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Sussex Police Weekly Bulletin - 09.06.2017   (11.06.2017)

 Sussex Police response to London terrorist incident

All policing remains under review to ensure appropriate security after the terror attacks in London last night.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, Head of Operations Command, said: “Many of us became aware of the news as it broke last night of the terror attacks in London.

“As details emerge about what happened, through this Met Police-led investigation, our thoughts are with victims and all of those involved, including those who bravely responded.

“People will see enhanced high visibility patrols at key locations across the counties as we continue to keep all policing under review across Surrey and Sussex to ensure the most appropriate security is in place to keep our communities safe.

“Policing in the UK continues to operate at a heightened state against the backdrop of a ‘severe’ threat level, which has been in place since 2014, and means that an attack is highly likely. This threat level applies to the whole of the UK and not any specific area.

“It is important for the public to work with us and remain vigilant as we tackle the on-going terrorist threat.

“Please report any suspicious activity using the anti-terrorist hotline number 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

"This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear."

For more information please visit our advice page.



Theft of cash by opportunist thief in Horsham

A cleaner working at an address in Wimblehurst Road, Horsham, fell prey to an opportunist thief who struck at around 2.45pm on Monday (5 June).

The suspect appeared at the kitchen door and asked for water, claiming to be injured. The cleaner told him to stay where he was and turned to the sink to use the tap, but as she did so the thief stepped in, snatched a quantity of cash from a bench and ran off.

He is described as a white man, 5'9" - 6', in his mid-20s, of slight build, clean shaven but with dark, wavy, chin-length messy hair. He was wearing dirty blue denim jeans, light-coloured trainers and a long-sleeved top.

Detective Constable Julie Chambers, of the West Sussex Community Investigation Team, said: "We'd encourage people to be careful about leaving doors and windows open when unattended, particularly during the warmer weather we've seen of late."

She appealed for anyone with information about the incident or the suspect to report details online
here, quoting serial 877 of 05/06.

They can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online



Volunteers' week celebrated at Sussex Police

Volunteers’ week celebrates all those who give up their time for free as well as doing another day job.

There are around 600 volunteers at Sussex Police from special constables to cadets to volunteer CCTV viewers. As well as June 1 to June 7 being volunteers’ week, Saturday and Sunday (June 3/4) was specials weekend when our special constables were out and about across the county. Follow @sussexspecials on Twitter to find out what they’ve been doing.

Last month, Sussex Police stole the show at the regional volunteering awards winning three out of six categories and were runners-up in one other.

Matt West was awarded the South East Regional Special Constable of the Year at this year’s Citizens in Policing awards on May 6. Two Sussex Specials also came as runners up in the Special Constable Team of the year award. SC Pete Jennings and SC Lee Bates have worked more than 150 hours since January and are invaluable members of their teams. Both the Cadet Team of the Year - Eastbourne, run by Sergeant Fiona Munro - and the Cadet of the Year, Harry Marchant, came from Sussex.

In September last year, the force advertised for people to join five new volunteering roles based across the county and now some of them have started those roles.

Mum-of-three Hannah Sheridan-Olliver from Lewes has started as a CCTV viewer. She said: “I've worked for the same company for 20 years and really enjoy what I do. Since moving to Lewes three years ago and with a significant birthday approaching me next year I wanted to do something different without giving up my day job and doing some good either locally.”

Retired finance worker Paul Hopkins from Ashington wanted to keep his brain active once he gave up work.

“Clichéd as it may sound I wanted to ‘give something back’. I wanted to do something fulfilling and yet something worthwhile and valued. In my relatively small role in helping the MASH (multi agency safeguarding hub) unit in Horsham I am pleased to say this is proving to be the case and I am enjoying it immensely.”

Chief Inspector Rob Leet, in charge of the volunteering programme, said: "Volunteering is rewarding and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to develop your skills and experience, try things you’ve always wanted to do and learn more about how Sussex Police works. Our volunteers are rewarded with a diverse and supportive environment that can bring personal benefits and huge sense of
community involvement.

We have more than 100 police volunteers working within our communities in a variety of roles from specialist search teams, to office administrators, to Community Speedwatch. They are incredibly hard working and important to us and I want to thank each and every one of them.