15th September 2017
News and appeals
Ex-priest charged with non-recent sex offences against girl in Warnham
A man has been charged with sex offences against a young girl while he was a priest in West Sussex.
On Wednesday (13 September) Brian Spence, 78, also known as Macduff, a former Church of England priest of Sutton Road, Shrewsbury, appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court to answer a summons alleging that he committed four offences of indecent assault on a girl then aged between 10 and 11 in Warnham, West Sussex, between 1978 and 1980.
He pleaded not guilty to all offences, and the case was committed Lewes Crown Court for a preliminary trial preparation hearing on 11 October.
The summons alleges that he indecently assaulted the girl at two locations in Warnham, one of which was Warnham parish church where he was the priest at the time.
Sussex Police officers who investigated the allegations which were received for the first time in September 2016, have worked closely with the Diocese of Chichester’s Safeguarding Team, who have actively supported the investigation.
Police emphasize that there are no current safeguarding issues for the church or the local Warnham community in relation to the investigation.
Taxi driver threatened in Billingshurst
A taxi driver was threatened while he was working on in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The driver was sat in his taxi on Station Road on Sunday (September 10) around midnight when someone banged on his window and he opened the door. The suspect threatened the driver with a knife and racially abused him before walking off.
The victim, a 33-year-old man from Lancing, was unhurt but extremely shaken up.
Officers are investigating. Anyone with information or saw what happened is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 38 of 10/9. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0501 8th September
Location: West Chiltington Road, Pulborough
Date and time: Between 0830hrs – 1030hrs 8th September
Details: House broken into and painting stolen.
Reference: 0659 10th September
Location: Riverside Caravan Park, Upper Beeding
Date and time: Between 9th September – 1300hrs 10th September
Details: Window broken, someone has entered, unsure if anything has been stolen.
Reference: 1109 14th September
Location: Carter Drive, Broadbridge Heath
Date and time: Between 8th September – 14th September
Details: Broke window and entered the property, unsure if anything has been stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0240 8th September
Location: Pound Lane, Mannings Heath
Date and time: 7th September – 8th September
Details: Garage broken into and pedal cycles stolen.
Reference: 0156 10th September
Location: Church Road, Mannings Heath
Date and time: Between 2300hrs 8th September and 0600hrs 9th September
Details: Garage broken into and pedal cycle stolen
Reference: 0769 10th September
Location: Truleigh Road, Upper Beeding
Date and time: Between 1330hrs – 1445hrs 10th September
Details: Someone has attempted to break into a garage. Damage caused to garage door
Reference: 0497 13th September
Location: 64 Forest Road, Horsham
Date and time: Between midnight and 0700hrs on 11th September
Details: Garage entered via insecure side door lawn mower stolen
Reference: 1182 14th September
Location: Thelton Ave, Broadbridge Heath
Date and time: 12th – 14th September
Details: Garage broken into, pedal cycle and tent stolen.
Reference: 0322 14th September
Location: Horsham Road, Rusper
Date and time: Unknown
Details: Broke into secure shed and stole pedal cycles and leaf blower.
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