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Chichester Weekly Bulletin

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Thursday 8th July 2021

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Sussex Police apologises following inquest on death of Susan Nicholson
Susan was murdered by her partner Robert Trigg, in Worthing in April 2011. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder in July 2017, and was also sentenced for the manslaughter of a previous partner, Caroline Devlin, in March 2006.
Today, Monday 5 July, a jury at Crawley Coroners Court concluded that police prematurely closed an investigation into Caroline Devlin's death, and this may have contributed to Susan’s death. They also found that the force should have known about the real and immediate risk to Susan and that, by not taking reasonable action, this had caused or contributed to her death.
Following the inquest, Assistant Chief Constable Fiona Macpherson said: “Susan’s family and friends have waited a long time to hear all the facts surrounding her death and our thoughts remain with them, and with the family of Caroline, at this difficult time.
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Suspected criminals ‘collared’ by newly qualified police dog
Two suspected criminals were ‘collared’ after a newly qualified police dog tracked them through fields and farmland.
In the early hours of Sunday 27 June, a red Nissan X-Trail was being pursued by Kent Police before it entered into Sussex.
Sussex officers assisted and located the vehicle abandoned in Buckholt Lane, Bexhill, with a Motocross bike which was believed to be stolen in the rear.
PC Toby Spires, of the Surrey and Sussex Dog Unit, deployed PD Tsar, who indicated that the suspects had fled over a gate and across a field. This was further evidenced by two distinct sets of footprints in the grass.
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Rural Crime Team Monthly Update
As the weather warms up our livestock farmers are busy shearing their flocks of sheep and de-horning calves.
Hay making and silaging also begins at pace.
In arable farming crop spraying prior to harvest takes up a lot of the farmers’ time.
This activity will likely result in more tractors and livestock trailers on our roads and specialist equipment seen in fields. This also means we may see increase in reported thefts of farm equipment and we suggest that it is securely locked away each night.
In wildlife, we will all begin to hear the recognisable sound of grasshoppers and crickets in meadows and gardens as males vie for the attention of potential mates.
Owl chicks are starting to venture out of nests and onto nearby branches as the get braver whilst our native snake species like adders and grass snakes can be spotted basking in the sun on hot days.
As the days get warmer more people are enjoying our beautiful countryside and more also visit our wonderful heritage sites.
This uplift in footfall however can cause damage to protected land as well as the increase in anti-social behaviour.
If you would like to read the full monthly update from the Rural Crime Team, please click here

Crime summary

Chichester and surrounding areas - 
Chichester Gate, Chichester – Overnight between Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June, a Children’s Nursery was broken into via the rear door and damage caused. Serial 0239 29/06/21
Westerton Lane, Chichester – Overnight between Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th June, a Blue and White Giant mountain bike was stolen from a garage. Serial 0262 30/06/21
East Marden, Chichester – On Saturday 3rd July, a professional Honda Lawnmower was stolen from a garden shed. Serial 0705 03/07/21
Stockbridge Road, Chichester – On Monday 28th, the rear bumper on a Mercedes C220 AMG line was stolen causing damage. Serial 0056 30/06/21
Droke Lane, East Dean – Overnight between Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th June, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Honda Civic. Serial 1032 30/06/21
Adelaide Road, Chichester - Overnight between Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June, damage was caused to a vehicle after the wing mirror had been ripped off. Serial 0921 29/06/21
Quarry Lane, Chichester – On Wednesday 30th June, a recycling bin was set alight outside of a business premises causing damage. Serial 1388 30/06/21
Angell Estate, Spur Road – Overnight between Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July, a skip was set alight and damage caused. Serial 0253 03/07/21

Selsey, The Wittering’s and surrounding area
Lakeside Holiday Park, Runcton – On Monday 28th June, a vehicle was stolen from the holiday park. Serial 1124 28/06/21
Drift Lane, Selsey – Overnight between Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July, damage was caused to a Tractor on private land. Serial 0514 01/07/21
North Mundham Village Hall – On Thursday 1st July, a mirror was smashed in the football changing rooms causing damage. Serial 1355 01/07/21

Midhurst and surrounding area –
Heath Road, Haslemere – Between Monday 28th June and Friday 2nd July, a residential property was broken into and Rolex watches and Jewellery stolen. Serial 1574 02/07/21
Old Janes, River – Overnight between Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July, a residential garage was broken into and motor cross bikes, mountain bikes and a quad bike stolen. Serial 0440 03/07/21
Bepton Road, Midhurst – Overnight between Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July, a shed was broken into and the rear of the leisure centre and damage caused. Serial 0423 04/07/21

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