Is Horsham town centre crime on the rise?

JPCT 270813 Tim and Heather Tebbutt want to launch Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Horsham town centre. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 270813 Tim and Heather Tebbutt want to launch Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Horsham town centre. Photo by Derek Martin

A Horsham couple fed up with what they claim has been a steady increase in crime in the town centre over the past year have launched a Neighbourhood Watch appeal.

Tim Tebbutt and Heather Dyer say they have endured sleepless nights because of anti-social behaviour, drug dealings and free running in the Middle Street and Market Square area, where they live.

“It’s like Jekyll and Hyde,” said Tim, 60, “during the day it’s a lovely market town but at night, it’s horrendous.”

He said in 59 years he had only dialled 999 twice.

But since moving to Horsham town centre around a year ago he had been making the call to emergency services three to four times a week.

Despite a number of police interventions the couple feel like the situation has become worse over time.

Tim is interested in launching his own Neighbourhood Watch committee for the area and would like to hear from nearby residents if they have concerns.

He continued: “There must be other people in the area who have a problem with the noise from the pubs, the drunks, the anti-social behaviour.

“We can’t be alone, there must be others who feel as vulnerable as we do.”

Heather added: “We’re not in a ghetto - we’re talking about Horsham.”

Contact tim.tebbutt@hotmail.com

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