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Police step up response to Worthing bike thefts

Police have stepped up patrols in response to an increase in bike thefts in Worthing.

A total of 32 thefts were recorded in the town between 1 May and 16 June in areas including Splash Point, Montague Street, Marine Parade and Worthing railway station.

The most commonly stolen bikes are Carrera Mountain or hybrid bikes, and thieves are typically using bolt cutters to remove locks.

In response to this, dedicated patrols have been carried out in the hotspot areas where the majority of thefts have occurred.

Sergeant Isobel Wimbleton, of the Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Bike theft is particularly prevalent in Worthing at the moment. We understand the financial and emotional impact it can have on victims, and that’s why we’re stepping up patrols in a bid to prevent and detect further offences.

“We will be running a community bike marking event at Morrison’s on 16 July from 10am to 12pm in conjunction with Neighbourhood Watch and would encourage cyclists to come and speak with us, and to get their bikes marked. This can act as a deterrent to thieves and also help to identify your bike in the event it is stolen and recovered.

“We will also be in attendance at the Sid Youth Summer Event on Friday 5 August from 12pm to 4pm at Sompting Recreational Ground, where we will also be bike marking.

“Our advice to cyclists is to securely lock your bike in a well-lit and busy area, and to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.”

On 20 June, officers patrolling in Worthing town centre responded to a report of a stolen bike, and thanks to their quick response and fast time actions, the bike was located and reunited with its owner, along with a second bike that was suspected to be stolen. Enquiries into this incident are ongoing. 

In nearby Horsham on 6 June, police received a report of a theft of a pedal cycle in progress at Sainsbury’s in East Street. Officers responded and three bikes were recovered, one of which was reported stolen the previous month and has now been returned to its owner. A 24-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft and has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries. 

Sgt Wimbleton added: “We have identified several suspects for some of the recent bike thefts in Worthing and once our enquiries are complete, we will be conducting interviews and making arrests if necessary. Thanks to members of the public, we have also identified a suspect from an appeal we put out recently, and our inquiries into this continue.”

Read more about how to protect your bike from theft here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/how-safe-is-your-bike/


Man convicted for drugs offences after A27 vehicle stop

A speeding motorist has been jailed after he was found with drugs stashed in his vehicle.

Officers from the Specialist Enforcement Unit were on patrol on the A27 at Worthing when they spotted a blue Proton Savvy travelling at excess speed at about 8.45pm on May 15.

When the vehicle was stopped, officers noted a strong smell of cannabis and searched the driver, Marion Tomaszewski.

They found he had a small amount of white powder in his wallet which was tested as amphetamine and a lock knife in his trouser pocket.

A further search of his vehicle found him in possession of ten wraps of cocaine, wrapped in lottery tickets, seven wraps of amphetamines in an old Strepsils tin, seven bags of cannabis in an old whisky tin, 19 MDMA pills, and a green tin containing five cannabis joints.

Officers also seized “burner” mobile phones that Tomaszewski used to make drug deals.

Tomaszewski, 58, formerly of Fetherston Road, Lancing, was charged with possessing cocaine, amphetamine, MDMA and cannabis all with intent to supply, and with possession of a bladed article, possession of cannabis and possession of amphetamines.

At Lewes Crown Court on June 14th he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a total of three years and two months in prison.

The court also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of all the drugs and the mobile phone seized by the officers and ordered Tomaszewski to pay a £190 victim surcharge.

A spokesperson for the Specialist Enforcement Unit said: “This result shows our determination to disrupt the supply of drugs on the roads in Sussex.

“Tomaszewski’s lucky number was up when we found the drugs he had stashed in unused lottery tickets and other tins.

“We have stopped him from selling a variety of class A and class B drugs that cause harm to our communities.

“He can now think about the impact his drug-dealing has and whether it was worth it while he serves his prison sentence.”



Burglary / Vehicle Crime 

Brighton Road, East Worthing – overnight between 21st & 22nd June, a window was broken on a vehicle that was parked in an underground car park and a wallet stolen. Cad 0268 22/06/22. 

Milton Street, Worthing – between 1300hrs 17th June and 1600hrs 21st June, a window was broken on a Ford transit and tools were stolen. Cad 0439 22/06/22. 

Poulters Lane, West Tarring – overnight between 23rd & 24th June, locks on a garage and summerhouse were broken and entry had been gained. Nothing appears to have been stolen. Cad 0513 24/06/22. 

Hildon Close, Durrington – between 2000hrs and midnight 25th June, a safe was stolen from a property after a door was left insecure. Cad 0101 25/06/22. 

Orme Close, Lancing – between 2230hrs 24th June and 0400hrs 25th June, entry was made to a property after a window was left insecure. Car keys and a VW Polo was stolen. The car was later recovered by police after it was located in Worthing. Cad 0267 25/06/22.  

Stoney Lane, Shoreham – between 2000hrs 24th June and 0900hrs 25th June, both front and rear number plates were stolen. Cad 0455 25/06/22. 

Elizabeth Road, Shoreham – at approximately 1825hrs 26th June, two males were seen on CCTV trying to steal from a Vespa scooter. Damage caused. Investigations continue. Cad 1178 26/06/22. 

Brecon Close, Salvington – between 1630hrs and 1930hrs 22nd June, the lock on a front door was damaged, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen. Cad 1392 27/06/22. 

Birkdale Road, Durrington – between 1550hrs and 2000hrs 27th June, the front and rear number plates on a VW Volkswagen were stolen. Cad 1398 27/06/22. 

Salt Marsh Road, Shoreham – several vehicles were found to be insecure and one had a bag stolen. Officers attended. Cad 0095 28/06/22. 

Ainsdale Close, Durrington – between 2300hrs 27th June and 0600hrs 28th June, a Lex Moto Diablo motorcycle was stolen. Cad 0147 28/06/22. 



The PCSOs will be at: 

Montague Place, Worthing on the 1st of July between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, if you have any questions or concerns about your community, please go along. 

There will be a meet and greet your local officers in Tarring Park on Saturday 9th July between 3pm & 5pm. 

And, if you have a pedal bike, there will be a community bike marking event on the 16th of July between 10am & midday at Morrisons in Newland Street, Worthing. 

Weekly Bulletin 

There will be no bulletin next week, the next bulletin will be on or around the 12th of July. 

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