Danny Whiting, a 29-year-old man with no fixed address, was apprehended in Arundel following a comprehensive search operation that included various emergency services. Whiting was wanted for recall to prison and for two instances of violating a restraining order.
The police located him at an address in Mill Lane on Thursday, 28 December. However, as they attempted to arrest him, Whiting fled the scene, prompting an immediate and extensive search. The challenging location and adverse weather conditions necessitated the involvement of HM Coastguard, which provided assistance with a Littlehampton Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 175. Additionally, the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service aided the search by inspecting the riverbank.
Whiting was eventually located and arrested with the support of partner agencies, including Sussex Police’s drone and dog units. He was taken into custody and subsequently appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 29 December. There, Whiting received a sentence of 24 weeks in prison for the two counts of breaching a restraining order. He was also ordered to pay a £154 victim surcharge.
Inspector Scott Walters said: “Sussex Police work hard to protect victims of crime, the officers demonstrated tenacity and partnership working to show that we will not tolerate continued abuse of victims, and will ensure offenders with flagrant disregard for orders in place to safeguard those vulnerable are caught so that they can be presented to the courts.”