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Tuesday 27th April 2021

Crime summary


Reference:  1066 20th April
Location:  Springfield Park, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1500hrs and 1640hrs 20th April
Details:  Damage was caused to a front door, believe in an attempt to enter. No entry made and nothing was stolen.

Reference: 0480 22nd April
Location: North Parade, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1530hrs 21st and 0815hrs 22nd April
Details: Tools were stolen from a property

Burglary other than Dwelling – There are no thefts from Sheds, Garages or other outbuildings to report this week.

PCSO Patrols

Our PCSOs have certainly been busy this last week, this is just a few of the visits they made.  

The first part of the week was focused on the catalytic converter event they held in conjunction with Motorline Toyota on Tuesday and Saturday, this was a great success, thanks to everyone who came along.  

On Wednesday and Thursday PCSO Denness was out on patrol in the Holbrook area speaking to local residents.

Also on Thursday PCSO Priest was out on foot patrol in Horsham chatting to local residents and businesses, he also managed to catch up with the local wardens.

There were concerns about dangerous driving and inconsiderate parking outside Shelley Primary school so PCSO Downham went along to speak to residents there.

On Friday PCSO Beasley was out on foot patrol in sunny Billingshurst engaging with the community and also had a brief chat with the wardens. In the evening following reports of anti-social behaviour you may have also seen PCSOs Jackson and Foster out in Billingshurst and Barn Green. Partridge Green was visited by PCSO Moore.

On Saturday PCSO Cecil was out with one of our special constables patrolling in the sun around Southwater and stopped off at Southwater Country Park. PCSO Denness was also out patrolling with the Horsham Wardens and went to the town centre, the pump track, riverside walk and Warnham.

If you would like to meet your local PCSO and neighbourhood policing team please email them on

News and appeals

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 

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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