Bognor Herald — 13 August 2022

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Lib Dems miss out of two local by-elections at Barnham and Felpham

by Jan Cosgrove, Editor

Following the death of Cllr John Charles, two by- elections have been called in early September. Cllr Charles, who had been suffering illness for some time, represented Felpham County Division at West Sussex, and Barnham for Arun, as a Conservative.

Unusually, the Lib Dems have failed to stand candidates for either by-election, in these parts unusual. There are rumours concerning Barnham that they have stood aside to give the Green candidate the best chance of defeating the Tories.

Candidates: Alan Butcher (Lab), Graham Jones (Con), Sue Wallsgrove (Green), she lives in Fontwell, Mr Jones in Bognor (he has formerly been a Town Cllr) and Mr Butcher is from Littlehampton, has been Parliamentary candidate, and a Cllr in Littlehampton, as well as being Chair of the BR & Littlehampton Constituency Labour Party.

The divide of seats at Arun is such that there is no overall control — Tories on 23, Lib Dems 16, Independents 6, Arun Independent Group 4, Green 2, Labour 1, Independent Independent 1. The result will not change that situation.

At Felpham, there are 2 Independents, Labour and Conservative:

David Darling (Con), David Meagher (Lab), Richard Parker (Ind), Jane Wild (Ind), she and Mr Darling are Felpham residents, the others are from Bognor. Jane is well-known re her animal rights and related activities.

Perhaps the big question is whether the current Tory infighting over who is to be Leader/Prime Minister will have much effect on Tory voter turnout. The new person, Truss or Sunak, will be known by then. Given the large pensioner Tory vote locally, will tax-cut Truss strike sympathy or concern? What of her apparent antipathy to ‘hand-outs’ such as the £400 power subsidy or the £650 to the poorest including those on Pension Credit?

There is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 1200 on Tuesday 09 Aug and 1800 on Saturday 13 Aug in parts of England.

High pressure dominating this week, with fine and dry conditions across most of the country, prolonged sunny spells and light to moderate breezes. Temperatures rising from warm or very warm to locally hot in most regions, with a focus of the warmest weather in central-southern England. Headline max temperatures reaching mid 30’s by Friday.

View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

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Who can vote in the Conservative leadership contest?

We’ve received lots of questions from readers about who can vote in the Conservative leadership contest, over concerns about the influence of entryists and foreign nationals.

Details about the Conservative Party’s membership are vague, but we’ve taken a look at the information that is available on how the system works.

Put simply, anyone who has been a member of the Conservative Party for at least three months before the date the ballot closes will be eligible to vote for the new leader. That’s on or before 3 June 2022 in this contest (one month before Boris Johnson announced he would resign).

Estimates of the total number of Conservative Party members range from 150,000 to 200,000 and it costs £25 a year for standard membership.

The Conservative Party does not require its members to be British citizens, or to live in the UK. Conservative Party supporters who live abroad are able to become party members either by applying for membership through a local Conservative association in the UK, or by becoming a member of Conservatives Abroad by joining the Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association as an overseas member.

The Conservatives Abroad website states that by doing this “you are entitled to all the benefits of party membership, including participation in the Conservative Policy Forum, attendance at party conferences and a vote in the election of the party leader.” It also specifies that “you do not have to be a voter or a UK citizen” to join Conservatives Abroad.

So it is possible for people who are not British citizens and do not live in the UK (and so would not be eligible to vote in a UK general election) to be eligible to vote in the upcoming Conservative leadership contest.

But it is not possible for non-UK citizens living abroad to influence the outcome of the vote by joining the party after the leadership contest was called (as they must have been members for at least three months in order to participate).
Who gets a vote


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News and appeals

Police dogs help track down drugs suspects:

Two determined police dogs helped track down drugs suspects following a vehicle stop on the A27 at Fontwell.

Officers from Sussex Roads Policing Unit were alerted to a vehicle linked to suspected county lines drugs supply at 11.20pm on Wednesday, July 27.

The team stopped the vehicle, but the driver and the passenger inside attempted to run from the scene.

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Man charged following knifepoint robberies in Bognor:

A man has been charged with committing three robberies in Bognor — two of which involved a knife.

Michael Jones, 28, of Belmont Street, Bognor, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 16 July and has been remanded in custody to await his next appearance on Monday August 15.

A man is reported to have entered the News Box store in Gordon Avenue, just before 9pm on Sunday June 26 and forced staff to empty the till after threatening them at knifepoint. He made off with approximately £600.

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Appeal following collision on A27 at Chichester:

Police are appealing for witnesses and relevant dashcam footage following a serious collision near Chichester.

Emergency services attended the scene on the A27 between the Fishbourne and Stockbridge roundabouts after the crash at about 4.10pm on Monday, August 8.

The collision involved a lorry, a black Nissan Qashqai, a red Peugeot van, and a white Chevrolet, which were on the eastbound carriageway.

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Crime Summary:

Bognor -

Clifton Road, Bognor — On the evening of Friday 15 July the windscreen of a vehicle was smashed. Nothing was stolen. Serial 1306 06/08.

Felpham Road, Bognor — Between Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July a vehicle was broken into. Several items were stolen including laptops and power tools. Serial 0955 03/08.

Hoe Lane, Flansham — Between Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 July a set of large black iron gates were stolen from a property. Serial 0552 02/08.

Hillsboro Road, Bognor — Between Sunday 31 July and Tuesday 2 August a vehicle was broken into. Sunglasses and a satnav were stolen. Serial 0426 03/08.

Littlehampton, Rustington and surrounding area –

High Street, Littlehampton — Overnight between Sunday 31 July and Monday 1 August a business premises was criminally damaged. Serial 0770 01/08.

Roundstone Drive, East Preston — On Thursday 4 August the window of a vehicle was smashed. Nothing was stolen. Serial 0528 05/08.

High Street, Littlehampton — Overnight between Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August a business premises was burgled. Cash and equipment were stolen. Serial 0351 05/08.

Watersmead Drive, Littlehampton — Overnight between Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August a vehicle was broken into and several items of property were stolen. Serial 1181 05/08.

Arundel, Barnham and surrounding area –

The Street, Wepham — Between Saturday 30 July and Tuesday 2 August a residence was burgled. Nothing was stolen yet the property was vandalised. Serial 0258 03/08.

Ford Road, Arundel — On the evening of Monday 1 August a large amount of hay was deliberately set alight. Serial 1571 01/08.

St Georges Walk, Eastergate — Overnight between Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August a red Peugeot 206 was stolen. Serial 0212 05/08

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One Job — Countless Opportunities, Police Officer recruitment closing soon

Monday 8th August 2022

Sussex Police Sussex Alerts — One Job — Countless Opportunities, Police Officer recruitment closing soon

Joined as an officer, became a protector.What could you become?

It’s not every day you get the chance to arrive first to a crime scene and make quick judgement calls to ensure the safety of all around you, or seek answers and secure evidence to convict perpetrators and protect vulnerable individuals, or bring justice for victims by leading an investigation or operation into success.

Policing encompasses a variety of skills, roles, and responsibilities.

You’ll need determination, patience, and the ability to champion those around you.

Protector, Investigator, Responder or Leader (and plenty more…)

One career. Countless opportunities.

Find out where your policing career will take you and apply today and apply online here.

Why should you work for us?

As a police constable you can earn a salary starting from:

  • £28,182 (which includes £1,500 South East allowance) from 1 September 2022).
  • South East allowance is due to increase to £2,000 from 1 October 2022.

Other benefits include:

  • Career progression
  • Public sector pension
  • Generous annual leave entitlement which increases as part of your service
  • Sussex Police supports work-life balance supported by family friendly policies
  • Be part of a wider police family including officer and staff associations

Careers don’t come more rewarding than this.

Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse — no two days are the same.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

You should consider whether you can:

  • Deal with the complex and sensitive cases, requiring clear reasoning and evidence gathering.
  • Think on your feet — problem solving and responding to new challenges.
  • Develop new skills as data and technology become ever more important to policing.
  • Work well with colleagues as part of an effective team.
  • Have great people skills, remaining calm and patient with members of the public, particularly in stressful or volatile situations.
  • Handle traumatic situations and be able to communicate information sensitively.
  • Be decisive and use your police powers appropriately.
  • Give clear and accurate evidence in court.
  • Work shifts, nights and weekends (including public holidays).
  • Be flexible about where you work — you might not work in your preferred location.
  • Be willing and able to meet the academic demands and deadlines throughout the programme.

You’ll receive training and support throughout your career to help you manage the demands of policing, but it’s important to be sure that becoming a police officer is right for you.

Want to find out more before applying? Book your career conversation now with one of our recruitment specialists.

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National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online

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Jan Cosgrove

Jan Cosgrove


National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online