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15th September 2017

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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.

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Crime summary



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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