20th October 2017
News and appeals
Two arrests after pursuit from Shoreham to Brighton
Two men were arrested after police and a kebab shop owner pursued them from Shoreham to Brighton.
Just before 6.50am on Saturday morning (14 October) two men were challenged by the owner of the Charcoal Grill at the rear of the restaurant in Shoreham High Street. He suspected them of attempting to steal used cooking oil from drums at the rear of the restaurant.
They both punched and kicked him, before making off in a transit-type van along the A259 in the direction of Brighton.
The 50-year-old owner got into his own car and began to follow them, while his son rang the police.
A police search took place and the van was seen by officers and followed through Brighton before being successfully intercepted and stopped by officers, without any injuries, in Western Road, at the junction with Holland Road.
The owner was nearby in his car but was not involved in the actual arrests.
The two men, 41 and 50, both from Enfield in North London, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and causing actual bodily harm. After being interviewed they were released under investigation.
A Sussex Police spokesman said; Thanks to the prompt and brave reaction of the owner, and the response of our officers who also spotted and tracked the vehicle, these arrests were made."
Police investigating night-time burglaries in Southwick and Shoreham
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary at a house in Sandown Road, Southwick, between 11.15pm on Wednesday, 4 October and 6am the following morning.
Cash was stolen in this burglary, one of ten house burglaries reported to the police in Southwick and Shoreham-by-Sea within one week.
The offences took place during the late evening and night-time between Tuesday 3 and Monday 9 October, and cash, bank cards, electrical items, push-bikes and foodstuffs were taken.
Detective Constable Jon Berisford said; “Any witness or anyone with information is asked to contact us online or call 101 quoting serial 168 of 05/10. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)
"We also remind residents to continue to take proper security precautions overnight and to contact us via 999 if they see or hear anything suspicious."
Police investigating series of distraction burglaries in Worthing area
Police are investigating a series of distractions burglaries involving elderly residents in the Worthing area.
During each incident, between two and four men have attended an address claiming to be from the council or the water board, and stating they require access to the property to check the pipes or relieve the pressure.
While one offender engages with the occupant, the others search their home for cash and jewellery.
At least three incidents have occurred in the past four weeks – in Rectory Road, Worthing, at about 11.30am on 21 September; in Onslow Road, Ferring, at about midday on 2 October; and in Worthing Road, East Preston, at about 12.30pm on 2 October.
The first suspect is described as white, in his 40s, about 5’1”, of chubby build, with short wavy black hair. He wore a black jacket and trousers, and a white shirt.
The second suspect is described as white, in his 30s or 40s, between 5’8” and 6’, of medium to large build, with short ginger hair and crooked teeth. He wore a black jacket and a checked shirt on one occasion, but also wore a blue jumper and rimmed glasses on another.
The third suspect is described as white, in his late teens, about 5’5”, with short dark hair. He wore a black jacket and trousers.
The fourth suspect is described as white, in his 20s or 30s, about 5’11”, of fat build, with short scruffy dark hair and green eyes. He wore a light coloured jacket and dark baggy trousers.
The three incidents are being linked due to their similar nature. On neither occasion were any of the suspects carrying ID.
Detective Constable Michelle Jewiss said: “It’s evident from the information received that a group of men are targeting elderly residents in the area, and we want to do everything we can to catch them and stop these vulnerable people falling victim to their callous crimes.
“We’d encourage people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to us. Don’t let a stranger in your home without ID, no matter how convincing their story may be. Keep your door locked or at least on a chain. And don’t leave your valuables where they can be easily found; consider a more secure location.
“If you have older relatives or neighbours in your area, keep an eye out for them and remind them of the risks associated with cold callers.”
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting Operation Inroad.
Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0630 17/10/2017
Location: Wordsworth Road Worthing
Date and time: Between 11:15 am and 13:30 on the 17th October
Details: It is unclear how entry was gained to a property. A laptop was stolen
Reference: 0659 17/10/2017
Location: Park Road Worthing
Date and time: Between 10:30 am and 14:00 pm on the 17th October
Details: A door handle was pulled off to gain entry to a property. Jewellery was stolen
Reference: 1235 18/10/2017
Location: Selden Lane Worthing
Date and time: Between 14:00-16:00 on the 17th October
Details: Entry was gained to a property through an insecure window. Cash and a camera were stolen
Other than dwelling
Reference: 0378 13/10/2017
Location: Brighton Road Lancing
Date and time: From 13th October to 19th October
Details: Various reports of beach huts which have been broken into or damaged. Unknown if anything has been stolen
Reference: 0341 17/10/2017
Location: Brighton Road Lancing
Date and time: Between 12th and 17th October
Details: A shed broken into by forcing the lock. It is unknown at this time what has been stolen
Reference: 0196 20/10/2017
Location: Eastern Avenue Shoreham
Date and time: Between 17th and 18th October
Details: A garage door was prised open. Nothing was stolen
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