I WENT to Worthing to investigate a juvenile delinquency wave… and saw first hand children shoplifting.
We had been made aware of shops near Durrington station in Goring that were constantly being ransacked by children.
One is the cooperative in Field Place Parade, Durrington, which has been under attack for months.
As I stopped by to interview customers, I saw a girl come in and grab a sandwich, a granola bar and a soda from the shelves and then walk out in broad daylight without paying.
She was no older than 15 and her demeanor was completely nonchalant. The store staff watched helplessly.
The incident happened just after 2 p.m. on Monday, July 25.
I was in my car about to drive off when I noticed the girl accompanied by two boys walking from Durrington train station which is 100 meters from the Cooperative.
After the youngsters left the shop, a member of staff told me they were so ‘terrified’ of taking the train home, just one stop away, that they now pay around £9 extra for a taxi at the end of their shift .
Employees are encouraged not to engage in “rampant” shoplifting.
On Tuesday we revealed a “manhunt style” poster dubbed West Coast nominals had been created by 30 notorious boys and girls known to police. It was given to Southern Rail employees to help with “protection and crime prevention.”
On July 15, two girls were seen entering the store, with a shopper claiming she had stolen items including alcohol.
Sussex Police dropped the case due to “insufficient evidence”.
Another suspected shoplifter was reported to police on July 19. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.
The day before our visit, the same cooperative had set fire to a rubbish bin, almost spreading to the apartments above.
The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was “premeditated” and Sussex Police said the investigation was “ongoing”.
Exactly one week after our visit, on Monday, August 1st, young people went into the store and “threw shopping baskets” at the employees.
Sussex Police arrested three boys on suspicion of multiple offences, including brawling, robbery and combined assault, but all three have been released on bail pending further investigation.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Officials responded on April 1.
“A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of beating, robbery, theft, vandalism and mutual assault.
“A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of beating, robbery, burglary, assault and theft.
“A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of beating, robbery, caning and theft.”
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