Today has been a day that has reinforced for me and the various departments and partners what can be done to support our communities within Arun and by the communities in Arun.
All of these examples have been referred to in press releases but I wanted to reflect on what that really means. Some of the incidents still have ongoing proceedings so I am not able to discuss the details . If you take a look at the links you will get an over view of all of them.
Operation Accent has been running for 10 months and this investigation was at the heart of what we have been trying to achieve long term; Reducing vulnerability within the community , improving individuals lifestyles, and the contribution they are able to make, myth busting and where necessarily tackling criminality. The verdict has had a lot of coverage here and in Poland and sends a very clear message out to those who chose to intimidate and prey on those who are vulnerable within our many different communities in Arun
This relates to a Pub in Felpham which saw an police led operation on the 23rd December. Over the past 2 years we have been working with the local community and our partners to address the complaints and incidents linked to the premises. Today saw the premises having its license revoked a very serious step and matter for all concerned.
The evidence offered by the Police and West Sussex Fire and Rescue provided a sanitized and objective stance. The representations made by members of the local community were very personal, disturbing and yet sobering ( if you forgive the pun). Yes they had moved to the area knowing there was a pub there , what they didn’t expect was for people attending the premises to think it acceptable to behave so appallingly on a regular basis.
Licensing objectives are used to set a standard that not only the local community, but visitors and those working within a licensed premises can expect to be upheld by all.
I listened to one individual asking me why she should have to wheel a relative out into the road in their wheelchair as a result of bad parking linked to the pub. This may not seem very high on the police priorities but for me I have been there in that position and it’s not right and is another challenge you take on whilst trying to look after someone who is not well and wants the least of fuss made.
In terms of Mr Miller - he was arrested in the early hours thanks to the public. Again we had been working to locate him and had completed all of our ongoing lines of enquiry and we knew that without the help and consent and information from the community we would struggle to find him in the near future.
Whilst everyone deserves the opportunity to change or reform their behaviour it is important that we do all we can to bring individuals to justice, not only does it prevent further offences it may deter others.
You may think that there are only be a few officers on duty across Arun who can overtly be identified as police officers, but we have other resources working with us who are not so easily identifiable as Police. Their role is to target those affecting people on Arun; be it through antisocial behaviour, criminality and or drug dealing.
More importantly we have the eyes and ears of the public working with us and are able to achieve a great deal with this help and information . People may not feel comfortable in leaving their name or number but have used the 101 or crime stoppers number to leave us the information. Those snippets may go on to become last piece of the jig saw puzzle and without it we may never see the true picture.
Long may it continue - So please if you know something,don’t keep it to yourself let us know - you may help us prevent further offences,help us reunite victims with their property or stop some one from becoming a victim. We don’t need your name just call Crime Stoppers - 0800 55111 or look at the website.