TIM DREW: Rounding up latest figures from the police

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FOUR weekly Community Bulletins have been issued by the police since Christmas, the latest covering the week ending January 25.

In all, 32 offences were recorded, of which eight involved residential properties and ten non-residential ones. In addition, 14 crimes involving vehicles were noted.The highest numbers of offences per ward was recorded in Central (seven), followed by Broadwater (five), Gaisford, Heene and Marine (three), Durrington, Goring, Offington and Salvington (two) and Castle (one). No offences were recorded in Selden or Tarring.

As usual, bicycles (five thefts), satellite navigation systems (two) and power tools (two) featured in the list of items stolen, and entry to premises or vehicles was forced on 15 occasions. On five occasions, property had been left unsecured and in four cases, nothing was stolen. Meanwhile, the police report that fraudsters are targeting people to list items on their behalf on popular online auction sites. The scam involves a job offer to sell desirable items at below market value and receive money from any potential buyers.

Your involvement could result in your bank account being closed by the bank for suspected fraud or money laundering and your being personally held liable to reimburse the purchasers.

• The Tarring Community Forum will meet on Tuesday, rom 7pm to 8pm at the West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street, Tarring. Two surgeries are to be held the next day – these being hosted respectively by PCSO Ros Tite between 2pm and 3pm at Maybridge Community Church, in The Strand, Maybridge, and by PCSO Gary Morgan between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at the Durrington Community Centre, in New Road, Durrington. On Thursday, February 12, PCSO Elaine Tullett’s surgery will be held between 11am and midday at the Worthing Leisure Centre in Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing.

The next day, PCSO Shauna Bowen’s will be held at Findon Valley Library, in Lime Tree Avenue, Findon Valley, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.