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Tuesday 1st February 2022


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'Relentless' Specialist Enforcement Unit officers mark first year anniversary
A specialist policing unit has seized an estimated £1 million worth of drugs and cash from criminals in its first year of operation.
Sussex Police’s Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) was set up in January 2021 to tackle serious and dangerous offenders using the road network and to disrupt the supply of drugs into the county.
The team of highly-trained officers and detectives has already accounted for more than 21,000 policing hours across three divisions and has been involved in more than 400 arrests.
This has included working on operations such as murder investigations, tackling drugs offences, responding to driving offences and catching dangerous offenders and suspects wanted on warrants.
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to the website.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/relentless-specialist-enforcement-unit-officers-mark-first-year-anniversary/ 

Man jailed following armed robbery at petrol station
A masked man who threatened two shop workers with a gun during a robbery has been jailed for five years.
Shortly after midnight on 14 December, staff had just locked up at the Tesco petrol station in New Road, Durrington, and had set the alarm as per the daily routine.
They made their way across the main car park to their vehicle and got in. At this point, they were approached by an unknown man who smashed the driver’s side window with a hammer.
He pointed a gun in the face of the driver, demanded their personal belongings and told them to get out of the car.
He then ordered them back to the petrol station to deactivate the alarm, where he loaded a quantity of cash and cigarettes into two ‘bag for life’ bags before leaving the premises.
Unbeknown to him, the cash he stole had a tracker, which led police to a house in nearby Daisy Road.
Following a search of the property, officers discovered the two bags containing cash and cigarettes, clothing matching the description of clothing worn by the suspect during the offence, and a gas powered air pistol which was concealed in a hole in the wall within the eaves.
A black balaclava was also seized from a vehicle parked outside.
Darren Burdfield, 39, a building labourer, of Barnet Way, Worthing, was arrested at the address and charged with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
At Lewes Crown Court on 14 January – exactly one month after the offence – he was committed to five years’ imprisonment.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander for Adur, Worthing and Horsham, said: “This robbery occurred at a store in the centre of a densely populated residential area, and we understand the fear and concern this can cause the surrounding community.
“Thankfully, we were able to swiftly locate and arrest the defendant, and secure the evidence required for a timely prosecution.
“I’d like to commend the bravery of the two victims in this case. Though they were not seriously hurt, they have been understandably shaken by this incident.
“I’d also like to remind the public to remain vigilant – if you are aware of any suspicious activity, you can report it online or call 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.”
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/man-jailed-following-armed-robbery-at-petrol-station/ 

Appeal to identify man in connection with disability ramp theft
Police are appealing for information to identify a man in connection with the theft of a disability ramp in Worthing.
Officers were called over the theft in Garrick Road, Broadwater, at 10.30am on January 19.
The metal ramp was used by a vulnerable property owner to gain access to their home.
Now, officers investigating have issued CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.
He is described as white, possibly in his late teens or early 20s with short dark hair. He wore a high-viz vest over a dark hooded top, gloves, dark trousers and Adidas trainers.
Footage then showed him walking towards a silver coloured van.
Anyone with information is asked to report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote serial 484 of 19/01.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-to-identify-man-in-connection-with-disability-ramp-theft/ 

 
Crime summary
Sompting Road, Lancing – overnight between 2200hrs 25th January and 1000hrs 26th January, a motor bike was stolen. Cad 0342 26/01/22.
Heene Road, Worthing – approximately 0115hrs 30th January, after a call from a neighbour regarding a disturbance in a garage, officers attended and arrested a male for criminal damage. Cad 0098 30/01/22.
Cedar Avenue, Salvington – approximately 0415hrs 31st January, damage was caused to a van, believe in an attempt to enter, no entry was made and nothing was stolen. Cad 0166 31/01/22.
Freshbrook Road, Lancing – between 1400hrs 24th January and 0915hrs 29th January, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Toyota Prius. Cad 0752 30/01/22.
Heene Road, Worthing – between 1400hrs 29th January and 1400hrs 30th January, the wingmirror of a vehicle was deliberately broken. Cad 0731 30/01/22.
Sea Place, Goring – between 1200hrs 29th January and 1130hrs 30th January, a window was broken on a vehicle parked on a driveway and cash was stolen. Cad 0609 30/01/22.
King George Road, Shoreham – approximately 0451hrs 29th January, items were stolen from a Honda. No damage caused to the vehicle. Cad 1351 29/01/22.
Church Green, Shoreham – approximately 0404hrs 29th January, a male was seen to attempt entry to a vehicle parked on a driveway, the vehicle was secure and no entry was gained.  Cad 0435 29/01/22.
Waterside Road, Southwick – between 1700hrs 27th January and 0500hrs 28th January, a window on a van was broken and entry gained, tools were stolen. Cad 1481 28/01/22.
King George Road, Shoreham – between 2300hrs 28th January and 0600hrs 29th January, a jacket was stolen from an insecure vehicle. The fuse box cover was removed and the glove box was searched. Cad 0185 01/02/22.
 

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