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Weekly Bulletin - Arun District

Alert message sent 13/12/2017 11:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Monday 4 December - Sunday 10 December

News and appeals

Numerous arrests were made over the weekend in Arun and Chichester. The offences included:- criminal damage, drink driving, domestic assault, possession of class B drug, affray and shoplifting.


Serial thief given eight years for defrauding three women

Peter Berry, 51, from Brockenhurst, Hampshire, has been given a jail sentence for conning 3 women out of a total of £68,000. He met one of the women while living in East Preston.

Witness Appeal after two men seriously injured in Yapton crash

Road closed for almost six hours after car and pedestrian collide. Please click on link below:-

Payment Diversion Fraud Alert


The purpose of this alert is to provide knowledge and prevention advice to farmers in order to protect themselves from falling victim to ‘Payment Diversion Fraud’. CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) payments are expected to be paid to farmers in December 2017. Information on last year’s payments are easily obtained via the government website allowing fraudsters to know when and how much potential targets will receive.


What is Payment Diversion Fraud?

Fraudsters who purport to be a trusted senior colleague or established customer may request that you change their direct debit, standing order or amend a bank transfer so that the payment can be diverted to a bank account which is in control of the fraudster. Fraudsters will often make the request under the pretence of a highly sensitive or urgent transaction. Contact is made via phone, letter but most commonly via email (personal or work address) used by the organisation or employee (which has either been spoofed or hacked). The fraudster then provides bank account details into which the monies should be paid.


What can you do to prevent yourself from falling victim to Payment Diversion Fraud?

- Ensure all staff, not just finance teams are aware of this fraud.

- Always verify email payment changes to financial agreements with the organisation directly using established contact details you have on file. If called ask the caller to give you a main switchboard number for you to be routed back to them. Alternatively, hang up and call them back using established contact details you have on file.

- Have a system in place which allows staff to properly verify contact from their CEO or senior members of staff; for example having two points of contact so that the staff can check that the instruction which they have received from their CEO is legitimate.

- Always review requests to change ‘one off’ payment requests. Check for inconsistencies or grammatical errors, such as a misspelt company name or a slightly different email address.

- Ensure computer systems are secure and that antivirus software is up to date.


Bognor Regis Neighbourhood Watch Community Facebook


Please click on link below for latest Neighbourhood Watch information


Crime summary

Bognor Regis


Greenfields, Middleton – Overnight on Sunday 3 December, an insecure garage was entered and a vehicle within searched; no items were stolen.   Serial 1018 of 04/12.


West Close, Middleton – Overnight on Sunday 3 December, a vehicle was entered and a hammer stolen.  Another person reported seeing a suspicious person walking up the driveways in West Close in the early hours of the morning before joining a person with a torch and then walking off. Serial 0565 of 04/12.   


Crossbush Road, Felpham – Overnight on Sunday 3 December, a vehicle was entered and an Apple Ipod stolen.  Serial1122 of 04/12.


Hinde Road, Felpham – Overnight on Wednesday 6 December, two insecure vehicles were entered and 2 pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses stolen.  Serial 0324 of 07/12.


Plover Close, Bersted – In the early hours of Friday 8 December, West Sussex Fire and Rescue confirmed a deliberate ignition to a vehicle in a garage compound.   Serial 0108 of 08/12.

Littlehampton, Arundel and Surround


Broad Piece, Littlehampton – On Monday 4 December, there was an attempt break to a commercial premises.  The alarm was activated during the early hours of the morning; no entry was gained.  Serial 0090 of 04/12.


Tarrant Street, Arundel – A Mercedes badge was stolen from the bonnet of a vehicle.   Serial 0814 of 04/12. 


Kilham Way, Ferring -  Overnight on 6 December, an insecure vehicle was entered and loose change stolen.  Serial 0846 of 07/12.


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