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Alert message sent 26/08/2016 16:03:00

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Two people arrested for Horsham robberies

Police investigating a series of robberies in Horsham have arrested two people in connection.

Five reports were received about robberies in under two weeks, four in Horsham Park and one in Station Road, Christ's Hospital. As the suspects were described were similar and officers started the investigation linking the offences. In all cases the suspect approached the victims, all men, and demanded cash.

The incidents happened on July 28 at 6.50pm, August 1 at 4.50pm on Station Road, Christs Hospital, August 8 at around 5.50pm, where two separate victims were robbed in Horsham Park and on August 9 at 8.45am in Horsham Park.

Detective Inspector Antony Leadbeater said: "We are keen to trace any witnesses who may have been in the locations at the time. We would also like to speak to a man on a bike who it is thought the suspect also threatened and shouted at on August 8 at around 5.50pm in Horsham Park. This man may have been a witness to the robbery occurring or actually be a victim himself.

"While arrests have been made and the public should be reassured, we ask people to remain vigilant when walking alone and report any suspicious behaviour to us."
A 21-year-old man from Horsham was arrested on suspicion of robbery has been bailed until September 16. A 17-year-old boy from Horsham was also arrested on suspicion of robbery and he has been bailed until 24 September.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incidents in Horsham are asked to call 101 quoting serial 338 of 9/8/16 or can report via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

Tributes paid to Rustington motorcyclist who died in Henfield collision

Tributes have been paid to an "incredible individual”, who sadly died in a road traffic collision in Henfield.

Paul Nash grew up in the Northamptonshire villages of Yardley Gobion and Greens Norton, and attended both Sponne School and the former Kingsbrook School, in Towcester.

He joined the Navy in 1985 at the age of 17, and after several years of service left to have his two sons Danny and Bailey.

He then moved to Brighton where he jointly managed The Cricketers in Black Lion Street – one of the oldest pubs in the city – with his brother Andy. It was there he meet his best friend ‘Dave the doorman', who always looked out for Paul in the years thereafter.

Paul met his wife Kim 16 years ago, and the couple tied the knot on the Greek island of Rhodes – in the company of close friends and family – in 2009.

Kim said: "That was one of the best days of our lives, and one that I'll always cherish. Paul was a terrific father to his two boys and a wonderful husband.

"Paul worked for Diageo (a consumer goods company) from 2000, where he met some fantastic people and was a great inspiration to many with the love, energy and enthusiasm he had for his work.

"He was an incredible individual who was a friend to so many people, and he touched so many lives in so many different ways.

"He was fun-loving, full of life and just great to be around. He always put others first and he will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him."

It was at about 2.10pm on Sunday (21 August) when the black Triumph motorcycle Paul was riding collided with a white Nissan Qashqai on the A2037 Shoreham Road, in Henfield. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The 47-year-old, from Rustington, leaves behind wife Kim, 40 - sons Danny, 25, and Bailey, 19, parents Rose and Alun, and siblings Coral and Andrew.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or either of the vehicles in the area in the moments leading up to the crash, is asked to contact collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Operation Alderstone.



 
Crime summary

Scams

We have seen an increase this week across Horsham of people reporting to have received calls from companies claiming to be able to fix your computer. Fraudsters often try to trick people out of their money by telephoning them at home and pretending to be someone trustworthy.

They use well-rehearsed stories, designed to gain their victim’s trust, for example pretending to be police officers who have just arrested someone using a copy of your bank card and alerting you that your money is in danger, or pretending to be from your phone or computer service provider and claiming that there is a problem with your system that they need to fix.

Fraudsters often claim to be officials and can seem very genuine, but you should always bear in mind that callers may not be who they claim to be, even if they already seem to know details such as your name and address.

Genuine police or bank staff would never ask you to withdraw or transfer cash from your account, nor would they ever ask for your four digit bank PIN number. Never tell anyone this number, it is for you to use in cash machines and shops only.

Genuine computer firms will not call unexpectedly to help fix your computer. Fraudsters make these calls to try to gain access to your online bank account or to trick you into paying for something you didn’t need or to damage your computer with harmful software.
The most common type of fraud affecting older residents in Sussex is “advance fee” fraud, where fraudsters persuade victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods or financial gains that do not then materialise.

Beware of anyone asking for money in advance. For example, fraudsters may claim that you are entitled to PPI compensation or that you are to inherit money from a relative, but you need to pay legal or administrative fees first. Genuine firms don’t ask for this, it is likely to be a scam.

If you’ve already been a fraud victim, beware that fraudsters may pretend to be lawyers or police claiming they can help recover your money.

What to do

·    Be sceptical of callers, even those who claim to be officials.

·    Don’t be afraid to put the phone down with a brief ‘No, thank you’.

·    NEVER give personal information, such as your date of birth or bank details, to unexpected callers.

·    NEVER allow an unexpected caller to talk you through processes on your computer, like downloading new software or accessing your online bank account.

·    Remember that the police or your bank would NEVER unexpectedly call you and ask you to withdraw cash or move your money to another account, as a result of fraud or any other reason.

·    If callers suggest you call your local police or bank to check who they are, use another phone or ensure the line has been fully disconnected by phoning a friend or relative first, or by waiting at least 3 minutes, otherwise you may think you’ve phoned a number, but you’re simply talking to the fraudsters again. This is a common fraudsters’ tactic.

·    If a caller asks you to type your bank PIN number into your telephone handset - do not do this, as fraudsters can use technology to identify the numbers.

·    You can opt out of many cold calls by registering for free with the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707.

Burglaries

Reference: 0531 21-08
Location: Langridge Lane, Broadbridge Heath
Date and time: 18/08/16 – 21/08/16
Details: Window found open although point of entry not known. Laptop stolen.

Reference: 1194 25-08
Location: Meadow Drive Henfeild
Date and time: 20/08/16 – 24/08/16
Details: Neighbour heard glass smash and went to their garden. Believed this may have stop the suspects. No entry gained no items stolen.

Burglary OTD

Reference: 1611 19-08
Location: Highlands Avenue, Horsham
Date and time:  01/08/16 – 19/08/16
Details: Fishing equipment and a pressure washer stolen from an insecure shed

Reference: 0367 23-08
Location: Ashington
Date and time: 23/08/16 overnight
Details: Two petrol mowers stolen, by breaking a lock to gain access to shed.
 
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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 
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