Pair jailed for act of outraging public decency in Worthing town centre

Two charged in connection with racially aggravated attack in Brighton.

A pair of men from Worthing who committed an act of outraging public decency in the town centre have been jailed.

Richard Dawkins, 49, of Northbrook Road and James Pannel, 52, of Brighton Road were arrested after performing the indecent act outside the Guildbourne Centre last month (April, 23).

Both men were sentenced to 16 weeks in prison each today (Wednesday, 15) after earlier admitting to outraging public decency.

Miles Ockwell, Adur and Worthing Chief Inspector, 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.

“The individuals involved in anti-social 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 not to let a small number of people disrupt others enjoyment of our town.”

Anyone wishing to report anti-social behaviour can do so by calling 101.