Assault [updated]

Crawley Police Station
Police are investigating an assault on a young woman on Sunday 19th June. She was in the local area (local enough for the police to come knocking on Fulking doors yesterday) from 9:30pm to 00:30am that day. If you spoke to her, or saw or heard anything that evening that might be relevant, please contact Sussex Police by email at, or telephone 101, quoting reference 1557 19/06/2016.

Sergeant Mike Butler
Crawley Police Station

Update July 2nd: there is much more information about this incident in The Argus.

Missing 13 year old Bethany Sadler

Tuesday 25th August 2015

Police are extremely concerned for the welfare of a 13-year-old girl who has been reported missing from her home in Henry Burt Way, Burgess Hill.

Bethany Jade Sadler is described as white, 5’3″, of medium build, with medium brown hair. She may be wearing white trainers with light blue sides and velcro fastenings.

She was last seen at her home at 6.45am on Tuesday (25 August). Police Constable Paul Bubb, of the Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Ressponse Team, said: “We are very concerned for Bethany and every effort is being made to find her as quickly as possible.”

If you see Bethany or have any information about where she may be please email or call 101, quoting serial 231 of 25/8.

If she is in danger or in need of urgent medical attention please call 999 immediately.

For your local officer’s contact details, information about local events and meetings and actions being taken regarding your priorities click here

This message was sent by PCSO Eve Maryan 27921 Public Engagement Officer Mid Sussex

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Tonto, he say ..

The Lone Ranger leaves The Royal Oak at Poynings

We not work for pay. We work for justice.

Reassure worried sheep, round up rustled cattle and chase stolen quad bikes across the Downs — become a Sussex Equine Ranger:

Horse riders are being asked to help police fight the rising levels of rural crime by becoming horse rangers. The pilot areas are Bolney, Warninglid,Twineham, Hickstead, Albourne, Pyecombe, Poynings, Fulking, Hurspierpoint, Sayers Common and Hassocks. Crimes include theft of tractors, agricultural equipment, quad bikes and livestock .. equestrian equipment is featured in the top ten items most commonly targeted.

Application deadline August 10th. More information here.

Seven years

Seven years for Small Dole timber fraud

[Robert] Austin was a director of a company within the Mackintosh and Partners group, a timber firm based in Small Dole, near Brighton and in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, of which his father was the owner.

“Austin stole £2.6m from the group of companies between 2002 and 2008, falsifying records required for accounting purposes in order to do so,” said detective constable Dan Clark of the Sussex Police major fraud unit.

The firm went into liquidation as a direct result of the losses. It was an otherwise profitable company which had successfully traded for some 70 years.

The company had been one of southern England’s leading manufacturers of planed and moulded timber.

Cold call burglaries

Cold-callers linked to 26 burglaries in the region
Sussex Police report:

Since August there have been 26 break-ins at towns and villages across the Horsham district that detectives believe have been committed by the same people. The offences began in August in Storrington but have spread to Coolham, Henfield, Steyning, Horsham, Pulborough, Bramber, Billingshurst, Kirdford, West Chiltington and Ashurst as well as Petworth in the Chichester district. The thieves have escaped with jewellery, cash and unusual household ornaments.

Katy Wood, from the Operation Magpie team, said: “We believe the offenders could be cold-calling at homes to try to work out who is in and whether they are likely to have valuables. We think they are then returning when no one is home — perhaps because the residents have told them they won’t be there — and breaking in”.

The victims closest to Fulking were located at Broomfield Road in Henfield, Kings Barn Lane in Steyning, Maudlyn Park in Bramber, and School Lane in Ashurst.

Changing numberplates

Silver Audi A3
Please look out for a silver Audi A3 and/or a blue Ford Mondeo acting suspiciously.

A gang of burglars have attacked 40+ houses between 15:00 and midnight, across Mid-Sussex (mainly), East Sussex and Surrey, on 14 dates in October and November. They use lockup garages to store these cars (with no numberplates). They then steal numberplates from cars with the correct model/colours, use the stolen numberplates, commit burglaries, ditch the stolen numberplates, and hide the unmarked cars to use again.

If you see such a car that seems to have changed its numberplates, or your car has lost its numberplates, please phone Police on 101 (the non-emergency number). Or if you find dumped numberplates. If you think you’re seeing a burglary in progress, or about to happen, phone 999.

Oh — and there’s a £10,000 reward for a tip that leads to a successful conviction…

Richard Corner [219]