If you have received an email today purporting to come from a well-known resident of Clappers Lane currently stranded in the Philippines with his family and seeking an immediate wire transfer of funds, ignore it. It’s a scam.
The Argus reports:
Up to 400 revellers partied at an all-night rave at the weekend. The secret party started just before midnight on Saturday and was still going on Sunday afternoon. Entry was forced to fields adjacent to Saddlescombe Farm, near Devil’s Dyke. The National Trust asked party goers to respect nocturnal animals in managed areas. .. An organiser behind Fraktal, one of four soundsystems onsite, said: “The landowner was briefly on site on Sunday and said he had no issues with the event as long as all rubbish is cleaned up afterwards.”
If you recall the name ‘Russell Bishop’ at all, you probably assume that he is in jail for the murder of Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows at the Wild Park in Moulsecoomb. But he isn’t. He’s in jail for the attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl at Devil’s Dyke in 1990. The cop who put him away has just died.
Just in case you somehow managed to miss our earlier post, the June issue of Pigeon Post, and coverage in the local press from Brighton to Portsmouth, be warned that Matthew Cohen (M C Driveways) of Small Dole hasn’t given up. He was persistently touting for custom in the centre of Fulking less than a month ago and only backed off when a resident made it clear that he was aware of Cohen’s recent convictions. If he turns up on your doorstep and is reluctant to leave, call 101 and cite Sussex Police reference 1200 of 31 May 2013.
A letter from Sussex Police, dated 14th June, and pushed into a letterbox near the junction of Clappers Lane and The Street, reports that there was an attempted burglary “in the area” at 10:20pm on Sunday 2nd June and asks to be notified if any suspicious persons or vehicles were seen “in the area” or if unexpected callers turned up that weekend. If this rings any bells, call 101 and cite reference 47130023578.
A rogue trader who tricked customers into believing he was a member of the builders’ federation has been fined £635.
Matthew Cohen, of Downsview, Small Dole, near Henfield, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court, where he was sentenced for a number of unfair trading offences.
Read the rest of the report at The Argus.
There’s a more expensive version of the story at The News:
Cohen, of Small Dole, Henfield, West Sussex, who traded as MC Driveways, admitted four offences when he appeared before Worthing magistrates.
The offences included failing to do agreed work on driveways for five customers who had paid him money.
Cohen was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay compensation of £1,900 and £3,000 in costs.
And there’s yet more information at the Shoreham Herald.
There has been a break into a property on Clappers Lane, Fulking.
A window at the back of the property was broken and entry gained. This has happened on Wednesday 17th April between 10.45hrs and 14.10hrs.
If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0198 of 17/04/13.
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Natural England, the responsible body for Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), reports that “the site has been blighted by off-road motorcyclists who have been using it as a track. Damage to the site is worsening over time, with offenders bringing equipment with them to dig tracks and make alterations to suit their sport. .. the area is now being monitored by local police officers in a bid to stop the damage. .. A 23-year-old man from Hove has recently been issued with a warning under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, after being arrested causing damage at the site”.
A specialist plant cultivation and processing firm located at the Mackley Industrial Estate in Small Dole ceased operations yesterday. At the time of the closure, around 1,000 valuable indoor plants were being maintained at the solar powered facility. Three members of staff have lost their jobs. More details here.
Updated 8th February, 2013.