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Wednesday 13th October 2021

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Police join with partners to raise awareness of hate crime
Police are joining with partners to raise awareness of hate crime and the devastating impact it can have on its victims.
The force is marking Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 9 - 16) with a number of engagement events to encourage reporting of hate crime, and to highlight the work being done by police and partners to address the issue in Sussex.
A hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender’.
It doesn’t always include physical violence – someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you, or posting abusive comments or messages online, can also constitute a hate crime.
Neighbourhood Youth Officers will also be working closely with schools to raise awareness of hate crime among young people, particularly around online offences.
A newsletter will be issued to all Sussex schools featuring resources on how to tackle hate crime incidents with children and teenagers, including issues on extremism and radicalisation.
Hate crime can be reported via our website or by calling 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Messages around Hate Crime Awareness Week will be shared across the Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We will listen and act
Sussex’s Chief Constable has said she is “intently listening and ready to act” on the experiences of women and girls across Sussex in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard.
Jo Shiner acknowledged the crime has shocked the nation and left some people doubting the police, particularly women.
Sussex Police, working with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will develop a programme of engagement with local communities about the issues raised, to help rebuild trust and boost work already underway.
Chief Constable Shiner said: “The crime was horrific and it has eroded the confidence some people have in the police to protect them. As a woman and as a police officer, this hurts, and I know it hurts my colleagues who work hard every day to protect people and catch criminals.
Sussex Police works closely with other agencies, charities and voluntary groups across Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex, to tackle violence against women and girls across Sussex.

Identifying police officers
As a result of the case, officers and staff in Sussex understand some people may require additional reassurance.
If this is the case, they can use their police radio on loud speaker, allowing the police control room to confirm the identity of the officer, that they are on duty and carrying out legitimate policing business.
Off-duty officers intervening in a crime in action or where someone is vulnerable, and not carrying a radio, will quickly call 999 for back up.

Street Safe App
Sussex Police is one of a number of police forces currently piloting a new app called Street Safe.
Launched by the Home Office, the Street Safe app allows women to anonymously flag up the areas in public where they feel or have felt unsafe. The information is shared with the relevant agency for action.
Teenager charged with Horsham stabbing
A teenager has been charged and remanded in custody in connection with a stabbing in Horsham town centre.
Police were called to the incident in East Street at 1.37am on Saturday 2 October, after a 21-year-old local man suffered stab wounds to the body.
He was taken to hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
A 19-year-old man from Horsham was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, theft by finding, possession of a Class A drug and possession of a Class B drug. He has been released on conditional bail until 2 November, pending further enquiries.
Following enquiries, police located a fourth suspect, who was arrested in London with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police.

Harvey Beckett, 18, of Burnham Place, Horsham has since been charged with causing grievous bodily harm, possession of a knife in public and possession of a Class B drug.
He has been remanded in custody and is next scheduled to appear before Lewes Crown Court on 5 November.
The investigation continues, and anyone with any information is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Deputy.
Crime summary
New Town Road, Storrington
– over a period of time a garage was entered and golf clubs were stolen. Cad 0252 06/12/21.
Gay Street Lane, North Heath – Between 1600hrs 6th October and 1300hrs 7th October, a window was damaged and entry gained to the property, jewellery was stolen. Cad 0613 07/10/21.
Smithers Hill Lane, Shipley – between 1700hrs 8th October and 1045hrs 9th October, a property that is being renovated was entered, nothing stolen, however a window in a garage was damaged and entry was gained. Power tools and hand tools were stolen. Cad 0556 9/10/21.
Wantley Hill Estate, Henfield – between 1130hrs and 1630hrs 12th October a rear conservatory door was damaged and jewellery was stolen. Cad 0943 12/10/21.
Swan Close, Southwater – between 1430hrs and 1530hrs 1st October, a mobile phone was stolen from an insecure vehicle. Cad 0678 05/10/21.
Owlscastle Close, Horsham – approximately 415am and attempt was made to enter a vehicle, believe in an attempt to steal. The vehicle was secure and nothing was stolen. Cad 0131 13/10/21.
Comptons Lane, Horsham – between 1000hrs and 2000hrs 12th October, damage was caused to rear patio doors believe in an attempt to enter. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen. Cad 0440 13/10/21.  

PCSO Recruitment 
Unfortunately our police officer recruitment has now closed but we will shortly be recruiting for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
If you or anyone you know are interested in a career in the police, keep an eye on our website or on our Facebook and twitter pages for more information.  


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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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