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Convicted financial adviser to repay elderly victim

Jonathan Pollard was convicted at Lewes Crown Court Credit: Sussex Police

A Horsham financial adviser, who has already gone to prison for systematically stealing from a vulnerable elderly client, now has to repay more than a quarter of a million pounds to the man.

On 8 October last year, Jonathan Pollard, 54, of Holbrook Park , Horsham, was convicted at Lewes Crown Court following a trial, of two offences of theft, totalling £205,000.00 in 2006, from the client. Pollard was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Pollard had initially met and given financial advice to the man from whom he eventually stole, in Horsham several years ago. The victim, who is now 71, them moved to a flat in Eastbourne and had become vulnerable through illness.

He was deemed not to have sufficient capacity so Pollard arranged for a Power of Attorney to be taken out relating to his financial affairs. the flat was re mortgaged. Funds in his pension to the value of £215,000 were withdrawn without his knowledge or agreement and were taken by Pollard.

However after the sentencing police were determined to help the victim get some recompense. A police financial investigator carried out a thorough examination of Pollard's financial affairs and assets and on 26 September this year, at the same Court a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) was made for £254,306.79, the entire amount to be paid to the victim. This figure includes an extra £49,306.79 to take account of the increase in the value of money since the time of the offence.

Pollard was given 21 days to pay £57,000.00 and six months to pay the remainder. Should there be any delays he will be liable to three years further imprisonment and the debt will increase with interest charges.

"Pollard was first brought to justice thanks to the hard work of detectives in the force's East Sussex Adult Protection Team. Once he was sentenced we carried out an in-depth investigation of his assets, and this enabled us to submit an application which the court fully accepted. We hope this is of further assistance and comfort to the victim and his family, and it also demonstrates that we can and will pursue offenders beyond conviction, for their ill-gotten gains."

– Detective Inspector Mick Richards of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit


Police appeal after cyclist death in Horsham

Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was found collapsed on a road in Horsham, shortly after 10am on Saturday.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance attended Tower Hill and an off-duty doctor, paramedics and members of the public tried to resuscitate the cyclist, a 53-year-old man from Horsham, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination is to be carried out to try to establish how he died.

Sussex store filled with toxic gas

A Waitrose store has been evacuated after a refrigeration leak filled the Horsham store with toxic gas.

The fire service worked to pump toxic air out of the store Credit: Eddie Howland

The fire service waitied for specialist engineers to arive, and blew the gas from the premises using a PPV fan.

The shop and surrounding area was evacuated Credit: Eddie Howland

Horsham store evacuated after gas leak

Men steal £10,000 worth of cameras from Horsham shop

Police have released this CCTV image of three men who threatened staff in a Horsham shop before stealing £10,000 worth of cameras.

The robbery took place at Jessops in Swan Walk just after 4pm on Wednesday 25 June.

Police are hoping someone may recognise the suspects and come forward with information.

All the items have unique serial numbers and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered cameras or lenses in suspicious circumstances.

Detective Constable John Hord, of West Sussex CID, said:

This was a terrifying incident for staff. While no one was hurt, the men threatened to cause them serious harm. They ripped cameras and lenses from displays before making off.

We believe the three men had visited the shop earlier the same day and so we'd also like to hear from anyone who may have seen them or knows who they are.

– Detective Constable John Hord
The three men in the Jessops store in Horsham Credit: Sussex Police
CCTV image of the suspects Credit: Sussex Police


Crash shuts road in Horsham

Foundry Lane, Horsham, was closed to traffic shortly after 7am this morning following a collision between a Mini and a pedestrian at the roundabout junction with King's Road. The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital by ambulance with head injuries.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or, quoting Operation Ridgewood.

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