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Tuesday 9th November 2021
News and appeals Firearms seized following man's arrest in Worthing
A number of firearms were seized after a search of a man’s address in Worthing.
A member of the public reported seeing two people handling suspected firearms outside a vehicle in a car park in Rowlands Road shortly before 2pm on October 23.
Officers from the Tactical Firearms Unit were swiftly on the scene and arrested a 53-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman in the car on suspicion of possessing firearms.
Two deactivated pistols were found in the vehicle.
Officers then searched the man’s address, and in an outbuilding they found a further 25 long-barrelled weapons, the majority of which were deactivated, and a further 10 handgun style weapons either gas powered or deactivated.
Renewed advice for e-scooter owners following rider's arrest and prosecution
An e-scooter rider has appeared in court after he was arrested and the item was seized by officers in Eastbourne.
Carl Bond was seen acting suspiciously in Seaside Road as he rode on the powered vehicle while on his mobile phone.
When approached, the 31-year-old, of Saxby Close, Eastbourne, remained on the electric scooter, and when searched he was found in possession of cannabis.
Following the case, Sussex Police is issuing renewed advice to electric scooter riders that they too face arrest, prosecution, and having their item seized if they are seen using it in public in Sussex.
There has been increasing public concern about road safety, with frequent reports of e-scooters riding on pavements and crime reports linked to e-scooters.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said: “This case is a reminder that owners of e-scooters can face being arrested by our officers if they are seen riding in public places.
“Riders are subject to the same laws a motorist would need to drive lawfully on the road, including the requirement to have a valid licence, insurance, registration plates and vehicle licensing, and to have the correct registration.
“E-scooters are illegal because there are currently no legal ways to register, insure or tax them.
“Section 59 of the Police Reform Act allows police to give road users a warning if they are reported to have used their vehicle in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance.
“Meanwhile Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act gives police the power to seize vehicles. So please make sure you keep and use your e-scooter on private land, with the owner’s permission, to ensure this does not happen to you.
“There have been plenty of warnings, we will now be looking to seize electric scooters and prosecute riders.
“E-scooters are becoming more widely available to purchase, and although it is illegal to ride a privately purchased e-scooter in public, they are not illegal to purchase. Many people may be considering buying one as a gift for Christmas.
E-scooter riders are being warned to expect further enforcement this month, with officers carrying out proactive patrols as part of planned days of action on the issue.
Across the country there are ‘Future Transport’ trials taking place, with the aim of gaining further insight into the environmental, health, and safety benefits of these types of vehicles.
Currently there are no areas in Sussex taking part in these trials and e-scooters remain illegal to use on public roads.
Sussex Police also seeks to highlight the road safety risks of using e-scooters. For example last month our officers appealed for witnesses after a cyclist riding in a cycle lane in Lewes Road, Brighton, was seriously injured by an electric scooter rider going the wrong way.
Earlier in the summer a police officer sustained serious injuries to his hand after an e-scooter rider failed to stop when directed to do so.
Electric scooter riders may also be taking a risk with their own safety. Department for Transport figures showed there were 484 casualties in collisions involving e-scooters last year, of which 384 were e-scooter users themselves.
Meanwhile here in Sussex 17 people were injured in collisions involving e-scooters last year. More recently a 54-year-old man tragically died from his injuries after he collided into a fence near Falmer railway station in June this year.
What happens if I am stopped by Sussex Police? Please read the full story to find out more.
For the full legal advice surrounding the use of electric scooters, please see our online page here.
Chancton Close, Worthing – between 1800hrs 2nd November and 0815hrs 3rd November, an electric bike was stolen from the rear of a van. The van was not damaged. Cad 0224 03/11/21.
St Thomas’s Road, Worthing – between 2300hrs 2nd November and 0630hrs 3rd November, a purse that was left on the seat of a vehicle was stolen, the purse contained a financial card and some cash. No damaged was caused to the vehicle. Cad 0249 03/11/21.
Manor Close, Southwick – between 0200hrs and 0600hrs 31st October, an insecure vehicle was entered and items including aftershave and a small bag of coins was stolen. Cad 0235 02/11/21.
Nutbourne Road, West Tarring – between 2200hrs and 2355hrs 2nd November, items including sunglasses and cash were stolen from a Volvo car. Cad 0895 04/11/21.
Norbury Drive, Lancing – between 2200hrs 4th November and 0600hrs 5th November, an untidy search was made of an insecure vehicle and loose change was stolen. Cad 1099 05/11/21.
Norbury Drive, Lancing – between 0730hrs 4th November and 0630hrs 5th November, a mountain bike was stolen from an insecure garage. Cad 0925 08/11/21.
Broad Reach, Shoreham – between 1755hrs 7th November and 0830hrs 8th November, access has been gained to a vehicle, nothing was stolen and no damage was caused. Cad 0189 08/11/21.
Whiterock place, Southwick – at approximately 2000hrs 6th November, a flat was entered and damage was caused but it’s not believed that anything was stolen. Cad 1256 06/11/21.
Victoria Road, Worthing – damage was caused to a front door and entry was gained. Cad 0249 08/11/21.
Downsway, Southwick – between 2200hrs 7th November and 0830hrs 8th November, a vehicle was entered but nothing was stolen and no damage was caused. Cad 0732 08/11/21.
Parkside, Shoreham by sea – between 0250hrs and 0305hrs 8th November, a vehicle was entered and a purse containing financial cards was stolen. No damage was caused. Cad 1082 08/11/21.
Victoria Road, Shoreham – between 0313hrs and 0319hrs 8th November, 2 vehicles were entered and items were stolen. No damage was caused to the vehicles. Cad 1101 08/11/21.
Southdownview Road, Broadwater – at 2300hrs 8th November, a motorcycle was stolen. Cad 1409 08/11/21.
Street Briefing – Our neighbourhood policing team will be in Montague Place, Worthing on Tuesday 16th November between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
They will be there to speak to people about knife crime and any other concerns local residents might have. If you’re in the area, please go and see them, they would love to meet you.
If you would like a street briefing in your area, please email the team on email@example.com please note, this email address is not for reporting crime. You can report crime by calling 101, report online or in an emergency by calling 999.
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