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Two sentenced for outraging public decency in Worthing

News   •   May 15, 2019 15:10 BST

Two Worthing men have been sentenced for outraging public decency.

Richard Dawkins, 49, of Northbrook Road, Broadwater, Worthing and James Pannel, 52, of Brighton Road, East Worthing, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (May 15).

The pair were arrested on Tuesday, April 23 by police officers who responded to a call from the public at the time of the offence.

Following an earlier guilty plea, Dawkins and Pannel both received a 16-week custodial sentence.

Adur and Worthing Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell said: “This incident was particularly shocking and our immediate response in making the arrests is an example of the robust action we take against those who commit crime and anti-social behaviour in Worthing town centre.

“The pair were quickly charged and dealt with robustly by the courts.

“Anti-social behaviour is something we are working to tackle closely with our partners and I am proud of the partnership approach we take to it.

“We understand there have been a lot of comments on social media on various community groups regarding issues with anti-social behaviour in Worthing town centre. Please report any such behaviour to us immediately. There are a number of ways to report to us – dial 999 if the crime is in action, call 101 or report online.

“The individuals involved in antisocial behaviour are the minority and we know who they are. Rest assured they are dealt with robustly when we are aware of crimes being committed. We are determined to not let a small number of people disrupt others enjoyment of our town.”