TIM DREW: New year, new police surgery dates for the area

SIX weekly community bulletins have been issued by the police since my last round-up, the latest of these being from December 30.

In all, 65 offences were recorded, of which 14 involved residential properties and 38 non-residential ones. In addition, 13 crimes involving vehicles were noted. That compares with the 58 offences recorded in the four weeks to November 15, and represents a fall, pro rata, of more than 25 per cent. Fifteen of all offences were recorded as having been committed in Central ward, followed by Heene (nine), Broadwater and Selden (seven), Castle, Marine and Offington (four), Gaisford, Goring, Salvington and Tarring (three), Northbrook (two) and Durrington (one).

Offences involving non-residential property involved 15 cases at sheds, garages and communal areas, and at least seven thefts of cycles. Twenty-two other cases involved commercial property.

These included nine instances where the attempt at burglary was unsuccessful or nothing was taken.

Vehicle crime included the theft of a car and a motorcycle, with power tools, number plates, laptops and satellite navigation systems also being stolen.

A previously reported telephone scam, where fraudsters target vulnerable people and purport to be from the police or the target’s bank, has resurfaced in Mid Sussex.

If you have received similar calls or know someone who has been a victim of this crime, please contact Sussex Police quoting Operation Galvani, either via email to 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling them on 101.

PCSO Catherine Dines (Gaisford) will hold her surgery between midday and 1pm today at Buddys Café, at 121 South Farm Road, Worthing, and the Tarring Community Forum is due to meet on Tuesday, between 7pm and 8pm, at West Worthing Baptist Church in South Street, Tarring.

There will be a meeting of the Offington Neighbourhood Panel at the Thomas a Becket in Rectory Road, Worthing, on Thursday, January 16, from 10am to 11am.