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Tuesday 20th July 2021

Crime summary
 Reference:  0334 17th July
Location:  York Close, Horsham
Date and time: Between 16th & 17th July 
Details:  Someone has attempted to enter a property, no entry gained and nothing stolen.

Reference: 1419 17th July
Location: Bennetts Road, Horsham
Date and time: overnight 17th July
Details: Someone has entered the property via an insecure door. Jewellery and a guitar lead were stolen.

Burglary other than Dwelling – there are no burglaries to outbuildings to report this week.

PCSO and Officer Patrols  
Our officers and PCSOs have been out and about again this week. One of the street briefings was in Thakeham on Saturday (17th July) when the local PCSO met with some local residents.

Catalytic converter thefts
We have recently noticed a rise in catalytic converter thefts in the Horsham district. These thefts have occurred in Pulborough, Southwater, Henfield and Steyning. If you have CCTV, ring doorbell or dash cam footage or have any information that might help, please call us on 101.

Roads Policing Unit
The latest Monthly Roads Policing Update has been shared on the Sussex Police social media pages.  
You will be able to see what’s been happening in West Sussex and across the county.
These are just some of the stories for West Sussex

West Sussex
Two mopeds were seen and stopped in Ford Road, Arundel, by officers whose investigations showed that one of the mopeds was being ridden on false plates and had actually been stolen in October 2020 from Brighton. The rider claimed to have bought it off an internet sales site the previous week, the moped was seized and enquiries are ongoing. The rider had no insurance and will receive six points on their licence and a £300 fine. The second moped rider was issued with a fixed penalty notice for an illegal number plate and broken brake light.

Local officers have been out with the West Chiltington Community Speed Watch group to provide support and positive community engagement. Our volunteers are crucial to help us make our roads safer for all road users. You can find out more and how to join Community Speedwatch in the ‘Engage with us’ section below.

A motorcyclist who was stopped due to the manner of their riding and was issued with a Section 59 warning as well as fixed penalty notice for an illegal number plate and no MOT. A Section 59 warning is issued where a rider / driver drives in an anti-social manner and can result in a warning on the first occasion and is given to the driver and put on the vehicle. If they do it again then the vehicle can be seized and only released when a fine is paid.
Speed checks were carried out on the A273, Hassocks, resulting in several motorists being stopped for speeding. Early morning speed checks were also carried out on the A286, Chichester and five speed offences were dealt with when officers carried out checks on the A285, Duncton.

The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, careless driving, drink-driving, driving with no licence, driving with no insurance, driving without a valid test certificate, failing to stop when required by police and possession of cannabis. He pleaded guilty to all offences, and at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 17 June, he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 42 months.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the fatal five causes of killed and seriously injured incidents on the roads. Our message is this drink or drive, never both.

Engage with us
Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police, which provides communities of Sussex an opportunity to report specific instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the road. In instances where there is sufficient evidence, road users are contacted and educated by Sussex Police to highlight the impact of ant-social behaviour on the roads on the wider community. All reports provide a vital oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents are taking place, assisting in the long term operational strategy of colleagues within SSRP and Sussex Police.

Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a county wide initiative involving community members working collaboratively with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding speed limits are referred to Sussex Safer Roads Partnership with the aim of educating drivers to educate their speeds.

To find out more about Community Speedwatch, or if you are interested in joining a local group, please contact SSRP

If you have any questions about road safety in Sussex, contact the SSRP team. 
If you suspect someone is drink or drug driving and there is an immediate risk dial 999 or text 65999 to report it.
News and appeals 
Storrington man jailed for child online sex offending
 A man who travelled to try to meet someone he thought was a teenage girl for sex in Crawley after online contact, has now been given a prison sentence.

Richard White, 44, unemployed, of Timberlands, Storrington, was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 1 July, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to attempting to arrange a child sexual offence.
For further advice about child sex exploitation and sources of support see the Sussex Police website
Sussex Police welcomes changes to Offensive Weapons Act
It is an offence to possess weapons including knuckledusters, zombie knives and throwing stars, even in your own home, following changes to the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 by the Government on 14th July.

The Offensive Weapons Act is in place to control the sale of knives and corrosive substances, and introduces new offences on their possession and use.

Other sections of the act that have recently started also include an updated definition of flick knives to reflect changes in weapon designs, and the banning of private possession of flick knives and gravity knives.

These changes will further help officers to take weapons off the streets, deal with those intent on using them, and vitally make it more difficult for young people to get hold of knives and other dangerous items in the first place.
What to do if you’re worried about knife crime
If you are under 18, you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime you should try to talk with your parent or carer, or alternatively talk to Child line for help on 0800 1111 or go online at
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 

Violence Reduction Units from across the country work together to prevent violence
As the national violence reduction programme enters its third year, Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) from across England and Wales met on Thursday 15th July to evaluate their progress in reducing violence and helping to build stronger, more resilient communities.
Launched in 2019, VRUs bring together different organisations, including the police, local government, health, community leaders and other key partners to tackle violent crime by understanding its root causes.

VRUs adopt a public health approach to violence reduction; this means focusing on understanding the causes of the problem and on testing, evaluating and upscaling interventions. Considering factors such as physical environment, health and education, can help to identify the interventions that will be most successful.

The Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership’s (VRP) focus has been targeting the risk factors in young people that can increase vulnerability and potential involvement in serious violence.
In East Sussex, the VRP is running a programme in College Central aimed at reducing the risk of young people being drawn into exploitation and serious violence. There was a 63% decrease in Fixed Term Exclusions across the 2019/20 academic year and numbers of young people coming to attention through the service also saw an 80% reduction compared with the previous year (Sept to Dec 2020 vs. Sept to Dec 2019).

The conference was attended by representatives from all 18 VRUs across England and Wales. Local, regional, and national stakeholders – people already working within violence reduction or those who would like to find out more about how these systems could work better together – were invited to join the conference. For more information, contact .

For further information about the Sussex VRP, visit the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Appeal for witnesses after catalytic converter theft
Police are investigating after the theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle.
Officers were called to Manor Road, Upper Beeding, shortly before 4am on Tuesday (July 13).

A resident was awoken by a noise outside her home and saw four men targeting a yellow Honda parked in the road.

She challenged the group, who were seen leaving the area in a silver estate car.
Officers from Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) attended soon after the theft, and confirmed a catalytic converter was stolen from the Honda.

Signs that thieves may be targeting a vehicle to steal a catalytic converter include seeing a vehicle being raised using a car jack in a car park or residential area, and a loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed what happened, or anyone who has CCTV or doorbell camera footage in the area to come forward.
Witnesses or anyone with information can report it to Sussex Police online here or call 101 and quote serial 140 of 13/07.
Advice on how to prevent catalytic converter thefts or recognise the signs it may be happening is available on our website here.
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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