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Two men arrested in Horsham for vehicle interference

Two men have been arrested for vehicle interference in Horsham in the latest bid to robustly tackle the issue.

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Officers received a call from a member of the public on Tuesday 13 November to report men trying car door handles in Horsham.

Darion Bates, 51, was arrested and charged with two counts of vehicle interference after he matched a description provided. Bates, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty to both charges at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (14 November). He was remanded in custody and is due to stand trial at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on 7 January.

A 53-year-old man of no fixed address was also arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference and going equipped for theft of a motor vehicle. He was later released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

Sarah Leadbeatter, Prevention Inspector in Horsham, said:

“Vehicle crime is one of our main priorities in Horsham. We are aware of the impact it is having on local communities and we are committed to addressing this issue.

“We have increased patrol in and around Horsham and are being proactive in using our police powers in terms of stop and searches and identifying suspects on CCTV.

“The arrests over the last week show that we are not taking this behaviour lightly and it will not be tolerated.

“We urge everyone to read our advice below on how to protect your vehicle from being broken into. Make sure you don’t leave anything on display, park in a well-lit area and ensure they are always locked and secure.

“Please report any suspicious behaviour to us immediately and help us tackle this issue as a community.”

You can read the polices advice on how to protect your vehicle here.

To report an issue of vehicle crime please go online or call 101 quoting Operation Blackout. If you see a crime taking place please dial 999 without delay.

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Woman with four young children kicked in face and robbed

Police are investigating after a 32-year-old woman was attacked and robbed in North Street, Horsham, shortly before 5pm on Wednesday (22 May).

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The victim, accompanied by her four young children, had bent down to pick up some shopping that had fallen from a baby buggy.

A man who initially appeared to be helping her then kicked her in the face and made off with a bag containing food and tobacco.

He was described as white, in his mid 20s, with a patchy beard. He was wearing a black baseball cap, ripped green t-shirt, a cream jacket, dark jeans and dirty white trainers.

He smelt strongly of alcohol and body odour.

His victim was left bruised and shaken.

Anyone who saw what happened or who noticed or knows the suspect, is asked to contact Sussex Police online (https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/contact-us/) or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1132 of 22/05.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, either online or by phoning 0800 555 111.

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