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Depite the deferral of the 2020 local elections, Councillor Angus Dunn has indicated that he is going to stand again in 2021 to the Hillside ward. He has had a long and succesful time as your local Councillor for that area, and I would ask that you once again support him to continue with his role and commitment to our local community.


Following the momentus election result at the end of 2019, we should not forget that was and is the beginning of a process and not the end. It is now about how our country is governed and what people now expect to see from a government with a working majority.  The public decided to ensure that there is no more paralysis in the House of Commons and it is now up to us, the Conservative Party, to deliver on these expectations.  


The current crisis with Covid-19 is undoubtedly a huge challenge for the Conservative Party, in fact for any government.  The approval rating for our Prime Minister is extremely high at the moment, but that carries with it public expectation that the arrangements to tackle the pandemic will be successful.


Despite the fact that all parties should now be pulling in the same direction, we are once again seeing party politics being trotted out by Kier Starmer, clearly grasping the opportunity for some sort of public platform. I don't think that broadly the public were fooled by a Labour Party at the last election, focussing on plain unadulterated power and tax and spend policies which would have affected EVERYONE! So we are perhaps ion the same ball park! While Kier Starmer might be seen as a more reasonable person than his predecessor, we should not forget that within his shaddow cabinet there are still the extreme elements that the electorate sought to disenfranchise. Even Tony Blaire had the good sense to get rid of 'Militant Tendency' during his time in office, but during the Corbyn reign, like a pheonix rising from the ashes we had them all over again under the 'Momentum' heading.


So during the local elections due to take place in May 2021, remember that they are about THE LOCAL DELIVERY OF SERVICES, and NOT simply about national issues or extreme political ambition by radical members of Momentum!


REMEMBER - ANGUS DUNN is the obvious choice for Hillside!


Thursday 28th June 2018

On the above date, a conference was held at Worthing Assembly Rooms dealing with the rise of gang culture among young people. Presentations were given by ex-police officers from Kent and the mother of a gang member who was eventually stabbed over 20 times in a gang related attack in London.


The conference focussed on what are known as 'County Lines' where London gangs are moving to sell drugs along the coastal strip, taking over homes of vulnerable people from where they do their business. This is known as 'Cuckooing' and business is done via mobile telephones and using runners who are recruited locally at ever increasing young ages. These young people are termed 'Clean Skins' as they have had no previous contact with the Police.


Thursday 12th July 2018

I attended a conference in London dealing with 'County Lines'. This showed that this is a national problem, as selling drugs away from London and the major cities has become the norm for drug dealers.  The whole process is tightly organised and there are simply thousands of 'County Lines' in existence.  It must be said at this stage that local young people recruited into this trade are victims themselves, although the distinction between victim and perpetrator can sometimes be blurred.


10th February 2019


So is this scaremongering or reality in West Sussex? Lets look at rhe facts!

  • Weapons are being routinely taken from students at schools across the county and in the Adur District this has included home made coshes being carried for so called 'personal protection' and knives.
  • Drugs, mainly cannabis, are widely used among young people across Adur, regardless of the fact that Skunk, around 80% of what is available, is known to cause many problems for the user, including psychosis.
  • Cocaine is now on the streets of Adur District according to local young people who describe it as 'bad stuff'
  • Schools have been told that for minor crime (apparently including cannabis) they must use their internal sanctions and that police do not routinely get involved
  • It is apparent that these 'incidents' are NOT properly recorded by police, so the true scale of drugs and associated criminal behaviour across Sussex is not clear
  • When drugs are taken from young people selling them in and around schools, this also creates a 'drug debt' to the dealers leading to potential violence against the person who 'lost' the drugs
  • This makes the young people vulnerable to exploitation both sexual and in other ways
  • From unsubstantiated information, I understand that young peoples homes have been visited by drug dealers looking for money to replace the loss of cash from the seizure of the drugs, but these visits have not been reported due to fear of reprisals
  • Drug dealers are known to be hanging around in the vicinity of schools and at regular places in the community
  • We also know that students at a very young age and with special needs of one kind or another have been recruited as 'runners' by older drug dealers, in one case in Adur, 12 students between the ages of 12 to 14 years old by an older student in the same school (who also had links to other serious violent crime)
  • Students, where excluded from school are sent to the Pupil Referral Unit (in West Sussex known as the Alternative Provision College) thereby exacerbating the problem and providing the potential for widenning networks
  • Nationally, the PRU has been seen as a recruiting area for drug dealers


I am pleased to say that persistence has resulted in a small amount of progress with the Police Commissioner publishing a small number of seizures of weapons where police have been involved. (see webcast at East Sussex County Council website of the Police and Crime Panel February 2nd 2019)


We all have a responsibility to protect our young people.  Many drawn into the drugs trade are victims themselves, so LOOK FOR THE SIGNS, and be prepared to report to Sussex Police either by dialing 101 or by emailing Sussex Police to help build up the intelligence so that a sufficiency of police resources can be directed to deal with this menance.


You can also call Crimstoppers on 0800 555 111 totally anonymously to pass information about drug dealers and other crime.  You will, not be asked for your details, your telephone number will not be recorded and  you will not be required to give a statement.


Councillor David Simmons, Chair Adur & Worthing Safer Communities Partnership Previous Vice-Chair of Southern Crimestoppers for 11 years



Councillor    David Simmons

  • Executive Member for Health and Well-Being, and the member for Hillside ward, Adur District Council 
  • Member for Southwick Division West Sussex County Council
  • Senior Advisor for Special Needs Education, West Sussex County Council
  • Appointed Governor for the Sussex NHS Partnership Trust dealing with Mental Health
  • Chair of the School Council at Sir Robert Woodard Academy Sompting
  • Member of Sussex Crimestoppers Board

Councillor David Simmons

42 Greenways Crescent


BN43 6HS


Tel: 01273 464018 (home)

Mobile: 0772 505 4389

e-mail: david.simmons@adur.gov.uk


Councillor  Angus Dunn

Executive Member for Finance and Deputy Leader at Adur District Council

Councillor Angus Dunn

86, Church Green


BN43 6JU


Tel.: 01273 870067

Mobile: 07760 486552



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