Weekly Bulletin

News and appeals
Witnesses sought to a burglary attempt at a house in Iping Lane, Iping, Midhurst

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary at a house in Iping Lane, Iping, Midhurst, at 3.52pm on Wednesday, 29 June when the suspects were disturbed by the home owner.
Having gained entry to the premises the offenders were in the process of searching the house when they were disturbed by the home owner who had returned after the alarm went off.
The offenders, described as two white men in their early twenties, ran from the premises before jumping into a waiting pickup truck, containing a third man, and made good their escape.
The truck is described as a clean white Toyota Hi-Lux or similar. It had four doors and a large chrome roll bar fitted. The registration is believed to have started with something similar to HK65.
Nothing was stolen.
Detective Constable Gavin Percival of the Priority Crime Team based at Bognor Regis said: “If you saw anything suspicious or saw this vehicle then I would be grateful if you could contact me. I would remind everyone to remain vigilant to any suspicious behaviour especially if you live in the more rural areas of the county.”
Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 1103 of 29/06.
Man admits stealing Rolex watch from patient at Chichester hospital
A man has appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court and pleaded guilty to stealing a Rolex watch from a dying patient at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.
Joseph Miller, 40, of Barnham Lane, Walberton, near Arundel, who worked at the hospital as a clinical nursing manager, was charged with theft in March this year.
The court heard that on 7 August 2014 68-year-old David Davies, of Birdham, near Chichester, was brought by ambulance to St Richard’s Hospital suffering from a serious heart condition. Sadly he died at the hospital a short while later.
However while he was being attended to in accident and emergency, his Rolex watch disappeared and despite a thorough search of the area, and checks with staff who were on duty at the time, it was not found.
The watch, a silver Submariner Rolex, worth £5,000 and a precious family heirloom, was reported as stolen to police.
Then in March this year the watch, which had been registered as stolen with the Rolex database, was taken into a jewellery shop in Chichester by Miller. He was arrested and officers were able to reunite the watch with the owner’s son.
Miller appeared at court on Monday (11 July) and the case was adjourned for sentencing on 9 August.
Witnesses sought to a burglary at a house in Bell Lane, Cocking
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary at a house in Bell Lane, Cocking, sometime between 6pm on Monday 27 June to 12 Noon on Saturday 2 July.
During the incident the suspects managed to gain entry to a detached and secluded property. It is not believed that anything was taken. However damage was caused to the doors and windows as the offenders broke in.
Detective Constable Gavin Percival of the Priority Crime Team located at Bognor Regis said: “If you saw anything suspicious please do not hesitate to call.”
Any witness or anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 666 of 02/07.
Sussex Police launch new video to prevent fraud and scams
Sussex Police’s new video is designed for professionals, relatives and visitors to the elderly and vulnerable, alerting them to the warning signs that they could be a victim of fraud and scams.
Ranging from scam letters through to rogue doorstep callers doing work which is unrequired, substandard or overpriced, the video introduces the wide range of fraudulent activity for which Sussex residents are targeted.
The video was launched yesterday, 12 July, at a Safer West Sussex Partnership event in Horsham, West Sussex, which included a performance of a play on the subject of scams from the students of Millais School. It coincides with other partnership initiatives being run by the force for Scams Awareness Month 2016.
The video can be viewed on the following link: https://youtu.be/tLP9XOfFaCk.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, who runs Operation Signature at Sussex Police, said: “We created this video because we know that those who visit elderly and vulnerable people are in a unique position to spot those tell-tale signs that someone is being victimised.
“The elderly and socially isolated are hard to reach with other messaging and that is why we are calling on professionals, volunteers and members of the public to spot the signs and report them.
Remember: banks and police will never call or email and ask you to transfer funds to a new account, collect your cards from your home, ask you to buy high value goods and never ask you to hand over cards or money.
◾Keep your money safe with these tips:
◾Check people are who they say they are. Not sure? Don’t open the door!
◾Never send or give money to people you don’t know or trust
◾Remember to protect your identity – don’t share your personal information with unexpected callers
◾Beware of email and computer scams. Treat all emails from unknown senders with suspicion and never click on links within them
◾Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone
◾If in doubt, phone a relative, friend or someone you know personally.

Crime summary

Chichester
Terminus Road, Chichester – Unsuccessful attempt to jemmy open roller door. No entry gained. Ref 0194 of 11/07.
Building Site, Barnfield Drive, Chichester – Between 9th and 11th July diesel generator stolen that had been padlocked to scaffolding. Value £5000. Ref 0273 of 11/07.
Kennell Hill, Goodwood – Between 11:30am and 12:30pm, 11th July a car was entered with handbag and sunglasses stolen. Lock forced and window smashed. Ref 0677 of 11/07.
Franklin Place, Chichester – Van broken into by smashing rear window and tools stolen. Occurred overnight into 12th July.
Selsey and The Witterings
Rectory Lane, Selsey – Between 5th and 6th July a garage was entered with covers to vehicles removed. Ref 0446 of 09/07.
Wellington Gardens, Selsey – Informant reporting that male with coat hanger was seen trying to enter vehicles overnight into 8th July. Ref 0652 of 08/07.
Community Speedwatch members needed!
Residents in The Wittering area have now created a Speedwatch group. We are trying to recruit as many residents as possible in East and West Wittering, Bracklesham, Birdham, Itchenor and Earnley.
Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a locally driven initiative where active members of the community join together with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds.
For more information and how to join, please visit their Website http://www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk/
Midhurst, Petworth and the surrounding area
Rotherfield Sports Ground, Easebourne – Break to the pavilion where Perspex window has been removed. Occurred overnight into 7th July. Ref 1644 of 07/07.
Langley Lane, Rogate – Break to office via insecure window. Theft of metal cash boxes. Occurred between 6pm, 7th July and 7am, 8th July. Ref 0233 of 08/07.
South Harting – Between 3rd and 9th July barn entered by jemmying the door. Nothing reported stolen. Ref 1080 of 10/07.
Stopham – Informant reporting silver Discovery with partial VRM of ****YMG stopped with four males exiting and jumping over fence to where forestry equipment is stored. On being spotted they jumped back over the fence and got back into vehicle before driving off.
Hammer Hill, Haslemere – Van broken into between 8th and 11th July and tools stolen. Ref 0173 of 12/07.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online atwww.crimestoppers-uk.org