Police Continue to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour Across West Sussex

Community notices and dispersal orders have been authorised in a bid to continue tackling anti-social behaviour across Adur, Worthing and Horsham.

The Sussex Force says lots of hard work has been carried out by officers and policing teams across the towns to curb disruption.

In Shoreham, on 11 April, it was a group of young people were causing anti-social behaviour issues near Shoreham train station.

Officers acted quickly and approved a 48-hour Section 34 Dispersal Order on the area.

This power allowed police to order those within the designated area to leave for a set period of time due to their behaviour.

The group were dispersed and increased police patrols were carried out.

Further police patrols in West Worthing took place during the Easter Holidays to curb and deter any offenders.

Police patrolled hotspot areas suggested by members of the public – this included Shelley Road and Rowlands Road.

They were also carried out in Durrington following reports of anti-social behaviour in the Boklok and Sunflower estates.

To prevent further anti-social behaviour, a Community Protection Notice was handed out to a 62-year-old man from Horsham on 14 April.

He had a Community Protection Warning (CPW) issued to him in December following multiple reports of abusive behaviour to residents in Horsham town centre.

Conditions were set out that he could not enter Horsham at any time other than between 9am and 11am for appointments. He also could not be drunk in a public place or have an open vessel of drink.

He breached his CPW in March and April and was therefore handed a CPN, which is obtained through the courts.

A CPN’S purpose is to stop a person aged 16 or over, committing anti-social behaviour which spoils the community’s quality of life.

His conditions are the same as the CPW and is in place for six months. If this is breached, it can escalate to a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

A CPW is also being obtained for another 62-year-old man following multiple reports of shoplifting.

Trauma teddies were donated to Worthing Police Station and are available to children who have witnessed or been victim to domestic abuse. Officers would like to thank those who have donated them and made a difference.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Neil Durkan said: “We continue to tackle anti-social behaviour to ensure residents feel safe.

“We always look at our options to keep disruption to a minimum across the county. I am pleased with the work which has taken place over the last two weeks, and we will continue tackling anti-social behaviour.”

The public are always urged to report crime and anti-social behaviour. Contact Sussex Police online or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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