Police working to resolve homelessness and slavery problems

The problems associated with homelessness and drugs once again dominated proceedings at the Town Central police meeting last Thursday, but burglary, moped theft and modern slavery also featured in the discussion.

Commenting on the improvised shelters which had been set up in the arcade opposite McDonald’s, Sergeant Jason Stanley said police were working with a network of agencies, such as the Outreach Team, to resolve the situation, given many of those living on the street suffer from complex problems.

Tim Drew

Tim Drew

It was elsewhere pointed out that Central and Heene were two of the most deprived wards in West Sussex and the situation would be made much worse next year following the withdrawal of £6million from the housing budget, though Adur and Worthing councils have received £20million in order to build temporary accommodation; also, that a humane approach was essential in reducing the risk of perpetuating homelessness.

The police assessment of criminal activity is based on its ‘Threat, Harm and Risk’ model and the emphasis is on constant contact with the police so they know how best to allocate their resources.

Businesses such as car washes and nail bars are now being licensed as they have been associated with slavery, sex workers and immigrants being most vulnerable to exploitation.

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The police are working with Trading Standards to disrupt the business model of such activities, though this is not always easy to achieve.

As part of Operation Tinsel, Neighbourhood Watch is to work with the police this month as part of a crime prevention awareness exercise aimed at tackling such issues as burglary, cycle theft and petty robbery.

The monthly litter pick in Tarring Park will commence at 10am on Saturday and the next meeting of the Tarring Community Forum will take place at West Worthing Baptist Church Centre, 45 South Street, Tarring on Tuesday at 7pm.

• For more information about the Worthing & Adur Neighbourhood Watch Associations click here.

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