A couple from Sompting were defrauded out of several thousand pounds when they were the victims of an elaborate scam on Tuesday last week.
A man who claimed to be calling from the Metropolitan Police rang the couple's home phone number and said that there had been fraudulent transactions on their bank account.
He then asked if they would be prepared to assist with an undercover operation to expose forged bank notes being trafficked by dishonest back staff.
A bogus courier was sent to their house and the couple handed over the money. He is described as white, in his early 20s, 5' 6"-5' 7", of small build with a pale complexion, mid-brown wavy hair and having 'childlike' features. He was dressed rather scruffily in casual clothing that included a dark round-necked T-shirt and a knitted grey cardigan with a large collar. Police have issued an e-fit of the man.
Police or bank staff will never ask you for PIN numbers or send a courier to your house to collect bank cards or cash. If you have any doubts about a caller who asks you to ring back, either use another phone to call or leave it for half-an-hour or so before doing so.
You'll find correct contact details for your bank on correspondence or statements and the police can always be called on 101, no matter where you are in the country.
If you think you are being targeted, use a different phone and dial 999 immediately.
A 70-year-old woman, who was the victim of a serious assault in her home in Sompting on Thursday evening, has sadly died in hospital.
Sandra Boakes was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, with critical injuries after being attacked in her home in Grasmere Avenue, Sompting,
Dudley Boakes, 79, retired, of Grasmere Avenue, Sompting, Lancing, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court yesterday morning, charged with the attempted murder of Sandra Boakes in Sompting on Thursday evening.
He was remanded to appear at Lewes Crown Court on April 25th.
Dudley Boakes, 79, retired, of Grasmere Avenue, Sompting, Lancing, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court this morning, charged with the attempted murder of a 70-year-old woman in Sompting on Thursday evening.
He was remanded to appear at Lewes Crown Court on April 25.
The injured woman remains in a critical condition in the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Dudley Boakes, 79, retired, of Grasmere Avenue, Sompting, Lancing, has been charged with attempted murder following an incident at his home on Thursday evening.
He will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court this morning.
A 79-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder following an incident at his home in Sompting last night. Police and ambulance were called to a house in Grasmere Avenue at 6.45pm where a woman, aged 70, was found to have sustained serious head injuries.
Sussex Police are appealing for anyone with information about an accident involving two cars on the A27 at Sompting on Sunday 16th June 2013.
The collision happened just after 1pm. A blue Peugeot 206 and a silver Nissan Qashai collided near Lyons Farm. Neither of the drivers was injured.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is being asked to contact the police on 101 quoting serial 638 of 16/6.
VIDEO: Charred remains of a bungalow in Sompting. A man was rescued by neighbours. Andy Dickenson reports.
The aftermath of an explosion which destroyed a property is Sussex has been caught on camera.
Resident Ben Hornbuckle took this picture of the property in Hillrise Avenue, Sompting.
A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after with intent to endanger life after the explosion yesterday afternoon.
Sussex Police are investigating an explosion at a house on Hillrise Avenue in Sompting. It happened at 4.15pm on Thursday 20th September.
A man in his fifties was pulled from the burning property by passers-by. He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to be treated for shock.
The incident led to the road being closed at its junction with Hillbarn Avenue. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service extinguished the fire within an hour. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
A 52-year-old local man has been arreste don suspicion of committing arson with intent to endanger life.
A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after with intent to endanger life after an explosion at a property in Sompting on Thursday 20th September.