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Horsham Weekly Bulletin

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Good afternoon Horsham and a Happy New Year!

Welcome to our first weekly email update of 2018, we hope you find the information useful.

Sussex Police celebrates 50th anniversary

Sussex Police is delighted to be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

On 1st January Sussex Police celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is exactly five decades since the borough forces of Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton, and the county forces of East Sussex and West Sussex, came together in January 1968 to form Sussex Police.

Back then we saw the introduction of the Ford Escort, rock band Led Zeppelin and BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.

It is also the year five and ten pence coins were introduced in preparation for decimalisation in 1971, the M1 was completed and the first Isle of Wight Festival was held.

But while much has changed since then, including the way Sussex Police operates, the force’s core values remain the same – protecting people from harm, catching criminals and keeping communities safe.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of changes which have been necessary in order to maintain and improve our policing services. However, much remains the same, as outlined by our force priorities - to keep communities’ safe and feeling safe, to identify and protect vulnerable people, and to prevent and respond to harm.

“We are a workforce of individuals who serve with dedication, professionalism and moral courage. While doing so, our staff and officers have empathy, they have good humour in going about their duties, and most of all they have compassion.

“The landscape of policing has changed so much over 50 years. I am heartened by how strong we are as a force today, and I really do believe we are in a strong position to continue to protect our communities across the county.

“That’s why I invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of Sussex Police.”

Throughout the next 12 months, we will be exploring a number of themes which show how dramatically things have changed – while others have remained almost exactly the same – over the past 50 years since Sussex Police formed.

Take a trip down memory lane, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts - and follow #SussexPolice50 - for oddities and throwbacks from times gone by.

You can also stay informed by visiting the Sussex Police website.

Ex-teacher sentenced for sex offences at Horsham public school

An ex-teacher has been sentenced to a total of 42 months for a series of sex offences against pupils at a West Sussex public school.

Peter Burr, 72, retired, of The Square, Kingswear, Dartmouth, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday (5 January) after admitting nine offences of indecent assault on four boy pupils aged between 11 and 14, between 1969 and 1973, while he was a physics teacher and assistant housemaster at Christ's Hospital School, Horsham.

He had pleaded not guilty to four other indecent assaults and these were directed to lay on the court file, not proceeded with.

Burr will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to young people.

Burr lived in one of the rooms off the house dormitory in his charge, and supervised boys living there during prep and lights out, and in other daily activities around the school.

Detective Constable Rebecca Wilde of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit said: "He clearly focused his sexual attentions on boys between and 11 and 13 in his house, leaving older boys alone.

"Some of the offences took place in his study during informal Wednesday and Sunday afternoon gatherings to watch TV, with tea, biscuits and cake on offer. To be invited was regarded as a great privilege and he took advantage of this, and his status, to systematically touch and molest three of the victims.

"The fourth victim was assaulted in the dormitory area and at the school swimming pool.

"The four boys kept these traumatic experiences largely to themselves for up to 48 years and moved on with their lives.

"We were first told about Burr in February this year, when one of the victims came forward, triggered by hearing a local radio debate in London on the recently publicised football sex abuse scandal, and believing that insufficient attention was given to cases in which offenders were not public celebrities.

One of the others later came forward after the School advised ex-pupils of the ongoing investigation.

"This is an important reminder that such reports will always be taken seriously, however long ago they are said to have happened."

Sussex Police had full co-operation from management at the School throughout this investigation.


Crime summary



Reference: 0476 29th December

Location: Rusper Road, Horsham

Date and time: Between 1030hrs 28th December & 1215hrs 29th December

Details: Property entered via forcing rear window. Jewellery and Laptop stolen.

Reference:  0826 31st December

Location: Coolham Road, Horsham

Date and time: Between 1145hrs – 1930hrs 31st December

Details: French doors at rear forced open. Unknown what has been taken.

Reference: 0071 1st January 2018

Location:  Jackdaw Lane, Horsham

Date and time: Between 1400hrs 28th December & 1400hrs 31st December

Details:  Rear window was forced open and Jewellery was taken.

Reference:  1336 3rd January

Location:  Farm Lane, Horsham

Date and time: Between 20th December to 3rd January

Details: Damage caused to rear door believe in attempt to enter. Attempt failed and nothing was stolen.

Other than Dwelling


Reference: 0472 3rd January

Location: Park Lane, Maplehurst

Date and time: Between 1930hrs 2nd January and 1030hrs 3rd January

Details: Damage caused to garage door and 2 x pedal cycles stolen.

Reference:  0821 3rd January

Location: Brighton Road, Woodmancote           

Date and time: Between 1st January and 2nd January

Details: Damage caused to Garage door, nothing stolen.

Reference: 0962 3rd January

Location: Greenfield Road, Slinfold.

Date and time: Between 29th December 2017 and 3rd January 2018 

Details: Damage caused to garage door, 2 x strimmer’s stolen.

Good news

Our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving resulted in 195 arrests, helping to make the roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike through the festive period. This represents a slight fall in arrests compared with the same operation the year before, with 13 fewer drivers found to be driving under the influence.

Despite the end of this dedicated campaign, we will continue to proactively tackle drunk and drug driving throughout the year.

Read more here:


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