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Cafe worker describes terrifying moment he was held at gunpoint

A cafe worker has been telling of the terrifying moment he was threatened by a man with a gun.

Police in Sussex say it's one of a spate of robberies in the Worthing and Lancing area - most at gunpoint - which they think are linked.

Two took place in Orme Rd. One in George 5th Avenue - And another in Seadown Parade in Sompting.

The 5th was in Rowlands Rd, and a 6th in Railway Approach. A further attack happened on The Broadway - with another on Heene Rd.

The final two were at North Rd - and Uncle Sam's in Crabtree Lane - where the cafe worker feared for his life. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Grant Almond and DI Alan Pack from Sussex Police.

Appeal for help after armed robbery in Worthing

Credit: Sussex Police

Police have release a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak with in connection with an armed robbery in Worthing. Officers were called by a staff member at the SPAR store in Heene Road on Sunday evening after a man carrying what is believed to be a hand gun walked in at around 9pm and demanded money. He threatened staff with the gun and ordered them to open the till before grabbing approximately £200 cash and running off. He was last seen by the junction with Rowlands Road.

The man is described as white, around 5'11” and was wearing glasses as well as a grey face covering. He had three tops on: a blue jumper on top of a black hoodie which was worn over a burgundy jumper. The blue jumper had pre-cut holes where the suspect's thumbs protruded. He was also wearing Nike tracksuit bottoms with a bold navy blue stripe down the side to just below the knee and predominantly grey and white Nike trainers.

Credit: Sussex Police

Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn said: "Understandably the two members of staff have been left shaken by this incident, but fortunately no one was injured. If you saw anything at all suspicious around the time of the incident, or have any other information, please call us. We believe this robbery may be linked to three other similar incidents in the area that happened on the 13, 18 and 22 August. I would urge the man pictured, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to get in touch with us."

Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Zinger. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Woman charged with blackmail after 6 horses targeted

Woman due before magistrates in Worthing

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with blackmail after the tails and manes of six horses were cut in Shoreham earlier this year.

The animals were targeted at Buddy's Yard in Steyning Road, under the Shoreham Flyover. Four of the horses were in a field, the two others were in a stable. The incident happened overnight between Friday 29th January and Saturday 30th January.

Sussex Police said that Kirsty Geoghegan, aged 24, from Hove is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates Court on the 19th July 2016.

Police hunt man over rape of 69-year-old in town centre

The attack happened at around 1:50am on Monday, May 9 Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives are trying to trace a man suspected of raping a 69-year-old woman in Worthing town centre in the early hours of Monday, May 9.

The man in the photos, which were taken nearby just before the attack, is described as white, in his twenties, 5' 10" or taller, slim build, and wearing stonewash jeans, a dark top, and dark deck-type shoes with white piping.

We believe the man had seen the woman in the nearby Montague Centre and engaged her in conversation before taking her to the parking area at the rear of Barclays Bank in Liverpool Road where she was attacked.

This is an isolated and unusual event for Worthing and is not part of any pattern of offending. Local people should just continue to take their usual steps to look after themselves and keep safe when out in Worthing or anywhere else.

– Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

Robber who held gun to woman's head is jailed

A masked man who held a gun to a woman's head during a robbery at her flat in Worthing has been jailed.

37-year-old Leon Hazel has been jailed for nine years

37-year-old Leon Hazel, aka Cohen, from Hove, was convicted of robbery and possession of a firearm in March this year. He's been sentenced to nine years behind bars.

On 27 October, three men wearing Guy Fawkes masks knocked on the door of a flat in Thorn Road.

The owner of the flat, who was 21 at the time, was forced to hand over approximately £1,000 in cash, which she had saved for a trip to Disneyland for her and her young daughter.

The trio also stole two mobile phones during the robbery. No body was injured.

Police say enquiries are still ongoing in relation to two further suspects involved in the robbery.

Drivers escape 3 car accident without major injury

The carriageway had to be closed for investigations

Sussex Police said that a number of people escaped without major injuries from a crash involving three cars on the A27 Arundel Road near Clapham in Worthing.

The accident happened after 4pm on Friday 6th May. The carriageway was closed for the police to carry out investigations.

One car was very badly damaged

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Roads flooded from burst water main

Emergency services are at the scene in South Farm Road Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Part of Worthing has been flooded.

A water main has burst on South Farm Road. Police have been there and cordoned off the area.

Engineers are working on the problem.

Emergency services are at the scene in South Farm Road Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

Michael Everson has been sentenced to six years in jail Credit: Sussex Police

A Lancing man who was driving a van which left the road and crashed into a tree, killing one of the passengers, has been jailed for six years.

32-year-old Michael Everson, who's unemployed, and of Gravelly Crescent, was sentenced after appearing at Chichester Crown Court on Tuesday.

Everson was banned from driving for six years.

Everson had been at the wheel of a red Vauxhall Movano van shortly before 1am on Saturday, June 13, last year when it left the road in Offington Avenue in Salvington, Worthing, and struck a tree near its junction with Offington Drive.

Passenger Samuel Frost died at the scene.

Everson fled the scene on foot but was traced and arrested.

"Our investigation found that Michael Everson had consumed a mixture of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis in the hours prior to the collision. At the time of the collision he was also carrying four people in the front passenger seats of the van which were only designed to safely carry two people.

"His decision to drive the van that evening in such an intoxicated state, and with so many passengers, was highly irresponsible and ultimately led to the tragic death of Samuel Frost.

"The gravity of this case was further aggravated by the fact the Everson ran away from the scene in an attempt to evade responsibility for his actions."

– Sergeant Rob Baldwin, of the Sussex Road Policing unit

Man jailed for secret filming in female friend's bedroom

Theatre director jailed for secretly filming friend as she got undressed Credit: Sussex Police

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for hiding a video camera in his female friend's bedroom so that he could watch the woman getting undressed - in what she thought was the privacy of her own room.

Tarran Collins, 24, a theatre director from Shakespeare Road in Worthing was found guilty of voyeurism and two separate counts of making an indecent photograph of a child at Chichester Magistrates Court on 7th January 2016.

"She was a friend of yours. You went to her house, her family's house, under the guise of being her friend and while she was absent from her bedroom you concealed a camera in there so that you could secretly film and record her getting undressed and being naked in the privacy of her own bedroom.

"You had taken steps to acquire the camera, under an alias, so that you would not be discovered because you knew what you were doing was fundamentally wrong. She did find the camera, but not before it had been operating and filming her getting undressed. You were confronted with what you had done and you denied it."

– His Honour Judge Christopher Parker

Collins appeared before Chichester Crown Court for sentencing on 5th February and was sentenced to a maximum of 20 months with at least 16 months to be served. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

The judge said the only mitigating factor was that Collins had undergone some voluntary therapy.

However, taking into an account a previous conviction for twelve offences of making indecent images of children for which Collins was given a suspended 12 month sentence in 2012, the judge said: "Given the escalation in your offending, the type of offending and the spread of offences here, you do pose a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public, particularly young women and teenage girls, that risk arising from your committing further specified offences.".

Concern for missing teenager

Renato Bajamaj was last seen in Worthing on the 6th January Credit: Sussex Police

Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing teenager from Worthing.

Renato Bajamaj who's 17 and from Albania was last seen at the address he had been staying at in Brighton Road on the afternoon of 6th January.

However, he was also seen in Harrow Road in Brent, north London, on the 9th January.

He is described as white, Albanian, about 5' 5", of slim build, with brown eyes, short black hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, jeans and trainers.

"We are concerned for the welfare of Renato due to him not knowing anyone within the UK and him not answering his phone.

"Please get in touch if you have any information which can help us find him and make sure he is ok."

– PC Mark Green
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