Sussex Police officers lead operation to tackle serious violence and knife crime
More than 100 officers from the force worked to proactively tackle serious violence and knife crime during a day of action across Sussex on Saturday 5th March.
A range of teams including the Specialist Enforcement Unit, Roads Policing Unit, Tactical Firearms Unit, the Tactical Enforcement Units, police dog unit, neighbourhood policing, new police recruits from our Divisional Coaching Units as well as new recruits from our volunteer Special Constables were involved. They worked collaboratively with officers from British Transport Police (BTP) and their Violent Task Force and Rail Enforcement Officers who supported the whole entire operation around the rail network and surrounding areas.
The high visibility activity part of Operation Safety – the force’s response to tackling knife crime and serious violence took place in Littlehampton, Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and Hailsham and saw officers offering reassurance to the public and responding to spontaneous incidents.
They made 14 arrests for various offences including possession of an offensive weapon, attempted grievous bodily harm (GBH), possession with intent to supply drugs, possession of drugs, drink and drug driving and breach of court bails, seized 14 weapons, carried out numerous stop and searches and issued six community resolutions.
The BTP Violent Task Force officers were working at Worthing railway station in plain clothes when they along with the Rail Enforcement Officers saw a group of youths attacking a man with a knife before they attempted to discard it in a bush. BTP along with Sussex officers detained a large number of youths at the station and arrested one suspect for an attempted GBH. They also located another outstanding suspect who was also arrested for attempted GBH.
Detective Superintendent Stuart Hale said: "Sussex is a safe place to live, with knife incidents falling below the national average. However, knife crime can have devastating consequences and we are determined to take proactive action to prevent further lives being affected.
"Carrying a knife can change your life. Although some people may choose to carry one to feel safer, they are actually at far more risk of harm and face serious consequences if caught.
"As well as targeting offenders and disrupting criminal activity, our focus is raising awareness of the dangers of knife possession to prevent lives being impacted by knife crime. We work with partners including the local authorities, schools, public health and charities to engage with children and young people and divert them away from knife crime.
"We all have a part to play in tackling knife crime and we encourage anyone with information or concerns to report it to us so we can take action."
As well as days of action, Sussex Police carries out proactive patrols, carries out educational outreach in schools and among local communities, works with Border Force to prevent knives from being imported, ensures local businesses are aware of Challenge 25 policies, and works to target prolific offenders.
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Re-appeal for information following RTC in Goring
Police are appealing for information following a serious collision between a cyclist and a car on Littlehampton Road, Goring, on a roundabout around 6.15pm on Saturday, February 26 2022.
The roundabout that joins Littlehampton Road with Yeoman Road was closed while emergency services attended the scene.
The cyclist, a 79-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.
"Anyone with information or dashcam footage which could help officers with their investigation is asked to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial number 1026 of 26/02/2022."
Five children detained in connection with Worthing stabbing
Police have warned that youth violence will not be tolerated, after five children were arrested in connection with a stabbing in Worthing.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident which happened in Chapel Road, close to Liverpool Road, around 4.45pm on Sunday 13 March.
Armed officers responded to the scene and five youths have been arrested.
Searches of the area, including the use of a police drone in Liverpool Gardens, have also taken place.
A 13-year-old boy sustained wounds to his torso. He was taken to hospital, where he continues to receive treatment for injuries which are thankfully not life-threatening.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander for Adur and Worthing, said: “As a parent and mother, I completely understand why the local community are so concerned by yesterday’s incident.
“While we are treating this as an isolated incident, I am well aware of the recent reports of youth violence, antisocial behaviour and criminal damage in the Worthing area.
“The behaviour we have seen amongst a small minority of young people in the community is deeply concerning, but tackling youth violence remains my priority, and my team and I will retain our robust approach to how we tackle this completely unacceptable behaviour and ensure those committing these acts are held to account for their actions.
“I would however ask, that people do not speculate or share names of young people across social media channels because this can severely hinder our investigation.
“Where people have witnessed or captured the incident on CCTV or mobile phone, I would urge you to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 874 of 13/03.
“Whilst the investigation continues, there will be a continued high visibility police presence in and around Worthing town centre over the coming days.
“Rest assured, we will continue to work in partnership with other agencies and the local community to reduce violence amongst young people.”
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
A 14-year-old boy from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A 15-year-old boy from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A 14-year-old boy from Littlehampton was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon (a knife) in public.
A 13-year-old boy from Littlehampton was arrested on suspicion of attempted wounding with intent.
A 12-year-old boy from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
All five remain in custody for questioning at this time.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/five-children-detained-in-connection-with-worthing-stabbing/ Crime summary The Boulevard, Goring by Sea – between 1000hrs and 1200hrs 8th March, a catalytic converter, a centre silencer and two sensors were stolen from a Honda Jazz. Cad 0631 08/03/22. Kingsland Close, Shoreham by Sea – between 2300hrs 6th March and 0600hrs 7th March, some loose change and other items were stolen from an insecure vehicle. Cad 1217 08/03/22. Oldfield Crescent, Southwick – at approximately 0230hrs 6th March, 2 males seen on CCTV entering vehicles and steal some keys. Cad 0135 09/03/22. Beaumont Road, Broadwater – between PM 9th March and AM 10th March, damage was caused to a conservatory door and entry was gained, a hedge trimmer and other items were stolen. Cad 0558 10/03/22. Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea – at approximately 2215hrs 9th March, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Honda car. Cad 0345 10/03/22. Victoria Road, Southwick – at approximately 2220hrs 9th March, a catalytic converter was removed from a Volvo 940. Cad 0176 12/03/22. Hammy Lane, Shoreham – between midnight and 0100hrs 12th March, an attempt was made to steal a motorcycle. The attempt failed and nothing was stolen. Cad 0243 12/03/22. Dawes Avenue, Worthing – between 0730hrs and 0740hrs 11th March, a window was broken on a vehicle, a search of the glove box was made and items stolen. Cad 0571 12/03/22. Cad 0571 12/03/22. Mansfield Road, Worthing – between 1800hrs 11th March and noon 12th March, a vehicle was entered and a sat nav was taken. There was no damage caused to the vehicle. Cad 0896 12/03/22. Chatsmore Crescent, Goring by Sea – between Friday 11th March and Saturday 12th March, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Honda CRV. Cad 1290 14/03/22. Brougham Road, Worthing – between 2300hrs 13th March and 1400hrs 14th March, a vehicle was entered and items including an IPod and some headphones were stolen. There was no damage caused to the vehicle. Cad 0164 15/03/22.
There will be a street briefing with our Police Community Support Officers from our Adur & Worthing neighbourhood policing team tomorrow 16th March at the Co-op in North Road, Lancing between 11am and 1pm. If you would like to discuss any concerns that you might have, please go along.
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