TIM DREW: Raise issues at local neighbourhood panel meetings

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FOUR weekly Community Bulletins have been issued by the police since my last round-up.

The latest of these, at the time of writing, was on May 28. In all, 69 offences were recorded, of which seven involved residential properties, 35 non-residential ones and 27 involved vehicles. That compares with the 48 offences committed in the four weeks ending April 30.

The highest number of offences per ward (17) was recorded in Central ward, followed by Broadwater and Gaisford (11 each), Heene and Marine (seven each), Goring, Offington, Selden and Tarring (three each), Castle (two) and Northbrook and Salvington (1 each). No offences were recorded in Durrington.

The offences included six thefts each of bicycles and sat-navs and four each of motorcycles and tools, with CDs, number plates and car wheels also stolen. Twenty five cases involved commercial properties, from which cash was stolen on ten occasions.

In 18 instances, the attempt at burglary or theft was unsuccessful or nothing was taken, although a considerable amount of damage was caused several times.

Bicycle theft has for long been one of the most frequent crimes in Worthing, but it is clear that commercial properties are being increasingly targeted, particularly cafés and restaurants.

The latest Central ward Neighbourhood Panel met last Thursday, with residents somewhat thinly represented, and it may well be that this is not an isolated case.

So, if you have any issues in your vicinity that need to be raised, please be sure to look out for your next ward Neighbourhood Panel meeting.

The Tarring Community Forum will meet on Tuesday, June 10, between 7pm and 8pm, at West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street,Tarring.

On Thursday, June 12, PCSO Catherine Dines hosts her surgery at Buddys Café, at 121 South Farm Road, Worthing, between mid-day and 1pm, with PCSO Ros Tite’s surgery taking place at the Maybridge Keystone Centre, Raleigh Way, Goring, between 11am and mid-day the following day.