News and appeals
Elderly woman targeted in Chichester distraction burglary
At about 5pm on Saturday (21 May), an elderly woman reported that a man knocked at her address in Shopwhyke Road and offered to carry out some gardening work. Once inside, he stole a wallet and cash before making off.
A small dark coloured car and a dark silver Ford Mondeo were both seen parked in the area around the time of the incident, and officers are appealing for the owners of these vehicles to come forward to assist in the investigation.
The suspect is described as a white man aged between 20 and 40, of slim build and with short black hair.
Detective Constable Gavin Percival said: "This is one of the lowest forms of crime someone could commit, and one which no one can be proud of. In particular, we would like to speak to anyone who travelled along this road, east of the Oving traffic lights, around the time of the incident, and anyone who may have a dashboard camera fitted. This simple device may have evidence that court assist us in this enquiry’
"We are also appealing for the owners of either of the two cars seen parked in the street to get in touch.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting serial 1021 of 21/05.
Appeal for witnesses to assault at Goodwood Racecourse
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault at Goodwood Racecourse in Chichester.
Police were called to the Gordon Enclosure at the racecourse following the incident at about 5.30pm on Saturday (21 May).
A 25-year-old man from Shoreham sustained facial injuries and a 24-year-old man from Pulborough sustained a fractured hand following the altercation. Both men had attended the racecourse together.
A 23-year-old man from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, has been bailed until 22 June pending further enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact email@example.com or call 101, quoting serial 1079 of 21/05.
Summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers begins next week
Surrey and Sussex Police's summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers begins next week.
Operation Dragonfly is a year-round strategy, run in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which targets offenders in a bid to prevent collisions and save lives on the roads across the two counties.
As part of the summer campaign, which runs from Monday (6 June) to Sunday 10 July, officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to identify motorists who break the law – and risk the lives of themselves and others'.
Police made 170 arrests in Sussex as part of the operation in June 2015; 148 on suspicion of drink-driving and 22 on suspicion of drug-driving. This is compared to 143 the previous summer.
Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said: "As part of this operation, we will be increasing patrols and carrying out routine checks on motorists in a bid to detect and deter drink and drug-drivers.
"However, it's important to note that while we will have officers dedicated to targeting offenders throughout the summer, it is a year-round operation and if you are caught, you will face the consequences.
"A lot of people like to have a drink when the sun is out, whether they are on holiday, having a barbecue or relaxing with friends. And while we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun in the sun, we also want them to act responsibly.
"If you're driving to an event or a venue, think about your journey home and plan ahead. Book a cab, take public transport or get a lift with someone who hasn't been drinking or taking drugs. And don't be tempted to get behind the wheel and drive yourself, even if you think you're fine.
"There is a thin line between being under and over the limit, and that's why we encourage people to drink or drive; not both. It's not worth the risk.”
To be consistent with previous operations, Surrey and Sussex Police will continue to identify anyone charged with drink or drug-driving.
And in addition to patrols and routine checks, officers will also act on intelligence to bring offenders to justice.
Sgt Badman added: "Members of the public also play a key role in making our roads in Surrey and Sussex safer – they can report anyone they believe to be drink or drug-driving anonymously, and it's quick and easy.
"Whether you suspect another road user is under the influence, you witness someone getting behind the wheel after drinking, or you are in a vehicle with someone who should not be driving, please report it. This can be done discretely and could help to save lives.”
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving.
Specials recruitment opens at the start of National Volunteers Week
Sussex Police has more than 700 volunteers across the force joining the millions of other volunteers in the rest of the country; these volunteers are celebrated in a national week starting on June 1.
In the middle of this week, special constables are also recognised on National Specials Weekend on June 4 and 5.
During the week there will be videos posted on the Sussex Police website and on our social media pages showcasing the great work our volunteers do each and every day. To follow the conversation on twitter use the #volunteersweek
The videos will feature Special Constables, volunteers, cadets and their team leaders sharing their personal experiences of how they've dedicated their time to the force.
Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: "We are also pleased to announce that we are opening the recruitment window for Special Constables on Monday (May 30) until Sunday, June 12. If you are already doing a job you love yet want a different challenge in your spare time, joining our force as a Special Constable could be the right choice for you."
He added: "Volunteers, like special constables, police staff volunteers and cadets, are a valuable part of Sussex Police. I am delighted to be celebrating their contribution to the force."
Commenting on the importance of volunteers, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I am encouraged that the recruitment window is open once again for Special Constables who give their time for free to help keep Sussex safe, and bring valuable experience and diversity to the workforce.
“One of the members of my Youth Commission, Conor Simmonds, became a Special Constable last year whilst still at University. I had the pleasure of joining Conor and other Special Constables during an Op Manhunt exercise in Brighton, where they tracked down and arrested suspects wanted for crimes, recall to prison and those who had breached bail in the city. Conor told me that being a Special Constable has really changed his perception of the police and subsequently benefitted his work with young people in the community.”
Sussex Police has been working with David Huse, an expert in the field of volunteering who lead the work with the game makers at the London Olympics. He has been working with the force as a volunteer himself in order to see how we can innovate and improve the experience of our existing and new volunteers in the future.
To apply to become a special constable please visit our website.
Chichester and surrounding area.
Ashburnham Close, Chichester - Male disturbed by resident in back garden stating he was interested in a copper water tank. Male seen to drive off in Renault Kango van. Ref 0713 of 25/05.
The Drive, Chichester - Between 10am and 3pm on 26th May a property was entered by smashing living room window. An untidy search of the property was made. Ref 1025 of 26/05.
Brandy Hole Lane, Chichester - Between 25th and 26th May a tile cutter, two drills and a radio have been stolen from building site where property is under renovation. Ref 0271 of 26/05.
Bosham Sailing Club - Theft of fire extinguisher and damage caused. Ref 0949 of 29/05.
Selsey and The Witterings
High Street, Selsey - Theft of pink and purple 'Universal' ladies bicycle. Bicycle was stolen between 12:45pm and 2:05pm, 31st May. Ref 1751 of 31/05.
Midhurst, Petworth and surrounding areas
Vann Road, Fernhurst - Theft of generators, garden tools and horse tack between 9pm, 27th May and 5am, 28th May. Ref 0272 of 28/05.
Lickfold Road, Fernhurst - Break to garage between 7-7:30am, 28th May. Theft of white Sthil chainsaw. Entry gained by breaking padlock. Ref 0357 of 28/05.
Lurgashall, Petworth - break to garage between 3pm, 30th May - 10am, 31st May. Damage caused to locks to gain entry. Theft of garden various tools. Ref 0460 of 31/05.