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This warning has been checked on the Trading Standards website & it is a scam so beware!!
It has also been confirmed by the Royal Mail.
Circulate this warning to others especially as Christmas is fast approaching.
The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS [Parcel Delivery Service] suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911.
This is a premium rate number. DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize .
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.
[with thanks to Alex Caetano for bringing this to our notice]

William Robert Johnson
Date Added: 28/2/2007 2:44 pm
Title: Man wanted for aggravated burglary

Press Release:
Sussex Police detectives are asking for help in tracing a man who is wanted for an aggravated burglary at a house near Chichester, West Sussex, in early June 2006. During the break in, when property valued in excess of £400,000 was stolen, the elderly occupants were subjected to violence and suffered injuries.
Several men have already been charged and are awaiting trial but one man has managed to avoid arrest.
William Robert Johnson, 46 years, was known to be in the Havant area in December and has links to Southampton. He is believed to be in possession of a white BMW car.
Anybody with any information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 and quote serial 614 of 28 February or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mobile phone law changes
Date Added: 26 Feb. 2007 12:39 pm
Title: Mobile phone law changes tonight!

Press Release:
Sussex Police will be enforcing the tough new penalties for using hand held mobile phones from midnight tonight
New legislation to increase the penalty for using a hand-held phone whilst driving will come into force on 27 February. The current fine of £30 will increase to £60 and three penalty points on your licence.
Any cases that reach court could involve discretionary disqualification and a maximum fine of £1,000 or £2,500 in the case of the driver of a bus, coach or goods vehicle.
Supt. Paul Morrison of Sussex Police Road Policing Department said:"This is not another bash at the motoring public, it's about helping to prevent people getting injured on our roads. The severity of the penalty reflects the dangers posed through mobile phone use and not maintaining proper control of your car. We will enforce this law from the 27th February as it very much part of safer roads and safer communities"

Why are the penalties going up?
Research has shown that if you are using a mobile phone whilst driving, you are four times more likely to have a crash.
In fact, if you use any type of mobile be it hands free or hands held, your reaction times are worse than if you were driving under the influence of alcohol. Tests have shown that reaction times for drivers using a hand-held phone slows reactions by 50% when compared to normal driving and by 30% when compared to being drunk
Direct Line Mobile Phone Report 2002

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Email received from West sussex Police January 2007

Dear Community Partner the following press release has just been issued to announce the exciting new update to the Sussex Police website . The new pages will make it easier to contact your local officer and is another element of successful neighbourhood policing.

Joe Edwards QPM
Chief Constable

NEED to contact your local police?

If it's an emergency, or to report a crime as it's happening, dial 999 and ask for the police ' the same way as ever.
For other crimes and urgent matters, there's still the central 101 number to call Sussex Police.
However if the matter's not urgent and you'd like to find out who the officers for your neighbourhood are, along with how to contact them, there's now a whole new way to get in touch.
Go to West sussex Police Website, type in your postcode and you'll now find the names and photographs of all your local neighbourhood officers. Click on their pictures and you'll see their personal profiles and contact details.
You can contact them either by sending an email or by leaving them a voicemail message, simply by phoning the 101 number and using the individual extension number provided.

The new system is the result of a six-month project by Sussex Police's in-house web team to give every Neighbourhood Specialist Team across Sussex its own web page.

In addition to photographs and contact details for every Police Community Support Officer and Neighbourhood Specialist Constable in Sussex the pages also contain a monthly What's happening in your area' community update, regular news flashes for the district, details of upcoming street briefings, up-to-date information about how local police are doing and details about your nearest police station.

Supt Robin Smith, who has been leading Sussex Police neighbourhood policing project, said: We are using friendly technology that could, over time, revolutionise the way that people keep in touch with us.
We want to make it as simple as possible for people to develop a two-way conversation with their local police that's what genuine neighbourhood policing should be all about.
If it works as well as we hope, it should ultimately lead to safer, more confident communities - and lower crime.

Friday, July 16, 1999
Police refuse lost purse
A woman who told police she had found a purse in the street was advised by police to put it back in the gutter where she found it. Peggy Horsley was "amazed" when she rang Chichester police station after finding the purse, expecting them to take it for safekeeping.
She said: "I took their advice and put it back in the gutter. The point is that if someone has lost something, even a library card, they will want it back, and everyone goes to the police station."
The advice follows the launch of a cost-cutting scheme, under which three Sussex police stations - Chichester, Bognor Regis and Midhurst - will only accept certain lost property such as firearms, some credit cards and drugs. Ms Horlsey was not the first person to fall foul of the six-month trial.
Joy Crawshaw walked into Chichester police station after finding a wallet containing cash and credit cards. She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme she was "astonished" to be told to take it home with her. "I said: 'You're suggesting I do something dishonest!'"

'Increase in bureaucracy'
Ms Crawshaw had been told that anyone finding lost property should keep it but inform police, she added. Officers would then send the finder a letter of indemnity, in case the original owner accused them of theft.
"I pointed out this was a massive increase in bureaucracy," she said. "But they just said they're not a lost property office".
A Chichester police spokesman said officers were investigating the incident involving Ms Horsley.

He said: "She should not have been told to take it back where she had found it, and we can only apologise to the lady concerned. "This is not to say we are not going to be interested in found property but we are asking members of the public to enter into partnership with us to achieve savings. "If someone finds something like an umbrella we will record and log it. If someone comes along to claim it we will put them in touch with the finder." The spokesman added that people should hold on to property of little value for a period of one month and could keep it if the owner did not come forward.

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Date Added: 14/6/2007 12:47 pm
Title: Euro drink drive campaign results
Sussex Police Press Release:
Between Monday, June 4, and Sunday, June 10, Sussex Police Road Policing Unit joined with other Euro forces in an enforcement campaign aimed at targetting drivers who drive whilst impaired through drink or drugs.
Across Europe, many hundreds of vehicles were stopped during this period with the checks being carried out day and night.
The results in Sussex were 192 drivers tested with 25 arrested. 24 provided a positive test for alcohol and 1 for drugs.
Supt Paul Morrison, head of Sussex Police Road Policing Unit, said; "Those who drink or use drugs and drive will be caught eventually. The risks these people pose to other road users mean that we will continue to target their activities outside of the National or European coordinated campaigns in our efforts to make the roads safer. In Sussex we have staff on duty 24/7 and our arrests for drink and driving offences has significantly increased as we now target routes and locations to ensure we capture those that choose to put theirs and others lives at risk. The message is simple do not drink or use drugs and drive otherwise you risk the full force of the laws available'.

[source:- July 2006 - West Sussex Police]

Midhurst & Petworth WC3

Midhurst, Barlavington, Duncton, East Lavington, Graffham, Sutton, Bignor, Bury, Fittleworth, Stopham,
Kirdford, Wisborough Green, Loxwood, Plaistow, Lodsworth, Ebernoe, Lurgashall, Northchapel,
Petworth, Tillington, Easebourne, Fernhurst, Woolbeding, Bepton, Cocking, Heyshott, Stedham with Iping,
Trotton with Chithurst, Elstead, Harting, West Lavington, Treyford, Linch, Linchmere, Milland, Rogate

Officer strength: 17 PCs
NPT Inspector: Rob Moore

NPT Sergeant: Gordon Cross
NPT Ward/Parish: Covers all above Midhurst parishes

NPT Sergeant: Rob Knight
NPT Ward/Parish: Covers all above Midhurst parishes

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