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Tuesday 25th May 2021

Crime summary
Burglary – There are no burglary dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 1451 19th May
Location: Elm Grove, Horsham
Date and time: Between 0700hrs and 1530hrs 19th May
Details: 2 Pedal cycles were stolen from a garage
PCSO Patrols
Once again our Officers and PCSOs have been out and about this last week and on Tuesday 19th our PCSOs were on high visibility patrols in Horsham town centre.
On Wednesday PCSO Cecil who is the dedicated PCSO for Southwater was out on foot patrol.

Also on Wednesday our PCSOs were out and about in Horsham engaging with local residents and on Friday there was a street briefing in Swan Walk between 2pm and 4pm

If you'd like to get in touch with your neighbourhood policing team, please email them on

News and appeals
Teenager arrested in possession of knife at Horsham Park
 A teenager was detained in possession of a knife after police responded to information about an organised fight.

Officers acting on intelligence attended Horsham Park in Hurst Road, Horsham, around 7pm on Thursday 13 May, where they spotted an individual believed to be involved in the planned altercation.

Police approached the suspect and identified themselves, at which point he attempted to run off, but he was detained following a short foot chase.

He was searched and found to be in possession of a kitchen knife.

The 15-year-old, from Crawley, was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a bladed article in public, and has been released on bail with conditions to appear before Worthing Youth Court on 27 May.

Following this, police issued a 48-hour dispersal order in order to prevent any further incidents.

Sergeant Scott Walters, who leads Operation Dozen, a dedicated policing operation which aims to combat violence and antisocial behaviour across West Sussex, said: “We will continue to carry out proactive patrols, acting on intelligence and working closely with partners, in order to prevent violence in our communities.
“However, we need the community’s support and help to tackle this unacceptable behaviour, and there are many ways you can report matters of concern either to us online or by calling 101.
“You can also report it via Crimestoppers or Fearless anonymously.”
Three charged with the murder of Billy Henham

Three men have been charged in connection with the murder of Billy Henham.

Billy Henham, 24, from Henfield was discovered at a disused building in North Street, Brighton on Thursday 2 January 2020 after officers attended the property following a report of concerns for a person.

On Thursday (20 May) officers arrested four people in connection with Billy’s murder following new investigative evidence.
Three men have since been charged with murder and will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Friday (21 May). They are:

Alize Spence, 18, of Makepeace Road, Ealing.
Lamech Gordon-Carew, 19, of Cheeseman Close, Hampton
Gregory Hawley, 28, of no fixed address.

The fourth man was released without any further action.

Detective Superintendent Alex Geldart, who is leading the investigation, says: “Our thoughts are with Bill’s family and friends at this time.”

Drink-driver who ran over 10-year-old cyclist is jailed

A drink-driver who ran over a 10-year-old cyclist – then drove home with the bike still trapped beneath his car – has been jailed.

The victim, from Pulborough, had been cycling along Church Street, West Chiltington, with his father and another adult when he was struck from behind by a black Renault Twingo.
The impact caused him to flip over his handlebars and onto the road, where the car continued to drive over him.

Members of the public including the two other cyclists desperately tried to warn the driver that the boy was trapped beneath his vehicle, but he ignored their pleas.
He subsequently reversed over the boy, seriously injuring him and destroying his cycle helmet before driving away.

Emergency services responded to the incident, which occurred about 10.20pm on 6 October, and the boy was taken to hospital having sustained a broken collar bone, a fractured vertebrae, a fractured pelvis, a dislocated hip and a burn covering the left side of his face. Thankfully, he is now recovering.

Police attended the address of the registered owner of which was discovered unattended and having mounted a kerb, with the victim’s bike still trapped beneath.
The driver was identified as Keith Vernon, 76, retired, of Holly Close, West Chiltington.
He was breathalysed and found to have 77mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Residents urged to keep their homes secure and safe this summer

Police are reminding Sussex residents to ensure their homes, garages and outbuildings are secure as we continue to move out of lockdown.

Over the last year reports of burglary have dropped across Sussex. The lockdown measures that have been in place across the UK have undoubtedly contributed to this reduction and as lockdown measures continue to ease and with summer approaching, we want to keep it this way.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry said: "Monday 17 May marked a milestone in the Government road map out of lockdown with people beginning to return to their place of work, the hospitality sector opening up their services fully, taking a ‘staycation’ and enjoy social activities more fully across the UK. What this also means is while people can enjoy more freedom away from their homes, they will be empty for longer periods of time.

"We should anticipate that burglars will see this change in lifestyle as an opportunity and emerge to target empty properties. We know the devastating and lasting effect that burglary has on victims and that it’s a personal crime which is keenly felt."

To protect your property, you can find practical prevention tips to:
·    protect your home including information on door and window locks here
·    keep burglars out of your property here
·    keep your shed or garage safe and secure here
·    access to all information on protecting your home from crime here

There are also other ways to protect your personal belongings by using property marking. Register your belongings on the free Immobilise national property register. It only takes a few minutes and increases the chances of being reunited with your property if it is stolen. Find out more on their website here

24th May to 13th June is a National Seat Belt Campaign.
Whilst the majority of road users wear their seatbelts, the consequences however, should they not be worn, can be severe.

In 2019, 23% of car occupants killed were not wearing a seatbelt. This is only a 3% decrease since 2018 where the proportion of car occupants killed while not wearing a seatbelt was 26%. Whether a driver or a passenger in a vehicle, in a crash a seatbelt greatly improves your chance of avoiding serious injury of death.

To keep up to date with road safety information and advice, members of the public can visit  and follow @SussexSRP on Twitter.

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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