Forthcoming Events

Eastbourne Walking Festival

18 – 27 September 2020

More information > >

ESF Virtual QUIZ

Wednesday 30 September 4pm - 5pm.

On Zoom.

If interested contact Judy Thurlow (judythurlow@gmail.com) with your email address by Saturday 19th September so you can receive details to join the meeting.

There will be general knowledge questions so I hope everyone will get some answers correct. No prizes but a bit of fun!

ESF News

11th August 2020

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Select and Collect
  • Five Libraries Open
  • Help Us Make The Book Club Better
  • Oxford Art Online

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

11th August 2020

Iceland recalls Chip Shop Curry Chicken Breast Toppers and Southern Fried Chicken Popsters

Iceland has recalled their own brand Chip Shop Curry Chicken Breast Toppers and Southern Fried Chicken Popsters because salmonella has been found in the products

More information > >

8th August 2020

Sainsbury’s recalls Sainsbury’s semi-skimmed UHT milk

Sainsbury’s has taken the precautionary step of recalling by Sainsbury’s semi-skimmed less than 2% fat 1 litre UHT milk because of possible microbiological contamination that could lead to spoilage. This may make the product unsafe to consume.

More information > >

7th August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 3 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 10 to Friday 14 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via J10 M23, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 10 to Friday 21 August (excluding weekends) 22:00 05:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur into and out of the airport

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue, M23 J10, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at M25 J6.

7th August 2020

August Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The August 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

This month’s theme is Crime Prevention and we have highlighted our launch of our new “Safety In Neighbours” campaign, which launched at the tail end of July. This has been a great campaign and we have received lots of positive feedback.

As well as continuing our theme across the newsletter, we are excited to launch our first ever Impact Survey, which we are pleased to say we have received over 21,000 responses.  We would like to congratulate West Midlands and Hampshire, which we have received the most responses from their members and members of the public. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have already completed the survey and for those of that haven't, we ask you to fill in the survey and ask others to do the same.

6th August 2020

Sussex Police Launches Police Officer Recruitment

Following the Home Office announcement that Sussex Police is on track to achieve its first year Government funded uplift targets, today (Wednesday 05 August) the force launches its latest recruitment drive for those who wish to become police officers through the police constable degree apprenticeship entry route.

Seeking those who have got what it takes to protect communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the public; the officers recruited through this campaign will join training cohorts in 2021 and will commence a three-year programme where they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training. Continuing to strengthen local policing numbers, these officers will make a real difference to communities across the county by giving Sussex residents what they want – a visible and proactive force which is tough on crime.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner commented: “We’re continuously looking to employ the right mix of police officers and police staff to deliver an effective, efficient and high quality policing service to the people of Sussex.

"This recruitment drive will continue to add numbers to our front-line and make a positive difference to the public and communities which we serve. Covid-19 has not stopped recruitment however we’ve had to adopt new recruitment approaches and intensive training programmes to ensure we could continue to get highly skilled officers onto the streets of Sussex.

“We are only as good as our people and, as an organisation, benefit from the variety of thinking, approaches and skills which diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service. This is why we are especially encouraging those who may not have considered a career in policing before to find out more and apply to join us as a new officer.” 

Welcoming the recruitment news, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The opening of today’s police officer recruitment campaign is great news for Sussex residents and for Sussex Police as an organisation.  It also provides a fantastic opportunity for anybody wanting a fulfilling and varied career.

“Local communities will be delighted at the prospect of even more officers joining the 126 that have already been recruited since January. 

“I have applauded senior officers for continuing recruitment during the pandemic and putting extra boots on the ground when we needed them most.

“If you want to make a real positive difference to your local community then apply today.”

If you have the judgment to make quick decisions, are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need and the resilience to serve the community every single day; then being a police officer could be the career you've always dreamed of.

Recruitment will close on Wednesday 19 August and it is expected there will be a high volume of applications. Therefore apply now here and help make a real difference to your community.

5th August 2020

Eastbourne Walking Festival Returns

The ever popular Eastbourne Walking Festival returns 18 – 27 September 2020, encouraging visitors and residents to grab their walking boots and explore Eastbourne!

The 10 day festival is comprised of over 70 free-to-join guided walks, alongside a number of itineraries for self-guided walks around the town.

Walkers can enjoy a series of themed walks, ranging from Mindfulness and Wellbeing to the Archaeology of the Seven Sisters and even a Vintage Post Box walk!

To allow for social distancing, guided walks will have a limited capacity of 30 people per walk with walk leaders receiving additional training on leading walks safely to comply with current guidelines

More information > >

2nd August 2020

Get Safe Online Safe Student Campaign

The young people in our families generally have a better hands-on knowledge of technology than we do. However, this confidence can result in them taking more risks online that could adversely affect their finances, reputation or even their whole future, if they end up with a criminal record. If your young student is going to university or college this autumn, they may not have you there in person to guide them in the right direction or help if there's a problem.

That's why the experts at www.getsafeonline.org have put together some tips to help you advise your child before they go. At the time of writing we didn't know when universities would be open again. So whether your child is heading off shortly - or a little later - please take time to talk to them.

Safe banking
It's essential to follow their bank's security advice, including keeping their banking and other financial details private, and making money transfers safely via their bank's app. Suggest they get to know their Student Money Adviser.

Protect their reputation, and themselves
What goes online stays online, including things your child might regret sooner or later. Remember that 70%* of employers look at social media to screen candidates before hiring. Intimate images shared innocently can fall into the wrong hands. Location settings on phones and apps should be checked to help protect physical safety.

* Figures taken from a 2017 survey from CareerBuilders

Identity and oversharing
Your child will need to prove their identity to open or access their bank account, sign up for a railcard, student discount or other essentials. They should never reveal logins or other passwords, and not overshare online, in texts or on the phone. This includes providing confidential information in return for freebies or to be entered into prize draws. Suggest they check their credit score regularly to make sure nobody has taken out credit or purchased anything in their (or your) name.

Mobile devices and Wi-Fi
Phones, tablets and laptops should be treated like the precious possessions they are. If what your child is doing is confidential or financial, they should avoid using Wi-Fi hotspots as there's no guarantee they're secure. Warn your child about location services on apps too.

Digital responsibility
Reinforce that there's no place online for any kind of abuse, hate speech, forcing their views on others or criminal activity.

Fraud
Fake texts, emails, DMs and calls claiming to be from the bank, student loan provider or HMRC are commonplace. Overseas students can also be targeted by visa fraudsters. Not thinking before they click - or oversharing - could cost your child their money, identity, or both.

Accommodation
If you child has found accommodation they like, help them check it out in person and that the advertiser is authentic before any money changes hands. Ideally, deposits and other up-front payments should be paid by credit card for extra protection.

Payments
Payment by bank transfer to an unknown person or company for accommodation deposits, fees or other costs or purchases should be avoided where possible. If it's a fraud, there's very little chance of getting a refund from the bank.

Online gambling
For some students away from home, betting can become a bad habit. Remind your child how much money and time they could be wasting and the positive things they could do with it. Point out the fine line between gaming and gambling.

Online dating
It's essential to use a reputable app and keep conversations on the apps messaging platform. Not everyone is who they claim to be - some even use online dating to commit fraud or endanger their date's physical safety when they meet up. Tell them not to be afraid to block or say no.

No means no
Your child should never be put under pressure to do something they feel uncomfortable with, or put others under pressure. This includes sending or publishing intimate pics, harmful pranking, extreme content, hacking others' social media accounts or any kind of radicalisation.

'Get rich quick' schemes
Students are favourite targets for illegal get rich quick schemes, like jobs with pay that's too good to be true or others using their bank accounts to 'process payments'. Money laundering could result a criminal record, even if it's done unwittingly.

Keep coding legal
Students who are clever coders and extraordinary gamers are sometimes targeted by cybercriminals who need their skills for malware coding or hacking. Talk to your child about the consequences, and discuss alternatives like a career in cybersecurity.

Find comprehensive, easy-to follow advice about online safety at www.getsafeonline.org.

1st August 2020

Your East Sussex

In this issue:

  • Where to staycation this summer
  • Best Beaches in East Sussex
  • Adjust to life after shielding
  • Get silly with kids this summer
  • Two decades of caring
  • From the newsroom

Read more > >

1st August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 4 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 3 August midnight to 06:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Lane 1 and 2 closure Westbound from 10:00 to 06:00.

Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Lane 1 and 2 closure Westbound from 10:00 to 06:00.

1st August 2020

First Ever National Impact Survey Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

We are delighted to launch the first ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey. This is a survey open to all members of the public including our supporters and members and we are asking our partners to share across their public networks.  It will enable us to look at how Neighbourhood Watch impacts in our communities and identify the concerns surrounding crime, fear of crime and the increase in neighbourliness and community spirit.

We ask that you share the survey IMPACT SURVEY with friends, neighbours, colleagues and your partners, to ensure that we get a good mix of responses.  You can do this in various ways through email, using social media and any other methods that you may have.

Facebook & Twitter: Neighbourhood Watch Network is excited to launch our first National Impact Survey and we want EVERYONE to take part. It doesn't matter if you are part of Neighbourhood Watch or not, we want your views.  It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.  Click on this link.

To learn more about the background to the survey
Please click on the following link Measuring our impact

We look forward to receiving your responses on our survey which needs to be completed by 21st August 2020.

28th July 2020

Highway Code: your views needed to improve safety

Today a consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code. 

The review is being held by the Department for Transport, to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

The main changes being proposed

The main changes being proposed are:

  • ensuring that road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • making rules on pedestrians clearer
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • creating guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

You can read and respond to the consultation online, complete a form or send an email to share your views

28th July 2020

Mars Food UK recalls Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati ready to heat rice pouches

Mars Food UK is recalling Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati ready to heat rice pouches as some packs may contain pieces of glass. The possible presence of glass makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information > >

27th July 2020

Introducing Our New Safety In Neighbours Burglary Campaign
There's Safety in Neighbours

A new Neighbourhood Watch campaign to prevent burglaries

As lockdown eases in the UK, we’re expecting a rise in burglaries. We’ve partnered with the Home Office to create a new social media campaign to help keep people safe and continue the great work your scheme is already doing.

Our new Safety in Neighbours campaign is particularly exciting as it has a modern and eye-catching design to grab younger people’s attention and attract even more new members. Read more about the campaign below.

We need your help 

Please help us spread the word and share the campaign on your local Neighbourhood Watch’s social media pages and chat groups. You could also share the press release attached with your local news media and radio stations. 

•    Visit our campaign page
•    Watch our campaign video
•    Download our campaign social media pack
•    Share using #SafetyinNeighbours in the caption 
•    Tag Neighbourhood Watch in the post    

Facebook: @ourwatch  
Twitter: @N_watch          
Instagram: @neighbourhood.watch.insta

Help spread the word

25th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

TThe following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 5 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22, A264 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 to M23 J10.

18th July 2020

Are You Shopping Online?

Have you bought anything online recently?…

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, IPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive. 

Top tips for shopping securely online:

Choosing where to shop:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.

Email accounts:
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Scam messages:
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Payment method:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud.

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.

If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.

17th July 2020

Coping with the virus: what you told us

Many thanks to everyone who took our survey on how the virus is affecting you. There were well over 10,000 responses, and what you told us will guide our work to help East Sussex rebuild and recover.

Click here for full results and background to the survey > >

Click here for more information > >

17th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 6 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 July (inclusive) – 20:00 to 06:00 and Tuesday 21 July to Friday 24 July - (inclusive) – 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic: J10 M23, continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22, A264 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

No closures on Monday 20 July due to essential maintenance works.

14th July 2020

Social Media Scams

You’re probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach victims - emails, texts, phone calls, letters and sometimes doorstep scams.

But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers? 

This month Get Safe Online’s campaign is all about Social Media scams – and the attached leaflet provides some great tips on how to avoid being scammed on social media.

For more tips on staying safe online then visit www.getsafeonline.org

Download the Social Media Scams Leaflet > >

11th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 7 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues to J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22, A264 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join the M23 at J10.

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Reigate to Hooley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 towards Caterham.

Full closure of the Godstone to Hooley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion towards Caterham.

Monday 13 July 2020 to Wednesday 15 July 2020 - Full closure Junction 10 to 9 M25 anticlockwise

Connect Plus Services work on behalf of Highways England, and will be carrying out drainage clearance of gullies, linear and catch pits, sign cleaning/maintenance, vegetation clearance from signs, verge and associated hazardous trees, sweeping of detritus and removal of litter and debris from verge and central reservation, repairs to carriageway potholes, replacement of loop detectors, repairs and inspection of safety fence, resurfacing, road marking and stud replacement works, drainage inspections, structures inspections and street lighting inspections, repairs and maintenance.

In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible they will be installing a closure on the main carriageway from 9pm and the total closure will be established from 10pm, taking traffic off at junction 10 on the M25 anti clockwise. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place from junction 10 on the M25, travel north on the A3 to the Tolworth junction A240, continue back onto the A3 southbound to the A243 (caution low bridge on the A240), continue southbound on the A243 to junction 9 of the M25, where you will re join the main carriageway.

9th July 2020

Helen McDonald's Telephone Jazz Singalong for Older People

Acclaimed singer and vocalist Helen McDonald is making her phone number available to older people to call her and sing jazz and classic songs together over the telephone, offering a joyous and anxiety-releasing interlude from the daily void that social distancing can bring. Callers can also just sit back and enjoy listening to Helen sing a couple of songs if they would rather not join in.

The Sing-along phone line is open Monday-Thursday, 2-5pm, until 11th September, simply call 01473-561027.

More Information > >

You can also find more information about the project on the project's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages using the hashtag #betweenspaces

9th July 2020

Van Appeal In Eastbourne Murder Enquiry

Police investigating the murder of Jacqueline Hoadley at her home in Eastbourne have appealed to local householders and car drivers to check CCTV and dashcams to assist their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We are particularly interested to establish the movements of a distinctive silver grey Renault Master wheelchair accessible vehicle with a nearside opening side door and blacked out windows on the sides and rear.

"If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from Eastbourne during the period from 11pm on Saturday to 2am on Sunday (July 4-5) we would like to hear from you and request a copy.

"The areas that we are interested in are particularly around Shinewater and the seafront, so anyone who was out and about in the area at the time and saw such a vehicle is encouraged to call in and let us know."

You can upload any relevant videos or if you have any other information about the incident or the circumstances surrounding it, you can report online or call 101 quoting Operation Maytree.

The body of 58-year-old Mrs Hoadley was discovered in her home in Broad Oak Close just before 2pm on Sunday (July 5).

A 62-year-old man from Eastbourne was arrested in Chailey on Sunday afternoon and remains in police custody for questioning. On Wednesday afternoon (July 8), magistrates granted detectives a warrant of further detention for 24 hours.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.

9th July 2020

You Can Get Scammed on Social Media

You're probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach and attempt to lure in their victims, such as emails, texts, phone calls, letters and traditional doorstep scams.

But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers?

With billions of people using social media every day and the trust many place in the platform and fellow users, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Plus, at the moment, you have a lot on your mind, so it could be easy to drop your guard. There are a number of ways that social media is used as a means to commit fraud. Examples include links in posts or DMs which advertise content, free items, special offers or quizzes, but which actually lead to fraudulent websites designed to steal your money, identity, or both. Posts instructing you to call or text a number, which turns out to be premium rate. And fake customer service Twitter accounts with fraudulent support links.

TOP TIPS TO AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS

GetSafeOnline safety experts have put together some simple tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of social media scams. www.getsafeonline.org

  • Don’t click on links in posts, tweets or direct messages unless you’re 100% certain that they’re genuine and well-intentioned.
  • Don’t respond to posts offering free app downloads, as these may be fraudulent. Download apps only from the authorised app store for your device.
  • Don’t respond to online quizzes or questionnaires, however engaging they seem. The data you provide may be sold to third parties, and developers could obtain sensitive information from your profile, friends and IP address.
  • Fraudsters frequently use social media platforms to advertise fake or non-existent goods. Do all you can to check the authenticity of the seller, and never pay by bank transfer in case it’s a fraud.
  • Don’t click on shortened URLs (website addresses) or QR codes, as they may divert you to a fraudulent website.
  • Think twice before responding to approaches such as friend/contact requests or approaches to take some unusual or irregular action.
  • Learn to recognise fake notifications or warnings of financial problems, or offers that seem too good to be true. These could include investment opportunities, get rich quick schemes, unusual work opportunities or free supermarket vouchers.
  • Check that any communications via Twitter feature the correct handle of the authentic organisation. Even if they appear to have come from an organisation you trust, their account may have been hacked or spoofed.
  • If in doubt, call the correct number of the organisation or individual who the post or tweet claims to be from, to check its authenticity.
  • Ask yourself if a genuine organisation or individual would really contact you in the way they have.
  • Get into good basic habits like using strong, unique passwords for social media accounts, not sharing personal information, making your accounts private, having up-to-date information security software/app and not using public Wi-Fi when what you're doing is confidential.

If you become a victim of a social media scam:

  • Report it to the social media network via the reporting mechanism on the site or app.
  • If you have lost money as a result of social media scams or via any other fraudulent activity, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

28th May 2020

Neighbourhood Watch July Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The Neighbourhood Watch July 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week.

As well as looking at what we can learn from our experiences during lockdown we also look to our future and consider diversity in Neighbourhood Watch, summer seminars, the launch of a national burglary campaign, and how we can harness the power of volunteers post lockdown.

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network

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4th July 2020

Sussex Police encourage people to act responsibly over the weekend

Police are encouraging people visiting pubs and bars reopening this weekend to enjoy themselves but to act responsibly.

Saturday (4 July) will see many venues reopening across Sussex, with people being able to drink and socialise for the first time in months.

Superintendent Graham Barnett said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves but to act responsibly and stay safe. As well as expecting people out enjoying the newly-opened pubs, bars and restaurants across Sussex, we will be supporting a number of planned events on what could be a busy weekend."

“Working closely with local authorities our message is clear: enjoy yourself but please do so safely, responsibly, and in accordance with guidance."

“Many members of the public will take the opportunity to meet up with friends at pubs and bars but will notice the way these venues are operating will be different with a number of measures in place, including limits on the number of customers they can welcome into their premises."

“Take note of the new restrictions in place, don’t congregate outside licensed premises and avoid large crowds to keep each other safe. Social distancing restrictions remain in place and large gatherings continue to be prohibited. It is not our responsibility to police social distancing as this is guidance and not law, but we are expecting you to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus."

“Police patrols will be in place as part of our core policing this weekend. I urge you not to be a drain on emergency services and the health service by drinking too much or through antisocial behaviour. As we have throughout this health crisis, we will continue to engage with members of the public, explain the guidelines and encourage them to be followed before using enforcement as a last resort."

“Any criminality, anti-social behaviour and assaults against officers are completely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated."

“Enjoy yourself, but do this within the law and respect those around you. If you do go out remember look after yourself by staying within your group and planning how you are getting home.”

The message follows a plea by all public services across Sussex to continue to protect the NHS - on what will be the weekend of its 72nd anniversary – by complying with social distancing guidance. Organisations which form part of the Sussex Local Resilience Forum, including all emergency services, local authorities and NHS providers, have urged people to avoid ‘placing a strain’ on local services by following the rules.

4th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 8 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 6th to Friday 12th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure northbound from J10 to J8 plus all associated slip roads

Diversion for M25: A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.
Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 6th to Friday 12th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.

3rd July 2020

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Five libraries re-opening
  • ESBCA winner announced
  • IT for you at home
  • East Sussex Book Club

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2nd June 2020

Jo Shiner Announced As Next Chief Constable of Sussex

Jo Shiner has been formally announced as the new Chief Constable of Sussex Police, following a unanimous decision by the county’s Police and Crime Panel to approve the appointment by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. She takes up the post on July 11.

Here she sets out her commitment, ambition and priorities for delivering the best policing service to the people of Sussex.

“I am incredibly proud and privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead Sussex Police over the next five years.” I have been in Sussex as Deputy Chief Constable for 18 months now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the county and meeting and working with its diverse communities."

“I have experienced the hard work and dedication of all my frontline policing colleagues and those supporting them. They are achieving phenomenal results every single day, preventing crime, making arrests and often putting themselves in danger as they go that extra mile to protect your communities."

“Building on this, my key priorities for the force as Chief Constable are to:

  • protect your communities
  • catch criminals
  • deliver an outstanding service to victims and witnesses as well as to the wider public."

“To protect you the people of Sussex and keep them safe, we need to identify, understand and engage with all our communities, whether they are in our cities, our towns or in our villages, in person or online, residents or visitors."

“Catching criminals is absolutely key. By continuing to develop our resources, skills, capacity and capability to catch criminals and bring them to justice, we will ensure that Sussex is an environment in which criminals cannot thrive."

“And we need to deliver an outstanding service to victims and witnesses and you, the wider public, because there is no doubt that it is communities that catch criminals in partnership with the police. Often it is information that you give us that leads to convictions and arrests, so we need to ensure everyone has the confidence to talk to us in the first place, in the knowledge that we will respond appropriately and proportionately."

“Having worked operationally across many areas of policing during my 28-year career, I feel there are very few circumstances or crimes now where policing is the single answer. I have had the privilege of forging some really strong relationships with partner agencies in Sussex, whether it be with councils, mental health or wider partners."

“In particular the last few months have been a test for all of us and have highlighted the importance of these relationships between the police, partners and, you, the public."

“When we look at some of the recent challenges we have seen with some of our young people, we can see that a team approach is needed. It’s really important to me that we don’t unnecessarily criminalise our young people when they have their whole future ahead of them. However, I wouldn’t want that to be taken as us not taking action when we need to. But we do need to help educate young people to make the right choices for themselves. Again, this is not something we can do alone."

“In serving all our communities, it’s been so important to me, with the support of the PCC and investment of the council tax precept, to develop the Rural Crime Team, which I have seen has been getting excellent feedback from farmers and residents on its visibility."

“Precept investment along with other funding, has also enabled us to strengthen our community Prevention Teams and to create the Tactical Enforcement Units which are effectively targeting serious crime and Sussex’s most prolific offenders."

"It is really key to me that this investment is delivering efficiency and effectiveness, converting public pounds into public policing outcomes."

“Having seen how hard, how diligently and how professionally everyone within Sussex Police works, I am absolutely clear and confident that we can deliver an outstanding service to you, the public, in all that we do.”

27th June 2020

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Best Picnic Spots in East Sussex
  • Visit 1066 Country
  • Arts and Crafts Activities for Children
  • Help Us Keep East Sussex Litter Free
  • From the newsroom

Read more > >

27th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 9 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 29 to Friday 3 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

A23 Resurfacing works

M23 Reigate to Hooley link road and Godstone to Hooley link road both closed for resurfacing works on the A23. Diversion will be M25 J6 and north on the A22.

24th June 2020

Met Office Level 3 Heat Health Alert - Plus Covid-19 Guidance

There is a 90% probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 0900 on Wednesday and 2100 on Friday in parts of England. View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Heatwave and COVID-19

Please note that additional information and tips for COVID-19 and the heatwave has been issued by the Government.

  • Fans should not be used if someone in your home has been confirmed or suspected as having COVID-19, as this could increase the spread of infection
  • If no-one in your home has COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, angle fans away from you to limit the spread of germs. Remember that fans are ineffective in temperatures above 35C and cause increased dehydration
  • Paracetamol (and aspirin) may be used to manage COVID-related symptoms but it is recommended that they are not used solely to reduce body temperature. Always consult your pharmacist, GP or NHS 111 for advice
  • Keep cool and hydrated by regularly sipping cold water-based drinks and avoid alcohol
  • Use sponges or cloths made damp by cold water to help control your temperature
  • Close blinds and curtains to help control the temperature of your home
  • Check on the wellbeing of vulnerable friends and family who may be shielding or who are isolated. Remember to observe social distancing guidance.

The full Heatwave Plan guidance can be found here.

In General:

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell.

Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.

For more information:

Met Office Heat-health watch
NHS Choices Heatwave: be prepared
WSCC Wellbeing https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/heat-alert/
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Preparing for emergencies

20th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 10 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur both Eastbound and Westbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.

19th June 2020

How are you coping with coronavirus?

We’d really like to know how you’re coping with the effects of coronavirus (Covid-19).
Please take our short survey to tell us about how the virus is affecting your life. We'd also like to know what you think are the most important things we should concentrate on to help the recovery of our communities in East Sussex.

The survey is completely anonymous and will take less than five minutes to complete

Take the survey now

What you tell us will help guide our planning and services as East Sussex rebuilds for the future.

The survey is open till Sunday 29 June. You can request it in an alternative format, or see details of our privacy policies, on our website.

19th June 2020

Schools work to welcome children safely back

A message from Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council

"The government has now asked schools to get more children back into the classroom.
In East Sussex more than 10,000 pupils have attended each day this week from reception, Years 1 and 6 and in secondary schools from Years 10 and 12. That number is expected to rise over the next few weeks.

Throughout the lockdown, schools remained open for key-workers and vulnerable children as well as providing distance learning for pupils at home.

As the phased return continues, staff are continuing to work relentlessly to ensure all children can return safely and benefit from face-to-face learning, social interaction and a sense of normality during these difficult times. If you have children of school age, I hope that you have been able to take up the opportunities provided."

18th June 2020

ESF Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2020 issue of the ESF Newsletter is now available to download.

Click here > >

18th June 2020

DVLA launches online service to change address on vehicle log book (V5C)

With the housing market opening up across the UK post lockdown, motorists who need to update the address details on their vehicle log book (V5C) can now do this online in a matter of minutes, DVLA has announced today. This will slash the amount of time it takes for motorists to receive a new log book from up to six weeks to just five working days.

Last year DVLA received around 1.4 million paper applications for change of address on a vehicle record. By using the new service to change the address on the log book the information will be updated instantly and motorists will receive a new log book within five working days.

Using this new service, it takes less than two minutes for motorists to inform DVLA of their new address. All they need is their vehicle registration number, log book document reference number and their postcode.

18th June 2020

Primula recalls all Primula Cheese tubes - Update

Primula Ltd is recalling all Primula Cheese tubes, (chilled and ambient) because the product might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. They have taken the precautionary step of recalling all products because one product might contain Clostridium botulinum.

This is an update on the previous Product Recall Information Notice issued on 16 June 2020 which related to all ‘Best before’ dates of the affected Primula products.

Specific ‘Best before’ dates for the products have been updated.

17th June 2020

Primula recalls all Primula Cheese tubes

Primula Ltd is recalling all Primula Cheese tubes, (chilled and ambient) because the product might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. They have taken the precautionary step of recalling all products because one product might contain Clostridium botulinum.


17th June 2020

Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages

Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk

2 - Shopping online

If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support

Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.

13th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 11 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14th June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure J10 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 15 to Friday 19 (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick - traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

7th June 2020

Starting This Sunday
Neighbourhood Watch Week Celebrates Our Neighbours

This weekend is the start of Neighbourhood Watch Week (7th - 13th June 2020) in which we are celebrating neighbours, and we kick that off with a folding card (see attached for you to print and fold from home if possible) from us to you.

We hope that during Neighbourhood Watch Week you find ways to celebrate the neighbourly connections made in past and recent weeks. This can be by joining in with the Big Virtual Lunch edenprojectcommunities.com/your-big-virtual-lunch-pack weekend activities, displaying a poster in your window, gifting a postcard to a neighbour, or entering our competition.

To find out more information including details of our competition please visit our website www.ourwatch.org.uk/letsstayconnected. The competition provides an opportunity using cartoons to express what neighbours mean to you. We encourage you to share this with your community and join in.

Finally, but not least, we invite you to join us in a Facebook Live Quiz to be hosted by our CEO, John Hayward-Cripps, on Friday 12th June at 7pm. To find out more see our Facebook Event page: facebook.com/events/551427478871731/ or take part simply visit our Facebook page facebook.com/ourwatch/ at that time, ready with paper and pen.

Let’s stay connected!
ourwatch.org.uk/letsstayconnected

5th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 12 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 8 to Friday 12 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure J10 to J8 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via J10 M23, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join M23 at
J10.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to M23 J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 M23 and follow the Gatwick Airport diversion.

Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10

4th June 2020

Warning about scams perpetrated by fraudsters claiming to represent
the NHS Coronavirus test and trace service

‘Which’ has developed some new advice to hopefully prevent the public falling victim to test and trace scams.  You can find the advice here: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/06/nhs-covid-19-contact-tracing-message-how-can-i-tell-if-its-real-or-a-scam/

The above gives some good guidance around how to spot these scams but one of the crucial points is that the authentic test and trace website has the address ‘contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/sign-in’. This should always be typed into the browser rather than following a link, which is likely a scam.

Another link highlighting this issue: https://www.getsafeonline.org/news/public-warned-about-test-and-trace-scams/

Stay safe.

3rd June 2020

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • All books renewed until September 30th
  • Libraries during lockdown
  • Community Information
  • Stories to share
  • Get to know 60,000+ people ...

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3rd June 2020

New Team Launched To Tackle Countryside Crime In Sussex

Sussex Police has launched a new rural crime team, whose overall aim is to crack down on unlawful behaviour in isolated communities.

This team, launched on Monday (June 1), has been made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne at the start of this financial year. The new funding will allow for more enforcement and greater local policing presence, part of which is rural crime.

The team will have a specialist focus on agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage issues, and it has been brought together to serve the rural community, to increase confidence and encourage reporting through preventing crime and carrying out more proactive investigations.
Made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers (PCSOs), the team will be operating out of bases at Midhurst and Heathfield.

The impact of rural crime has become more apparent in recent years, and this is reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Sussex Police’s own Rural Crime Strategy aims to make rural communities feel safer by building long-lasting partnerships, responding to the community’s needs, and provide an effective policing service. In turn, this work aims to increase confidence in the police in our more isolated areas.

With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming, and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).

Recently, Sussex Police have arrested a trio near High Hurstwood, Wealden, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. This is just one example of the force’s approach to disrupting rural crime in the county.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Sussex Police’s Rural Crime lead, said:
“We are keenly aware of the significant impact that these types of crimes have on our remote communities, and the implementation of this new team is designed to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage reporting of rural crimes, because with this insight, we are able to deploy the team to where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. We have a substantial number of rural residents and businesses in Sussex and they deserve our protection.”

Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police Jo Shiner said:
“It is so important to have a dedicated team for this area of policing, which quite often can go unnoticed. We want to reassure the residents of Sussex that we are here to disrupt rural crime, to catch those who think they can get away with it, and to ensure our more isolated communities feel safe in their own homes.

“There have been cases recently of animal thefts, quad bike thefts and numerous other countryside offences. We understand how destructive these are to people’s livelihoods, and how damaging they can be emotionally to the victim. We want perpetrators of these crimes to know we are here to catch them: do not consider committing the crime because we will bring you to justice.

“Working closely with partners, we can draw on expertise and resources from all over the county: together, we can provide the service needed to prevent rural crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
“Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations, including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that our rural and village communities in Sussex can sometimes feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘forgotten about’.

“Rural crime is particularly worrying and, since the Covid lockdown, there have been many disturbing reports of fly-tipping and expensive equipment theft.  I want to reassure our rural residents that these crimes will not be ignored and are being taken extremely seriously.

 “This expanded team will have the specialist knowledge, skills and training that is vital to police our rural communities, successfully investigate and prosecute crimes made against them and keep people feeling safe where they live and work.

“I know that this will be welcome news to many residents and organisations across Sussex"

30th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 13 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 1 to Friday 5 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion via M25 J8, anticlockwise back to J6 on the M25 and follow A22, A264 to J10 on the M23.

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 and back northbound to J9.

Full closure of Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion via M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 and join at J10 M23.

M23 J8 to J9 Southbound closure with J9 to J10 open

Diversion M25 to J6, A22, A264 and join at J10. Diversion for Gatwick North Terminal J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion for Gatwick South Terminal M23 J10 North to J9 and West on the Gatwick Spur

Thurs 4 & Friday 5 June 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22 ,A264 Copthorne Rd, join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​.

Gatwick Airport​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020

Aone+, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out re-surfacing to address skid resistant deficiencies to Airport Way Roundabout, Gatwick Airport South Terminal. In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible, work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am utilising lane closures and carriageway closures of Airport Way between the M23 Junction 9 and Gatwick North Terminal, from Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020. The works are weather dependent.​​​​​​​

Full closure of Airport Way eastbound from Gatwick Airport, North Terminal Roundabout to the M23 junction 9

Emergency vehicles access will be provided through the works at all times.

Diversions: Clearly signed diversions will be in place suitable for all types of vehicles.

Access to South Terminal:

Vehicles can leave the M23, Junction 9 and follow the spur road towards Gatwick Airport. There will be a narrow lane set up on the approach to the South Terminal roundabout. When works are being carried out on this corner under a safety zone, temporary traffic lights will manage traffic flow, stopping vehicles at the end of the spur road. A convoy vehicle will pick up these vehicles and escort them past the works area at 5 mph where they will be able to continue to the South Terminal. When working away from this corner, temporary traffic lights will be installed, set to green with a 30 mph signed speed limit in place.​​​​​​​

Exit from South Terminal and Diversion:

Vehicles wishing to exit the South Terminal will be provided with an escort service while we are working on the exit corner, to follow the diversion turning left onto Airport Way to the North Terminal roundabout. At the roundabout join the A23, London Road westbound to the 1st roundabout to turn around and re-join the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 London Road to Tushmore Gyratory Roundabout. Take the 1st exit onto the A2011, Crawley Avenue. Follow the A2011 eastbound to join the M23 Junction 10, where vehicles can continue their journey London or Brighton bound.

Access to North Terminal:

Vehicles wishing to access the North Terminal will be diverted off the M23 at junction 10 to follow the A2011 Crawley Avenue. At the 2nd roundabout turn right onto the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 to the North Terminal.

Exit from North Terminal

Follow the above diversion in reverse.​​​​​​​

30th May 2020

Eastbourne District ASB Report and Contact Number For This Weekend

Your Op Blitz (ASB patrols) teams are out again this Friday and Saturday, please call 07785-372050 between 6pm and midnight to report any anti-social behaviour across your town.

Op Blitz patrols are in addition to our regular patrols of your town, and are an ongoing initiative each Friday and Saturday, where you can report any ASB or youth related crime and disorder directly to officers out on the ground Outside of these times, please continue to report non-emergencies to 101 or visit us online Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Update from last weekend

Last weekends Operation Blitz was conducted by PCSOs, Clarke, Walker, May and Hylands.

Following reports of a range of anti-social matters in the town centre, patrols were focussed with high visibility patrols in a marked car throughout the Town Centre.

Areas highlighted by your reports and our ongoing work within your communities took the patrols to Meads, Hampden Park, the Harbour and Beachy Head.

All was quiet and in order and there were no reports of anti-social behaviour throughout the evening.

There were a few cars parked up at Beachy Head, the evening before (21/05/2020) there was a report that there were around 50 cars driving antisocial around the area the team decided to keep an eye on the area.

There were a few cars parked in the lay-bys however, they showed no concern.

Officers carried out a foot patrol around The Spit down North Harbour, there were no youths present apart from a few dog walkers, all was in order.

The evening was quite calm and quiet, the weather changed and became quite cold and windy so there was not many people out as per the usual amount around the areas that we patrolled.

A few calls were received over the weekend, including:

Reports of teenagers playing on the field in Causeway School. Attended and found 4 males playing football they were all OK and when explained about the breaks the schools have had they were happy enough to leave.

Report of a house party with loud music in Old Town area. On arrival occupants were spoken to, and Officers remained outside at the time however could not hear anything further.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you see or hear anything we need to know about, please contact us online, or call 101, always dial 999 in emergencies/crimes in action.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.

29st May 2020

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Enjoy walking safely
  • Let’s talk face coverings!
  • Preventing suicide in Sussex
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Keeping kids safe while at home
  • From the newsroom

Read more > >

28th May 2020

Neighbourhood Watch June Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The Neighbourhood Watch June 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

With the lockdown remaining fully in place in Wales and measures in England altering, Neighbourhood Watch groups continue to support individuals and their communities to adapt, stay safe and manage the situation. We have been collecting stories of all the amazing work going on, several of which are in this newsletter.

"The range of support offered is fantastic and a real testament to how Neighbourhood Watch groups all across England and Wales have stood up to support others and their communities".
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, Neighbourhood Watch Network

We are fast approaching the annual Neighbourhood Watch Week, 7th - 13th June, and there is lots of information in this newsletter on how to get involved and get active in celebrating your neighbours.

If you have plans to get involved, let us know by emailing enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk so we can support you.

This year we have slightly separate messages for our English and Welsh supporters in line with the Government's guidance.  Both versions can be accessed on our website here

Happy reading and thank you for your continued support.

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network

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23rd May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 14 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Starting Monday 25 May 08:00 to 18:00 daily for 21 days

Lane 1 closed on the Gatwick spur (full length) eastbound towards J9 M23.

Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May (inclusive) 20.00 to 06.00

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick). Diversion to J10A and back Northbound to J9.

Full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion to J10A and back Northbound to J9.

Monday 1 to Friday 5 June (inclusive) 20.00 to 06.00

M23 J8 to J9 Southbound closure with J9 to J10 open for traffic

Diversion M25 to J6, A22, A264 and join at J10. Diversion for Gatwick North Terminal A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way

Diversion for Gatwick South Terminal
M23 J10 North to J9 and West on the Gatwick Spur.

Gatwick Airport​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020

Aone+, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out re-surfacing to address skid resistant deficiencies to Airport Way Roundabout, Gatwick Airport South Terminal. In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible, work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am utilising lane closures and carriageway closures of Airport Way between the M23 Junction 9 and Gatwick North Terminal, from Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020. The works are weather dependent.​​​​​​​

Full closure of Airport Way eastbound from Gatwick Airport, North Terminal Roundabout to the M23 junction 9

Emergency vehicles access will be provided through the works at all times.

Diversions: Clearly signed diversions will be in place suitable for all types of vehicles.

Access to South Terminal:

Vehicles can leave the M23, Junction 9 and follow the spur road towards Gatwick Airport. There will be a narrow lane set up on the approach to the South Terminal roundabout. When works are being carried out on this corner under a safety zone, temporary traffic lights will manage traffic flow, stopping vehicles at the end of the spur road. A convoy vehicle will pick up these vehicles and escort them past the works area at 5 mph where they will be able to continue to the South Terminal. When working away from this corner, temporary traffic lights will be installed, set to green with a 30 mph signed speed limit in place.​​​​​​​

Exit from South Terminal and Diversion:

Vehicles wishing to exit the South Terminal will be provided with an escort service while we are working on the exit corner, to follow the diversion turning left onto Airport Way to the North Terminal roundabout. At the roundabout join the A23, London Road westbound to the 1st roundabout to turn around and re-join the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 London Road to Tushmore Gyratory Roundabout. Take the 1st exit onto the A2011, Crawley Avenue. Follow the A2011 eastbound to join the M23 Junction 10, where vehicles can continue their journey London or Brighton bound.

Access to North Terminal:

Vehicles wishing to access the North Terminal will be diverted off the M23 at junction 10 to follow the A2011 Crawley Avenue. At the 2nd roundabout turn right onto the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 to the North Terminal.

Exit from North Terminal

Follow the above diversion in reverse.

16th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 15 weeks
Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back Southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 18 to Sunday 24 (inclusive) 08.00 to 18.00
Lane 1 closure on Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Monday 18 to Friday 22 May (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00
Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Lin
k

Diversion to M25 J8, anti-clockwise back to J6 and follow A22 diversion via A22, A264 to M23 Junction 10.

Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 May (inclusive)
Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 and back Northbound to Junction 9 Gatwick.

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May (inclusive)
Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to Gatwick via J10 of the M23, A2011, A23 London Road, and into Gatwick Airport.

Second diversion if missed: via M23, join M25 clockwise and continue to junction 8, back to Junction 7 anti-clockwise, join M23 Southbound to Junction 9.

Monday 1 to Friday 5 June (inclusive) 20.00 to 06.00
M23 J8 to J9 Southbound closure with J9 to J10 open

Diversion for Brighton / Crawley via M25 J6, A22, A264 and join M23 at J10.

Diversion for Gatwick North Terminal as above to M23 J10, A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way, into the North Terminal.

Diversion for Gatwick South Terminal as above to M23 J10, join M23 North to J9, exit at J9 for South Terminal​​​​​​​.

15th May 2020

Sussex Police Focus Remains on Core Policing Services

Police across Sussex will focus on their core role of preventing and detecting crime and protecting the most vulnerable, as people enjoy new freedom to spend more time outside.

Changes were made by the Government earlier this week to moderate stringent lockdown rules, in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.

People can now spend as much time outside as they wish for activities and can travel for activity as long as they do not stay overnight.

Some rules remain in place however, for example to prevent large gatherings or people travelling for holiday purposes or to stay in second homes.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “The policing role in Sussex has never changed."

“We are here to prevent, investigate and detect crime and to keep people safe, and this is evidenced in the on-going efforts of police officers and staff to proactively tackle crime, take criminals off the streets and provide support to victims that need our help."

“The policing role has never been to enforce social distancing – that is a matter of personal responsibility, and we have been encouraged by the vast majority of people adhering to this."

“In this new phase, the police will support partner agencies to deter and deal with clear breaches of the new rules, such as people gathering in groups, but very much with our existing approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging first and using enforcement as a last resort."

“We are all in this together, we want to prevent a second spike in the infection, and so, above all, we urge people to follow the new guidance for their own benefit and to prevent harm to others.”

Figures released today (Friday 15 May) showed that 655 fines were issued to people who breached the lockdown rules between 27 March to 11 May inclusive.

Of these, 297 fines were issued in the past two weeks - the vast majority of which were over the hot early May bank holiday weekend, when Sussex saw an influx of visitors from outside the county which was, at that time, against government regulations.

Officers and PCSOs will continue to patrol in local communities and hot spot areas on the coast and at local beauty spots, as well as identifying and enforcing criminal activity on the roads network.

Sussex Police has seen an increase in reports of criminal activity from the public and encourages people to report suspicious or unusual behaviour.

While we are not seeing a rise in domestic abuse reports to us, we are receiving more calls to domestic incidents such as arguing. We continue to work with support services to ensure that we are able to respond and support people if they call and need help. Those people subject to violence or coercion behind closed doors, children vulnerable to online abuse; people vulnerable to exploitation should be in no doubt – we continue to be there for you.

Contact us and we will be there
https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/how-to-report-domestic-abuse/

If you want further advice and guidance please go to Safe Space Sussex for a list of organisations that have services that can help you.
https://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/

For information on how to report a breach of the regulations, see here:
https://www.sussex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/

For the latest government guidance on coronavirus, see here:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/

11th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Tuesday 12 May 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 16 weeks

Full closure of Northbound J10 exit slip

Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 11 to Friday 15 May (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10a and back.

10th May 2020

Unilever recalls Wall’s Mini Calippo multi-packs

Unilever recalls Wall’s Mini Calippo multi-packs because they may contain small pieces of metal.

More information > >

Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs

Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

More information > >

10th May 2020

Safe Space For Victims Re-Launched In Lockdown

Safe Space Sussex’ is an online directory of local victim services, created by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. In response to the ‘lockdown’ and concerns raised around crimes like Domestic Abuse, this site has been upgraded and a campaign has been launched on social media (@SussexPCC) to help victims covertly reach out for help whilst stuck in isolation – search #SafeSpaceSussex.

With the entire country in lockdown, many services have expressed their concerns about victims of crime not feeling able to safely reach out for help.  They have seen a decrease in engagement from victims with reports of crimes (like domestic abuse) made to Sussex Police, reducing by around 4%.

It’s vital that residents are aware of the support that is still available if they need it. Safe Space Sussex has been equipped with a new search tool so that within 10 seconds, victims of any crime can find the service they need. It also has a ‘leave site now’ button that users can press to quickly exit the site.

Tailored guidance will be shared across social media community groups on how victims can access the new website covertly, using incognito tabs, as they may be living with their perpetrators during ‘lockdown’ and their search history may be monitored as a result.

Victims can also covertly let Sussex Police know they are in danger. The '55' technology is in place for those too scared to speak, to alert a call handler to the fact they need help by pressing 55 on their mobile phone once they've dialled 999.

There is still help and support available for all victims of crime during the COVID crisis.

If you find yourself in an emergency where you think you or others may be in immediate danger dial 999. Sussex Police are always there for you when you need them. Don’t suffer in silence.

If you would prefer not to contact the police you can report a crime anonymously via Crimestoppers online: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously or by calling 0800 555 111.

www.safespacesussex.org.uk has all the information on support services who can help any victim of crime across Sussex.

8th May 2020

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Library Service during COVID-19
  • Sheila Bugler Q&A
  • eAudio with RBdigital
  • PressReader - newspapers & magazines
  • Practice the driving theory test

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

7th May 2020

VE Day 75

In 1945, after six long years, people came together to celebrate the end of fighting in Europe.

Seventy-five years on we can’t hold street parties with family or friends to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who returned home, and all who fought on the Home Front. But we can give thanks to all those who played their part in bringing about peace, by staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

We have technology and capabilities to keep in touch with each other that people would only have dreamed of in 1945. Celebrate at home or stay local and do not travel to visit family and friends or mix households.

Mark this poignant VE Day 75 at home and be innovative by holding an online party; make some home-made bunting; break out your finest bone china for tea; and listen to a little Glenn Miller to get in the mood.

It would be the greatest tribute to the Second World War generation and the veterans alive today for us to honour this moment by keeping them and those you care about safe by staying at home.

Stay Home, Save Lives

7th May 2020

Keeping You Safe and Well During Covid-19

We're now approaching week seven of lockdown, and while things are far from normal, we hope you're staying safe and well.

We know that now more than ever, you're relying on us to keep you and your family safe and warm. During the weeks and months ahead, your safety and the safety of our employees will remain our number one priority.

So you're aware, we're continuing to operate the 24/7 National Gas Emergency Service across the south of England and Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our engineers are also carrying out safety-critical work under extra safety precautions to make sure everyone's protected, so you might still see us in your area.

For our latest COVID-19 updates, please visit our website: https://www.sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

This pandemic has impacted all our lives, bringing with it challenges to our usual ways of working and home life. If you're finding it tougher adjusting to our new 'normal' and keeping the kids occupied at home, it's worth taking a look at our new education materials. Along with George and his friends, they'll learn all about gas, including where it comes from and why we need it in our homes. Our free resources are packed full of cool facts, gas safety tips and fun puzzles.

To find our education materials, please visit our website: https://www.sgn.co.uk/help-and-advice/keeping-gas-safe/activities-kids

Take care and stay well

6th May 2020

Update for East Sussex Residents

East Sussex County Council Waste Sites will be open from 18th May.

Click here for more information > >

Click here for all help and support on managing through coronavirus > >

6th May 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz was conducted this weekend, and targeted areas that have been highlighted to be hotspots for youth related disorder.

Areas that were checked throughout the evening included Shinewater Park and surrounding areas, Hampden Park, Eastbourne Town and Old Town.

We are pleased to report that we did not receive any calls to the blitz phone throughout the evening.

We did receive one call from 101 regarding a group congregating in the area of Eastbourne Town Centre, however, on our arrival there were no groups to be seen and all was in order.

Whilst out on these patrols we safely interacted with members of the public such as dog walkers and young people.

4th May 2020

Deaf Awareness Week

t’s Deaf Awareness Week, and although we can’t be involved in our usual DAW activities, we can use technology to help us celebrate!

Staff members Melissa and Mark have been quietly and cleverly putting together lots of information and fun finger-spelling puzzles that we can share on our website and social media.

You can find the link to the DAW news page near the top of our website homepage or by clicking this link: https://www.eshrc.org/news/

Enjoy!

p.s.  please remember that during lockdown we are able to post hearing aid batteries (for free) to NHS hearing aid wearers – we just need to know name, address and battery size (13, 312 or 675)

Glynwen Chetcuti
Office Manager
East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre
8 St Leonard's Road, Eastbourne
East Sussex, BN21 3UH
Tel:  01323 722505 (voice)
Mobile:  07950 855580 (voice / text)
Email:  manager@eshrc.org
Website:  www.eshrc.org
Registered Charity No.  1101140

2nd May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May – 20:00 to 05:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 4 to Thursday 7 May (inclusive) – 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of Gatwick spur Northbound J9

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

No works taking place on Friday 8 May as it's a Bank Holiday.

1st May 2020

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Could community hubs help you?
  • Every Mind Matters: how to stay on top of your wellbeing at home
  • National Gardening Week – get your grow on!
  • Time to bird watch
  • Reduce your food waste in lockdown
  • Top tips for coping with the kids at home
  • From the newsroom

Read more > >

1st May 2020

A message from Keith Glazier to all East Sussex residents

"Everyone in East Sussex is doing their bit to help overcome this terrible virus. There's a tremendous effort from carers, health services, your councils, emergency services, key-workers and volunteers all working together. But even if you're just staying at home to stop the spread of the virus, you are playing your part. Thank you. 

"I think it's important we recognise that a recovery and reset from the impact of the virus will not be instant. For some this could take months, or even years, and that's why we are working on a careful recovery plan for East Sussex (although I know some of us have suffered losses that can never be recovered).

"I am optimistic though. If we can somehow bottle the community spirit that is being shown then the county of East Sussex can come out of this an even better place. I hope you'll find the help and advice in this newsletter useful."

Read the newsletter > >

30th April 2020

Do you know how to spot a phishing email?

Email has always been the most commonplace method used by online fraudsters to trick innocent people out of their money, their identity… or both.

It still is. And currently, they’re exploiting the current Coronavirus pandemic with persuasive messages ranging from vaccines and cures to tax refunds and fake charity appeals.

Fraudsters send emails containing links which seem authentic, but actually lead to websites designed to capture your confidential details.

Top tips for using email safely and securely

If you receive an email you haven’t requested or it seems suspicious in any way, make sure it’s actually from the person or organisation who claims to have sent it. Do this by calling the actual person or organisation on a number you know to be the right one.

  • Don't click on links in emails from unknown sources, or if it seems strange that the email would come from that source.
  • Never open attachments from unknown sources, or if it seems strange that the email would come from that source.
  • Check for poor design, grammar and spelling, and whether the email addresses you by your name.

However, even if an email passes these tests, it may still be from a fraudster.

  • Don't make purchases, payments or charity donations in response to spurious emails.
  • Beware of emails which suggest that you need to transfer money, provide personal details or perform some other critical action urgently to 'resolve a problem'. Banks, government departments, the police and other trusted organisations would never communicate with you in this way.
  • Don't reply to an email which you suspect is fraudulent, and don’t forward it unless you’re reporting it.
  • Don't click on 'remove' or reply to unwanted email – this simply tells senders that your account is live, and may result in you getting a flood of unwanted scam or spam emails.
  • Make sure spam filters are switched on and set up appropriately to avoid unwanted emails getting through, but permitting authentic ones from trusted sources. Check junk mail folders regularly in case a legitimate email is filtered there in error.
  • Use strong passwords to prevent your email accounts from being hacked. Keep passwords to yourself, and don’t use the same or a similar one for more than one online account.
  • When sending emails to multiple people, list their addresses in the 'BCC' (blind copy) box instead of in the 'To' box. In this way, no recipient will see the names of the others, and if their addresses fall into the wrong hands there will be less chance of you or anybody else receiving phishing or spam emails.
  • Delete everyone in the email trail before forwarding or replying.
  • Think twice before you click on anything.

During this pandemic, we have seen a huge increase in the number of fraudulent emails being sent by cybercriminals. For comprehensive, practical, impartial advice on safe and secure email, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safeemail.

If you’re interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk.

29th April 2020

Neighbourhood Watch’s May 2020 eNewsletter is published.
Click here to read it.

This month’s edition looks at how neighbours are supporting their communities across England and Wales - from setting up a Calling Tree to providing shopping to the elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating. It highlights how Neighbourhood Watch groups, who supported communities through the recent flooding, are proving invaluable during COVID-19. Using local knowledge and a community resilience structure they are well-placed to call residents to action: organising food shopping; collecting medication; and ensuring the most vulnerable are safe and connected.

Neighbourhood Watch Week is fast approaching on the 7th - 13th June. The newsletter explains how we have rethought this years’ theme to recognise and celebrate all acts of kindness and neighbourliness, no matter how large or small they are.

“We have seen communities come together during times of need. Resilience and compassion, when needed and offered, are what makes communities special” 
Cheryl Spruce, Head of Membership and Engagement at Neighbourhood Watch Network

We encourage you to share your stories with us on what your Neighbourhood Watch group or local community has been doing in response to COVID-19. To do this, please visit this page.

If you have a further few minutes to spare and have not already done so, please consider completing our survey (click here)  which aims to find out how the lockdown caused by COVID-19 has affected our use of, and trust in, technology. The survey closes on Thursday, 28th May.

Many thanks and keep well,

Central Support Team, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWOR

24th April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday 27 April to Thursday 30 April (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25: A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Thursday 30 April 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure Gatwick spur entry slip Eastbound. Diversion to J10, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Friday 1 May 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of Gatwick spur Westbound

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.

24th April 2020

Thank You To the Public and Businesses and Volunteers
For Your Support In the Ongoing PPE Appeal

Huge thanks have been paid to members of the public, businesses and volunteers who have supported Sussex key workers in accessing essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to tackle COVID-19.

The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) is responsible for co-ordinating the response to COVID-19 alongside emergency services, local authorities, health and other agencies.

The SRF is sourcing supplies of PPE and providing an essential link to central Government, monitoring remaining stocks in Sussex for colleagues such as care and social workers, firefighters and volunteers, until additional national supplies are in place.

Following a county-wide appeal, members of the public and businesses have come forward with their spare items which are not being used during lock down.

A network of volunteers has provided vital support by collecting essential PPE from sites across Sussex, before these items are checked and re-distributed for use.

This is just one of the ways in which volunteers have supported the SRF in protecting the ongoing safety of the Sussex public, with other volunteer-led services co-ordinated through the SRF including community hubs, packing and delivering food parcels to shielded residents and providing support to those most vulnerable in the community.  

The work stream responsible for managing logistics, comprising staff from Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and the Military amongst others working side by side, has also taken a number of one-off deliveries of PPE, which have been distributed to health and social care locations across Sussex such as care homes and voluntary services.

Dave Miller, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police, and SRF Chair said: "The public of Sussex have really come together since our response to this public health emergency began."

"There are so many ways in which communities are supporting this effort. Heroic volunteers are bringing their time, expertise and resources to enabling the essential work of key workers and helping the most vulnerable. Agencies across the SRF have mobilised to enable this effort alongside their existing workload, keeping vital public services running. We also really appreciate the support of the wider public, through alerting us to their PPE via this appeal and responding to the public health pleas to stay at home."

"We continue our appeal to businesses, the public and organisations to get in contact if they have remaining supplies of PPE which could help us in the face of COVID-19."

"If you have any of the items below, please email the details to:
sussexresilienceforum@sussex.pnn.police.uk."

Items required:

  • Protective goggles
  • Disposable aprons
  • Small, medium and large disposable gloves
  • IIR face masks
  • FFP3 face masks
  • Hand sanitiser

Thank you again

23rd April 2020

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) supports family and friends to share messages with patients while visiting is restricted.

From Monday 27 April, patients at Eastbourne DGH, Conquest Hospital and Bexhill and Rye Hospitals will be able to receive messages of support from their loved ones in a new way – by virtual post box.

As we manage the demands of coronavirus (COVID-19), visits to our hospitals have been restricted and we are encouraging family and friends to contact patients via phone and video calls.

To complement this we have also launched the ‘Message a Loved One’ service. Family and friends of inpatients can send messages, letters or photos to esht.patientmailbox@nhs.net.

Those who don’t have access to email can phone their message through to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) – for Conquest, Bexhill and Rye Hospitals, call 01424 758090 and for Eastbourne DGH call 01323 435886, between 9.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

The service is open to family and friends of patients on all wards. All messages will be collated and distributed to the patients.

Please note that this service is only available for patients to receive messages, and we cannot return messages or respond to specific patient queries at this time.

Please provide the following information when contacting the service:

  • Your name
  • Your contact details
  • Patient's name
  • War
  • Bay (if known)
  • Date of birth (if known)

18th April 2020

Appeal For PPE To Protect Front Line Workers of Sussex Continues

Public service organisations continue their plea to businesses and the public to get in touch if they can supply vital PPE to protect frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a county-wide appeal, the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) has been contacted by businesses and individuals from a wide range of sectors, from nursery schools through to pharmaceutical suppliers, offering to manufacture or donate unused supplies.

The SRF co-ordinates the response, resilience and recovery plans for all emergency services and local authorities, also drawing on resources such as the military, with direct links into Government. Plans are closely aligned with NHS teams, who report through a regional mechanism to the Department for Health (DFH).

The multi-agency group is sourcing kit to fill in the gaps until national supply chains of protective equipment, such as gloves, face masks and gowns, are in place.

Since a major incident was declared in Sussex on 20 March in response to COVID-19, the SRF has already ensured that care homes and other health settings have had supplies via deliveries across the county, working closely with local authorities.

Dave Miller, Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police and SRF Chair, said:

"My personal thanks to every single person who's been in touch with offers of PPE. It is incredible that we have this support from the public as the SRF pulls out all the stops to get protective kit to those who need it most.

There are almost 3,500 care settings in Sussex, and the SRF has co-ordinated the distribution of over 250,000 items of PPE so far this month, with more deliveries due imminently. But we know that we need more protective masks, gloves, aprons and sanitising gel to keep sufficient supplies.

As this public health emergency unfolds, we are working hard to ensure that we can get the data on where supplies are most needed, and also to make sure that everyone is using the most up to date guidance.

From all agencies, our thanks to all of the heroic front line workers in the health, social care and emergency services working day and night to keep the public safe."

Items require are as follows:

  • Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking: 3
  • Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)
  • Disposable overshoes CE marked
  • Disposable overalls CE marked
  • Disposable plastic apron (single use
  • Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue
  • Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use
  • Drager dust masks
  • Hand soap
  • Surface cleanser spray
  • Universal cleaner
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Disinfectant
  • Blue wiper roll
  • Industrial cleaning wipes (excess of 60% alcohol or a disinfectant contained within it)
  • Jumbo toilet rolls
  • Paper hand towels

Donations can be made by contacting:
SussexResilienceForum@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Delivery and collection can be arranged. All items need to conform to the safety standards highlighted above.

Additional information is available from the SRF website:
https://www.sussex.police.uk/srf.

18th April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 April (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Thursday 23 to Friday 24 April (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25: A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Please note: All works are weather dependant and may be postponed at short notice. Reduced speed limit of 50mph is still in force north & southbound 24x7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

COVID-19

The project is continuing but all work is under careful review in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and safety measures are in place on site to protect workers, their families and the public.

Highways England strategic road network remains open and they will continue to maintain and develop the network, ensuring that life saving medicine, equipment, supplies and healthcare staff can travel across the country to where they are needed most.

While the contractors continue this key piece of work, they will follow Government safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and no sites are open to the public​​​​​​​.

16th April 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz this weekend was conducted by PCSOs Crouch, Cotterill and Brian-Davis.

Patrols started around the Beachy Head area of Eastbourne ensuring that the public were adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.

We were then called to a report of a gathering of vehicles in the Waterfront area of the harbour. On this occasion, words of advice were given to those there regarding the guidelines of COVID-19.

Shortly after attending the previous job, we were called to a report of a resident having a party in their campervan. On this occasion it turned out not to be the case, however, we still used the opportunity to engage and educate the resident on the guidelines.

Over the course of the evening, patrols were conducted along the seafront, Hampden Park and Shinewater area. On each visit we are happy to report that no concerns were raised and most areas were quiet.

During the course of the evening we received two phone calls on the blitz phone. The first, was for some advice in reference to some COVID-19 advice for something which occurred earlier in the evening. The second was in reference to a small gathering in Victoria Baptist Church, which at the time we were unable to attend due to other commitments. 

16th April 2020

Does your business have stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could help in the fight against COVID-19?

Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, is appealing to businesses for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help protect frontline workers delivering essential services to Sussex residents during COVID-19.

As the nation faces unprecedented demand for PPE, there is a very limited supply coming into the county for social workers, care home staff, firefighters and volunteers, with the NHS understandably being prioritised.

Dave Miller, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police, and Chair of the Sussex Resilience Forum said: "If your business or organisation has these vital supplies to protect frontline workers, we urge you to contact us. We are short of items such as masks, hand sanitiser and gloves which are fundamental for the good care of individuals with suspected symptoms of COVID-19."

"We are hoping that all types of businesses and organisations from high street beauty salons through to academic institutions that use these products daily can help us by offering stocks whilst they are closed. If you have any items from the specific list below, we would be very grateful for donations as soon as possible. We also ask that any suppliers that can manufacture PPE contact us urgently."

"In addition, we've had a fantastic response to our appeals for volunteers to support the SRAs response to COVID-19, and will be contacting them in due course to support this and other pieces of work to help Sussex communities."

  • Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking: 3
  • Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)
  • Disposable overshoes CE marked
  • Disposable overalls CE marked
  • Disposable plastic apron (single use)
  • Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue
  • Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use
  • Drager dust masks
  • Hand soap
  • Surface cleanser spray
  • Universal cleaner
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Disinfectant
  • Blue wiper roll
  • Industrial cleaning wipes (excess of 60% alcohol or a disinfectant contained within it)
  • Jumbo toilet roll
  • Paper hand towel.

Donations can be made by contacting: SussexResilienceForum@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Delivery and collection can be arranged. All items need to conform to the safety standards highlighted above.

Additional information is available from the SRF website:
https://www.sussex.police.uk/srf.

15th April 2020

Co-op recalls Sliced Pepperoni

Co-op is recalling Co-op Sliced Pepperoni because E. coli O157 has been found in the product.

More information > >

15th April 2020

Businesses and Residents Urged to Check Security

Local businesses are being urged to ensure their premises are sufficiently protected during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sussex Police believe there could be an increase in organised acquisitive crime across the county – including burglaries of business premises – and have increased police patrols and proactive targeting of known local criminals.

Officers are also advising residents to make sure that their valuables are secure, especially as warmer weather may well result in opportunistic crooks taking advantage of properties left insecure.

You can find crime prevention advice for protecting your business from the inside out and keeping high value items safe at home on the Sussex Police website.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, burglary prevention lead for Sussex Police, said: “We take burglary very seriously. Staff across the force are working hard to prevent an increase in burglary and we are ready to respond to any spikes in such criminality.”

"We are urging business owners to ensure that they have sufficient and robust security features in place and that they are in full working order. Security cameras should be checked and owners need to make sure that any service doors are both secure and locked. Don't store cash in premises whilst they are closed.”

"Owners of high value jewellery are encouraged to ensure it is securely locked away in the house, ideally in a safe or similar secure storage, rather than being left in drawers or cupboards. Residents should ensure that doors to their homes are kept locked, especially overnight, but also when they might be out enjoying their gardens, and that they have measures in place to keep their residence secure.”

"It is vital that we all work together to disrupt organised crime and prevent opportunistic burglaries. Our Sussex Police website provides some excellent detailed advice on how to protect your property from crime.”

“Please do not hesitate to report suspicious activity to us. This includes reporting people trying to sell items that you suspect are stolen. If you have any information concerning burglary or people selling stolen goods please get in touch with us immediately online or by calling 101. You can also report anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

"In an emergency, such as a crime in progress, please dial 999.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It is important to remember at this time that, whilst our police officers are having to provide support to protect the capacity of the NHS, they are still committed to protecting our communities because criminals are not staying at home.”

“As many businesses have been forced to close due to the ‘lockdown’, the vacant premises are more vulnerable to being targeted by criminals seeking to make a profit from this pandemic. So, I’m urging business owners to heed the preventative advice that Sussex Police have released today and take simple measures to better protect themselves and their livelihood.”

“The police are still there for us when we need them most, so if you see something suspicious or have been a victim of any crime type, please still report.”

11th April 2020

Coca-Cola issues precautionary advice for opening
Coca-Cola Original Taste 1.5 litre PET bottles

Coca-Cola European Partners is issuing precautionary advice for opening Coca-Cola Original Taste 1.5 litre PET bottles because the bottles may have damaged neck rings which means that the bottle might have a sharp rim edge which could present a safety risk on opening.

More information > >

10th April 2020

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Library Service during COVID-19
  • eBooks with Libby / Overdrive
  • What to do with the kids?
  • Get the NHS App
  • Research your genealogy

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

10th April 2020

Bank Holiday Message from Neighbourhood Watch
Central Support Team

As you know the long bank holiday weekend ahead will create more challenges for our communities as the lockdown measures continue.  We acknowledge that you are one of the many that have conformed with the government’s essential guidance and directives over the past few weeks, as the pandemic continues to affect the health of many and take the lives of the few.

The challenges we face and how we have come together as a resilient community, to ensure we are safer and stronger as a result, will define our paths going forward in the coming days and weeks.

To download the material please follow this link https://we.tl/t-bZ0vhsCyML, there is both static and renders (these are images that move, like a gif)

We urge you to share with your community the following information, which asks our neighbours, friends and families to continue to follow the governments advice about social distancing, exercising and meeting family and friends over this holiday period.

Following our successful launch of our Calling Tree campaign, we have also attached a A6 sized printout of an example postcard to post through doors in your community.  This is in response to your great feedback, which many of you shared with us.

Finally, we would like to wish you and your families an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.

4th April 2020

Latest Edition Of Our News
National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

Dear supporters,

Firstly, I’d like to let you know that myself and all of us at Neighbourhood Watch are thinking of you, your loved ones and your community at this challenging time.

We are doing everything we can to keep you up to date with the latest support, resources and signposting to protect yourself and your loved ones, and to boost your community in a myriad of ways.

If you have not already had an opportunity to take a look at our website area created in response to Covid-19, please do – we hope you will find it informative and useful. We’ve separated it into three sections for ease: keeping yourself and your loved ones safe; supporting your community and others; and being aware of Covid-19-related scams and crimes. Please let us know if there’s anything else you’d like us to include.

We also aim to share positive stories of community action from our members, so please do keep an eye on our website and social media. Thank you for your support and please keep safe and well.

Click here to download "Our News" from the Neighbourhood Watch website.

Best wishes,
John Hayward-Cripps
CEO | Neighbourhood Watch Network

3rd April 2020

A message from Keith Glazier to all East Sussex residents

Every one of us in East Sussex has been affected by coronavirus. It has brought drastic changes to our daily lives and, in some cases, great sadness. My thoughts are with everyone coping with grief and worry at this unprecedented time.

As leader of the county council, I’d also like to focus on what we can do to help each other in East Sussex. We have brilliant health and social care staff putting themselves on the front-line each day to help the sick and the vulnerable. We have dedicated emergency services, teachers, delivery drivers, shop staff and thousands more all helping to keep us protected and supplied. And we have volunteers taking on more work for their communities in this time of need. A heartfelt thank-you to them all.

But every one of us can help. First, stay safe by following NHS advice and stay at home whenever you can. Second, draw on the support of your family, friends or neighbours if they can safely help you when you need it. By doing this, you’ll ease the demand on community hubs and volunteers so they can concentrate on people who have nowhere else to turn. And finally, let’s keep on showing each other the kindness and respect which I see again and again in East Sussex.

Our priority at East Sussex County Council is working with our partners to keep everyone safe and well. No one should be left on their own.

In this newsletter we’ve set out some of the things you may find helpful. But we know that it will be all of us in East Sussex - working together - who bring us all through this. 

Thank you, and please stay safe.

Read the newsletter > >

3rd April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The M23 will have no lane or full closures from Saturday 4th until Monday 20 April.

Opening of an extra lane

Road users will be able to use four lanes in each direction on the M23 by 1 April 2020. A 50 mph speed limit will remain in place during the next few months for safety, while additional work will take place to instal, test and commission the smart motorway technology. Lane or full carriageway closures will be needed overnight while this work takes place.

A free recovery service will remain in place while works continue. Drivers will be able to use new emergency areas if they experience difficulties on the motorway.

CCTV cameras will also continue to monitor the motorway and we will be able to reduce the speed limit to 40 mph and display warning messages during incidents.

1st April 2020

It's no April Fools
Corona Virus scams continue to be reported across Sussex

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived.

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:

• Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimics the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area, but to access this information the victim needs to either click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account

• Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates • Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn

• Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing

Stay safe and don't fall victim to coronavirus fraudsters - if you have been victim to fraud, or for further advice, you can report fraud to Action Fraud UK

You can protect yourself by:

• Watching out for scam messages - don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details

• When shopping online, if you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as most major credit card providers insure online purchases

• Protecting your devices from the latest threats - always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. The National Cyber security Centre offers advice on looking after your devices.

Sussex Police's Operation Signature offers further information on how to keep yourself safe from unwanted callers and other approaches.

The NHS and Public Health England websites offer the latest health information and advice about Covid-19.​​​​​​​

31st March 2020

Coronavirus and Keeping Safe Online

Right now, safeguarding ourselves, our loved ones, friends and colleagues from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is uppermost in people's minds in the UK and around the world. After all, this is an unprecedented situation which warrants unprecedented precautions.

Also of great importance, however, is making sure we also remain safe in the virtual world during restrictions on travel, socialising, office life and other things we normally take for granted.

Why is online safety even more important than usual?

Invariably, a crisis affecting large numbers of people triggers a huge volume of fraudulent activity. With Coronavirus, expect fake ads for anything from vaccines to face masks, links to sensational news and video, bogus charity appeals, and phishing emails claiming to be from travel, compensation and insurance companies or event/tournament organisers. Fraudsters know that at times like these, we may be too concerned or preoccupied to spot that something isn't right.

Business owners with employees not accustomed to working from home also need to take simple precautions additional to those we normally exercise in regular workplaces. And if we're using the extra time on our hands to relax, there's also more chance that we could be letting our online guard down, whether we're social networking, gaming, dating, downloading or the many other things we take for granted.

However Coronavirus is affecting your online life, please read our top tips to help you protect yourself, your family, finances, devices and organisation. And as always, make sure you check out our advice including passwords, payments, safe buying and updating your software and apps.

Find comprehensive information from keeping yourself protected online at www.getsafeonline.org

Coronavirus-related scams

Reported Coronavirus scams cost victims in the UK over £800,000 in a single month, according to Action Fraud. Here's how to help avoid them:

  • Be wary of approaches from supposed travel agents, tour operators, airlines, cruise companies, insurance companies or compensation firms promising to arrange travel, accommodation or event entry refunds: they may well be fraudulent. If in doubt, call the company you have been dealing with, on the phone number you know to be correct. These approaches can take the form of emails, texts, social media posts, direct messages, online advertisements and phone calls.
  • Be wary of ads for products such as face masks, hand sanitiser, vaccines, cures and hard-to-get goods, as they could be for non-existent products. Never pay by bank transfer, and where possible pay by credit card as doing so provides additional protection.
  • As always, don't click on unknown links in emails, texts or posts, or email attachments. They could link to websites that capture your passwords and other confidential details or cause a malware infection, both of which can result in financial or identity fraud. They could also link to adult, hate, extremist or other content.

Working from home

  • Ensure that cloud-based collaborative services such as file sharing and conferencing are secured with strong passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA).
  • Set strong passwords for new accounts or remote accesses and impose rules about password usage, such as not sharing, using a password manager and not using passwords for more than one account. For information about strong passwords, visit: www.getsafeonline.org/online-safety-and-security/password-protocol-and-control
  • Consider whether it is safe and/or sensible to enable employees to use their own computers and mobile devices for work purposes ('bring your own device')
  • If employees need access to your company's network, files and email, set them up a virtual private network (VPN). Beforehand, read reviews for VPN security levels. Existing VPNs should be fully patched.
  • Emphasise the importance of protecting company-issued devices in case of loss, theft or damage. Ensure they can be locked down in the event of loss or theft. Devices should be kept out of harm's way, for example from family members and visitors to the home.
  • Employees should ensure that their broadband routers are secured to avoid unwanted intrusion, and if they are out and about, avoid using Wi-Fi hotspots whilst doing anything confidential.
  • If work conversations are confidential, make sure they are out of earshot of any smart speakers that may be in the home.
  • Maintain your normal checks and controls, including for data breaches, which could be more likely under the current conditions. It may also be worth notifying your insurance provider that staff are home working.
  • Report actual or attempted fraud immediately to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you're in Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101.

Report data breaches which may compromise individuals' rights and freedoms to the Information Commissioner's Office at www.ico.org.uk

29th March 2020

Coronavirus-related fraud reports increase by 400% in March

Recently the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported a new trend in fraud related to Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1 February 2020, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000. 

The first report relating to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was received on 9 February. There were 20 more reports that month. Since then, there have been 46 reports between the 1 March and 13 March, and 38 reports in just four days (14 March – 18 March). 

What scams are we seeing?

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.

Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.

More information > >

27th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure - Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 20:00pm to 01:00am

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Sunday 29 to Monday 30 March 1am to 06:00am

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion, Airport way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

27th March 2020

Get Safe Online Advice Re Coronavirus

You, Coronavirus and staying safe online

We all have enough to be concerned about from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. That’s why our online experts have put together some top tips about how to protect yourself, your loved ones, finances and devices from the scams that are currently circulating. As well as advice about keeping yourself and your organisation protected whilst working from home.
 
To see more about online safety during this uncertain time visit www.getsafeonline.org/coronavirus or take a look at our new online leaflet.
 
Stay well and stay safe online,
The Get Safe Online Team

27th March 2020

A Message from Chief Constable Giles York

Together We Can Save Lives

“Our policing services are still delivering safety for you whenever you need them,” says Chief Constable Giles York.

Sussex Police is working with its partners in an enormous joint effort to help tackle the Coronavirus crisis.

“We are all in this together and I know that Sussex communities are responding well,” said Mr York. “We are still delivering policing services and are here to help you. The best help you can give us is changing your behaviour. Please follow government advice, stay at home and don’t gather in large groups."

“My officers will come and engage with you if we see you are posing a danger to each other. We will explain why it’s important to behave differently and only if absolutely necessary will we enforce the law to ensure that you disburse. Please support everything the public services are doing at the moment.”

Click here for a video message from Chief Constable Giles York.

"Our priority is to make sure the most vulnerable in our communities are kept safe and supported. Sadly, there will always be those people who take advantage of the situation. We are seeing an increase in fraudsters and scammers – see our advice on protecting yourself, but if you think you have been a victim you can report to Action Fraud." 

"Please continue to report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or online and 999 in an emergency."

"Follow Government advice to stay at home and help the national effort. We urge you not to all 101 with general Coronavirus enquiries, but look at the Government website for information."

Please keep our 101 and 999 lines free for people with genuine policing needs.

"We have sufficient police resources, policing continues and we are able to maintain services, albeit with a different approach. We need you to follow the advice to stay home, so that our officers and staff can continue come to work in sufficient numbers to maintain the service that you expect."

"Community matters, now more than ever - Stay safe and keep your loved ones safe."

Together we can make a difference and save lives. 

27th March 2020

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • March in the garden
  • Looking after your mental wellbeing
  • Let the library help during lockdown
  • Ways to stay active
  • Keeping the kids busy at home
  • And more...

Read more > >

25th March 2020

Scams Advice During the Coronavirus Outbreak

We are writing to you with regards to the coronavirus and how you can access support and safeguard yourself against scams.

We hope that you are well. As a reminder, we would like to re-iterate the Government and NHS guidelines about maintaining good hygiene; only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, and stay two metres away from other people outside of your household.

It is particularly important for people who are over 70 and/or have an underlying health condition. Please take care to heed the latest warnings and guidelines issued by the Authorities. 

Social media such as Facebook Community Groups and WhatsApp Groups that send alerts can be great ways of staying in touch with those around you. However, it can be difficult to know who to trust. Such media are all online, and not everyone has access to the internet, so please help others, from a safe distance.

Please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy, and some people will take advantage of this unusual situation that our society is facing.

Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:

  • Be aware of people offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus - there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.
  • Home cleaning services.
  • People impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering "home-testing" for coronavirus - this is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy.
  • Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus, and they are just after your personal and bank details.
  • There are lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money.
  • There are new mobile phone applications that claim to give you updates on the virus, but instead, they lock your phone and demand a ransom.
  • Your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone.
  • People offering to do your shopping or collecting medication and asking for money upfront and then disappearing.

Tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don't be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
  • Take your time; don't be rushed.
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to persuade you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. If you are unsure, check with family and friends before accepting offers of help.
  • If you are online, be aware of fake news, and use trusted sources such as .gov.uk or NHS.uk websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don't click on links in emails.
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers, and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  • Know who you're dealing with - if you need help, talk to someone you know or get in touch with your local Council.
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don't know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger.

Contact information:

  • If you think you've been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
  • Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk and complete the free online training.

Why not become a Scam Marshal? A Scam Marshal is any resident in the UK who has been targeted by a scam and now wants to fight back and take a stand against scams. Scam Marshals do this by sharing their own experiences, helping others to report and recognise scams, and sending any scam mail that they receive to the National Trading Standards Scams Team, so that it can be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work. Visit:
www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/ScamMarshals
for more information and to sign up.

For additional useful sources of information please visit the Quick links page of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch website.

If you're interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk.

25th March 2020

Community response to Covd-19 Pandemic

3VA is working closely with our statutory partners, and Rother and Hastings Voluntary Actions to strengthen and support a community response to the crisis. We aim to help volunteers to connect with groups offering help. If you would like to volunteer in response to Covid-19, please complete a volunteering form.

We have created the following pages to support groups and volunteers responding to the crisis which we will keep up to date on a daily basis:

You might also be interested Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK, a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK.

It focuses on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

23rd March 2020

22nd March 2020

22nd March 2020

Coop recalls Frozen Hash Browns

Coop is recalling Frozen Hash Browns because they may contain pieces of white plastic.

The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information > >

21st March 2020

Closure of our libraries: A statement from East Sussex County Council

Following the UK government’s decision to ask public venues including pubs, restaurants, theatres and leisure centres to shut, we have decided to close all East Sussex County Council’s libraries from Monday (23 March) until further notice.

This means that today (Saturday 21 March) will be the final day when customers will be able to visit our libraries and borrow books or other physical items.

All current and new library loans will be extended until at least 30 June so no one has to worry about overdue library books or other items. We have scrapped fines for any items that were due to be returned after 9 March 2020.

Our online library of course will operate as normal and we have increased the number of items available online. Our eLibrary includes not just books but also audiobooks, magazines and reference material.

We are sorry to announce this measure but we feel it is clearly in line with the new Government policy which is intended to further protect public health.
We look forward to welcoming our customers back when the situation eases.

20th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure - Friday 20 to Monday 23 March (inclusive) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick at J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. 

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, B2028, A264 to M23 J10

Monday 23 to Thursday 26 March (inclusive) 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, B2028, A264 to M23 J10.

20th March 2020

20th March 2020

East Sussex Library Information Service
Coronavirus - what we’re doing to help

We want to help East Sussex residents as much as we can over this difficult time, taking into account the health and wellbeing of customers and staff.

We know how greatly library services and our staff are valued by local communities and wanted to let you know about some additional measures we’re taking to support residents and staff:

  • We’ve extended all current and new library loans until at least 30 June so you don’t have to worry about overdue library books or other items such as DVDs.
  • Until further notice we’re scrapping fines for any items that were due to be returned after 9 March 2020.
  • We’re suspending reservation fees until further notice.
  • To help people stock up on their reading matter, we’re increasing the number of books both adults and children can borrow to 30.
  • We’re buying even more eBooks. Our online offer is amazing and we provide a great range of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, as well as access to our online reference library – it’s all available in our eLibrary
  • Regrettably, as a precautionary measure we’ve decided to cancel all events in libraries such as rhymetimes, storytimes and code clubs for the foreseeable future. This is because our events involve a larger number of people being in closer contact for a longer period of time than other activities in our libraries.
  • In the coming days we’ll be increasing the space between our public computers. This will mean that there will be fewer computers available for you to use, but it enables us to maintain a safer distance between customers and keep you all safer

Please help us to keep you and our staff safe by maintaining a sensible distance from other customers and staff when visiting libraries and by keeping interactions to a minimum.   Please remember to regularly wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser.
We’re continuing to ensure that surfaces, door handles, keyboards and other equipment are regularly wiped down.

As a further precautionary measure we would like to ask all of our customers to only use our libraries during the first hour of opening each day if they are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with a disability, or an underlying health condition (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds), as detailed in the government’s guidance.

Do not visit the library if you have any of the symptoms, however mild, of coronavirus or if you live with someone who does.  You should stay at home in line with NHS guidance.

We will continue to keep the situation under review, taking into account the latest information and we will keep you updated of any further changes to your libraries.
If you have any queries or need any further information, please contact us at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/form-library-enquiries/.

Please don’t forget that you can renew your library books, search and reserve items and download eBooks and eMagazines from our eLibrary and you can use your library card at any East Sussex Library. You can also renew items using our 24/7 automated renewal line on 0345 60 80 195. Please have your library membership number (on your library card) and your PIN to hand.

18th March 2020

Covid-19 Outbreak causes cancellation of all ESF Events

In the interest of public safety during the current Covid-19 pandemic the ESF committee has decided to cancel this year's Good Life event and also all public open meetings.

Communication with members will continue through this website and the ESF digital quarterly newsletter.

To ensure you receive a copy please subscribe to the mailing list using the form on the right of this page

18th March 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz Friday 13th March

The Blitz patrols on Friday were led by PS Wells who was accompanied on the carrier by PCSO’Slow, Crouch, Cotterill and Brian-Davis.

The evening started with patrols around Mill Road, Selwyn Road, The Goff’s and Upperton area due to a number of recently reported burglaries. The area was quiet with no suspicious activity or persons seen.

Having been fuelled by Haribo starmix the team then moved on to look at areas having been highlighted for anti-social behaviour. Morrison’s was visited as there had been reports of damage being caused to bus stops near to the shop as well as issues being caused within the store itself. Two visits were made over the course of the evening, one earlier in the evening with a second around 9pm, on both occasions the area was all quiet. The Marshall Road industrial estate received attention at the same time.

Following this the bus moved on to Rodmill and Old Town, there were a few youths seen however, they were not causing any issues and were happy to engage with officers.

A visit was then made to Shalfleet Close re groups of youths being rowdy under the covered way at the end of the cul-de-sac. On entering the Close a group of five youths were seen to be standing under the covered area, on seeing police they have left the scene. PCSO’s Crouch and Cotterill have exited the van to try to speak with the youths but unfortunately were unable to locate them. The location was re attended later in the evening but the group had not returned.

On route to our next location the team were diverted to deal with a call to youths damaging property in Seaford as all other units were committed with calls. On arriving at the location the youths had made off from the scene. The security team were spoken to and advised that there had been no damage caused as the youths concerned had entered a partially demolished building and had in fact broken some glass in a window that had already been smashed by the demolition team whilst removing it. Suitable advice was provided in relation to making the site more secure to prevent further problems with youths gaining access to the location.

Having returned to Eastbourne visits were then made to The Crumbles due to previous reports of anti-social driving, there were no cars in the car park and all was quiet.

There were no calls to the Blitz phone however as the shift was drawing to an end a call was made to police in relation to a group of juveniles running in the road in Sevenoaks Road. On arrival the youths were back on the pavement and having been spoken to disperse making their way home. They had been in high spirits and had been messing around but understood that their actions may have caused people to think that they may have been up to no good as they were being quite raucous.

The shift ended as it had begun with another patrol around the Goff’s and Upperton area.

Operation Blitz Saturday 14th March.

Saturday nights Blitz patrols were again led by PS Wells accompanied by PCSO’s Brian-Davis, Cotterill, Crouch and, Slow.

The evening started with patrols around the town centre including the Beacon, there were small groups of youths within the centre but none of these were causing any issues. This was followed by an early evening visit to Shalfleet Close. No signs of anyone this evening with the Close being very quiet.

The shops and alleyway at Queens Parade was the next port of call due to reports of groups drinking and causing a general nuisance to shop owners and residents. The alleyway was clear with no signs of anyone having been there drinking or causing any damage or nuisance.
Patrols were also conducted in the Upperton area, around Morrison’s, Marshall Road Industrial Estate, as well as Rodmill and Old Town all of which have been subject to ASB recently. Again there were no groups of youths found to be loitering and no issues reported to police.

During the course of the evening checks there were no calls to the Blitz phone and no ASB or other issues to report.

The evening concluded with another sweep of Shalfleet Close, Hampden Park and the area surrounding Morrison’s with nothing further to report.

17th March 2020

Press Release from Eastbourne Theatres

Following government advice and alongside other UK theatres, we are cancelling all performances at Eastbourne Theatres up to and including Sunday 19 April. This includes the Joe Brown Concert and this week’s production of The Habit of Art, neither of which will go ahead.

Customers who have tickets for performances up until 19th April will receive a letter or email, offering them a refund, credit voucher or exchange.

We are currently trying to re-schedule several shows that fall in this period for later in the year so there may be a short delay before you hear from us.
If you have booked for a show after 19 April, these tickets remain on sale and we will let you know in plenty of time if anything changes.

If you have tickets booked for a show between now and Sunday 19 April, we ask that you do not contact our Box Office team or email us. We will be in touch with you.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

17th March 2020

Press Release from English Heritage

Following the latest government recommendations, we have taken the decision to close all our staffed historic sites from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Some sites may be opened earlier and we will let you know if this is the case. We also need to cancel our public events during this period.

Free-to-enter sites will remain open to visitors. These sites have large open spaces in which visitors can maintain social distancing and they are often located in quieter spots away from crowds.

Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of all our Members, visitors, volunteers and staff, and we hope you can understand why we have taken this unprecedented step.

We’ll automatically refund you for tickets you have bought for any events that need to be cancelled.

England’s past is full of stories of hope in the face of adversity, and of people coming together to overcome all kinds of challenges. Although we won’t be able to share those stories with you in person over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to share them via our website and social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming you at our sites again soon, and we will let you know about our plans for reopening as soon as we are able. Until then, I hope that you and those close to you keep healthy.

14th March 2020

Summer Activity Days

Local organisations are being offered the opportunity to attend our Summer Activity Days which are being held throughout Wealden during August 2020.

For many years, Wealden District Council and its partners have organised and delivered a series of fun and informative Summer Activity Days. The aim of these days is to provide key health and wellbeing messages and promote the importance of physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness through activities, practical advice and interactive sessions to children, families and older people in your community.

These days are well attended. Last year, over 1,600 people attended and I am sure the number would have been far higher had the weather been kinder.

In previous years, local organisations  have benefited from attending these events in a number of ways:

  • raising their profile of your organisation/club in the local area
  • attracting new members
  • recruiting new volunteers
  • helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents’
  • providing an opportunity for people to try a new activities and just get outside to have fun!

So don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

There will be five Activity Days in 2020:

  • Friday 7 August - Crowborough – Goldsmith Recreation Ground, Eridge Road, Crowborough, TN6 2TN
  • Wednesday 12 August - Heathfield - Sheepsetting Lane Recreation Ground, Heathfield, TN21 0XG (please note: this is a provisionally booking and will be confirmed by the end of January)
  • Saturday 15 August - Uckfield - West Park Recreation Ground, Markland Way, Uckfield, TN22 2DE (being delivered in partnership with Active Uckfield)
  • Monday 17 August - Hailsham - Western Road Recreation Ground, Hailsham, BN27 3DY
  • Wednesday 19 August - Polegate - Wannock Road Recreation Ground, Polegate, BN26 5JG

All events will take place between 10am – 2pm, except from Uckfield which will take place between 10am – 3pm.

There is no cost to organisations, clubs, participants or visitors to attend these days.
Register your interest in attending any or all of the days by emailing Kat Jenner on Katherine.jenner@wealden.gov.uk by Friday 3rd April. Once we have a list of attendees, further details will be provided.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look to forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully working with you to deliver what promises to be fantastic events for our local communities.

Kat Jenner, Community and Regeneration Officer (Project Support)
Community and Regeneration Team, Wealden District Council
01323 443266 | 07985 878624
katherine.jenner@wealden.gov.uk
Council Offices | Vicarage Lane | Hailsham | East Sussex | BN27 2AX
http://www.wealden.gov.uk

14th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Friday 13th March - one night only 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. If missed, via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

56 Hour Closure

Friday 13 to Monday 16 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am​​​​​​​

Full closure from J10 to J8

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

Diversion: B2036, A2220 Copthorne Road, A264, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of J8 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25 and back.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J6 and return.

12th March 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday’s Op Blitz was a full team effort by A section.

Led by PS Wells, all staff were loaded into the police carrier and driven to hotspot locations where they were dropped off to conduct foot patrols. Other members of the team were PC’s Franklin-Lester and Elliott along with PCSO’s Cotterill and Slow.

The evening started with units being deployed to assist in locating a high risk missing person in the Hampton Park area, thankfully they were located relatively quickly allowing units to re-deploy to Blitz patrols. 

Whilst on patrols there was an early arrest of one male who was wanted on warrant having failed to appear at court who had been outstanding for over 2 years.

Having returned to the patrols again Morrison’s as well as the Marshal Road industrial estate were visited, there were no youths present at either of these locations with the car parks also being clear of any nuisance vehicles.

Whilst on route to Mallard Close the team were again diverted to assist staff at Eastbourne Railway Station with a male who was trespassing on the railway line. This male was successfully and safely removed with the help of BTP officers who dealt with him for believed mental health issues. 

Returning to our patrols once again areas visited included Victoria Drive, Beatty Road, The Crumbles, Shinewater, Langney and The Beacon all of which have been subject of previous reports relating to  anti-social behaviour. All areas were again very quiet with no issues being reported and no groups of youths seen.

There were no calls received on the Blitz phone during the course of the evening. There was however, one incident that was called in to youths playing football in Beachy Avenue. Units  attended, spoke with them and offered words of advice.   

10th March 2020

ESF Spring Newsletter

The Spring 2020 issue of the ESF Newsletter is now available to download.

Click here > >

10th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 9 March to Friday 13 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + all associated slip roads Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full slip road closure at J7 M25 Reigate

Diversion to Brighton via J6 and back.

Full carriageway closure M23 Southbound from the A23 (Hooley)

Diversion to J6 and back to J7 on M25.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick: continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

6th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure

Friday 6 March to Monday 9 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound and all associated slip roads from the M25. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Please note: Full closure of the Gatwick Spur between 21:00pm to 05:00am on Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March. The Gatwick Spur will remain open during the day.

3rd March 2020

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Digital Book Club
  • The Female Planet - Hastings Library
  • Vashti Hardy Author Event
  • Diary of events
  • New DVDs out this month

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

3rd March 2020

Health and Social Care News East Sussex

The latest issue of East Sussex Healthcare news is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Cornonavirus - what you need to know
  • Have your say on the future of Eastbourne Station Health Centre
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust rated Good by CQC
  • Share your feedback on the draft East Sussex Health and Social Care Plan
  • Take part in the State of Caring Survey today
  • Listening to people in rural communities

Download the newsletter > >

3rd March 2020

Keep Warm and Well in East Sussex

East Sussex Keep Warm and Well needs your help to understand how it can increase the number of people benefiting from the East Sussex Warm Home Check service, its local affordable warmth scheme.

Please take this short survey that will take no longer than five minutes to complete

Click here to download the latest East Sussex Keep Warm and Well newsletter > >

29th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure

Friday 28 February to Monday 2 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

Diversion: B2036, A2220 Copthorne Road, A264, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10, for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Monday 2 March to Thursday 5 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 Entry slip Southbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Or via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23​​​​​​​.

Friday 6 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 Entry slip Southbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link.

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.

29th February 2020

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on in March
  • Mother’s Day gift guide
  • Top tips to spring clean your home
  • East Sussex young people challenge mental health stigmas
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

28th February 2020

Future of Eastbourne Station Health Centre

NHS Hastings and Rother CCG and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG have issued the following statement,

As part of the public consultation to consider the future of the Eastbourne Station Health Centre, including the Walk in Centre service, we are arranging three public drop in events as part of a wider range of involvement activities. Please feel free to come along and invite any interested members/ individuals/ groups. We have tried to provide alternative times/dates to accommodate as many people as possible.

There is an Eventbrite to capture any additional requirements but please feel free to also email me directly if you have any additional needs or concerns. To read more about the public consultation please visit: https://www.eastbournehailshamandseafordccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/the-future-of-eastbourne-station-health-centre/

Join us at a public event where you can hear more about what we are doing, learn more about new and improved services in Eastbourne and voice your opinion on our plans. Your views will form part of the final report after the consultation has come to a close.

You do not have to book but we suggest that you do, particularly if you have any additional support needs or requirements.

28th February 2020

Wet and Windy Weather This Weekend

Storm Jorge will bring heavy rain, strong winds and snow to parts of the UK this weekend.

Named by the Spanish meteorological service Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) on Thursday, Storm Jorge will track across the north-west of the UK over the weekend bringing another spell of strong winds and heavy rain.  The system will also bring a spell of strong winds to north west Spain on Saturday, prompting AEMET to issue orange wind warnings and name the system.

More information > >

27th February 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

21st February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 February 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 February (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick via J10 on the M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of Spur Eastbound plus outer ring of south terminal roundabout plus Lane 3 on ring road north coming out of Gatwick

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue to J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur

Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Full closure of J9 Exit slip Southbound

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​

56 Hour Closure

Friday 28 February to Monday 2 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

Diversion: B2036, A2220 Copthorne Road, A264, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of East and West Spur Road 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.

17th February 2020

Nestlé recalls Ski Yogurt Variety Pack with Fruit Pieces

Nestlé UK Limited has taken the precautionary step of voluntary recalling Nestlé Ski Yogurt Variety Pack with Fruit Pieces because it may contain small pieces of black rubber due to an isolated incident in its fruit supplier manufacturing process.

More information > >

Co-op recalls Gro Sticky Toffee Puddings

Co-op is recalling Gro Sticky Toffee puddings because the glass ramekins may break when heated in the microwave. This is a potential safety risk.

More information > >

14th February 2020

DVLA hits the road with clear warning to tax it or lose it

DVLA is back on the road targeting motorists across the UK with a communications campaign that has a clear message for those who take a chance on not taxing their vehicle – tax it or lose it.

Read the DVLA Press Release > >

14th February 2020

Storm Dennis brings risk of floods this weekend

Storm Dennis will bring very heavy rain and strong winds to the UK this weekend, with a risk of flooding and travel disruption in some areas.

The Met Office has issued multiple National Severe Weather Warnings for wind and rain from Saturday through to Monday, including several amber rain warnings for parts of England and Wales.

Read more > >

14th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J7.

Sunday 16 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. 1st Diversion via J10, Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. 2nd Diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Monday 17 to Friday 21 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Please note that next week is half term and full closures have been suspended due to increased holiday traffic.

Advance notice - please also note that 56 hour weekend closures will be taking place starting Friday 28th February for 4 weeks. Further details will be provided next week.

14th February 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday evening’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis and Gell. Our patrols started at 18:00hrs where we attended the allotments near Filching Road. In recent weeks we have had a number of reports of drug use there, however on our patrols we found no one around, so we left and patrolled along Royal Sussex Crescent after a few recent disturbance calls in the area.

At approximately 18:20hrs we arrived in Hampden Park where we checked the areas around St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Dunelm Mill due to a number of reports of youths causing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the area. A thorough check of the areas revealed there was no one around and we moved onto our next stop.

We arrived in the LangneyShinewater area at 18:40hrs where we conducted checks in Shinewater Park and Shalfleet Close. Apart from a couple of dog walkers in Shalfleet Close, the areas were quiet. After a few recent reports of motorbikes being used in an anti-social manner around the Shinewater Lane area, we paid extra attention to Milfoil Drive/ Sorrel Drive area of Shinewater. Our checks found a few members of the public walking around, but everything was in order.

Between 19:00hrs and 22:00hrs we were committed with a visit to an address along Cornfield Terrace in Eastbourne following reports of drug dealing. A number of officers attended an address where one was arrested for Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis.

During this time we received a call from a resident at Bylands Close reporting a congregation of youths in a stairwell. We attended the area at 22:00hrs and checked the stairwell in question.

Following this we patrolled along Chelworth Road and then onto Midhurst Road after police received a few calls from residents stating people were jumping on garage roofs and trying to access empty properties - both these areas were quiet.

Saturday’s Op Blitz patrols was conducted by PCSO’s Cotterill, Brian-Davis and Gell. We started our patrols a little early, at 17:30hrs after receiving reports of a large group of kids riding their bikes in the bus lane along Terminus Road. We attended the area and spoke to those in the there and advised them of where best to use their bikes and scooters. Following this report we remained in the area to conduct our visible patrols and deter any more Anti-Social Behaviour.

We continued our patrols at 20:55hrs where we checked on Bylands Close following a call there on the previous day. We then visited Midhurst Road following a few reports of youths climbing on top of garage roofs.

Our patrols continued to the areas surrounding Dunelm Mill at 21:10hrs and then onto Shalfleet Close and Shinewater park. Our patrols finished at 21:50hrs in the area of Tenpin.

From 21:50hrs onwards officers were committed with a search for a missing person. During the course of the evening, there were no calls to the Blitz phone and apart from our initial call at 17:30hrs, Eastbourne remained quiet.

12th February 2020

prosocialikty@hope.ac.uk

11th February 2020

Storm Dennis to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK

Named by the Met Office, the impacts from this low-pressure system are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.

The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday. A National Severe Weather Warning for wind has been issued for much of England and Wales, further warnings are likely to be issued in the coming days. 

Read more > >

10th February 2020

Discounted Travel for Carers on Brighton and Hove Buses

If you are a carer, and have a carers card, you can get get discounted travel on Brighton and Hove buses, e.g. 90 days network saver for £149 instead of £231.

Carers cards can be obtained from Care for the Carers in Eastbourne.

Details and how to apply are on Brighton and Hove buses website.

8th February 2020

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

With Storm Ciara on the way, now is the time to act.

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts. Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.  

Click one of the links below, or if you are hesitant to click on links and prefer to search online feel free to do so, to register now, for yourself or somebody who gives you permission to register on their behalf:
UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register
SSEN Priority Services

Which of the two areas do you live in? You can check by visiting Check if you’re in our area which is on the UKPN website. it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if there is a problem, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.  

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to plan ahead and sign up to their appropriate Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut.

8th February 2020

Met Office Severe Weather Warning
Amber Warning Wind For 9th February 2020

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Tea

The Met Office has issued an Amber Warning - Wind for Sunday 9th February 2020. Storm Ciara will bring very strong winds and potentially some disruption to travel throughout Sunday.  View the full warning at the Met Office Severe Weather Warning site.

The potential impacts of this are:

  • Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
  • Some roads and bridges likely to close
  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties
  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur.

Please follow this advice to keep safe and well:

The Met Office website provides clear guidance on what to do before during and after storms
Please visit their website for more information.

For more information go to:
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Preparing for emergencies
Follow WSCC on Twitter for regular updates:
@WSCCNews and @WSCCResilience

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to most of Sussex.

Areas to the West may be covered by SSEN who have storm information available.; 

You may not be able to do this during a power cut, so please take note of the emergency phone numbers below.

Please treat electricity cables as live, stay away and call immediately, 24 hours a day on 0800 31 63 105 or 105 (free to call from a land line or a mobile phone). If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public please call 999.

Customers can register for your distributor's Priority Services Register if they require extra assistance. Please contact UKPN or SSEN direct, as appropriate.

8th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J7.

Sunday 9 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J9 exit slip on M23 Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way or via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 9 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 10 to Friday 14 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of Spur Eastbound + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.​​​​​​​

Monday 10 to Friday 14 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J6 and then follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.​​​​​​​

6th February 2020

Storm Ciara named by Met Office

A low-pressure system that will impact the UK this weekend has been named as Storm Ciara by the Met Office.

The system currently developing in the North Atlantic will bring strong winds and heavy rain across the whole of the UK through the end of the weekend and into the start of next week. Wind gusts will widely reach 50-60mph across many inland areas. The strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph. 

yellow National Severe Weather warning for wind has been issued which currently covers the entire UK and is in force from 6pm on Saturday evening and all day Sunday until midnight. Storm Ciara can be expected to bring a range of disruption which may affect some power supplies and transport services across many parts of the UK.

More information > >

3rd February 2020

A Free Service Bought to Eastbourne

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex.  The vehicle is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests.

The mobile unit will be visiting Asda in Eastbourne on Thursday 26th March 2020 and will be outside the front of the store, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road BN23 6JH from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

For further information please contact:
East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre,
Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: mail@eshrc.org
Or, click here.

2nd February 2020

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Investing in libraries for young people
  • NHS App session at your local library
  • One You Health Checks
  • Diary of events
  • Valentine Reads
  • New DVDs out this month

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

31st January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 February (inclusive) 20:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J10 exit slip Northbound on the M23. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J9 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22 , A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick J10 on the M23 to J9.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link J7 M25 clockwise. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link J7 M25 anticlockwise. Diversion to M25 J6 and then follow A22 to M23 J10.

30th January 2020

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on this February
  • With love from our librarians
  • Keeping warm this winter
  • Chantie rides her way to triathlon world championships
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

30th January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz last weekend was conducted by PCSO Honey and PCSO Hopgood.

The evening started with patrols around Shinewater including areas such as the park, and the Skate Park. Whilst there we engaged with a group of youths who were happy just sitting there chatting and enjoying the evening. These checks were conducted at 18:05hrs and later on in the evening at around 20:30hrs.

We then moved on to the Industrial Estate around Hampden Park where we have received information of youths causing damage and anti – social behaviour in the area. These checks were carried out around the times of 18:30hrs and later at 20:45hrs.

This led us to patrol the area around Broadwater Way, where again, these were carried out to deter and detect anti – social behaviour caused by youths in the area, these patrols were conducted at 18:35hrs and 20:50hrs.

The next stop was to the Old Town area of Eastbourne, this was due to information being received that youths have been smoking cannabis in the area. We showed a presence at around 18:50hrs and again later at 21:00hrs.

At around the hours of 19:00 and 21:10 we patrolled the town centre, including The Beacon and Terminus Road areas where all was well.

We are pleased to say that we received no reports on the Blitz phone or via 101 with regards to anti–social behaviour during the Operation Blitz shift.

27th January 2020

Have Your Say on Sussex Police Funding

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, welcomed the biggest funding boost for policing in a decade after the Government announced a £1.1billion increase. This means that Mrs Bourne is now in a position to consult with residents on how much they contribute locally to Sussex Police. She has launched a snap survey today to find out how the public would feel about a proposed average increase of 20p a week, equating to an extra £10 a year, per household.

Now is your chance to have your say. It takes just 30 seconds to complete:
https://sussexpolice.researchfeedback.net/SussexOSPCCPrecept

If this link does not work for you then can copy and paste it into your browser, or search online for the Sussex PCC's website https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/, where you find the link on the news feed. For additional information you can review the Frequently Asked Questions.

The survey closes at midday on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Mrs Bourne said: “The overall amount of funding available for policing could be as much as £15.2bn, if all PCCs take advantage of the £10 precept flexibility. We need to focus on bringing crime down, so this settlement means that PCCs can invest more into policing to tackle crime and keeping our communities safe."

“The Government quite clearly remains committed to its pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 officers - with funding for 6,000 officers by March next year included in this year’s grant."

Please give your views before the survey closes at midday on Thursday 30 January 2020

27th January 2020

Two Arrested In Connection To Robbery At Eastbourne Jewellers

Officers attended Buford's jewellers in The Beacon Shopping Centre, Eastbourne around 10.10am on Sunday (26 January) after 15 Rolex watches with an estimated value between £100,000 and £150,000 were stolen.

Four men, all wearing masks and one was reported to be carrying a small handheld pick axe or hammer, entered the premises around 10am.

A search of the area, assisted by armed police officers and the police helicopter, was conducted and two people were arrested on the Cuckoo trail near Station Road. A search for the outstanding two suspects is continuing.

Detective Inspector Ben Newman said: “We believe the suspects made off from the location in a silver coloured Range Rover Evoque which we later found abandoned in Orchard Grange, off Coldharbour Road, Lower Dicker."

"We would like to hear from anyone that has any information about the occupants of this vehicle or where the suspects may have gone when they fled the abandoned car."

"If you noticed anyone acting suspiciously in this area please report this information online or call 101 quoting reference 385 of 26/01."

Two men, 39 and 41, both from Sutton were both arrested on suspicion of robbery. They remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

26th January 2020

Cow & Gate and Tesco recall 7+ months Cow & Gate baby food jars

Cow & Gate and Tesco are voluntarily recalling 15 varieties of 7+ month Cow & Gate baby food jars (200g) sold by Tesco stores in the UK, as a precautionary measure following concerns that some jars may have been tampered with.

The recall only involves these varieties sold in Tesco stores in the UK. No other Cow & Gate, Tesco or other branded baby products are affected.

More information > >

25th January 2020

Sussex Police Warns Of Danger Of Courier Fraud

Sussex Police warns of the dangers of courier fraud as it supports Operation Radium, a nationwide campaign to target fraudulent criminality and build up information on organised crime groups behind the scams.

In 2019 Sussex police received 550 reports of courier/impersonator fraud targeting vulnerable victims.  Out of those reports, 67% of victims lived alone and 78% were aged 75 and over. The recorded total loss to these victims is £1,057,136 with an average of £8,000 being lost in each case where there was a loss. 

An 83-year-old man from Pease Pottage, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he came close to being a victim of courier fraud in November 2019 when a conman called his home phone pretending to be from Essex Police.

He was told by the fraudster on the phone that there had been improper activity in his bank account that they suspected was part of a money laundering scheme.

The victim was asked to withdraw £5,000 to see if the bank notes were fraudulent. He was asked to read the bank note numbers and was told that they were a cause for concern. He was then told the money was to be taken to Essex Police station and that an officer would come and collect it.

A young man, not dressed in a police uniform, then arrived at the front door asking for money, at which point the victim refused and shut the door. The victim said: "The conman on the phone was very well-spoken and convincing – but that, of course, is his job."

"All the way through this process I was adamant I wasn’t going to give him any money, but it sounded convincing and I wanted to help so I went along with it."

"He had done his homework and I was surprised I didn’t spot something earlier in the conversation. He kept both of my phone lines occupied through the process, he gave me an insurance number and even a crime reference number."

"I did feel a bit shaky thinking that it was a close call. I felt annoyed I’d been talking to this so-called DC Wheeler from the police who even gave me a false badge number. I feel sorry for older folk, and there’s not much older than me, but I worry that older people may easily hand over the money."

"Sending someone not dressed in a police uniform was the weakest link in their game. I worry that it could easily have gone differently."

"The PCSO was very helpful, he drove me to the bank to return the money and left me feeling safe. He gave me a 'The Little Book of Scams' guide and offered lots of advice and told me things I should do to protect myself. He actually did phone just a month after it happened to make sure I’d done them all."

What is courier fraud?

Criminals typically carry out courier fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer or bank official to gain their trust. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation. The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details. 

Common techniques include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash or go and buy high value items. Sometimes they instruct the victim to leave their bank cards in an envelope somewhere safe. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash, expensive item or envelope, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

What you need to know

To avoid becoming a courier fraud victim, always remember…

Your bank or the police will NEVER:

- call and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password
- ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them
- ask you to transfer money out of your account

PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police says: "Behind all of the clever tricks and ever-changing narratives, there are a few basic recurring elements that are common across many frauds, including courier fraud."

"It pays to stop and think anytime you receive a request for personal or financial information. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about what you’re being asked to do, never hesitate to contact your bank or financial service provider directly, using a number you trust, such as the one listed on your bank statements or on the back of your card."

"Alternatively, check your actions with a trusted friend or family member and get their advice on whether you should go through with any action relating to your finances.”

What is Sussex Police doing to tackle courier fraud?

Local officers across the county respond to every report of courier fraud and provide support, including advice and assistance on prevention measures, as part of Operation Signature, the force's ongoing campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud.

Support that officers can give includes;

- helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number
- contacting family to suggest power of attorney
- mail re-direction
- offering them advice on call blocking devices
- referring them to other support services

Op Signature is also supported by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who has funded two fraud Victim Support Case Workers over the past four years to provide further help for medium and high risk victims and prevent them from being re-targeted. Her Sussex Elder’s Commission members spoke to thousands of older residents to highlight the threat of telephone and cyber-enabled fraud, and they helped persuade many people to take extra precautions, including installing call blockers which she funds.

Law enforcement agencies are working with banks to fight back against this type of fraud through a rapid-response scheme called the ‘Banking Protocol’.

This industry-wide UK Finance initiative first launched in Sussex two years ago, trains bank branch staff on how to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and what they can do to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster. The staff can request an immediate police response to the branch to investigate the suspected fraud and catch those responsible. 

The ‘Banking Protocol’ is now operational across the UK and has already prevented customers nationally from losing £38 million to criminals. It also led to 231 arrests in 2018.

In Sussex it has so far prevented £5 million being lost and has led to 49 arrests. 

For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see the Sussex Police website here.

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website here.

25th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 25 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to J8 on the M25, back to J7 anticlockwise.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 27 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 27 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur east and westbound and associated slip roads at J9. There will be outer ring management on the south terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

23rd January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Op Blitz was conducted last weekend by PCSO Clarke and PCSO Raczynska.

The shift started with a reassurance visit to help address some issues residents had been experiencing with local youths in Hampden Park. As a result we will be paying regular passing attention in Hampden Park which will be conducted by the dedicated PCSO’s for that area.

Our next visit was to Shinewater Park where there have been reports by residents of ongoing issues. Whilst on patrols it was nice to see some teenager’s enjoying the park playing basketball. We engaged with a group by the Co-Op at Milfoil Drive, who were not causing any issues.

As the evening progressed we were joined by the rain as we continued our high visibility patrols across the Town.

We then received a phone call from a member of public reporting a group of around 14 – 15 youths congregating by the Enterprise Centre smoking cannabis.

We arrived at the location within 5 – 10 minutes and spoke to two independent groups of young people. One group was hanging around by the train station and the other at the back of the Enterprise Centre. Although the groups were considerably large in number, the teenagers were perfectly polite and no smell of cannabis was detected.

We then moved on and liaised with security and customers at McDonald’s in the town centre where there were no issues.

Finally, we visited several hotspots known for people and vehicles congregating and causing a nuisance, however, on this particular evening everyone seemed to be on their best behaviour.

18th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

Highways England has published details of the forthcoming 56 hour weekend closures of the M23 between junctions 8 and 10.

17th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 19 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of Gatwick Spur + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout + lane 3 ring road North coming out of Gatwick. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick - traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 entry slip. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.

16th January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday 10/01/2020

Friday night’s patrols were conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis, Crouch and Gell. The first point of call was at 17:45pm when officers came across a female who had a flat tyre. The female had two young children with her and officers assisted and ensured their safety by taking the family home.

At 20:10pm, we attended the area of Byland Close to conduct checks on whether any drug use had been occurring in the area as there have been reports previously that this had been taking place, at this time there was no sign of any drug paraphernalia or drug use.

We moved on to the area of Dunelm Mill and the surrounding estates at 20:24pm again due to reports of previous youth anti – social behaviour. At this time there were no persons present in the area and we moved on.

At 20:40pm we attended Ten Pin and St Wilfrid’s. There was a small group of youths aged approx. 18yrs, who were spoken to. There were no issues and the group moved on shortly after our arrival.

Following a call via our radios to assist with an area search at the Bandstand and along the promenade we came across two young females in possession of cannabis and alcohol, both of which were seized and all relevant details of those concerned were taken and recorded appropriately so the matter can be dealt with at a later date. In addition, due to the girl’s ages they were taken home by officers to their respective parents/carers.

At 22:18 PC Elliott stopped a vehicle that had intelligence reports relating to it. As a result of the stop the driver having been spoken to was arrested for possessing a bladed article, no insurance and driving not in accordance with a license. The vehicle was recovered by police and taken off the roads due to there being no insurance relating to it.

Our final point of call was in the area of the Sovereign Centre where all was quiet.

Saturday 11/01/2020

Saturday’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis and Cotterill. No calls were received on the Blitz phone for the duration of the shift.

Due to other operational commitments relating to an insecure premises, a scene guard and assisting with a search for a high risk missing person we were unable to conduct our patrols as we normally would have.  Thankfully the missing person was located.

Whilst being committed on other incidents we continued to monitor the radio in case there were any reports of anti-social behaviour that were called in, however, there weren’t any.

Prior to going off shift and having been stood down from other commitments we had been tasked to cover, we conducted further patrols of the areas highlighted as having been subject to previous anti-social behaviour. On our attendance all was quiet in these locations with no groups of youths seen and no reports of anti-social behaviour being made. 

10th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 11 January 8:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 January (inclusive) 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick via junction 10 on the M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 January (inclusive) 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph north & south bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Please note: all works are weather dependant and may be postponed at short notice.

Heads up…..

56 hour weekend closures on the M23 between junction 8 Merstham and junction 10 Copthorne. The works will begin on Friday 28 February and continue for the next 4 weekends. Full details will be given next week​​​​​​​.

6th January 2020

Sussex Police Launches First Ever
Fast-Track Detective Development Programme

As crime and technology evolves, the need for investigative roles in Sussex is greater and more important than it’s ever been. As a result Sussex Police is investing in the attraction and development of detectives and investigators across the county and Monday (06 January 2020) saw the launch of its first degree holders' Fast-Track Detective Development Programme.

Being a detective is demanding, diverse and fulfilling. From cyber-crime, domestic abuse and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and serious organised crime; a detective helps solve some of the most serious crimes possible. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking cases to court; it’s about uncovering the truth.

The Fast Track Detective Development Programme is an innovative two-year practice based approach aimed at existing degree holders of any subject areas. Successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer role while studying towards their accreditation as a detective.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Steve Boniface, Head of Crime for Sussex Police said: “We’ve taken significant steps internally to identify and promote the detectives of the future; however, we’re also looking at new ways to bring those who are interested in investigations, yet may not have considered a policing career, into our organisation."

“Through this exciting and innovative development programme, those with degrees are able to undertake an intensive two-year learning approach, specialising in the investigative function, and work towards their detective accreditation. I’m delighted to launch this new entry route today and welcome applications from those who want to help make a difference, together.”

Being a detective is a critical role in our ability to keep communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protective vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm and, most importantly, getting justice for victims of crime. We’re looking for degree-holders with the compassion to help build trusting relationships; the tenacity to see a case through from start to finish; the desire to lock up the bad people and the emotional resilience to keep calm, yet confident.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, great learning experiences, opportunity for progression through the ranks or within specialist fields such as Major Crime or Public Protection, a graduate diploma in professional policing practice and the sense of pride that comes from getting results for others.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I hope that this recruitment campaign will encourage a new group of diverse and brilliant individuals to help contribute to this vital area of policing."

“Detectives ensure effective investigations, identifying and pursuing criminals using cutting edge technology and traditional skills. All police forces - including Sussex - need to improve their solved rates to increase community confidence and protect our most vulnerable residents. Increasing the number of specialist trained officers will do much to achieve this."

“This is a great opportunity to make a real difference and there is no limit to where this career can take you.”

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a detective, or know someone who has, then apply now.

4th January 2020

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers led to
110 arrests in Sussex in just 15 days.

The annual campaign aims to educate motorists about the dangers of driving under the influence, and target those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk on our roads.

A total of 110 arrests were made by Sussex Police during the operation which ran from Wednesday 18 December to Wednesday 1 January inclusive – 73 on suspicion of drink-driving and 37 on suspicion of drug-driving.

This dedicated campaign is run in conjunction with Surrey Police, and is in addition to our officers responding to reports of drink and drug-driving 365 days a year.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “I’m surprised and hugely disappointed that drink and drug-driving is still considered by some people to be socially acceptable."

“While the vast majority of motorists abide by the law, it seems there will always be a number of ignorant and selfish road users who refuse to take our advice on board. Not only do you risk ruining Christmas, you also risk ruining your life, or someone else’s."

“It shouldn’t take a trip to police custody to give you the wake-up call; motorists need to wake up now and be alert to the extreme dangers associated with driving under the influence of drink or drugs."

“Every year we arrest drivers who say they “only had a couple” or they were “only around the corner”. We’ve heard every excuse in the book, but the bottom line is there is no excuse."

“Change your behaviour now, or it could change your life forever.”

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

1st January 2020

What Goes Online Stays Online

Every time you use social media, buy or sell something online, visit any kind of website, send or receive an email, find your way using a mapping app or save a photo to the cloud, you add to your digital footprint. The same goes for downloading music, making Skype calls and using a voice assistant. Every time you post a photo of your children or your friends, you add to their digital footprint too.

What happens when you have a digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is part of your online history and can potentially be seen by other people, or tracked and held in a database … or many databases. This is the case even if you are careful with your privacy settings. Here are just a few examples of what could, and does, happen as a result of your online history:

  • Companies can target you with specific marketing content on social media and other websites. You could also receive emails, letters or phone calls from these companies.
  • Advertisers can track your movement from site to site to gauge your areas of interest.
  • Entertainment providers (such as music or films) could target you with unwanted recommendations for content.
  • Prospective employers can look into your and family members’ background.
  • Your child’s application for schools, colleges, universities, scholarships, clubs or even sports teams could be rejected.
  • You, family members or friends could become the victim of fraud or identity theft.
  • Your children could be at risk of criminal activity threatening their online or physical safety.
  • Records of your online activity could fall into the wrong hands, including perpetrators of organised crime.
  • Tech companies such as browser and search engine providers can track and record what you’ve searched and viewed. This, in turn, could be shared with other parties including law enforcement agencies.
  • You could be refused life, medical, property or vehicle insurance based on information you have shared online.

How to minimise your digital footprint, or make sure it’s a good one:

  • Don’t overshare information about yourself, family members or friends that would be better kept private. That’s on social media, websites and apps requesting details and in response to texts and messages.
  • Think before you post. Even if your social media privacy settings are set up correctly, there’s no guarantee that your posts or photos won’t be shared.
  • Be aware that every time you visit a website, it’s visible to tech companies like website owners, browsers and search engines.
  • Read terms and conditions and data privacy policies on websites and apps before providing any personal data or making transactions. What can the providers do with your data, and why would you agree to it? If you’re not comfortable with the information being requested, don’t provide it.
  • Check geolocation settings on mobile devices, apps and cameras. If you don’t want anybody to know where you are, or where you have been, disable them.
  • Never stop enjoying the many excellent benefits of using the internet, but always bear in mind what digital trail you’re leaving, who may be able to access it and how they may be able to use it.

GET SAFE ONLINE

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by a number of government departments, law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.

For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you are in Scotland, contact Police Scotland on 101.

28th December 2019

Your East Sussex 2020

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on this January
  • Money saving ideas for January
  • Go green for 2020
  • Must read list for 2020
  • Accessing medical services
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

26th December 2019

Get any new toys for Christmas?

Be mindful burglars know that many households often have new and often expensive, items in their homes over Christmas.

Post Christmas crime prevention advice:

  • Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin.
  • Break down any boxes you are throwing out and put them in rubbish bags and place them inside the wheelie bin.
  • With computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, or moving in the future.
  • Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside in a garage or loft, or taking them to recycle centres in the New Year.
  • Register your property on the national property marking database here - if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thieves.

24th December 2019

Sussex Police Drink and Drug Drive Campaign

Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Jingle bells, here’s our cells, open every day; if you drive with drink or drugs, you’ll soon be on your way. This is the message being issued as Surrey Police and Sussex Police this year.

Increased patrols and stop checks will be carried out throughout this month, when there tends to be more social occasions which could result in motorists driving under the influence. But while we ho-ho-hope you have fun this festive season, we can assure you driving with drink or drugs in your system is no laughing matter.

A total of 1,003 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Sussex last year, 74 of which involved a drink-driver (statistics from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership).

In the 12 months to November 2019, a total of 696 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Surrey (alcohol-related incidents unknown at time of publication).

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Christmas is typically considered a time of ‘giving’ and ‘sharing’. But don’t give us an excuse to arrest you, and don’t let us share the bad news with your loved ones if you’re involved in a collision."

“This campaign is all about education and enforcement. Our main aims are to save lives by deterring people from drink and drug-driving, and to deal robustly with offenders. As such, we will continue to publicise the names of those convicted as part of the campaign.”

The crackdown runs from Wednesday 18th December 2019 to Wednesday 1st January 2020 inclusive, in line with guidance from the National Police Chief’s Council. However, this will be in addition to our routine daily policing.

Chief Insp. Hodder said: “While this is a dedicated campaign which occurs twice a year during peak periods – at Christmas and in the summer – we still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year."

“It is no secret that drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It happens year on year and sadly, despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”

During the same campaign last year (1st December 2018 to 1st January 2019), a total of 240 arrests were made in Sussex and 108 arrests were made in Surrey.

Chief Insp. Hodder said: “If you’re going to consume drink or drugs, we’d encourage you to plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with a sober driver. Never get into a vehicle with someone you know is over the limit."

“If you’re planning to drive after ‘just a couple’, it’s more than likely you’ll be over the limit. The only way to guarantee you’re under the limit is to drink OR drive; never both."

“Also be mindful of the amount of time it takes for substances to leave your body. Even if you’ve slept for several hours, you could still be over the limit the next morning. And a coffee and a cold shower won’t speed up the process.”

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership has a morning after calculator on its website, where you can find out roughly how long it takes before you can safely drive.

Consequences of such actions could include the following:

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999. Alternatively, people in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

22nd December 2019

Seasonal Greetings from
Your Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Chair John Wright

Neighbourhood Watch is no longer just about local crime prevention such as preventing burglary, but also about knowing your community, preventing serious and organised crime, cybercrime, scam awareness, promoting safety and community resilience, to name but a few.

Neighbourhood Watch may not be rich in money, but it is rich in talent, effort, energy, ideas, partnerships and connections. Our volunteers are worth a lot more than money!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for making your neighbourhood a safer place to live.

21 st December 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

There are no road closures planned on the M23 J8 to J10 from Friday 20 December to Monday 6 January 2020 inclusive. The contractors will be working on the network over the Christmas break during the day in the central reservation between the hours of 7.30am to 6:00pm.

Heads up…..

Monday 6 to Friday 10 January 2020 – 21:00 to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

20th December 2019

Heinz and Tesco recall 7+ months Heinz By Nature baby food jars

Heinz and Tesco are voluntarily recalling all 7+ months Heinz By Nature baby food range after the discovery that a single jar of baby food had been tampered with. Two sharp metal fragments were found in the jar.

Only the jars in the 7+month range and purchased from Tesco are affected. The same product and same batch codes at other retail stores and in other packaging e.g. pouches are not affected.

More information > >

14th December 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 15 December 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the slip road at J10. Diversion J10 exit and back on at J10 entry slip

Monday 16 Dec and Tuesday 17 Dec 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 16 Dec and Tuesday 17 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of Gatwick Spur entry slip at J9 Northbound. There will be a fully signed diversion route via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 8 on the M25, back to junction 6, A22, A264, and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport Way​​, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 6 on the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 18 December 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the carriageway at junction 10. Diversion is via the exit slip at junction 10 and back onto the M23 via the entry slip at junction 10 (up and over)​​​​​​​.

14th December 2019

Fraud Newsletter - December 2019

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or for fraud and scam related advice, support and reporting, please visit Action Fraud.

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk for more information.

Click here to view the Fraud newsletter Dec 2019

9th December 2019

Sussex Police launched new Police Constable
Degree Apprenticeship with first student officers.

Wednesday 04 December saw 24 new student officers welcomed into Sussex Police at the final attestation of 2019. These individuals are the first cohort to join the organisation on the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA); one of three new entry routes created as part of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

Chief Constable Giles York, said: “I’m delighted to welcome these officers to Sussex and start them on their policing journey. They begin a career which offers diversity, challenge and great fulfilment; where, together, they can make a real difference to our communities.”

“They also are our first recruits on the police constable degree apprenticeship – an innovative programme which ensures the officers of the future have the skills and knowledge required to police today, while recognising the existing professionalism and expertise of all our staff and officers. I believe this ensures policing remains an attractive and competitive career choice and appeal to many who may not have considered policing as a career choice in the past.”

The student officers will spend nine weeks undertaking intensive training at Sussex Police Headquarters in Lewes before joining their divisions in February 2020. Here they will begin to make a proactive, and positive, difference to the public, while supported by their dedicated Coaching and Development Officer.

The PCDA is a three-year vocational development programme which recognises the commitment, training and professional standards of policing. Using innovative learning approaches, and both on and off job training, supported by Higher Education Institutes, those embarking on this qualification will, upon successful completion, achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Jessica Davies worked in HR before joining Sussex Police. Following the attestation, she said: “Becoming a police officer is so important to me and I pulled out all the stops to join Sussex Police once I realised what a fantastic opportunity the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship was.

“Knowing that I will be able to work towards a degree while working as a police officer makes me feel on top of the world!”

Jahidur Choudhury studied Public Services in college and worked in a fast food restaurant before joining Sussex Police. He said: “When I was young I suffered verbal racial abuse and I remember a member of the public giving me words of encouragement when he could that this incident had a negative effect on me.”

“His kind words really motivated me and I realised that like him, I too could inspire people and be a positive role model in the community by becoming a police officer.”

“It was my dream to come a police officer and I am so proud that I will be helping to protect Sussex.”

For those interested in a career in policing, or finding out more about the PCDA, visit www.sussex.police.uk/jobs

6th December 2019

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Volunteer for the Library
  • Winter reads
  • rbdigital magazines
  • Christmas Magic
  • East Sussex Children's Book Award
  • Diary of events
  • New DVDs out this month

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

6th December 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 9 December between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley and Reigate to Hooley link roads at Junction 7 on the M25. Diversion for Gatwick to M25 J6 and then follow A22, A264 to M23 J10. Diversion for Hooley to M25 J6 and back clockwise to J7.

Monday 9 December, for 5 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full carriageway closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic as above but continues on A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 9 December for 5 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link at junction 7 of the M25. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 9 December for 5 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of J9 entry slip southbound. Diversion – Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10 on the M23.

Tuesday 10 December for 4 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link at J7 on the M25. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.​​​​​​​

1st December 2019

Christmas is all about spending quality time with family and friends connections, whether with family, or simply taking time out to reconnect with yourself.

It’s also about connecting online, whether you're keeping in touch, downloading a movie, buying that special gift (or treating yourself), using those new devices or helping your kids online.

However you're connecting this Christmas we've put together some expert tips to help you do it safely and securely

Visit : www.getsafeonline.org/connectedhristmas

1st December 2019

Eastbourne Police Newsletter

The latest issue of the Eastbourne Police Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Pair sought over theft and fraudulent use of credit card in Eastbourne
  • Arrests made following drug raid in Eastbourne
  • Eastbourne car park collision leaves woman badly injured
  • Christmas is a time for giving…but sadly for taking, too!
  • White Ribbon Day 2019
  • Action Fraud update
  • Crime Summary
  • Keep us safe in Sussex

Click here to download the Newsletter

1st December 2019

Police appeal for witnesses to attempted ram raid

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted ram raid in Eastbourne. 

Officers were called to Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, shortly after 1am on Friday (29 November) to reports of a break-in at the Co-op store.

A green Land Rover had been used in an attempt to steal a cash machine inside the store, but the efforts were unsuccessful. The Land Rover was abandoned at the scene.

The suspects then fled the scene, possibly in a SUV 4x4-type vehicle or in a dark-coloured Peugeot 208. 

Police would like to hear from anybody who may have seen either of these vehicles, or any other suspicious behaviour, in the area. 

Anybody with information can report online or call 101 quoting serial 66 of 29/11. 

29th November 2019

Chair's Report to 2019 Annual General Meeting

At the ESF Annual General Meeting, the outgoing Chair, Nadine Harris, presented the Annual Report to the members present.

This report in now available to download.

Click here.


29th November 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on this December
  • Reduce your food waste this Christmas
  • Have a homemade Christmas
  • 'Tis the season to recycle
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

29th November 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 1 December between 9pm to 5am

J10 Entry slip full closure. Diversion to J10A and back.

Monday 2 December for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am

There will be a full closure northbound from Junctions 10 to 8. There will be a fully signed diversion route for the M25 via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22 and join the M25 at junction 6 Godstone. For Gatwick, via junction 10 on the M23, A2011, A23, Airport Way and into the terminals.​​​​​​​

Monday 2 December for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am 

There will be a full closure on Junction 9 northbound entry slip road and also the south quadrant of the junction 9 roundabout between. Full diversion in place for the M25 via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22 and join the M25 at junction 6 Godstone.​​​​​​​

Heads up….

On February 28th there will be a full weekend closure from 9.00pm Friday to 5.00am Monday with 4 consecutive weekend closures following.​​​​​​​ Full details to follow.​​​​​​​

27th November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Unfortunately due to other commitments we were not able to complete Operation Blitz last weekend. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

26th November 2019

Rental Property Which May Be Used For Criminal Purposes

Community Safety partners have seen rental properties across the county, including Airbnb properties, being used for organised crime/drug dealing/sexual exploitation and other crime.

Local residents and businesses are urged to report concerns if they think properties are being used for criminal purposes.

The majority of guests at hotels, rental accommodation or caravan parks are there to have an enjoyable time. However, there may be a small number who are using these locations as a base to carry out serious criminal activity. If you have concerns about what you are seeing or hearing, please raise these with the owner, your manager or the police.

Who is your guest?

This is a Crimestoppers campaign that highlights the types of criminal activities which could be taking place, and what to do if you suspect these are taking place. The campaign can be found here:  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/hotel-and-rental-sector-community.

If you prefer not to click on this link, please search online for Crimestoppers

25th November 2019

Volunteering doesn’t come more rewarding than this!

We are now recruiting Special Constables. If this is the volunteering opportunity you’ve been looking for, click here to apply.

You already have a career you love – now you want a different challenge in your spare time.

As a special constable officer you’ll have the same uniform and powers as regular officers.

From being first on the scene and taking knives off the streets to educating young people, you’ll be working alongside regular police officers and PCSOs to make Sussex safer.

Our 'Specials', as the special constables are known, come from all walks of life. Specials are men and women of all races and faiths. They’re teachers, taxi drivers, chefs, accountants and secretaries and they all volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. When you join Sussex Police, you become part of our policing family – we are with you each step of the way.

Are you an honest, respectful and selfless person who wants to do something important in your spare time? Could you be there in a stranger's time of need? Are you prepared to protect others on or off duty? And are you prepared for how time-consuming this volunteer role will be? If so, we want to hear from you.

What does your spare time look like? Do something Special, apply today here.

23rd November 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday 25 November for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am

There will be a full closure southbound from junctions 8 to 10.  There will be a fully signed diversion route southbound for Brighton via junction 6 on the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10. For Gatwick Airport via junction 10 of the M23, A2011, A23 Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 25 November for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am

There will be a full closure at the junction 7 exit clockwise on the M25. There will be a fully signed diversion route to junction 8 on the M25, back to junction 6 and follow the A22, A264 to junction 10 of the M23.

Monday 25 November for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am 

There will be a full closure of the junction 9 entry slip road southbound. There will be a fully signed diversion route via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011, and join the M23 at junction 10.

Monday 25 November for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am

There will be a full closure of the junction 7 exit slips anticlockwise on the M25. There will be a fully signed diversion route for Gatwick airport via junction 6 on the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10, and follow the A2011, A23 Airport Way and into the terminals. For Croydon via junction 6 on the M25, A22 Godstone Hill/Caterham by pass.

Heads up….

On February 28th there will be a full weekend closure from 9.00pm Friday to 5.00am Monday with 4 consecutive weekend closures following.​​​​​​​ Full details to follow.​​​​​​​

23rd November 2019

Eastbourne Police Newsletter

The latest issue of the Eastbourne Police Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Sussex Police remains on track to increase police officers this year
  • Sussex Police commended for leading fight against gender inequality
  • Eastbourne car park collision leaves woman badly injured
  • Action Fraud update
  • Crime Summary
  • Keep us safe in Sussex

Click here to download the Newsletter

21st November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is 07770-700642. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity.

Unfortunately due to other commitments Operation Blitz was not able to be completed last weekend. 

19th November 2019

Invitation to older people’s focus group: How can we help older
people whose relationships are challenging or abusive?

Respect’s Make a Change project is inviting older people and older carer’s to attend a focus group at Care for the Carers on 26th November 2019, 10.30am-12pm (Highlight House, 8 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH), to give your views on how they can support older people who are struggling with relationship difficulties.

They are asking older people in the general population about this to try to understand how they can change services to make them more appropriate and accessible for older people. In particular, they would like you to think about situations where you have known or worried that someone was using abuse in their relationship with a partner or spouse. 

They'd like to understand how you think they might help older people when violence or abuse takes place in a relationship. Most services that try to help people who want to stop using abusive or controlling behaviour in relationships focus on younger adults. They want to understand if there are different needs for older people, and how they can adapt their services, and how people access those services, to make them more suitable for older people. 

If you have any questions or would like to book a place at the focus group, contact Natalie Mendez, Local Area Manager Sussex Make a Change, Respect, on Natalie.Mendez@respect.uk.net  or  07511 155994.

Booking is essential as places are limited.  Refreshments will be provided. Please telephone Care for the Carer’s main office on 01323 738390, if you have difficulty finding us on the day.

If you are unable to attend the focus group but would still like to give your views about the topic, you can complete an online survey until 31st December 2019.

19th November 2019

Avoiding Keyless Car Theft

How do I avoid keyless car theft?

There have been reports of increasing instances of thieves using technology to fool keyless entry systems into thinking that the key is nearby, known as relay theft.

There are steps you can take to stop the signal from your car key being amplified and putting your car at risk.

Only cars that have a passive keyless entry system are at risk. These allow drivers to open and start their cars without removing the keyless fob from their pocket.

Cars with standard remote fobs are not at risk. If you have to push a button on the fob to gain entry, it’s not a keyless system and your car is not vulnerable to relay theft.

Thieves take advantage of a vulnerability in the keyless technology by finding a car parked close to the owner’s house – where the car key is usually kept.

Car thieves work in pairs in relay attacks. One criminal will hold an amplification device up against the front wall of a home searching for a signal from the keyless fob. The device then relays the key’s signal to an accomplice, who is holding another device against the car door.

This fools the vehicle’s keyless entry system into thinking that the key is close by (usually these keys have a range of two meters), enabling one of the thieves to gain entry to the car.

What can I do to protect my car?

Don’t forget the basics – ensure that your car is properly locked and consider low-tech security measures, such as a steering wheel lock or locked gates, which can make life harder for thieves and could act as a deterrent for criminals who may move on to try to find an easier target.

Make sure your car keys are kept as far away as possible from doors and windows and, if possible, shut inside a drawer when you are at home.

You can also purchase anti-theft pouches and containers to keep your keys in, which can help block the signal given off by your keys.

Some keys also have the option of turning off the wireless signal. Consult your vehicle manual or contact the manufacturer to check if your key comes with this feature.

If the worst should happen and your car is stolen, having a tracking device fitted can help your vehicle to be recovered.

18th November 2019

Care for the Carers 50+ Focus Group

Care for the Carers will be holding a focus group for 50+ at Care for The Carer’s Highlight House, 8 St. Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3UH on the 26th November 2019 at 10:30-12:00.

Visit the Care for the Carers website.

14th November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is 07770-700642. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity.

Operation Blitz was conducted last weekend by PCSO Cotterill and PCSO Brian Davis.

The weather this weekend had heavy rain showers and cold temperatures.

The first point of call for the PCSO’s was to attend Eastbourne Town Centre including checking in with Cineworld cinema due to recent issues over the summer with youths.

We paid close attention in an attempt to keep an eye on any persons who are believed to be involved in anti – social behaviour and criminal activity in the town.

However, fortunately due to the weather, most youths were inside staying out of the wet and brisk conditions.

The shift was extremely busy with officers being called to a large number of incidents unrelated to Blitz including attending a mental health incident and a road traffic collision amongst others.

There were no calls to the Blitz phone, however, we did receive one call over the radio which related to around twenty youths on Warf Road, smashing bottles, smoking and drinking. We arrived on scene and completed an area search, however, when we arrived no one was to be seen and there was nothing to report.

In addition we checked areas including Beachy Head and Willingdon.

13th November 2019

ESF Annual General Meeting

The Eastbourne Seniors Forum 2019 Annual General meeting was held yesterday (12th November) in the very beautiful St. Saviour’s Church in South Street

ESF Chair, Nadine Harris talked members through the Annual Report and Treasurer, Des Davis presented the accounts and told members that, thanks to the success of the Good Life event, the association was in good financial health.

Nadine thanked Shirley Davis for the enormous amount of work she had put into the organisation of the Good Life and Ian Weeks for the support he gave her in making the event so successful.

The committee stood down, as required by the constitution, and Nadine announced that she wouldn't be standing for re-election because of changed family commitments. Des proposed a vote of thanks to Nadine which the members enthusiastically supported

The members unanimously approved the new committee, which included some of the previously but with some new faces. Judy Thurlow was elected as the new Chair and Des Davis and Stephanie Blackledge continued in their roles as Treasurer and Secretary.

After the refreshments break, Alan Wenham entertained the members with his extensive knowledge of Eastbourne.

13th November 2019

Help with home adaptations: Improving local services

Living in a decent, suitable home is crucially important to a good later life. People are living longer but increasingly living with multiple long-term health conditions and/or reductions in mobility. Home adaptations can play a critical role in enabling people with health problems and disabilities to age well and live independently in their own homes. Whilst many people organise and pay for home adaptations themselves, many would benefit from independent advice about the most useful adaptations to make.

Others would appreciate practical assistance with managing the building works, and some people need financial help with the costs of adapting their homes. Local authorities have legal responsibilities to assist people who need adaptations to their homes. However, local councils do have considerable discretion about how they carry out their duties and the extent and quality of provision of help with home adaptations varies widely.

The Older People's Housing Champions have launched their latest guide for the 'non-expert', Help with home adaptations: Improving local services

10th November 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Sunday 10 November 22:00 to 05:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 and back.

Monday 11 to Friday 15 November 21:00 to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Lane 1 on Spur Eastbound leading to J9. Full Northbound entry slip closure plus closing south quadrant of J9 roundabout. Diversion to J10 for M25 via A264 Copthorne road, and join at J6 M25.

Sunday 17 November 21:00 to 05:00am

Crawley to Reigate link onto the M25 between 9pm and 5am. Diversion route via J6 of the M25 and back clockwise on the M25.

8th November 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Efforts are still being made to identify man's body found on beach at Eastbourne

We are appealing for help in identifying a man whose body was found by a woman walking her dog along the seashore west of Eastbourne earlier this year. (Cow Gap)

Extensive enquiries and a post mortem examination have failed to cast further light on who the man might be, and we are anxious to speak to anyone who may be able to assist us.
East Sussex coroner's officer Sarah Cockram said: "We are appealing for anyone who might recognise the man from his description to get in touch as soon as possible so that his family can be told of his death."

The man had a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, and was thought to be in his 30s. He had brown eyes, a full black beard and short black hair. He was 5'7" (175cms) tall.

When found on Monday 19 August, he was wearing black trainer socks with an orange trim, a black shoe or boot, size nine (European 42), with a steel toe cap, and had a green material bracelet on his wrist.

Anyone able to assist is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 796 of 19/08.

Eastbourne Premises investigated for licensing offences

As a result of information from a member of public our licensing and prevention teams have found a premises in Eastbourne to be selling alcohol illegally.

The sales have now been suspended and the premises is being investigated for this matter.

Have you seen missing Elliot?

Police are concerned for the welfare of 17-year-old Elliot Ben-Sellem.

He is missing from Northampton but was last seen in Brighton on the morning of Wednesday (November 6).

Elliott is white, 6’ 2” and with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing black jogging bottoms, black Nike trainers, a black t-shirt and a black beanie hat.

As well as Brighton, it is thought that he may also have links to the Eastbourne area.

If you have seen Elliot or have any information about his whereabouts, report online or ring 101 quoting 47190191222.

Witness sought to incident in Seaside, Eastbourne

Detectives investigating a serious assault on a woman at her home in Eastbourne are hoping a passer-by will remember intervening over an altercation between the victim and a man in a nearby street shortly beforehand.

it is understood that about 8.15pm on Monday 21 October, near the junction of Seaside and Ceylon Place in Eastbourne, a man, described as having long shoulder length blond hair with a wave in it, and wearing jeans and a hooded top, intervened and asked if the woman was OK because he was concerned about the man's behaviour towards her.

In the early hours of the following morning the woman, aged 41, was assaulted in her home, sustaining serious facial injuries.

Detective Constable Julian Harris of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:"If you were the man who kindly intervened, or if you know who he is, please get in touch with us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 168 of 22/10."

A man aged 40 has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and theft of a motor vehicle and after being interviewed has been released on police bail with conditions until 19 November while enquiries continue.

Crime summary

There was a burglary that occurred on Milfoil Drive, whereby a garage was broken into and an array of items were stolen including stereo speakers (Ref: 47190187451).

There were two garage burglaries that occurred on Priory Road, whereby padlocks were broken, one of which had Christmas decorations, travel equipment and camping gear stolen and the other currently has no items reported missing (Ref: 47190199952 and 47190188856).

A number of business premises have also been broken into this week and we urge anyone with a local business to take extra precautions in making sure their property is safe and secure.

8th November 2019

Campaign to Keep Free TV Licenses for Over 75s

Have you seen the news about TV Licences?

It’s been reported that both the governing party and the opposition have said they’ll take steps to keep TV Licences free for all over-75s! We don’t know the detail yet, but this is a huge step forward. It’s thanks to the tireless campaigning of people like you that this has become an issue politicians can’t afford to ignore.

With a General Election coming up, AgeUK wants to make sure that politicians are talking about all the challenges that older people face – from TV Licences to social care, housing and more. And they want older people to be part of that conversation and have their voices heard.
 
That’s why they’re organising a General Election rally where senior politicians can talk directly to older people about these issues. Will you help by contacting party leaders and asking them to come?

New research shows that six million older people in England are living in vulnerable situations, often without the support they need. The next Government could start to change their lives for the better by fixing our broken care system, ensuring everybody has a warm, safe home and saving the free TV Licence for all over 75s. But your help is needed to show all our politicians how important these issues are.

If you have a minute, please email or tweet the party leaders today.

7th November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050, please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday 1st November PCSO Crouch and PCSO Gell were out on operation blitz patrols to deter and detect any anti – social behaviour across the district.

Our evening started by visiting the town centre and helping reunite a distressed female with her husband after she became lost in the town whilst on holiday.

We later made our way to Shinewater, including attending ‘Beat youth club’, unfortunately we missed out on the bonfire and roasting marshmallows. We spoke to staff who told us they had a great evening where the parents joined in the fun and had experienced no issues there.

While in the area we headed to Shinewater Park, which was lit up with the flood lights, whilst here we conducted patrols, however, no-one was about, this could possibly be due to the cold and wet weather we have been having recently.

Our point of call was to visit the Hampden Park area, where there have been reports of damage to the Play Park and cafe. The park itself was peaceful, and the field was full of people enjoying the rugby match.

Following this the next patrol was over to the Old Town area. Firstly to Eldon Road church and then on to Victoria drive old bowls club. Both areas were checked, the church was in darkness and no persons were seen in the grounds of the bowls club.

Lastly, we headed into the town centre, to Commercial Road and The Beacon. We spoke to The Beacon security and staff at Cineworld who in the summer had been having a few issues with groups of youths, they had a busy evening but everyone was in good spirits.

We both then assisted our PC colleague with an incident, which brought us to the end of the blitz shift.

Finally, we did not receive any calls on the blitz phone.

6th November 2019

ESF Autumn Newsletter

The Autumn 2019 issue of the ESF Newsletter is now available to download.

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6th November 2019

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • One Booker Two Winners!
  • Men's Health November
  • National Stress Awareness Day
  • Diary of events
  • New DVDs out this month
  • Christmas Events

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

4th November 2019

PCSO Model Will Look To Increase Local Engagement Across Sussex

Today (Monday, November 4) sees the launch of a named PCSO for every community in Sussex Police.

The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.

By inputting your postcode in www.police.uk you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live. Some areas may have more than one PCSO.

The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year. There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019.

Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.

This investment has given Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing. The precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of Anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime. This investment will also assist in identifying and keeping safe the most vulnerable people in our communities."

“Along with the traditional foot patrol in areas where the community needs our support, our PCSOs are equipped to help solve neighbourhood issues, take statements, work with police officers and our partners to problem solve in the community.” 

With natural attrition, Sussex Police should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, though the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer.

There will also be six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support to rural communities. The rural PCSOs will have specialist training and this will enable them to recognise the specific crime types which can affect rural communities and the unique vulnerabilities of those who live and work in rural areas, both out in the community and through digital channels.

All PCSOs will work closely with our partners and voluntary organisations to solve specific local issues. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly showed the public wanted PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police."

“Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations."

“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities."

“A huge welcome to our 100 extra PCSOs, as they start to enter Sussex communities on November 4. I look forward to visiting them in their designated areas and seeing the positive impact that they make to residents and local businesses.” 

The 100 new posts will be allocated according to the demand and severity data.

By inputting your postcode in www.police.uk you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live. Some areas may have more than one PCSO.

You can read more about how PCSOs will work and be deployed here.

3rd November 2019

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

This message is being sent to you by Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with UK Power Networks.

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.  

More information can be found online > >

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.  

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. Click here for the application form.

We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

1st November 2019

How To Shop Online Safely This Christmas and Black Friday

It’s no surprise that the lead-up to Christmas – including Black Friday – is the busiest time of the year for online shopping. But with so much on your mind at this time of year and your keenness to bag a bargain, it’s important to get into some good habits and stay alert when you’re buying … whether it’s  presents, a short break, next year’s holiday or those once-a-year treat.

November and December are the busiest times for fraudsters, and we’re sure you don’t want to give them and early Christmas present. That’s why we’ve come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams.

  • Ensure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Type it in rather than clicking on a link in an email, text or post. Fraudsters can set up convincing websites with an appearance and address very similar to the authentic one.
  • Make sure payment pages are secure by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar. But remember, this just means that the page is secure, and not necessarily that the site isn’t fraudulent.
  • Often, advertisements for items such as gifts, holidays and events on social media and online forums are fraudulent, and items non-existent or not as advertised. Be wary: it’s best not to pay any money without seeing the item at first hand.
  • Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know, however desperate you are to buy. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover or refund your money. If you can, pay by credit card.
  • When you’ve finished paying, log out of the page or app. Simply closing it may not log you out automatically.
  • Don’t buy fake goods intentionally or get duped into buying them, however cheap or ‘authentic’ they are. They are of inferior quality, can be dangerous, contravene copyright law and affect the livelihoods of workers who make the real thing.
  • Avoid ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trials – whether slimming pills or the latest tech gadgets – without thoroughly reading the small print and trusted reviews. You could be signing up for large monthly direct debits which are difficult to cancel.
  • Check that seasonal breaks, holidays or travel that you book online are genuine by researching them thoroughly. Look for independent reviews, and make sure travel agents / tour operators are genuine by checking for an ABTA/ATOL number. Pay by credit card for extra protection.
  • If you’re buying event, fixture or entry tickets, do so only from official sources such as box offices, sports clubs or reputable fan ticket exchange sites. If you don’t, you could be paying for fake or non-existent tickets.
  • Avoid clicking on links in unexpected emails, texts or posts, or email attachments. At this time of year, fake parcel firm delivery notifications are commonplace attachments or links: they could lead to fraud or identity theft.

1st November 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 9pm to 5am
There will be a full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link on the M25 between 9pm and 5am. Follow the diversion to junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure from junction 8 to 10 southbound between 9pm and 5am. There will be a fully signed diversion route to Brighton via junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10. For Gatwick, traffic continues on the A2011, A23, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link on the M25 between 9pm and 5am. Follow the diversion to junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure of the junction 9 entry slip road southbound between 9pm and 5am. Follow the diversion via from Gatwick Airport via Airport Way, A23, A2011 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link road onto the M23 between 9pm and 5am. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 6 November - 9pm to 5am
For 2 nights, there will be a full closure of the Crawley to Reigate link onto the M25 between 9pm and 5am. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 6 of the M25 and back clockwise on the M25.

31st October 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on this November
  • Every mind matters
  • Get ready for winter
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

30th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weeks phone number: 07785 372050*. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 4pm and 10pm every Friday and Saturday.

Ahead of Halloween you can display a post in your window to advise those out whether you welcome or do not welcome trick or treaters.

If you haven’t already got one, you can print up a welcome, or not welcome poser to display in your window this week here at the bottom of the webpage there are two files, one being the welcome and one being the not welcome posters.

*This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online.

26th October 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Sunday 27 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J9 exit slip plus Lane 1 Gatwick spur westbound from J9. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way, or diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Monday 28 to Friday 1 November 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of the Crawley to Reigate link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50 mph north and south bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

25th October 2019

Age UK Campaign for a New National Care System

Many older people are selling their homes and spending their life’s savings to pay for care that can be poor quality. Others are being left alone to look after their loved ones without help.

In last week’s Queen’s Speech the Government promised to “bring forward proposals to reform adult social care in England”. It’s great that they recognise the problem, but proposals have been promised several times before. I need your support  to get the Government to act.

Could you help by writing to Matt Hancock MP (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care) to show that the public want a new national care system?

More information > >

24th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

21st October 2019

Bernard Matthews Withdraws Turkey Dinosaurs

Bernard Matthews is recalling 9 Turkey Dinosaurs because they may contain small pieces of metal. The presence of metal makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information > >

19th October 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound
Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link
Diversion to M25 J8 back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link
Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound
Diversion Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Friday 25 October 21:00 to 05:00
Various lane closures only.

Sunday 27 October 21:00 to 05:00
Various lane closures only.

18th October 2019

Anti-Slavery Day

Today, Friday 18 October, is Anti-Slavery day and Sussex Police is showing support and continuing commitment for stopping all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. It reminds us to take a closer look in our communities for this hidden crime.

Building on our previous external campaign in January which centred on spotting the signs of modern slavery, our two-week October campaign focuses on industries associated with modern slavery, the plight of victims and how we work in partnership with other agencies to tackle this horrendous crime.

Detective Superintendent Jeff Riley who leads Sussex Police’s fight against modern slavery said: “Modern slavery is a serious crime and main offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. It is often hidden in plain sight and is happening in our neighbourhoods and high streets.

"Modern slavery is complex and is often connected with other high profile organised crimes including knife crime, county line drug activity and sexual exploitation. All of these crimes trade in human misery and exploit people for profit.

"People from the UK and abroad are preyed upon by unscrupulous individuals promising employment, education opportunities and a better quality of life. The reality is, these people find themselves exploited and sometimes forced into criminality.

"They can have their identity documents taken, limited or no access to their own bank account, their lives completely controlled and they can be in fear of their lives and reprisals for their family.

"People living and working in the community are key to helping us and our partner agencies tackle modern slavery.

"I am asking you to take a closer look when you are shopping in your high street, travelling to work or enjoying a day out with your family. If you see something that you think is unusual, report it.

"Modern slavery is happening in your community and with your help we can tackle modern slavery, catch those responsible and safeguard victims making Sussex safer.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Modern slavery and exploitation is often a hidden crime and for that reason, we don’t always know the true extent of it, even though it is happening all around us. Working with partners, my office continues to raise awareness of the issue in order to better identify victims and provide much needed specialist support.

“I’m pleased that Sussex Police are showing ongoing commitment to tackling this heinous crime, with targeted campaigns to help the public better understand its complex nature and how to spot the signs. I hope this will increase the number of reports and successful convictions.”

Police investigate reports of modern slavery and equally importantly help to identify and safeguard vulnerable people, whether from with the UK or overseas, who are at risk of becoming victims to it.

Since January, 320 reports of potential victims of modern slavery have been reported in Sussex, involving people originating from both the UK and overseas. At the end of 2018, 47 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The NRM is a framework for identifying potential victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive the appropriate protection and support.

If you think you have information that might identify or locate a potential victim or suspect for modern slavery, or someone you know is a victim of modern slavery, or even a location where you think exploitation might be happening, please report it online or call us on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency).

You can also contact the national Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery helpline on 0300 303 8151, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We are working with Crimestoppers and are using a mobile ad van featuring key messages to continue to raise awareness in Sussex. It will be placed at key points on the main road network in East and West Sussex and be static in towns centres from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October. If you see the ad van, if possible take a photo if it is safe to so, not if you are driving and share on your social media account using the #takeacloserlook

Support the campaign by following Sussex Police Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and sharing the posts. We’ll be using the #Itscloserthanyouthink

You can find more information on our Modern Slavery advice webpages.

17th October 2019

Birds Eye Recalls Chicken Nuggets

Birds Eye is recalling Birds Eye 50 Chicken Nuggets with Golden Wholegrain because they may contain small pieces of plastic. The presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information and batch numbers > >

17th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

This weekend’s blitz the weather was wet and cold throughout the evenings, which may have had an impact on the amount of anti – social behaviour we came across.

Our first point of call was to the Old Town Bowls Club, whereby we have recently had reports of youths causing damage in the area. However, we are happy to report on this occasion that it appeared the weather had successfully deterred any issues.

We then moved on to Eastbourne Town Centre for a patrol around The Beacon checking in with the new Cineworld cinema who have had a few problems with youths.

We walked through the town centre and engaged well with some of the homeless community, checking on their wellbeing, who were in good spirits despite the wet weather.

This brought us onto patrolling the Shine Water area of Eastbourne, we made a visit to the new youth team in the area who are looking at taking younger kids and teenagers off the street to teach them about looking after themselves, but also having lots of fun! Their aim is to help improve the local area.

Once we had made a visit to the youth group we walked around Shinewater Park and the playground. Again, due to the weather there were very few people about. We did speak with a group of youths who were having an enjoyable time, however, the weather got the best of them and they weren’t out for long.

We then finished off the evening conducting a patrol around Hampden Park, however, there was nothing to report there this evening.

We had one call to the Blitz phone to Burlton Place, Eastbourne, which was a report of males being unruly in the area for a number of hours. We went to investigate but no one was found in the area at the time.

15th October 2019

15th October 2019

Decision made on Adult Social Care & Health savings proposals

On 24 September 2019, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health agreed to changes in how the council provide subsidies for meals in the community, and support for working age adults. 

This follows proposals to remove the subsidy for meals in the community and change the way working age adults are supported.

The council faces ongoing financial challenge, and Adult Social Care has to make savings of £730,000 in 2019/20. The changes agreed by Lead Member could save £483,000 from the meals in the community budget in 2019-20 and £495,000 from support for working age adults by 2020-21.

Both savings proposals underwent 10-week consultations and Equality Impact Assessments, which informed the decision.

What has been agreed?

The decision was not to withdraw the meals subsidy in all cases. Taking into account feedback from the consultation, the subsidy will continue to be available for those who are most vulnerable and can’t afford to pay for the service themselves, and where it’s the most cost-effective support option.

Eligibility for the subsidy will be determined through a social care needs assessment and financial assessment. This means people most at risk and unable to afford a meals service will still be able to access hot meals and a welfare check as part of the meals delivery service.  It’s expected that roughly 100 clients, who have complex needs or are considered to be highly vulnerable, are likely to continue to receive the meals subsidy.

Between now and the end of March 2020, people who receive the subsidy will be contacted about the changes and have their needs reviewed. Where there’s an identified risk the subsidy won’t be withdrawn until alternatives have been agreed as part of the person’s care and support plan.

For working age adults, the council will carry out a programme of client reviews, to make sure people’s support meets their needs and identified outcomes, considers their strengths, supports their independence and is cost effective. The council will also review the services available in the community, and consider whether work is needed to develop the market, as well as working with providers to understand why residential and nursing costs are higher in East Sussex.
What happens next?
Adult Social Care will be in touch with people affected by the decision over the coming months. No changes will be made to people’s support until they’ve been contacted.
For more information read the Lead Member papers and minutes.

Community Relations Team
Adult Social Care

15th October 2019

East Sussex County Council is conducting a
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment?

Every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the need for pharmaceutical services in its area.

This is known as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

Telephone User Survey

Between the beginning of October and the end of November 2019 a telephone user survey about pharmacies will be undertaken by a market research company, Latimer Appleby.

The caller should identify themselves as being from this company, acting on behalf of ESCC. If they do not do so, just hang up. The survey will be identifying a representative sample of 2,000 East Sussex residents across each of the districts and boroughs.

The results from the survey will help inform the pharmaceutical needs assessment. This will be published in July 2020, following a period of public consultation in April and May 2020.

An online version of the survey will be also made available on ESCC website.

Please take part

We hope that you will take part if invited to do so. This will help inform the development of pharmaceutical services in the County for the next three years.

NHS England will refer to the contents of the PNA when dealing with new applications to open pharmacies, and any proposed closures.

This is the fifth PNA to be carried out in East Sussex. The fourth was carried out in 2017. These PNAs have been published on the dedicated Joint Strategic Needs Assessment website (www.eastsussexjsna.org.uk).

14th November 2019

Heathfield Library Refurbishment

East Sussex Library Service has issued the following notice.

Heathfield Library will close on 11 November and reopen on 2 December.

During the project we will redecorate and replace the carpet in the library. We’re also fitting new lights that will improve the lighting levels throughout the building and reduce our carbon impact. We will be making changes in the library by installing some new furniture to make better use of the library space and our stock, and help you move around more easily.
We’re improving the children’s area with new furniture too, and also installing points where customers can charge their own devices.

As well as the refurbishment we will be replacing the heating system as it has come to the end of its life, and we’ll be putting in some double glazing. This will improve the temperature of the building and reduce our energy consumption.

As we make these improvements there will be some noise and disruption, but we will arrange the noisiest works while the library is closed. We will work carefully with the contractors to arrange the program so we minimise any impact on your enjoyment of the library.

Whilst we can do some of these works when the library is open or outside of normal opening hours, unfortunately there are some things we can only do when the library is completely closed. We will therefore need to close the library for a short period of time.

We realise that closing the library, even for a short period, is inconvenient for customers, and we apologise in advance for this. During the close period loans will be extended so you don’t need to visit the library as much and your nearest alternative libraries are Hailsham Library and Uckfield Library.

There will be posters at the library with updates and you can get information on our website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or call us on 0345 60 80 196 or speak to a member of staff when visiting the library before the closure period.

Please don’t forget that you can renew your library books, search and reserve items and download eBooks and eMagazines from our eLibrary and you can use your library card at any East Sussex Library. You can also renew items using our 24/7 automated renewal line on 0345 60 80 195. Please have your library membership number (on your library card) and your PIN to hand.

13th October 2019

ESF Annual General Meeting - 2019

The ESF 2019 AGM will be held this year in St. Saviour's Church on Tuesday 12th November, starting at 2:00pm. Please note the change of venue.

More information > >

13th October 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday 14 to Friday 18 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Lane 1 on Gatwick spur eastbound leading to J9 full northbound entry slip closure + south quadrant of J9 roundabout.
Diversion to J10 for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October 21:00 to 05:00

Various lane closures only

Gatwick contractors started works at the South Terminal roundabout to refurbish the arch into the airport. There will be lane closures, which may lead to delays exiting. These works will continue for 1 week.

11th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

8th October 2019

East Sussex County Council is conducting a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment?

Every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the need for pharmaceutical services in its area.
This is known as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

Telephone User Survey

Between the beginning of October and the end of November 2019 a telephone user survey about pharmacies will be undertaken by a market research company, Latimer Appleby.
The caller should identify themselves as being from this company, acting on behalf of ESCC. If they do not do so, just hang up. The survey will be identifying a representative sample of 2,000 East Sussex residents across each of the districts and boroughs.

The results from the survey will help inform the pharmaceutical needs assessment. This will be published in July 2020, following a period of public consultation in April and May 2020.
An online version of the survey will be also made available on ESCC website.

Please take part

We hope that you will take part if invited to do so. This will help inform the development of pharmaceutical services in the County for the next three years.
NHS England will refer to the contents of the PNA when dealing with new applications to open pharmacies, and any proposed closures.

This is the fifth PNA to be carried out in East Sussex. The fourth was carried out in 2017. These PNAs have been published on the dedicated Joint Strategic Needs Assessment website (www.eastsussexjsna.org.uk).

4th October 2019

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Dyslexia Awareness Week
  • Get Online - download an audiobook
  • World Mental Health Day
  • A new chapter for the East Sussex Children’s Book Award
  • Diary of events
  • New DVDs out this month

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

3rd October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number: 07785 372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Saturday 28th of September; was conducted by PCSOs Honey and Hopgood, the team came on duty around 1730 and Blitz shift ended shortly before midnight.

Direct patrols were conducted throughout the night in the areas which have been highlighted as having had youth’s related disorder.

These areas include Gildredge Park, Langney, Hampden Park, Shinewater, Eastbourne Town, Sovereign View Car park, Terminus Road, Eastbourne College surrounding area, and Old Town.

We are pleased to report that we received no calls via the blitz phone to these areas, and continued to patrol all areas regularly during the course of the wet weekend, likely owning to the poor weather.

Late evening on Saturday officers attended one ASB related incident in Polegate where Police received a report that a group of youths were hanging around in a communal doorway to a residents home.

When officers attended, the youths were very polite and compliant. Furthermore, they stated they were seeking shelter due to the heavy rain.

The youths were advised to seek shelter elsewhere due to the residents home being private in which they understood this and left the area.

Please be reminded that the Blitz phone is primarily for making reports about anti-social behaviour, outside of these time please report via the means above.

1st October 2019

The Good Life 2019

Over eight hundred visitors braved the appalling weather on Thursday 26th September and made their way to the superb new Devonshire Quarter for the 2019 Good Life Event.

The Good Life, which is the first major event the be held the Welcome Building occupied both of the venue's two main halls.

The almost fifty exhibitors who set up their stands in the state-of-the-art exhibition centre were delighted with it.

The event organiser, Shirley Davis, was extremely impressed with the venue's facilities which, she said, made her task much easier than in previous years.

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1st October 2019

Security for Older Private Renters

Age UK is urging the Government to keep their promise and stop landlords being able to evict tenants without a reason.  It’s the step millions of ordinary people in England need – and would give all renters the security they deserve as they get older.

Home should be the place where we feel safest, the place we make our memories, and the place where we can grow old.

But more than three quarters of a million people over 60 are locked out from having that – simply because they rent where they live from a private landlord. 

With fewer people able to own their own home, renting privately is often the only option. But the way the system works means renters are never on sure footing. That’s stressful and uncertain for anyone, but it’s even harder as you get older and need more stability.

Read more > >

28th September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

Additional traffic is expected on the network this weekend due to a large football match at the AMEX on Saturday and open days at Sussex University.

Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus slips J10 and J9 Northbound. 1st Diversion for M25 via Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. 2nd Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Gatwick contractors have works starting this week at the South terminal roundabout to refurbish the arch into the airport. There will be lane closures, which may lead to delays exiting. These works will continue for 3 weeks.

27th September 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on this October
  • It’s time for Sussex Bonfire!
  • Keeping active at any age
  • Be deer aware
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

22nd September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. We have added a map below which may be helpful in identifying the location of these works.

Friday 20 September to Friday 4 October 16:00 to 16:00

M25 J7 Godstone to Hooley link - Long term hard shoulder closure.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 23 September - Wednesday 25 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus slips J10 and J9 Northbound. 1st Diversion for M25 via Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. 2nd Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full carriageway closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and re-join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the closure of the Reigate to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and rejoin at Airport Way, and rejoin at J10.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

20th September 2019

TV License Scam

Age Concern has been getting reports that people are being targeted by fraudsters who want to make money from the TV Licence scandal. They pose as TV Licensing (the body responsible for collecting the Licence fee) and ask people to pay up now or tell you there’s been a problem with your payment.

If you have been targeted by these fraudsters, please visit the Age Concern website for more information 

19th September 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Friday night was conducted by PC May and PCSO Walker. It was a warm clear night and our first point of call was to Terminus Road for a search for a high risk missing person.

We then attended Hampden Park, and took a walk through the park, where we met a few people and spoke to them about any concerns they may have. Whilst there we saw nothing untoward and no offences being committed.

This led us to Etchingham Road, where we dealt with a car that was parked on the pavement. We were made aware and noticed that the ignition barrel had been broken, we conducted a PNC check but it came back with no trace of the vehicle, we spoke to a member of public who pointed us in the right direction of the owner – a happy child who had their car returned.

​​​​In addition, to the above we spoke to around three young persons around the age of ten who were happily playing football in the field.

We moved onto the car park on Sovereign View, where we checked the car parks around the area and also the promenades, where there were no signs of any vehicles or disturbances.

We continued our patrols onto Cross Levels Way, and Eastbourne College where we walked around the campus, there were no issues and the buildings were all secure.

We received one phone call on the Blitz phone from a member of public in Bourne Street who reported a large group of males that kept coming and going from the area and they were concerned this was related to drug dealing. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend as we had to deal with a high priority call. However, we reassured the caller that we would make a presence on next weekend’s Operation Blitz.

In addition to the above hotspots, we also conducted some patrols around Milfoil Drive, and made a stop at the co-op where we were informed by a member of public that there were a number of youths drinking in Reedem Road, we attended the location and spoke with a couple of youths in the area, they had no alcohol and had not seen anyone.

After completing most of our patrols we finished the Operation Blitz shift for the evening.

Saturday night Blitz was conducted by PCSO Camille, who conducted a mix of foot and mobile patrols across the district.

The first point of call was Terminus Road, where we have had reports of anti – social behaviour, we then moved on to Hampden Park, where we had identified two criminal damages in the play park area and next to the café on previous occasions and were checking that the area was safe and secure this evening.

We then moved on to Etchingham Road, due to recent reports of youths causing issues in the area and then to Sovereign View, and the car park where we have had report of inconsiderate driving and anti – social behaviour.

Finally, we attended Victoria Drive where we had had reports from members of the public relating to youth nuisance, drinking and drug use, who are also congregating in the library doorway.

We are happy to say that throughout our patrols we did not encounter any issues.

15th September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 14 September 21:00 to 05:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the J10 exit slip southbound. Diversion will be to J10a and back.

Sunday 15 September 21:00 to 05:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip. Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 16 to Friday 20 September 21:00 to 5:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J10 to J8 plus slip roads J10 and J9 northbound. 1st diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. 2nd diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Lane 1 closure on spur eastbound leading to J9, full northbound entry slip closure, plus south quadrant of J9 roundabout. Diversion to J10 and follow diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and rejoin at J6 M25.

Thursday 19 September 21.00 to 05.00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the J10 exit slip southbound. Diversion will be to J10a and back.

Saturday 21 September 21:00 to 5:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip. Diversion to J10a and back.

13th September 2019

Survey on Eastbourne Borough Council's use of weedkiller in Old Town

Eastbourne Borough Council carries out weed control on highways in Eastbourne on behalf of East Sussex County Council.

Following comments from some residents, we are seeking the views of Old Town residents over what is considered to be an acceptable use of weedkiller in in the ward. 

The closing date of this survey is Monday 23 September at 5pm.

Take the survey on the council's use of weedkiller in Old Town

13th September 2019

Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest
20 – 29 September 2019

There’s just a week to go until the first walk of this year’s festival, and what a year it is set to be! Over 75 different countryside, rural and themed walks are on the calendar with something for everyone.

The festival takes place from 20 – 29 September and offers walkers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to discover the hidden history and stunning beauty of the East Sussex coast and countryside including the South Downs National Park.

Click here to view the full calendar of walks and sign up to one today

9th September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Week commencing 9 September 21:00 - 05.00

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J8 to J9 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and re-join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Lane closure from J9 leading to a full closure of the J10 exit slip. Southbound. Diversion will be to J10a and back.

Lane closure from M25a leading to a full closure of J7 exit slip. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 south for Crawley and A22 north for Croydon.

Lane closure from M25b leading to a full closure of J7 exit slip. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 south for Crawley and A22 north for Croydon.

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September 21:00 to 05:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip. Diversion to J10a and back

6th September 2019

Modern Slavery Survey

Modern slavery is a crime which is often hidden in plain sight and we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to raise awareness of this horrendous crime happening within our communities.

We know that time is precious but five minutes of yours is all we’re asking for. By completing our short survey you will be helping us understand how we can most effectively engage, educate and communicate this important message and help inform our next external campaign.    
                           
We’d like you to tell us what you already know about modern slavery, what else you would like to know and how you prefer to receive your communications from us.

You can complete our survey by clicking here
. The survey is open until Friday 20th September.

The more information we can share about modern slavery with our communities increases the number of successful convictions and helps us protect victims and keep them safe from further harm.

6th September 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

6th September 2019

Storm names for 2019-20 announced

Met Office and Met Éireann, along with new partner KNMI, have today revealed the list of storm names for 2019-20.

First introduced by the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Republic of Ireland) in 2015, the Name our Storms campaign has helped raise awareness of the potential impacts of severe weather in Britain and Ireland before it hits.  Now in its fifth year, Met Office and Met Éireann are joined by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Dutch national weather forecasting service.

Read more > >

3rd September 2019

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Back to Life - Adult Learning in Libraries
  • September is World Alzheimers Month
  • Banned Books
  • Ground Control to East Sussex
  • Diary of events
  • New DVDs out this month

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

30th August 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on this September
  • Let's celebrate older people
  • Help your children prepare for school
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

30th August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Friday 23rd of August.

Weekend patrols were conducted across Eastbourne by PCSOs Honey and Hopgood, and started around 6pm, with the team heading out to local known hotspots, and those areas reported to them throughout the week.

Newly listed areas which have been highlighted as having had youth related disorder included; Gildredge Park which owing to the weather and half term has seen an increase in park users and groups playing in the park, unfortunately not everyone playing the same and a few groups have already been given notice to not frequent to park as a result of their disruptive behaviour to others who are enjoying their time out over the half term.

Other areas of note this weekend included, Langney, where the team headed out on foot and by van to give presence to the streets affected by youth related ASB. A number of residents were spoken to and concerns were raised about ongoing issues in the area, as a result future patrols will be given consideration to the area as a priority. Residents were pleased to see the team out and about and were given the Blitz mobile number in the event anything was witnessed during the team’s weekend patrols. We are pleased to report that no calls were received to the Langney area.

Hampden Park and Shinewater, both areas of known ASB, both general ASB and youth related ASB were given attention this evening following reports from concerned parents during the week of older groups of teens causing issues in the park and communal ground areas. Fortunately this evening no issues were noted as the team walked through the areas, again residents were given contact details for the blitz team should they witness anything ASB related over the weekend.

Patrols continued into the late evening, with Eastbourne town becoming very busy owing to the long weekend and people out enjoying themselves. Unfortunately one or two enjoying themselves too much and a couple of arrests for drunk and disorderly were made over the weekend.​​​​​​​

Sovereign View car park, Eastbourne College and Old Town were all patrolled during the evening; first thing and then again before officers came off duty. These are areas of known ASB related issues, however this evening no reports of ASB or youth related ASB were reported.

As the team began to wind down their patrols for the evening, a call came in to assist several high-risk missing people in Eastbourne town centre, fortunately both were found safe and well, and the team gave the town centre once last going over before heading back to base; not before the team touched base with late night food restaurants and pubs to ensure all was in order.

Please be reminded that the Blitz phone is primarily for making reports about anti-social behaviour. Any other reports will need to go via 101, 999 if appropriate or via email at: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

28th August 2019

Brighton and Sussex Medical School Dementia Studies

My name is Anomita and I am part of the DETERMIND team at the Centre for Dementia Studies based at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I am contacting you today to ask for your support in identifying potential participants who may be interested in our new research project, the DETERMIND study.

Funded by the NIHR/ESRC and led by Professor Sube Banerjee, DETERMIND is a large five year study designed to address questions about inequalities, outcomes and costs following diagnosis with dementia. We aim to explore what drives good and bad quality of life, outcomes and costs for people with dementia and their carers following diagnosis and seek ways to overcome these inequalities in dementia care. 

To achieve these aims we are looking to recruit people who have been diagnosed with any type of dementia in the last 6 months. Once recruited, we will visit participants and ask them to fill in a questionnaire consisting of a range of measures designed to elicit information on their Quality of Life, psychological well-being and access to services. We will then repeat these measures with them annually, for the next 3 years; thereby enabling us to track their care journey post-diagnosis and identify where and how inequalities in their health and social care may arise. The study is purely observational and non-invasive, and open to absolutely anyone as long as they have been clinically diagnosed with dementia in the last 6 months. The more diverse the sample, the better it will be for our research outcomes. We will also be recruiting care partners, however people with dementia do not need a care partner to participate.

This is a fantastic project that has many benefits to the people who will be involved. Giving people a chance to contribute to this research will:

  • Provide a platform where people can discuss their experiences.
  • Advance the knowledge base around dementia and people’s experiences of living with the condition.
  • Enhance the support and care that can be provided to people with dementia and their care partners.

Taking part in research is a pleasant thing to do!

We will  follow this email up with a phone call in a few days’ time to discuss more about the project. However, in the meantime if there are any further questions you may have about the DETERMIND study, then please do not hesitate to either contact me directly or one of our friendly team at determind@bsms.ac.uk or at a.russell@bsms.ac.uk.

23rd August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

This weekend PCSO Racsynska conducted Operation Blitz as part of our on-going patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour around Eastbourne.

At this time of year with the Eastbourne Airshow in full swing, we would expect the town to be heaving with a mixture of locals and tourists enjoying themselves.

However, the weather wasn’t particularly inviting with blustery winds and the rain accompanying us throughout the evening.

The evening started with the search for a missing vulnerable young person whose family raised concerns for their welfare.

Fortunately the young person made their way home, safely – nevertheless, it gave PCSO Raczynska the opportunity to engage with local residents.

The usual hot spots were checked several times throughout the evening but it would appear that the bad weather kept any troublemakers in the warmth of their homes.

20th August 2019

Highway Code: changes for first aid on the road

Today (20th August 2019) Highway Code annex 7 on providing emergency care has been updated. This is following new guidance from the British Burns Association.

See the full rules changes to the Highway Code.

17th August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number/s is:07785-372050. lease use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz – Saturday 10th August 2019

PCSO Gell and Slow were assigned to Blitz patrols on Saturday. Due to the strong winds and predicted storms, it was fairly quiet and not many people were out and about.

We patrolled the usual hotspot areas where we have received reports of anti – social behaviour. We began the evening in Victoria Drive, checking behind Cornwall Court where there have been complaints of people hanging around drinking.

We continued on to Royal Sovereign Crescent where there has been ongoing issues in the area. All was quiet and we patrolled this area several times throughout the evening, with no issues.

We were then called out to check the park in Palesgate Road, as a member of public had seen three young males pulling newly planted trees in the park. When we arrived, there was no one in the park and no damaged trees.

Other areas we targeted were Etchingham Road, Hampden Park, Milfoil Drive and Renfrew Court.

We kept a presence in the car park opposite Sovereign View, as there has been reported issues of groups congregating after 9pm and causing a nuisance. The car park was empty and we did not come across any groups of people gathering there.

Towards the end of our shift we were called to check a block of flats in Fife Court at the Hydeneye. Some youths were seen acting suspiciously and peering over a balcony of what was thought to be an empty flat. We did not find any youths and there were no empty flats, all are occupied in the block.

16th August 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following motorway works are scheduled, subject to weather conditions:

During the holiday period and the increased passenger numbers at Gatwick Airport there are no planned full closures on the M23 during August 2019.

Closures on the M20 this weekend:

Friday 16 August 8pm to Monday 19 August 6am
Weekend closure of both the London and coast bound carriageways between junctions 11 and 9.

Sunday 18 August 8pm to Monday 19 August 6am

Overnight closure of the coast bound carriageway only between junctions 4 and 6 (one night).

M23 plans for September

The contractors, Kier, have had a lot of comments regarding signage on the M23, both static signage through the works area and on the diversion route. They understand that signage can be a problem and sometimes when travelling at 50 mph this can be missed or misinterpreted, and junctions missed.

They have done some extensive work around signage over the past month and have asked their traffic management company to redesign both the static signage and diversion route signage, to make it easier for customers.

The northbound signage leading up to junction 9, Gatwick Airport, now states the word ‘Gatwick’ as well as a plane symbol, and the diversion route signage has had the symbols replaced with wording. We hope that when the next closure takes place in September you will see a difference and your journey will be easier to follow.

M23 closures coming up

In September, Kier will be moving from working in the verge area to the central reservation. They will be undertaking full and partial closures to facilitate this.

We will be keeping you informed via our weekly update, which Kier issue every Friday, so that you will be able to plan your journeys, taking into account when the M23 will be closed and the diversion route is in place.

This operation is likely to be throughout September and into October. Extensive consultation has been undertaken with Gatwick Airport and other stakeholders to cause as little disruption to residents and customers as possible.

13th August 2019

South East Water Older People's Survey

Have your say about South East Water and be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 high street shopping vouchers.

This independent 2019 consumer survey, being carried out on behalf of South East Water by the specialist consumer research charity Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC), aims to find out the views of a wide range of South East customers particularly from households including people over 60 years old and/or who have a disability or health condition.

Now is your chance to influence and improve South East Water's services and customer information.

Click here to take the survey

Deadline for responses: 17 August

10th August 2019

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Poll
About Neighbourhood Watch Activity

As many of you will be aware, Neighbourhood Watch is a community-run independent charity covering around 100,000 households in Sussex. The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner works closely with Neighbourhood Watch to strengthen links between Sussex Police and local residents, and also to promote public and community safety. Members are also included in the PCC's focus groups.

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, regularly runs polls to seek public opinion on a range of topics. This month, to highlight this strand of partnership working, she is running a poll to ask which area of Neighbourhood Watch activity you think is most important.

This is the quick link to the poll: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/have-your-say/. Then just click on a button to indicate the area of Neighbourhood Watch work that you think is most important. You will get instant feedback on the voting.

We appreciate that many people are rightly cautious about clicking links in E-mails. You can also find the poll on the PCC's website https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/ , then click on Get involved, and then scroll down to Have your say.

Please help us by taking this one click poll.

If you’re interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk

10th August 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

  • Two males jailed for drug offences in Eastbourne
  • Man arrested after bragging about Eastbourne Co-Op robbery
  • Police appeal for witnesses to Eastbourne assault
  • Warning over dangerous batch of drugs circulating in East Sussex
  • Crime summary
  • And more

Click here to download

9th August 2019

Motorists urged to check rules on towing before summer holidays

With the UK tourism industry expecting a bumper year, DVLA is reminding motorists to make sure they do not break the rules when towing a caravan for their holiday.

Click here for the full DVLA Press Release > >

9th August 2019

"Polyphony Vocal Ensemble"
We aspire to inspire 

With concerts of music from many genres, "Polyphony Vocal Ensemble", (PVE) mainly fund-raises for the Eastbourne Blind Society.  However, by invitation, they support other charities in venues they arrange, and share concert proceeds.

If you would like to be a valued member of a small choir team, or give us support by attending concerts PVE would love to hear from you. Or if you have friends or colleagues who might be interested, please let them know.

The choir is recruiting members to join it in September 2019 or January 2020.

From time to time PVE adds variety to concerts by inviting guest vocalists or instrumentalists. 
Perhaps you know someone interested in taking part in this way?

For any information about membership of Polyphony Vocal Ensemble", please email MD, Sue Barrett, making the subject your email "In Harmony enquiries".

For more information, visit the Polyphony Vocal Ensemble website > >

9th August 2019

NHS Long Term Plan

What would you do – a review of what local people told Healthwatch across three areas about their views on the NHS Long Term Plan?

The findings in this report have been drawn from responses to a country wide survey commissioned by Healthwatch England to stimulate public feedback on the NHS Long Term Plan.

It analyses local views gathered in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex and a small contribution from East Surrey residents (not statistical data) that reflects public opinion on priorities for the future of the NHS in Sussex; known as the Sussex & East Surrey Partnership Sustainability & Transformation Partnership (STP).

Download the complete report > >

8th August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

We are pleased to say that both shifts on Operation Blitz came without issues. We attended all our hotspot areas for anti-social behaviour. 

We received a couple of calls to the Blitz phone. One of which was in relation to a male who was seen acting strangely in Princess Park hiding in the bushes. When we arrived at the location it was a false alarm with good intent from the person reporting. 

The second call was around young people riding a BMX around Madeira Way in the Harbour. However, when we arrived no group was present so we updated the individual that reported it to us that we had attended and the outcome of the call.

On the Saturday we did not receive any calls on the Blitz phone, so continued to patrol the hotspot areas. This included Sussex Downs College where no youths were found. We then attended the seafront which was busy with international students enjoying their time in our seaside town. We stayed in the area for a short while to ensure everyone was safe. 

After all areas were check and no issues reported we finished Operation Blitz for the weekend.

7th August 2019

Landmark Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey Launched

Help us understand the impact of cybercrime and be in with a chance to win £50 worth of M&S vouchers.

Neighbourhood Watch has today launched a landmark new survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales.

Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch has been focused on keeping people safe in the places they live but with the advent of new technology, it’s clear people can be at their most vulnerable when they occupy online spaces.

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre run by the City of London Police, revealed that last year cybercrime victims lost £28m to online criminals. It reports more than 12,000 cases of cybercrime every six months.

With the threat from online criminals only ever increasing, it is essential we understand the impact this type of crime has on members as well as their understanding and perception of cybercrime.

The survey, designed in conjunction with cybersecurity company Avast, takes just 10 minutes to complete and one lucky responder will be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.

Click here to complete the survey.

It would be great if you could share the survey with other Neighbourhood Watch members particularly those who have been victims of cybercrime

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3rd August 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

  • Bid to reunite suspected stolen jewellery with owner in Eastbourne
  • Do you have concerns about speeding in your town?
  • Sussex Cadets look to their future
  • Crime summary
  • And more

Click here to download

3rd August 2019

Aldi recalls Key Lime and Millionaire’s Cheesecakes

Aldi is recalling Specially Selected 2 Key Lime Cheesecakes and 2 Millionaire’s Cheesecakes because the glass pots containing the products may break. This is a potential safety risk.

More information>>

3rd August 2019

Fraudsters Targeting Social Media Influencers

Be Aware

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received intelligence to suggest that fraudsters are contacting social media influencers, based in the UK and abroad, offering them the opportunity to market a bogus product, service or investment opportunity.

Fraudsters will present professional and credible pitches to the social media influencers and try to convince them to feature the opportunity for a fee on their social media profiles in order to entice unsuspecting followers of the influencer to sign up or make a purchase.

Additionally, fraudsters are using the names of well-known public figures, implying that their opportunity or product is endorsed by the figure when it is not.

The public should be aware that any apparent endorsement by celebrities, influencers or personalities does not necessarily mean that an investment, product or service is genuine. The public is urged to exercise a cautious approach to any such offer of investment, product or service with the same caution they would at any other time.

What You Need To Do

  • If you are purchasing goods from a company you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends or family for advice before completing a purchase.
  • Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts do not guarantee that an investment opportunity or product is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make them appear legitimate.
  • Avoid paying for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person or company. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use your credit card or payment services such as PayPal as they offer you greater protection if you become a victim of fraud.

2nd August 2019

Safe From Harm Survey

The Safe from Harm – ASB and Hate Crime project has issued a survey that it wishes to distribute as widely as possible.

If you could take the time to fill this in it will be most helpful. Please also pass this on to your friends and family.

Click here for the survey > >

2nd August 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on in August
  • Hacks for being more eco friendly
  • Rye’s glass act supports Discovery Centre project
  • Have an out-of-this-world summer with East Sussex libraries!
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

2nd August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050 (This remains unchanged and will not be changing in the future, should the need to change arise, members will be notified via alerts, thank you)

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Friday 26th of July was carried out by officer from Eastbourne Prevention B section.

The evening started around 6pm with the drafting up the areas of concern from reports made the previous week, and anything they had noted from their weekly patrols around Eastbourne and surrounding areas.

The team headed out shortly after 6pm to the first stops of the evening, to areas highlighted as having had youths related ASB. The team spilt into pairs and headed to Gildridge Park, and Hampden Park with the aim of meeting up again later in the evening.

Both areas were given a thorough patrol by officers, with officers making regular stops to speak to residents out and about, speaking to them about local issues, and gathering intelligence to help form future patrols and build a picture of local issues and hotspot areas. Fortunately this evening neither areas had any issues and offers are pleased to report they had no call outs to the parks during the course of the evening.

Around 8pm a call came through on the Blitz Mobile of two reports from you of problem youths and a motorcycle being ridden in an anti-social manner in Princess Park. The team made their way over, unfortunately following an area search neither youths or motorcycles were seen, that said the team remained in the area for a short while in the event the issue popped up again, before making their way along the coast to tackle issues in the town centre.

The later part of the evening went without issue, with officers giving hi visibility patrols around targeted areas including, Langney, Shinewater, Seaside, Latimer Road, Terminus Road, Renfrew Court and Old Town. Whilst conducting the Blitz Patrols the team are pleased to report that they had no ASB related issues reported via the Blitz phone.

A final call came through on the Blitz phone to a report of youths causing a nuisance around the Veritek buildings, Edgeland Terrace, late in the evening, the team headed over and an area search was conducted but no further issues were witnessed by officers.

Please be reminded that the Blitz phone is primarily for making reports about anti-social behaviour, to report anything else please call via 101 (non-emergency), or 999 if appropriate, you can also email at: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk (non-emergency) – Thank you.

1st August 2019

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Got five? Dip into one of our free e Magazines
  • Beat the boredom this summer
  • What our Librarians are reading this summer
  • Diary of events
  • New DVDs out this month

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

31st July 2019

"Low-Cost" Loan Scam

Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims aren’t told is that the money they’ll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they’ve obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim’s name. After the fraudsters have taken their “fee” from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s in response to an offer of “free money” or a “free grant”.
  • Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) staff will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media.
  • If you have concerns about your benefits, you should visit www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.

30th July 2019

And the next storm will be..?

This week the Met Office is offering people the chance to get involved with next season’s storm names by asking them to send in suggestions.

Over 10,000 names were received when ‘Name our Storms’ was first introduced in 2015 by the Met Office and Met Éireann, the national weather provider in the Republic of Ireland.  Now coming into its fifth year, the Met Office is once again asking people to get involved by sending in suggestions for storm names.

So how can you get your suggestions on the list?

This week the Met Office will be opening up their social media channels and inviting people to send in suggestions - look out for instructions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat throughout the week. People can also send their suggestions via email to nameourstorms@metoffice.gov.uk

26th July 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

  • Woman sexually assaulted on Eastbourne run
  • Car failed to stop after colliding with cyclist in Eastbourne
  • New PCSOs out on patrol among the first apprentices nationally
  • ASB week, and Operation Blitz
  • Crime summary
  • And more

Click here to download > >

26th July 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 29 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.

Wednesday 31 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of the J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.

25th July 2019

Hottest July day on Record for the UK

Temperatures this afternoon have now reached 38.1 Celsius in southern England, setting a new record for the highest July temperature recorded in the UK.

More information > >

25th July 2019

Human trafficking gang jailed for over 45 years

News and Alerts

A group of 13 gang members who trafficked people from the Middle East into the UK have been convicted.

A two-year investigation, led by detectives from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), uncovered the network which specialised in facilitating the illegal movement of people from Iraq and the Kurdistan region into the UK.

Read more > >.

25th July 2019

Highway Code: rule changes for signs on motorways

Today (25 July 2019) Highway Code rule 258 has been updated to provide details about red ‘x’ signs on motorways.

The changes are to reflect amends made to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016 regarding lane closures.

See the full rules changes to the Highway Code.

Stay up to date with Highway Code rule changes by signing up for reminders

24th July 2019

Sussex Police are supporting
Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week.

In this week of action, the force aims to increase people’s understanding of what ASB is, its impact on people’s lives and how it can lead to more serious crime.

“Working as a team with the community providing and sharing information and partners identifying and addressing issues, we can successfully tackle local issues,” said Chief Inspector Kris Ottery, the force’s lead on ASB.

“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing the harm that it causes in our communities. We work closely with local authorities, other agencies and the community to seek opportunities for early intervention, support victims, and make appropriate use of the powers available to us where the behaviour persists.”

ASB comes in many forms and can be confusing sometimes for victims to know what incident is ASB and what agency is responsible for tackling which incident. Police can work with partners to use powers such as community protection warnings and notices, criminal behaviour orders, civil injunctions, closure orders and dispersal powers.

Across the county work is being done to tackle ASB. At The Level in Brighton, information from the community has been vital in building a picture of what is going on, with partners working hard to make it a pleasant and enjoyable place. So far in July there has been an 84 per cent decrease in reported ASB compared with the same month last year. Increased patrols and a mobile unit has seen a significant fall in the number of street drinkers and ASB in New Road.

Regular patrols in hotspot areas across Sussex have led to positive action. Operation Blitz is an ongoing initiative in East Sussex to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour, with officers being specifically tasked to respond to such incidents. On Friday and Saturday evenings, identified as the most likely times for trouble to occur, a dedicated phone number allows people to report ASB concerns directly to these teams. Newhaven will see a pilot scheme over the summer holidays focusing on young people causing ASB in the town.

Recent partnership working resulted in securing a closure order for a problematic address in St Leonards where ASB and drug related activity had been reported and now the property has been closed for three months.

Criminal behaviour orders have led to a woman this month being banned from residing in Arun and Chichester for five years, a decrease in car break-ins when a prolific criminal was banned from Adur and Worthing, and has curbed issues created by a 15-year-old in Mid Sussex. Dispersal orders have successfully moved on young people in Horsham town centre.

In Crawley street community intensification days led to alcohol being removed from the street community, who were given advice about aggressive begging and moved on. The police have been working with the borough council and the Give Back Crawley initiative, encouraging people to give money to businesses who will help the street community rather than giving it to those begging.

Prevention teams, including increased numbers of PCSOs, are carrying out vital work every day. During this awareness week we will be highlighting the work they do every day with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) that has a real impact on the lives of individuals and communities.

As part of the week of action we will be targeting hot spot areas around Sussex with joint patrols with community wardens, and pop up ASB question and answer sessions in town centres with local authorities, housing associations and Neighbourhood Watch.

More than 200 children aged 10-17 have now been referred into REBOOT, an early intervention scheme launched by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne to tackle anti-social behaviour and curb serious violence across Sussex.

PCC Katy Bourne comments: “Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a societal problem which requires a robust partnership approach and positive policing. I want local residents to be reassured that Sussex Police is taking ASB seriously and acknowledging the negative and cumulative effect that it has on our communities.

I’m aware from speaking extensively to the public that ASB causes immense distress and suffering to its victims and they do not regard it as ‘low-level crime’. I’m pleased to hear of targeted policing operations in hotspot areas and I encourage the public to keep reporting to the Police so they can feed that learning and intelligence into their activity.

My REBOOT scheme is already beginning to divert hundreds of young people across Sussex away from this sort of behaviour. We are working hard with partners to identify those engaging in ASB and putting them through a proven 5-stage process.

After meetings with a PCSO (stage 1), the vast majority are not creating further problems for the community. This approach is clearly working because it empowers the young person to make better decisions and educates them on the consequence of their actions.”

During the week, social media messages will be shared to help to ensure that victims know which agency to report each type of ASB and what can be done to deal with it so that local issues can be resolved.

Click here to find out more about ASB.

You can also find out more about ASB and the support available https://asbhelp.co.uk/.

Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator your community can be stronger together. To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, visit their website.

If you have experienced three incidents of ASB in the last six months and not received a satisfactory response, you can activate the Community Trigger through Sussex Police or your local authority.

Click here for more information.

23rd July 2019

Food Product Recalls

Tesco is recalling four flavours of Tesco Finest Fruit Presse because fermentation has occurred in some of the bottles. This is causing spoilage of the products, and may also cause the bottles to explode.

More information > >

23rd July 2019

Level 3 Heat Health Alert Information
From Wscc Resilience And Emergencies Team

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert with a 90% probability of heat health criteria being met between 9.00am on Monday (22 July) and 9.00am on Friday (26 July) in parts of England.

View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell.

Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11.00am and 3.00pm (the hottest part of the day).
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.

For more information:

Met Office Heat-health watch
NHS Choices Heatwave: be prepared
West Sussex Wellbeing Looking after yourself and others in hot weather
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Preparing for emergencies

22nd July 2019

Community SpeedWatch seeks new volunteers

The following release is issued on behalf of Community SpeedWatch:

Are you concerned about speeding and antisocial driving in your area, and have a few hours to spare each week?

Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is once again recruiting volunteers for Sussex. We are looking for volunteer coordinators and operators in all areas including Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Woodingdean, Rottingdean, Lewes and Eastbourne.

If interested, you can join by going to www.communityspeedwatch.org and choosing the group from the drop-down list, then following the on-screen prompts. If you can’t find a group listed, you can also register a new group.

Full training is given by Sussex Police following registration. The scheme in Sussex has a proven track record in helping to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads.

CSW officer Steve O’Connell said: “The groups are a valued volunteer resource that help the community enormously in helping to bring the problem of speeding under control, they produce across Sussex in excess of 3,500 records per month that involves letters going out to registered keepers of vehicles via Operation Crackdown.

The groups are highly trained and work to a strict protocol with equipment issued and accuracy checked by Sussex Police.

Any vehicles not adhering to the speed limit in residential areas are reported to the police who then go on to issue the letters after verification.

Sussex Police now have over 200 local groups and 1,300 operators and coordinators across the force area with the Community SpeedWatch Online platform.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can effectively help protect our communities from antisocial driving. Remember anyone can report antisocial driving through the Operation Crackdown website. 

The definition of antisocial driving is: driving that is careless, deliberately aggressive or dangerous.

We also offer other important road safety advice through the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.” 

Statistics show 90% of offenders don’t re-offend within six months, and Community SpeedWatch intervention reduces speeding in most parishes by eight per cent.

If you would like further information or have an informal discussion, Steve and the CSW team can be contacted by emailing csw@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

21st July 2019

83 arrests made in summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A builder who crashed his van into a wall is among 83 motorists arrested during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers. 

Surrey Police and Sussex Police run a dedicated campaign every summer and Christmas when social occasions are typically at their peak.  The main aims are to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on the roads.  A total of 83 arrests were made in Sussex during the crackdown which ran from 24 June to 7 July.

About 7.15pm on Friday 28 June, police received a report of a Ford Transit having crashed into a wall in Hewarts Lane, Bognor Regis.  The occupants of the vehicle had made off from the scene prior to police arrival, but descriptions were provided and they were located by officers nearby shortly afterwards.

The driver was identified as Lee Barrow, 59, a builder, of Carlton Avenue, Bognor Regis.
Due to the collision and the suspicion he was under the influence of alcohol, Barrow was required to provide a roadside breath test, which he declined.  He was taken to custody where he declined again, and was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

These motorists have also been convicted as part of the campaign:

Michael Mercer, 24, a building labourer, of Hawkhurst Road, Brighton, was arrested in Old Shoreham Road, Lancing, on 25 June and charged with driving with 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 11 July, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

William Lightbody, 28, a carpenter, of Bushey Road, Hayes, Middlesex, was arrested in The Esplanade, Bognor Regis, on 26 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £346 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Joseph Still, 18, a student, of Thompson Road, Newhaven, was arrested on the A259 at Seaford on 27 June and charged with driving with 58mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 11 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £113 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Alicia Morris, 26, a medical receptionist, of Ely Close, Erith, Bexley, was arrested in Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, on 27 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, she was disqualified from driving for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay a £249 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Martin Leonard, 29, a deliveryman, of Birch Grove Road, Horsted Keynes, was arrested in Beaconsfield Road, Haywards Heath, on 28 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Wayne Bristow, 39, a sales assistant, of Ashfold Avenue, Findon Valley, was arrested in Mill Straight, Horsham, on 29 June and charged with driving with 73mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 15 July, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Catherine Hambrook, 37, a clerical assistant, of Williams Road, Shoreham, was arrested in Parklands, Shoreham, on 30 June and charged with driving with 49mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 16 July, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £309 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

George Gorman, 24, a jockey, of Worthing Road, Dial Post, was arrested in Jolesfield, Horsham, on 30 June and charged with driving with 64mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Simon Jopson, 51, a builder, of no fixed address, was arrested in High Street, Crowborough, on 30 June, and charged with driving with 126mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and driving with no insurance.  At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, he was disqualified from driving for 30 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Roads Policing Unit for Surrey Police and Sussex Police, said: “It is hugely disappointing that so many people still make the conscious decision to drive with drink or drugs in their system. We run dedicated campaigns at peak times of the year – during summer and over Christmas – to provide education and enforcement, and this is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

Driving while over the specified limit for drink or drugs is a serious offence which carries significant risks – it is one of the four most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.

Every year we see people’s lives being destroyed by drink and drug-drivers. And it’s not just those unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision – it also affects the offender themselves, with consequences including a criminal record, a fine or jail term, increased car insurance, potential job loss and trouble travelling to some countries.

In an ideal world, no one would commit any offences and we wouldn’t have to make any arrests. But we have a duty to keep people on our roads as safe as possible, and anyone who compromises this will be dealt with robustly.

I cannot stress enough that the risk is real, and if you drive under the influence of drink or drugs, your next journey could be your last.”

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12-month ban;
  • An unlimited fine
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999

20th July 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 29 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip. Southbound Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.

Wednesday 31 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of the J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.

During the holiday period and the increased passenger numbers at Gatwick Airport there are no planned full closures on the M23 during August 2019.

20th July 2019

Hot Spell to Follow the Rain

The Met Office has said that unsettled weather will continue for many through the start of the weekend. However, away from Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland, the weather will settle, and temperatures will increase from Sunday onwards. There are yellow severe weather warnings for thunderstorms over Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland and for heavy rain for western Scotland over the coming few days.

Away from the warning areas it will turn more settled from Sunday with some hot weather in store for England and Wales and temperatures in parts of England potentially reaching heatwave thresholds next week.

More information from the Met Office website > >

19th July 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is:  07785 372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

To report ASB outside of Blitz times, please continue to report via 101, either by calling 101, or emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

For more information on ASB and to report online, please click here.

19th July 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

  • New Police Contact Centre Officers join our team
  • Eastbourne Pride Saturday 20th July
  • Bogus Police caller in East Sussex
  • National firearms surrender week starts 20th July
  • Crime summary
  • And more

Click here to download > >

17th July 2019

Sussex leading the way in response to crimes against the elderly

Sussex Police which already leads the way for all forces with a ground-breaking scheme 'Operation Signature' identifying and supporting older and vulnerable people at risk of theft and fraud, welcomes publication on 17 July of a Report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) 'The poor relation - the police and CPS response to crimes against older people'.

Sussex was not one of the forces inspected for this Report but Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell, older persons equality champion for he force abuse, said: "The protection of the most vulnerable people in society is a core policing value. Our effectiveness in safeguarding adults at risk of abuse has developed over recent years and we are a key statutory partner in keeping people safe in Sussex."

"We will study this report carefully to see what further improvements we can introduce, working with partners including Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and we will also respond to the recommendations of HMICFRS, along with every force in the country."

"There is a duty on all police officers and police staff to identify adults at risk of abuse, and we already have systems in place to make sure this happens, and that we sympathetically and diligently deal with crime against some of the most vulnerable people in Sussex.

"Meanwhile Sussex has led the way for all forces in developing 'Operation Signature'."

Operation Signature is the Sussex Police campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud across the county. Fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, and much of it is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.

The force has a process for recognising victims of all fraud as victims of crime and providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, mail re-direction, offering them advice on call blocking devices and referring them to other support services.

For further information about Operation Signature and ways of preventing fraud against elderly and other vulnerable people see the Sussex Police website.

In the 12 months to 31 March 2019, Sussex Police recorded 1705 Op Signature reports. In 61% of these reports the victim’s were over 75 and 63% of these reports related to victims who lived alone. A total of £13,123,981 was lost.

However 906 of the 1705 attempts reported failed, thanks to alert residents, family members and banks.

Alongside Operation Signature a rapid response scheme by banks and local police, has prevented 442 potential victims in Sussex from being defrauded out of £3,605.477 since its introduction in 2017.

The Banking Protocol trains bank staff to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and try to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster, after which they can request an immediate police response to the branch. A total of 38 arrests have been made so far by Sussex Police through the initiative.

The 717 calls spotted through the Protocol related to potential victims with an average age of 75. In each case police responded and succeeded in ensuring that the person did not hand any money over.

These interventions related to attempts at; courier fraud, rogue trading, romance fraud, software service, financial abuse by someone known to the person, and investment fraud.

Further valuable support comes from two case workers, funded by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC) Katy Bourne, and working through Victim Support, who support vulnerable victims who have been systematically targeted by criminals in this way, following up on referrals from Operation Signature.

Katy Bourne said; "“I'm very proud to have funded these case workers. They have achieved so much, offering invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice to some of our most vulnerable residents."

“It's particularly heartening that out of the hundreds of clients they have supported, so little have been referred back to them. This really does show the valuable work they are doing to enable people to better protect themselves from future victimisation."

“It is also encouraging to see responsible financial institutions collaborating with police and other agencies to keep customers safe. I know that the Force will continue to work hard to keep up with the constantly adapting nature of cyber-fraud and raise awareness of the dangers of this crime type, particularly with older people."

Police always advise

  • Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
  • If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don’t reply. Then report it to Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number.
  • Never send or give money to anyone you don't know or trust; check people are who they say they are; don't share your personal information; make decisions in your own time; and if in doubt phone a relative or a friend.

17th July 2019

'Run, Hide, Tell International'
Advice for summer holidaymakers overseas

As UK schools break up for the summer holidays, security experts want holidaymakers in Surrey and Sussex to join the millions of people who have watched vital safety information before they fly.

Since being launched in 2017, the four-minute 'Run, Hide, Tell International' film – which highlights what to do in the unlikely event of a gun or knife terror attack – has been viewed by more than 10 million people nationwide.

Click above or here to view the video.

As the busy holiday period gets underway, the film will be promoted on social media channels in a bid to reach as many holidaymakers as possible.

Since the devastating Sousse attack in 2015, CT Policing’s international footprint has expanded significantly, with increases to the number of officers providing a range of security liaison and advice to other countries, ensuring they are better prepared to keep British citizens safe when overseas. 

ABTA has also translated the video into 15 different languages for use in multiple countries, to improve awareness amongst the holiday representatives, hotel staff and security guards who look after millions of UK tourists every year. 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also advises holidaymakers to read the FCO Travel Advice and to sign up for email alerts to be notified of any updates for their destination, either before or during travel. Travel advice provides objective information and advice to help people make better-informed decisions about foreign travel.

This is a 'whole system approach' to fighting the threat from global terrorism. By warning and informing citizens, training and advising industry and close liaison with domestic and international partners, each of these strands comes together to better protect the UK and its interests at home and abroad. 

Assistant Chief Constable David Miller said "Our national Counter Terrorism Network sends police officers and staff around the world to share the UK's world renowned security expertise, to better protect people from harm."

“The chances of being caught up in a terror attack are incredibly small, but we know that people like to know how to react should the worst happen."

"We want the residents of Surrey and Sussex to think of this in the same way they do the safety film on airlines, a sensible safety precaution that they will likely never have to use, but one that could still save your life or the lives of others."

Nikki White, Director of Destinations and Sustainability from ABTA adds: "Wherever you are travelling to and whatever time of year you go, it is important you are aware of the Run, Hide, Tell advice so that you know how to respond in the unlikely event that you are caught up in a terror attack at home or abroad."

“We also encourage all travellers to check the Foreign Office’s travel advice when planning their holiday and before they travel so they have the latest information about the destination they are visiting.” 

Security Minister, Ben Wallace MP, says: "Terrorist attacks are thankfully very rare and it is extremely unlikely that British tourists will be caught up in one whilst away on holiday. Nevertheless they do happen and it is important that we all ensure that we are aware of the threat and are as prepared as possible."

"I ask that holidaymakers take a minute before they travel to watch the Run, Hide, Tell film which offers practical advice and could end up saving their lives should the worst happen. I also urge everyone to read the full details of their travel insurance to ensure that they are appropriately protected." 

See also this link to the NACTSO web site.

16th July 2019

Eastbourne Pride

During July and August Eastbourne Police is excited to be supporting a number of #Pride events throughout #Sussex, which are celebratory events that also raise awareness of the discrimination LGBT+ people still face.

This weekend (Saturday 20th) sees Eastbourne Pride, with a parade that will take place on the road from Eastbourne pier, and walking up to Princes park.

More information on this event > >

Sussex Police recognises the importance of observing these events. We are committed to a diverse and equal workforce that represents the communities we serve.

Read more here > >

16th July 2019

Food Product Recalls

Iceland is recalling 60 Crispy Chicken Dippers as some packs may contain pieces of hard plastic. The presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information > >

16th July 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

We have just been informed that over the weekend the switch was undertaken from the hard shoulder into the central reservation on the Gatwick Spur, but it transpires that the road configuration is adding to delays with the increased traffic at this time of year. With that in mind the Contractor will be reinstating a dedicated lane into the South Terminal from tonight to ease congestion. Please see below for the works information;

Tuesday 16 July – 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J9 Exit slip Southbound. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic miss the 1st is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 to pick up 1st diversion through Crawley.

Tuesday 16 July – 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J9 Exit slip plus closing the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Spur Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick to J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Thursday 18 & Friday 19 July – 20:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure at J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.


13th July 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 13 July 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 (Gatwick) exit slip Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic misses the 1st is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 and pick up 1st diversion.

Saturday 13 July 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 (Gatwick) exit slip Southbound plus closure of the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Westbound Spur. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 14 July 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 (Gatwick) exit slip Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick M23 J10 to A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic misses the 1st is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 and pick up 1st diversion.

Sunday 14 July 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound plus closure of the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Westbound Spur. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Thursday 18 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure at J10 Southbound. Diversion up and over at J10.

Friday 19 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure at J10 Southbound. Diversion up and over at J10.

Monday 22 July and Tuesday 23 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Outer ring management leading to a full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 London Road, Crawley Avenue A2011 and rejoin at J10.

Tuesday 23 July 20:00 to 5:00am

Outer ring management leading to a full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 London Road, Crawley Avenue A2011 and rejoin at J10.

Monday 29 July and Tuesday 30 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Outer ring management leading to a full closure of the J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 London Road, Crawley Avenue A2011 and rejoin at J10.

We would like to give you an update on works and some important information for keeping you safe on your journey during the holiday season.

Keeping us all moving. Keeping left is right.

As part of its ‘Keeping us all moving’ campaign, Highways England recently issued safety advice to drivers ahead of the summer holiday; be prepared at the start of the busiest time of the year for breakdowns on England’s motorways.

New data from the company shows more than 48,500 motorway breakdowns happened over the summer holiday period, between the final week of June and the first weekend of September last year.

Highways England is expecting to respond to an extra 700 breakdowns a week for the next 10 weeks, taking the average number of motorway breakdowns each week to almost 5,000. The first weekend in August was the busiest weekend for breakdowns on England’s motorways in 2018, shortly followed by the final weekend in July, with one breakdown reported every two minutes as drivers set off on day trips and holidays.

Top tips to avoid a breakdown:

Check tyres
Prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.

Check engine oil
Use your dipstick to check oil regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual.

Check water
To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your  windscreen.

Check lights
If  your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly you are putting yourself and your family at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT.

Check fuel
Before setting out, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination.

Highways England has also issued five basic safety tips to follow if your car does break down on a motorway:

  1. Get away from the traffic. Exit the motorway or get to an emergency area or hard shoulder and use the free phone provided.
  2. If that’s not possible, move left onto the verge.
  3. Get out of the left side of your car and behind the barrier if you can and it is safe to do so.
  4. Get help - contact your breakdown provider or Highways England  on 0300 123 5000.
  5. If you break down in moving traffic and cannot leave your car, keep your seatbelt and hazard lights on and call 999.

6th July 2019

Sussex PCC Poll on Information Sharing

Local councillors have told Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, that they are seeing an increasing amount of community groups being set up on Facebook and other social media sites. These are then used, by members of the public, to disseminate information around policing and community safety concerns.

As it stands, Sussex Police can not always join these groups and reassure it’s members or ‘myth bust’ some of the inaccurate information shared. Forces across the country are having discussions with social media platforms to find a better way that officers and staff can monitor these groups and communicate better with its members.

The PCC has launched an online poll this week asking residents to tell her where they hear policing news. The results will help her and Sussex Police understand just how prevalent this type of information sharing is across Sussex communities. Have your say here.

6th July 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 6 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane 1 closure from J9 roundabout to J9a roundabout on the Gatwick Spur Westbound plus Lane 1 closure on J9 exit slip Northbound.

Monday 8 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick, M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic misses the above diversion is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 to pick up 1st diversion route.

Monday 8 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound plus closure of the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Westbound Spur. Diversion for Gatwick to J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Tuesday 9 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick, M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic misses the above diversion is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 to pick up 1st diversion route.

Tuesday 9 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound plus closure of the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Westbound Spur. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Wednesday 10 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick, M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic misses the above diversion is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 to pick up 1st diversion through Crawley.

Wednesday 10 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound plus closure of the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Westbound Spur. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Saturday 13 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic misses the 1st is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 and pick up 1st diversion.

Saturday 13 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound plus closure of the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Westbound Spur. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 14 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick M23 J10 to A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic misses the 1st is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 and pick up 1st diversion.

Sunday 14 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound plus closure of the South side of J9 roundabout to full closure of the Westbound Spur. Diversion for Gatwick to M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

5th July 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Eastbourne 999 Weekend 2019

Not made plans for the weekend yet? Come and join us and other emergency services for this year’s Eastbourne 999 weekend, this Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th from 11am-5pm on the Western Lawns at King Edward’s Parade.

This year we’ll be setting up our roadshow van on the lawns, hosting an array of activities, including; criminal line up, with dress up and photo opportunity, educational safety videos focusing on the dangers of knife crime, internet safety, and road safety; also free give-aways, fun and games and more!
In addition, Eastbourne Police Cadets will be on site running their show and tell area; in particular, this year, highlighting the dangers of knife crime, and speaking to people their age about the effects it can have on them and also the consequences.  Don’t forget to bring your sun cream and plenty of water, it’s looking set to be a hot day!

It’s is a fantastic opportunity for us to show the work we do alongside our partners and provides the chance for you to watch the displays (and get involved), seek advice from the police and other agencies and to get an insight of what we do each day.

For a further timetable of events, including those from other emergency services, please click here

We look forward to seeing you there!

Police looking for wanted man Derrick Matthews

Have you seen this man? Officers are keen to locate Derrick Matthews who was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage in Eastbourne but has failed to return on bail to the police station.

Matthews, 60, of no fixed address, was detained in April after the front door of a flat in Hyde Gardens was smashed. He was released on bail but has not kept to his bail conditions and has failed to attend the police station.

Matthews is white, 5' 11" with short grey hair and green eyes. He has links to East Sussex.

If anyone sees him or knows where he is, report online or ring 101 quoting serial 1319 of 23/04.

Local man receives custodial sentence.

Michael Jones, of no fixed address, was issued with a civil injunction on 10th July 2018.

He appeared in Hastings County Court on 2nd July 2019 at 10am for four injunction breaches where he acted in a threatening/abusive manner in a public place.

Michael Jones was found guilty and received a twelve-week custodial sentence.

Hand in your illegal or unwanted guns during national firearms surrender

People in possession of unwanted guns or ammunition are being encouraged to hand them in as part of a campaign to make Sussex and Surrey safer.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality, or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities.

This appeal gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply handing them in at their local police station – a list of opening times and locations can be found below.

During the surrender period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession of a firearm at the point of surrender of the firearm to lawful authority, and they can remain anonymous.

However, this surrender does not mean police will not investigate firearms offences, should any come to light, once the operation has concluded.

This is a firearms surrender; not a firearms amnesty, and police are committed to reduce the harm to our communities from firearms crime.

The surrender, which runs from Monday 20 July to Sunday 4 August, forms part of a national campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

The aim of the operation, supported by Surrey and Sussex Police, is to reduce the number of illegally held firearms in circulation which could fall into the hands of criminals.
This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, de-activated guns, component parts, stun guns, Taser, CS/pepper spray and other ballistic items.

We are also encouraging current and previous military personnel to hand in any items kept as war trophies.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland said: “If you have any guns or ammunition you no longer want, or if you don’t know what to do with them or how to safely dispose of them, we can help. By surrendering your weapons now, it will prevent them falling into the hands of criminals and endangering the public.

“We recognise that firearms or replica weapons in the wrong hands can assist in the commission of serious offences, can increase community fears, can result in a significant drain on police resources responding to incidents, and can present a potential risk to armed officers confronting an individual in possession of a weapon they believe to be real.

“While crimes involving firearms in both Sussex and Surrey are extremely rare, we understand that every weapon poses a potential threat if not licensed and stored safely. That’s why we’re offering people this opportunity to safely hand in their unwanted weapons which, if in the wrong hands, could be deadly.

“During the surrender we want people to hand in illegally-held guns and ammunition, imitation firearms and air guns used for criminal purposes, other unwanted guns and ammunition including air guns and imitations, and firearms you are being asked to hide for someone else. If you have a gun that falls into any of these categories, now is your chance to hand it in.”

During the two-week campaign, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender, and can remain anonymous.

Furthermore, lawful gun licence-holders can be reassured that these measures merely enhance their rights and privileges to own firearms, by removing the dangerous ones from the wrong hands. They are also encouraged to use this campaign to consider the surrender of weapons they no longer have any use for.

DCI Rayland added: “I’d like to clarify that this is a firearms surrender and not a general firearms amnesty for the lifetime of the firearm; an amnesty will be granted for police possession of an item only at the point of handover (surrender).

“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever, and we are working with partners and our local communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity. We take all reports of incidents involving firearms extremely seriously, and robust action will be taken against anyone who commits a firearms related offence.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The UK has some of the tightest firearms legislation in the world for good reason. Nobody wants to see firearms falling into the wrong hands- by accident or by design.

“Recent changes in legislation however, mean that there could well be many law abiding people who could find themselves illegally in possession of firearms from antiques, souvenirs and replicas without realising it.

“I would urge Sussex residents who may have any sort of firearm or ammunition at home to ask themselves whether it is safe and legal to keep hold of it and if they are in any doubt to hand it in.

“The fortnight-long firearms surrender starting on 20 July is aimed at reducing the number of firearms in circulation and reducing the potential risk of them being used in crimes or being discharged by accident.

Any deactivated firearm deactivated prior to the new specifications of 5 March 2018 (UK implementation date 28 June 2018) is a ‘defectively-deactivated’ firearm and cannot be sold, purchased or gifted, but possession on the other hand is permitted.

Firearms that do meet the 2018 specification and offered for sale or gift must be accompanied by their deactivation certificate (issued by a proof house anywhere within the EU).

Q&As:

Why are you running a firearms surrender now?

Following a rise in recorded firearms offences across the UK in 2017, the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has asked all police forces in England, Scotland and Wales to take part in a national firearms surrender in 2019.

Is it because of a raised counter terrorism threat?

The threat from counter terrorism is always a consideration and the fact that firearms in criminal hands could be passed to terrorists has increased concerns following terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere. However, the primary reason for the surrender is to remove the availability of firearms that could fall into the wrong hands. Firearms surrenders give the public the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted firearms.

A number of UK police forces have organised successful firearms surrenders in recent years and this is another opportunity to remove the availability of firearms from our streets. By removing weapons in the supply chain we are reducing the risk of criminals being able to get their hands on them.

Changes in firearms legislation also means that lawful sections of our society may not be aware that the law has changed and that some firearms that used to be legal to possess are now illegal to possess. If you are in doubt please speak to your local police station for advice or check the government website for any changes in the law.

What is the main purpose of the firearms surrender?

To reduce the volume of guns in circulation in the UK which could get into the hands of criminals.

Is this a national firearms surrender?

All forces have the opportunity to carry out weapons surrenders locally whenever they
choose. It is a matter for individual forces to assess whether it is right to conduct a firearms surrender individually or collaboratively at a particular moment in time. NABIS encourage forces to participate in the national two-week campaign so that we can get as many firearms off the streets as possible. We hope the public will support the initiative and get behind the campaign in 2019.

How long will the firearms surrender last?

Monday 20 July to Sunday 4 August.

How effective are these campaigns for targeting real criminals?

During the national firearms surrender in 2014 more than 6,000 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered by police forces across the UK. In 2017, the total figure for firearms and ammunition combined was around 9,500. Any reduction in the volume of illegally held firearms in the UK reduces the opportunity for these weapons to fall into the hands of criminals or terrorists and could save lives. It takes the weapons out of circulation and out of the hands of criminals.

How many firearms and ammunition were surrendered in Sussex in 2017?

Of the 552 ballistic items handed in to us during our two-week firearms surrender in 2017, 441 were guns. These included various shotguns, pistols, rifles and a number of antique items – weapons which could potentially be lethal if in the wrong hands.

What items do you think will be handed in?

In previous surrender campaigns there have been various weapons handed in including antique guns, air weapons, rifles, shotguns. We hope many weapons will be surrendered across the UK. If you want to safely dispose of a firearm or ammunition you can contact your local police force for advice by dialling 101.

What is the difference between a firearms surrender and a firearms amnesty?

A firearms surrender exists around a particular point in time when a firearm is handed in to a lawful authority.

Firearms surrenders allow law enforcement to examine the history and use of a firearm prior to its surrender. Any possession or use of the gun prior to its surrender may therefore legitimately be considered for investigation or prosecution.

A firearms amnesty may be considered by some to represent an immunity from prosecution for the lifetime of the firearm, this is not the case with a firearm surrender; with a surrender any criminal use of that firearm will be examined and acted upon. NABIS and police forces are keen to ensure that messaging from forces around the nature of a surrender makes this clear.

A firearms surrender is aimed at taking guns out of circulation and removing them from criminal use to minimise the harm to our communities.

This approach allows the public to be reassured that forces are not ‘going soft on gun crime’ and that it is the intention to consider prosecution linked to any firearm where police can prove a link to offences committed before the weapon was handed in. Any amnesty applies only at the point of surrender, not for any offences committed prior to the surrender.

The message we want to get out is that anyone with a gun they don’t want or do not legally hold should give it up during the firearms surrender and not wait for the police to turn up at their address.

What if I live in a police force area who are not taking part?

If you have a firearm you wish to hand in to police you can call your local force by dialling 101 and seek the necessary guidance. You may not need to travel to another force area which is having a firearms surrender.

What will happen to all the guns handed in?

A proportion of the firearms will be destroyed but some may be retained by NABIS or museums if they are of significant interest or unusual. Any guns which can be proved to be linked to a crime will be kept as evidence and retained for any future court case proceedings.

Will I get into trouble for surrendering my firearms?

During the two-week campaign, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and they can remain anonymous. However, a prosecution may be sought if individuals are found in illegal possession of firearms after this period.

When and where can I hand in firearms?

Weapons should be handed to police station front counter staff. A list of designated stations and their opening times can be found below.

If someone is unable to travel to a police station they should contact police via 101 and arrange for the firearm to be collected.

Sussex:
Brighton: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm;
Eastbourne (Hammonds Drive): Mon-Fri 9am-5pm;
Lewes: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm;
Newhaven: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm;
Seaford: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm;
Uckfield: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm;

Surrey:
Guildford: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm;
Reigate: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm;
Staines: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm;
Woking: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm.

Can I hand them to an officer in the street?

No. Weapons should be handed in to a police station or contact should be made via 101 to arrange collection

How can I surrender military weapons?

Members of the public who wish to surrender any military items (such as grenades, guns or other ballistic items), even if considered inert, are asked to call police on 101 in the first instance so officers can attend and asses the items in situ

What if I have another weapon, such as a knife, that I wish to hand in?

This is not a general weapons surrender – we are asking the public to hand in guns and ammunition specifically.

What if I don’t have time to hand in my firearms during the campaign? Can I hand them in afterwards?

Firearms can be handed into police stations at any time for surrender and destruction.

What if my firearms are of monetary value? Will you pay me for them?

All firearms surrendered are done on a voluntary basis only. If you are a firearm or shotgun certificate holder who wishes to surrender legally held firearms, then please take advice from your local Firearms licensing officer.

Will police sell any firearms if valuable?

All firearms will be assessed, any that hold historic value will be offered to national armouries or museums; the remaining firearms will be put forward for destruction

Drivers who lied about speeding offences convicted in court

Motorists who break the law are being reminded of their responsibility to be honest – or risk receiving a criminal record, a hefty fine or even a prison sentence.  The warning follows another two recent convictions for speeding offences which could have been avoided had the defendants come clean earlier on.

By lying about the circumstances, they committed an offence of perverting the course of justice, which carries a maximum term of life imprisonment.

On two separate occasions in October and November, taxi driver Kimarley Peart falsely nominated another driver as being responsible for speeding offences he committed. He was caught travelling at 48mph in a 40mph zone on the first occasion, and 53mph in a 40mph zone on the second occasion.

The 27-year-old, of Galahad Road, Bromley, London, continually denied the offences but eventually pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 13 June.

He was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also required to pay £500 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

In December 2017, company director Andrew Blades activated a speed camera on the A27 at Shoreham. He also falsely nominated another driver as being responsible.

The 47-year-old, of The Ruffitts, Croydon, Surrey, stuck to his fabricated explanation but was found guilty of perverting the course of justice following a three-day trial at Lewes Crown Court, which concluded on Thursday 20 June.

He was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work. He was also required to pay £300 costs.

The convictions fall under Operation Pinocchio, which was launched by Sussex Police in 2016 with the following aims:

To improve safety on Sussex’s roads by tracing and prosecuting offenders who provide false information in an attempt to avoid prosecution; And to prevent law-abiding motorists, who have been badly advised, from committing serious criminal offences by attempting to avoid speeding or red light offences.

Chris Raynor, of the Sussex Police Camera and Ticket Process Team, said: “This operation demonstrates that no matter how long it takes, we are determined to bring to justice those who break the law and put other road users’ lives at risk.

“What may appear to be a fairly low-level offence to some, is actually one which carries a maximum term of life imprisonment. People should be aware that a conviction for this offence comes with a criminal record which could affect future employment opportunities, travel to foreign countries such as America and Australia, and other aspects of your life.”

Crime summary

In the small hours of 29/06/2019 a male was seen attempting to access the shops near Eastbourne Train Station, a male was arrested by attending officers.

A business address near Eastbourne Train Station had their window smashed in the small hours of the 29/06/2019, no entry was made.

A sports club in Eastbourne had windows smashed, and various items stolen sometime over the 26/06/2019

A food store along Seaside Road, Eastbourne reported an attempt break in overnight of the 02/07/2019, whereby suspects have attempt to cut the seal around a door to gain entry. Fortunately, no entry was made.

A second business address along Marine Parade, Eastbourne reported similar overnight of the 02/07/2019, Police investigations are ongoing.

Overnight of the 02/07/2019 a garage off Pembury Road, Eastbourne reported seeing a male acting suspiciously and running off over the garages. Police are advising residents to ensure their garages are locked, especially over the Summer months where garages are often a target for crime.

4th July 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is:  07785 372050.

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekends Operation Blitz activity

This weekend (Saturday) Operation Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Honey and Hopgood – The duo set out in the heat across the Eastbourne district to tackle known areas of ASB and youth related ASB.

The shift started slightly later than 1800 this week owing to a high risk missing person which officers were assigned to assist in locating, fortunately the individual was found safe and well, and Blitz patrols continued.

Their first call was from the Police control room to reports of youths having just broken into the old British Telecom building in Moy Avenue, and that they were throwing stones at the windows.

Prompt action was taken to get to the area, and the area was thoroughly searched, but no sign of any youths or further damage was found, a report was completed and the area added to their hot list for the evening should there be any further reports or the group returned.

Officers are pleased to report no further calls came in around Moy Avenue during the course of the evening.

During their patrols, the team attended hotspot areas of youth related ASB, including previous assaults, and nuisance in Langney. All areas were given a good going over, and the team are pleased to report that there were no issues noted. With lots of people out and about owing to the lovely weather, it was a perfect opportunity to share the contact details for Blitz and offer reassurance to our communities around the ongoing work Eastbourne Police are doing to tackle and Prevent ASB related issues in the town.

The team continue to patrol the alleyway between Latimer Road and Seaside Road, owing to previous reports of anti-social behaviour of groups gathering in the alley and causing residents alarm and distress. This evening no issues were seen, and residents were happy to have a Police presence along the area following the issues and their reports.

The town and Gildredge Park were patrolled giving reassurance and engaging with families and students who were out enjoying the sunshine.

Whilst checking various areas the Blitz phone rang reporting youths who were in and on top of the Martello Tower, they had gained access via a gate that had been open for several weeks; unfortunately the youths had already moved on upon arrival, however officers spoke with and had a discussion with the harbour management regarding the issues, and they are now in talks with Historic England and the tower was made secure.

The remainder of the evening was spent patrolling the car park areas along Prince William Parade for for anti-social drivers following recent reports of numerous cars miss using the road and causing issues for residents. A few car owners were spoken to during the course of the evening, but fortunately not for ASB reasons.

To report ASB outside of Blitz times, please continue to report via 101, either by calling 101, or emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Click here for more information on ASB and to report online.

3rd July 2019

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • To your library and beyond!
  • Children's Book Award winner announced
  • Going on holiday? Take us with you
  • Diary of events
  • A book I have loved...
  • New DVDs out this month

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

2nd July 2019

Drivers targeted with fake fines

What you need to know

Action Fraud has received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are 'shoulder surfed' for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do

  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.
  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.

If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately.

1st July 2019

Eastbourne Police
More Christmas Drink And Drug Drivers Identified

We’re half-way through our summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers. However, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about those who ruined Christmas…

A total of 240 motorists were arrested in Sussex as part of Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, which ran from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019.

Of those, 126 have since been convicted in court. The remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.

Click here for more details > >

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

1st July 2019

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service - Annual Plan 2019/20

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has recently published its Annual Plan 2019/20 and we wanted to share this with you. The Annual Plan includes information on the strategic direction of the ESFRS, outlines our key priorities for the next few years and provides information on what we have achieved and our plans for the year ahead.
 
This Plan is available on the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service website in the Strategies and Performance section.

1st July 2019

Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday, 27th June, 2019

The Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet at 10am on Thursday June 2019.

Item five on the agenda will be a presentation on the proposed organisational future for the Clinical Commissioning Groups in East Sussex.

More information > >

30th June 2019

Get Safe Online With Switched On Parents In July 2019

Do you really know what your child does when they’re online?

For our children and young people, the internet is a wonderful place where they can explore, learn new things, communicate, be entertained and much more, with their curiosity and appetite for new content evolving and growing as they do. At Get Safe Online, we embrace these benefits, but equally, we know that it can be a challenging and potentially hazardous experience.

Do you know how long they’re spending online, what content they’re viewing or who they’re chatting with? Are you concerned that they could be bullied, befriended by the wrong kind of people or even being persuaded to commit criminal offences? Or even that it could be your child who’s the abuser or budding cybercriminal? (After all, everyone is somebody’s child).

Ironically, the fact that many of our young people have a greater knowledge of technology than we do doesn’t make them more aware of the day-to-day risks they face online. That’s why we’ve put together some expert tips to help you keep them safe and more aware of these dangers.

  • Have regular conversations with your child about the good and not-so-good things about the internet in language appropriate to their age. Get them to show you what they’re doing and try it out for yourself. Gain a better understanding of new online technologies and trends. Don’t shy away from discussing potential issues, but don’t make it scary. Keep it general so as not to get your child curious about specific sites. Check your facts beforehand.
  • Set boundaries and rules from a young age, such as how much time they can spend online for a healthy balance. Draw up an agreement, with your child’s input, to give them a degree of ownership. Set an example by using your own mobile devices responsibly and at the right time.
  • Chat with friends, family and other parents about how they help their children to progress and keep safe online. Swap experiences and tips. Agree with other parents on sleepover rules.
  • Use parental control software and apps on computers, mobile devices and games consoles, privacy features on social networking sites, and the safety options on search engines. Opt into your ISP’s family filters. But use these controls only in conjunction with guidance and advice, as children may be able to get around the tech.
  • Tell your child that not everybody they meet online is who they appear to be, whether they’re on social media, chatrooms, games or YouTube. Be aware that changes in behaviour or moods may be a sign of some kind of online abuse. Find out how to use social networks’ reporting buttons and show your children.
  • Explain and encourage safe searching.
  • Check lower age limits of social networking, picture sharing, gaming and other sites and apps. Download apps only from recognised sources such as App Store and Google Play. Add your own email address when setting up accounts for your child.
  • Keep yourself up to date with new game and social media trends, especially those with negative publicity because they may be violent, encourage gambling or leave the way open for grooming.
  • Use a family email address when signing up for apps so that you can keep a watchful eye.
  • Be aware of the rise in children’s live streaming of themselves and the potential dangers. There is also a danger of children randomly being exposed to inappropriate content on video streaming sites such as YouTube and STEAM.
  • Talk to your children about oversharing: do they really need to share personal details and events in their posts, profiles and chats? Could it have negative consequences? Look at what you share yourself … could it embarrass or endanger your children now or in the future?
  • However well you know your child, ask yourself if they could be carrying out some kind of negative online activity that harms others, even if they do not realise this. Include this thought in your conversations with them, but don’t accuse. There are some great careers and pastimes your tech-savvy child can turn their hand to.

Resources:

For more age related advice, click here.

Have you signed up to the West Sussex Staying Safe Online E-newsletter? To do so, click here.

Simply enter your email address on the following page, and subscribe to ‘Staying Safe Online’ in the ‘E-newsletter’ section.

30th June 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 29 June - 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 J9a – 9 (Gatwick spur) Eastbound. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join M23 at J10.

Monday 1 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 J8 Hooley to Reigate link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J6 and back.

Monday 1 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the Crawley to Reigate link Northbound Diversion to M25 J6 and back.

Tuesday 2 July - 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and re-join at J10 M23. Traffic for Gatwick J10 of M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Tuesday 2 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 from Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Tuesday 2 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Tuesday 2 July – 22.00 to 05.00am

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport Way, A23, A2011, re-join at J10 of M23.

Wednesday 3 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 from J8 to J9 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton at J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick Airport will be from J10 to J9 Northbound.

Wednesday 3 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Wednesday 3 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Thursday 4 July – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus Slips J10 & J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Thursday 4 July – 20:00pm to 05:00pm

Lane closure on Gatwick Spur Eastbound leading to full entry slip closure at J9 Northbound.  Also including South quadrant of J9 roundabout. Diversion to J10 of M23, A264, A22 and re-join at J6 of M25.

Friday 5 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 J8 Hooley to Reigate link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J6 and back.

Friday 5 July – 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the Crawley to Reigate link Northbound J8 M23. Diversion to M25 J6 and back.

28th June 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on in July
  • Re-purpose your glass recycling box
  • Create a wildlife haven in your garden
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

27th June 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Eastbourne 999 Weekend 2019

999 Weekend 2019 will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July.  This event gives the opportunity for visitors to meet members of the emergency services and get a close up look at 999 response vehicles.

In addition to the planned timetable below, staff from Eastbourne Prevention team will also be on site with our Police Roadshow Van, full of fun activities for the children, including interactive games, a ‘most wanted Police line-up’; with an opportunity to play dress up and have your photo taken against our identity parade backdrop, free safety give-aways, and educational videos sharing advice to children and young adults, on keeping themselves safe online, sharing photos, and more.

Chief Inspector Anita Turner, Eastbourne’s District Commander said: “Thankfully it is not very often that the public come into contact with the police, unless it’s in passing or in the media. While some of our work makes the headlines, much of our daily business is much lower in profile but is no less important. We find missing people, protect vulnerable residents, keep our communities safe and work in partnership with other organisations and agencies to achieve this.”

“999 is a fantastic opportunity for us to show the work we do alongside our partners and provides the chance for the public to watch the displays (and get involved), seek advice from the police and other agencies and to get an insight of what we do each day”

Other details of what is planned for 6/7 July can be found here.

Police seek witnesses to cricket club blaze at Jevington, near Polegate

Police have appealed any witnesses to a fire that destroyed Jevington Cricket Club's clubhouse at the village's recreation ground during the early hours of Monday 17 June.

At approximately 1am the building was engulfed in a blaze, the cause of which is believed to have been deliberate. No one was reported to have been injured.

The incident is under investigation and detectives are following up forensic lines of enquiry.
But they would also welcome information from anyone who saw or heard any suspicious people, vehicles or activity around the relevant time.

Information can be provided online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 66 of 17/06. Alternatively callers can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Police Officer recruitment closing the 1st July!

Recruitment for the role of Police Officer in Sussex closes July the 1st, if you or anyone you know is interested in applying please do not miss out, get your applications in before the closing date.

For more information and to apply today click here.

New training routes for Officer recruitment

By successfully completing the recruitment process, you will be the first in the county to join Sussex Police as a Police Officer through the new entry routes.

We currently offer:

  • The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is the new entry route for Police Constables and will be launched in December 2019. It is a three-year apprenticeship programme with both on and off the job learning. Upon successfully finishing the programme, and completing probation, individuals will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £20,370 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.
  • The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area, we aim to launch this in 2020. At the end of this two-year practice-based programme, individuals will receive a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £23,586 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.

You will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards your degree. You will also be paid a salary while studying and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans.

Ahead of the DHEP being launched in 2020, recruits with degrees may be offered places on the PCDA.

This recruitment campaign is expected to fill our intakes in March 2020, June 2020, September 2020 and November 2020.

With limited opportunities available, and anticipated high interest, we would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible as it may be necessary to close the vacancy early.

Protect your home by protecting your garden, is your outdoor property safe?

Following recent reports of break ins to sheds and outbuildings across areas of Sussex, Prevention Officers and Staff have been out raising awareness and offering valuable crime prevention advice and tools, to help keep your property safe.

Last week we shared advice on things you can do to improve the security of your outbuildings, this week we’re touching on our gardens.

  • Consider installing security lights both to illuminate your garden and to deter thieves. Motion sensor lights switch on when movement is detected, sodium tubes switch on automatically when it becomes dark.
  • Keep shrubs, bushes, hedges and plants cut back as they can provide a hiding place for thieves.
  • Plant a prickly hedge as a physical and psychological barrier; a trace of blood of shred of clothing could assist the police in identifying an offender if something is stolen.
  • Check that all boundary fences, walls and gates are in good repair. A solid barrier is an excellent deterrent to an opportunist thief.
  • Consider a gravel driveway. The noise created by gravel can make it harder for burglars to go unnoticed, and can also alert you to activities outside.
  • Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your garden, and do the same for them.
    Allotments:

Much of the information provided above and in last weeks In The Know alerts can be used to protect allotments from criminals too. Additionally:

  • Get to know your neighbours on the allotment. If they know you, they are more likely to be suspicious if someone the do not recognise is on your plot.
  • Do not leave expensive equipment or tools on the site unattended, or see if you can store them at home or share storage with a neighbouring allotment.
  • Contact your local Neighbourhood Watch to see if there is a group running in your area where you can follow advice or share tips and information.

For more information on securing outbuildings, tools and garden equipment please click here.

Summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers launches

You might feel fine to drive, but if you’re over the limit you’re at serious risk of killing or seriously injuring someone – or yourself.

This is the message being issued as Sussex Police and Surrey Police launch their annual summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

The campaign aims to keep road users as safe as possible, by educating motorists of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, and by targeting offenders.

The forces dedicate resources to the campaign twice a year – during summer and at Christmas, when social occasions are at their peak – (this is in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year).

Anyone caught and convicted as part of the summer 2019 crackdown, which runs from 24 June to 7 July inclusive, will be identified on the Sussex Police news website and social media pages.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Sussex Police and Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “Ultimately, our main aim is to keep people as safe as possible on our roads by providing education, and by enforcing the law where we need to.”

“It goes without saying that drink and drug-driving destroys lives, and it’s something that can so easily be avoided.”

“People have a clear decision to make. By choosing to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, you are choosing to take a huge risk. Alcohol and substances significantly impair your ability to carry out even the simplest of tasks, and you should never get behind the wheel of a car in these circumstances.”

“Similarly, you should never get into a vehicle with someone you know who has consumed drink or drugs. Don’t put yourself in danger.”

“You can also be over the limit the morning after. A common misconception is that a few hours’ sleep, a coffee and some breakfast will do the trick, but it can take several hours for alcohol to leave your system and even longer for drugs.”

“Of course we want people to have fun and enjoy themselves this summer, but don’t do anything you might regret. We’re not out there to ruin your fun; in fact, we’d rather not make any arrests at all. But if you’re prepared to break the law then prepare to face the consequences.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am always dismayed by the number of people who choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is not just inconsiderate, it’s totally irresponsible. Those who kill or seriously injure others when over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions.  The message is clear, drink or drive; don’t take the risk and do both, even if you have had ‘only one drink’.

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
  • You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Crime summary

In the small hours of the 18th June, a sports club in Langney had outdoor shed broken into whereby suspects have caused damaged and removed wooden panels. Fortunately nothing was taken. (0251 of 18/06 relates).

Overnight form the 18-19th June, a garage off Hogarth Road, Eastbourne was broken into. Suspects have removed the padlocks and made an untidy search of the garage contents, fortunately nothing was taken. (1485 of 20/06 relates).

In the late evening of the 21st June, a property off Milfoil Drive had their shed broken into, suspects have gained entry and taken various fishing equipment items. (055 of 21/06 relates).

A sports club off Park Avenue, Eastbourne had garden sheds broken into, whereby suspects have gained access by using unknown tools to break off padlocks. Fortunately nothing was taken. (0277 of 21/06 relates).

Over the weekend, a school off Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, had an outdoor storage shed broken into, whereby suspects have smashed off locks to gain entry and taken school sports equipment and bikes. (0860 of 24/06 relates).

27th June 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekends Operation Blitz activity

Friday evening Blitz patrols started off around 6pm in the Langney areas by PCSO Honey and PCSO Williams.

Officers are pleased to report that due to the lovely weather that they were met by several families enjoying themselves, with no issues to report at Langney. Nevertheless the Blitz number was given to parents should they witness anything later on in the evening.

The duo then moved onto the town centre and met several groups of students that were spoken to and pleased to see officers out on patrols, the group were given advise around keeping themselves safe in town, all of whom were grateful.

Regrettably owing to reports of a fire at a pub in old town, Blitz took a little detour, fortunately not for long, and officer are pleased to report though that upon arrival, the fire brigade confirmed that everything was in order and the team were stood down.

Hampden Park was patrolled after it has recently been receiving damage to the play areas, a few groups of youngsters playing in the park, and some walkers were all spoken too about the reasons for Op Blitz patrol, of which all were pleased to hear that the area was being attention following the recent damage.

During the evening a call was on the Blitz phone to make the team aware of a group of youths that were on the beach down North Harbour that were said to be a little too noisy, but not believed to be causing a nuisance.

The duo headed to the beach area and came across a small group of youths who were being a little loud having just accidentally disturbed a bees nest! They were very apologetic and were advised to keep noise levels down as residents lived nearby.

A further call was received of youths throwing stones at the CCTV cameras at the car park at the Waterfront nearby and causing anti-social behaviour. The team attended the location and gave strong words of advice to the persons causing the issues, all of which was asked to move on from the area.

They hadn’t caused any damage, but had left a lot of rubbish and were suitably advised to clear it up before making their way home.

Patrols were conducted throughout the shift around the seaside and Allfrey Road areas after recent bin fires. Patrols were also conducted around the Old town areas where the control room received reports of noise nuisance coming from a property. Officers attended the location and spoke to residents asking them to close their windows and keep the noise down, much to the relief of some residents.

Please remember when using the Blitz mobile over the weekend (Friday and Saturday 1800-0000 to call your reports in and not text, owing to network/signal patches, some messages come through later and groups have either moved on by the time officers reach the location, thank you!)

Saturday Officers had calls to attend several parties that had been reported as being ‘rowdy’ and causing parking issues for residents of in and around one of the parties. One of the parties was a young lady’s birthday party and although many were in attendance there were no real concerns other than noise towards the end of the party.

With the Summer finally starting to show itself, and lighter evenings we will see an increase of parties across the district; often noise/music related incidents are best dealt with other local authorities such as Environmental Health, or your local Councils; if the situation feels like it may get heated or violent as a result of the noise, we will intervene.

Nuisance noise is any loud or persistent noise that causes you ongoing concern or affects your quality of life. Your local council should be your first contact for reporting nuisance noise as this isn’t usually a matter for the police.

If there’s no evidence of criminal activity, we would always suggest trying to talk peacefully to the person responsible for the noise. They may already be trying to fix it.

Unbelievable as it may seem, they may not even be aware of the problem. If the person doesn’t want to stop the noise completely, try to reach an amicable compromise, such as no music after 11pm.

If you feel you can’t talk to the people involved, or they won’t listen, contact the Environmental Health team at your local council. They’ll be able to investigate and take steps to end the noise.

For more information click here.

25th June 2019

Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival programme of walks now live!
20 – 29 September 2019

The full list of walks and events available throughout this year’s ten day walking festival have now been launched on the event website. This year there's a fantastic total of 75 different walks available as part of the festival as well as a number of other themed events taking place.

Now in it’s third year, Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival continues to grow and is now recognised as a main event within the annual programme of events throughout Eastbourne and the district of Lewes. We’ve got you covered with a range of walks of all different gradings to ensure there’s something for everyone regardless of age or ability.

From Nordic Taster Sessions, walks of historical significance and Downland rambles, all the way to Walking Football, Walking Netball and Ghost Walks. These themed walks and events are designed to boast about our surrounding areas of natural beauty, educate on the health and wellbeing benefits of regular walking and allow walkers to touch-base and socialise with others that have similar interests.

Head over to the website Walk Calendar to view the full list of walks happening in September, find your favourites and consult your calendars. When you’ve decided which walks you want to take part in, you can grab yourself a ticket direct on the website. Spaces are limited so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Click here to view the full list of walks

22nd June 2019

Police set to launch summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

You might feel fine to drive, but if you’re over the limit you’re at serious risk of killing or seriously injuring someone – or yourself.

This is the message being issued as Sussex Police and Surrey Police prepare to launch their annual summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

The campaign aims to keep road users as safe as possible, by educating motorists of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, and by targeting offenders.

The forces dedicate resources to the campaign twice a year – during summer and at Christmas, when social occasions are at their peak – however, this is in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year.

Anyone caught and convicted as part of the summer 2019 crackdown, which runs from 24 June to 7 July inclusive, will be identified on the Sussex Police news website and social media pages.”

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Sussex Police and Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “Ultimately, our main aim is to keep people as safe as possible on our roads by providing education, and by enforcing the law where we need to.  It goes without saying that drink and drug-driving destroys lives, and it’s something that can so easily be avoided.

People have a clear decision to make. By choosing to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, you are choosing to take a huge risk. Alcohol and substances significantly impair your ability to carry out even the simplest of tasks, and you should never get behind the wheel of a car in these circumstances.

Similarly, you should never get into a vehicle with someone you know who has consumed drink or drugs. Don’t put yourself in danger.

You can also be over the limit the morning after. A common misconception is that a few hours’ sleep, a coffee and some breakfast will do the trick, but it can take several hours for alcohol to leave your system and even longer for drugs.

Of course we want people to have fun and enjoy themselves this summer, but don’t do anything you might regret. We’re not out there to ruin your fun; in fact, we’d rather not make any arrests at all. But if you’re prepared to break the law then prepare to face the consequences.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am always dismayed by the number of people who choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is not just inconsiderate, it’s totally irresponsible. Those who kill or seriously injure others when over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions.

The message is clear, drink or drive; don’t take the risk and do both, even if you have had ‘only one drink’.”

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA

You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

22nd June 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 22 June - 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 J9a – 9 (Gatwick spur) Eastbound. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join M23 at J10.

Monday 24 June – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure M23 J9 - J10 Southbound and Northbound. Diversion for Gatwick, Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25.

Tuesday 25 June - 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 J9 – 9a Gatwick spur westbound. Diverted traffic for Gatwick via M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Secondary diversion is to M25 J6 and back to M23 J10 to pick up initial diversion.

Wednesday 26 June - 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 J9 – 9a Gatwick spur westbound. Diverted traffic for Gatwick via M23 J10, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Secondary diversion is to M25 J6 and back to M23 J10 to pick up initial diversion.

Thursday 27 June – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 from J8 to J10 Southbound Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and re-join at J10 M23. Traffic for Gatwick continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Saturday 29 June - 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 J9a – 9 (Gatwick spur) Eastbound. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join M23 at J10.

Tuesday 2 July - 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and re-join at J10 M23. Traffic for Gatwick continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

21st June 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Outside of these times, please continue to report ASB to us on 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or report online on the newly designed ASB reporting form.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

17th June 2019

Neighbourhood Watch Week 2019

Today marks the start of Neighbourhood Watch Week 2019 where they’ll be celebrating the amazing work their volunteers do in their communities. They’ll be looking at areas where you expect Neighbourhood Watch to operate in and around (burglary) as well as some more unexpected ones (knife violence and social isolation).

The message this year is that when it comes to Neighbourhood Watch, there is #MoreThanYouExpect.

To kick start the week they have today launched Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration, a collection of the most innovative work being undertaken by volunteers across England and Wales.

The database contains examples of how Neighbourhood Watch groups are changing their communities for the better. In each case, volunteers explain how they developed their project, the impact it had on their community and how they overcame any challenges.

Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration allows users to contact the author of each example with the hope of generating fruitful conversations between members.

Get involved

Stay connected with Neighbourhood Watch on Facebook and Twitter where all this week they'll be showcasing the full range of activities their volunteers undertake to improve their neighbourhoods using the hashtag: #MoreThanYouExpect.

Members are being encouraged to tell their stories on social media. How has Neighbourhood Watch helped your community? Why should people start their own schemes? Be sure to use our hashtag when you post!

If there’s just one thing you do today, please share their Facebook and Twitter post's with your friends, families and neighbours.

17th June 2019

Sussex Police launches Police Officer recruitment drive
applications now open (closing date 01/07/2019)

As a result of the increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police launch their latest recruitment drive today and are looking for people who have got what it takes to join them on the front-line as a Police Officer.

Being a Police Officer is one of the most personally rewarding, challenging and diverse careers available. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help; no two days are the same.

Officers are dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm. It is a vital role in our mission to protect and serve the people of Sussex. Which is why we are looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be the first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who will have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve our community every single day.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression through the ranks or within specialist fields such as detective, firearms and public protection and the pride that comes from helping others.

A first for Sussex Police, individuals can now join as an officer through one of two new entry routes, created by the College of Policing with the demands of modern day policing in mind. Launching in Sussex in December 2019, the police constable degree apprenticeship offers three-year apprenticeship programme where individuals will study towards a degree in professional policing practice. The Degree Holder Entry Programme is aimed at existing degree holders of any subject area and will launch in early 2020. Offering a two-year practice based programme, individuals receive a level six graduate diploma in professional policing practice.

Chief Constable Giles York said:  “I am delighted Sussex Police is launching this recruitment drive for the next three years to find the next generation of police officers. As a result of the precept increase, I am pleased to welcome applications for our 2020 police officer cohorts. The public will see more policing where it is needed most, always prioritising areas where communities face the greatest challenges.

I believe being a police officer is one of the most personally rewarding, challenging and diverse careers available. It will appeal to those who want to make a difference, offering a lifetime of opportunities and I am particularly appealing to those who may never have thought policing was for them.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:  “I am pleased that the recruitment window is open again for police officers in Sussex, continuing our biggest recruitment drive in 10 years. It is also encouraging that every successful applicant will be accepted through the new entry routes, making them even better equipped to face the challenges of modern day policing.

I know from speaking extensively to residents that they value their police force very highly and they want to see more visible policing in the areas where they live and work. Sussex residents deserve the very best police force and I am confident that we will attract high calibre candidates who will serve all our communities well. If you feel you have what it takes and want to play your part, we look forward to receiving your application.”

For more information, and to apply today, click here

Sussex Police

16th June 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019:

Sussex Police are reminding older people and their families and carers, that it is important to stay on the alert for attempts to defraud them - whether through couriers, doorstep callers, computers and telephones, investment offers, on dating sites, by someone close to them or through bogus inheritance claims.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday (June 15) shows that various types of abuse affect more than half-a-million older people across the UK each year; abuse can be physical, financial, sexual or psychological and all can be a result of neglect. It can occur anywhere - at home, in residential care, even in hospital.

In Sussex alone, in the year to the end of May 2019, there were 1,754 Operation Signature reports with a financial loss to those who were defrauded of over £11,000,000. Seventy-three per cent of victims were over 60 and 71 per cent lived alone. Fraud is a crime type which is particularly prevalent among the elderly population and Operation Signature is the Sussex Police process to identify, protect and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex.

Elderly victims can also fall victim to romance fraud where they seek companionship via dating and other online contact websites. A recent case in Sussex saw an 80-year-old woman defrauded of around £20,000 when she 'lent' money to a man who she believed was genuinely befriending her. You can read more about romance fraud here.

The aims of the day are to both voice opposition to the abuse and suffering experienced by so many people worldwide, and to collaboratively find ways to manage risks of abuse, provide education on ways to prevent abuse and give support to those experiencing such harm.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said: “There are serious long-term physical and psychological consequences of the maltreatment of older people, and this is both under-reported and predicted to increase, in-line with the ageing population.

Sussex Police treats elder abuse as a serious matter, especially where more vulnerable members of the community are targeted. The aims of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day are to both voice opposition to the abuse and suffering experienced by many, manage risks of abuse, provide education on ways to prevent abuse and give support to those experiencing such harm.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I’m really proud of this system established by Sussex Police which has seen huge success protecting our older residents. They are now able to give targeted advice to ensure the public get help and support in identifying potential fraudsters.

We know that criminal gangs deliberately target our older residents because they may have substantial savings and can be seen to be more trusting. Sadly, when a possible victim is identified their details are often shared with other criminals and so they are at risk of being re-targeted.

This is why I fund two fraud case workers in Sussex who helped and supported 638 people last year alone. This means that those who fall victim to this heinous crime are offered invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice when it is most needed.”

Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive – Operation Signature follows up reports of any of the fraud types where the victim is vulnerable by providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, mail re-direction, offering them advice on call blocking devices and referring them to other support services.

The banking protocol is a reasonably new initiative in Sussex where bank staff are trained to identify customers who are making unusual withdrawals or money transfers. Victims are often after being pressured by rogue traders or phone calls from fraudsters impersonating officials. Staff will ask questions to establish if the customer is potentially the victim of fraud and will make a 999 call to police quoting 'Banking Protocol'. This has been extremely successful in identifying vulnerable victims, preventing financial losses and locating offenders.

In the past 12 months in Sussex, 384 calls have been received from the banks, with nearly 250 crimes recorded and safeguarding concerns raised. Losses to victims in excess of £2,113,530 have been prevented and 21 arrests have been made.

See further information and advice about to prevent fraud of this type on the Sussex Police website. For more information about World Elder Abuse Day click here. For other information about support for elders visit this link.

16th June 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 16 June

No planned road works but the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Bike Ride is covering 54 miles from Clapham Common to Brighton beach. Plan your route accordingly, expect delays.

Monday 17 June 22:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 North and Southbound Link roads to M25 clockwise. Diversion to M25 anti-clockwise to J6 and return.

Tuesday 18 June – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of the M23 from J8 (M25) to J9 (Gatwick) Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and J10 M23.

Tuesday 18 June – 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 from J10 to J8 Northbound plus slips at J10 (Crawley) and J9 (Gatwick). Diversion for M25 A264, A22 and re-join at J6. M25 Traffic for Gatwick continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Wednesday 19 June – 20:00 to 05:00am

Lane closure on M23 J9 roundabout.

Thursday 20 June – 20:00 to 05:00am

Lane closure on M23 J9 roundabout.

Friday 21 June – 20:00 to 05:00am

Lane closure on M23 J9 roundabout.

Saturday 22 June - 20:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of M23 J9a – 9 (Gatwick spur) Eastbound. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join M23 at J10.

14th June 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

14th June 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Protect your van and tools reminder

Following a recent reports of van breaks across Eastbourne, Police are reminding van owners to review their security.

Having your car or van broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing, especially if it is your livelihood.

Don’t leave your van open to thieves, please take your tools in overnight and over the weekend, and secure them out of sight; print up the below image and pop it on the dashboard or rear window.

To help keep your vehicle safe follow our crime prevention advice here.

Remember your elderly friends and relatives on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Sussex Police is reminding older people and their families and carers, especially in areas of high populations of vulnerable and elderly residents; that it is important to stay on the alert for attempts to defraud them - whether through couriers, doorstep callers, computers and telephones, investment offers, on dating sites, by someone close to them or through bogus inheritance claims.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday (June 15) shows that various types of abuse affect more than half-a-million older people across the UK each year; abuse can be physical, financial, sexual or psychological and all can be a result of neglect. It can occur anywhere - at home, in residential care, even in hospital.

In Sussex alone, in the year to the end of May 2019, there were 1,754 Operation Signature reports with a financial loss to those who were defrauded of over £11,000,000. Seventy-three per cent of victims were over 60 and 71 per cent lived alone. Fraud is a crime type which is particularly prevalent among the elderly population and Operation Signature is the Sussex Police process to identify, protect and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex.

Elderly victims can also fall victim to romance fraud where they seek companionship via dating and other online contact websites. A recent case in Sussex saw an 80-year-old woman defrauded of around £20,000 when she 'lent' money to a man who she believed was genuinely befriending her. You can read more about romance fraud here.

The aims of the day are to both voice opposition to the abuse and suffering experienced by so many people worldwide, and to collaboratively find ways to manage risks of abuse, provide education on ways to prevent abuse and give support to those experiencing such harm.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said: “There are serious long-term physical and psychological consequences of the maltreatment of older people, and this is both under-reported and predicted to increase, in-line with the ageing population.

Sussex Police treats elder abuse as a serious matter, especially where more vulnerable members of the community are targeted. The aims of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day are to both voice opposition to the abuse and suffering experienced by many, manage risks of abuse, provide education on ways to prevent abuse and give support to those experiencing such harm.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I’m really proud of this system established by Sussex Police which has seen huge success protecting our older residents. They are now able to give targeted advice to ensure the public get help and support in identifying potential fraudsters.

We know that criminal gangs deliberately target our older residents because they may have substantial savings and can be seen to be more trusting. Sadly, when a possible victim is identified their details are often shared with other criminals and so they are at risk of being re-targeted.

This is why I fund two fraud case workers in Sussex who helped and supported 638 people last year alone. This means that those who fall victim to this heinous crime are offered invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice when it is most needed.”

Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive – Operation Signature follows up reports of any of the fraud types where the victim is vulnerable by providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, mail re-direction, offering them advice on call blocking devices and referring them to other support services.

The banking protocol is a reasonably new initiative in Sussex where bank staff are trained to identify customers who are making unusual withdrawals or money transfers. Victims are often after being pressured by rogue traders or phone calls from fraudsters impersonating officials. Staff will ask questions to establish if the customer is potentially the victim of fraud and will make a 999 call to police quoting 'Banking Protocol'. This has been extremely successful in identifying vulnerable victims, preventing financial losses and locating offenders.

In the past 12 months in Sussex, 384 calls have been received from the banks, with nearly 250 crimes recorded and safeguarding concerns raised. Losses to victims in excess of £2,113,530 have been prevented and 21 arrests have been made.

If you would like more information please visit the Sussex Police website. For more information about World Elder Abuse Day click here. For other information about support for elders visit this link.

Police Officer recruitment opening Monday 17th

On 17 June 2019 we will open recruitment for the role of Police Officer. We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

It’s a vital role and offers a great sense of pride from helping and protecting those within our community.

From being the first on the scene or arresting an abuser to being a shoulder to cry on and a reassuring face; this role is thrilling yet constantly challenging. You’ll work in a fast-paced 24/7 environment where no two shifts will be the same.

In return, we promise you a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

In the past, we’ve received high volumes of applications, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.

Follow our social media accounts for more information.

To register your interest today, please click here.

Crime summary

Overnight  on the 9th June multiple garages off Sevenoaks Road, Eastbourne were broken into. Tools believed to be used to force entry into victim’s garages, with personal items being stolen. (0449 of 11/06 relates)

A property off Burlington Place, Eastbourne, was entered over the weekend, whereby suspects have possibly entered via a bathroom window, and personal items taken from the victim’s home. (0892 of 11/06 relates)

Unfortunately another row of garages were broken into off Swallow Close in Eastbourne during the night of the 11th June, suspects have used unknown tools to break padlocks and jimmy up garage doors. (1644 of 11/06 relates)

Distraction burglaries in Eastbourne. Police are advising residents to be cautious of callers who they are not expecting, or appear to be acting suspicious or offering something that sounds too good to be true.

If you have your suspicions, please always check with companies prior to letting someone into your home, check their ID. Have you booked an appointment for them to come, if not there is no harm in ringing the company to check whilst asking the person to wait outside; if they are genuine they will likely wait.

Please report distraction burglaries directly to the Police on either 101, or email101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or report online at:
www.sussex.police.uk

7th June 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 8 June 10.00pm to 5.00am

M23 full carriageway closure from J8 M25 to J10 Crawley Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23. Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Saturday 8 June 9.00pm to 5.00am

M23 full carriageway closure from J10 Crawley to J8 M25 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and return.

Sunday 9 June 10.00pm to 5.00am

M23 full carriageway closure from J8 M25 to J9 Gatwick Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23. Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 10 June 10.00pm to 5.00pm

M23 full carriageway closure from J8 M25 to J9 Gatwick Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23. Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Tuesday 11 June 8.00pm to 5.00am

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure J9 exit slip Southbound & Northbound (Gatwick Spur Westbound). Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion if traffic missed the 1st is to M25 J8 and back to M23 J10 to pick up 1st diversion.

Wednesday 12 June 8.00pm to 5am

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure from J10 Crawley to J8 M25 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

7th June 2019

HMRC Alert

What you need to know

  • Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
  • Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
  • If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.
  • Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
  • In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
  • If HMRC contacts you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.
What you need to do

  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
  • Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud.

7th June 2019

Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert

What you need to know

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official.

The suspect will say either: 

  • There has been fraudulent activity at the victim’s bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victim's assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
  • The victim's card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police
  • Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
  • A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day, often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication

What you need to do

Your bank or the police will never:

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books

4th June 2019

Three Arrested After Man Attacked In Eastbourne Street

Detectives are seeking witnesses to a late night incident in Eastbourne in which a man sustained head injuries.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday (1 June) the 26-year-old man was kicked in the head in Bolton Road, Eastbourne. He was taken by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in London where his condition is now reported to be stable and not life threatening.

Three men aged 30, 27 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. After being interviewed they were released on police bail until 30 June while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Jim Moore said; "We would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened. In particular we understand some people at the the scene may have recorded it or the aftermath on the mobiles and we would like to hear from them too."

If you have information please contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Burshill.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

4th June 2019

Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert

What you need to know

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official

The suspect will say either:

  • There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims’ assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
  • The victims’ card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police

Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud

A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day.  Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication.

Your bank or the police will never:

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books

3rd June 2019

Library Information Service Bulletin

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Enjoy a free book for bedtime
  • To all of our wonderful volunteers, thank you!
  • Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist
  • Simon Armitage named as the new Poet Laureate
  • Diary of events
  • A book I have loved...
  • One to watch

Click here to view the Bulletin > >

2nd June 2019

Consultation - Stop Subsidy for Meals in the Community

East Sussex County Council’s consultation on the proposal to stop the subsidy for meals in the community has launched. We are asking those receiving the subsidy, their families and carers, as well as staff, partners and East Sussex residents to share their views on the proposal.

Full details of the consultation and how to take part, including how to ask for alternative formats, can be found on our website.

The consultation will close on 6th August.

2nd June 2019

Never Buy Tickets from Anyone apart from Official Vendors,
The Box Office or Reputable Fan Reseller Sites

Get Safe Online – Safe Tickets Campaign

George and Georgina are very unhappy because they’ve fallen victim to ticket fraud. They responded to an ad on social media, paid by bank transfer and waited for the tickets to arrive, but none did, and the seller disappeared. They’d lost their money and the chance to see their favourite band. This happens to thousands of music, sports and other fans every year who get tricked into buying fake or non-existent tickets.

Follow our expert ticket buying tips:

  • Buy tickets only from the venue’s box office, sports club, promoter, official agent or reputable ticket exchange sites.
  • Consider that tickets advertised on any other source such as auction sites, social media and fan forums may be fake or non-existent, however authentic the seller may seem and whether they’re advertised below, above or at face value.
  • Never pay for tickets by bank transfer, even if you’re desperate to get hold of them. The responsibility for losses lies with you, not anybody else, including your bank.
  • Consider paying by credit card to get additional protection over other payment methods.
  • Double-check all details of your purchase before confirming payment.
  • Don’t be tempted to click on social media, text or email links or attachments offering tickets, as they could link to fraudulent or malware sites.
  • Before buying online, check that the page is genuine (carefully enter the address yourself, not from a link) and secure (https and a locked padlock), and log out when you’re done.
  • Check sellers’ privacy and returns policies.
  • Keep receipts until after the event.

However desperate you are to get into a gig, festival or game, don’t buy tickets from anyone apart from official vendors, the box office or reputable fan reseller sites.

For all of our expert, easy-to-follow tips on buying tickets safely visit www.getsafeonline.org/ticketfraud

2nd June 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

4, 5 and 6 June 9.00pm to 5.00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure M23 London bound to the M25 anticlockwise slip Road. Diversion to M25 J8 back.

Saturday 8 June 10.00pm to 5.00am

M23 full carriageway closure from J8 M25 to J9 Gatwick Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23. Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Saturday 8 June 9.00pm to 5.00am

M23 full carriageway closure from J10 Crawley to J8 M25 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and return.

Sunday 9 June 10.00pm to 5.00am

M23 full carriageway closure from J8 M25 to J9 Gatwick Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23. Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 10 June 10.00pm to 5.00pm

M23 full carriageway closure from J8 M25 to J9 Gatwick Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23. Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

31st May 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on in June
  • How you can fight plastic pollution - from home
  • Bring back birdie
  • Looking for a good read this June?
  • From the newsroom...

Read more > >

30th May 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050 (unchanged)

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's (Saturday) Operation Blitz activity

Regrettably owing to staff training this week, officers from Blitz have yet been unable to write up last weekend reports, we hope to have this out ASAP, apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Should you witness any ASB over the weekend (Friday and Saturday between 1800-0000) please report directly on the phone number included in this email. Officers on patrol designated to Blitz will answer and be able to assist.

Outside of these time please either report by calling 101, emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online where ASB has been added to our online forms in a new format for ease of reporting.

25th May 2019

Neighbourhood Watch is supporting The Big Lunch 2019

On the first weekend of June, communities across the UK will be coming together for a day of food, friendship and fun with The Big Lunch. Last year, over 6 million people took part, so don’t miss out - get together with your neighbours and community this summer!

Big Lunches take place in streets, gardens, parks and community spaces. They can be big or small, inside or outside, casual or filled with games, activities and excitement. The most important thing is that people share good food, good company and good fun: small acts of connection that we know can make a big difference.

Get your free Big Lunch starter pack, full of information to help you plan your Big Lunch, as well as posters, invites and other handy resources. Head to www.thebiglunch.com for more inspiration, ideas and support.

24th May 2019

Watch out for these FAKE TalkTalk e-mails about a refund

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk. The emails state that the recipient’s TalkTalk account is in credit and that they’re owed a refund. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites.

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

24th May 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number/s is: 077853-72050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity.

This week’s Operation Blitz was conducted by PCSO’s Honey, Hopgood and Furlong.

Their first port of call was to the town centre after receiving information that there were some street drinkers in the area causing a nuisance, however, when they arrived there were no issues.

This led them on to patrolling the first hot spot area for anti-social behaviour – Gildredge Park. There were several young people there that they spent some time having a chat with, but again, no issues caused.

The team then checked the area of Salehurst Road where there had been previous reports of Anti-social behaviour, in addition to Milfoil Drive, Sutherland Court, and Etchingham Road.

The evening was a dry fine evening and after patrolling all the hotspot areas and making sure there were no issues our officers finished their Operation Blitz shift.

24th May 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update.

News and appeals

Eastbourne men arrested in connection with drug supply

Three men were arrested on suspicion of drugs supply after road policing officers tracked a suspect car along major roads in Sussex.

Shortly before 8.30pm on Tuesday (21st May) the BMW, suspected of being connected with people active in 'County Lines' drug supply between London and East Sussex, was spotted by the ANPR (Automatic Numberplate Recognition) camera system being driven south along a major road in Sussex. Alert road policing patrols then located it and followed to the A27 Beddingham roundabout in East Sussex where it was safely stopped.

The three men in the car, a 28-year-old from West London, and a 26-year-old and a 23-year-old both from Eastbourne, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a quantity of Class A drug with intent to supply and are currently in custody for interview and further enquiries. The 28-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of driving with no insurance.

A mobile phone, 50 grams of what is suspected of being cocaine, and several hundred pounds in cash, were seized from the car.

Detective Inspector Andy Eggleton said; "This another example of our constant work 24-hours a day, which helps combat the scourge of drug dealing in our communities.”

You can read more on our ongoing commitment to tackling drug supply and drug related harm here.

And the latest arrests and seizures following a week worth of drug disruption by Sussex Police (13-19th May) here.

ASB, designated Police Patrols each weekend – Op Blitz

Operation Blitz is a Police response to ongoing anti-social behaviour (ASB) in your local areas, and is in force each weekend between the hours of 1800-0000 every Friday and Saturday evening.

Designated officers are assigned patrols to target areas of known ASB, and youth related ASB across the Eastbourne district, including surrounding areas, and wards.

In addition to this, a designated phone number has been set up and can be used to report any anti-social behaviour you witness between the hours of 1800-0000 Friday and Saturday, and is answered, and calls responded to by the officers assigned to Op Blitz

The number for the Eastbourne is: 07785-372050 (outside of the above times please continue to report via 101, email, or online)

In The Know Members can also sign up to weekly updates from our Op Blitz patrols; which areas have been visited and officers findings; some of you may already be aware, but for members who are not already signed up to ASB alerts you can change your settings by visiting the In The Know website, logging in and editing your alerts.

We have also recently changed the way ASB can be reported online, making reporting incidents more convenient and quicker, the online form can be found here:

For advice on what constitutes anti-social behaviour, and further reading on how this is managed click here

Potential Traffic Disruptions next weekend, plan ahead

The Hells Angels ‘Euro Run’ is being held in the UK this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the HAMC in the UK. It is expected to attract anywhere between 2,000 – 3,000 members from across the world and takes place between May 30 - June 1.

This is a private, festival-style, event which attracts HAMC members from all over the world. The main event is being held at a hotel venue in East Surrey however organisers have advised it will culminate in a large scale ‘ride out’ of up to 700 motorcycles. We have now had confirmation that this will take place along the A23 from Pease Pottage to Brighton seafront on the afternoon of June 1 between 2pm and 4:30pm.

ACC Kemp said: “Although this is a private event, we expect the HAMC celebrations to have an impact on the local road network in parts of East Surrey and West Sussex as large groups of motorcyclists travel to and from the venue. The ‘ride out’ planned for the 1st June will also see several hundred motorcyclists riding in a large convoy which will cause some traffic disruption on the route down to Brighton and back.”

“In the interests of public safety, police outriders will accompany the convoy and temporarily hold traffic at key points to keep them together and try to minimise the overall impact on other road users. However, on such a busy weekend, I would urge anyone planning to travel along the A23 stretch between Gatwick and Brighton that afternoon to allow extra time and consider alternative routes.”

“As this an international event, we have been speaking to the organisers to ensure attendees are fully aware of the legal requirements for road users in the UK and that action will be taken against anyone committing a road traffic offence.”

Protect your van and tools reminder

With the long weekend this weekend, Police are reminding van owners to review their security.  Having your car or van broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing, especially if it is your livelihood.

Don’t leave your van open to thieves, please take your tools in overnight and over the bank holiday weekend, and secure them out of sight; print up the below image and pop it on the dashboard or rear window.

To help keep your vehicle safe follow our crime prevention advice here:

Crime summary

A garage owner has reported having their garage broken into off Port Road, Eastbourne during the day time of the 16th May. Fortunately noting was stolen but damage has been caused. (0626 of 16/05 relates)

A building site off Kingfisher Drive, Eastbourne was broken into overnight on the 16th May. Gates and locks have been cut to gain entry to the site, where then containers have been forced to obtain work tools. Regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (0944 of 18/05 relates)

An attempted burglary occurred at a property on Willowfield Road, Eastbourne whereby a male suspect has attempted entry via an open window. The property owner has confronted the male who became abusive. Police were called and the male suspect was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.

Around 18:00 on the 19th May, a hotel along Grand Parade, Eastbourne reported a suspicious male who entered the closed bar area and attempted to force the shutters to gain entry. He was warned off by staff and ran off down the street. Police are looking into possible CCTV from the hotel. (1037 of 19/05 relates).

21st May 2019

Police Gear Up For Exceptionally Busy Half Term
Across Surrey And Sussex

Next week’s half term is shaping up to be an exceptionally busy time for Surrey and Sussex with a large number of events taking place across both counties.

Surrey Police and Sussex Police will be working closely together to manage all the events which include the Surrey County Show on Bank Holiday Monday, Investec Epsom Derby Festival, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club ‘Euro Run’, Kemptown Carnival in Brighton, plus two all English football finals - the UEFA Europa League and Champions League – which will see lots of fans out enjoying the games.

Assistant Chief Constable Nev Kemp, who is leading policing operations for both Surrey and Sussex during this period, said: “We are approaching an incredibly busy time with lots going on and thousands of visitors expected across both counties."

“Public safety remains our first priority and we have been working closely with our partner agencies to prepare and put plans in place which ensure we can meet all the different policing requirements of these events whilst continuing to deliver day-to-day service."

“Officers from both Surrey Police and Sussex Police have had leave and rest days cancelled and, as well as local teams, we will have additional support from other forces so you can expect to see high numbers of police out on patrol responding quickly to any incidents."

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time during this period. Residents and visitors should be in no doubt that any anti-social behaviour or criminal activity will not be tolerated and any reports will be dealt with swiftly.”

Whilst some of the events planned for next week are regular fixtures or have been held before, others are unique to 2019 - in particular the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) ‘Euro Run’ which has never been held in the UK before and is being hosted here to mark the 50th anniversary of the HAMC in the UK.

This is a private, festival-style, event which attracts HAMC members from all over the world. The main event is being held at a hotel venue in East Surrey however organisers have advised it will culminate in a large scale ‘ride out’ of up to 700 motorcycles. We have now had confirmation that this will take place along the A23 from Pease Pottage to Brighton seafront on the afternoon of June 1 between 2pm and 4:30pm.

ACC Kemp said: “Although this is a private event, we expect the HAMC celebrations to have an impact on the local road network in parts of East Surrey and West Sussex as large groups of motorcyclists travel to and from the venue. The ‘ride out’ planned for the 1st June will also see several hundred motorcyclists riding in a large convoy which will cause some traffic disruption on the route down to Brighton and back."

“In the interests of public safety, police outriders will accompany the convoy and temporarily hold traffic at key points to keep them together and try to minimise the overall impact on other road users. However, on such a busy weekend, I would urge anyone planning to travel along the A23 stretch between Gatwick and Brighton that afternoon to allow extra time and consider alternative routes."

“As this an international event, we have been speaking to the organisers to ensure attendees are fully aware of the legal requirements for road users in the UK and that action will be taken against anyone committing a road traffic offence.”

Details of key events taking place w/c May 27 can be found below:

  • The Surrey County Show is the biggest one day agricultural show in the UK and attracts up to 30,000 people. It is being held in the 66 acre site of Stoke Park in Guildford on Bank Holiday Monday (May 27).
  • The Investec Epsom Derby Festival is one of the most prestigious national sporting events and the largest annual gathering of people in Surrey. It takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse across May 31– June 1.
  • The Kemptown Carnival community street festival showcases local community groups, artists and musicians. It takes place in Kemptown in Brighton on June 1 and is expected to draw anywhere in the region of 30,000 people.
  • The Hells Angels ‘Euro Run’ is being held in the UK this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the HAMC in the UK. It is expected to attract anywhere between 2,000 – 3,000 members from across the world and takes place between May 30 - June 1.
  • The UEFA Europa League Final and Champions League Final take place on May 29 and June 1 respectively with both finals featuring all English teams for the first time.

For the latest on traffic and travel across Surrey and Sussex visit Traffic England and/or follow @HighwaysSEAST, @SurreyRoadCops and @SussexRoadsPol

You can report criminal behaviour by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency, or by going online to Sussex or Surrey.

For advice on personal safety visit here.

If you suspect something which could identify a terrorist threat call the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321.

20th May 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Wednesday 22 May 9pm to 5.00am

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure from J9 (Gatwick) to J10 (Crawley) Southbound. Diversion A23, A2011 and re-join at J10.

Thursday 23 May 9pm to 5.00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure M25 J7 anticlockwise to M23 Southbound (Reigate to Crawley Link). Diversion to M25 J6 and back.

18th May 2019.

County Lines and vulnerable youngsters

County Lines gangs frequently use vulnerable children and adults to carry out work on their behalf. This can include a range of tasks from drug running, collecting money, and often puts them in dangerous positions.
As a parent or carer of children would you know the signs to look out for? Have you noticed any of the following in people you know?

Spot the Signs – what to look out for

  • Persistently missing from school, college or where they should be, often to be found out-of-area;
  • Unexplained acquisition of money, clothes or mobile phones;
  • Excessive receipts of texts or phone calls;
  • Relationships with controlling, older people or gang association;
  • Leaving home or care without explanation
  • Significant changes in emotional well-being
  • A decline in school performance;
  • Parental concerns;
  • Unexplained injuries or suspicion of self-harm.

This list is not exhaustive, but gives a good idea of the type of signs to look out for if someone is being exploited for illegal activity.

If I see these signs, what can I do about it?

If you see the signs above, let us know. Don’t leave it to someone else. You can report online, or to 101. In an emergency, always call 999. Together, we can tackle drug crime and reduce the harm to your community.

There is no denying the associated crime and problems that drug supply brings to society, and our work in this area occurs all year round.

We also take part in national weeks, sending a unified message to those that supply drugs that we are here to prevent the harm they are trying to bring to our communities.

We will continue to communicate results that occur from our efforts to reduce drug harm in Sussex. Click here for more information > >

18th May 2019

Christmas Drink and Drug Drivers Latest Convictions

Elderly women injured in crash with Christmas drug-driver, and latest people to be convicted following Sussex Police’s Op Dragonfly Drink/Drug drive Christmas campaign.

Two elderly women required hospital treatment after they were involved in a crash with a drug-driver.

Toby Matthews was driving a black Honda Civic which collided with a red Hyundai i20 in Bolebrook Road, Bexhill, about 6.13pm on Sunday 2 December.

The occupants of the Hyundai – two local women aged 79 and 72 – were medically trapped, and had to be released by a combination of ambulance and fire service employees. They were taken to Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, where they were treated for serious and minor injuries.

Matthews, 37, a butcher, of Linden Road, Bexhill, failed a roadside DrugWipe, and was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 2.1mcg of cannabis and 74mcg of benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite of cocaine) per litre of blood in his system. The legal limits are 2mcg and 50mcg respectively.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 8 May, he was disqualified from driving for 16 months. He was also ordered to pay a £400 fine, £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Even the smallest amount of drugs in your system can be enough to seriously impair your ability to drive, and anyone under the influence of substances should never get behind the wheel."

“Not only are you putting your own life at risk, you are also risking the lives of other innocent road users.”

“Drug-driving destroys lives and we will continue to deal robustly with offenders as we endeavour to make our roads as safe as possible.”

A total of 240 motorists were arrested in Sussex as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, which ran from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019.

Of those, 108 have since been convicted in court. The remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.

These are the latest people to be convicted:

  • Troy Mengham, 20, unemployed, of Park Road, Bexhill, was arrested in Park Road, Bexhill, on 5 December and charged with driving with 7mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 April, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

  • Colin Cleaver, 53, a shop manager, of St Leonards Road, Bexhill, was arrested in Parkhurst Road, Bexhill, on 7 December and charged with driving with 2.8mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 April, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also ordered to pay a £150 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Craig Newell, 23, a doorman, of Cumberland Road, Bexhill, was arrested in Winchelsea Road, Eastbourne, on 8 December, and charged with driving with 64mcg of cocaine and 504mcg of benzoylecgonine in his system. The legal limits are 10mcg and 50mcg respectively.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 1 May, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Stephen Giles, 27, a roofer, of Cackle Street, Brede, was arrested in Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards, on 8 December, and charged with driving with 7mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system and driving with no insurance.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 April, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £400 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Iain Freeman, 39, a sales representative, of Silverdale Road, Eastbourne, was arrested in Royal Parade, Eastbourne, on 11 December and charged with driving with 7mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 April, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £350 fine, £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

  • Kim Buckle, 27, a scaffolder, of Foundry Road, Yapton, was arrested in Yapton Lane, Arundel, on 14 December, and charged with driving with 59mcg of cocaine and 618mcg of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 May, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £100 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Maxwell Afriyie, 28, a car salesman, of Denmark Hill, London, was arrested in Mill Lane, Worthing, on 21 December and charged with driving with 2.3mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 23 April, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Rosie Pears, 28, a student, of Granville Road Eastbourne, was arrested in Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, on 26 December and charged with driving with 8mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in her system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 April, she was disqualified from driving for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  •  A minimum 12 month ban;
  •  An unlimited fine;
  •  A possible prison sentence;
  •  A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  •  An increase in your car insurance;
  •  Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

17th May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week

Local News

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

In a recent survey, one in five adults (20%) felt shame, just over one third (34%) felt down or low, and 19% felt disgusted because of their body image in the last year.

Our Sussex Police Cadets attended their evening meet this week, along with PCC Katy Bourne and their trainers to help raise awareness and support each other; and to talk about body image, and Mental Health, also what it means to them, and how this can affect aspects of our day to day Policing.

Click here for more information on the Mental Health Foundation.

Click here to read more on our continued commitment to serving Sussex, and providing a policing service that is accessible for people with disabilities and those experiencing mental ill health.

17th May 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050 (unchanged).

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Update on last weekend's (Saturday) Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs, Camille, Walker, Hylands and Dallaway.

The team split in two pairing up and taking off to separate areas across Eastbourne which have recently seen a rise in ASB and youth related ASB, and also to areas that have ongoing problems reported by members of the public.

Their shift started shortly after 1800 hours, and officers attended Gildredge park and the skate park. Following reports during the week of youths causing a nuisance, officers paid passing attention to groups of youths congregating around the park. There were no issues to report, and officers spoke to the group about their skating tricks and studies.

Whilst team 2 headed over the Etchingham Road area, again following reports of ongoing youth ASB. No groups were seen and officers spoke with residents who were out/heading home and passed on the Blitz number should there be any issues throughout the course of the patrol.

Team 1 attended Morrisons in Hampden Park following reports of youths causing ASB and refusing to leave the store. Officers attended and hung about in the car park area in the event the groups returned. Fortunately no further reports were received over the evening however officers later returned around 2050 hours for a second check.

Other areas included in officer patrols last weekend included, the YMCA on Upperton Road, Hampden Park, Town Centre and Milfoil Drive – all of which have been areas in which officers and public have seen and reported ASB and youth ASB related issues.

Should you witness any ASB over the weekend (Friday and Saturday between 1800-0000) please report directly on the phone number included in this email. Officers on patrol designated to Blitz will answer and be able to assist.

Outside of these time please either report by calling 101, emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online where ASB has been added to our online forms in a new format for ease of reporting.

16th May 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Convicted drug dealer Ryan Grayston from East Sussex wanted on recall to prison.

Wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of a licence for his early release is Ryan Imram Grayston, aged 24.

Of no fixed address, Grayston is nevertheless known to have frequented the Hastings and Eastbourne areas, and also Dartford in Kent.

In July 2017 he was jailed for two years 10 months following his conviction at Bournemouth Crown Court for possessing drugs with intent to supply.

On 1 April he was released early on licence, but on 30 April this licence was revoked when Grayston was found to have breached its conditions.

Anyone seeing Grayston or knowing where he might be is asked to contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting serial 561 of 30/04.

Report the online romance 'fraudsters'

Sussex Police is encouraging victims of romance fraud to report the 'fraudster' who has targeted them, anonymously, via an online form.

The force has linked up with Scamalytics who have produced a form which, once completed free of charge, will be sent to genuine dating services for them to check against their users’ data to detect suspected romance fraudsters.

Romance fraud is a fast growing issue which affects both men and women. Fraudsters will prey on their victims by building, what feels like, a loving relationship before asking for money to help with a problem they are experiencing.

Once the initial payment is made, the fraudster will normally ask for more money or cut all contact with the victim.

Reports made to Action Fraud reveal that £50,766,602 was lost to romance fraud in 2018 – an average of £11,145 per victim and a 27% increase on the previous year.

PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding officer, said: “Romance fraud, accounts for 10% of all vulnerable victim fraud reports across our counties and is one of the most despicable crimes we see due to the devastating and lasting impact it has on victims going far beyond the financial loss.”

“Victims are targeted and exploited when they are at their most vulnerable and the complex tactics and deceitful tales that lure the victims into parting with such huge sums of money are quite astonishing.”

“One of the most difficult conversations we have is telling a victim that not only will they not see their money come back but that the person they believe they are in a relationship with and are looking forward to a future with, is in fact a criminal posing under a false identity.”

Advice tips for evading scammers are:

  • Be wary of giving out personal information
  • Never agree to keep your online relationship a secret
  • Get to know the person and not the profile
  • Never send money or share your bank details on the platform
  • Stay on the dating messenger service until confident the person is who they say they are
  • Run a search on the internet for their name or any picture they have sent along with the term ‘scam’

For more information on romance fraud please click here, and for how to report via the Scamalytics form please click here.

Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Romance fraud is a cruel crime which preys on our vulnerabilities. This is why I have funded two fraud case workers in Sussex who helped and supported 638 people last year alone by offering invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice when they fell victim to this heinous crime."

“I’m currently running a short poll on my website to find out more about people’s understanding of romance fraud."

Click here take part in the poll.

Crime summary

On 10/05/2019 an attempt burglary occurred on Seaside Road, whereby two males were seen to try and gain entry to a shed by attempting to break the locks, when they did not succeed they climbed on the roof and started to rip the lead off of the roof (Ref: 47190074912).

On 11/05/2019 on Ashgate Road, a burglary occurred overnight whereby the suspect attempted to gain access to the garage. The suspect(s) appears to have attempted entry by setting fire to the door and when this has failed used a cutting tool to create a small hole in the door. It is believed that no entry was gained due to no items being stolen (47190075335).

13th May 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

14th May 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Tuesday 14 May 10pm to 4am

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Southbound traffic will be diverted via J6 of the M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23

Wednesday 15 May 10pm to 4am
Full closure in place from junction 8 to 10 southbound. Diversion route via M25 Junction 6, A22, A264, re-join at junction 10 M23.

Thursday 16 May 9pm to 4am

Full closure from junction 10 to junction 8 northbound plus the Gatwick Spur entry slip will be closed to undertake work. Diversion route via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22, re-join at junction 6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, Junction 10 M23, A2011, A23, Airport Way and into Gatwick Airport.

10pm on Friday 17th May to midday on Sunday 19th May

36-hour full carriageway closure at M23 J9 roundabout and Gatwick Spur. The southbound exit slip and northbound exit slip will be closed for traffic. There will be NO access into Gatwick Airport from junction 9.  The M23 main carriageway in both directions will be open for traffic. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place. From Junction 10 of the M23 to Gatwick Airport via the A2011, A23, Airport Way leading to the North and South Terminals.

Additional information is available online > >

10th May 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050 not 07989 188960 as previously advised.

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Click here for full report > >

9th May 2019

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Words for wellbeing
  • May the Force be with you
  • New look for Lewes Library
  • Get in the Zone
  • Share a story
  • Diary of events
  • A Book I Have Loved...
  • One to Watch

Download the newsletter > >

9th May 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Eastbourne Co-op robbery suspect arrested

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a robbery at the Co-Op in Beatty Road, Eastbourne.

Police released CCTV images of a suspect following the incident, which occurred about 10.52pm on Friday 19 April.

Following enquiries, a man was arrested in St Leonards on Thursday 25 April.

Terry Harris, 31, a painter, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody and appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court the following day (Friday 26 April), charged with robbery.

He was released on conditional bail and is scheduled to appear for trial at Lewes Crown Court on 24 May.

Looking for a new job? We’re hiring for contact handlers (Closes 27th May 2019)

As a Contact Handler you’ll have a crucial role in the police family: managing a huge variety of emergency 999 calls, dealing with non-emergency 101 calls, online and social media enquiries. All are at the heart of police business.

You will do this by:

  • Facing diverse situations and engaging with people from different backgrounds with different problems.
  • Being adaptable to all types of situations.
  • Having patience and being calm under pressure
  • Communicating clearly and be a good listener
  • Providing reassurance to those in need
  • Working in a fast-paced 24/7 environment
  • Making critical decisions
  • Quick thinking
  • Getting that vital detail
  • Log information quickly and accurately
  • 24 hour shift pattern including nights, weekends and bank holidays

You will provide excellent customer service to the communities we serve and the teams we work with.
This is a vital job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.

You’ll be hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:

  • Generous basic pay of £23,361 plus an unsocial hours shift allowance of approximately £7,200 per year.
  • 25 days holiday a year (increasing to 30 days after five years’ service) and access to many additional benefits.
  • Opportunities to develop your career and progress within the force (once you have completed two years as a Contact Handler). While many of our Contact Handlers choose to stay in the role or progress to a Controller, there are many opportunities to explore other roles and we will help you develop no matter what your interest.
  • Excellent training with continuous professional development.

To find out more and apply today, click here.

Grant will help reformed offenders in East Sussex rebuild their lives

A cheque for £15,000 has been presented to Reformed East Sussex (RES), an organisation which aims to help reduce re-offending by those convicted of crime.

The cash comes from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of monies received by the police from the sale of unclaimed lost property and property confiscated and sold by order of the courts.

It will help RES to provide its unique service in the Eastbourne, Hastings, Rother, Lewes and Wealden areas over the next six months.

The donation reflects Sussex Police's continued commitment, together with partner agencies, to help steer offenders away from further crime and to reduce harm to the public.

Charlie Connaughton, Integrated Offender Management co-ordinator, together with PC Jason Taylor of the Eastbourne IOM team, handed over the cheque to RES chief executive Charmaine Sewell.

Mr Connaughton said: "The RES team provides first-class support to service users in improving their prospects and job opportunities as they settle back into the community. A success for RES is a success for all our communities in the longer term.

Recent national media coverage shows increasing pressures to look at alternative sentencing, diverting offenders away from prison and particularly those given short prison sentences.

These often prove ineffective, providing little opportunity to rehabilitate offenders and lead to unacceptably high rates of re-offending.

Charmaine Sewell said: “We know that two-thirds of prisoners released after short sentences re-offend within a year. Short sentences are long enough to damage you but not long enough to heal you.”

"This is why it is so important to raise awareness and funds, both in the short and longer term.

She added: “The public would be safer if we had good community sentences. But community sentences require good community services working together to ensure they’re effective.”

"RES already plays a key role in the community and we believe we could be essential in making community sentences work. The IOM is an integral part of RES, providing a forum for key stakeholders to come together to review and discuss issues relating to our most complex clients.”

"Every one of them are courageous people who have decided to make a change in their lives and become an active member of society. We’re honoured to be able to help them, and flattered to receive some fantastic testimonies."

One ex-offender said: "I felt like my criminal record would stop me getting employment. I thought I would be discriminated against, but RES were understanding people who knew what I was going through. Knowing that those supporting me had also gone through similar experiences gave me hope that possibilities were out there for me.”

"After being in prison for eight years I found it difficult to find a job. With experience in kitchen and window fitting I knew my skills could be helpful to someone but I felt restricted. RES were very helpful and friendly, helping me update my CV and gain training to enable me to find a job.”

Crime summary

On 7th May 2019, a burglary occurred on Seaside, Eastbourne, whereby the suspect(s) have entered the property by causing damage to the front door and stolen electronics (Ref: 47190073104).

9th May 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050 not 07989 188960 as previously advised.

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend (Friday) Operation Blitz activity

Officers from Eastbourne Prevention headed out over the Bank Holiday weekend to target areas across the town which have recently been subject to ASB and youth ASB.

The team deployed to areas across Eastbourne, including the seafront, Gildredge Park and Princes park, areas which have recently received calls regarding ASB and youth ASB, and also areas where Officers have noticed on going / increased ASB or youth ASB.

Officers started along the seafront; owing to the market stalls along the front there was an increase in groups congregating along the front; but none of concern and officers focussed their patrols on targeting excessive alcohol consumption and recreational drug use which the seafront often falls victim to over bank holidays.

Other than some of our local street community causing ASB issues along the promenade, officers were pleased to report no issues on their seafront patrol.

Following an increase in language students visiting the town over their half terms, we have noticed an increase in youth related ASB around park areas, officers made their way to these locations and foot patrols were conducted to offer reassurance to students and also act as a deterrent to our problem youths who often congregate in the park areas.

Other than a few dog walkers, all was in order, and officers spoke with residents and gave them the Op Blitz contact number should they witness anything during the course of the evening.

During the evening, officers dropped in on local late night businesses, none of who had anything to report, reassurance visits were conducted and officer contact details given; and Officers were pleased to report that no issues we reported during their Op Blitz patrols during the evening, also the Op Blitz mobile received no calls.

7th May 2019

Missing person

Sussex Police are currently looking for a missing person Simon GRIFFITHS 48 years old who is missing from Bexhill.

Simon was last seen 23rd April 2019 and it is possible that he is sleeping rough in Bexhill along the seafront.

Simon may also have access to a Blue Volkswagen Polo vehicle which has previously been parked up in the area of Amherst Road, Bexhill.

Simon is a white male, 6’0”, red hair with receding hairline, medium build, blue eyes, glasses.

Cad 848 30/04/19 refers.

5th May 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 6 May Bank Holiday - no scheduled closures

Tuesday 7 May for 4 nights

Lane closures leading to a full closure of junction 9 (Gatwick) exit slip northbound and lane 1 on the Gatwick Spur between 10pm and 4am. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place for Gatwick via junction 10 of the M23, A2011, A23, Airport Way and into Gatwick Airport. For the M25, via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22, Godstone and join at junction 6 of the M25.

Monday 13 May 10pm to 4am

Installation of a super span gantry at junction 8 of the M23 adjacent to the M25. Closures at this location on all carriageways on the M23 north and southbound and the entry and exit slips from the M25. The diversion route will be via junction 6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at Junction 10 M23.

Tuesday-Wednesday 14 and 15 May 10pm to 4am

Full closure in place from junction 8 to 10 southbound. Diversion route via M25 Junction 6, A22, A264, re-join at junction 10 M23.

Thursday 16 May 9pm to 4am

Full closure from junction 10 to junction 8 northbound plus the Gatwick Spur entry slip will be closed to undertake work. Diversion route via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22, re-join at junction 6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, Junction 10 M23, A2011, A23, Airport Way and into Gatwick Airport.

10pm on Friday 17th May to midday on Sunday 19th May

36-hour full carriageway closure at M23 J9 Gatwick Spur (into the Airport only). The southbound exit slip and northbound exit slip will be closed for traffic. There will be NO access into Gatwick Airport from junction 9.  The M23 main carriageway in both directions will be open for traffic. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place. From Junction 10 of the M23 to Gatwick Airport via the A2011, A23, Airport Way leading to the North and South Terminals.

For full details and to register for alerts visit:
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

4th May 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Witnesses sought to hit-and-run collision in Eastbourne
Police are appealing for the driver of a blue Subaru or similar type car which was involved in a collision with a teenage pedestrian on the B2191 Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne, to come forward.

The collision occurred at approximately 6.10pm on Thursday (25 April) at the Willingdon Drove junction with Sevenoaks Road. Officers also want to talk to any witnesses.

The casualty, a 15-year-old boy, was crossing Willingdon Drove when he was hit by the car. The car failed to stop and turned into Sevenoaks Road. The boy sustained a leg injury and was treated at the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards-on-Sea.

Anyone who saw what happened, who may have dash-cam footage or who has other relevant information is asked to contact police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1172 of 25/04. The driver of the car is also being asked to make contact without delay.

Looking for a new job? We’re hiring for contact handlers (from 3rd May 2019)

Our recruitment team attended The Big Futures Show at Eastbourne Sports Park on Tuesday to promote our new job openings.

Recruitment Opens for Contact Handlers on 3rd May 2019 and Police Officers on 17th June 2019. 

As a Contact Handler you’ll have a crucial role in the police family: managing a huge variety of emergency 999 calls, dealing with non-emergency 101 calls, online and social media enquiries. All are at the heart of police business.

You will do this by:

  • Facing diverse situations and engaging with people from different backgrounds with different problems.
  • Being adaptable to all types of situations.
  • Having patience and being calm under pressure
  • Communicating clearly and be a good listener
  • Providing reassurance to those in need
  • Working in a fast-paced 24/7 environment
  • Making critical decisions
  • Quick thinking
  • Getting that vital detail
  • Log information quickly and accurately
  • 24 hour shift pattern including nights, weekends and bank holidays

You will provide excellent customer service to the communities we serve and the teams we work with.

This is a vital job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
You’ll be hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:

  • Generous basic pay of £23,361 plus an unsocial hours shift allowance of approximately £7,200 per year.
  • 25 days holiday a year (increasing to 30 days after five years’ service) and access to many additional benefits.
  • Opportunities to develop your career and progress within the force (once you have completed two years as a Contact Handler). While many of our Contact Handlers choose to stay in the role or progress to a Controller, there are many opportunities to explore other roles and we will help you develop no matter what your interest.
  • Excellent training with continuous professional development.

Click here to find out more and apply today > >

Protect your van and tools reminder

Following a few reports of van breaks across local areas, Police are reminding van owners to review their security.

Having your car or van broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing, especially if it is your livelihood.

Don’t leave your van open to thieves, please take your tools in overnight and over the weekend, and secure them out of sight; print up the below image and pop it on the dashboard or rear window.

Click here for crime prevention advice > >

Crime summary

A property on Upwick road, Eastbourne had their shed broken into overnight on the 26th, and family mountain bikes were stolen. Police are investigating the theft and all lines of enquiry. (1284 of 26/04 relates)

A commercial property on Maple Road was broken into in the small hours of the 28th. Alarms alerted staff who contacted Police. Suspects have made a forced entry to the property, unfortunately there are no lines of enquiry (0370 of 28/04 relates)

Machinery and other tools were stolen from a business property on Lottbridge Drive, Eastbourne in the late evening of the 30th April. Suspects have used force to gain entry into the storage areas and tools taken. Regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (1416 of 30/04 relates).

3rd May 2019

Have you seen missing Valeria

Police are searching for missing woman Valeria Funtez-Vazquez. Valeria, 41, was last seen in the Eastbourne area around 3pm on Thursday (May 2).

The area is unknown to her and she could become confused by her surroundings.

She is white with an olive skin complexion, 5’ 2”, of slim build and with long dark hair. Valeria, who speaks little English, was last seen wearing a pale grey coat, blue jeans and tanned shoes.

If you see Valeria or believe you have seen her since she went missing please report online or call 101 quoting 717 of 02/05

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3rd May 2019

Eastbourne Co-Op robbery suspect arrested

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a robbery at the Co-Op in Beatty Road, Eastbourne.

Police released CCTV images of a suspect following the incident, which occurred about 10.52pm on Friday 19 April.

Following enquiries, a man was arrested in St Leonards on Thursday 25 April, Terry Harris, 31, a painter, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody and appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court the following day (Friday 26 April), charged with robbery.

He was released on conditional bail and is scheduled to appear for trial at Lewes Crown Court on 24 May.

2nd May 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend’s Op Blitz (Saturday 27th) was conducted by PCSO’s Honey, Furlong, Jake and Kerr.

Regrettably owing to an operation early afternoon in Eastbourne, 2 of the team were held back to finish duties late afternoon to early evening.

Patrols began in the town centre owing to recent youth ASB, nothing to report and officers made their way to the seafront for a Hi-viz patrol following last weeks ASB involving members of the street community causing issues.

Officers attended local public houses and other licensed premises on South Street and into Station Street following reports of stolen pedal cycles. Officers were tasked with obtaining witness statements and assisting the rest of the team recover stolen bikes.

The Op Blitz mobile phone was in use from 6pm although no calls were received the entire evening.

Two visits were made by officers following complaints of a 16th birthday party becoming rowdy in Old Town. On attendance a small group of youths were celebrating a birthday, officers spoke with the group and although there were no concerns during their visit advice regarding rowdy and noisy behaviour was given.

Officers later returned to this address before the end of their shift to check all was still in order, which they are pleased to report it was.

Patrols continued into the late evening with no calls being received on the Op Blitz mobile, and officers continuing to attend known ASB and youth ASB hotspot areas to offer reassurance to residents and late night businesses.

28th April 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

27 & 28 April 10.00pm to 4.00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound Diversion to J9 and back.

29 April 10.00pm to 5.00am

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A246, A22 and re-join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011, A23, Airport Way into Gatwick.

29 April 10.00pm to 5.00am

Lane closure on Gatwick Spur leading to J9 full Northbound entry slip closure. Diversion for M25 via A246, A22 and re-join at J6 M25.

30 April 10.00pm to 5.00am

Lane closure leading to full closure M23 Northbound to M25 Eastbound Diversion M23 J8 to M25.

30 April, 1, 2 & 3 May 10.00pm to 5.00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 and back.

6 May Bank Holiday - no scheduled closures

10pm on Friday 17th May to midday on Sunday 19th May

36-hour full carriageway closure at M23 J9 Gatwick Spur (into the Airport only). There will be no exit Northbound at J9. Access into Gatwick Airport North and South terminals will be via M23 J10, where you should follow the signed diversion route. M23 will be open for traffic.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line on Sunday 5th May, early morning between 1.20am-9.30am, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes.

For full details and to register for alerts visit:
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

27th April 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

Eastbourne car fires being treated as arson.

Police are appealing for witnesses following two car fires in Eastbourne, which are suspected to have been caused deliberately.

Officers were called to Oulton Close about 3.55am on Tuesday (23 April) and on arrival the vehicles – both Volvos – were well alight.

Firefighters attended shortly afterwards and the fires were extinguished. The incident is being treated as arson.

Police are seeking witnesses, or anyone with CCTV in the area which may have captured the incident.

Anyone with any information is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 133 of 23/04.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

Witnesses sought to collision between motor-cycle and car in Eastbourne.

Police in Eastbourne are seeking witnesses to what is believed to have been deliberate collision between a motor-cyclist and car, in which the motor-cycle rider sustained serious injuries. The car did not stop at the scene

Shortly after 6pm on Saturday (20 April) the 23-year-old Eastbourne man was knocked off a the motor-cycle he was riding, at the junction of Friday Street (B2104) and Larkspur Drive in Eastbourne.

He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious back and arm injuries, including a stab wound to his back believed to have been sustained during the incident. However he is currently in a stable and not life-threatening condition.  The car, described as silver VW Golf, drove away.

Detective Inspector Daniel Dugan said; "This incident may have caused another uninvolved driver to take evasive action and we would like to speak to this potential witness in particular, along with anyone else who may have seen something”

"We believe this collision may have been a deliberate act, but it is an isolated incident in which the people involved are known to each other.”

If you saw what happened or have any other information please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Foxmere.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  No arrests have been made at this stage.

Police warning after second Easter fatal motorcycle collision in Sussex - Think!

The Easter holiday weather attracted many more drivers and riders on to the roads of Sussex; with this unfortunately came an increase in road traffic collisions.

Following two motorcyclist fatalities in two days, Sussex Police are reminding road users of the need to be aware of the ‘Think Bike!’ message.

A man died and another was arrested following a collision near Rye on Saturday afternoon (April 20).

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the scene between the A259 junction and Northpoint Beach at 14:14pm where the red Suzuki motorcycle and a Ford Ranger had collided.

A 39-year-old man from London, who was riding the Suzuki, was critically injured in the collision and sadly died at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed. The driver and a woman passenger in the Ford Ranger sustained suspected back injuries and shock and were taken to hospital for treatment.

A 26-year-old man from Dartford in Kent, who was riding another motorcycle in the area at the time, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remained in custody on Saturday evening.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen any of the vehicles involved in the area in the time leading up to it. This includes the movements of a group of motorcyclists who may also have been riding between Camber and Hastings on Saturday afternoon and came to the attention of other motorists.

Did you travel over the Bank Holiday weekend?

Please email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Thorncroft.

The road remained closed until just after 10pm while rescue, recovery and collision investigation work were carried out.

Less than 48 hours earlier a 63-year-old motorcyclist died when his machine was in collision with two other vehicles on the A27 at Wilmington on Thursday evening (April 18).

Sergeant Richard Hobbs, from the Sussex roads policing unit, said: "We tend to see a spike in serious injury collisions involving motorbikes around this time of year, especially on fine weekends and Bank Holidays. If you haven't been out for a while, or even if you have, ride carefully and stay aware.”

"Similarly, other road users need to be aware of the Think Bike! message - be mindful of riders and look carefully, especially before turning, exiting junctions or similar manoeuvres.”

Eastbourne robbery suspect, do you recognise this man?

Police have released CCTV images of a man sought in connection with a robbery in Eastbourne.

About 10.52pm on Friday (19 April), a man entered the Co-Op store in Beatty Road brandishing a weapon and demand money from staff. He made off with around £200 in cash.

The suspect is described as white, about 5’10”, of athletic or muscular build and well dressed. He had stubble or a short beard, a shaven head to the back and sides, and a distinctive tattoo on the right hand side of his neck which appears to be three symbols or words.

He was wearing a black baseball cap with no apparent logo. He had no glove on his left hand, and uses this hand to give the cashier an empty plain plastic bag to fill with cash. His right hand is partially covered and is holding an object – possibly a chisel – in a threatening manner.

If you recognise the suspect or have any information about the incident, please report it online or call 101 quoting serial 1504 of 19/04.

Crime Summary

In the small hours of Monday (22nd) morning, a pharmacy in Meads Street was broken into, whereby the suspect has smashed a glass door panel.
Following the premises’ alarms going off, Officers attending and have since arrested a male in connection with the incident. (0089 of 22/04 relates).

On the afternoon of Monday 22nd, as caravan off Longstone Road was broken into by means unknown. Personal items and electronics were taken. Regrettably no lines of enquiry or suspect details have come to light. (1374 of 22/04 relates).

A male was caught following the victim catching up with him along Hyde Gardens on the afternoon of the 23rd after the suspect male threw objects at the victim’s window causing them to smash. Police arrived on scene and the suspect male was arrested. (1319 of 23/04 relates).

Approximately 0100 am on the 24th April a male was seen by witnesses smashing the glass windows of a pharmacy on Wartling Road. The male was seen to smash windows and gain entry where he began to take medication. Officers were alerted and attended and caught up with the, male further down the road, he was arrested and has since been charged.

26th April 2019

Food Product Recalls

Asda has taken the precautionary step of recalling its Peanut and Almond Cereal Bars in addition to its Cranberry and Nut Cereal Bars (packs of 4) because the products might contain salmonella.

More Information > >

Tesco has taken the precautionary step of recalling its Apricot Almond and Yogurt Bars (pack of 4) because the product might contain salmonella.

More information > >

26th April 2019

What is Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival?

Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival is a ten day event running from Friday 20 September through to Sunday 29 September 2019. The event acts as a springboard to a year round ongoing promotion of walking activities across the areas. This is an event for all ages that will encourage people to take a good walk on a regular basis, be it to improve their health and wellbeing or simply to learn new things and make friends. The festival aims to promote engagement in appreciation and conservation of the natural world from plant life, animal life and marine. There will be events taking place during the Festival based around this theme more so than the act of walking.

For more information, visit the Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival website.

26th April 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • What's on in May
  • Share a story
  • Get that festival feeling
  • From the Newsroom.

Read more > >

26th April 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07989 188960.

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend (Saturday) Operation Blitz activity

Officers from Eastbourne Prevention set off for their Op Blitz patrols over the Bank Holiday weekend to hit areas across the town which have recently received calls regarding ASB and youth ASB, and also areas where Officers have noticed on going / increased ASB or youth ASB.

Officers started along the seafront; sunshine and Bank Holidays often brings an increase of ASB into the area, and we see a rise in ASB related issues for a number of reasons; excessive alcohol consumption, recreational drug use etc.

The team started along the promenade from the pier, up to the Wish Tower. The beach was exceptionally busy owing to Bank Holiday makers and locals enjoying the hot temperatures.

Regrettably some taking it too far, officers had only just got out when they had to intervene with some of our local street community causing ASB issues along the promenade, officers seized alcohol from them on more than occasion on their walk along the front. One individual from the same group continued to cause issues and was subsequently arrested for disorderly behaviour, and went on to the assault the arresting officer.

Unfortunately Op Blitz was cut short this weekend owing to units being requested to assist with ‘Op Foxmere’, following a collision and isolated stabbing incident in Eastbourne, officers were tied up with scene guards, statements and road closures. More information.

The Op Blitz phone was kept on with Officers to which no calls regarding ASB related issues being called in.

24th April 2019

A drink-driver who crashed into 14 parked cars in Eastbourne
has been convicted in court.

Police were called to the incident in Sydney Road shortly after 9.30pm on 5 January.

Officers attended and discovered damage to numerous vehicles, two of which were hit so hard they had spun around and were facing the opposite way in the middle of the road. A garden wall was also demolished.

Shortly afterwards, a witness reported seeing a man pull up at an address in Beatty Road in a damaged Land Rover.

After there was no answer at the flat in question, police forced entry and found the suspect inside.

He was identified as Graham Allen, a removals operative, of Beatty Road, Eastbourne.

The 56-year-old was arrested and charged with driving with 71mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system (the legal limit being 35mcg); and being the driver of a vehicle whereby an accident occurred and damage was caused to 14 vehicles and a wall, and failed to stop.

In police interview, Allen stated he had been out drinking with friends, but did not count the number of drinks he had consumed. He claims he intended to retrieve his coat from his vehicle, but then decided to drive in a “moment of madness”.

He pleaded guilty to both offences at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 17 April, where he was disqualified from driving for 20 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also fined £450, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Sergeant Vicki Rees, of the East Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is extremely dangerous and it can have dire consequences. Last year in Sussex, a total of 74 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of a collision involving a drink-driver."

"The level of damage caused in this case was clearly extensive, and had there been a pedestrian or a cyclist in the road at the time, it could have been a whole different story."

“Receiving a criminal conviction for drink or drug-driving can have a sobering effect on offenders, who often express remorse for their actions. However, the dangers of drink or drug-driving are well documented, and it shouldn’t take a court appearance to make them realise that."

“Our message is clear – drink OR drive; never both.”

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 months ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, always call 999.

23rd April 2019

Eastbourne Car Fires Being Treated As Arson

Police are appealing for witnesses following two car fires in Eastbourne, which are suspected to have been caused deliberately.

Officers were called to Oulton Close about 3.55am on Tuesday (23 April) and on arrival the vehicles – both Volvos – were well alight.

Firefighters attended shortly afterwards and the fires were extinguished. The incident is being treated as arson.

Police are seeking witnesses, or anyone with CCTV in the area which may have captured the incident.

Anyone with any information is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 133 of 23/04.

You can also contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800-555-111.

23rd April 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

23, 24, 25 & 26 April 10.00pm to 4.00am

Lane 1 closure leading to a full closure of J9 Gatwick exit slip plus Lane 1 on Gatwick Spur Northbound from J9. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23, Airport Way plus 2nd Diversion via M25 anticlockwise, junction 6, re-join M25 clockwise and back to J9 on M23.

25 & 26 April 10.00pm to 4.00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the slip road onto the M25 anticlockwise towards Dartford. Diversion via M25 clockwise to J8 and back.

27 & 28 April 10.00pm to 4.00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound Diversion to J9 and back.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line on Sunday 5th May, early morning between 1.20am-9.30am, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes.

For full details and to register for alerts visit:
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

19th April 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

Knifepoint Robbery Eastbourne

Police have published a CCTV Image of a man suspected of an early morning knifepoint robbery at an Eastbourne shop.

Just before 6.30am on Saturday (13 April) the man, with his face covered and wearing a hi-vis vest over a blue jacket, rang on the door bell of the rear entrance to the One Stop shop in Winston Crescent, Eastbourne.

When a woman staff member opened the door, the man entered holding what is described as a kitchen knife, pushed her into the office and demanded money from the safe, making off with £147.63 cash. The woman, in her early fifties, was shaken but unhurt.

Detective Constable Sean Stapley said: "The suspect is believed to have run past the nearby café towards Seaside, in the direction of the town centre, and then along a path which leads alongside a river towards the rear of Tollgate School.

"Did you see him early on Saturday morning or do you know who he is? If you can help, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 276 of 13/04."

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Campaign to help prevent moped and motorbike thefts

Sussex Police are encouraging moped and motorbike riders to protect their vehicles from would-be thieves.

The campaign, advises riders to “lock, chain and cover your bike”, wherever they park.

Moped and motorbike thefts saw a rise in Sussex during last summer and the end of 2018, with various operations being put into action to tackle this. This advice campaign aims to maintain the recent fall in thefts and to support the work that police have already carried out.

Posters will be placed in areas where moped and motorbike thieves are known to operate, as well as bike parks and other areas parking areas.

Advice includes locking your bike in order to make it harder to steal. A chain is another deterrent, making it impossible to wheel away from the parking area. Covering your bike hides what make and model it is, as well as adding another obstacle to would-be thieves. Also think about parking your vehicle in well-lit areas and choosing a location which has CCTV if possible. All these precautions add up to a better-protected vehicle and fewer incidents of stealing.

Mopeds and motorbikes are frequently stolen in Sussex in order to sell them on or for joy-riding. Unlike recent occurrences in London, it is unlikely the stolen vehicles would be used for “moped-enabled crime”, where they are taken in order to carry out a further crime such as robbery, but that does not mean it will not happen.

Inspector Brian McCarthy said: “We are appealing to all riders in Sussex to be vigilant in keeping their vehicles safe whenever they are out on the road. You may just be parking for five minutes, or just leaving your vehicle while you run an errand, but that’s all that is needed for thieves to take advantage of an unlocked moped or motorbike.

"Don’t give them the opportunity they are looking for. Your vehicle is worth more than a £10 bike lock, so invest now and keep your property safe.”

This campaign will be run across the county starting in April, and continuing throughout the summer.

Click here for more information on how to protect mopeds and motorbikes.

19th April 2019

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre – Spring 2019 Customer Survey

East Sussex County Council are re-commissioning community services for adults with sensory impairments.  To help provide the best possible services for you in future, East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre would like to ask you a few questions... Click here to access the Spring 2019 Customer Survey... thank you so much! 

The survey can also be accessed on the homepage of the ESHRC website.

19th April 2019

The Airships: An exhibition of WW1 local history on your doorstep

Local community organisation Creative Force spent several weeks at the end of 2018 working in Willingdon to research, with local people, information about the site of the World War 1 Royal Naval Airship Station (R.N.A.S.) Polegate.

In 1914 The Admiralty requisitioned 142 acres of land below the Combe that sits above Willingdon (known locally as Donkey Hollow), from Wannock to what is now the A22, to build Polegate Airship Station on.  The station had a huge impact on Willingdon, then a tiny village, whilst the airships and their crews were to play a crucial part in patrolling our coastlines during World War 1.

Gasbags was a term of affection used by crews who worked on airship stations to describe their airships, so called because they were, in fact, naval vessels.

As from 18th May 2019, the exhibition will move to a new home in the Pavilion Cafe and Exhibition Room in Royal Parade.

Flyer > >

More information > >

18th April 2019

Three sentenced for roles in Eastbourne-based e-mail fraud.

Three men have been sentenced for their roles in an email-based 'mandate' fraud that diverted more than £60,000 from businesses and private individuals into an Eastbourne-based bank account.

Clive Theobald, 55, of Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes; Tolulope Ajetunmobi, 37, of Marchwood Close, London SE5: and Sogo Fasoyiro, 40, of Chandlers Drive, Bexley, Kent, were sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (9 April) having been convicted on 12 February of a series of money laundering offences.

Theobald was sentenced to 26 months for seven offences of transferring or possessing criminal property, Ajetunmobi was sentenced to 18 months for two such offences, and Fasoyiro was given a one-year sentence suspended for two years, plus 150 hours unpaid work, for five such offences. She was also found not guilty of three other such charges.

A 47-year-old woman was arrested in relation to the offences but was deported.

Mandate fraud involves a company or individual being tricked into changing details of a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer by criminals pretending to be an organisation to whom regular payments are made, typically a business supplier or a subscription. It’s a simple but effective fraud which is used a lot and can involve the loss of a huge amount of money.

Detective Constable Fleur Jones of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit said: "We identified six incidents in which people had been defrauded or almost defrauded by these defendants.

"One was a firm of builders in East Sussex who lost £7,908, meant to be the payment of building repairs that they had completed to a block of flats. A second was a man in London who lost £59, 595 supposed to be the deposit for the purchase of his new home. A Surrey lost £1,000 meant to be the deposit for the rent of a flat, an Eastbourne sports club lost £2,370 meant to be the payment of an invoice.

"A Sussex man almost lost £7,000 meant to be the payment of a landscaping invoice but he realised just in time that the bank account details so made a phone call to the genuine company to double check their bank details. A Hungarian company almost lost £12,639.18 meant to be the payment of an invoice but this payment was held in the bank account that the defendants had access to by the bank who by then had been alerted to the unusual amount of money coming into and out of the account."

These incidents came to light when the victims were alerted to the fact that monies they had paid, or were due to be paid to them, hadn’t arrived at their intended destinations. The victims then realised that their email accounts had been hacked and that the genuine bank account details on invoices had been changed to an account used by the crime group.

A series of reports by the victims to Action Fraud were linked and passed to Sussex Police and allocated to a local Eastbourne officer. In a routine review of fraud and money laundering crimes during one of the force Economic Crime Unit’s pioneering internal ‘fraud clinics’, DC Jones identified the potential complexity of the case and it was then investigated by the Unit at Sussex Police HQ, which specialises in complex fraud and money laundering cases. Fleur Jones worked with Force Intelligence analysts went on to identify the onward transfers of the monies and the suspects responsible, and built the case against them.

She said; “Mandate fraudsters are able to execute this crime by initially hacking your email account; they send out spurious emails seemingly from established organisations such as PayPal, Apple or TV Licensing with links enticing you to click on the link and input your email address and password. They hope that your email and password for these organisations is the same as for your email account.

"Once they have captured this information they are able to get into your email account and monitor it until there appears to be an impending financial transaction that you are about to make, and once that email drops into your inbox asking you to pay a bill they quickly change the bank details of the payee to ones that they can access. So you pay your money thinking you have paid your bill, but really the money has gone straight into the criminal’s bank account."

To protect yourself :-

  • NEVER click on a link in an email which asks you to input password information, no matter how genuine the email looks.
  • ALWAYS use different passwords for other websites/platforms/accounts etc to those you use for your email account.

If a company you make a regular payment to suddenly emails you saying their bank account details have changed, ALWAYS make a phone call to them to check using a phone number sourced from somewhere else, not just taken from the email or invoice you have received.

Meanwhile the police investigation into this trio of fraudsters continues. Expert investigators are looking into their assets for a court hearing later this year at which applications will be made for confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) for any available assets judged to have been acquired by crime.

More information and advice about preventing mandate fraud > >

18th April 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

PCSO’s Dallaway and Raczynska conducted Operation Blitz this week around Eastbourne Town Centre. We started our patrol on foot around the Seafront following recent reports of youths causing nuisance on their push-bikes and scooters.

It was a sunny although cold late afternoon – however, it did not stop people enjoying the treats from the World Food Market that is currently set on the promenade.

We moved to the Town Centre which has also been targeted by the youths on the bikes/scooters in the recent days. However, since these previous incidents have occurred several suspects have been spoken to by our officers, and it appears the words of advice were taken to consideration.

As we carried on with our anti – social behaviour patrols, we came across a vulnerable person who was deemed as a high-risk missing person. We assisted in taking this person safely home, alongside putting in referrals to safeguard the individual in the future.

PCSO Dallaway answered a phone call on the Blitz mobile which led to us being able to receive vital information around drug dealing within the Old Town area of Eastbourne, which we are sure our drug experts will be more than happy to act on this information we have given in the near future.

Whilst in Hampden Park, we visited the skate park, where only last week it was reported that youths were setting fire to a tree. On this occasion, there were no youths in the park. Whilst still out on patrol in this area the Tesco manager handed us a Martial Arts Training Knife and a tablet that was found, at the location. While the owner of the tablet turned up during our enquiries, the Martial Arts Knife has been seized and booked into our property store for destruction.

We later attended a report of youths sitting on the roof of the Community Centre in Shinewater, however, they were no longer there upon our arrival.

We also spent some time attending other areas within our activities as we try to spread our attention equally across all areas of Eastbourne.

Finally, as the temperature dropped and the evening shift was coming to an end we were satisfied that we did not witness any untoward activity, and a majority of our “trouble makers” kept on their best behaviour.

12th April 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Owing to ongoing ASB issues that have been reported in local parks in Eastbourne and Hampden Park, the team we redirected to assist with patrols across Eastbourne open areas, including Gildredge Park and Manor Gardens.

For this reason regrettably Officers have been unable to write up an Op Blitz update this week.

Continued patrols from the Op Blitz team will are ongoing and are incorporating the above patrols during the Easter Holidays.

12th April 2019

A New Way To Report Crimes And Information Across Sussex

Police Forces across England & Wales are using a new system called Single Online Home (SOH). This is a policing portal which allows the public to easily report crimes, incidents and information online.

The police non-emergency phone number 101 remains available if personal contact is required. However, using SOH significantly reduces wait times for those reporting crimes or incidents, or if you simply wish to provide some information to the police. Reporting online via SOH is easy and effective. It has been positively endorsed by a number of Neighbourhood Watch members who have had the opportunity to use it.

The new portal can be found on the home page of the recently updated Sussex Police website www.sussex.police.uk. In addition to the Report area, here you will find a new box “Tell us about …”. There is a drop down from which you can select, for example, “Something you’ve seen or heard”.

We have given you this information as we know that some people are rightly cautious about clicking on links in E-mails. However, there are some short-cut links available as below, which we have tested for you.

If reporting a crime or incident which has occurred in Sussex, SOH is available directly via https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/. You can scroll further down that page to see other options.

If reporting a crime or incident which has occurred outside of Sussex, SOH is available via https://report.police.uk.

If it’s something that you’ve seen or heard the link is
https://www.sussex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/something-youve-seen-or-heard/.

SOH should not be used for an emergency – dialling 999 remains the means of contact if there is danger to a person or if a crime is being committed.

All reports submitted via SOH will receive an immediate acknowledgement message. Reports are reviewed in live time, and within 48 hours Sussex Police will provide a personal response from a named staff member.

Neighbourhood Watch members are encouraged to use SOH when required and importantly, to promote and support its use amongst the communities we support through our NHW schemes. Co-ordinators are encouraged to pass on this information to their members, and of course to other members of the public.

12th April 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

There are no closures scheduled on Good Friday, Easter weekend or Easter Monday, 19-22 April 2019.

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 15 April 9pm to 5am

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J8 (M25) to J9 (Gatwick) Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23.

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the M25 J7 exit slip onto the M23 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23.

Lane closure leading to full closure from J10 (Crawley) to J8 (M25) Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011, A23 Airport Way.

Lane closure leading to a full closure of Gatwick Spur entry slip Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at J6 M25.

Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April 9pm to 5am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 and back.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line on Sunday 5th May, early morning between 1.20am-9.30am, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes.

Click here for full details and to register for alerts > >

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

11th April 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Wanted George Powell arrested

Wanted Eastbourne man George Powell, 52, who was wanted on recall to prison, has been arrested in London on Tuesday (April 9).

New report says Sussex Police has made significant improvements to the way it responds to stalking and harassment

Sussex Police has made significant improvements to the way it responds to stalking and harassment, according to a report published on 10th April.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue (HMICFRS) carried out an inspection at the end of last year, commissioned by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “The report acknowledges that we have significantly improved our understanding of what stalking and harassment is, and what our response should be. It also sets out where there is even more work to do and we accept this.

“Stalking and harassment has a long-term and debilitating effect on victims and we will continue to make improvements to ensure people are safe and can feel safe, and bringing perpetrators to justice.”

The report acknowledges progress by Sussex Police to date including:

  • more victims feeling confident to come forward, with stalking reports having risen by 540% in three years.
  • increased awareness amongst officers and staff, including call handlers, those joining our investigations teams and all new recruits, on how to spot signs of stalking.
  • specialists on hand offering advice and support on a daily basis, and a better understanding and a more joined up approach with training for the CPS and local statutory and voluntary partners.
  • a comprehensive policy for supporting victims and support of independent stalking advocacy caseworkers from Veritas Justice, funded by the OSPCC, to work with people affected by stalking.
  • an improvement plan that is under constant review, with us reinforcing national protocol and guidance.

Cannabis factory found in Eastbourne

Police discovered a cannabis factory containing about 350 plants in a property in Cavendish Place, Eastbourne.

Officers went to make some enquiries on Monday (1 April) at about 9.20am and could smell a strong odour of cannabis. They found cannabis plants growing in five rooms. A man at the property tried to escape up by climbing out of a window onto the roof but was later arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis.

The 21-year-old man was later released without charge and handed over to the immigration authorities.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said: "This was a substantial cannabis factory set up and our enquiries are ongoing to identify those involved. If anyone has any information about it, please contact us."

Contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 0247 of 01/04 if you can help the investigation.

Read more about our ongoing commitment to safeguarding your communities from drug-harm.

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on Betenson Avenue, whereby a shed was broken into with the door forced and lock broken. No items were believed to be stolen during this burglary (Ref: 47190054896)

A burglary occurred on Park Lane, in which a shed was broken into, whereby the lock was forced and a battery was stolen from within (Ref: 4719005570

12th April 2019

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Children's Book Award shortlist
  • And breathe...de-stress at your library
  • Go cosmic with Brian and Ed
  • Boost your learning resources with our teachers' open day
  • Diary of events
  • A Book I Have Loved...
  • One to Watch

Download the newsletter > >

10th April 2019

Stalking Awareness Week 8th to 12th April 2019

Did you know?:

  • Statistics show that one in six women and one in 12 men will experience stalking, but this is believed to be grossly underestimated.
  • And when they become victims, they do not tend to report to the police until the 100th incident.

Stalking victim Amanda Playle, from Bexhill, is urging people to take stalking seriously and not delay reporting as part of Sussex Police’s campaign in support of National Stalking Awareness Week, 8-12 April 2019.

Watch her video story here and read more about stalking, seeing the signs, and what we are doing as a Force to support victims...

6th April 2019

Cannabis factory found in Eastbourne

Police discovered a cannabis factory containing about 350 plants in a property in Cavendish Place, Eastbourne.

Officers went to make some enquiries on Monday (1 April) at about 9.20am and could smell a strong odour of cannabis. They found cannabis plants growing in five rooms. A man at the property tried to escape up by climbing out of a window onto the roof but was later arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis.

The 21-year-old man was later released without charge and handed over to the immigration authorities.
Inspector Rachel Barrow said: "This was a substantial cannabis factory set up and our enquiries are ongoing to identify those involved. If anyone has any information about it, please contact us."

Contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 0247 of 01/04 if you can help the investigation.

Read more about our ongoing work to tackle drug supply in your area here > >

6th April 2019

Motorist sought following collision with cyclist in
Hampden Park, Eastbourne

Police wish to speak to the driver of a car that was in collision with a pedal cyclist at the Marshall Roundabout, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, shortly after 6am on Wednesday (3rd April), resulting in the cyclist sustaining concussion, cuts and grazes.

The car, possibly a small red hatchback, entered the roundabout from Willingdon Drove, but failed to stop following the crash. It is likely to have front end damage as a result of the impact.

The cyclist, a 47-year-old local man, is believed to have briefly lost consciousness and was treated at Eastbourne District General Hospital.
Anyone who saw what happened or who may have dash-cam footage of the incident, or ideally the motorist involved, is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting serial 176 of 03/04.

6th April 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

There are no closures scheduled for the week beginning 8th April, or on Good Friday, Easter weekend or Easter Monday, 19-22 April 2019.

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 15 April 9pm to 5am

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J8 (M25) to J9 (Gatwick) Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23.

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the M25 J7 exit slip to M23 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23.

Lane closure leading to full closure from J10 (Crawley) to J8 (M25) Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011, A23 Airport Way.

Lane closure leading to a full closure of Gatwick Spur entry slip Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at J6 M25.

Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April 9pm to 5am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 and back.

HEADS UP Next FULL weekend closure - Friday 17 May at 8pm to midnight on Saturday 18th May

36 hour full carriageway closure at Junction 9 Gatwick Spur (into the Airport only). No exit Northbound at J9. Access into Gatwick Airport North and South terminals via M23 J10, and follow signed diversion route. The main M23 carriageway will be open as normal – there will be NO access into Gatwick from the M23.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line on 7 April, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan. There is also a closure Sunday 5th May, early morning between 1.20am-9.30am.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

4th April 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to talk to in connection with the theft of a front bumper and index plate from a bakery van in Eastbourne.

The entire front bumper was stolen from a Toyota DYNA truck which was parked in Cavendish Place in the early hours of Friday 22 March. The vehicle belongs to Cavendish Bakery and is used as a lunch truck to deliver sandwiches and other bakery goods to businesses in the area. The number plate is MK59 EBU.

The truck has been targeted before by thieves who have stolen its wing mirrors and battery.

Investigator Ali Crick said: "We are keen to identify the man in the image. This is the third time parts from the delivery truck have been stolen and they are all unique to the vehicle. The truck is now not roadworthy, which is affecting the bakery financially. Please let us know if you have any information about this theft."

Contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 160 of 22/03 if you can help.

For our advice on how to prevent vehicle crime click here.

PC Rachel Bourne Gave a Lesson around Knife Crime

Work is still continuing from Operation Sceptre – this was where Police Forces across the UK raised awareness around knife crime through a range of different methods, find out more here: http://socsi.in/Mcb0c.

PC Rachel Bourne attended St Catherine’s College this week to give an assembly around the issues of knife crime and how to tackle it to year 9 students.

Eastbourne Police Cadets Support Big Charity Event

On Friday 29th March Eastbourne Police Cadets supported St Wilfrid’s Hospice Jail and Bail fundraising event, where 16 of the area’s best-known community figures, politicians and entrepreneurs spent the morning behind bars at the historic Redoubt Fortress to raise funds for the hospice.
By 9am, an angry mob had gathered to watch officers and cadets from Sussex Police make the official arrest of Eastbourne’s most wanted.
Next, the gang was called forward for fingerprinting by the cadets and, to have their mugshots taken and to hear the (entirely fictitious!) charges made against them.

Collectively the motley gang of hospice hooligans hustled, begged and borrowed - both in the run-up to the event and on the day itself - to exceed the event’s £16,000 fundraising target. What a runaway success it’s been!

Crime summary

On 28th March, there was a burglary that occurred on Hill Road, in which a garage was broken into a bicycles stolen (Ref: 47190049043)

On 28th March a number of garages were believed to have been entered on Broomfield Street, in which no items were stolen (Ref: 47190050183)

On 29th March garages were broken into on Grassington Road, in which no items were stolen from the premises (Ref: 47190051062)

On 31st March, a garage was broken into on Browning Walk, in which a dressing table was stolen from the premises (Ref: 47190051330)

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

1st April 2019

Get Safe Online - Safe Holiday Booking Campaign

With spring approaching thoughts naturally start to turn to holidays – so, dream holiday or short break… book it safely, and don’t become a victim of holiday fraud!

Thousands of people in the UK become victims of holiday fraud every year, duped by fake websites, advertisements, emails, social media posts, texts or phone calls. They lose their holiday and their hard-earned money. Holiday fraud can apply equally to exotic, sun-drenched holidays or UK caravan breaks, ski chalets or pilgrimages, city breaks or flights and train journeys.

Your 10 top tips for Safe Holiday Booking to avoid holiday fraud:

  • Thoroughly research accommodation, flights, cruises or package holidays advertised on private advertisements, to check that they are authentic.
  • Check that accommodation really exists by finding it on Google Maps and looking for third-party reviews and recommendations. If you can, call the owner/agent directly. If the number is not provided, email and request it.
  • Check reviews on TripAdvisor or similar sites.
  • Remember that paying by credit card means more chance of getting your money back if something goes wrong.
  • Never transfer money in payment for accommodation or travel. If you do and it’s a fraud, your bank will not be obliged to refund your money.
  • Confirm that travel agents and tour operators are members of trade associations such as ABTA or ATOL. You can do this on these bodies’ websites.
  • If paying online, type in the website address you know to be correct (instead of following a link), ensure the payment page is secure (begins with ‘https’ and has a locked padlock in the browser window frame).
  • Be wary of unusually cheap holidays or high deposits.
  • Check terms and conditions prior to making any payment.
  • Keep confirmations and payment receipts, and check statements for irregular entries.

For everything you need to know about booking holidays and travel online safely: www.getsafeonline.org/safebreaks
#safebreaks.

29th March 2019

Fraudsters send fake Virgin Media emails
threatening “automatic disconnection”

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports about fake emails that purport to be from Virgin Media. The emails threaten the recipient with “automatic disconnection” due to “invalid billing information”. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal your Virgin Media account login details.

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit:
www.cyberaware.gov.uk

29th March 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 1 April 9pm to 4am

Lane closure on J10 (Crawley) Exit slip to roundabout plus outer ring management on J10 Southbound to cover the lane 2 closure on the slip.

HEADS UP Next FULL weekend closure - Friday 18 May at 8pm to midnight on Saturday 19 May

36 hour full carriageway closure at Junction 9 Gatwick Spur (into the Airport only). No exit Northbound at J9. Access into Gatwick Airport North and South terminals via M23 J10, and follow signed diversion route. The main M23 carriageway will be open as normal – there will be NO access into Gatwick from the M23.

Commonplace

The Smart Motorway team would like to remind you about Commonplace, which is a Highways England driven initiative which the SMP M23 is trialling at the moment.

Below is the link so that you can see for yourself what customers will be able to comment on and ask questions about. As a positive, SMP will gain immediate reactions which will enable them to act promptly regarding issues such as Traffic Management, Environmental, operatives working, etc.

Click here > >

A chip off the old block

The SMP M23 recycle as much as they can from site but may have a surplus of wood chip becoming available. If you know of any local community projects in the area who could make use of them, please contact Carolyne Ferguson, Senior Stakeholder and Customer Liaison Manager or Jeannie.Dwyer@kier.co.uk. It can be delivered by the lorryload (locally only) when it becomes available.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line on 30-31 March and 7 April, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan. Works previously scheduled for 6 April are being re-scheduled. There is also a closure Sunday 5th May, early morning between 1.20am-9.30am.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

29th March 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Mother’s Day gift guide
  • Egg-cellent Easter crafts and bakes
  • 50 things to do before you’re five
  • Learn about the local nature
  • Make music and new friends this summer
  • From the Newsroom.

Read more > >

28th March 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday 22nd March Blitz patrol was made up of Officers from Lewes Prevention team, PCSOs Hopgood, and Honey, and PC Slater who started their evening at Gildredge Park.

Officers took the opportunity to engage with the skaters in the park and speak to parents who were out in the park themselves, all of who were really pleased to see us on our patrols – Op Blitz contact details were passed onto parents, and reassurance advice given.

Owing to no issues in the park, Officers moved onto Morrison’s in Hampden Park where there has been previous reports of anti-social drivers within the car park and anti-social youths in the store.

There have been a few reports recently of anti-social driving, not necessarily all youth related, but cars in the car park causing a nuisance and ASB. Officers spent time in the car park as a deterrent and presence, offering support to security guards at the store – Officers are pleased to report that there were no issues this evening in the car park, staff were given the Op Blitz mobile number to call should anything happen once Officers had left.

Hampden Park was the next stop, with the park areas and parade of shops being patrolled, Officers are pleased to report no youth related ASB was seen in Hampden Park this evening.

The team were later joined by PC Slater and moved onto Milfoil Drive where previous ASB reports had been reported. At this time there were no issues so they moved onto Etchingham Road to check the areas that had been reported for having problems with Anti-social behaviour, again no issues to report.

Other areas that Officers visited included Town centre, train station and the Hydneye area, all of which are areas where reports of ASB have been reported in the past.

Whilst patrolling through the town the team were made aware of a wanted person that units were looking for, fortunately they came across the person and were able to assist in the arrest after PC Slater and PCSO Hopgood went out on whippet patrol after the person!

Patrols were conducted during the course of the night in the areas which have been previously highlighted as having had youth’s related disorder. These areas also known as the Youth ‘hotspots’ include Langney, Old town, Shinewater and Hampden Park.

The team revisited the park areas previously attend in the night for one last check over, and pleased to report no ASB related issues; likely owing to the cold and harsh conditions of this evening, there was not much to report back, no calls were received via the Blitz phone, and there were no reports of ASB related problems between the hours of 18:00-00:00.

Please continue to use the Op Blitz phone over the weekend to report any ASB related issues that you witness. All reports help to build a picture of local issues, and assist the teams in planning the following week’s areas/patrol routes.

Thank you.

28th March 2019

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Scam Aware talks continue…

Local Prevention officers attended Sainsbury's, Hampden Park this week, alongside NatWest Bank speaking to shoppers, and local people about recent scams and frauds; not only County wide but local scams too.

We have seen an increase in scams where suspects are reporting to be from the National Crime Agency (NCA) or the Police – whereby fraudsters are either calling, or emailing vulnerable and elderly victims claiming to be from NCA, or Police officers, and that they need access to phones and computers. They can become quite threatening over the phone.

Please remember an NCA officer or Police officer will never ask to remotely access to your computer via phone, email or online, no will we ask you to verify personal details like passwords or account numbers via phone, email or online; ask you to transfer or hand over money via phone, email or online or bully or threaten you into handing over this information.

Please share this information with vulnerable or elderly friends, family or neighbours who may not have the means to read this information.
Thank you.

More information at: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Digital copies of our most recent Little Book of Big Scams can be found here > >

Man in distress on roof safely detained and arrested

Police helped to safely detain a man found on the roof of flats in Eastbourne.

About 12.45am on Wednesday (27 March), police received a report of a man in distress on top of Clive Court in Grand Parade.

Officers attended and various materials including tiles and bricks – believed to have been stripped from the building – were thrown to the floor.

Concerned for his own safety and the safety of members of the public, a cordon was put in place and a number of roads in the vicinity were closed.
Officers, assisted by South East Coast Ambulance Service and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, engaged in negotiations with the man, who eventually surrendered around 3.19am.

The 27-year-old local man was safely detained and arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Officers will be out ‘arresting’ Hospice Hooligans…

As part of St Wilfrid’s Hospice Jail and Bail fundraising event, local officers, staff and cadets will be at the Redoubt Fortress from 10-12 tomorrow (Friday 29th March)

More here > >

Missing Girl Louise King found

Louise King missing from Eastbourne was found on Tuesday the 26th in the afternoon on Eastbourne Seafront – Thank you to everyone who shared social media posts.

Missing Male found

Missing Eastbourne man Brian Fitter was found safe and well by a member of the public in Hastings on Sunday afternoon (March 24).

Can you help find the family of a man who sadly died?

East Sussex Coroners are hoping to find anyone who has known a man found dead near Eastbourne.

The body of Umberto Macias Navari was found on February 6 this year on the beach at Beachy Head.

The 49-year-old Spanish national was identified through his passport and driving licence which he had on him when he sadly died.

Enquiries made by coroners' officers found Mr Navari had lived in Bernard Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire before moving to Sir Henry Brackenbury Road, Ashford, Kent. Enquiries have been made at this address, but every indication is that he lived here alone.

He was employed by a local company in Ashford and they had recorded his next of kin as a woman, described as a fiancé, Anna Manoni, of Brompton Park Crescent, London. However no-one of this name has been found at this address.

The Spanish authorities have also been contacted and also could not trace any next of kin.

Coroners' Officer Dave Tye said: "We are hoping to identify someone who knew Mr Navari or hear from anyone who would be his next of kin. We have carried out extensive enquiries both in the UK and Spain since his death but haven't been able to trace anyone."

Anyone who has information about Umberto Macias Navari is asked to contact police online quoting serial 585 of 6/2.

Crime summary

In the small hours of Sunday 24th-Monday 25th, a property on Seven Sisters Road, Eastbourne had their garage broken into by means unknown – tools were stolen – regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (1428 25/03 relates)

Overnight on the 27th a guest house on Marine Parade, suspects have removed a window pane from the frame in an attempt to gain entry – fortunately it doesn’t appear entry was made.

A property on Hartfield Lane during the week reported having their garage door damaged whereby suspects have attempted to gain entry, and bent the garage door open slightly. Nothing was taken.

Garage owners in the area are advised to review their garage security; motion sensor lights, enhanced locks…more crime prevention advice can be found here > >

25th March 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 25 March 9pm – 4am

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J10 (Crawley) exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

Tuesday 26 March 9pm – 4am

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure from J8 (M25) to J10 Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23.

A full closure of the J9 (Gatwick) entry slip Southbound. Diversion route for Gatwick via J10 of the M23, A2011, A23, Airport Way and into Gatwick Airport. Diversion for M25 via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22 and re-join at J6 Godstone M25.

Lane closures leading to a full closure of J7 M25 Southbound. Diversion to M25 J6 to M23 J10 and follow A22.

Lane closures leading to a full closure for J10 to J8 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011, A23 Airport Way.

Lane closure on Gatwick Spur leading to J9 full Northbound entry slip closure. Diversion for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at J6 M25.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line on 30-31 March and 7 April, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan. Works previously scheduled for 6 April are being re-scheduled.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

22nd March 2019

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News

Cheque Presentation at The Chaseley Trust

Eastbourne Police visited The Chaseley Trust yesterday to present them with a cheque from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF ).

The PPAF is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

The main aim of the fund is to support local projects undertaken by voluntary/charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex.

Chaseley cares for adults over the age of 18 with a wide range of severe physical disabilities, including spinal injury, acquired brain injury, stroke and loss of limbs.
Also those with progressive conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease, in offering nursing care, rehabilitation, respite holidays, along with neuro physiotherapy and an active gymnasium.
The cheque will be used to help put towards transforming a room in the house into a new therapy kitchen with adapted kitchen equipment and specialist utensils, to help their residents relearn cooking skills.
You can visit: http://chaseley.org.uk/ for more information on the work they do, volunteering opportunities and general enquiries on 01323 744200.

Op Sceptre – Continued educational visits

Tens of thousands of people joined in the conversation about knife crime across Sussex during a week-long national campaign.

During Operation Sceptre, which ran between March 11 and 17, officers were out across the county talking to people about knives. Schools, college and youth events were visited during the week to speak to young people about how to act if they feel pressure to carry a knife, and what to do if they feel in danger.

Throughout the week 38 educational establishments were visited across Sussex and approximately 5,600 young people were spoken to about the impact they felt knife crime had on their community.

Youth Officers continued to visit schools this week (Tuesday and Wednesday), including Ratton School in Eastbourne, where local children were given an assembly raising awareness of knife crime, and the consequences of carrying a knife and what it could hold in the future should students want to start looking at their careers paths.

Possible signs parents or carers of children can look out for:

  • Are there any knives missing from your home?
  • Do you think your child is being bullied or been a recent victim of theft or bullying?
  • Is school or college not going well, are they missing with an older network?

What to do if you suspect a child in your care is carrying a knife?

  • if possible speak to them, or are there other adult/family members that can help?
  • Remind them to walk away if confronted with threat of violence
  • Talk to other parents or carer and share experiences, they may feel the same way, and together you may feel more able to act.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: "Operation Sceptre gives us a good opportunity to talk about knife crime in an open and honest way, and it's been good to hear about all the activity which took place during the week.

"However this isn't just one week of action, these patrols and conversations are all part of everyday policing. We always have amnesty bins in police stations and you can always drop off your dangerous and unwanted blades. We will continue working with other agencies to take positive action when knife crimes occur, focusing on engagement and prevention.”

For more advice and support, parents and carers can contact ‘Family Lives’ on 0808 8002222 or visit www.familylives.org.uk

PCSO recruitment closes midnight 25th March

We’re hiring more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and we want you to join us.

As the key link with communities across Sussex, our PCSOs are great communicators who can provide reassurance and leadership.
You’ll get a good starting salary, opportunities for progression and the satisfaction that comes from helping others.

Could this be you?

If you are a good communicator with a calm and confident personality, this is the role for you. We need people to mediate, listen and engage with the public effectively.

Our PCSOs are also good at problem solving, team players and easily build relationships with people.

It’s a challenging job but also incredibly rewarding. Be part of a team wanting to achieve the best results for the community

What we offer you:

  • Starting salary of £21,507 plus shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year
  • 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service).
  • A place on our PCSO apprenticeship programme.
  • Lifestyle Discounts including discounted gym membership, discounted travel and eye care scheme.
  • Cycle to Work scheme - you can obtain a new bike to travel to work through your salary, saving on tax and national insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle support
  • Staff Support Networks including Evolve (gender equality), Race Equality, LGBT and Enable (disability & carers' association)
Want to find out more?

22nd March 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use the above number to contact the team directly to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday night’s Op Blitz patrols were conducted by PCSOs Honey and Hopgood.

The evening began with visits and high visibility patrols in targeted areas which have previously been highlighted as having had youth related disorder.

Local parks and recreational grounds in Langley, Old town, and Shinewater were all visited first off, patrols conducted around the park, other than a few people out walking, no youth related ASB was noted. This may have been due to the high winds and storm Gareth.

High visibility patrols continued to Hampden Park, officers introduced themselves to a large group seen in the park. All who were quite happy to engage with the officers. There was no cause for concern so officers continued on heading into town.

Officers are pleased to report that no calls were made to the Op Blitz phone to any reports of youth related ASB in Langley, Old Town, Shinewater or Hampden Park all evening.

Town patrols included usual hotspot areas, including the Beacon area, other than a couple of merry pub goers, officers had no concern for any ASB related issues, the team remained in town to keep an eye on things, no calls were received on the Op Blitz phone for the remainder of the evening, however as part of their patrols and on-going reassurance, the areas previously visited throughout the evening we given one last patrol before officers headed back to sign off for the evening.

15th March 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 18 March 10pm – 4am

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure from J8 (M25) to J10 Southbound. Diversion via J6 M25, A22, A264 and re-join at J10 M23.

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the M25 J7 clockwise slip onto the M23. Diversion to M25 J8, back to M25 J6, and follow A22 diversion to J10 on the M23.

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the M25 J7 anti-clockwise slip onto the M23. Diversion to M25 J6, and follow A22 to M23 J10.

J9 (Gatwick) outer ring management plus J9 Entry Slip full Closure Southbound. Diversion via Airport way, A23, A2011 and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 19, 20 & 21 March 10pm – 4am

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J9 Exit slip & Lane 1 on Gatwick spur Northbound from J9.  Diversion via J10, A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. 2nd Diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Lane closure leading to a full carriageway closure from J8 to J9. Diversion via J6 M25, A22 A264, re-join at J10 M23.

Lane closure from M25 leading to a full closure at J7 clockwise on M25. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 then follow A22 Diversion.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

On Sunday 17th March Engineering work is taking place between Haywards Heath and Eastbourne.
Buses will replace trains between:

  • Lewes and Haywards Heath
  • Lewes and Polegate
  • Lewes and Seaford.

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line on 23-24 March, 30-31 March and 6-7 April, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

15th March 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

Op Sceptre – National Knife Crime Awareness and Action Week

Operation Sceptre, originally started by the Metropolitan Police Service, is a twice-yearly run campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets.

Together with 44 police forces, Sussex saw a host of tactics and targeted action during the week, this included:

  • Test shops on selling knives to under-18's
  • carrying out more stop and search
  • speaking to young people in schools/colleges
  • offering guidance on the behaviours associated with knife crime
  • highlighting our no-questions asked amnesty bins at front offices

Eastbourne Prevention officers also visited local schools, colleges, and youth events in order to inform and educate young people about how to act if they feel pressured to carry a knife, and what to do if they feel in danger.

Youth Officers attended Cavendish School assemblies during the week, speaking to 11-16 year olds in promoting and raising awareness around knife crime, offering support and advice to students, and educating them on the dangers of carrying knives and it's consequences.

Other schools and youth groups attended included, Ratton Academy, St Catherine’s College, Eastbourne Academy, and Eastbourne Military Preparation College where Youth Officers along with PC Adrian Cooper from the Youth Offenders Team for a lesson on offensive weapons/knife crime which was very well received and some great conversations were had. Some 1-1 work was done with some students at Causeway and St Catherine's were visited at lunchtime where a stall was set up with seized weapons, where Officers engaged with a good 300-400 students.

Today (Thursday) The same team are are visiting Brodrick House children’s home for some small group work then Eastbourne College for another lunchtime session with the whole college. East Sussex College has also been visited at break time on Tuesday where a drop in session was held.

So far this week, over 12 schools and colleges have been visited across Sussex, and officers spoke with more than 1,900 young people about dangers of carrying a knife. This work will continue into the coming weeks.

Throughout the week local teams also took to the roads and parked up in high streets and supermarkets in and around Eastbourne. On Monday Prevention teams spoke to shoppers, and parents outside Bankers Corner in Eastbourne from 9 until midday, answering questions around knife crime, and offering parents advice on possible signs to look out for should they suspect their child to be carrying a knife.

Possible signs to look for:

  • Are there any knives missing from your home?
  • Do you think your child is being bullied or been a recent victim of theft or bullying?
  • Is school or college not going well, are they missing with an older network?

What to do if you suspect a child in your care is carrying a knife?

  • if possible speak to them, or are there other adult/family members that can help?
  • Remind them to walk away if confronted with threat of violence
  • Talk to other parents or carer and share experiences, they may feel the same way, and together you may feel more able to act.

For more advice and support, parents and carers can contact ‘Family Lives’ on 0808 8002222 or visit www.familylives.org.uk

Sussex Police welcomes a further 72 new officers

Sussex Police has welcomed a further 72 new PC recruits. This latest intake of officers, our largest in a decade, were sworn in at a formal ceremony last week.

They boost the total number of new constables in the last year to 270, much of the recruitment made possible by the increase in last year’s council tax.

The new recruits, who were welcomed by Assistant Chief Constable Nick May at the attestation ceremony at The Amex Stadium on March 6, have just started 15 weeks of intensive training and will join policing teams across Sussex this June.

New recruit PC Nathan Wells, who has 5 years’ experience as a police contact handler and force controller in Surrey, is looking forward to giving back to the community:

“I joined Sussex Police to help those in need. I want to be that public figure people know they can go to. I am looking forward to coming home after a hard day’s work and knowing I’ve made a positive impact on a person’s life.”

New recruit PC Fareesha Campin has run her own charity but becoming a police officer remained a lifelong ambition. “I believe now the time is right. I want to use the skills I’ve gained with charities working with both vulnerable adults and children to help people in communities in Sussex.”

“I want to make more of an active difference to my community in Brighton and Hove,” said PC Sophie King, a law graduate who has chosen the police over the legal practice."

“When I was younger I always looked up to the police, and I think it’s really important for me now to be a positive role model to the children within my community.”

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “I was delighted to personally welcome the 72 new officers at the ceremony and launch them on their new careers. As Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, I am pleased to see so many new officers who will be joining policing teams across Sussex in June 2019."

“This is our largest recruitment of constables in a decade and is part of an ongoing recruitment of over 800 officers in the next three years, resulting in a growth of 200 new officers by 2022."

“This game-changing increase in recruitment, made possible by the increase in the council tax policing precept, will make a difference to the communities of Sussex, improving our visibility and strengthening local policing where most needed.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am pleased to see another 72 warranted officers welcomed into Sussex Police this week as they continue on their four-year recruitment drive made possible by the support from local taxpayers."

“With an extra 250 officers, 50 specialist investigators and 100 PCSOs in Sussex Police’s recruitment plans, the public can be reassured that their investment will be spent in further strengthening local policing."

“I look forward to meeting this new cohort of officers and following their training and deployment as they acquire the unique skills and experience so valued by our local communities.”

PCSO recruitment opens in Sussex (applications close midnight 25th March)

Prevention Officers attended various College careers day this week across the County, where PCSOs answered questions from students looking to join Sussex Police, and gave direct accounts of what their day to day duties included.

Officers also spoke to students about our new PCSO apprenticeship programme that combines on the job and off the job learning; resulting in achieving a diploma in Community Policing Practice which is a level 4 qualification.

This is a job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
You’ll be a hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:

  • Starting salary of £21,507 plus shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year
  • 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service).
  • A place on our PCSO apprenticeship programme.
  • Lifestyle Discounts including discounted gym membership, discounted travel and eye care scheme.
  • Cycle to Work scheme - you can obtain a new bike to travel to work through your salary, saving on tax and national insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle support
  • Staff Support Networks including Evolve (gender equality), Race Equality, LGBT and Enable (disability & carers' association)

Want to find out more? Click here.

Crime summary

Overnight on the 9th, a property in Laleham Close has had suspects enter via the back door whereby rear glass doors have been smashed, and jewellery, cash and personal family items have been taken. (0858 of 09/03 relates)

Two out buildings, one in Winkney Road, and one in St Anthony’s Avenue have had sheds and garages broken into over night between the 5th and 11th. One whereby suspects have gained entry to the garage and a motorcycle has been taken, another whereby the victims shed has been compromised and tools and other work items have been take.

Investigations are ongoing,

Click here for crime prevention advice on additional security measures you can take.

14th March 2019

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

  • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity. 
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results. 
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

14th March 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Op Blitz – Tackling Anti-social behaviour in your local areas.

Last weekend’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs from Eastbourne Prevention Team.

Officers braced the windy weather to take to the streets of Eastbourne and surrounding areas. Patrols started early on in the area near to Morrison’s, Hampden Park. Reports of ongoing issues with the car park being used as a race track and anti-social behaviour by a group of youths that cause issues in the store mean that this is a targeted area.

Officers made themselves known to a small group of youths who were congregating outside the shop front, Officers spoke to the group, who were waiting for their friends, once they came out the group moved on with no issues.

Hampden Park itself and Gildredge Park were visited both early on in the evening and also much later; other than a few dog walkers no one was present in either park. Residents were spoken too and a few reports of recent ASB in the parks were taken, these will be given consideration to future patrols to prevent further issues in and around the park areas.

A call came in on the Op Blitz mobile during in the evening from local shops where reports of a group causing a nuisance in the town. Officers headed over to the town centre and caught up with the youths, words of advice were given to ask them to move on. Officers explained Section 35 to a few of the youths but after positive engagement with the group they moved on without issue and no further Police action was required.

Officers stayed in the area to give the shop owners reassurance, with staff spoken to and contact details of the Blitz Team mobile given along with advice on how to contact us to shop owners.

The Blitz team were diverted on a few occasions due to tasking’s from the call centre. These included: searching for 2 missing teenagers, a cause for concern for a member of the street community, a broken down vehicle and to check on a residential property which was thought to be insecure.

No further calls were made on the Blitz mobile, likely owing to the poor weather, Officers continued to visit surrounding areas in Meads and along the seafront where previous ASB has been an issue, residents thanked officers for their weekend presence when we saw late night walkers braving the cold and wet weather.

The Op Blitz team returned to Hammonds Drive around midnight to type up their Blitz Patrol sheets for supervision and recorded the issues reported by shop owners earlier in the evening.

Calls to the Op Blitz team over the weekend are answered and responded to directly by assigned officers; all reports and calls that come in to the Blitz mobile contribute to building a picture of the ASB in your local area and assist officers in planning their future patrols.

14th March 2019

Recruitment For Police Community Support Officers

Sussex Police is hiring more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and they want you to join them. 

As the key link with communities across Sussex, our PCSOs are great communicators who can provide reassurance and leadership. 

You’ll get a good starting salary, opportunities for progression and the satisfaction that comes from helping others.

The Role

PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe. They work alongside our local policing Prevention teams, to prevent and tackle local issues. 

You could be dealing with anti-social behaviour, taking statements from victims of crimes, gathering evidence or bringing offenders and victim together as part of Community Resolutions.

Above all, PCSOs work with other police colleagues and partnership agencies to prevent harm and protect those who are vulnerable in our communities.

You will also have the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Community Policing Practice as part of your year-long initial training programme. 

By joining as a PCSO you can expect a career with variety, diversity, challenges, rewards and a qualification in community policing.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TODAY (Applications close Midnight on the 25th March 2019).

Could this be you?

If you are a good communicator with a calm and confident personality, this is the role for you. People are needed to mediate, listen and engage with the public effectively.

PCSOs are also good at problem solving, team players and easily build relationships with people.

It’s a challenging job but also incredibly rewarding. Be part of a team wanting to achieve the best results for the community

Are you eligible?

The following are our key eligibility criteria:

  • You must be aged 18 at date of application – no upper age limit
  • You don’t need a full UK manual driving license to apply but you will need to have one by the time you’re offered a role.
  • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application
  • You must not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other similar organisations for example Combat 18 or The National Front
  • You must not have tattoos which could cause offence (see our PCSO FAQ’s)
  • Not have motoring offences (see our PCSO FAQ’s)

What Sussex Police offers you

We value all our staff and provide many benefits. For PCSOs the pay and holiday benefits are as follows:

  • Starting salary of £21,507 plus unsocial hours shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year.
  • 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service).
  • You will gain a Level 4 qualification on completion of your first year – a Diploma in Community Policing Practice

Additional Information

As a PCSO you will work shifts. You will have a rotating shift pattern covering the full week Monday to Sunday between the hours of 8am and midnight, so you will need to be prepared to work weekends and Bank Holidays. The standard shift pattern is attached below.

It is desirable for applicants to hold qualifications in Maths and English at GCSE grade A – C, or grade 9 – 4 equivalent, however this is not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, then you will be required to undertake Functional Skills Level 2. We will support you in achieving this prior to completion of your Level 4 Apprenticeship. 

Please make clear on your application which of the Sussex divisions (West, Brighton & Hove and East) would be your preference. Please know that subject to resource and demand you may not be posted to your preferred location.

We are looking for successful applicants to join us on intakes in July and September 2019.

The role of PCSO is tenured for 24 months, meaning that you will not be able to start a new position within Force during this time. You may however be able to apply for roles with longer recruitment time-frames e.g. Police Constable. 

In addition to standard vetting requirements, this requires the post-holder to successfully pass biometric vetting. Successful applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment for this role will be required to provide fingerprint and DNA samples by consent. A speculative search against local and national databases will take place prior to appointment and any final offer of employment will be conditional upon the results meeting the required vetting standard. Upon appointment the fingerprint and DNA profile for the post-holder will be added and retained on the respective Police Elimination Database (PEDb), to be used for elimination purposes.

To apply click here

11th March 2019

PCSO Recruitment Now Open

A major recruitment drive to recruit PCSOs begins on Monday 11 March closing on Monday 25 March, thanks to increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Over the next year our local policing will be strengthened with 100 new PCSOs being recruited.

Our PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe. The PCSO role is unique. Our PCSOs are able to spend time in communities where they are needed most providing that reassurance and developing relationships to keep people safe and feeling safe.

Working alongside our local policing Prevention teams, our PCSOs help tackle local issues and, where possible, prevent them happening in the first place. They are tasked with activities which are proven to reduce crime and protect the public.

It’s a role that takes courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations.

By joining as a PCSO, recruits can expect a career with variety, challenges, rewards a good starting salary, and a qualification in community policing. Click here for more details > >

New PCSOs being recruited this month will be among the first to gain a new qualification. As well as joining the force, the recruits will undertake a new learning and development programme- the PCSO Apprenticeship – that will result in a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.

Sussex Police is among the first forces in the country to introduce this apprenticeship programme.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “With the precept increase we are able to recruit an additional 100 PCSOs over the next year. By recruiting more PCSOs and putting them where they are most needed we will be in the best position to achieve our aim of keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”

“I am delighted we are offering this new qualification to all of our new PSCO recruits. This fantastic opportunity means that we are professionalising policing and with it, continue to demonstrate the value of the work all of our teams do on a daily basis. We believe that by offering an apprenticeship we can ensure policing remains an attractive and competitive career option. We expect that it will appeal to those who may not have considered policing as a career choice for them in the past.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “Sussex residents have been telling me they want a more visible and accessible policing presence in their communities to listen to their concerns and deter crime and anti-social behaviour."

"The Chief Constable and I have promised that any extra money raised locally through the precept increase will be spent locally, so I am delighted that a large part of the this year’s investment will be in front-line PCSOs who will be supporting their local policing teams and providing extra reassurance for local communities."

"The apprenticeship offers appropriate accreditation and recognition for the unique skills required in 21st century policing and I am pleased to see that Sussex Police are one of the first forces to offer an apprenticeship route for PCSOs.”

8th March 2019

RNLI Newhaven Folk Festival

Well, time is doing it's usual trick of flying by and it will soon be the time of year again for the annual fabulous Folk Festival, this year taking place on Sunday 31st March at Newhaven Social Club, 2 - 4 Chapel Street, Newhaven BN9 9PN.  

Please note the change of venue.

More information > >

8th March 2019

The Airships: An exhibition of WW1 local history on your doorstep

Local community organisation Creative Force spent several weeks at the end of 2018 working in Willingdon to research, with local people, information about the site of the World War 1 Royal Naval Airship Station (R.N.A.S.) Polegate.

In 1914 The Admiralty requisitioned 142 acres of land below the Combe that sits above Willingdon (known locally as Donkey Hollow), from Wannock to what is now the A22, to build Polegate Airship Station on.  The station had a huge impact on Willingdon, then a tiny village, whilst the airships and their crews were to play a crucial part in patrolling our coastlines during World War 1.

Gasbags was a term of affection used by crews who worked on airship stations to describe their airships, so called because they were, in fact, naval vessels.

Read more > >

8th March 2019

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Discover Herstory with Women's History Month
  • Challenge yourself this British Science Week
  • Enjoy looking back with our reminiscence resources
  • Events this month
  • Enhance Your IT Skills
  • A Book I Have Loved...
  • One to Watch

Download the newsletter > >

7th March 2019

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Missing Eastbourne teenager Chloe Stevenson is giving cause for concern

We are increasingly concerned for the welfare of Chloe Stevenson, 16, who has been missing from her home in Eastbourne since 9pm on Friday (1 March).

She told her mother she was going out for a few hours in the Hampden Park area but has since disappeared.

It is vital we find Chloe to ensure she is safe and well.

Chloe is described as white, 5'5", of slim build, with messy blonde/brown hair just past shoulder length. She has nose and lip piercings, and tattoos reading 'Mum’ on her right forearm and 'Grandad' with butterflies on her left foot.

When last seen she was wearing a black dress with a sand-coloured jumper attached to it, black leggings, a black coat and black-and-white trainers. She was carrying a grey rucksack.

Anyone seeing Chloe or knowing where she is asked to contact police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 341 of 02/03. In an emergency, if Chloe is seen to be in danger or ill, please dial 999 and ask for police.

Crime summary

There has been one burglary of note this week:

On 2 March 2019, a burglary occurred on Cliff Road, whereby a male has entered the property, and stolen cash and jewellery (Ref: 47190033891)

7th March 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity.

1st March 2019 at 1800hours.

Blitz team started to work through the list of areas suffering from Anti-Social Behaviour in an unmarked vehicle.

Police attended the areas of Gildredge Park, Etchingham Road, Hampden Park – including Morrisons, Milfoil Drive, Archery Rec and Southerland Court. There was no problems when Police attended these areas.

Throughout the night the Operation Blitz team were called to a number of jobs responding to calls made by the public to the Police reporting Anti-Social Behaviour caused by youths.

First incident the Operation Blitz team were involved in was with a number of youths around the area of Bourne Street. This included a number of youths causing a nuisance in the derelict Public Toilets. A number of police units arrived on scene.

Operation Blitz were then called to Edison Road due to nuisance youths throwing rocks and refusing to move away from the youth centre where there was a youth disco underway. Police attended and there was no sign of the suspects, a search of the nearby area was conducted but unfortunately there was no sign of them. Officers returned to the Youth centre at 2100hours as this was kick out time, to prevent any further issues from happening.

Officers were then tasked to attend Asda at the Crumbles in Eastbourne due to a number of youths swearing at customers and causing Alarm Harassment and distress to members of public. When arriving on scene security showed Police CCTV of the suspects. Police area searched around the nearby area which there was no sign of the suspects.

Soon after this, officers were then called to the GYM at the Crumbles in Eastbourne due to a loud metallic bang outside the complex of the GYM. This was caused by a group of youths matching the description of the youths inside Asda. We attended The GYM and there was once again no sign of the suspects.

Operation Blitz spoke to a group of youths which informed us that they were walking to McDonald’s not causing an issue but there were are a number of youths causing a nuisance down the harbour in the proximity of The Harvester.

Officers arrived at the harbour to see approx. 20 youths congregating which when attempting to approach the group to give words of advice, they all ran off in different directions. Officers were able to catch up with three of the youths hiding in a car park which then words of advice were given and told to leave the area of the harbour and to cause not more Anti-Social Behaviour.

Whilst dealing with Operation Blitz we were called on the OP BLITZ mobile phone reporting a house party in Kings Drive, Eastbourne who were young and playing loud music. When the Operation Blitz team arrived on scene to the house party, the music was at a tolerable level. Words of advice were given to the occupant, they turned the music down for politeness to other neighbours.  

Other patrols over the weekend included the areas of: Gildredge Park, Etchingham Road, Hampden Park, Royal Sussex Estate, Parsonage Road, Milfoil Drive, Bourne Street, Southern Court.

6th March 2019

Knife Amnesty Week And Awareness Raising Week Around Knife Crime And Its Consequences Starts 11th March 2019

Knife amnesty week, and awareness raising week around knife crime and its consequences starts 11th March - 17th March 2019. Sussex Police together with other forces are supporting Operation Sceptre

Starting the 11th March a national knife crime campaign launches which aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, carrying a weapon.

In addition to knife amnesty bins at local Police stations, officers will be attending local schools, making test purchases, performing proactive patrols across the county and having awareness vans, officers and staff in your local town centres for any information, guidance and support.

  • Monday we will be in Eastbourne 0900-1100 on Bankers Corner, as well as outside Clarke’s Jewellers Lewes 1130-1330 and Uckfield Tesco 1400-1600
  • Wednesday in Lewes outside Clarke’s Jewellers 1000-1200
  • Friday at Tesco Uckfield from 1000 - 1200

Come and see us next week.

You can get advice on what to do if you think your child is involved with knives, get business guidance on the selling of knives, and report knife crime, or knife activities directly to us.

Please do not bring knives to our events, please only hand in knives at designated Police stations this week.

We want to reassure the public that we do not have an escalating knife problem here in Sussex however it is essential we keep on top of this issue and that’s what makes our participation in Operation Sceptre so important. One knife is one knife too many.

Help us keep Sussex safe

Know someone who carries a knife who shouldn't? - please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

4th March 2019

Phone fraudsters use tax evasion claims to lure victims

Do you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, friends or family? Please share this information with them.
Thank you.

Elderly and vulnerable people are being warned to beware of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) or the police.

The bogus callers claim the targeted person is wanted for tax evasion and is arrestable on warrant unless they pay a cash sum - usually some £3,000 to £4,000 - to clear their 'debt'.

Some even address victims by name, or use a number that is often displayed as the official number of the agency they claim to represent, to add credibility to their call.

But the genuine authorities stress that people would never be texted or telephoned by them out of the blue with requests for payments, to log in to an online account or to disclose personal information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or bank details.

Anyone receiving such contact should hang up and report the call - preferably using a separate phone or computer in case the criminals have kept the line open - to police here, at 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

It is understood that HMRC received more than 60,000 reports of phone scams in the six months up to January 2019, an increase of 360 per cent on the preceding six months.

Sergeant Kat Argholeka, of Sussex Police, said: "This underlines the importance of never giving out private information and reporting any suspicious activity without delay."

"We'd also ask friends or relatives of potentially vulnerable people to ensure they are fully aware and alert to the risks."

Further advice > >

2nd March 2019

HMRC Warns Of Landline Scams Threatening Households

Those with landline phones are warned to be cautious due to criminals using phones to contact victims following a rising focus on SMS and email phishing.

Households with a landline number should be vigilant of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be the tax authority, warns HM Revenue and Customs.

As HMRC has increasingly cracked down on email and SMS phishing, a rising number of criminals are turning to the traditional method of cold-calling publicly available phone numbers to steal money from taxpayers. Often these calls are to landline numbers.

According to Ofcom, nearly 26 million homes have a landline, many of which could be at risk from scams, especially if they are not ex-directory.

Phone scams often target the elderly and vulnerable using HMRC’s brand as it is well known and adds credibility to a fraudster’s call.

HMRC received more than 60,000 reports of phone scams in 6 months up to January 2019. This is an increase of 360% compared to the 6 months before this.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, said: “We have taken major steps to crack down on text and email phishing scams, leaving fraudsters no choice but to try and con taxpayers over the phone. If you receive a suspicious call to your landline from someone purporting to be from HMRC which threatens legal action, to put you in jail, or payment using vouchers, hang up and report it to HMRC who can work to take them off the network.”

Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, said: “Fraudsters will call your landline claiming to be from reputable organisations such as HMRC. Contact like this is designed to convince you to hand over valuable personal details or your money. Don’t assume anyone who calls you is who they say they are. If a person calls and asks you to make a payment, log in to an online account or offers you a deal, be cautious and seek advice.”

The tax authority will only ever call you asking for payment on a debt that you are already aware of, either having received a letter about it, or after you’ve told us you owe some tax, for example through a Self-Assessment return.

During the last 12 months, HMRC has worked with the phone networks and Ofcom to close nearly 450 lines being used by fraudsters using boiler room tactics to steal money.

If anyone is ever in doubt about who they are speaking to, HMRC advises you end the call and contact the department using one of the numbers or online services available from GOV.UK.

Further Information: I know someone who could fall for this, what should I do?

If you know someone who has a landline, particularly those who may need protecting such as vulnerable relatives and neighbours, our advice is:

  • recognise the signs - genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details
  • stay safe - don’t give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren’t expecting
  • take action – forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC and details of suspicious calls to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and texts to 60599. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use its online fraud reporting tool, especially if you suffer financial loss
  • check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact
  • if you think you have received an HMRC-related phishing/bogus email or text message, you can check it against the examples shown in this guide.
See examples of HMRC-related bogus contact.

1st March 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On The M23
and the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 4 March for 2 nights
Full closure between junctions 10 - 8 Northbound between 10pm to 4am. There will be a fully signed diversion route to Gatwick Airport via junction 10, A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion route for the M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at junction 6 Godstone of the M25.

Wednesday 6 March for 3 nights
Full closure of junction 9 (Gatwick) entry slip road Northbound 10pm to 4am. Diversion to junction 10 and back northbound on the M23.

Other news

Kier and Highways England have a brand new forum for customers to gain information about their works and comment on the subjects that are important to them.

Commonplace is a Highways England driven initiative which the Smart Motorway Programme M23 is trialling at the moment. If Commonplace is found to be successful and effective, then they will roll it out to all schemes across the country.

More information > >

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line from 2-3 March, plus several weekends, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

Register for full details and alerts > >

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

1st March 2019

If You Are Looking For A New Job Things Could Possibly Go Wrong

The vast majority of jobs are advertised and found online these days.

The whole process is fast and easy: searching a massive choice for the exact job you’re looking for; updating your CV; submitting your application; communicating with prospective employers or recruitment agencies. You might even find the job you want on one of your favourite social media sites.

Employment scams, however, are commonplace in the UK and around the world … and they come in a number of guises. Fall for one, and you could become a victim of financial or identity fraud, or even an unwitting participant in criminal activity. Get Safe Online would like to help you make sure this doesn’t happen, with some expert tips.

Your top tips for safe job searching:

Do your research to ensure job sites, employment agencies and prospective employers are reputable, with a physical address and landline phone number.

  • When listing your profile, select the option of keeping it public, confidential or private according to your needs.
  • Never divulge information such as NI, passport or driver’s licence numbers, bank account/payment card information or date of birth, either typed on your CV or application, or in photos/scans. This could lead to identity theft. Only supply these when you’ve met the employer, landed the job and are satisfied that everything is legitimate.
  • Devise and use strong passwords, keep them protected and don’t use them on more than more than one website, of any kind.
  • If you receive an email claiming to be from a potential employer who has seen your CV on a job site, take care when clicking on links and ensure they go to a legitimate job posting.
  • Don’t call advertisers for telephone interviews, it could be an expensive premium rate number. Instead, make sure prospective employers call you.
  • Be wary of ads that offer income either for very little work or that seems too high to be true, say you don’t need any experience or press you to apply immediately. These could involve you in money laundering or muling activity. Sometimes – but not always – these are work at home schemes.
  • Bear in mind that many fraudulent job ads can be found on social media sites.
  • Be wary of requests for up-front payment for CV services, DBS or other security checks or head-shots.
  • Don’t conduct the entire process online: most genuine employers will require a face-to-face interview, and that way you can check them out too.
  • Ensure that potential employers are genuine before meeting for an interview, to ensure that your personal safety isn’t at risk.

If you’ve been the victim of a recruitment scam, report it to: SAFERjobs at www.safer-jobs.com

If you’ve been defrauded as a result of applying for a job, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk

For comprehensive, practical, impartial advice on safe job searching online, visit https://getsafeonline.org/safejob/

1st March 2019

New ‘Register your trailer to take it abroad’ service goes live

The DVLA has announce that it's just successfully launched its new ‘Register your trailer to take it abroad’ service into public beta. You can now use this service to register and manage your trailers, and it’s designed to be really quick and user friendly.

From 28 March 2019, registration is mandatory for all commercial use trailers travelling internationally with a gross weight of over 750kg. Registration is also mandatory for non-commercial use trailers that travel internationally and have a gross weight over 3,500kg.

More information > >

1st March 2019

Eastbourne Police Newsletter

News and appeals

Scams, how can we keep safe?

Staff attended St Andrews Church Hall on Wednesday the 27th to give a talk on scams and fraud to local residents and members of the Eastbourne Seniors Forum.

A range of topics were discussed, from keeping your money safe, to new types of scams and fraud we are seeing in Sussex. Residents asked questions, and together we shared top tips on how we can protect ourselves from fraudsters and scammers.

These included the not so new but ever so important message:

  • ‘If it looks too good to be true, then it more than likely is’
  • Reminders on who asks for personal bank information; we know that the Police certainly do not ask for information about bank cards over the phone, nor do your banks
  • Not answering the phone to numbers we do not recognise, and also not to call these numbers back as often they are chargeable numbers and victims do not find out until their phone bill comes through
  • Looking out for each other and sharing information on strange calls or letters you have had to other residents, especially those who may not get the chance to reach the Police’s messages and information on scams and frauds.

The group were also given copies the latest ‘The little book of big scams’ – this is now in its third edition and contains up to date scams and frauds we have noticed and want you to be aware of. Copies can be obtained from your local Police station, or download a digital copy.

Missing Eastbourne teenager Megan Slater-McElhill found

Following a previous Missing Person appeal, we are pleased to report that a 15-year-old girl missing from her home in Eastbourne since Monday 18 February has been found safe and well elsewhere in the town. Megan Slater-McElhill was located on Tuesday night (26 February).

We would like to thank everyone who shared our concerns for her welfare and helped with efforts to find her.

Crime summary

Overnight on the 21st criminal damage was caused to a vehicle in Priory Road whereby wing mirrors have been broken off the vehicle. (0649 25/02)

During the day of the 24th unknown suspect has smashed the window of a vehicle in St. Johns Road Eastbourne. (0555 24/02)

Overnight on the 24th a commercial property has been broken into on Enys road, Eastbourne, whereby suspects have smashed windows to gain entry, and electrical equipment and lighting has been stolen. (0109 25/02)

Lines of enquiry have been exhausted and crime prevention advice and support given to all victims.

28th February 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Game of Stones for local curling star
  • Dressing up for World Book Day
  • Planning a wedding?
  • Blaze Your Own Trail with an apprenticeship
  • From the Newsroom.

Read more > >

23rd February 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On The M23
and the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 25 February
There will be a full closure of junction 9 (Gatwick) exit slip road Northbound between 10pm and 4am. There will be a fully signed diversion route to Gatwick Airport via junction 10, A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Tuesday 26 February
South and Northbound full carriageway closure between 10pm and 4am on the M23. This closure is to construct 1 super span and 1 gantry. Both sides of the M23 will be closed between junction 8 (M25) to J10 (Crawley). Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Rd, A22 and re-join at J6. M25 diversion for Gatwick from junction 10 - A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Wednesday 27 February for 3 nights
There will be a full closure of junction 9 (Gatwick) exit slip road Southbound between 10pm and 4am. Diversion to junction 10 and back northbound on the M23.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line from 16 to 24 February, plus several weekends, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit:
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

22nd February 2019

Eastbourne Police Newsletter

The latest issue of the Eastbourne Police Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Community SpeedWatch seeks volunteers to help save lives in Sussex
  • Concern for the welfare of missing Eastbourne teenager Megan Slater-McElhill
  • Wanted male caught up with on Valentine’s Day!
  • Crime Summary
  • Keep us safe in Sussex
  • Follow your local Police team on social media

Click here to download the Newsletter

21st February 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.

After the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.

What You Need To Do

  • Always make sure you, or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you’re satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are in place.
  • Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

Once you’ve paid your deposit, you can check whether it’s protected by entering your tenancy deposit certificate code on TDS website (www.tenancydepositscheme.com).

21st February 2019

Meet us in "The Beacon"

Eastbourne Seniors Forum will be setting up a table in Eastbourne's shopping centre, "The Beacon", on Friday 22nd February from 9am to 1pm.

If you are over fifty, and live or work in the Eastbourne area, membership is free. So, why not come along. meet the team, and find out what we do.

You will be very welcome.

21st February 2019

Hampden Park Healthy Living Club

The Hampden Park Healthy Living Club will be launched on 9th April from2-4pm for exercise, games and guidance on healthy eating and information about local services. The fortnightly on 23rd April, 7th and 21st May and 4th and 18th June in:

Hampden Park Community Centre
Brodrick Road
Hampden Park BN22 9NR

For more information:

Call: 01273-476704
E-mail customerservices@ageukeastsussex.org.uk
Visit ageuk.org.uk/eastsussex

21st February 2019

Latest Edition Of National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

In it we reveal the theme of this year's Neighbourhood Watch Week in June. We also report from the pre-launch of a new NW force association that will cover the West Midlands and we round up the national media coverage in recent weeks since we challenged portrayals of our members in the media.

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News. 

Click here to download it form our website.

Best wishes,
NW National Support Team

18th February 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz - Extra Police Patrols In Half Term

As part of Sussex Police's continued efforts to reduce anti - social behaviour, we will be putting on extra Op Blitz patrols throughout the half term (15th - 23rd February) these deployments will be between 4pm and 10pm weekdays, and 4pm to 11.30pm Friday and Saturday.

You can contact an officer directly through the Blitz phone numbers within these times to report anti - social behaviour.

The phone numbers are:

  • Eastbourne: 07785-372050
  • Lewes: 07989-188960
  • Wealden: 07770-700642

These phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

18th February 2019

Valentine's Day Campaign

Love is in the air...

Following Sussex Police's Valentines most wanted campaign, one of our 4 dates has been found! Ryan Skinner from Eastbourne was wanted for recall to Prison.  The 33-year-old was arrested in Eastbourne just after 7pm on February 14th.

Sussex Police's valentines campaign ran on Facebook for the day, and we caught Ryan's attention thanks to all the likes and shares across the County.

He even asked on social media where the date should be and what he should wear! He has now been charged and returned to prison.

More information, and details of the our remaining wanted dates.

16th February 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On The M23
and the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

26 February South and Northbound full carriageway closure between 10pm and 4am

This closure is to construct 1 super span and 1 gantry.  Both sides of the M23 will be closed between Junctions 8 – 10. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from junction 10 - A2011, A23 London Road.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line from 16 to 24 February, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit
www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

15th February 2019

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police appeal for witnesses to knife point robbery at Eastbourne newsagents

Police have launched a witness appeal following a knife point robbery at an Eastbourne convenience store.

About 2.20pm on Tuesday (12 February), a man entered Scott’s Newsagents in Victoria Drive and demanded cash from the till. He got away with approximately £350 and made off from the scene on foot.

Police attended and the premises were temporarily cordoned off for forensics investigations. Enquiries are ongoing.

The suspect is described as white, about 5’10”, wearing a silver/grey Parker jacket with a fur-lined hood and a skin-tight balaclava.

Two women who were working in the store at the time were left shaken but unhurt.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 689 of 12/02.

Do you have any information about a dog attacking a boy in Eastbourne?

We're investigating an incident at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Jordan’s Lane East in Eastbourne in which a 12-year-old boy was attacked and bitten by a dog.

It happened at approximately 5.20pm on Sunday (10 February) while the boy was riding his scooter past a jogger, who was accompanied by a black Labrador-type dog on a lead.

The dog launched itself at the boy and bit him on the chest, knocking him to the ground and lacerating his skin. He was later treated at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

The dog and jogger made off in the direction of Hazelwood Avenue. The man was aged 25-35, 5'7", of slim build and possibly wearing a Brighton and Hove Albion football jacket.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to contact us online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 903 of 10/02.

Valentines Day Campaign

Sussex Police conducted a Valentines Day campaign where we searched for 'dates' with Wanted people around Sussex.

In the evening of 14 February, thanks to the matchmaking people of Sussex, we found Ryan Skinner from Eastbourne,who was wanted on recall to prison.

The 33-year-old was arrested, charged and returned to prison. He asked on social media where the date should be and what he should wear; now it will be at HMP Lewes and he'll be wearing something stripy.

Crime summary

A burglary occurred at a shop on Terminus Road, on 08/02/2019, where the suspect stole a wi-fi router and attempted to steal the safe. (Ref:47190021765)

A burglary occurred at a premises on Seaside, on 08/02/2019, in which computer towers were stolen (Ref: 471900022746)

A burglary occurred at premises in Filching Road, on 09/02/2019 in which a shed was broken into and a telescope stolen (Ref: 47190022927)

A burglary occurred at business unit on Stables Lane, on 12/02/2019 in which a van was broken into and a business unit, where tools were stolen from the premises (Ref: 47190023863).

14th February 2019

Lonely Hearts Fraudster Alert

The NFIB has become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification. 

When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity. 

A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine.

The fraudster said: “People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”

The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards.

The fraudster elaborated and explained: “I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”

When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them:  “Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of two factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”

What you need to do:

  • Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.
  • Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.
  • Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.

14th February 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Fridays Blitz patrols saw PCSO Parsons and PCSO Camille hitting the anti-social behaviour hotspots in Eastbourne. Storm Eric ensured a reasonably quiet evening and accompanied us on our patrols of Gildredge Park, Royal Sussex Crescent, Etchingham Road and the Langney and Hampden Park areas. We received two calls on the blitz phone during our patrols. The first call was to Royal Sussex Crescent and a report of youths causing anti - social behaviour; when we arrived the youths had gone, and so we ensured we maintained a higher presence in this area throughout the night. Another call was to report a large group of youths gathering in Green Street; the group dispersed upon our arrival but we managed to catch up with a few of them and ensure everything was in order.

On Saturday night for Operation Blitz PCSO Furlong and PCSO Boulton started the evening patrolling Etchingham Road and the surrounding areas. PCSO Boulton spent several hours on foot in the early evening where she engaged with some young individuals near Hampshire Court that were moved on; this was then followed by a joint marked vehicle patrol. PCSO Raczynska conducted additional patrols in an unmarked vehicle. All was quiet for the rest of the evening in this area.

A call was then received through the Blitz phone which took us to an area near Freshwater Square, Willingdon. The staff at Tesco had reported a group of youths that had entered the store and left with a case of lager. Enquiries were made and an area search was conducted, however, unfortunately we did not find the youths. We advised the staff members to report this via 101 so that it could later be followed up.

PCSO Raczynska and PCSO Furlong continued to patrol the various anti-social behaviour hotspots in Hampden Park, the Old Town area and Milfoil Drive, where there was nothing of note.

13th February 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz
Half-term Week

As part of Sussex Police's continued efforts to reduce anti - social behaviour, extra Operation Blitz patrols will be in operation throughout the half term week (15th - 23rd February) these deployments will be between 4pm and 10pm weekdays, and 4pm to 11.30pm Friday and Saturday . You can contact an officer directly through the Blitz phone numbers in these times to report anti - social behaviour.
 
The phone numbers are:

  • Eastbourne: 07785372050
  • Lewes: 07989188960
  • Wealden: 07770700642

11th February 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

11 February 10pm to 4am
Lane 1 closure M23 Southbound leading to J10 (Crawley) Southbound exit slip closure.  Diversion to J10a and back.

12 & 13 February 10pm – 4am
Lane closures leading to a full closure from J10 Crawley to J8 (M25) Northbound. Fully signed diversion route for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join the M25 at J6. Diversion for Gatwick A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

12 & 13 February 10pm – 4am
Lane 1 closure on Gatwick Spur Eastbound, leading to a full Northbound entry slip road closure at J9.  Fully signed diversion route Southbound at J10 via A264, A22 and re-join the M25 at J6.

14 & 15 February 10pm to 4pm
Lane closure leading to a full closure on J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Please also note that the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project is underway. This project will focus on the southern end of the Brighton Main Line between Three Bridges and Brighton. Major engineering work is planned for the Victorian-era tunnels and the railway which runs through them. Key dates are Saturday 16 February – Sunday 24 February 2019 plus several weekends.

This will mean significant changes to train services across the Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink networks and longer journey times for some passengers. No trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton or between Three Bridges and Lewes on these dates. Brighton and stations to the West will have trains to and from London, but these will be diverted via Littlehampton and Horsham. There will be no direct trains to London from Lewes or Eastbourne between these dates. For more information please visit https://brightonmainline.co.uk/. You can also sign up there to receive the latest updates.

8th February 2019

Changes to How Police Handle and Record Found Property

All police forces nationally will no longer record reports or accept responsibility for some found property items.

The national decision was approved by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) after discussions between police forces and the National Police Front Counters Forum (NPFCF). Traditionally, police have accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, although there is no statutory duty to do so. This change follows recent amendments to the way police record lost property.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said: “Police services are under increasing pressure to reduce non-essential demand. The public are encouraged to retain the property themselves and try to reunite it with its owner wherever possible. In all cases reasonable steps to trace the owner should be made.

“Items that contain personal data should be reported to the issuing authority for example, the relevant bank for a debit card. If you are unable to do this and you hand it in to the police, we will forward this onto them for you. The card will not be retained by the police.

“If you find an item on licensed premises, private premises, such as a hotel, house, in a taxi, on public transport, on business premises or educational premises, you should hand it to staff as they should operate their own lost and found procedures.

“If you find an item and you believe it is stolen or has been involved with a crime, please report this to us online, via 101 or visit your local police station.”

Found property that will continue to be accepted and recorded by police includes:

  • Items capable of containing data e.g. mobile phones, computers, tablets
  • Cash within wallets where an owner can be clearly identified
  • Unidentifiable cash
  • Items suspected of being stolen or involved in crime
  • Firearms and ammunition, explosives, chemicals – these can be reported online
  • Drugs
  • Watches
  • Jewellery

Found property that will be accepted and processed immediately:

  • Passports – UK, EU and International
  • Bank cards
  • Identity cards
  • Personal documentation (e.g. bank statements, benefit books)
  • Birth, marriage and death certificates
  • Driving licences

Found property that will no longer be accepted:

  • Bicycles
  • Empty handbags, bags, wallets and purses
  • Cases
  • Clothing
  • Perishable goods
  • Animals
  • Rubbish/waste
  • Umbrellas
  • Keys
  • Spectacles

Reports on lost and found property can be made on our website, www.sussex.police.uk

8th February 2019

Fortress - Shielding Your Community From Drug-Related Harm

Sussex Police has been keeping up the pressure on 'County Lines' drug dealers who operate from outside the county as well as locally. During the week starting on 21 January officers carried out 28 arrests, made 711 drug seizures, and seized £10,475 cash as well as 32 mobile phones. During the same week, officers carried out safeguarding action to support 17 vulnerable people and visited 91 addresses where people were at risk of being 'cuckooed' to check on their safety.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland said: "This is the result of just one week's activity, and shows how we are continuing to disrupt dealers who try to distribute dangerous drugs across our communities. Our work will continue relentlessly, targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable."Police work to combat illegal drugs in Sussex continues under the 'Fortress' brand, launched to encompass all our drug-harm reduction work. It is already used by police in Hampshire and there are plans to roll this out further across the South East, which will continue to strengthen the unified voice from police and partners that says this is a hostile environment for drug supply.

”Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said; “County lines activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation have a devastating impact on young people and vulnerable adults. The results from this intensification week show how much of an emerging threat it is across Sussex and I have been assured that there will be an ongoing determination to combat this crime type by our Force.

"Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via county lines and by working together with partners to shed a light on this often hidden crime and taking the appropriate measures to combat it, Sussex Police are sending a clear message to drug dealers that they cannot expect to go undetected in Sussex.”

'County Lines' is a term used by Police and partner agencies to refer to drug networks, both gangs and organised crime groups, from large urban areas such as London, who use children and young people and vulnerable adults to carry out illegal activity on their behalf. Gangs dealing drugs is not a new issue but the extent to which criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, as well as the increasing use of violence, has become an inherent part of it through 'County Lines' makes it especially damaging

The organised crime groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes a drug user, as a base for their activities. This is known as 'cuckooing' and will often happen by force or coercion. In some instances victims have left their homes in fear of violence. Much police work involves identifying these victims and helping them.

Police continue to see children being exploited by criminal gangs to supply drugs in Sussex. Sussex have experienced children travelling from London to Sussex to deal drugs on behalf of county line gangs as well Sussex children being exploited and targeted by London gangs to deal drugs locally. Our priority is to identify those children at risk of criminal exploitation and once identified work with partner agencies to put the appropriate safeguarding measures in place.

The areas in Sussex most effected by the drug trade from London are the larger coastal towns, with established drugs markets that can be exploited locally, including Hastings, Eastbourne, Worthing, Bognor, and Brighton, but also towns such as Crawley.

Steve Rayland said; "We estimate that there are currently some 65 active County Lines in Sussex, although that number fluctuates on an almost daily basis as we disrupt lines and others are set up. In addition to this there are other locally-based dealers. In total we estimate that there are currently more than in excess of 350 telephone numbers (known as deal lines) which are used to facilitate the supply of controlled drugs - although again that fluctuates regularly.

"But over the past nine months, prior to last week's operations, we had successfully disrupted 88 criminal activities linked to County Lines, and since August, again prior to last week, we had made 133 arrests.

"A force-wide County Lines and drug related harm working group brings all parts of policing together to tackle the threat. There is a four-part plan (Prevent, Protect, Pursue, and Prepare) to develop our own working practices, to share best practice and to deliver a better service for the public.

"We use the range of legal powers to tackle this problem, ranging from the Misuse of Drugs Act to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking legislation and technological advances through the use of Drug Dealing Telephone Restriction Orders (DDTRO).

"We also work closely with other agencies to support those vulnerable adults and children who are exploited by county line gangs. This includes regular visits to those adults at risk of cuckooing and raising awareness with those agencies engaged with children to ensure that information is shared effectively to prevent young people being drawn in to this criminality.”

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Southey from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, adds; “We are working hard, alongside partner agencies and our colleagues in Sussex Police to identify and target the most serious offenders in County Lines drugs supply gangs."

The County Lines response isn’t just a policing one. Effective collaboration between law enforcement and safeguarding organisations – and also the private sector industries used by CL groups - is a vital part of both the national and local response. Members of the public can also help: - the best advice is to trust your instincts – if somebody shows signs of mistreatment, or a child seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with a locality, you can report suspicions to local police on 101 or online, or to British Transport Police if you see something on the railway network.

8th February 2019

Join the "Variety Vagabonds"

Variety Vagabonds is an entertainment group performing at local Care Homes etc, either morning or afternoon. They are looking to enlarge their number and anyone interested – please contact:

Nicholas: 01323 729496 or
Gladys: 01323 371238

For their forthcoming shows - end April and into May they are particularly looking for ladies and gents willing to learn some easy choreographed movement.

5th February 2019

7 tips for motorists to stay safe online

With new online scams cropping up all the time, motorists have increasingly become a target for fraudsters. DVLA has revealed their contact centre received 1,275 reports regarding suspected vehicle tax scams during the last 3 months of 2018.

DVLA has provided the following tips to help motorists stay safe online.

1) Only use GOV.UK

When looking for information or using our online services, double check that you are using a GOV.UK webpage so that you can be sure that you’re dealing directly with DVLA.

2) Scam emails

We never send emails that ask you to confirm your personal details or payment information. If you get anything like this, do not open any links and delete the email immediately.

3) Beware of misleading websites

Keep an eye out for potentially misleading third party websites. These sites will often offer to help you apply for a driving licence or tax your car but are likely to charge additional fees for services that you could get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.

4) Look out for premium rate numbers

Look out for websites offering to connect you to our contact centre, as they are usually premium rate numbers. Our contact centre numbers will only ever begin with 0300 – which costs the same as a local call.

5) Be mindful of what you share online

Never share images online of your driving licence and vehicle documents. This personal information could be invaluable to those looking to steal the identity of a vehicle or its owner.

6) Texts

We never send texts about vehicle tax refunds. Text scams often ask you to follow a link to provide credit card details. Never click on the link and delete the text straight away.

7) Report any suspected scams

If you are concerned about any calls, texts, emails or suspicious online activity, you should report it to the police via Action Fraud immediately.

Dave Pope, Chief Information Security Officer at DVLA, said:

When looking for contact details or any of DVLA’s digital services, you should only use GOV.UK so you can be sure that you’re dealing directly with DVLA.

Posting on social media is a way of life for most drivers, however they may not realise they risk setting themselves up as a prime target for fraudulent activity.

People can stay ahead of the criminals by being vigilant with their personal information and who they share it with, and reporting anything suspicious to the Police via Action Fraud.

A spokesperson for Action Fraud said:

"We know that fraudsters are increasingly using more sophisticated ways to trick their victims, and so it is important that members of the public think about their online behaviour and ensure that they do everything they can to protect themselves.

Taking measures such as limiting the amount of personal information shared on social media platforms and being cautious of any unsolicited messages received can help to prevent online crime.

You should always be cautious when sharing personal information online. Always check that who you dealing with really is who they claim to be – for example, by only using GOV.UK when accessing government services online, such as the DVLA.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please report it us via our online reporting tool or by phone 0300 123 2040."

4th February 2019

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Reading with Pride
  • Top Reads of 2018
  • Stay Healthy this Winter
  • Stay Safe Online
  • Enhance Your IT Skills
  • The Book I Have Loved...
  • One to Watch

Download the newsletter > >

1st February 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

1 February 10pm – 4am
Lane closures leading to a full closure of Junction 10 Crawley exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

4, 5 & 8 February 10pm - 4am
Lane closures leading to a full closure of J9 Gatwick exit slip Northbound.  A full signed diversion route via J10 A2011, London Road, Airport Way, and a 2nd diversion route via the M25 J6 and back to J9 on M23.

12 & 13 February 10pm – 4am
Lane closures leading to a full closure from J10 to J8 Northbound. Fully signed diversion route for M25 via A264, A22 and re-join the M25 at J6. Diversion for Gatwick A2011, A23 London Road, Airport way into Gatwick Airport.

12 & 13 February 10pm – 4am
Lane 1 closure on Gatwick Spur Eastbound leading to a full Northbound entry slip road closure at J9.  Fully signed diversion route Southbound at J10 via A264, A22 and re-join the M25 at J6

31st January 2019

Met Office Level 3 Cold Weather Action

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 - Cold Weather Action.

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/snow between 1400 on Thursday 31 Jan and 0900 on Friday 01 Feb in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventative action.

For more information

31st January 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz was patrolled on Friday 25th January. Throughout the evening a number of locations were patrolled. We paid particular attention to Etchingham Road, Gildredge Park, Victoria Garden and Hampden Park where there were no issues reported

There had been a party at the youth club in Kings Church so there were a number of youths within the area, however, all were very polite and interacted well with us stating they were having a good evening.

On Saturday 26th January, all areas as above were checked throughout the evening and we are very happy to report that there were no issues found. We received one report that youths were banging on doors and being a nuisance in Pembury Road, however, they had left upon our arrival.

We later assisted our PC colleagues with a road traffic collision in Compton Street where the road had to be closed.

28th January 2019

Warnings for snow and ice across the UK

Snow and ice warnings are in place for parts of Scotland and all of England and Wales for Tuesday and Wednesday this week as cold, unsettled conditions bring the chance of disruptive snow to all parts of the UK.

However, significant accumulations of snow are not expected to be widespread at lower levels.

28th January 2019

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association
has received a £500 donation from Sussex Police

The contribution has come from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of monies received by the police from the sale of property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold. Accepting a cheque from Inspector Rachel Barrow the association’s Acting Chair, Roy Peacock said, “ENWA is delighted to receive the £500 donation. “On behalf of all our volunteers and members we would like to say a huge thank you to The Police Property Act Fund and we are very grateful for Inspector Barrow’s nomination. The money will be used to pay for ESCC Highways licences and towards the erection of approved new NHW Street Signs. A small amount will be used to reimburse some occasional expenses for committee members and when appropriate, for gratification items to show appreciation to our volunteers who are helping to keep Eastbourne a safer place for residents, businesses and visitors.'

ENWA promotes crime prevention advice using a network of volunteer coordinators and a quarterly newsletter, website and social media to help share information and signpost people to those who can help them most.

They also promote charities such as Crimestoppers. Anyone can contact Crimestoppers at any time anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you would like to become a Street or Ward Co-ordinator or would like any further information regarding Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch, please e-mail contact@enwa.org.uk or go to their website www.enwa.org.uk or their Facebook Page Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch.

To find out more about PPAF grants, please visit www.sussex.police.uk

27th January 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following full overnight closures are scheduled on the M23:

28 January 10pm – 4am.
Full closure of Junction 9 (Gatwick) exit slip road Northbound. Diversion route via junction 10 M23, A2011, London Road, Airport Way.

29 January 10pm – 4am.
Full closure from Junction 10 to 8 on the M23 Northbound. Diversion route for M25 via junction 10 A264, A22 to M25. For Gatwick Airport – A2011, London Road, Airport Way.

30 and 31 January 10pm – 4am.
Full Closure of Junction 9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion route via Junction 10 M23, A2011, London Road, Airport Way.

30 January 10pm – 4am.
Full closure between Junction 8 – 9 on M23 Southbound. Diversion route via M25 junction 6, A22, A264, re-join at junction 10 on the M23 for Gatwick Airport.

24th January 2019

Three Men Arrested for Spate Of Burglaries In East Sussex

Three men have been arrested in connection with a spate of burglaries across East Sussex.

The offences are reported to have occurred between 3 January and 9 January at the following locations:

  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Wych Cross;
  • Zebedees, Laughton;
  • Auto Cemeleon, Easons Green;
  • East Sussex National Golf Club, Little Horsted;
  • Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross;
  • Granary Business Centre, Horsebridge

They were further arrested on suspicion of the theft of a motor vehicle at Golden Cross on 9 January.

The suspects – a 35-year-old man from Lingfield, Surrey, a 29-year-old man from Lingfield, Surrey, and a 27-year-old man from Hailsham – have each been released on conditional bail until 6 February pending further enquiries.

The investigation relates to the theft of cash and items including car keys and golf clubs.

24th January 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is:  07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

PCSOs Honey, Clarke and PC Willsher were on Hi-vis Blitz patrols. The evening was chilly and saw the start of our patrols around the Morrison's car park area where there have been previous reports of anti-social behaviour from boy racers in the car park area underneath the store. On this occasion there were only two cars that left upon our arrival.

We then moved onto the Iden Street area where previous reports of youths had been climbing on the garage roofs, but there was nothing to report at this time. The areas of Hampden Park in general were given attention too with nothing to report.

There were reports of youths hanging around the Archery Youth Club causing a nuisance and acting in an anti-social manner intimidating some other youths attending the club. We attended the area to give reassurance.

Moving onto Milfoil Drive there were no youths hanging around. Etchingham Road was then given attention to where it was very quiet and we moved on to Royal Sussex Crescent area where we paid passing attention to all the surrounding areas including the YMCA.

Gildredge Park was patrolled throughout the shift and nothing to report.
On Saturday evening the Op Blitz team were kept relatively busy. As well as the routine patrols of all the anti social behaviour hot spots there was an 18th Birthday party at the Community Hall on Etchingham Road. We are happy to report however that all the party goers behaved themselves and we had no reports come in regarding the party from the general public. Hopefully everyone had a good time.

In Shinewater there were reports of another party with some individuals not being so well behaved. A group of youths climbed over the gates into the Causeway school grounds and caused a nuisance as well as disturbing several residents on the estate. Police attended and dispersed the group. The good news coming out of this was it led to one of the group, who was outstanding as a wanted person for a separate matter, being identified and arrested.

Finally the Op Blitz team were flagged down in town centre by security staff at The London and County who had a male inside trying to use fake notes. The team were aware of some ongoing issues around the use of fake notes from the district briefing so detained the male until help arrived from the neighbourhood response team. This led to further leads and another arrest. 

21st January 2019

Modern Slavery - It's Closer Than You Think

A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the signs of modern slavery in Sussex.

The campaign starts on Monday 21 January and will run for three weeks on the Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Modern Slavery is a crime hidden in plain sight involving the criminal exploitation of people who are often forced to work in horrendous conditions, live in cramped and often overcrowded accommodation and are at risk of violence and sexual exploitation. Signs of modern slavery aren’t easy to spot and we’re asking our communities in Sussex to take a closer look, it’s closer than you think.

Detective Superintendent Jeff Riley who leads Sussex Police’s fight against modern slavery said: “Victims of modern slavery cannot be defined by any one particular behaviour, circumstance, industry or characteristic but a combination of these could indicate that someone is a victim.

Some of the signs to be aware of include people living in overcrowded or cramped conditions; being picked up for work very early in the morning and being dropped off late in the evening. Sometimes people are isolated from the community they live or work in, barely speaking or not joining in conversation, they may avoid eye contact and not interact with people around them.

There is no one stereotype to define victims of this crime, they can be from the UK or abroad, men, women or children, all coerced into a situation against their will.

Typically victims are being forced to work, are owned or controlled by their employer, can be physically or psychologically constrained and can be subjected to physical and mental abuse. The perpetrators control their victims, trading in human misery for financial gain.

Modern Slavery is a priority for Sussex Police and it is a crime that is seen as hidden within communities, which is the undetected and under-reported physical, emotional and psychological abuse of a person or people.”

Police are asking people within our communities to be aware of the symptoms and behaviours attributed to victims of modern slavery as described and to report something thought to be suspicious.

Modern slavery is a hidden crime and by raising awareness we are hoping to uncover this crime in our communities to catch the perpetrators and prevent further harm to vulnerable victims.

Richard Lancashire is the force’s Modern Slavery Manager. His post is funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, and he is responsible for coordinating the continuing training of our officers and staff and raising awareness with partners and the public of modern slavery. He will be delivering talks at two church conferences in mid-January to engage with communities about the impact of modern slavery.

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Modern slavery is happening in Sussex and is currently an under-reported crime. This campaign is calling on the public to be more aware of things happening in their peripheral vision, where too often the signs of modern slavery are present but going unrecognised and opportunities to report are missed.
Help keep our community safe by being vigilant and reporting any concerns you may have either anonymously via Crimestoppers or directly to Sussex Police.”

Police investigate reports of modern slavery and equally importantly help to identify and safeguard vulnerable people, whether from with the UK or overseas, who are at risk of becoming victims to it.

In the six months to the end of September 2018, Sussex Police had identified more 80 cases of potential victims of modern slavery, involving people originating from both the UK and overseas. Over the same periods more than 30 arrests had been made on suspicion of offences potentially linked to modern slavery.

If you think you have information that might identify or locate a potential victim or suspect for modern slavery, or someone you know is a victim of modern slavery, or even a location where you think exploitation might be happening, please report it online or call us on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency).

You can also contact the national Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery helpline on 0300 303 8151, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Support the campaign by following Sussex Police Twitter and Facebook accounts and sharing the posts.

You can find more information on our Modern Slavery advice webpages.

18th January 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

This weekend, there is a full closure on the M23 between junction 8 - 10 to install a new gantry across the carriageway. Please see below for details.

Saturday 19 January 2019
The M23 will be closed between junction 10 - 8 northbound to facilitate the construction of a super span gantry on Saturday evening. The southbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 8 – 9 and traffic leaving Gatwick will be able to use junction 9 to head southbound towards Brighton. The closure time is between 9.00pm on Saturday 19th January 2019 and 6.00am Sunday.

The diversion will be Northbound from junction 10 to Gatwick – A2011, London Road, Airport Way and into Gatwick Airport. Northbound to M25 – A264, A22, continue to junction 6 at Godstone for the M25 and join motorway.

From M25 to M23 – junction 6 of the M25, via A22, A264 to reach junction 10 of the M23 and continue journey southbound or into Gatwick.

17th January 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz this week was conducted by PCSO Clarke, PCSO Honey, PC Willsher and PC Bishop. A large proportion of the evening was spent in Hampden Park due to ongoing issues with youths in the area.

On our patrols there, we spoke to a group of youths that appear frequently in the area and took their details. In addition to this we attended Morrison's regarding a group of 'boy racers' who all moved on when they were asked to do so.

Blitz continued with us having a walk around Gildredge Park and around the skate park area, it was a fairly cold evening and there were not many people out and about.

Our other officers were busy dealing with an aggressive drunk male in the town centre who was refusing to leave a restaurant, therefore we attended to assist with the situation where the male was spoken too and moved on.

Blitz overall was fairly quiet with not much to report back. Thank you for your continued support with Operation Blitz and please remember to utilise this service.

14th January 2019

Your East Sussex

The latest issue of the East Sussex Country Council newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Making healthier choices in 2019
  • Get outdoors and active
  • Take a trip back in time this January
  • New year, new job
  • From the Newsroom.

Read more > >

14th January 2019

The production company, Zeppelin Films, which was set up by former BBC Commissioning Editor, Elliot Reed, is interested in contacting older people to participate in a brand TV new series, which has just started production for Channel 5, looking at generational divides.

They are looking to make a series which bridges the generational gap by pairing up an 18-22 year old who could benefit from spending time with an older person, and a person over the age of 65 who has an interesting story to tell.

By putting the two into each other’s world, the aim is that by the end of the process the two will hopefully see that there is not so much of a gulf between their experiences as they might think. Zeppelin Films is looking for older people who will challenge conventions around the elderly and who are interested in finding out more about the lives of young people today.

For more information, call 0203 761 4598, or e-mail; generation@zeppelintv.co.uk

12th January 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times continues this week with narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. There are no planned closures.  Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

DON’T FORGET!
Monday 14 January – 18 January 2019. Full closure of the junction 9 (Gatwick) exit slip road between 10pm and 4am. Diversion via junction 10 (Crawley) for Gatwick, A2011, London Road, Airport Way, or continue to M25 junction 6 and back onto the M23.

HEADS UP!
Saturday 19 January 2019. Full closure of the M23 between junctions 10 – 8 North and Southbound between 10pm and 4am. Diversion for Gatwick via junction 10, A2011, London Road, Airport Way. For M25 via A264, A22 to junction 6 of the M25.

All diversion routes will be fully signed.

10th January 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is:  07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Eastbourne PCSOs Furlong and Kerr were both on duty over the weekend, and patrols for Operation Blitz were assigned to them.

The beginning of the weekend saw them revisit targeted areas in Eastbourne; Palesgate Way and Molscombe Gardens owing to ongoing anti-social behaviour back in the Summer. Following an increase in directed patrols, your ongoing support, and also now to the colder weather these areas have seen a decrease in anti - social behaviour, so that’s great news!

The weekend on a whole was particularly cold, meaning many people were wrapped up indoors, this made for a bracing walk through and around the town centre and station area, keeping ourselves warm, and keeping you safe.

Late in the evening in the town centre we were flagged down by members of the public to reports of an injured male. We stayed with the male until a response unit could transport him to A&E shortly before 2 am.

8th January 2019

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

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8th January 2019

Fake TV Licensing E-mails

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. 

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit the Cyber Aware website.

7th January 2019

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch AGM

The Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 26th January, from 10:30am until 12:30pm, in The Old Parsonage Room, Ocklynge Road, BN21 1PL.

More information > >

7th January 2019

Arrive alive, not dead on time

Police Forces across England and Wales will be carrying simultaneous speed enforcement campaigns for the coming weeks until the end of January.

We are working with The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) supporting this speed enforcement campaign, which is coordinated by The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) in January 2019.

The aims of the campaign are:

During this period, Roads Policing Units in Sussex will be carrying out a number of enforcement activities alongside the day to day deployments.

The safety camera team will be using their combination of fixed and mobile cameras to enforce the law and provide support to the campaign. As well as speed, they are able to capture mobile phone and seatbelt offences. They will be working with colleagues to ensure a robust stance is taken on tackling speeding offences in the county each and every week.  For more information about the safety cameras used in Sussex click here.

Sussex’s Community Speed watch groups (CSW) will be providing extra support in local areas with their team of volunteers. CSW is a national initiative that assists the work of the police, where members of the public use speed detection devices to capture offences, which are then referred back to the police through Operation Crackdown. If you are interested in joining or starting a group in your area, please click here.

Sergeant Phil Badman, Partnership Sergeant for SSRP, said: “Speed is a significant contributory factor with regards to road collisions, this campaign demonstrates willingness by all police forces to tackle this issue.  It also highlights the possibility to motorists that being prosecuted whilst driving at excessive speed could be greatly increased.  Speeding reduces your chances of surviving any collision you may be in. You may think you’re in control of your vehicle, but you are not in control of what others are doing on the road. Your driving behaviour could be the difference between life and death.”

We ask all road users to obey the speed limits and remember that they are a limit and not a target – slowing down could save a life.

You can keep up to date with activities by following @SussexSRP, @CommunitySpeedw and @SussexRoadsPol. And also follow us on Facebook at sussexsaferroads

7th January 2019

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voice-mails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

5th January 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times continues this week with narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. There are no planned closures.  Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Saturday 12 January 2019:
Lane closures anticipated on the junction 9 on slip between 10pm and 4am.

Monday 14 January – 18 January 2019:
Full closure of the junction 9 Gatwick exit slip road between 10pm and 4am.  Diversion via junction 10 Crawley for Gatwick, A2011, London Road, Airport Way or continue to M25 junction 6 and back onto M23.

Saturday 19 January 2019:
Full closure of the M23 between junctions 10 – 8 North and Southbound between 10pm and 4am. Diversion for Gatwick via junction 10, A2011, London Road, Airport Way.  For M25 via A264, A22 to junction 6 of the M25.

All diversion routes will be fully signed.

4th January 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation blitz on Friday 28th December was patrolled by PCSO Gell and PCSO Slow. We started the evening a little earlier showing a presence in a number of areas that have been brought to our attention for ongoing Anti-social behaviour.

These included Etchingham road, particularly the entrance to Hampshire court where we have had a number of reports of large gatherings of youths causing issues. Tonight we did not see any groups at this location. Hampden Park (Holly place, Rosebery Avenue, Percival road, Brodrick Road) and areas surrounding were also patrolled throughout the evening.

We were diverted later on in the evening to a report of a missing young person, a number of police units attended the area to search for the child who later returned home.

Saturday 29th December was patrolled by A section PCSO Gell, PCSO Crouch, PCSO Slow and PCSO Cotteril.

All hotspots were covered at least twice throughout the evening. Hi-Visibility foot patrols were conducted in Gildredge park, Motcombe Gardens and also Hampden park skate park through to Rosberry Avenue. All locations were very quiet with nothing of significance to report.

3rd January 2019

Get Safe Online will help you keep your online payments safe.

Trust Get Safe Online to help protect your finances with safer payments advice from the GSO experts.

These days, you can pay for almost anything online: products, services, tickets, holidays … even your next car, van or motorcycle. You can donate to charity, buy a driving licence or passport or pay to download, stream, play or gamble. It’s fast and convenient, but there are also risks attached, with cybercriminals doing all they can to divert your money into their pockets.

Please read Get Safe Online’s expert tips for protecting yourself and your finances:

Other ways to keep your online payments safe:

For more information on how to make online payments safely, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safepayments #safepayments.

If you think you’ve been a victim of online fraud, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre on 0300 123 20 40 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk.  In Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101.

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