‘UFO’ sighting sparks police response by Horsham district officer

Sussex Police PCSO Damian Cecil.
Sussex Police PCSO Damian Cecil.

In a series of profiles the County Times will be exploring the roles and responsibilities of police community support officers (PCSOs) across the Horsham district. Our first profile is Damian Cecil.

Area covered: “Southwater, Nuthurst, Mannings Heath and Lower Beeding.”

Work history: “I have worked in the motor trade, retail and also engineering prior to joining Sussex Police in January 2007.”

Crime patterns/main areas of concerns: “Random criminal damage / young drivers and their passengers.”

Current initiatives: “Two minutes for Southwater “ - multi agency initiative aimed towards road safety within the Southwater parish and surrounding areas.”

The most unusual incident you’ve dealt: “A report of a flying saucer, which turned out to be a remote control helicopter with LED lights on it.”

Details of groups in their areas that they attend: “Welcome Club (Over 60s), Youth Club in Beeson House, Knitting Club.”

Details of Neighbourhood Panel: “Held at Beeson House on a monthly basis.”

Crime prevention advice: “Lock your house and car when not there / using it.”

Work hours: “I work full time hours over seven days between 8am to midnight.”

Career ambition: “Would like to become a PC, and get into the RPU [Road Policing Unit] department.”