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Police statement after betting shop robbed

DC Andy Hobden said: "The man who came into the shop is described as around 6', stocky or muscular build, about 30 with a local accent. He was wearing a woolly hat pulled down over his eyes with holes cut in it for his eyes. He wearing dark clothes and black gloves.

"This was still a fairly busy time of the day and we are sure someone must have seen this man as he went into the shop. If you have any information or saw anything suspicious in the area please contact us on 101 quoting serial 1463 of 18/2."

Police appeal over betting shop robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at a betting shop in Lancing.

At around 8.30pm on Tuesday, February 20, a man walked into the Ladbrokes on South Street and demanded money from the member of staff.

Around £700 was handed over and the man left bumping into a person outside.

It is thought that a second male was waiting outside and they both ran south along South Street and turned right into Elm Grove.


Concern for missing teenage girls

Police are concerned for the welfare of two 13-year-old friends who have been missing from their Lancing homes for three days.

The girls, Jaadine Hobden and Jaydeene Boarer, went missing on 3 February.

Jaadine Hobden and Jaydeene Boarer went missing on 3rd February Credit: Sussex Police

Jaadine, from Hurstfield, went missing after school and she is believed with Jaydeene Boarer, 13, of Derek Road, who is also missing.

PC Roisin Vafaee said: "We are increasingly concerned for the two girls because of their age and the amount of time they have been missing.

There has been sightings of them in Portslade, Lancing and Worthing. We would urge the girls to contact us to say they are OK."

Pensioner killed after his electric bike hit van

An 86-year-old Lancing man has died following a crash with a parked van in Freshbrook Road, Lancing at around 3.45pm on Monday 5th August. He has been named as Donald Spooner of Brookway, Lancing.

Mr Spooner was riding an electrically powered pedal cycle at the time of the collision. He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital with a critical head injury, but sadly died later that night.

His next of kin have been informed.


Flooding hits A27

There were long queues on the A27 at Lancing in Sussex today, with the dual carriageway reduced to one lane eastbound. Homes in nearby Manor Way were abandoned. Many gardens have been under several inches of water over the Christmas period.

Emergency pumping work has been going on to try to tackle what residents say is an ongoing problem.

Jewellery appeal after Lancing burglary

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who has been offered any distinctive rings in the Lancing area to contact them. A house on 'The Drive' was broken into between 8pm on Friday September 21 and 8am on Saturday September 22. Someone had forced a window open and stolen some jewellery.

"The jewellery was very sentimental to the home owner and they are desperate to have them returned. Four rings were taken and are described as an 18 carot white gold with a sapphire stone, two yellow gold ring, one with a black diamond and one with a ruby and diamond and an 18 carot gold ring with a ruby.

"They are distinctive and anyone who has been offered these rings is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1528 of 22/9."

– Detective Constable Andy Hobden, Sussex Police

Facebook hacker jailed for a year

A man from Sussex has been jailed for a year for hacking into Facebook.

Gareth Crosskey targeted the account of a US citizen, prompting the breach to be reported to the FBI.

The 21-year-old, from Avon Close in Lancing, admitted computer misuse offences and was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

The Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit launched an investigation after he hacked into the account on January 12 last year, also gaining access to the victim's private email.

The Met got involved after the FBI traced the culprit to the UK and Crosskey was arrested at his home on July 14 last year.

A Met spokesman said: "Today's result should act as a deterrent to any individuals thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity.

"By taking swift action, police central e-crime unit officers were able to quickly detain Crosskey, thereby preventing further disruption to the victim."


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