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Sussex Police Crime, News and Updates Newsletter

Dear Residents


Wow, what a beautiful day it has been and that bright yellow ball in the sky is finally making an appearance! Let’s hope it’s not in a rush to disappear.

The following information contains the latest Sussex Police news, burglary & vehicle crime details for Adur and Worthing, for the period of 8 March 2024 to the 19 March 2024.


Crime Reports

Burglary – There have been five reports of residential burglaries and garage break ins 


08/03/2024 Shelley Road, Worthing – Occupant’s flat was left unsecure and a bag was left by the front door and a purse with debit cards were stolen.

12/03/2024 Collingwood Court, Shoreham – Garage was broken into after the lock was broken and a chop saw and two nail guns were stolen. 

14/03/2024 Abby Road, Sompting – Occupant has returned home to find two suspects stealing roofing materials from his rear garden via a back gate. Suspects were later arrested.

18/03/2024 Croft Avenue, Southwick – Garage door has been forced open and external lighting has been tampered with. Three high value bikes have been stolen, with one later being recovered. 

18/03/2024 Grange Road, Southwick - An individual has posed as next of kin after the passing of the resident and gained entry to the property. Various items have been stolen, including bank cards and PINs. The individual was not known to the family. 


Burglary Prevention 

Please make sure your outbuildings and garages are locked and secure. We are continuing to investigate these burglaries and if you see anyone acting suspiciously around a property, please report it to us on 101 or 999 if you are witnessing a burglary in progress. 

For advice on keeping your property secure https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/window-security/

Further advice on keeping your shed and/or garage safe and secure can be on our website https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/secure-shed-garage/ 

If you have been a victim of burglary, you can contact Victim Support who can give you the emotional support and advice you need. It does not matter how long ago the crime took place – they are always on hand to support you. More information is available here https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/


Vehicle Crime – There have been seventeen reports of vehicle crime

09/03/2024 Ringmer Road, Castle, Worthing – Motorbike was stolen from the owner’s driveway and later recovered but badly damaged. Owner was able to locate the motorbike due to the tracker.

09/03/2024 Broadwater Road, Broadwater, Worthing – Car has been stolen from the car park at Bohunt School. The vehicle did not have keyless entry and was a project car that can not be driven. 

10/03/2024 Shakespeare Road, Heene, Worthing – Van was broken into overnight and access has been gained via an unlocked rear door, where tools valuing £8,000 have been stolen. 

12/03/2024 Sea Place, Marine, Worthing – Damage to a vehicle parked on the street, where the wing mirror has been snapped off, exposing the electrical wiring.

12/03/2024 Tesco’s, Durrington – Moped was stolen from outside the Tesco superstore, whilst owner was inside. 

12/03/2024 Brighton Road, Shoreham – Member of the public has disturbed a motorbike theft in progress and suspects got into a van and left the scene.

13/03/2024 Beach Green, Shoreham – Van owner has advertised a part of their van for sale which was going to be used for scrape. Suspect has gone on to steal the van’s radio and steering wheel, causing damage to the dashboard. 

14/03/2024 Chesswood Road, Seldon, Worthing – Back of owner’s pick-up truck has been popped open and £1,000 worth of tools have been stolen. 

14/03/2024 Lansdown Road, Marine, Worthing – Lock has been drilled on the rear door of a van and a drill has been stolen. Owner believes they may have been disturbed, as they only took one item. 

14/03/2024 Alma Street, Lancing – Van has been broken into and approx. £5,000 to £6,000 worth of tools have been stolen. 

14/03/2024 Lansdowne Road, Marine, Worthing – Two incidents of van break ins have been reported and it is not currently known if anything was stolen 

15/03/2024 Lansdowne Road, Marine, Worthing – Van break in occurred overnight and suspects have cut through the door to gain access. There were no tools or materials in the van and nothing else was stolen. 

16/03/2024 Chesswood Road, Seldon, Worthing – Van has been broken into, but nothing has been stolen.

16/03/2024 Chesswood Road, Seldon, Worthing – Van has been broken into via the rear door, where a hole has been punched through. Approx. £2,000 to £3,000 worth of tools have been stolen. 

16/03/2024 Butts Road, Southwick – Car was stolen from the road.

19/03/2024 Marks and Spencers, Holmbush Centre, Shoreham – Vehicle has been stolen from public car park. 

19/03/2024 Bedford Row, Worthing – Wing mirror on a car has been damaged and it does not appear to have been from another vehicle.


Vehicle Crime Prevention

For more information on how to prevent thieves targeting your vehicle, visit https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/vehicle-safe-and-sound/


Tool Thefts from Vans

We continue to receive several reports about vehicle crime in Adur and Worthing, where vans are being targeted and tools are being stolen. Entry to the vehicle is done via the rear or side door and although we are investigating these thefts, we are urging owners to not leave valuables or tools in their vehicles overnight. 

Where possible, if your vehicle is alarmed, please ensure it works and if you have CCTV, video doorbell footage of any thefts or witness any suspicious activity around vehicles, please let us know.

You can report a crime in progress on 999, or to report an non-emergency incident you can 101 or report online https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ 


News – you can find more information by following the link on each story


Vulnerable people safeguarded during County Lines Intensification Week


Dozens of vulnerable people were safeguarded as police and partners ramped up their efforts to combat wide-scale drug-dealing in Sussex.

A total of 36 arrests were made in the county during County Lines Intensification Week – a national operation which ran from 4 to 10 March.


Lancing man charged with child abduction


Police in Lancing have charged a man with child abduction after he was found with a teenage girl.

On Wednesday (13 March), officers were alerted to James Wadhawan, 34, being in the company of the teenager on a bridge near the A27.

They attended the scene and he was found to be in breach of an existing Child Abduction Warning Notice (CAWN) and arrested.


Sussex Police significantly improves domestic violence service


Sussex Police has dramatically improved its service to potential victims of domestic abuse with an innovative new system.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also known as Clare’s Law, allows people to request information on their partner or ex-partner’s criminal history to see if they are at risk of domestic violence. An individual can also make an application about someone else’s partner or ex-partner.


Reporting a crime – Click, Call, Connect

For non-emergency incidents or crime prevention advice, click www.sussex.police.uk,  (If you report a crime online, we will assess it in the same way as a 101 call). 

Call 101 when you do not require an urgent response. In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.

Connect with us face-to-face at a police station or contact the local policing team at www.sussex.police.uk/area/your-area

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us using TypeTalk on 18000 or by sending a text to 65999.



Sussex Police have a range of job vacancies, from PCSO’s, Police Officers, Detectives and Police Staff and you can find a range of career opportunities here https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/careers/jobs/


Children and Young People Support 

If you have children and young people in your family or you have friends that do, we are providing information and access to dedicated support services, if they feel they are unable to speak to their relatives or teachers. 


Is this OK?

Is This Ok? is a free, anonymous, and confidential service, bringing trained professionals together to provide support to young people through a chat service. You do not need to provide your real name (a nickname is fine for us!), and we don’t need to know your address.

The service is available for children and young people aged 13 - 18 years old and you can find out more here https://www.isthisok.org.uk/


Fearless - Crimestoppers

It can be a frightening time when children and young people hear of a crime being planned, witness a crime or are being exploited. Fearless enables young people to pass on information about crime 100% anonymously. The Fearless website is available here https://crimestoppers-uk.org/fearless/what-is-fearless



Have a great week 


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