THIS week we uncovered a spate of juvenile delinquency causing terror in coastal cities.
Businesses have been looted and employees attacked amid a child crime wave between Goring and Hove.
The crime wave was so bad that 30 notorious children were listed on a British Transport Police “wanted” poster dubbed West Coast Nominals.
Two of those children were brothers Archie and George Tilley, who nearly killed Worthing father Alan Willson on April 4 last year.
The Argus has reported several incidents since our investigation began on Tuesday.
Seven of the 11 cases we have reported for our investigation so far are part of ongoing police investigations. Five of those cases were thefts.
Two of the cases were an arson attack on a platform café at Worthing Station and a ‘premeditated’ fire involving dustbins behind Co-op in Field Place Parade, Durrington.
Some of the alleged thefts include the theft of spray paint from a hardware store, hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes from a Tesco and an incident in which items were stolen and “shopping baskets” thrown at employees at a co-op.
The incident in which three boys were arrested for “throwing shopping baskets at staff” is said to have happened at the Co-op in Durrington.
The three boys, two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old, were all arrested on suspicion of fighting, robbery, assault and more. They have been released on bail pending further investigation.
Two girls, aged 14 and 12, were arrested after an arson attack at Worthing Station on June 13 but have been released pending further investigation.
Five of the thefts we are aware of are part of “ongoing” investigations. These happened between June 18th and August 1st.
The other thefts involving e-cigarettes, alcohol and spray paint are still ongoing.
Two of the thefts were reported because of “insufficient evidence”.
One of these took place on July 15th at the same cooperative in Durrington.
The other was an incident in which a plasterboard saw was stolen from the Strandways hardware store on May 28 on the same high street.
Sussex Police said they spoke to the business owner to update them on the situation with this investigation.
From stories we’ve reported, the force has arrested two people for juvenile delinquency.
The first was when a group of youngsters targeted a co-op and vape shop on February 21.
The alleged offenses include shop workers spitting and smashing a shop window with a metal bar.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested and released under investigation.
The boy has now been charged with two counts of assault and one count of assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 12.
The second incident occurred on March 7th when a boy attacked a salesman with a kitchen knife at Budgens in Boxgrove, Goring.
He appeared in Worthing Juvenile Court on April 14 and was convicted of threatening someone with a bladed object.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A two-year rehabilitation order has been issued for the juvenile. This includes supervision as well as an extended activity requirement of 91 days.
“A three-month curfew was imposed with an electronic surveillance tag. A victim’s surcharge of £22 was imposed on the boy’s parent/legal guardian.”
On March 13, a 13-year-old boy was stabbed to death near McDonalds in Worthing town centre.
Two boys have pleaded not guilty and will appear in court on November 4th.
Another boy was due to be sentenced on August 12 but Sussex Police did not yet have a recorded outcome of that hearing.
Sussex Police said they have a white collar crime team that works with Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs) across the county, including in Worthing.
Chris Neilson, head of Force Business Crime, said: “Sussex Police are focused on supporting businesses and investigating white-collar crime.
“The unit has a team of investigators dedicated to investigating white-collar crime, particularly shoplifting and violence against shop and store employees. White-collar crime is not victimless crime.
“We also work closely with corporations and BCRPs, identifying and bringing prolific offenders to justice and seeking ways to deter and prevent further crime through civil warrants.”
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