardens on the Sussex police website.  

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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