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Tuesday 29th June 2021

Crime summary
 Reference:  0316 23rd June
Location:  West Chiltington Road, Pulborough
Date and time: unknown
Details:  A front door was damaged and entry gained but nothing was stolen.

Reference: 0495 24th June
Location: Serrin Way, Horsham
Date and time: Between 19th and 20th June
Details: An insecure door was entered and a wallet together with medication and tobacco was stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0835 24th June
Location: Wantley Hill Estate, Henfield
Date and time: Between 0930hrs and 1400hrs 24th June
Details: A secure caravan was entered after the windows were removed and damage was caused to the door. Nothing was stolen.
Reference: 0211 28th June
Location: Barnsnap Close, Horsham
Date and time: Between 2245hrs 27th June and 0730hrs 28th June
Details: A garage was entered and tools were stolen.

Reference: 1496 28th June
Location: Brighton Road, Shermanbury
Date and time: Between 1400hrs and 1530hrs 28th June
Details: A lock was forced on an outbuilding, nothing stolen.
Officer and PCSO patrols
Last Tuesday (22nd) our PCSOs were out on foot patrol in Southwater and on Wednesday they held a street briefing in Lintot Square and chatted to members of the community about anti-social behaviour and other concerns.

Today, 29th June our officers and PCSOs will be in Steyning doing a street briefing. They will be in the High Street at the junction of the car park and clock tower between noon and 2pm. If you can’t make it today, there will be another opportunity to meet your neighbourhood team on Saturday 3rd July, same place and at the same time. Please come along and meet your local neighbourhood team.

News and appeals
Further arrests made at unlicensed music event in Steyning following identification of organisers
 Police have made further arrests after being made aware and responding to a large unlicensed music event in Steyning in the early hours of Sunday (27 June).
At its height, up to 2,000 people were present and a significant number of officers were deployed to the area to bring the event which included a large number of vehicles and pedestrians near Bostal Road to a safe conclusion.

Officers attempted to engage with those present, however were met with significant hostility. One officer was assaulted while attempting to detain an individual resisting arrest. A police community support officer is also being treated for a suspected broken arm following a collision involving a police car and a vehicle being driven by someone leaving the event. The driver and passengers of the second vehicle were also taken to hospital as a precaution. A 20-year-old man from Redditch, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of both drink and drugs in relation to this collision.
National praise for Sussex scheme to support domestic abuse victims

 A Sussex Police initiative to help domestic abuse victims during and since lockdown has been praised in a national report.

The national report, 'Policing domestic abuse during the pandemic', is published by her Majesty's Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on 23 June.

It highlights the way in which the force developed a team of specialist trained police officers and staff to deal with standard risk domestic abuse cases which are not high risk. These officers conduct virtual interviews with victims using discreet video conferencing technology. This enables officers to interact face to face with victims listening to their report, providing safeguarding advice and completing the initial investigation.

Between May 2020 and the end of May 2021 some 6400 non-urgent appointments took place, and since January this year 88% of such appointments have been carried out by video.
Part of the safeguarding advice includes referrals to independent local support agencies.
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said; “I’m pleased that HMICFRS have recognised how Sussex Police swiftly put in place innovative measures to safeguard domestic abuse victims during lockdown when it became difficult to reach out for help safely.
“Their work in this area has been recognised as good practice nationally with the force lead for public protection recently being awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal as a result.
In May 2021 the force received 2699 incident calls relating to domestic abuse. In the corresponding period in 2020 we had received 2922 such calls.
Steve Rayland, who was awarded the QPM (Queens Police Medal) in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours for his work on combating domestic abuse, adds: “Our message has remained the same throughout Covid restrictions and beyond – if you are experiencing domestic abuse, you are not alone. We can help break the cycle of abuse. We take all allegations of domestic abuse seriously and our staff and officers understand the complexities of domestic abuse. We want to help support victims to move forward with their lives. If you are ready to talk we are ready to listen”

If you're a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call police on 999.

If you can’t talk because the perpetrator is nearby, you can then press the numbers ‘55’ into your mobile phone which will alert the operator to your situation.
The Sussex Safe Space website also provides a valuable directory of help and support from all agencies, available near you.
For further information and advice from Sussex Police see the force website.
Man arrested after girl, 14, seriously injured in Cowfold crash
Police are appealing for witnesses following a three-vehicle collision in Cowfold.
About 5.25pm on Saturday 26 June, a red Hyundai travelling eastbound on the A272, collided with a red Jaguar and a grey BMW travelling westbound.

The passenger from the Hyundai - a 14-year-old girl from Hurstpierpoint - was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai - a 21-year-old man from Hurstpierpoint - was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has subsequently been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

The road was temporarily closed whilst investigative work took place but has since reopened.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or captured it on dash cam, is asked to email quoting serial 1138 of 26/06.

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