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Tuesday 31st August 2021

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National retailer among four stores found selling potential weapons to children in Littlehampton
Police working to disrupt crime and raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives carried out a day of action in Littlehampton.

Officers carried out safety sweeps as part of Operation Safety through the town’s parks to make sure there were no hidden weapons, while police cadets joined test purchases at nine stores.

One of the stores, a major national retailer, failed to challenge a 16-year-old purchaser who bought an axe.

The test purchases are designed to test whether stores are adopting the Challenge 25 scheme, and to educate retailers which fail to challenge young teenagers from buying knives and bladed items.

In total four out of the nine stores failed the test purchase. Sales assistants at three of the stores were investigated and an education session was given to the fourth store which had failed.

Sergeant Scott Walters said: “Ensuring that shops and stores do not sell bladed items is a crucial part of ensuring our communities are safe and retailers take their responsibilities around this role seriously.

Sgt Walters said the punishment for selling a knife to a child can be anything ranging from an unlimited fine to a six-month imprisonment.

“We will actively pursue intelligence about being kept in private to ensure they are removed from circulation and to lower the risk of them being used for violence.”

You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
To report knife crime anonymously go to 
Crime summary
Marine Parade, Worthing – between 0330hrs & 0400hrs 24th August, a vehicle window was broken and the vehicle was entered and items were stolen. Cad 0585 24/08/21.
Latimer Road, West Worthing – between 1400hrs 24th August and 0700hrs 25th August, an insecure vehicle was entered and cash and sunglasses were stolen. Cad 0209 25/08/21.
Spring Gardens, Southwick – overnight between 23rd & 24th August, a van was entered and some items were stolen. Cad 0519 25/08/21. 
Abbey Road, Sompting – overnight 28th August, the front window of a property was damaged and access gained, some copper piping was stolen. Cad 1118 28/08/21.
Balcombe Avenue, West Tarring – overnight 28th August, it’s believed that bolt cutters were used to access a garage and items were stolen. Cad 1253 28/08/21.
St Lawrence Avenue, West Tarring – between 26th & 28th August, a shed was entered and an untidy search was conducted, then the security bolt was broken from the garage door, damage was caused. Cad 1617 28/08/21.
Southfield Road, Broadwater – between 26th & 29th August, a property was entered and item such as a TV, vacuum cleaner, jewellery and wine were stolen. Cad 0408 29/08/21. Cad 0408 29/08/21.
Littlehampton Road, Worthing – between 20th & 27th August, a pedal cycle was stolen from a communal bike shed. Cad 0770 29/08/21.
Thirlmere Crescent, Sompting – overnight 27th August male seen trying car door handles, male arrested. Cad 0304 27/08/21.
South Farm Road, Broadwater – approximately 330hrs 28th August – an attempt was made to enter a van, damage was caused to the door locks but no access was gained and nothing was stolen. Cad 0486 28/08/21.
West way, Lancing – approximately 0230hrs 19th August, a device was used to gain access to a van where tools and a skate board were stolen. Cad 0872 28/08/21.
Petworth Avenue, Goring – between 2200hrs 28th & 1500hrs 29th August, cash was stolen from a vehicle, no damage was caused to the vehicle. Cad 0092 30/08/21.
Newland Street, Worthing – between 1300hrs & 1330hrs 29th August a catalytic converter was stolen from a Honda Jazz. Cad 0697 29/08/21.
Grand Avenue, Worthing – between 1130hrs – 1300hrs 29th August a catalytic converter was stolen from a Honda Jazz. Cad 0828 29/08/21.
Lyons Way, Broadwater – between 1300hrs – 1400hrs 29th August a catalytic converter was stolen from a Toyota Prius. Cad 0878 29/08/21.
Grand Avenue, Worthing – between 2200hrs 28th & 1345hrs 29th August, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Toyota Auris. Cad 0052 31/08/21.

Our officers and PCSOs will be attending the Adur East Lions Club Family Funday at Buckingham Park on Sunday 5th September, if you’re planning on attending, please come and see us.   

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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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