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Police Advice for local residents

Be on the alert for bogus phone callers seeking your bank account details

Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after 35 cases of ‘courier fraud’ or attempts so far in May including six on one day.

But thanks to alert residents and bank staff, only six attempts succeeded. In several of the cases residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be a ‘Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harrison’. There is no such officer. The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card, that someone has been arrested, and that there is an investigation ongoing.

The caller says that the resident must both supply their PIN and other card details over the phone, and hand the card or cards to a courier who would arrive at the door.

However, thanks to the alertness of residents, and in six cases thanks to the alertness of bank staff, only six of the 35 attempts were successful, with a total loss of £24,800 – the biggest single loss was £7,900. The oldest victim was 96 years old. 18 were in West Sussex, 16 in East Sussex, and one in Brighton.

PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; “Remember – no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details or for cash. Don’t give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances!

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website here.

Summer-Time Thefts

There have been a few thefts locally, in Pulborough, from insecure sheds and garages. The Police are asking residents to ensure that all outbuildings are locked and secured at all time. For more information and advice Please click on their link:

Help the Police keep Sussex safe

If you see or hear anything, or have any information about any incident, please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Road Closures in March

WSCC Highways have advised of two upcoming road closures:

Old London Road – 19th March 8.30 am until 21st March 5.00 pm for Southern Water to carry out some underground pipe work.
Waltham Park Road – 20th March 2019 between 9.30 am – 3.00 pm for pot hole repairs.

The full details of the closures and diversion are in these:

ROAD CLOSURE – Waltham Park Road

ROAD CLOSURE – Old London Road, Coldwaltham


News about the A29

We have received notification about changes to the status of the A29. This has come about due to discussion between the Ministry of Transport, Highways and West Sussex CC, it seems. We have only received this news through a WSCC Councillor. It does look as though there is an intention to keep this low key! There was a short -rather irritated – piece about this in the recent Pulborough Parish Magazine from their PC Chairman.

The intention/proposal is to change the status of the A29 from a “local lorry route” to one of “National Heavy Goods vehicle” route. This will have the result of increasing HGV use of the A29  between Horsham and the South Coast. None of the towns and villages along the route appear to have been informed. There is a map ( to download) which shows the current lorry routes across the County; it is possible to imagine what the new one will look like and its effect at various points between Adversane and Fontwell.

Advisory Lorry Map [web]-3

Velo South Cycle Event – Sunday 23rd September 2018 – CANCELLED

Velo South Cycle Event – Sunday 23rd September 2018

Due to the continued worsening of this weekend’s weather forecast, the organisers of Velo South have taken the difficult decision to cancel Vélo South 2018.

More information on and you can read their full statement here:

The road closures for this cycle event have been published, please see the documents below for full details of these road closures. In summary, the roads locally are:

Between 0615 and 1145 hours
Haslingbourne Lane, Petworth – from the A285 to the A283
A283, Petworth/Fittleworth/Stopham/Pulborough – from Haslingbourne Lane to the A29

Between 0615 and 1145 hours
A283 Petworth/Fittleworth/Stopham/Pulborough – from Haslingbourne Lane to the A29
A29 Church Hill/Sopers Cottages, Pulborough – from the A283 to the A29 London Road

Between 0615 and 1215 hours
A29 Stane Street Pulborough/Billingshurst/West Chiltington – from A29 Sopers Cottages to B2133 Adversane Lane

WSCC have updated the Velo South Frequently Asked Questions document and will be added to the

Traffic Road Closure Notice – Chichester Area 23.09.18
Traffic Road Closure Notice – Horsham Area 23.09.18
Velo South QA’s – August 2018_

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