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Tuesday 3rd August 2021

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Sussex Police secures more than £500,000 extra funding to tackle serious violence

The Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership has been successful in their bids for more than £500,000 of additional funding to help support the county’s most vulnerable young people and combat the root causes of violent crime. This takes the total amount of additional funding for tackling serious violence in Sussex to just under £2million.

The Violence Reduction Partnership – a multi-agency group which identifies and tackles the root causes of violent crime involving young people – has been awarded £518,862 of additional Government funding for two programmes aimed at reducing young people’s risk and vulnerability to serious violence.

An investment of £228,084 will fund the continuation of the SWITCH programme, a youth mentoring service delivered by Albion in the Community (AITC), the official charity of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.

SWITCH provides independent mentoring for young care leavers who are victims of exploitation, at risk of falling into criminality or already perpetrators of violent crime.
Young adults aged between 17 and 25 are offered immediate support if they are taken into custody, preparing to leave care or are brought to the attention of local authorities due to a violent incident.

This extra funding will also support the project to work with A&E departments and GPs to increase the number of referrals from these settings.
Detective Superintendent Stu Hale said: “Tackling the root causes of violent crime in our county is a key priority for Sussex Police, and central to this is working with our partner agencies on early intervention with young people.

“This additional funding will allow us to continue to provide targeted support to those who need it most and help change the course of hundreds of young people’s lives before vulnerability turns into criminality.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I’m delighted that our Violence Reduction Unit has been awarded additional funding as this will expand upon the real difference it is already making for vulnerable young people in Sussex.
“The programmes offered are helping tackle the issues at the heart of much of the violent crime within our county, making it a safer place for us all. They are also making a meaningful improvement to the lives of those involved, giving them the chance of a brighter, crime-free future.”

Police seek Worthing rape suspect seen in photos

Police have released photos of a man they want to interview about the rape of a woman on the beach at Worthing in the early hours of Sunday morning 25 July.
The offence took place near the Splash Point children’s' play area, between 3am and 4am on Sunday morning.

The woman in her twenties is being supported by specially trained officers while the investigation continues.

The man police are seeking is described as white, about 19, 5’7-5’8”, and of medium build with brown hair, a well-groomed beard, and possibly a gold tooth. He was wearing a black jacket with a white emblem on the back, blue ripped jeans and white trainers.

He had been seen in the nearby Bar10 club shortly before the offence.

Detective Constable Charlotte Dawson of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "This is an isolated incident for the area. If you know this man, of if you were in that area of Worthing beach early on Sunday morning and saw anything that could help our investigation, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Tile."

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 
Crime summary
Reference:  0419 27th August
Location:  Meadowview Road, Sompting
Date and time: Approximately 3am 27th July
Details:  A window was forced open and broken, however, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

Reference: 0480 27th July
Location: Evelyn Road, Broadwater
Date and time: Approximately 2230hrs 26th July
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property, no entry gained and nothing was stolen.

Reference: 1255 28th July
Location: Upper Kingston Lane, Southwick
Date and time: Between 0300hrs – 0400hrs 28th July
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property, no access gained but damage was caused.

Reference: 1128 30th July
Location: Stanley Road, Worthing
Date and time: Approximately 1900hrs 30th July
Details: Damage was caused to a door, however, nothing was stolen.

Reference: 1208 2nd August
Location: Rectory Road, West Tarring
Date and time: Between 1330hrs and 1900hrs 2nd August
Details: Entry was made through a bathroom window. Financial cards
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0306 2nd August
Location: Nursery Close, Lancing
Date and time: Between 2230hrs 1st August – 0730hrs 2nd August
Details: An insecure shed was entered and a pedal cycle was stolen.
Officer and PCSO Patrols
Over the last week you may have seen PCSO Marsden and PCSO Agate who were doing some patrols around Shoreham Fort and came across a police dog who was in training to be a sniffer dog.  

On Wednesday our neighbourhood policing team were at Cambourne Court, Shelley Road with Worthing Homes and other partners. Thank you to all those who came along.

And over the weekend, our neighbourhood team were out on Truleigh Hill speaking to local residents and farmers in the area.

If you would like to speak to your neighbourhood team, please email them on

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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