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Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Crime summary 

Reference:  0198 17th June
Location:  York Close, Horsham
Date and time: Between 2200hrs 16th June – 0645hrs 17th June
Details:  A bathroom window was forced, believe in an attempt to enter the property, however, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0141 16th June
Location: Owl Close, Billingshurst
Date and time: Approximately 0245hrs 16th June
Details: An attempt was made to enter a garage believe in an attempt to steal, however, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

Storrington road bike
Storrington residents notified us of a dirt bike being ridden dangerously around the village. Officers attended and found the rider of the bike, the bike wasn’t taxed or insured, the rider didn’t have a licence and wasn’t wearing a helmet. Subsequently the bike was seized by police and the rider will be going to court.
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If you witness any anti-social behaviour in your area, please call us on 101 or report it online.

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Five men arrested following assault in Southwater
Police have arrested five men after an assault in Southwater.
Officers were called to Lintot Square on Monday (June 21) following reports of an altercation around 4pm.

It was reported a man was assaulted by a group of people who had mistakenly got into his car thinking it was a taxi.

The group left the area in two separate vehicles. Police carried out a number of fast-time enquiries and swiftly arrested five men on suspicion of affray in the Causeway, in Horsham.
The men – aged between 24 and 32 and all from areas outside of Sussex – remain in custody at this time.

Police continue to carry out high-visibility patrols in Southwater to identify and deter any criminal and anti-social behaviour.

Members of the public are urged to continue reporting information to police, so officers can respond effectively. Information can be reported online or by calling 101, or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.   

Police ramp up work with businesses to prevent sale of knives to under 18's.

Sussex Police is ramping up its work with local businesses to prevent the sale of knives to under 18s as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle knife crime and serious violence. 

Officers are carrying out test purchase operations to engage with retailers on the Challenge 25 policy, which is challenging those who look under the age of 25 trying to purchase a knife.
Retailers have an important role to play, by helping to ensure that weapons are not falling into the wrong hands. It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, and anyone found carrying a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, faces serious legal consequences.
Alongside partners such as Trading Standards, we are working with retailers across Sussex to ensure robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives, to help them get this right.

Sergeant Elizabeth Reschwamm said: "We are determined to get knives off our streets and keep Sussex a safe place to live.

If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.
Whether you are a parent or young person you can contact Sussex Police on 101 to speak with your local Prevention Team.
Who do I report knife crime to?
You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
To report knife crime anonymously go to 

20 arrests made in first three days of drink/drug-driving campaign
Police made 20 arrests in the first three days of a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.
The month-long campaign kicked off on Friday 11 June in conjunction with Euro 2020, and is being run in addition to our routine roads policing activity 365 days a year.
Through education, engagement and enforcement, our aim is to reduce the number of casualties and to deal robustly with offenders, who make up the minority of road users.
As part of the operation, officers from Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership worked together to provide proactive patrols across the county over the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.

In addition to the 20 people arrested for drink and drug-driving, police also recorded more than 600 offences including speeding, driving with no MOT, illegal number plates and not wearing a seatbelt.

This could not have been achieved without the help of our dedicated Community Speed Watch volunteers, who give up their own time to help keep their communities safe.
The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:
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;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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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