TIM DREW: Be on the look out for the potentially vulnerable

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IDENTIFYING loneliness as a root cause of vulnerability and tackling anti-social behaviour in Worthing town centre were highlighted by Chief Inspector Jo Banks, Worthing police district commander, at the open meeting of the Worthing Neighbourhood Watch Association.

At the meeting, held at the Heene Community Centre last Tuesday, Ch Insp Banks cited loneliness as the common denominator among those who had become victims of telephone or letter scams and urged co-ordinators and members of the public to inform their local police community support officer (PCSO) about anyone they believed was being targeted. A common sign that this was happening was the increase in the number of letters received at their address.

The need to provide both an enforcement and a longer-term solution to address the welfare needs of the street community was discussed, with the partnership approach, in place since 2009, having dramatically reduced the number of street drinkers in the town.

Ch Insp Banks explained that a section 30 dispersal order, which empowerss police to move two or more individuals who are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour within the designated area of the town centre, would be implemented over the summer months.

• PCSO Sally Haggis will be available for a chat outside Spar in Heene Road, Worthing, from 11am to 11.30am on Tuesday, July 8, and the Tarring Community Forum will meet that evening, from 7pm to 8pm at West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street, Tarring. Three surgeries will be held on Thursday, July 10 – PCSO Shauna Bowen will be at Findon Valley Library from 9.30am to 10.30am, PCSO Catherine Dines will be at Northbrook College, in Broadwater Road, Broadwater, between mid-day and 1pm, and PCSO Elaine Tullett will be at Worthing Leisure Centre, in Shaftesbury Avenue, Durrington, between 2pm and 3pm. PCSO Dan Cobden’s surgery is at the New Life Coffee Shop, in Greenland Road, between 11am and mid-day the next day.