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Weekly Bulletin – Chichester District


Can you help?

Police are appealing for information following a bike theft at University of Chichester, College Lane.

The incident took place on Monday, 6 November between 9am and 7pm.

The Cannondale bike is described as dark with yellow and orange stickers. 

If you have any information, or recognise the man in the photo, report to police online or call 101 quoting serial 145 of 08/11. Click here for image: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-for-information-following-bike-theft-in-chichester/



Justice Done

Two London men who stole designer jewellery, antiques, and high value electronic items across Sussex have been jailed.

Lee Ash, 40, and Reginald Hill, 45, appeared before Lewes Crown Court on 25 October and were each sentenced to six years imprisonment after pleading guilty to six counts of burglary at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that on 18 September, Ash, of Sydenham Hill, and Hill, of Grove Park, broke into a property in Stoughton, and stole jewellery and a car key.

Later that day, the pair forced entry into two properties in nearby Bosham and stole jewellery, silver items, a TV, and an Apple Mac and Apple products.

Further reports were received of break-ins and burglaries at addresses in West Dean, Bosham, and Hooe, with items of silver, jewellery, Rolex watches, and antiques clocks stolen.

Ash and Hill were both arrested on 19 September when they were stopped by officers in Kent. A search of their vehicle uncovered multiple valuable items, identified as those stolen in Sussex.

They were charged with three counts of burglary and remanded in custody before appearing at court on the 24 October, where a further three counts of burglary were added to the indictment.

Detective Constable Gaye Moore, of the criminal investigation team said: “This is a great result following brilliant partnership policing and investigative work and we are pleased to see this pair brought to justice.

“This sentence should act as a warning to anyone in or outside of Sussex thinking about stealing from our communities – you will be caught and dealt with.” https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/two-london-men-jailed-following-thefts-in-sussex/




Hundreds of motorists were stopped by police as part of a national campaign to tackle speeding in Sussex.

Officers from Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) carried out increased patrols and stop checks as part of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s National Speed Campaign, which ran between October 16 and 29.

They were joined by colleagues from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) who attended key areas of the road network.

Excess speed is one of the main reasons why people are killed or seriously injured on our roads each year, and in Sussex, one in three collisions are caused because of speeding.

RPU officers stopped more than 500 vehicles as part of the campaign, of which, more than 200 drivers were issued with traffic offence reports (TORs) or were summonsed to court.

It included one driver who was stopped twice in just a few days, when officers caught them reaching 77mph in a 40mph zone.

Meanwhile during the first hour of a stop check on the A23, officers stopped two drivers travelling in excess of 100mph.

Officers also identified other offences including drink and drug-driving, and stopped a delivery driver who was seen watching television on their mobile phone as they approached an RPU stop check site.

Further checks by our SSRP colleagues across Sussex led to more than 1,000 offences being identified and Notices of intended Prosecution being sent to the drivers involved.

RPU Inspector Matt Wightwick said: “While most drivers understand that speed limits are in place for a reason, there are still some who continue to risk their lives and safety, as well as the lives and safety of others, by exceeding these limits ­- sometimes by quite a significant margin.

“Speed limits are in place at various locations and it is vitally important these are adhered to. Excess speed is one of the ‘fatal five’ causes of death or serious injuries on our roads.

“This campaign aims to educate road users and is run as part of our continued efforts to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of Sussex.

“It runs in addition to the proactive patrols our officers conduct 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as part of our efforts to reduce deaths or serious collisions on our roads.”




Meet PD Billy.

Billy and his handler recently assisted us at a burglary alongside our colleagues from Roads Policing.

After searching for three miles, thanks to Billy we have three burglars in custody and property recovered.

Billy and his handler did get very wet after chasing the suspects through a bog but we think you’ll agree it’s a job well done.



Crime updates


Over the last week there have been eight reports of burglaries across Chichester district: A27, Oving – Lavant View, Chichester – First Avenue, Southbourne – East Street, Petworth – Ashfield Close, Midhurst – Ashfield Road, Midhurst – Northchapel, Petworth – Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth.


We are reminding our residents to keep windows and doors locked when their property is unoccupied.

Burglaries are often the result of burglars gaining entry through open or unlocked doors and windows. Ensure windows and doors are in good condition. Keep your doors and windows locked, especially if you are elsewhere in the house.

Keep side gates locked at all times.  Ensure that ladders and tools are locked away as an opportunistic burglar can find the tools they need in your shed or garage to break into your home.


Over the last week there have been six reports of vehicle crime across Chichester district.

Vehicles have been broken into and targeted for their belongings in Fishbourne Road East, Chichester and Barlavington Lane, Sutton.

Vehicles have been reported stolen in Sheep Lane, Midhurst and A285, Duncton.

Vehicles have been reported damaged in Southgate, Chichester and St Hilda’s Close, Selsey.



Having your car broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your vehicle, and what’s in it, safe. https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/




Please note – There will be no bulletin next week (24th November). Bulletins will resume on Friday 1st December.



Your Neighbourhood Policing Team –



This week our Neighbourhood Youth Officer, PC Pack has been attending local schools to speak with students about knife crime and the law, the consequences of being in possession of a knife and the impact of knife crime.



This bike was recently found by our neighbourhood policing team in #Petworth.

If you recognise it or believe it to be yours, please contact us on 101 or online, quoting reference 115 16th Oct.




Throughout the week and as we go into the weekend our teams have been conducting targeted evening patrols in response to reports of antisocial behaviour across the district.


If you do witness ASB, a crime or something suspicious, please report via 101 or online.


Recruitment -


Sussex Police are open for recruitment and are looking for compassionate, driven and community-minded people to start their policing career, whether that be as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), 999/101 Contact Handler, Police Officer or as a dedicated staff member or volunteer.

Policing offers a fulfilling career with lots of benefits. Visit the Sussex Police website for more information and to find a list of all current vacancies, www.sussex.police.uk/jobs.





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


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.

Click here to contact your local team, find information about meetings and events in your area and view actions being taken regarding your priorities.


Neighbourhood Watch

We work closely with Neighbourhood Watch and you can find out more about your local scheme online. Visit the Neighbourhood Watch website: http://www.sussexnwfed.org.uk/

For the rural crime team monthly update, please click here


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