News and appeals News articles Police are making Worthing a hostile place for drug dealers Police in Adur and Worthing are taking robust action to make Worthing town centre a hostile place for drug dealers. The local Prevention Teams have been conducting targeted work on a daily basis to deter dealers from settling in the town. Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell of Adur and Worthing said: “Drug issues have a huge impact on the community and we want to send out a strong message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour. “We are carrying out daily action including the use of warrants, stop and search and proactive patrols to allow us to make arrests where required. “Increases in the policing element of the council tax precept are allowing us to increase our numbers, visibility and resilience within Worthing and the surrounding areas. “Since the start of the year we have arrested two people on suspicion of the conspiracy of drugs and a further two people for drug and knife offences. “All of the proactive policing we have been conducting over recent weeks has made the area a very hostile one for those involved with drugs and the aim is for these people to realise that we are here, we are tackling this issue and people involved in this criminality will be dealt with accordingly. “County line drug dealers are finding it increasingly difficult to settle in Worthing and this is a message we will continue to drive home.” 'County Lines' is a term used by police and partner agencies to refer to drug networks - both gangs and organised crime groups - from large urban areas such as London, who use children and young people and vulnerable adults to carry out illegal activity on their behalf. Miles added: “Quite often, these drug dealers are targeting the homes of vulnerable people, a term we call cuckooing. “Cuckooing means the criminals can operate from a property rather than on the street, making them less easy to identify, and often they move between different properties to cover their activity. “We are conducting daily welfare checks of people who we believed may be being cuckooed and ensuring safeguarding actions are taken where required. “We work closely with our partnership agencies, including the housing association and Worthing District Council, and have regular meetings to discuss safeguarding issues such as emergency rehousing. “When we visit a property of interest we will leave behind posters and leaflets to encourage neighbours and the vulnerable in question to report information to either us or Crimestoppers without delay. “No one knows their neighbours like the public and we are urging everyone to aid us with our proactive policing and help us tackle this issue.” https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/police-are-making-worthing-a-hostile-place-for-drug-dealers-357763 UPDATE: Three released under investigation in connection with distraction burglaries in Worthing Police have released three people under investigation in connection with a series of distraction burglary in Worthing. Officers received a call from a member of public to report three men acting suspiciously at a property in Clive Avenue, Goring around midday on Wednesday (January 6). Police attended the address at 12.40pm and spoke to the owner of the property who stated two men had entered the address after saying they needed to check a water leak. One man was described as white, 5’ 9”, around 35-years-old, with light coloured hair and wearing gloves. The second suspect was described as a white man, of large build, around 40-years-old and with brown hair. A third suspect was reported but a description was not given as he was waiting in a white van outside the property. A 41-year-old man from Cambridgeshire, a 46-year-old man from Goring and a 19-year-old man from Goring were all arrested on suspicion of two counts of burglary dwelling and theft and a further two counts of burglary dwelling with intent to steal. The three have been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in these areas from people matching the suspects’ descriptions are asked to report online or call 101 quoting 546 of 06/02. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/update-three-released-under-investigation-in-connection-with-distraction-burglaries-in-worthing-358075 Jail for Worthing arsonist A Worthing man who caused £11,000 worth of damage in an arson attack has been jailed. James Stewart, 27, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday (February 5) for sentencing following an earlier nine day trial. Officers were alerted by the West Sussex Fire Service to an arson at a property in Victoria Court, Worthing on February 22, 2018. Fortunately no one was in the flat at the time of the fire, but it was estimated around £11,000 worth of damaged was caused. Please click on the link for the full story. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/jail-for-worthing-arsonist-357675 Sompting rape prompts call for information We are appealing to anyone who may be able to help us as we investigate a rape in Sompting, which occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday (6 February). The victim, a woman in her 20s, was attacked in an alleyway off Avon Close. The suspect, who is not known to her, is described as a man with a tanned complexion, 5'10", unshaven, and wearing a black coat with zipped pockets and a fur-trimmed hood, together with a black beanie hat pulled down to his eyes. He spoke with a foreign accent and smelled strongly of smoke. Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and checks for CCTV or dash-cam footage that may help to identify the suspect or where he went. Det Insp Suzanne Neilson, senior investigating officer, said: "Any information is welcome, however insignificant it may seem. "Offences of this kind are fortunately rare, but we understand the concerns that may be generated. Extra patrols have been deployed to reassure the community and provide additional points of contact while we seek to trace and apprehend the person responsible." Anyone with information that may assist detectives is asked to report details online or to phone 101, quoting Operation Mire. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. The telephone number is 0800 555 111. For further advice, please visit the Sussex Police website here https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/sompting-rape-prompts-call-for-information-358070 Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Crime summary Burglary Reference: 0910 07/02/2019 Location: Upper Boundstone Lane, Sompting Date and time: On the 7th of February between 11am and 5pm Details: Entry was gained to a property by damaging a door. Jewellery was stolen Other than Dwelling Reference: 0443 05/02/2019 Location: Old Shoreham Road Southwick Date and time: Between 4th and 5th February Details: Entry was gained to a garage by forcing the door. Nothing has been reported as stolen.
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