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Weapons found dumped in pond in Worthing

More than 800 objects - including guns, knives and jewellery - have been found dumped in a pond in West Sussex.

Police believe they may have been stolen or used by criminals.

The discovery was made by a dog walker in Longcroft Park on the edge of Worthing,

The weapons and personal belongings are now being examined to establish where they came from. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Weapons discovered in Worthing pond

Police are hoping to reunite burglary victims with their possessions after finding hundreds hidden in a pond in Worthing.

Officers from Sussex Police's specialist search unit have recovered more than 850 items that are believed to have been stolen in burglaries in the county.

Among the items recovered have been necklaces, brooches, rings and trinkets.

Police are hoping to reunite these items to their owners Credit: Sussex Police

There are also handguns, a machete and knives in the haul that are being examined to see if they are linked to any other crimes.

The search was carried out after a dog that left its owner and jumped into the pond in Whitebeam Wood, Durrington, emerged with a jacket and some cufflinks on 23 July.

The recovered items have been cleaned and examined but officers have been unable to identify who many of them belong to.

If they have been stolen, they can be returned to their owners and officers may be given more evidence that could help catch and prosecute those responsible for taking them.

"Many of these items are not particularly expensive but could hold great personal value to the owners. We have already identified some of the items as having been stolen in burglaries in Sussex but we want to find out who owns the rest of them. If you recognise any of the items, or think some could belong to you, please get in touch with us."

– Detective Constable Emma Fields


Missing 14-year-olds were expected home

Chloe Newman and Sarah Eldridge, both 14, were last seen on Friday 4th July Credit: Sussex Police

Police are searching for two missing 14-year-old girls who haven't been seen since Friday 4th July.

Chloe Newman and Sarah Eldridge were last seen at Worthing train station at 7pm and were expected back at 10pm.

Sarah is described as white, 5' 5", of medium build, with long brown hair. She was wearing a black-and-white patterned mini dress, black leather jacket, navy blue Nike trainers and was carrying a large black leopard print handbag.

Chloe is described as white, 5' 5", of slim build, with shoulder-length bushy brown/blonde hair. She was wearing a black-and-purple crop top with an Aztec pattern, a red hooded top and may have had black leggings with her.

Anyone with information about the girls is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 or quoting serial 1772 of 05/07.

Rave stopped after sound equipment spotted on roof

Former Lloyds TSB building in Goring-by-Sea where planned rave was disrupted by police Credit: Google Maps

Two generators and a large amount of sound equipment were seized by police who disrupted a planned rave in an abandoned building in Worthing on Saturday night.

Police were alerted to people entering the old Lloyds TSB building in The Causeway in Goring-by-Sea just after 10.30pm.

Officers arrived quickly at the scene and were able to deter people from entering.

Three people were arrested as officers discovered that the sound equipment was being set up on the roof of the derelict office block.

Inspector Allan Lowe said, "What was particularly disturbing was that hundreds of people were being drawn to the rave in what would have been a very hazardous environment.

"There are ceilings falling down, wires sticking out, numerous trip hazards and no indication of the state of electricity or water supplies inside."

A 23-year-old woman from Worthing and a 22-year-old man of no fixed address were arrested on suspicion of burglary other than dwelling and criminal damage. An 18-year-old man from Goring-by-Sea was arrested on suspicion of burglary other than dwelling. All were later bailed until August 10.

Three arrested in Worthing assault

Two men and a woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault in Worthing around 11pm on Thursday.

Police were called to Marine Parade to an assault outside a property. A 46-year-old, was found injured in the beach shelters on Marine Parade at around 4am with a a serious head injury.

Another fight was also reported on Western Row around midnight which involved the same group of people, a 43-year-old suffered a swollen face, jaw and hand, bruised back and ribs. He was treated at Worthing Hospital.

A 26-year-old man from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of two counts of GBH and remains in custody at this time.

A 38-year-old woman from Worthing and a 43-year-old man from Worthing have been arrested for GBH and are also still in custody.

Loving couple marry in special ceremony in hospital

Staff at Worthing Hospital went out of their way to make sure a bride, who was receiving cancer treatment, and her partner had an extra special wedding, by being the first couple to marry in the hospital chapel.

Joann Howells revealed to a nurse how disappointed she was to have to cancel her wedding day because she had to stay in hospital for care.

Assistant Chaplain Rev. Linda Rowlinson then paid Joann and her partner Neil Ward a visit.

Joann Howells and Neil Ward got married at Worthing Hospital last weekend Credit: Worthing Hospital

"She just bent over backwards and never stopped running around to make it happen," said Neil.

After an emergency licence had been granted, the loving couple were married in the chapel surrounded by family and friends.

Nurses worked through their lunch breaks to decorate the chapel and the reception room, made various calls to get the food, drink and flowers sorted and make the couple's day a happy one.

The happy couple got married last weekend in front of friends and family Credit: Worthing Hospital

Neil said, "We can not thank people enough to be honest. You don't realise how kind people are until something like this happens."

Joanne said, "I wanted to go home so I could get married, and I was just thinking I was stuck in hospital, and then they just did it all for us.

“A massive thank you to everybody who contributed to make our day so special.”


Man jailed for hitting police officer in Worthing

A man has been jailed for 10 years after striking a police officer several times over the head with a baton.

Ross McPherson, 24, of Teville Road, Worthing, was found guilty of committing attempted grevious bodily harm with intent and affray on 4 December last year.

The court heard there was a joint operation between Sussex Police and British Transport Police into bike thefts and drug crimes around Worthing railway station. During a routine stop check, McPherson was stopped but became verbally abusive and threatening towards three police officers.

Ross McPherson has been jailed for ten years Credit: ITV Meridian

He was sprayed with Captor spray but continued to be aggressive. As an officer went to draw his baton, he dropped it during a tussle with McPherson and it landed at his feet. McPherson picked up the baton and took a swing at two women police officers narrowly missing their heads and upper bodies.

He then chased two police officers up the street with the baton.More plain clothed officers came from the station to assist the Sussex officers and one of them was struck on the head a number of times with the police baton. Fortunately he did not receive severe injures.

McPherson was eventually stopped and arrested.

He went on trial last week at Woolwich Crown Court and after a five-days was found guilty of the two charges and sentenced.

Cameraman talks of horrifying accident

A former ITV cameraman has released dramatic footage of a freak accident which left him seriously injured. Noel Greaves-Lord, from Worthing - in Sussex - was hit by a motorcycle while filming near Cannes - in France. His foot was so badly damaged - it had to be amputated.

Three years on, Noel is still fighting a legal battle for damages. You may find some of the images of our report distressing. Malcolm Shaw went to meet him

Police concerned for missing 16-year-old girl's welfare

Laura Douglas has not been since 5.15pm yesterday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing 16-year-old girl from Worthing.

Laura Douglas has not been since 5.15pm yesterday when she was at Halfords at Lyons Farm in Worthing with her pink and mauve Flite Starlight mountain bike.

She was expected to be home before 6pm but has not been seen or heard from since.

Laura is white but tanned, 5ft and of medium build. She has brown, straight, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

When she was last seen she was wearing blue jeans with a crop top and a brown leather jacket that has a side zip.

PC Alex Leeson said: "We're becoming increasingly concerned for Laura not just because of her age but also because she has learning difficulties.

"Although she is 16, Laura has the mental age of a young girl and does not always behave like a girl of her age.

"We need to speak to Laura urgently."

Anyone who has seen Laura or knows where she is asked to call 101 quoting serial 1293 of 13/5. If you see Laura and she appears to be in danger please call 999 immediately.

Worthing armed robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at Durrington post office in Salvington Road, Worthing.

At 1.50pm yesterday ginger-haired man with thin-framed glasses and a balaclava threatened a member of staff in the post office with a pistol-type gun.

The member of staff gave him a quantity of cash and the man left, heading towards Durrington Lane.

The man was about 6' 3" and aged about 20. He was wearing jeans and a dark hooded top with a green letter M on the front and back and was carrying a rucksack.

"We are appealing for anyone who recognises the description of the man or who saw someone acting suspiciously outside the post office or in Franklin Road before the robbery to contact us."

– Detective Inspector Andy Westwood , Sussex Police
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