Armed Robbery At Budgens Supermarket

Police are seeking witnesses to a robbery at a store in Midhurst in which cash was stolen.

Shortly before 9pm on Thursday (28 November) a man entered Budgens store in White City, Midhurst, off Bepton Road, after the store had closed for business.

He threatened the two members of staff present with a long bladed weapon and took several thousand pounds in cash from the safe before making off.

Detective Constable Andrea Watts said: “The two staff members were unhurt but very shaken by the experience.

“The suspect is described as having mid-to-dark black skin, wearing black scarf concealing his lower face. He was about 5’11”, of stocky build and did not have a distinctive accent of any type. He wore a navy blue mid-thigh length jacket with the hood up which zipped up, and matching navy blue trousers – both were made of waterproof material . He was carrying a black bag as well as the weapon.

“If you were in Midhurst town centre on Thursday evening at around that time and saw any suspicious activity, or if you have any other information that could help our investigation, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1416 of 28/11.”

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sussex PCC Launches Road Safety Summit

Sussex PCC launches road safety summit to address public concerns

A number of high-profile speakers will be joining Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne as she hosts a Listen Live summit in Chichester. This event will address public concerns around road safety and shine a light on the partnership working in Sussex to tackle criminal behaviour on our roads. 

Neil Honnor, Operations Manager from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership; Jon Forster, Road Safety Group Manager from West Sussex County Council  and Ed Preece, Safety Camera Team Manager from Sussex Police will be on the panel. They will sit alongside, Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Chief Inspector Jon Carter, District Commander for Arun & Chichester. 

“Improving road safety is one of the biggest issues that residents raise with me. This public event will encourage communities and partners to come together with police to play a full and active part in making the roads of Sussex safer” said Mrs Bourne.

In 2018 there were 1003 people killed or seriously injured on Sussex roads and thousands of reports made to Operation Crackdown, Sussex Police’s report mechanism for issues regarding road safety. So, this topic is rightly a priority for not only Sussex residents but also for the police and the PCC. 

Mrs Bourne continues, “Part of my role is to be a voice for the public in policing. I want to give them a forum to raise their concerns and allow them to hear from a panel of experts in this area. I know that visible policing and effective partnership working matters. So, let’s start by making our roads safer.”

Themes for discussion will include the impact of; speeding, using a mobile whilst driving, drink/drug driving and uninsured/untaxed vehicles. 

If you are interested in attending the event in person you can book your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/listen-live-road-safety-tickets-79187789811 and pre-submit your question to pcc@sussex-pcc.gov.uk.

The event will be held at the Chichester Park Hotel, Westhampnett, on Wednesday 27th November from 10.30am to 12.30pm. 

Due to the size of the venue, 40 members of the public may attend in person. For those who can’t attend, it will be live streamed on the PCC’s Facebook page.