New police warning about 'courier fraud' phone callers
Residents are being urged to stay alert following cases of courier fraud being reported in Sussex.
The warning comes as a new national social media campaign is launched by Action Fraud with victims nationwide reporting a total loss of over £10 million so far this year. See the Action Fraud website
Courier or impersonator fraud is when a fraudster calls the victim pretending to be from the police or a bank and asks for money under false pretences of many kinds. They will arrange for someone to pick up the money from the victim’s home, leaving the victim out of pocket. Many recent cases have involved the suspect taking the victim’s bank card and withdrawing money from their account.
This year so far, Sussex Police have seen 392 reports of this type of fraud against vulnerable victims, with a total loss of £1.54 million - an average of more than £12,000 per victim.
57% of the victims lived alone and 78% of victims were aged 60 or over.
The majority of victims used bank transfer, had their bank cards collected and handed over cash sums to the fraudsters.
198 reports came from West Sussex, 127 from East Sussex and 67 reports from Brighton and Hove. Read the full article here
Police search for wanted man Aaron Clarke
Police are searching for Aaron Clarke, 35, who is wanted for failing to appear at court.
Clarke, who has links to Crawley, was due at court after being charged with two counts of driving while disqualified.
He was last seen on Friday (September 17) when he made off from officers down a footpath in Steyning Close, Crawley.
Anyone who sees Clarke or has any information which could lead to his whereabouts is asked to call 999 quoting serial 600 of 17/09.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Witnesses sought to violent incident in Crawley town centre
Police in Crawley are seeking witnesses to a violent incident in the town centre in which a woman was assaulted and a baby girl was taken into a car which drove off at speed.
Between 5pm and 5.30pm on Monday 20 September, the one-year old child, was with a man and a woman who are known to each other and the child, in the play area of the Memorial Garden, when the man took hold of the child, refused to return her to the woman and walked off towards the car park by the play area while pushing the woman.
He then drove off at speed allegedly without securing the child in the car properly.
Police were informed and swiftly found and pursued the car to the nearby West Green area where it stopped.
The child and woman were unharmed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.
The 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, common assault, dangerous driving and possessing an offensive weapon. After being interviewed he was released on police bail until 19 October while enquiries continue.
Detective Constable Penny Furtado of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "If you were in the Memorial Gardens area that afternoon and saw what happened, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1000 of 20/09."
Thief banned from shopping centres in Crawley
A prolific shoplifter has been ordered not to enter shopping centres in Crawley following his latest spree of offences.
Ryan Higson appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court where he admitted multiple charges of theft from the TK Maxx store at the County Oak Retail Park in June.
In particular he would target designer handbags, concealing them in a bag before walking out of the store without paying for the items.
Police arrested him on August 27 and he was charged with 12 offences, and one count of criminal damage.
He was remanded in custody until his most recent court hearing on Monday (September 20), where Higson pleaded guilty and was released on conditional bail until his sentencing hearing.
Higson was ordered not to enter County Mall in Crawley or the TK Maxx store in Kingsgate, and was ordered not to enter the County Oak Retail Park.
Higson, 33, of no fixed address, will be sentenced at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on October 13.
Appeal for witnesses after aggravated burglary in Crawley
Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of men attempted to gain entry to a property in Crawley.
Officers were called to Dalewood Gardens at about 6.40pm on Tuesday (September 21).
The suspects left the area after the police were called.
One suspect, an 18-year-old man from Crawley, was later arrested in Barnfield Road on suspicion of being carried on a motor vehicle which was taken without the owner’s consent, possession of an offensive weapon and aggravated burglary.
He was released on police bail until October 19 while the investigation continues.
Witnesses or anyone with information should report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote serial 1143 of 21/09.
Sussex Police has opened applications for new police officers as part of its commitment to bolster officer numbers across the county.
The force’s latest recruitment window opened on Monday (September 27), welcoming applications over the following two weeks and encouraging members of the community to consider a career in policing.
The campaign urges potential applicants to ‘Change your life. Change lives’, highlighting the incredible impact police officers have in their communities, alongside the wealth of career opportunities on offer.
This financial year, Sussex Police will grow by 117 officers, building on the additional 129 constables welcomed to the force in 2020/21. The growth in workforce comes as a result of the government’s Police Uplift Campaign, strengthened through a rise in the local council tax precept.*
Now, applications are sought for recruits to join the force from June 2022 onwards as part of the three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme, during which they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training.
Applicants need two A levels comprising of one A level grade A* - C or Level 3 equivalent and one A Level Grade A*-E, or AS Level in a different subject, or Level 3 equivalent. You must have a minimum overall of 48 UCAS points.
With opportunities to specialise in a wide range of policing specialisms, a career as a police officer opens doors to roles in areas such as safeguarding, community engagement, investigations and anti-terrorism.
With this vast range of career opportunities to explore and diverse demands each day, police leaders are urging people from communities across Sussex and further afield to consider a career dedicated to making a difference.
Deputy Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “This is a really exciting time for us as we open our officer recruitment once again, welcoming applications from people who are keen to join the fascinating world of policing, supporting us in our mission to catch criminals, protect communities and deliver an outstanding service.
“Policing offers a unique chance to make a major change to your own life, there are a huge number of opportunities to give something back to society and make a difference. Put simply – you can change lives. Read more and how to apply here
Our recruitment team will be attending The 2021 Jobs and Skills Fair on Saturday 2 October from 10am to 3pm at the Drill Hall in Denne Road, Horsham. Come along to learn more about our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship which is now open for recruitment as well as all other roles and entry routes.
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