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Tuesday 20th July 2021
News and appeals 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 Childline for help on 0800 1111 or go online at childline.org.uk.
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 https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info TO SEE THE FULL STORY INCLUDING A VIDEO, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/sussex-police-welcomes-changes-to-offensive-weapons-act/
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).
Crime summary Burglary – there are no burglaries to dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0297 18th July
Location: Silver Birch Drive, Durrington
Date and time: Between 2000hrs 17th July and 0530hrs 18th July
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from an insecure garage.
PCSO and Officer Patrols
As always, our PCSOs have been out in the community engaging with their local areas. You may have seen PCSO Saiduroviene out in Worthing on Wednesday morning and this morning (20th July) our PCSOs visited Lamb Park where the annual Ede was taking place.
Scams / Fraud
Over the past few months Worthing has seen a rise in scams, especially romance scams. Other scams include online shopping & auctions and computer software services. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Please visit the Sussex police website for more information on scams and fraud.
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
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 Speed watch in the ‘Engage with us’ section below.
The driver of a delivery van decided to park on zig zags blocking a pedestrian crossing in Lancing, the driver was given three points on their driving licence and a £100 fine.
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.
An unlicensed driver was stopped in Worthing and their vehicle was seized. Members of the public reported concerns for the way a vehicle was being driven in Worthing and that the driver may have been drinking. The vehicle was found and officers stopped the driver who was arrested for drink driving as well as having no licence or insurance.
A car was stopped in Chichester as two young children were sitting in the back not wearing seatbelts, there were no child seats to keep them safe. Checks on the vehicle also showed it had a defective tyre which is dangerous and could cause an accident.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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