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Bognor man to be deported to Poland15 Jan.2013
Grayshott man sentenced for Arundel Rave5 Dec.2012
Storrington burglary, watches stolen6 Oct.2012
Fatal collision Street End Road, Sidlesham28 Sep.2012
Officer cut free from Police car crash27 Sep.2012
Two knife-point robberies in Worthing streets22 Sep.2012
Three hunted for dog thefts19 Sep.2012
Horley Travelodge fined for fire safety 20 Sep.2012
Sussex poaching warning issued14 Sep.2012
Fires under investigation, man arrested28 Aug 2012
Police officer dies in motorbike crash28 Aug 2012
2 Raves halted at Goodwood28 Aug 2012
Missing Petworth man found26 Aug 2012
Police officer arrested for harrassment22 Aug 2012
Fatal Chichester car & motorbike RTC12 Aug 2012
Sussex Police officer arrested7 Aug 2012
Mindless vandalism in Petworth4 Aug 2012
Body found near Itchenor, Chichester22 July 2012
Local 'crackhouse' closed in Chichester21 July 2012
Four seriously injured following A24 collision1 July 2012
Three children saved from Brighton fire28 June 2012
Police to run 185 miles for charity 18 June 2012
Missing Jennifer Marsh found dead 13 June 2012
Hollycombe Hill arson attack 8 June 2012
Man dies rescuing child on Wittering Beach 26 May 2012
Man dies in Southwater crash 23 May 2012
Police officer rescues man from sea 10 May 2012
Fatal crash at Goodwood track 28 Apr.2012
Burglary at Mill Tavern pub, Haslemere. 23 Apr.2012
Midhurst man dies after accident in River 21 Apr.2012
Two arrested after Crawley flats fire. 12 Apr.2012
Fatal crash on A24 at Warnham 08 Apr.2012
50 burglaries linked in Arun and Chichester 05 Apr.2012
Dog poisoning rumours being investigated 04 Apr.2012
3 Pitbikes stolen in Sussex raid March.2012
Man charged over German Bikers death 14 Mar.2012
Liss biker dies in Petworth A285 collision 10 Mar.2012
Arrests after Chichester jewellers break-in 07 Mar.2012
23 years sentences for Ford prison rioters 02 March 2012
Jewellery and Laptop stolen from midhurst Feb.2012
Officer injured in Chichester collision 29 Feb.2012
A283 closed following fatal Petworth collision 27 Feb.2012
Four arrested in Billingshurst drugs raid 24 Feb.2012
Man charged following Midhurst fires 22 Feb.2012
Midhurst man charged with murder 08 Dec.2011
Men jailed for Midhurst thefts 05 Oct.2011
Lurgashall Post Office burgled 16 Sept.2011
Thursdays Nightclub licence suspended 28 July.2011
Beko - fridge freezer warning 7 July.2011
Fatal Mid air collision over Shoreham 4 July.2011
Seven injured RTC Broyle Road, Chichester 07 May.2011
Fatal collision A283 Steyning 22 May.2011
Fatal collision, A29 Bury Hill 04 May.2011
Wanted - Simon Wilson 03 May.2011
Chichester Police station rammed by car26 Apr.2011
Body found in burning car on beach03 Mar.2011
Linch church thief is charged23 Jan 2011
Bogus callers rob Midhurst man23 Jan 2011
Cannabis factory found in Midhurst17 Dec 2010
Fears for Midhurst police station19 Nov 2010
Petworth Ramraiders sentenced1 Sept 2010
Thieves steal silver from Linch Church01 Sept 2010
Fatal RTC - Wisborough Green collision7 Aug.2010
Fatal RTC - B2136 Balcombe6 Aug.2010
Fatal RTC A24, Basing Hill, Ashington24 Jul.2010
Burgess Hill woman dies in Hickstead collision2 Jul.2010
Rogate womans death being investigated7 June 2010
Motorcyclist injured A272 Easebourne 28 Apr 2010
Byworth man fatally injured A272 Tillington 3 May 2010
Midhurst teenager on rape charge 3 May 2010
Midhurst woman attacked 19 Mar.2010
York Stone thief arrested 5 Oct. 2009
Police line Knockhundred Row in Midhurst 01 Oct. 2009
Guilty of smashing bottle over mans head Sep.2009
Four Barn Fires accross Sussex 12 Aug.2009
Equipment stolen from Fire Stations 01 Aug 2009
Midhurst Police Station Bomb scare 14 July 2009
Police shoot Fernhurst man dead 8 May 2009
Ex Midhurst Teacher gets life in prison Feb.2009
New Petworth police station opens Feb. 2008
Drink Drive Dec. 2007
Euro drink drive campaign results
New Smoking Laws July 2007
Jewellery stolen - Kirdford & Plaistow May. 2007
Mobile Police Station has gone May. 2007
Jewel thief on camera Mar. 2007
Midhurst till thief caught on camera Mar. 2007
Mobile phone law changes Feb. 2007
PC Ian Harman Retires Jan. 2007
Fatal Collisions 2007 - Sussex [pdf] 2007
Easier email contact with local police Jan. 2007
Mobile police station in Rother Valley
Petworth gets new police station Jan. 2007
Police refuse lost purse July 1999
Sussex Police website

Missing 3 year old found by police  helicopter
Missing 3 year old found
09 August 2010 - click image for info

Antiques stolen in Petworth shop break in
Antiques stolen in Petworth raid
Burglary at Alexis Antiques, East Street, Petworth
several valuable objects were stolen
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20 September 2012

Appeals are now incorporated in latest reports
Charlotte Tagg from Beck Row, Suffolk
Sunday, 9 Sep 2012, 6.15pm
Woman pillion dies in motorbike crash
Sunday, 9 Sep 2012, 2.15pm
Fatal motorcycle collision, Northchapel near Petworth
A283 Northchapel
Sunday, 12 Aug 2012, 9.40pm
Fatal car & motorbike RTC
Madgwick Lane, Chichester
Sunday, 12 July 2012, 10.30pm
Man seriously injured after car collides with tree
A273 Isaac's Lane in Burgess Hill
Sunday, 11 July 2012, 10.30pm
Bognor Police officer injured following collision
Nyewood Lane near Stocker Road, Bognor
Sunday, 1 July 2012, 4.55pm
Four seriously injured following collision on A24, Dorking Road
Head on crash near Dog and Duck Public house..
Friday, 20 April 2012 between 9.40pm and 10.00pm
Heron Leisure Centre, Haslemere
Arson attack on parked car..
Monday 9 April 2012 between 12 noon and 12.20pm
A24 Broadwater Road, Worthing & Horsham Road, Findon
Road rage involving drivers of Ford Galaxy and Ford Fiesta..
Sunday 15 April 2012 5.30pm
Fatal A272 Cowfold collision
A lady has died in a RTC at Cowfold on the A272. A blue Astra and Audi..........
Saturday 7 April 2012 11pm-midnight
Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis
Burglary between 11pm to midnight in Aldwick Road taking televisions, computers, games consoles..........
Sunday 8 April, 2012 - 2pm
A24 Warnham
Lady killed and children seriously injured in 2 car collision
Wednesday 4 April, 2012 - 2pm
London Road, Bognor
Lady injured following collision with cyclist in Bognor
Operation Gwent
Thursday 29 March - Friday 30 March, 2012 - 00.00
Serious Road Crash Adversane
Operation Rother
Thursday 29 March 2012 - 1.30pm
Did you witness a hit & run in Worthing?
March, 2012
Whitehawk area
Three motorbikes stolen in overnight raid.
Friday 23 March 2012 - 9am
Witnesses needed for Midhurst assault
operation Hybrid
Friday 23 March 2012 - 10.45pm
Motorist dies in Upper Beeding crash
operation Columbia
Saturday 10 March 2012 - 4.45pm
Liss Motorcyclist killed in Petworth A285 crash
Operation Kingsland
Thursday, 27 Feb 2012 - 06.00am
A283 closed at Petworth following fatal collision
Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 - 11.30am
Computer shop break-in Midhurst
Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 - 11.30am
Serious collision A285 Duncton
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Police Press Release
9 February 2012

Detectives are looking for a thief who stole two distinctive plates from the National Trust at Petworth House. A suspect was caught on several CCTV cameras...
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Storrington police

17 March 2012
New laser speed device for Storrington speed watch scheme
Storrington Community Speed Watch Scheme presented with 300 from Horsham Police to enable them to buy a laser speed device. The equipment will be used to monitor vehicles around Storrington and report offending drivers....more


Almost 30 car thieves have been caught on cameras or as a direct result of 'bait' equipment being used by Chichester police in it's crackdown on theft.
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27 October 2011
Raiders smash their way into Midhurst computer shop
Thieves targeting a computer shop in Midhurst in the early hours of this morning were disturbed by police. As the patrol car passed the North Street shop at 2.54am officers were alerted by a figure running from the shop towards a parked Audi. They turned and the car sped away into Bepton Road, heading south and reaching speeds of up to 100mph before evading police at the junction of Bugshill Lane and Bell Lane in Cocking. They had forced an entry through the front door of the shop and a laptop had been taken from the counter, but left on the floor. Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a dark coloured Audi nearby should call 101 quoting serial 112 of 25-10.

February 2010.
Theft from Leggs Lane, Heyshott
Thieves have targeted Larkins Barn, Leggs Lane, Heyshott. They stole 15 large bales of haylage, weighing close to a half ton each and valued at around £450. Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity please contact Midhurst Police.

17 September 2009
York Stone thieves strike again
Reports of thefts of York stone in the Midhurst area are still coming in. Amongst the latest is the stone path to Didling church which was stolen by thieves plus properties in Trotton, Heyshott and West Harting have also been hit.
Reported last week in the Observer that a security guard foiled an attempted theft of York paving stones from Woolbeding.
York Stone thief arrested - 05 Oct. 2009

missing people


Largest ever cannabis plant growing in couples garden
An elderly couple have unwittingly grown the biggest cannabis plant police officers had seen after buying what they thought was a shrub from a car boot sale.
Press Release 8 Oct 2012 - click for BBC report

15 Jan.2013
Wiltold Olczyk

Wiltold Olczyk, click for report

Wiltold Olczyk is to be deported to Poland after serving 3½ year sentence for beating father & son. click for information

Date Added :-
23.3.2007 2:38 pm
Title :-
3 till snatches being linked - CCTV image
Location :-
Midhurst - Chichester - Eastergate

Press Release-
Chichester Police are appealing for witnesses and have issued the above photograph, in connection with three till snatches which occurred on Sunday, March 11, in their area.

The first occurred at about 1.10pm at Costcutter, Sherbourne Rd, Chichester, when a man who was in the process of purchasing some items, attempted to grab cash from the till drawer as it was opened. He then fled from the shop.

The second incident was at about 2pm the same day went at the Unusual Food Company, North St, Midhurst, when a man in the process of purchasing items attempted to steal cash as the till was opened.

The third incident happened at about 3pm the same day at the Elm Tree Stores, Nyton Rd, Eastergate, when a similarly described man waiting to pay for an item, successfully grabbed a quantity of money from the till drawer and ran out of the store.

On all occasions the man is described as white, shoulder length dark hair, aged between 20-30years, approx 5'9" in height. He was wearing a light blue plain t-shirt, dark coloured trousers and a dark coloured beanie hat .

Should anybody recognise the male in the CCTV image, or have any information, they are asked to contact PC Phil Hanlon, Chichester CID on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, quote Crime Ref WA3-2340-07


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Fernhurst Murder enquiry
Guilty of Fernhurst Murder
Chichester Murder
Selsey Man charged

28 Jan.2013

Burglaries in South Ambersham
Man charged

13 Nov 2012


15 October 2012

August 2012

December 2012
Barnham Store gun robbery cctv

CCTV of attempted Robbery at Barnham Store.
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27 september 2012

Emergency services were called to the incident after a VW Golf was in collision with a police BMW 530.
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There is increasing concern for Nellie Herriott's welfare she has not been seen since Monday 23 April 2012. .
Nellie has not been seen since 23 April 2012.
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15 police officers went head-to-head in the boxing ring with 15 firefighters to raise £12,000 for the Heyshott-based charity Canine Partners.
Police & Firefighters boxing match raises £12,000 for the Heyshott based charity, Canine Partners
28 April 2012 - click for information


30 June 2012


24 September 2012


February 2012

Two banned from driving for Midhurst car surfing stunt
Date Added - 19 January 2011
Incident - Midhurst, North Street Car Park - 05 Sep 2010

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A 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man have been banned from driving after taking part in the dangerous activity of car surfing.
The two males were caught on police CCTV driving in circles while someone else was laying on the roof around the car park in North Street in Midhurst on 5 September last year.
Kieron Burgess, 21, of Common View, Stedham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on 6 December and was sentenced on the same day at Chichester Magistrates' Court. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, ordered to take a re-test and given a 120-hour community order.
A 17-year-old boy from Haslemere, Surrey, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on 7 January and was sentenced on the same day at Chichester Magistrates' Court. He was disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to take an extended re-test. He was also given a 12-week curfew order.
Inspector Phil Nicholas, of West Downs Road Policing Unit, said- "Thankfully no-one was injured during this stupid behaviour, but it could have ended very differently.
A few minutes of dangerous behaviour has ended with driving bans for these two males. The boy had only passed his driving test two months earlier.
I would urge anyone who may be pressured by friends to take part in car surfing to think about the consequences. You could end up in jail or with serious injuries - or worse." - Police ref - 34008
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Cannabis factory seized in Midhurst raid
15 Dec. 2010
Midhurst cannabis factory

Police uncovered a large cannabis factory at a property in Southdown Close, Midhurst on Wednesday, 15 December shortly after 12.30am. Officers acting on local intelligence executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act and discovered approximately 200 plants with an estimated street value of around £15,000.
Detective Sergeant, Jason Vickers said "This was a well constructed and professional set up. The three bedroom terrace house had been completely converted into a cannabis factory, with special lighting, watering and timing systems."
Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101

Between 18 and 22 June 2010
David Swanson with his caravan

Thieves have stolen a Romany style caravan that was parked on private land near woodland in West Sussex. Owner David Swanson said the vehicle was taken from land on the edge of Windfall Wood in Lurgashall at some point between 18 and 22 June 2010. The wagon, which is known as a reading ledge, is painted emerald green with yellow window frames and wheels.
Sussex Police have appealed for anyone who has seen the distinctive vehicle to contact them.

Petworth Police 1880
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Petworth Police 1954 - click to enlarge & details
Midhurst Policeman c.1890s - click to enlarge

Chichester Police c.1890s
The Chichester police force was formed in 1836 with their station near the Eastgate. Although initially separate, they were amalgamated into the Sussex force in 1889 when the police station was also moved to Southgate. The Chichester stocks, for drunks and minor crimes, were last used in 1852.

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8 November 2012.

A man was jailed for 3 years after being found guilty of burglary. Daniel Hobden, 30, of Victoria Drive, Chichester, was found guilty at Brighton Crown Court for burglary at East Row, Chichester, on 19 July, 2012. He had been working as a window cleaner in East Row when an occupant discovered money had been taken. Hobden was arrested by police after he was seen to discard money. The court heard that he had been previously convicted of more than 12 offences of burglary.

25 October 2011
Midhurst man gets ASBO
Matthew Kemp, 32, of Bepton Road, Midhurst, was given a three-year ASBO at Chichester Magistrates' Court today...more

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Ops team, wait on Bury Hill, 25 Aug.2007
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Motorcycle accident course launched
in West Sussex


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Car thief caught by PC he ran down just moments before. [SkyNews]

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