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Missing 15-year-old girl from Barnham

Police are growing concerned for a missing 15-year-old girl from Barnham, who is an insulin dependant diabetic.

Jane Belton, known as Janey, was last seen on Saturday, November 1 when she went out with friends and didn't return home. She has been in text contact with her family but has not been seen since.

Jane Belton was last seen on Saturday November 1. Credit: SussexPolice

PC Heather Mackay from the Missing Persons Team said:

Jane is described as 5' 5" with dark brown shoulder length hair and often wears glasses. She was last seen wearing a maroon hoody, brown leggings and ankle boots. She has her tongue and ears pierced.

We are very concerned as Jane is an insulin dependant diabetic and she has not taken her medication with her. This is out of character for Jane and we need her to make contact with us. She has connections in Bognor Regis and Chichester.

– PC Heather Mackay

Anyone with any information are urged to contact 101 quoting serial 1784 of 1/11.

Man arrested following shooting in Barnham

A 33-year-old man was arrested in Barnham at 9.35am this morning following a shooting in Gospond Road, Barnham.

A man in his 50s suffered a minor injury to his chin after being shot at about 7.30am. He was taken to St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, for treatment.

The officers located the suspect in Appletree Drive and he was detained on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. A weapon was recovered and he is currently in custody.

Police are not looking for anyone else. The victim and suspect are known to each other.

"I want to thank the public for their patience while we investigated this incident. Officers will remain in the area for some time and anyone wishing to talk to them about the incident should do so."

– Inspector Neal Harvey


Man wanted for burglaries could be using trains

Simon Peter Knights Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police believe a prolific burglar who they're trying to trace is using trains to travel along the south coast and on London to Brighton routes. Officers have offered a £1000 reward in a bid to find 38-year old Simon Peter Knights, wanted to interview about several house burglaries.

There were four burglaries and one attempted burglary, at addresses in Barnham, West Sussex, on 16 June, and a burglary in Park Road, Burgess Hill, on 19 June. Two addresses in Downview Road, one in Elm Grove and one in Barnham Road, Barnham, were broken into and jewellery was taken.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to enter another Barnham Road address. In the Burgess Hill burglary several hundreds of pounds worth of jewellery was taken. Knights is white, about 5'8", and has ginger hair and blue eyes.

Detective Inspector David Wardley-Wilkins said: 'We have information that Knights travels regularly by train and we are working with British Transport Police to see if we can trace him in that way too.' Officers are also making enquiries in East Sussex and in Southend and Basildon in Essex.

The reward is offered subject to arrest and conviction for one or more of the offences. Witnesses should contact Sussex Police via 101 or email quoting Serial 840 of 16/06. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.