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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

Click here for picture > >

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

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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

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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.

22nd December 2018

Bolder: Making the Most of Later Life

Ageing is inevitable. In this time of longer lifespans, however, we have the potential to age better than ever before. Having travelled the globe to meet the pioneers who are redefining ageing, Carl Honoré explores the cultural, medical and technological trends that will help us make the most of our longer lives. He shows us that the time has come to cast off prejudices and blur the lines of what is possible at every age. We can tear up the old script that locks us into learning in early life, working in the middle years and pursuing leisure with whatever time is left at the end. Instead, we can learn, work, rest, care for others, volunteer, create and have fun all the way through our lives. 

Bolder is a radical re-think of our approach to everything from education, healthcare and work, to design, relationships and politics. An essential and inspiring read to help all of us make ageing a bonus rather than a burden.

Bolder was the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week from 17th-21st December, you can listen to the programmes on the BBC website:

Episode 1 > > Episode 2 > > Episode 3 > > Episode 4 > > Episode 5 > >

22nd December 2018

Waitrose recalls its Chunky Battered Haddock Fish Fingers

Waitrose is recalling its Six Chunky Battered Haddock Fish Fingers as they contain large fish bones. The presence of these large bones could potentially make this product unsafe to eat and presents a safety risk.

More information > >

22nd December 2012

Have Your Say On Sussex Police Funding 2018-2022

This week 70 new police officers completed their training, and a further 38 have started theirs as part of the biggest recruitment drive in Sussex for over ten years, made possible by this year’s increase in the police element of council tax - the precept.

Last week the Government announced the provisional funding settlement for policing in a £970 million package that gives Police & Crime Commissioners the ability, should they wish, to raise the precept above the current £12 limit.

This unprecedented funding opportunity could help Sussex to recruit substantial numbers of PCSOs and even more police officers, as well as improving the public contact service, especially the 101 non-emergency number. Although no final decisions will be made until early February next year, the Chief Constable and the PCC, Katy Bourne, have indicated their commitment to ensure that residents will see and feel the benefit of any extra funding raised locally.

If you have not already done so, you can give the PCC your views on police funding by completing a very short survey available on her website.

I have been asked by the PCC to pass on her thanks to all Neighbourhood Watch volunteers for your support of Sussex Police throughout the year, which I am doing with great pleasure.

21st December 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

PCSO’S Clarke and Honey started off the evening shift by patrolling around the Willingdon Trees/ Holly Place area where there have been previous reports of issues from the Community Centre. This particular evening though, all was quiet as the Community Centre was closed, there were a few youths hanging around the area, but not causing any issues, they soon left upon seeing us.

We then moved on to Roseberry Avenue, Hampden Park where again there were no youths hanging around. We swiftly moved onto Palesgate Way, Victoria Bowls club, then Parsonage Road again there were no issues. We believe that this was due to the weather being a bitter cold evening. A call came in for the next area that we were heading towards in Etchingham Road stating that there were youths being rowdy, a colleague had arrived there before us and the youths had just left. There were no phone calls on the Blitz phone this evening.

Blitz on Saturday started with PCSO Clarke and Honey but with a number of other jobs it made it slightly difficult to patrol all the areas on Blitz. However, they performed most of the checks that were needed and there were no reports of anti – social behaviour. The two PCSO’s were then taken away from blitz at 11.15pm to attend a report of intoxicated females causing trouble outside of a nightclub in Eastbourne.

13th December 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

As part of our Blitz tasking we endeavour to patrol locations that have been brought to our attention from members of the public at least twice throughout the evening. These areas are constantly reviewed to maintain a good presence where needed in order to reduce anti-social behaviour and make people feel safer in their community.

On Saturday 1st December PCSO Crouch and PCSO Cotterill were on blitz patrol. Where the first point of call was Cornwall Court after a report was received that a group of young people were smoking cannabis. The group had left the location before police arrival, while in the area we came across a party at the Salvation Army this was supervised by adults and we received no reports from this.

We then made our way to Morrison’s, a report had been made that a number of people were gathered in the underground car park revving their car engines. This was very loud and a big group intimidating for customers. The group were spoken to and were very polite and did not realise how the gathering made other people feel.

A number of other locations were patrolled including Etchingham Road, Palesgate Way, Gildredge Park, Roseberry Avenue and the old Veritek building. There were no other reports of anti-social behaviour possibly helped by the dreadful weather. The rest of the evening was spent attending the regular hotspots where all was quiet.

10th December 2018

Updates and appeals

Hastings man jailed for threatening and racist behaviour

A Hastings man has been jailed for 14 weeks and issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order after admitting several offences, including the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Hastings magistrates heard on Monday (3 December) that some of the offences were racially aggravated.
Before them was Douglas Edward White, 49, unemployed, of Croft Road, Hastings.

In addition to the prison sentence, the CBO against White prohibits him from entering or attempting to enter Kenilworth Road and Rothesay Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, until further notice.

It also prohibits him from contacting NHS Direct or the emergency services unless in genuine need of immediate help.
White was told he must also pay a victim surcharge of £115 and £85 prosecution costs.

Investigations continue into Sussex Health Care

An investigation into Sussex Health Care continues. The police and multi-agency safeguarding investigation commenced as a result of safeguarding concerns for a number of patients at nine Sussex Health Care premises. Sussex Police was originally alerted as a result of safeguarding alerts relating to 43 residents, of which 13 died.

Ten people have so far been interviewed under caution in connection with the investigation.

Appeal after motorcyclist dies in Rottingdean

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision in Rottingdean. Police were called about 7am on Thursday (December 6) to a collision involving a car and motorbike.

Emergency services were called to Falmer Road in Rottingdean where the two vehicles had collided near to the junction with Court Farm Road.

The motorcyclist, a 29-year-old man from Brighton, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital where he sadly died from his injuries.

The driver of the Nissan Juke, a 35-year-old man from Peacehaven, has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving. He remains in custody.

More information > >
 
Driver who lied about speeding receives suspended prison sentence

On 28 May 2017, a black Audi A6 was recorded as travelling at 92mph on the A23 at Bolney – a 70mph limit.

A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) was sent to the keeper – a woman from Manor Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire – however she handed it to her husband, Benjamin Ludlow, as he was driving on the day in question, and he returned it to police.

The 43-year-old osteopath, of the same address, had nominated the driver as a woman from London, whom he stated had borrowed the car. Attempts were made to contact her but to no avail.

Offence photographs were re-examined, which clearly showed a man driving the Audi.

Following this, further documents were sent to the keeper and these were again returned by Ludlow, who again nominated the same woman from London.
He was subsequently interviewed by officers at the Central Ticketing Summons Unit at Shoreham Police Station, where he fully admitted to making a false nomination in order to avoid the excess speed offence.

Ludlow added that he had passed the papers to an associate in London, who told him he could make the offence “disappear”. It transpired his wife – the keeper of the Audi – had no knowledge of this.

On 4 October 2018 at Lewes Crown Court, Ludlow pleaded guilty to the offence of perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

The investigation was launched as part of Operation Pinocchio – an ongoing operation set up by Sussex Police in 2016 with the following aims:

The offence carries a maximum term of life imprisonment.
Sergeant Vicki Rees said: "We are appealing to anyone who was driving through Rottingdean on Thursday morning and saw what happened or captured anything which might help on their dash-cam. Please get in touch by calling 101 quoting Operation Helena."

Eastbourne woman Becky Deniro jailed for various offences

Becky Deniro from Eastbourne, jailed for two years.

Convictions for a string of offences have led to Becky Deniro from Eastbourne woman being jailed for two years.

Deniro, 33, unemployed, of Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, 23 November.
A suspended sentence of 18 months for previous offences was activated and

Deniro was told that a five-month term for burglary and a further month imposed for five counts of theft, three of assaulting police and one of threatening behaviour, would be added, making 24 months in all.

She had been convicted at a hearing before Sussex (Eastern) Magistrates on Tuesday 13 November and committed for sentence at Crown Court.

More information > >

8th December 2018

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

Please Remember - Full Closure – We will have a full overnight weekend closure on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December between 9pm and 6am (5am Mon 10th Dec).

This is to remove the existing gantries on the M23. There is a full diversion route in place from junction 6 (Godstone) of the M25 via the A22, A264 to junction 10 (Crawley) of the M23 and from junction 10 (Crawley) via the A2011, London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

On Monday 10th December for 7 nights, there will be a lane 1 closure leading to a full closure of junction 7 from the M25 onto the M23 southbound between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 8 of the M25 and back.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers' and road workers' safety.

8th December 2018

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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7th December 2018

Purse Thefts

Around this time of year we can see an increase in purse thefts. The most common type of purse theft is 'handbag dipping' where offenders remove purses from handbags left unzipped or unattended, or by 'accidentally' walking into the victim.

Reduce your chances:

Please stay aware and vigilant this Christmas.

6th December 2018

New Scheme Prevents Vulnerable People Being Defrauded
of More Than £500,000 in One Month

A national scheme, adopted by Sussex Police just 18 months ago, aimed at preventing elderly and other vulnerable people falling victim to fraud across the county, has prevented £528,083 being stolen in just one month
In October 2018, there were 35 calls to Sussex Police from banks and other financial institutions under the Banking Protocol, about 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 27 identified reports of fraud which included five reports each of; romance fraud, rogue trading, courier fraud and computer software service fraud. There were four attempts at financial abuse by a person known to the victim, plus two attempts at investment fraud and one at inheritance fraud.

PC Bernadette Lawrie, Surrey and Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer, said; "This means that more than half of all attempts at this particularly unpleasant type of crime are being intercepted and prevented as a result of our liaison with bank staff."

The Protocol has been a success since its launch in Sussex in June 2017. The volume of calls from banks has steadily increased, along with the number of arrests and financial loss prevented, together with the confidence of staff in both banks and police to deal positively with these incidents.

Staff in financial institutions have been trained to identify customers seeking to make unusual withdrawals or money transfers. They 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”.  In most circumstances, the withdrawal will have been attempted under emotional duress after personal contact with an offender.

Since June 2017 433 such calls have been received by Sussex Police from banks and £2,478,761 has been saved from being defrauded. A recent case shows how the Protocol can work.

In June this year, a 89-year-old man went to a Lloyds Bank in Brighton, with a younger woman. The bank staff contacted the police as they were concerned about the recent changes in his habits, cash withdrawals on his account and the apparent pressure he was being put under by the woman.

It transpired she had already received over £10,000 of his money and on 10 October the woman, Lisa Hollings, 36, of Fitzherbert Drive, Brighton, appeared at Lewes Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to theft, and was sentenced to two years imprisonment plus an additional two years for breaching a previous unrelated Community Order.

She had known the victim for three years and claimed that she helped him out day to day and that he was helping her out with money and that she was going to pay back the money.

But officers discovered that in fact she had befriended the victim after his wife died and had gradually taken money from him under the guise of helping her out with every day expenses. She then secured use of this cheque book.

In Sussex this process dovetails with the force's Operation Signature, because following a call from the bank, police attend and always take positive action in crime recording and taking further action to safeguard the victim.

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,

Police advise;

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.

5th December 2018

Don't Get Conned this Christmas

This year, make sure you don’t get conned out of Christmas, by thinking twice before you click and taking some simple precautions. That way, you can make sure it’s a festive season to remember… for all the right reasons.

But Christmas is also a favourite time of year for criminals, well aware that you’re busy online and have too many other things on your mind to think about safeguarding yourself, your family and your finances.

Top ten tips for a safe and happy festive season online:

SHOP, SHOP, SHOP​
If something seems too much of a bargain, it’s probably poor quality or doesn’t even exist. Always check payment pages are secure, and log out when you’ve finished shopping online.

AUCTION BARGAIN … OR NOT
When making a purchase from an auction website, use insured payment methods like PayPal and never do a bank transfer to people you don’t know. Do all you can to check the seller or buyer are authentic. And look out for fake goods: they’re illegal and cost livelihoods.

JUST THE TICKET
Buying gig or event tickets as a gift, or for yourself? To avoid fraud, buy only from official sources, and never pay by direct transfer.

COME FLY AWAY…
Whether you’re planning a break at Christmas or next year, make sure the holiday or flight is genuine by researching it thoroughly, and check travel agents for an ABTA/ATOL number.

WHO’S ASKING?
Scam emails, calls, texts and posts are getting cleverer and you’re bound to get some over Christmas. Think twice before you get talked into anything, however busy you are.

YOUR PASSWORD IS YOURS. KEEP IT THAT WAY!

Passwords that are easy to guess, that you use for more than one account or that you share with others, are a no-no!

SECURELY CONNECTED?
Secure Wi-Fi is vital for your privacy. At home, check your router security settings. Out and about, never use free Wi-Fi hotspots when what you’re doing is private.

GREAT OFFER, OR SUBSCRIPTION TRAP?
Don’t sign up for ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trial goods without thoroughly reading the small print. You could be signing up for massive direct debits.

SEASON’S GREETINGS
Don’t open attachments or click on links in festive (or any other) emails you’re not expecting, as they could be scams. And be careful with ecards as they can be fraudulent too.

AVOID THOSE NASTY CHRISTMAS VIRUSES
And we don’t mean coughs and colds! Always have internet security (antivirus) software and apps switched on and updated.

4th December 2018

Appeals and Updates

Woman injured in dispute over Eastbourne parking space

Police are seeking witnesses to an incident in Lismore Road, Eastbourne, at 12.30pm on Friday, 26 October, in which two women became embroiled in a dispute over a parking space. 

One woman is alleged to have driven her car into the other while she was out of her vehicle, and then grappled with her, throwing her onto the road. 

Officers want to talk to anyone who may have seen what happened, and in particular an elderly couple who are believed to have intervened. The incident occurred at the rear of Debenhams department store 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police phoning 101 quoting serial 462 of 26/10. 

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers or call the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Rural burglars sentenced for Wealden break-ins

Two men and a woman have been sentenced for several burglaries in the Wealden area earlier this year. One offender was jailed for six years and four months.  The three, all from Eastbourne, appeared before Her Honour Judge Janet Waddicor at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (26 November).

Vernon Terry George Baker, 41, unemployed, of Appledore Close, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to burglaries in Chalvington, near Hailsham, on 25, 26 and 27 January.

After breaking into one cottage he stole jewellery worth £70,000. At another he stole cash and jewellery worth £10,000.  And jewellery of a value unknown was stolen from a third cottage in the hamlet. He was jailed for six years and four months.

Carl Howard, 34, a self-employed security guard, of Santos Wharf, Eastbourne, admitted jointly burgling the third cottage with Baker.  He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and given 10 days rehabilitation activity.  He was also ordered to pay £535 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

On 1 May a property in Milton Street, near Polegate, was broken into and jewellery of an unknown value was stolen.  Abigail Louise Cullen, known as Abbe, 36, a furniture maker, of Snowdon Close, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to this offence. She was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, given a nine month drug treatment order and 15 days rehabilitation activity.  Cullen was also ordered to pay £500 compensation and a £140 victim surcharge.

Later, Detective Constable Costin Bonell, said: "These are crimes which have a huge impact on victims.  I hope that the sentences imposed may help those affected to move on with their lives."

Strengthening local policing – prevention, response and investigations teams – is being made possible through the precept increase earlier this year.

Former doctor standing trial

A former doctor has been charged with sexual offences.  Sivaguru Narendran, known as John Narendran, 78, of Sackville Road, Hailsham has been charged with 17 counts of indecent assault while working at The Horder Centre, Crowborough and Eastbourne District General Hospital between 1983 and 1996.  He will appear for trial at Lewes Crown Court sitting at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday, December 3.

3rd December 2018

Harbour Short Mat Bowlers Christmas Fun

Sovereign Harbour Bowls Club enjoyed a fun night of crazy bowls, followed by festive fare and the Christmas present game of “Keep or Steal”.  

This was after an away match with Kings Church. Four teams competed; the result was that Kings won the match. What a great venue, and great hosting.

This is a friendly, warm, club that welcomes those who want to play bowls and also have a community/social experience that meets on Thursday evenings at the Haven School. 

Contact: Anne Newson.
Email: newson17@live.co.uk
Phone: 01323 472259.

3rd December 2018

26 Arrests Made In First 48 Hours Of Drink Drug Driving Crackdown

A total of 26 arrests were made in the first 48 hours of a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, which runs the campaign, said: “To have made so many arrests in such a short space of time – just days after we publicised our messaging around the risks of drink and drug-driving – is quite unbelievable."

“Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is stupid, it’s selfish and it’s downright shameful, and anyone caught and convicted will be held accountable for their actions. Not only can you expect a lengthy ban, a hefty fine and possibly a prison sentence, you’ll also get a criminal record, which could affect your job, your future insurance costs and your travel prospects. Worse still, you could kill yourself or someone else – last year in Sussex 13 people died in collisions which involved a drink-driver. Is it really worth it? We can assure you it’s not.”

The 26 arrests were made in Sussex on Saturday (1 December) and Sunday (2 December), and further statistics will be published as the campaign continues until its conclusion on 1 January 2019.

In line with previous campaigns, police will also publish details of those convicted, including their name, age, address and occupation.

Chief Inspector Gooch added: “While this is a dedicated campaign which occurs twice a year during peak periods – at Christmas and in the summer – we will still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers as part of our routine policing 365 days a year.”

"If you’re going to consume drink or drugs, plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober. 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."

Also be mindful of the amount of time it takes for substances to leave your body – you could still be over the limit the next morning, even if you’ve had several hours’ sleep."

Drink and drugs affect people according to a number of variants including your age, weight, height, gender and stress levels, to name a few.
The only way to safely guarantee you are under the limit is to 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:

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.

The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.

3rd December 2018

Police Dog Vinnie Proves You Can Run But You Cannot Hide

A violent drug-dealer found hiding in nettles with almost £5,000 in cash has been jailed for numerous offences.

Police searched for Ben Atkinson following reports of an assault and criminal damage at a house in Churchill Way, Horsham about 3.50pm on 3 July.

Officers arrived and discovered extensive damage had been caused at the property, and the suspect had made off in a vehicle which did not belong to him.

House-to-house enquiries were made, and neighbours were asked to call 999 if he returned.

Using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, police detected the vehicle had been driven in the area, before being abandoned in nearby Bashurst Hill, Itchingfield. An extensive search of the area was carried out but there was no trace of the suspect.

Later, around 9pm, police were called after Atkinson returned to the address where the assault and damage occurred. On seeing officers arrive, he ran towards woodland behind the house.

Local officers contained the area while PC Paul House, of the Surrey and Sussex Dog Unit, deployed PD Vinnie – a German Shepherd general purpose dog. Within minutes PD Vinnie had found a black rucksack containing various drugs and drug paraphernalia, and moments later – after tracking through a gully and dense overgrowth – he barked to indicate the suspect was present. Atkinson emerged from a nettle bush, and was arrested and taken into custody.

He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and driving while disqualified, and pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 5 July.
He was sentenced to a total of 26 weeks’ imprisonment, given a restraining order to last until further notice, and required to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Atkinson, 30, unemployed and of no fixed address, was further charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (cocaine) and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs (cannabis), which he originally denied.

The case went to trial at Lewes Crown Court on 15 November, where he changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to a total of four years’ imprisonment. He was also required to pay a £170 victim surcharge. The drugs and drug paraphernalia were destroyed, and the cash voluntarily surrendered under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Police Constable Dale Marklew, of Crawley Investigations, said: “On the afternoon of 3 July, Atkinson caused an extensive amount of damage at a house in Horsham – this included broken windows, furniture and even children’s toys. He also assaulted a woman who is known to him, in the presence of children, and thankfully she was not seriously hurt."

“We were determined to catch up with him and we’re thankful to the public for helping us to locate him. He was clearly intent on evading capture – running away from police – and only gave himself up when faced with a police dog."

“I’d also like to thank all the officers involved in this investigation. Together, we have helped to bring a cowardly criminal to justice and removed a substantial quantity of drugs from the streets of Sussex.”

1st December 2018

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways In Or Near Sussex

Gatwick Spur Closure – on Saturday 1 December there will be a full closure of the Gatwick Spur road eastbound from the North Terminal to Junction 9 (Gatwick) of the M23, this will include the northbound entry slip at Junction 9. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place via the A23 London Road, A2011, Crawley Avenue and re-join at Junction 10 of the M23.

On Monday 3 December for 2 nights, there will be a lane closure leading to a full closure of Junction 10 southbound exit slip on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via Junction 10A and back.

On Wednesday 5 December for 2 nights, there will be a lane closure leading to a full closure at Junction 10 southbound between 10pm and 4am. Diversion will be up and over the junction 10 roundabout. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place and working to ensure drivers’ and road workers’ safety.

Please Remember - Full Closure – December 2018. We will have a full overnight weekend closure on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December between 9pm and 6am (5am Mon 10 Dec). This is to remove the existing gantries on the M23. 

There is a full diversion route in place from junction 6 (Godstone) of the M25 via the A22, A264 to junction 10 (Crawley) of the M23 and from Junction 10 (Crawley) via the A2011, London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

30th November 2018

It's Beginning to Feel Like Christmas at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre

What a month November has been! From a sell-out show with comedian Tom Allen to the welcome return of APL with family favourite Rapunzel, this month has been jam-packed with brilliant entertainment. Thank you to all our patrons who have visited the theatre - we hope you have had as much fun as we have!

But now, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

December is the time of year for friends and family to come together - why not share a fun, festive experience at the theatre? Take a look below at what we have to offer - I'm sure you'll find something for all ages to enjoy!

Give the gift of theatre!

Treating someone to a night at the the theatre is a brilliant alternative Christmas present for your nearest and dearest who are hard to buy for. Scroll down the bottom of the newsletter to see all the shows on sale in 2019.

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30th November 2018

Highway Code: rule changes for automated vehicle technology

Today (30th November 2018) Highway Code rules 149, 150, 160 and 239 have been updated to provide more detailed advice on safely using remote control parking and motorway assist functions.

This follows a consultation by the Department for Transport held in 2016 about using advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicle technologies while driving.

See the full rules changes to the Highway Code

30th November 2018

Buzz Active Plans for 2019

Buzz Active has issued a Newsletter outlining some of its activities and plans for 2019.

In the newsletter:

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30th November 2018

Police Set To Launch 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 and Sussex Police prepare to launch their 2018 Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

To coincide with this, we’re introducing a number of colourful characters to illustrate the effects of 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 56 people died in road traffic collisions in Sussex last year, 13 of which involved a drink-driver – representing 23 per cent of all fatal collisions in the county (statistics from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership).

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Arguably the hardest part of any police officer’s job is telling someone that one of their loved ones has died. When you consider it could so easily have been avoided, it becomes even harder."

“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."

“Our aims of this campaign are to save lives by deterring people from drink and drug-driving, and to deal robustly with offenders.”

Surrey and Sussex Police will have a number of officers committed to the campaign, which runs from 1 December to 1 January inclusive.

Details of those convicted – including their name, age, address and occupation – will be published online. This is in line with our previous campaigns, with the intention to deter people from getting behind the wheel while high on drink or drugs.

During the same campaign last year (1 December 2017 to 1 January 2018), a total of 195 arrests were made in Sussex, of which at least 130 have since been convicted.

Chief Inspector Gooch 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 as part of our routine policing 365 days a year."

“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 someone sober. Never get into a vehicle with someone you know is over the limit."

“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.

Chief Inspector Gooch added: “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.”

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

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.

The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.

29th November 2018

Big Steps Made In Mental Health And Partnership Working Continues

Sussex Police has been leading the change in supporting how those in a mental health crisis are treated.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services issued a national report on how the police force respond to people with mental health problems.

Sussex Police are specifically mentioned within the report as good at identifying calls involving mental health during the call handling process and the work on street triage. Street triage is where mental health nurses and response officers respond to those in need together.

Sarah Gates, OBE, the force's mental health liaison officer, said the report was a fair report which reflects the demand on the police, not just in Sussex, but also nationally.

She said: "For 11 months, since December 2017, no-one in crisis has been taken to custody in Sussex and a more suitable place has been found for them to be cared for. The force has worked hard with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to help find a place of safety for those in crisis."

"We have had street triage now for five years in East and West Sussex, which has been extremely successful, and next week we start it in Brighton and Hove."

"Following a successful six month pilot in 2016, we are working towards having a permanent mental health nurse in our force contact, command and control department. This was successful in terms of having some on hand advice for controllers and people in crisis who could assess whether officers needed to be sent to the caller."

"The report makes recommendations for all forces on training, re-evaluating street triage and how we gather data. We welcome all these recommendations continue to work on these with all partner agencies and within our force to look at the best way we can continue moving forward to support those with mental health issues."

As well as supporting members of the public, the force also has made strives to support its own officers. This week Sergeant Garry Botterill was a finalist in the BBC Sussex Community Heroes awards for his work on the Backup Buddy app, which supports officers and staff with the impact of their own mental health at work.

Chief Constable Giles York said: "Mental health will always be part of policing and there will be cases where we absolutely should be involved as we will be the most appropriate agency."

"We continue to work with all our partners to keep in constant dialogue about ways we can work together which works for everyone, especially those in crisis. I believe we have made great progress, in partnership, over recent years to improve the care for people facing a mental health crisis. However I strongly agree with the heart of this report where there is still too much onus on policing to be the first response to a health crisis, especially outside routine working hours."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne added: "To be specifically commended as a force that is both equipped to identify people with mental health problems at first contact and one that offers an effective street triage service is a real achievement and I commend Sussex Police for their efforts.” 

29th November 2018

Restorative Justice Week Marked With Events

Last week was restorative justice week and events took place to highlight the benefits across the force.

Restorative Justice aims to bring victims and offenders into communication to talk about the effects of a crime or incident. 

This can either be via a direct face to face meeting or indirectly such as a letter exchange or messages being passed via a facilitator.

The process is managed by two trained facilitators and a case supervisor to ensure it is safe and appropriate. RJ empowers victims by giving them the opportunity to ask questions such as “why me?”  

It is a chance for the victim to talk about the long term harm and ripple effects caused by the offence and enables the offender to take full responsibility for not just the offence but the impact it has caused.

The week has seen pop-up events in libraries and supermarkets to raise awareness for the process. Those working in RJ also visited a Brighton primary school.

A feature for a regional TV programme was filmed at Lewes Prison during the week.  The BBC filmed a piece on Sussex Pathways to be shown in the New Year on the Inside Out.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said, “Restorative justice is a proven, powerful and effective process which gives the victim the chance to explain to the offender the impact that their crime has had on them."

“As PCC, I remain fully committed to giving all victims the right to access restorative justice if they want it."

“I'm immensely proud of the work of our award-winning RJ Partnership which has helped hundreds of victims in Sussex to restore their faith, not just in the justice system, but in society as a whole."

“Giving the harmed a voice is incredibly important to me.”

29th November 2018

Six Months On And Beachy Head Body Still Unidentified

Some six months after three bodies were recovered in separate incidents at the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head, Eastbourne, police are still trying to identify one of the victims. 

At 3.30pm on Wednesday, 13 June this year police officers and coastguards attended after a group of foreign students reported seeing a person go over the cliff edge. 

While that person’s body was being recovered by a coastguard helicopter crew, they found a second nearby. People walking along the base of the cliffs then reported discovery of  a third body.

All three were recovered and the first and third were subsequently identified.  But it is the second of the bodies which is still baffling police and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help. 

The body was that of a woman, aged between 20 and 40,  5’ 3” (160cms) tall, of slight build, weighing 8 stones 6lbs (55 kilograms) and with black, shoulder-length hair. 

She was wearing a white Marmot hooded jacket over a grey Bench hooded jacket and a navy blue, floral-patterned top. She was also wearing grey Adidas tracksuit bottoms, white Adidas socks and a pair of grey, size five Icepeak trainers with black soles, orange tread patterns and a white edge to the soles.

Coroner’s officer Bob Greenall said: “The woman was carrying no identification whatsoever – just a five pound note – and sadly her body was badly decomposed."

"It is just hoped that someone may recognise her description or know of someone who has gone missing who might match her details.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police calling 101, quoting serial 1133 of 13/06.

26th November 2018

Updates and Appeals

Two charged with cocaine and cannabis offences in Hastings

Two men appeared before Brighton magistrates on Friday (23 November) after being charged with drugs offences in Hastings.

Lucciano Cassini, 28, unemployed, of Cambridge Road, Hastings, is charged with possessing class A cocaine and class B cannabis with intent to supply, and possessing criminal property, namely a large quantity of cash.
Federico del Gaudio, 30, unemployed, of Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, is charged with possessing Class A cocaine and Class B cannabis with intent to supply.
Both were arrested after their car was stopped by police in Holmesdale Gardens, Hastings, shortly before 2am on Thursday, 22 November.

Both men have been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, 20 December. 
 
Two Eastbourne convenience stores robbed on one evening

Detectives in Eastbourne are searching for two men, one wielding an axe, who robbed two local convenience stores less than 15 minutes apart.
At 9.20pm on Saturday (24 November) the pair entered the Tesco store in Seaside, Eastbourne and stole about £200 cash.

Just after 9.30pm the same men entered the Co-op store in Milfoil Drive, where they took about £600.

At both stores they demanded money, one striking the lottery stand and counter with his axe to intimidate the staff. The other suspect went behind the counters, also to intimidate staff, and stole alcohol from behind the counter in Tesco.
They used bags from the stores to put the money in.
After the Co-Op robbery they were seen to run off down Alverston Close.
The staff at both stores were not physically injured but were very shaken by the events.

Detective Sergeant Amanda Hover said; "From the descriptions and circumstances it is clear that the same men committed both robberies.
"If you were in Seaside, or Milfoil Drive, or the roads between them, after 9pm on Saturday night, and saw these men entering or leaving the stores, or nearby, please contact us by calling 101, quoting serial 1081 of 24/11.
"There is currently no information about any vehicle used but even though the stores are not far from each other, we believe a vehicle would have been needed,

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Investigation into report of Crawley incident concludes no offences committed

Following a report of a woman forced into a car against her will in Crawley, police have concluded there is nothing at this stage to suggest any offence has taken place.

The incident is reported to have occurred in Ifield Drive shortly before 7pm on Wednesday (21 November).

However, there will be no further investigation pending any new information coming to light. It is understood the report was made with good intentions.

Two sentenced for money laundering connected to phishing fraud

Two students have been sentenced for money laundering, connected to a fraudulent phishing email.

A book binding company based in Manchester was contacted on June 6, 2016, through email, which purported to originate from their supplier. The email claimed the supplier’s bank details had changed and future payments would need to be made to a new bank account.

As a result, a payment of £37,986.97 was made on July 14, 2016 from the company to the ‘new’ account.

However, when the supplier called the book binding company to ask for the money, suspicions were raised and a fraud was reported to Action Fraud. Sussex Police launched an investigation after the payment was traced to a suspect in Barnham near Chichester.

The police investigation established money were then transferred to other bank accounts over the period of July 15, 18 and 19, 2016. Police subsequently made arrests, leading to five suspects being charged with money laundering offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Those who faced trial were: Seun Oyinlola, 34, of Lake Lane, Barnham; Mohammed Majid, 21, of Radcliffe Road, Southampton; Abdi Mohamed, 22, of Tennyson Road, Southampton; Adedotun Olayanju-Olagbegi, 26, of Tyers Street, London; and Nyanjura Biseko, 22, of Orchard Lane, Southampton.

The police investigation had revealed that Mohamed received a total of £10,090.00 into his bank account, while Biseko received a total of £10,400 into her bank account. Funds were then withdrawn in cash or spent.

Mohamed and Biseko pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property and were convicted on the August 8 at Portsmouth Crown Court. Both were then sentenced on the October 26 at Portsmouth Crown Court. Mohamed received six months imprisonment and ordered to pay an £115 victim surcharge; Biseko was sentenced to a 12 month community order, 80 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge. She was also made subject of a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Oyinlola, Majid and Olayanju-Olagbegi were found not guilty by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court on 17th August.

Detective Constable Paul Gilmour said: "Mohamed and Biseko received the criminal proceeds, while they were students.  Even though they may not have known where the money had originated, they did know or suspect that it was criminal property. This case highlights students can be targeted and used to launder money”.

"The fraud has had a huge impact on the family-run business that fell victim to the fraud and Sussex Police remains committed to pursuing those involved in fraud and money laundering. We would also encourage anyone to not assume an email request is genuine, people aren’t always who they say they are."

24th November 2018

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

On Monday 26 November for 1 night, there will be a lane 1 closure leading to a full closure of junction 10 northbound entry slip on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 10a and back.

On Tuesday 27 November for 4 nights, there will be a lane closures leading to a full closure of the junction 10 (Crawley) northbound exit slip on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. Diversion northbound will be via junction 9 (Gatwick) and back. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place and working, to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

On Saturday 1 December there will be a full closure of the Gatwick Spur road eastbound from the North Terminal to junction 9 (Gatwick) of the M23, this will include the northbound entry slip at junction 9. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place via the A23 London Road, A2011, Crawley Avenue and re-join at junction 10 of the M23.

December 2018 full closure. We will have a full overnight weekend closure on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December between 9pm and 6am (5am Mon 10 Dec). This is to remove the existing gantries on the M23.  There is a full diversion route in place from junction 6 (Godstone) of the M25 via the A22, A264 to junction 10 (Crawley) of the M23 and from junction 10 (Crawley) via the A2011, London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

23rd November 2018

ESF Winter 2018 Newsletter Available to Download

The ESF Winter 2018 Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

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23rd November 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

Operation Blitz on 16th November was patrolled by PCSOs Dallaway and Honey. The patrols started off very foggy and drizzly. Our first stop was to the Veritek Building in Hampden Park, which has been a hotspot for anti - social behaviour in previous months. However, the building is currently undergoing building work and is now more secure resulting in no-one present in the area this evening.

We then moved onto Rosebury Avenue and the park area here, however, again all was very quiet and nobody was seen other than a couple of dog walkers.

The next stops of the evening were Old Town, Palesgate Road, Victoria Gardens, Parsonage Road and again all was very quiet. Gildredge Park was then patrolled on foot with a good high visibility presence to local walkers. There was no anti social behaviour presence in the park.

A drive over to Etchingham Road was completed to check the shops and surrounding areas, however again there was nothing to report here. With no anti social behaviour being found at the locations the route was conducted again. No calls were received on the Blitz phone this week.

22nd November 2018

Woman Reportedly Forced Into Car Against Her Will In Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was reportedly forced into a car against her will in Ifield, Crawley.

The incident is reported to have occurred in Ifield Drive shortly before 7pm on Wednesday (21 November).

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or anyone who saw a dark coloured vehicle – possibly a convertible – driving dangerously in the Ifield Drive area around that time.

Anyone with CCTV which may have captured the incident is also urged to come forward.

Inspector Will Keating-Jones, of the Crawley Response Team, said: “While the full circumstances are unclear at this stage, public safety is our priority and we are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward."

“You can report it by calling 101, quoting serial 1177 of 21/11.”

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

22nd November 2018

Update -Waitrose recalls additional Christmas Prawn products

Waitrose is recalling an additional date code of Christmas 10 Spicy Prawn Selection with a use-by date of 30 November 2018 due to incorrect use-by dates. The product should have been labelled with a use-by date of 20 November 2018.

Waitrose is also recalling Christmas 12 Breaded King Prawns with a use-by date of 28 November 2018, and Christmas 10 Spicy Prawn Selection with a use-by date of 04 December 2018 due to incorrect use-by dates. The products should have been labelled with a use-by date of 25 November 2018.

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22nd November 2018

Black Friday - How to shop safely online

Software updates
Make sure you’ve installed the latest software and app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.

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.

Phishing
Don’t click on a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Payment methods 
Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk.

21st November 2018

Elderly East Hoathly Man Loses £8,600 In Telephone Deception

Heartless criminals claiming to be police officers from Hertfordshire have defrauded an elderly East Hoathly man out of £8,600 in a subtly executed telephone deception.

At noon on Monday (19 November) the victim, 82,  received a call from a man purporting to be a detective sergeant investigating a bank 'fiddle' involving the use of fake banknotes.

The victim was asked to go to his bank in Uckfield and withdraw £5,000 cash -  saying nothing to staff in case they were involved in the matter themselves.

After the victim read out serial numbers from some of the notes, bogus officers confirmed they were counterfeit and would have to be collected by a courier acting on their behalf.

The victim mentioned having previously drawn out £3,600 and again was told the numbers he read from them indicated that they were not genuine.

At about 5.40pm a 'courier' using an agreed password arrived to collect the cash, saying that officers would phone again later. But, of course, they never did.

PC Louis Morley, of Uckfield Police, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this courier or the car he was driving."

"He is described as black, aged 18 to 20, around 5' 8" tall, slim and with short black hair. He was wearing a black satin style bomber jacket, black trousers and black shoes."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police by phoning 101, quoting serial 1148 of 19/11.

Alternatively they are asked to visit Crimestoppers or to call the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

PC Morley added: "Unfortunately the victim has had to accept he may never see his money again."

"The people who carry out this type of crime are extremely plausible, often claiming to be authority figures, and use a well-rehearsed patter and methods deliberately aimed at duping their victims into parting with cash."

Click here for advice on how to deal with such calls.  

21st November 2018

Waitrose recalls two types of Christmas Prawn products

Waitrose is recalling Christmas 12 Breaded King Prawns and Christmas 10 Spicy Prawn Selection due to incorrect use-by dates. The products should have been labelled with a use-by date of 25 November 2018.

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20th November 2018

Two Police Appeals

Officers seek witnesses to window attack in West Tarring, Worthing

Police are seeking witnesses to an attack on a house in Chippers Road, West Tarring, Worthing, in which a brick was hurled through a window, sending shattered glass spraying across a living room.

Only moments before the occupants' baby daughter had been moved out of a high-chair that was showered in shards from the broken window.

The incident took place shortly before 7pm on Thursday (15 November). Suspects, thought to be two people wearing hooded tops, are believed to have then made off in the direction of Castle Road.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or who may have other relevant information, is asked to contact Sussex Police calling 101, quoting serial 1219 of 15/11.

Alternatively they can visit Crimestoppers or phone the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Can you help after dog stabbed in Crawley?

Police are investigating after a man and dog were involved in a fight in Crawley on Saturday (November 17).

Officers were called around 6.30pm to Crawley leisure park when a man had been involved in a fight in an alleyway near the multi-storey car park.

A 40-year-old man received a minor cut to his neck and hand but his dog suffered serious stab wounds and died as a result.

Detective Sergeant Seb Day said: "This happened in an alley off a busy area of town and a lot of people came to help the victim who was incredibly distressed about what had happened with his dog."

"We are appealing to anyone who saw people running from the leisure park area and can help us with the investigation."

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross added: "I appreciate this is one of a number of incidents Crawley has seen recently and we are doing everything in our powers to target those responsible and bring them to justice. Local officers will be out and about in the town centre to talk to if you want to speak to them."

If you witnessed any of these events or saw people acting suspiciously in the area please contact police by calling 101 quoting serial 940 of 17/11.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

19th November 2018

Witnesses Sought To Fatal Crash On A27 Polegate Bypass

Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday (18 November) emergency services were called to the A27 Polegate bypass westbound, some 300 metres from the A22 Cophall Roundabout.

A silver BMW Z3 sports car had left the road and collided with a road sign. Sadly, its sole occupant, a 22-year-old man from Eastbourne, sustained fatal injuries. 

The A27 dual carriageway was closed to traffic between the Cophall and Dittons roundabouts until 5.44am on Monday (19 November) while the incident was dealt with.

No other vehicle was involved but police wish to talk to anyone who saw what happened, who may have any relevant dash-cam footage or who noticed the BMW being driven shortly before the crash.

They are asked to contact officers by calling 101, quoting Operation Governor, as soon as possible.

16th November 2018

Update on M23 Overnight Roadworks

On Monday 19 November for 3 nights, there will be a lane closures leading to a full closure of junction 10 southbound exit slip on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 10a and back.

On Thursday 22 November for 2 nights, there will be a lane 1 closure of the junction 10 northbound entry slip road on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. There will also be outer ring management on the east side of the junction 10 roundabout. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 10a and back. Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Full Closure of the M23 – December 2018 We will have a full overnight weekend closure on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December between 9pm and 6am (5am Mon 10 Dec) . There is a full diversion route in place from junction 6 of the M25 via the A22, A264 to junction 10 of the M23 and from junction 10 via the A2011, London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

Anyone travelling to Kent this weekend? M20 FULL closure between junctions 4 – 6 starts 22:00 Friday 16 Nov to 06:00 Monday 19 Nov. Diversion route in place.

16th November 2018

Lidl recalls three varieties of its Warren & Sons Pâtés due to incorrect date labelling

Lidl is recalling three varieties of Warren & Sons Pâté due to incorrect or missing use-by date on the label.

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15th November 2018

Driver Fled Following Bexhill On Sea Collision

Police are seeking the driver of a grey Honda Civic involved in a three car crash at the junction of the A269 Buckhurst Road and Cranfield Road, Bexhill-on-Sea. It happened shortly after 7pm on Thursday (8 November).

The Honda was in collision with a gold Kia Sedona, driven by a 65-year-old local man, and a silver Honda Jazz, owned by a 17-year-old local girl, which was parked at the time. No one was hurt but the Civic driver ran off immediately after the crash.

Officers wish to speak to that person and anyone else who may have witnessed the collision or who has other relevant information.

They are asked to contact police by call 101, quoting serial 1010 of 08/11.

14th November 2018

Three Men Charged With Gbh After Hastings Stabbing

Three men have been charged with committing grievous bodily harm (GBH) after a man was stabbed in Hastings in the early hours of Sunday (11 November).

The men, were arrested at different locations in East Sussex on Monday (12 November) on suspicion of attempted murder after the 33-year-old victim was attacked in Trinity Street. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition but his condition is now improving.

Tyler Jones, 25, of Darvel Down, Netherfield, Battle, Callum Willard, 18, of Harness Drive, Hastings and Reece Lefevre, 19, of The Cheviots, Hastings, have all been charged with GBH and have been remanded to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (14 November).

Chief Inspector Sarah Godley, Hastings district policing commander, said: "This has been a fast paced investigation and I am pleased to say that we moved from having no suspects at the time to being able to charge three men in connection with the attack in a short space of time.”

13th November 2018

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

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 on-line 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 Service 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.

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.

13th November 2018

Three Arrested Over Attempted Murder Of Man In Hastings

Three men have been arrested by detectives investigating the stabbing of a man in Hastings in the early hours of Sunday 11th November. See below.

The man is still in hospital but his condition has improved and is described as stable and no longer critical.

The men, 25, 19, and 18, were arrested at different locations in East Sussex on Monday (12th November) on suspicion of attempted murder, and are currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

The 33-year-old victim was attacked in Trinity Street around 1am on Sunday. He had previously been socialising in the town and is known to have a verbal altercation with a friend outside the Brass Monkey before both went to the Safe Space shelter at a nearby church.

It was after he left the shelter on his own that he was attacked by three men outside a health food shop in Trinity Street. Medical volunteers from Safe Space, alerted by pub watch radio, quickly attended the scene and transferred him by stretcher to the shelter where he was treated by paramedics. 

Chief Inspector Sarah Godley, Hastings district policing commander, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack, and we urge anyone with information to call 101 quoting Operation Twycross."

12th November 2018

Man Critical After Stabbing In Hastings

A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed in a Hastings street. The 33-year-old victim was attacked in Trinity Street around 1am on Sunday (November 11). He had previously been socialising in the town and is known to have had a verbal altercation with a friend outside the Brass Monkey before both went to the Safe Space shelter at a nearby church.

It was after he left the shelter on his own that he was attacked by three men outside a health food shop in Trinity Street. Medical volunteers from Safe Space, alerted by pub watch radio, quickly attended the scene and transferred him by stretcher to the shelter where he was treated by paramedics. He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where his condition was described as critical following surgery on Sunday morning.

Chief Inspector Sarah Godley, Hastings district policing commander, said: "While this is an apparently unprovoked attack, we are considering the possibility that it is not completely random."

"We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack, saw the three suspects or the victim in the area in the time leading up to it or who recognises the descriptions of the men."

"All three men are white. One was wearing a blue/purple-and-black two-tone waterproof jacket with the black hood up, a light/grey coloured top under the jacket with, possibly, a large Tommy Hilfiger logo on the front, a dark-coloured belt, very light-coloured trousers and black shoes with a white sole."

"The second was wearing a green/grey coloured hooded top with a thick black stripe across the back and a black square Nike Air logo on the front, dark trousers and dark shoes. The bottom of a white top can be seen under the hoody."

"The third man was wearing a black jacket with the hood up, blue jeans and white shoes. He was either wearing a dark cap under the hood of the jacket or his dark hair line can be seen."

"We are treating this as an attempted murder and I would urge anyone with information to call 101 quoting Operation Twycross."

11th November 2018

Sussex Police Funding 2018-2022

Sussex Police have started the biggest intake of new police officers for over a decade. This has been made possible by the increase in police precept of an average £12 for a band D property, and the PCC releasing £17 million from reserves. It means that over the next four years, Sussex will have 200 more police officers on the front line than it does today.

Although residents are pleased to hear that local policing will be strengthened by these 200 extra officers, they are already indicating that they would like even more. That is why the PCC has opened a survey on her website to gauge potential support for raising more funding locally if the Government lifts the current cap on the police precept.

Please take a moment to make your views known.

We know that some people are understandably reluctant to click on links in E-mails. If you prefer, you can visit the PCC’s website www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk where you can also find the short survey in the Transparency section.
 
You can find out more about funding for Sussex Police 2018-22 here.

10th November 2018

M23 Overnight Road Closures

On Monday 12 November for 5 nights, there will be a lane closure leading to a full closure of junction 10 northbound exit slip on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 9 and back. Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7.

Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Full Closure – December 2018 We will have a full overnight weekend closure on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December between 9pm and 6am (5am Mon 10 Nov). There is a full diversion route in place from junction 6 of the M25 via the A22, A264 to junction 10 of the M23 and from junction 10 via the A2011, London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

For more information and updates about the M23 and the M25 please refer to the Highways England website.

9th November 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

This week on Operation Blitz we patrolled Etchingham Road area on foot where there were no issues and nothing to report. We were called to a report in Seven Sisters Road area where a group of youths had caused damage to a car despite officers attending promptly and completing an extensive area search no youths were found.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources we will not be able to complete our Operation Blitz patrols this weekend. Please report any incident to us via the usual methods i.e. 101 or in an emergency 999.

8th November 2018

Sussex Police Welcome New Report On Police Work To Protect Children

Sussex Police welcome publication of a detailed report on child protection work in the force, released on Thursday 8 November, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS)

Chief Constable Nick May, Head of Local Policing said; "We have a key role in safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse."

"The force is a partner in an array of multi-agency mechanisms including Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCBs) and Safeguarding Adult Boards (SABs), Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and MARAC Plus and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH).

"Over the last ten years there has been a significant increase in reports of children needing protection and this Report is a valuable source of advice and direction to further improve our response and performance in this vital area of policing."

"As the Report recognises, we are clear in our commitment to protecting vulnerable children and have made it a priority."

"It also acknowledges that officers and staff who manage child abuse investigations are committed and dedicated, often working in difficult and demanding circumstances, and that our engagement with partners works effectively."

"The Report also acknowledges that plans by Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner have included extra investment in specialist functions relating to child protection and anticipate that this will help improvements."

"However, we accept the findings and recommendations and we have already been acting on them. "

For further information on work done by Sussex Police to protect children click here.

7th November 2018

Did You Drive Injured Boy To Hospital In Worthing

Police are keen to trace a witness who drove a victim to hospital after a fight in Worthing.

Police were called to Marine Parade at 10pm on Friday (November 2) where a fight had spilled out of a flat into the street. A 17-year-old boy received a stab wound to his arm.

Five people were initially arrested but have all been released without charge.

Detective Constable Leigh Rankin said: "We are really keen to trace a witness, a member of the public in an Audi. This driver gave the victim and his friends a lift to hospital."

"We also know a number of people saw this fight out in the street and we need to speak to anyone who saw what happened. The 17-year-old suffer an injury to his arm which required surgery."

"Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 quoting serial 1407 of 02/11."

6th November 2018

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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6th November 2018

Elderly Woman Targeted In Peacehaven Distraction Burglary

Police are investigating a distraction burglary whereby a man stole more than £700 from an elderly woman. The unknown man called at an address in Arundel Road, Peacehaven claiming to be from the water board.

He requested to check the taps at the property, and was allowed in to do so. While the 85-year-old victim was distracted, he stole £735 in cash, along with cards and other paperwork. The incident occurred around 2.45pm on Tuesday (30th October).

The man then left on foot and remains outstanding at this stage. He is described as white, about 5’6”, wearing a jumper with a logo and trousers.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 681 of 30/10.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For advice on how to protect yourself, your home and your belongings from burglary or distraction burglary, click here.

5th November 2018

Operation Rosslare

Police are appealing for further witnesses after a pedestrian sadly died in Crawley.  Emergency services were called around 8.30am on Thursday (1st November) to a serious collision at the Tushmore roundabout on Crawley Avenue. A red Fiat 500 car collided with a male pedestrian and a child on a bike who were using a pelican crossing.

A 49-year-old Crawley man, who was a pedestrian, sadly died at the scene. A 5-year-old boy riding a bike was also seriously injured and remains in hospital with a broken leg. They weren't together. The driver of the car, a 30-year-old local woman, was uninjured. 

Sergeant Richard Hornsey said: "We are supporting the man's family as we begin our investigation. We are appealing to anyone who may have dash cam footage of the A23 Crawley Avenue between Ifield College and the collision site at the Tushmore Roundabout at around 8.30am, to please get in touch. Anyone with information is asked to make contact by calling 101 quoting Operation Rosslare."

3rd November 2018

Your County

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

In this issue:

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31st October 2018

Leave A Light On Autumn Burglary Campaign

A focus on burglary begins this Autumn after the clocks changed this weekend. From October 29th to November 4th, Sussex Police is running Operation Magpie, the autumn burglary prevention and awareness campaign. 

There were 644 burglaries across the force in September 2017, but this fell to 518 in September 2018. The autumn campaign aims to maintain this decrease, as well as raising awareness about how you can protect your own home. During this week there will be prevention advice to specific communities as well as social media posts, in an effort to prevent burglaries from happening in the first place.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary lead said: “Operation Magpie acts as a reminder for residents and business owners to keep their property safe and reduce the chance of being burgled."

“Despite Sussex being one of the least likely areas of the country to be a victim of burglary, we still need to work together to ensure our dwellings and work premises are secure from intruders. At this time of year I would encourage people to remind themselves of our crime prevention advice advertised through our flyers and social media messaging out this week. Please also help us by recording details of your valuable property on the free to use “Immobilise” website."

“Tackling burglary is business as usual for our teams, and we will be focusing our resources across Sussex to undertake high visibility patrols and to provide crime prevention advice in selected areas. We’ll also aim to keep you up to date on our efforts to prosecute criminals linked to this type of crime via our local district social media accounts during the week.”

Of the 43 UK police forces, Sussex is rated as fifth highest in the national league table as one of the least likely places to live and be burgled.

Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW coordinator your community can be stronger together.

30th October 2018

New Deputy Chief Constable For Sussex Police

Jo Shiner is to become the new Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police.
She is currently an Assistant Chief Constable responsible for local policing and partnerships in Kent Police. As Deputy Chief Constable she will replace Bernie O’Reilly, who is joining the College of Policing.

Jo said: “I am delighted and humbled to be offered the position, and I look forward to working with everyone.”

In her four years with Kent Police, Jo was responsible for the Central Operations Directorate before heading up the Local Policing Command. She has been a tactical and strategic firearms and critical incident commander for nearly 15 years.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “Jo will be a real asset to the force, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of local policing at a time when we are strengthening our teams and transforming policing.
"She has held a wide range of operational and organisational roles, and I welcome the skills that she will bring to Sussex to ensure we are well placed to meet future policing needs.”

Jo started her policing career in Norfolk Constabulary in 1993 and during her service has held a variety of roles including local policing, CID, public protection, corporate development and specialist operations.

She is passionate about her charitable work. A keen runner, Jo enjoys raising money for charity through sporting events, and she is currently a Trustee of Kent Search & Rescue Board and Embrace CVOC, a national charity focused on supporting child victims of crime.

30th October 2018

Password Cyber Extortion Scam

Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

What to do if you get one of these emails?

Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email.

Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

29th October 2018

Campaign To Combat Drunken And Disruptive Passengers At Gatwick Airport Concludes

A multi-agency campaign to combat drunken and disruptive behaviour at Gatwick Airport has proved successful once again, and led to fewer on-board incidents.  For the past four years, Sussex Police has worked closely with Gatwick Airport, its retailers and restaurants, and airlines, to prevent, reduce and control reports of problematic passengers at the airport and on flights.

Recorded incidents of disorderly behaviour are comparatively rare at the airport – representing just 0.001 per cent of all passengers – but when incidents do occur they can have a significant impact on the travel plans of other passengers in the instance a flight is delayed or diverted.

As part of Operation Disrupt 2018, officers were dedicated to carrying out proactive and reactive patrols daily between 1 April and 31 August – an increase from four days a week during the 2017 campaign. Retail, restaurant and airline staff were also encouraged to report incidents of disruptive behaviour to police as early as possible so they could intervene and help prevent situations from escalating.

A total of 379 incidents were recorded. This is a 119 per cent increase on the 173 incidents recorded for the same period last year (2017), however airlines have stated there were fewer on-board incidents, reflecting the success of the operation’s focus on early reporting and early intervention.

There were 113 recorded incidents in 2016 and 118 in 2015. Of the 379 incidents recorded, 113 (30 per cent) involved alcohol as the main factor and a further 113 (30 per cent) involved abusive or aggression as the main factor. Other issues included lost or misplaced luggage, medical episodes and missed or delayed flights.

Inspector Darren Taylor, of the Gatwick Airport Policing Team, said: “This is the fourth successive term we’ve run Operation Disrupt, and the support we receive is growing year on year. More airlines and businesses at the airport are getting on board with it, more passengers are aware of it through increased publicity and proactive patrols, and overall it has been very well received.”

“Working with our partners and encouraging early reporting, and having more police resources dedicated to the campaign, is reflected in the increase in recorded incidents this year. But the number of incidents is still miniscule compared to the number of passengers who travel through Gatwick Airport each year, maintaining its reputation as a safe and secure destination to travel to and from.”

There were a total of 56 arrests, although arrests for alcohol-related incidents fell by 26 in 2017 to 18 in 2018.  Of the total arrests, 11 received a police caution, 13 received a fixed penalty notice, 11 were charged to court, one was deported, one was summonsed to court, five were wanted on warrant and two were released under investigation.  The remaining 12 individuals were either de-arrested or had no further action taken against them. An additional 77 passengers were refused carriage.

Insp Taylor said: “We’re receiving more reports of incidents as they happen on the ground, which gives us the opportunity to deal with individuals before they board an aircraft, where they could potentially cause further disruption. In turn, this has led to a decrease in incidents occurring on-board. However, we can’t be complacent – while the main aim of the operation is to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place, there is a small minority of people who believe it’s acceptable to abuse staff who are simply doing their job. It is not acceptable and it will not be tolerated.  While this is a dedicated operation which runs over the summer months, we will continue to deal with any offences as part of our day-to-day policing of the airport throughout the year.”

Nikki Barton, Head of Stable Operations, Gatwick Airport, said: “Only a small minority of Gatwick passengers are disruptive, but we are determined to do what we can to stamp out this sort of behaviour.  By encouraging staff to report incidents to the police as early as possible we are purposely trying to prevent more serious situations from occurring later in their journey while on board aircraft. The fall in on board incidents shows that this approach is working but it remains vital that the public are aware of the serious consequences of being disruptive while at an airport or on an aircraft.”

Airlines have a right to refuse to carry passengers they consider to be a potential risk to the safety of their aircraft, its crew or its passengers. Any individual convicted of being drunk on board an aircraft could face a maximum fine of £5,000 and two years in prison. Offenders may also be required to reimburse an airline in the event of a diverted or cancelled flight.

26th October 2018

Halloween

Halloween has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

If you are celebrating Halloween, please consider the elderly and more vulnerable in the community who may find having strangers call at their door a frightening and intimidating experience.

If you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed.

Just be careful who you scare on Halloween.

One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the ‘no trick or treaters’ poster

If you are looking to take part in the Halloween celebrations, you can use the ‘trick or treaters welcome’ poster.

Some safety tips for Halloween:

If you feel unsafe:

Officers will be out on patrol to deter any anti-social behaviour and will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance

26th October 2018

Don't Make Life Easy for Criminals

Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices & data secure. 

Software updates don’t have to get in the way of what you’re doing. You can choose to install them at night, when your device is plugged in and connected to wi-fi. You can also configure most devices to automatically install software and app updates.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk or follow @Cyberprotectuk on Twitter.

24th October 2018

Keeping Your Mobile Safe

Here are some tips to consider in order to protect your phone from being stolen by opportunist thieves.

Be aware in busy locations such as concert venues, shopping centres, and public transport where close contact with others is normal. These are popular places for pickpockets, especially if your phone is visible in an open bag, or hanging out of your back pocket.

Don't leave your phone unattended in public places - a surprising number of people leave their mobile phone on the table when they go to the bar to order a drink, or go to the toilet.

24th October 2018

Man Sentenced for Being Racially Abusive While Being Treated by Ambulance Staff

A man from Worthing who was racially abusive while being assisted by ambulance staff and police officers has been sentenced.

Lee Bailey pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress in court on Wednesday (October 17).

The 38-year-old of Cortis Avenue, Worthing was being assisted by ambulance staff in Westcourt Road, Worthing, on Tuesday (October 16) having fallen over in the street.

As he was being treated, he swore at police officers and towards passing members of public, including children, using racist language.

Bailey was arrested by officers from the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention team.

He was charged with racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress and was remanded in custody to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (October 17).

He was ordered to pay a £200 fine, the court also imposed a Victim Surcharge of £30 and costs of £85.

Sergeant Peter Allan, from the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention team, said: "The court acted to increase the sentence, to reflect the racist nature of Lee Bailey’s behaviour. This case sends out a clear signal that we will take a robust approach."

"Although the racial element of this case was not targeted at anyone specifically, I hope it will encourage victims of hate crime to report such behaviour to the police. We appreciate how difficult it can be for victims and witnesses to give evidence, but we will support them throughout the process.

Hate crime can be reported by calling 01273 470101, or 999 in an emergency.

24th October 2018

Dark night safety advice for cyclists

Stay visible while cycling at night

When the days are shorter it is more important than ever to ensure your bicycle is not only road worthy but also kitted correctly for night use.

There are also several legal requirements you must adhere to when thinking about taking your bike out at night:

Cycling and the law

Although the legal requirement is for the front light to have a 110 degree visibility, in practice not many cyclists are fully aware of this. Ensure that your front facing bike light meets this requirement to help ensure you are more visible from different angles. To give you extra visibility from the side also consider spoke reflectors.

General cycle safety at night

It is good practice to use your rear light when cycling during the autumn and winter months as the weather can change quickly and being as visible as possible on the road should be a priority.

Hi-viz clothing is also an ideal way of staying visible during dusk and dark nights. Reflective clothing is a highly effective way of being seen on the busy roads, especially when it is worn on parts of the body that move.

What to consider

Staying visible on the roads during the winter months is important; it doesn’t cost the earth and can help you have many hours of safe cycling.

22nd October 2018

Did You Witness This Assault

Shortly before 4am on Saturday (20th October), police were called to Station Street in Eastbourne, where a young man was reported to have been assaulted with a glass bottle.

The victim, a 20-year-old local man, was discovered on the ground and was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital for treatment for facial injuries.

Following enquiries, police arrested a 25-year-old man from Eastbourne on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm, aiding or abetting the possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, and two counts of committing actual bodily harm. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to call 101, quoting serial 218 of 20/10.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

19th October 2018

Sussex Police Supported National Knife Campaign

A total 294 knives were handed in across Sussex during a week-long knife crime campaign. A national campaign, Operation Sceptre, took place between 17 and 24 September, to tackle knife-related crime and highlight the risks of carrying knives.

The week-long campaign saw officers conducting high visibility patrols, conducting warrants and street briefings, providing advice at schools and test purchasing across Sussex.

As part of the campaign, members of the public were encouraged to hand in their unwanted knives or blades using the amnesty bins provided in front offices.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “Operation Sceptre is an important campaign that we are always pleased to give our support to.

“Our backing of this campaign is part of our ongoing commitment to address knife crime in Sussex. Thankfully we haven't seen a rise in knife crime like other areas of the country, but it is vital that we do not become complacent."

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public, in particular young people, about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife."

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm. Many people are still unaware of the consequences of carry a knife."

“Getting caught in possession of a knife in a public place could mean up to five years in prison. Educating and deterring those intent on carrying knives and blades should get people to think twice about picking up a knife.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne said: "I am pleased that Sussex Police continues to actively participate in this national campaign and the results speak for themselves, with a substantial rise in the number of knives handed in. Although the level of knife crime in Sussex is comparatively low, it’s still important to disrupt this type of criminal activity and take as many knives off our streets as possible."

“Our Youth Prevention Officers play a significant part in educating young people across our county about the dangers of getting involved in criminal behaviour like carrying knives and they succeed in strengthening the trust that young people have in the police. They have worked closely with local schools and have played a massive part in this campaign, engaging with young people and pushing home the vital message, lose the knife, not a life."

19th October 2018

Warning from Trading Standards
Home Insulation Schemes

East Sussex Trading Standards are warning residents to be vigilant about companies who are cold calling and claiming to offer a home insulation scheme which is supported by East Sussex County Council. However, it is possible that similar improper approaches may be made anywhere across the county.

It is not in the remit for East Sussex County Council to support schemes that involve cold calling, and companies claiming that they do are misleading residents and may be breaking the law.  

This warning follows a spate of recent complaints from residents in Hastings about cold callers falsely offering an ESCC supported insulation scheme, but incidents may also be occurring elsewhere.

Grants may be available for home insulation for households that qualify. For further information on the current East Sussex schemes available please visit www.warmeastsussex.org.uk.

Trading Standards advise residents to be very wary of all unsolicited telephone calls, text messages, emails and knocks on the door.

For unsolicited visits to your property: Never agree to have work done or part with money on your doorstep. Research the trader and always get written quotes from at least three traders for any work. Remember that you have 14 days to cancel any purchase of goods or services over £42 that you make in your home.

For consumer advice, or to report a concern to Trading Standards, contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

If you, or someone you know, is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud contact Sussex Police on 101.

To report fraud or attempted fraud, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail 
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk
 or visit 
www.sussexnwfed.org.uk

19th October 2018

Modern Slavery

Sussex Police are reminding communities that modern slavery is a problem often hidden in plain sight. On Thursday (18 October) national Anti-slavery Day focuses on the need to raise awareness of all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.

The signs can be hard to spot but the effects can be very real, with vulnerable people forced to work in harrowing conditions, at risk of violence and sexual exploitation. Victims of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds may work in car washes, nail bars, farms or as domestics in homes, or elsewhere.

Detective Superintendent Jeff Riley who leads Sussex Police’s fight against modern slavery said: "Modern Slavery is a crime hidden in plain sight, which exploits the most vulnerable people in society – controlled by organised criminals who trade on human misery for financial gain."

"We may all have become accustomed to hand car wash services, nail bars and sub-contracted work forces, but perhaps we have inadvertently become de-sensitised to risk."

"While services may be in plain sight, less obvious but not invisible is the degree of threat, intimidation and control calculated to ensure victims implicitly follow instructions and do not disclose their plight to anyone enquiring."

Richard Lancashire is the force's Modern Slavery Manager, who is funded by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne. His expertise supports and trains officers in safeguarding victims and helping target the right offenders. During the week leading up to the day Richard is also working with local authorities across Sussex to train selected staff to recognise modern slavery and spread knowledge amongst their colleagues.

This year, Sussex Police has already undertaken 11 operations and there are currently 63 ongoing investigations with suspects or crime groups involved in Modern Slavery, with potential victims originating from both the UK and overseas. 41 people have so far been arrested.

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. The Sussex Police website also provides more help and guidance.

The Modern Slavery Act 2010 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. It introduces a national day to raise awareness of the need to eradicate all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.

The national day is co-ordinated by the charity Human Trafficking Foundation  (HTF) who have trustees including the founder, Anthony Steen CBE, the Rt Hon Baroness Butler–Sloss, the Rt Hon Sir John Randall, the Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory and Vernon Coaker MP. The HTF was created following the all-party parliamentary group report on on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Modern Slavery is the term used in the UK and defined in the Act. The Act categorises offences of Slavery, Servitude and Forced or Compulsory Labour and Human Trafficking . These crimes can include holding a person in a position of slavery , servitude forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon afterwards.

Although human trafficking often involves an international cross-border element, it is also possible to be a victim of modern slavery within your own country.

18th October 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 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

Patrols started at In Hampden Park where there were no youths in the skate park or in the area. We then moved onto the Veritek building where again there were no youths. We were then called to a high risk missing person within the town area so were committed to looking for them. Fortunately they were found just after 9pm so we continued on with Op Blitz.

The areas of the promenades were checked along with McDonald's, Granges gardens, Victoria Bowls club, Roseberry Avenue, Parsonage Road and Sevenoaks Park where there was nothing to report. We were all then pulled away to another missing young venerable person in Heathfield which took the rest of the Blitz shift up.

Patrols started at In Hampden Park where there were no youths in the skate park or in the area. We then moved onto the Veritek building where again there were no youths. We were then called to a high risk missing person within the town area so were committed to looking for them. Fortunately they were found just after 9pm so we continued on with Op Blitz.

The areas of the promenades were checked along with McDonald's, Granges gardens, Victoria Bowls club, Roseberry Avenue, Parsonage Road and Sevenoaks Park where there was nothing to report. We were all then pulled away to another missing young vulnerable person in Heathfield which took the rest of the Blitz shift up.

13th October 2018

M23 Roadworks

Work to improve journeys continues this week on the M23 between junctions 8 - 10.

On Monday 15 October, for 2 nights, there will be a full closure southbound of junction 9 entry slip between 10pm and 4am. Traffic will be diverted via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue to re-join the M23 at junction 10.

On Wednesday 17 October for 3 nights, there will be a full closure Northbound at junction 9 entry slip road between 10pm and 4am. Traffic will be diverted to junction 10 on the M23 and back. There are narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7.

Free recovery service is in place and all CCTV cameras are live.

12th October 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

Early patrols were commenced in Hampden Park as part on Friday 28th October.

At 6:30pm we were diverted to the town centre with a drug and alcohol related incident, an ambulance had already been called and were in attendance before our arrival.

At 7:15pm’ all Wealden officers were committed to other incidents, thus our Officers were asked to attend Polegate Community Centre where there was a report of an elderly male who appeared confused and was refusing to leave the premises. However, when we arrived on scene we were told by the informant that the male had left some time before calling us and that it was more of a welfare concern. We had only a vague description and no reports of any vulnerable missing persons, our contact details were left along with advice to contact us should he return.

Op Blitz was then diverted immediately back to Hampden Park where the owners of a cafe were waiting for our attendance due to a large group of youths that were causing damage to the benches at the back of the cafe. As officers arrived the group star-burst throughout the park, two, however remained having been asked to stop and were compliant giving details etc.
Following a call shortly after 9pm to the Blitz phone the van headed back into the town centre to attend a party/disturbance at a multi-occupancy property. Whilst the noise could only be heard faintly from outside, this is part of an ongoing noise complaint and the noise was travelling through the walls of the terraced home according the informant. The individuals were spoken to in addition to the relevant neighbours who are continuing to liaise with the landlord and environmental health.

The latter part of the evening was spent equally between the town centre and various parts of Hampden Park ensuring the common hot spots were all in order. There was in addition a lone female walking home from the train station in Hampden Park, she was spotted walking at a fast pace on a mission to get home. For the officers peace of mind she was taken home by them.

12th October 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Appeal after motorcyclist dies in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in Eastbourne.

Emergency services were called to a serious collision involving a motorcyclist and a car on Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, at 11.49am on Wednesday (10 October).

The motorcyclist, a 62-year-old from Hertfordshire, sadly died from his injuries. 

The driver of the black Toyota Prius, a 58-year-old local man, was uninjured.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any information is asked to contact police online quoting Operation Vermillion.

Have you seen 46-year-old Paul Edge from Eastbourne?

Detectives in Eastbourne are searching for 46-year old Paul Edge, who they want to interview about a knife attack in the town.

At about 10.45 pm on the Wednesday evening of 11 July, the night of the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia, a 26-year-old local man was attacked, punched and kicked and stabbed in the leg in Sorrel Drive, Eastbourne.

Edge, of Downland Close, Eastbourne, is described as white, 5'8" and of stocky build.

Detective Constable Elliott Lander said; "We believe Edge left town after the incident, but may now be in the area again."

"If you know where he is, or if you have any other information, please contact us at once on 101 or online quoting serial 1516 of 11/07."

"But if you see Edge, do not approach him and dial 999 at once". 

Although the incident happened on the night of the World Cup match, there is currently no evidence to directly connect it to the match.

Two other Eastbourne men have been arrested in connection with the incident and after being interviewed have been released under investigation.

They are a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, and a 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

9th October 2018

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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9th October 2018

Invitation to Join Sussex Countrywatch

We launched Sussex Countrywatch on Saturday 6 October at the Autumn Show and Game Fair at the South of England Showground, Ardingly.

Sussex Countrywatch is a partnership initiative and by working together with partner agencies we aim to help strengthen and protect our rural communities against crime by sharing information and providing practical prevention advice.

We know that people in Sussex are passionate about our county’s countryside and protecting it from crime. We are reaching out to people living, working or visiting our rural areas to assist us and our partners tackle rural crime and catch those who are responsible for it.

By signing up to Sussex Countrywatch you will receive regular updates straight into your email account from police and partner agencies to keep up to date with the latest rural matters. Subscribers are encouraged to report crime and recommend others to sign up, creating a network of eyes and ears in rural communities.

ACC Nick May, Supt. Emma Brice and Sgt Tom Carter were joined by representatives from the Sussex Countrywatch partnership whom included West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the National Farmers Union and the Angling Trust.

Superintendent Emma Brice, Force Strategic Lead for Rural, Wildlife, Heritage and Environment Crime said: “The launch of Sussex Countrywatch is key to helping those within our rural communities feel connected. By offering two way communication we aim to strengthen rural policing and increase public confidence in the services we provide. 

Sussex Countrywatch isn’t just about keeping our rural communities informed about crime but also to give sound crime prevention advice to help people living and working in our rural communities protect their homes and businesses.

Working in partnership with other agencies allows us to collectively respond to the needs of our rural communities to make our rural communities safer.”

James Osman, NFU County Adviser for Sussex said: “The NFU are really pleased to support the Sussex Countrywatch initiative and we hope our members will value the service it will provide. Rural crime is an issue in Sussex and by working in partnerships we can improve intelligence provided to the police and inform the community of risks, so that we hopefully see a reduction in the overall amount of rural crime. Farmers can work with people who are out and about in the countryside to act as their ‘eyes and ears’, passing on valuable intelligence to Sussex Police.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, said “One of my key priorities is to make our rural areas safer for residents, workers and visitors. I remain strongly committed to ensuring that crimes occurring in our rural communities are taken as seriously as those in urban areas around the county. I welcome the launch of this Countrywatch scheme which should bolster the confidence of people living and working in our beautiful rural communities across Sussex.”

By signing up to our free Sussex Countrywatch scheme you’ll receive regular updates on crime, prevention advice and become eyes and ears for our rural community.  

Sign up through In the Know and select ‘Country Watch’ as an area of interest.

Find out more about Rural Crime and our response to tackling rural crime on our website.

5th October 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Wanted man Jack Beaver arrested in London

Wanted Eastbourne man Jack Beaver was arrested on Tuesday 25 September in London.

Beaver, 26, was wanted for breaching release conditions. He was remanded in custody and returned to prison.

Chloe Stevenson from Eastbourne now found safe

16-year-old Chloe Stevenson from Eastbourne who had been missing since 29 September, has now been found safe and well.

Christopher Watson from Eastbourne sought over breach of court Restraining Order

Police in East Sussex are searching for 67-year-old Christopher Watson from Eastbourne, who they want to interview about allegations that he has harassed hospital staff and breached a court-imposed Restraining Order, by sending racist and homophobic messages to staff of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in Brighton.

Watson, who is described as white, 5'4" and slim, with blue eyes and grey hair, may currently have a long white beard. 

He has not been seen at his address in Hambleton Close, Eastbourne for several months and is believed to be with his car, a black Vauxhall Mokka, registration BG14 GOH. 

He may be in unknown locations in Scotland, but there is no firm information as to which area.

He had been given the Restraining Order at Hastings Magistrates Court on 23 January 2017, having been convicted of threatening words and behaviour for which he was also given an 18-month conditional discharge.

The Order, which lasts until further court order, prohibits him from contacting several named people and departments, and from publishing material identifying one employee, all at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton

PC Claire Underwood said; "We want to interview Watson about reports that he has breached the Restraining Order." 

"None of the alleged offences currently under investigation involve the use of or any threat of violence but they extend over many months now since last year, and relate to persistent fax and email contact with various offices and people at the RSCH."

Anyone who sees Watson or who has any information on his current location is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by calling Sussex 101, quoting serial 237 of 15/11/17.

Crime summary

There are no burglaries of note this week.

4th October 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

As part of our Blitz taskings we endeavour to patrol locations that have been brought to our attention from members of the public at least twice throughout the evening. These areas are constantly reviewed to maintain a good presence where needed in order to reduce anti-social behaviour and make people feel safer in their community.

Blitz this Friday focused around Gildredge Park where a large number of youths were found in various areas, especially around the skate park. Although our PCSO’s could smell cannabis they could not determine where it was coming from. We engaged with a few dog walkers who all reported the smoking of cannabis being a problem within Gildredge Park. We gave them contact cards and advised them to report it online. We discovered two tents situated in the corner of the parks playing field but no one was found there. We found an empty gin bottle and used syringe within the ladies toilets which were both disposed of. All other hotspots were quiet and there were no calls received on the Blitz phone.

On Saturday 29th September we started our patrols in the town centre paying attention to McDonald’s, Terminus Road where we have had complaints about large groups of young people causing issues with international students. All was very calm and no groups were seen in the area. We then moved on to Gildredge Park. It was a lovely autumnal evening and only a few pleasant young persons were in the skate park and the usual dog walkers enjoying the area. We then moved to Grange gardens and the promenade particularly between the pier and wish tower. There was an event on at the bandstand so everyone seemed to be in good spirits and enjoying their evening.

After this we moved our attention to the old town area, starting with Parsonage Road where we have had a number of reports relating to anti-social behaviour in Motcombe gardens. After hi-visibility patrols we made our way to Palesgate Way and then onto Victoria Gardens Bowls club. At the time of our patrols everything was in order as it should be on such a beautiful evening. The team then made their way to Sevenoaks Road recreation ground, Etchingham Road and then the Veritek building in Hampden Park.

We have recently had a number of complaints about a group of young people causing issues in and around Hampden Park, in light of this information we conducted extra patrols around the park and Tesco, Brassey parade.

It was then that we received a call on the operation Blitz phone to the Foyer, they had a resident and a guest who were causing issues in the property. We made our way to the location and were confronted by two intoxicated young males. After a long discussion with both males it was decided that staff wanted the guest to leave and the resident to calm down to prevent any further issues. We took the guest home and called our response colleagues to assist with the resident.

2nd October 2018

Police No Longer Recording Lost Property

From 1st October, in alignment with police forces nationally, Sussex Police will no longer record reports of lost property in police stations, in person, online, email or through 101.

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.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder, Communications Department said: “Although lost property will no longer be recorded by police, we are accepting items of found property.

There are a range of other free services which will allow you to report if an item has gone missing.

Also it is worth noting that some items of lost property need to be reported directly to the relevant issuing authority. For example a lost passport is to be reported to the passport agency, a driving licence to the DVLA or credit cards to the bank or financial provider.

There are a few exceptions though. In cases where items which are dangerous or hazardous such as ammunition, firearms, weapons, chemicals/poisons are lost, these are to be reported to police immediately.

Where an item has a serial number such as electrical equipment, it’s recommended that they are registered at www.immobilise.com which is free of charge. This will also help police identify and reunite you with your property if it was ever stolen.

Our website lost property page has comprehensive information on where lost property reports can now be made.”

28th September 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

Number Plate Theft

Why might someone steal your number plate?

How to protect your plates

If the number plates are stolen from your car you should report it to the police straight away – you might start receiving parking fines, speeding fines or worse. 

Crime summary

There are no burglaries of note this week.

28th September 2018

Your County

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

In this issue:

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27th September 2018

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

Friday 22nd September, Blitz started a little later due to other commitments. We were informed that there was a party taking place in Etchingham Road, Eastbourne. Most of our time was spent around the Langney area specifically Etchingham Road to make sure no nuisance was caused from the aftermath of the party.

When Police arrived there were a small group of youths hanging around the rear of the village hall by the access road. This group was spoken to and were given words of advice the party was due to end around 10.30pm. We stayed in the area for a short while for some reassurance and we had no other issues.

We made our way to other hot spot areas including the Veritek building, Victoria gardens Bowls Club, Gildredge park, Grange Gardens and the town centre McDonald's These areas were patrolled throughout the evening with nothing to report.

Op Blitz – Saturday 22nd September

We began our evening patrolling Eastbourne town centre, concentrating on Terminus Road and surrounding areas. There have been several reports recently of anti social behaviour increasing in this area.

We continued our patrols in other areas which have come to our attention, particularly in the Etchingham Road area. There have been reports of late, that young people have been congregating in this area, causing a nuisance and annoying local residents. This evening was quiet and there was nothing to report.

Other areas which have come to our attention include Victoria Gardens, Gildredge Park, Grange Gardens, Hampden Park and the Veritek building. We kept up high visibility patrols in these areas.

Due to the heavy rain this evening, the town was generally quiet and there were not many people out. We did not receive any calls on the blitz phone and are pleased to report that due to our continuous presence in these hot spot areas, this seems to be deterring incidents of anti social behaviour.

25th September 2018

Distraction Burglary Prevention Advice

Some burglars prey on people’s trust and kindness and use distraction as a means of getting into your home.

A distraction burglar/bogus caller's intention is to trick people into allowing them into the property, or create a diversion so an accomplice can sneak in. Because elderly or vulnerable people are often targeted, distraction burglary can have a devastating effect - victims can lose their confidence and peace of mind, as well as money and possessions.

Distraction burglars make up a story to get into your home, with only one intention - to steal! They often pose as a tradesmen or officials or ask for your help with something:

Some work alone, but often they work in groups of two or more, usually one person will knock at your door with a convincing excuse that seems genuine or urgent. The talker will persuade you to let them into your house and keep you occupied whilst others sneak in and search your house to steal cash and valuables. Distraction burglars can be men, women or children and sometimes a combination, smartly or casually dressed.

Be vigilant of unknown people calling round

If you have any concerns about someone who has called at your door, call police immediately. If you have a chance try to note what they look like and any vehicle they have with them, so police can investigate.

Friends, neighbours and people who have regular contact with older and vulnerable people can help them to make their lives more secure. Research shows that fewer distraction burglaries are committed in areas where there is a supportive community.

You can help by:

Remember treat every stranger with caution. If you are suspicious about a caller inform the police on 101 or in an Emergency dial 999.

21st September 2018

Watch out for these fake TV Licensing emails.

We’ve seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV Licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to “invalid account details”. The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial details.

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.

21st September 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Elderly man seriously injured following A22 crash

Police are seeking witnesses after an elderly pedestrian was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. A member of the public discovered the victim with serious injuries on a verge on the A22 about 4.38am on Friday (21 September). The air ambulance attended, and the 73-year-old local man was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton by land ambulance, where he remains in a critical condition. His next of kin have been informed. A white Renault is believed to have been involved in the collision, and is likely to have damage to its front nearside bodywork and wing mirror. Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the vehicle to get in touch. In particular, officers are keen to speak to anyone who was driving in the area from 3am to 4.38am who has dash cam footage. The incident occurred just north of the Eagles roundabout on the northbound carriageway, which remains closed at this stage; the southbound carriageway is open. Diversions are in place. Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or phone 101, quoting Operation Cache.

European Day without A Road Death

Project EDWARD (European Day without a Road Death) is an awareness campaign lead by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership that aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds for a day. This year it was on Wednesday the 19th of September. Last year in Great Britain, there were over 25,000 serious injury collisions and over 1,700 fatalities. Sussex had over 1,000 serious injury collisions and 54 people died. You can make the pledge here. You can also follow our blog here. Together, we can help to reduce the amount of killed or seriously injured collisions that we suffer each year – take the pledge and make it a way of life. Read more here.

Save a life, surrender your knife: Sussex Police supports national knife crime campaign

Sussex Police together with other forces are supporting Operation Sceptre – a national knife crime campaign which aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, carrying a weapon. Officers will be undertaking proactive activities across the county and encouraging knife owners to give up their blades anonymously as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime. To enable knife owners to give up their weapons safely and without fear of prosecution, knife bins are located at police stations across Sussex from 17-24 September. In addition to the amnesty bins, officers will be attending local schools, making test purchases and performing proactive patrols across the county. Read more here.

Police warning as telephone fraudsters net tens of thousands across Sussex

Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors, after a number of cases over the last month. In each case, residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be from their bank or from the Metropolitan Police, either saying that there were problems with their credit or debit card accounts or that they were investigating a case of fraud. Thousands of pounds have been withdrawn in Worthing, Shoreham and Hove recently. Click here for further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud. Read more here.

20th September 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785372050

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

On 15th September Operation Blitz was a busy evening. Most of the night was spent in Hampden Park dealing with a number of youths who were causing problems in which we received five calls about who were trying to cause fights within the park. Our PCSOs identified most of the youths present and attended one of the parents addresses.

Following this we were called to a missing child in Lewes who was soon found by their family, in addition t to another missing person from Brighton that was likely to be in Eastbourne but was later found in their hometown.

We then attended the harbour spit which was quiet at the time. We then spent some time in the town centre due to an accident by the bandstand.

On 16th September Operation Blitz started slightly later than usual.

It was a pleasant evening and patrols were started in the Sevenoaks recreation park area where there were dog walkers and youths playing basketball in the designated area having fun.

We then moved onto Gildredge Park Skate Park and engaged with a group of 10-15 skaters who were also in good spirits enjoying their evening and pleased to see us. As there was very little going on here we moved onto Victoria Gardens bowls club where there had been previous reports of Anti-social behaviour, but not tonight, hopefully this is due to the continued presence of the Prevention Team Blitz patrols within the areas.

Previous reports of Anti-social behaviour including littering and damage to cars in Palesgate Way leading into Whitehill Close led to nothing this evening and again there were no persons around the area.

The next stop off was Grange Gardens where all was quiet not even a mouse!

Ringwood cycle path was our next patrol leading into Churchdale Road, no persons around the area so we headed into town to check the next port of call at McDonald’s in Terminus Road where we spent a little time talking to security who confirmed all was quiet and that they had no issues. Upon leaving McDonald’s there were several students arriving.

We then attended the pier and had a pleasant stroll along the lower promenade towards the Wish Tower. Whilst patrolling along the upper promenade we were approached by the security from the Bandstand regarding an indecent proposition that had been made to a young male whilst at the concert with his parents. This had already been reported to Sussex Police.

The Veritek building in Hampden Park was the next stop off where again previous reports of Anti-Social Behaviour have been reported, however on our way there and whilst approaching the roundabout just past Aldi there were a group of approximately 6 youths on push bikes that once they saw the marked Police car they seemed in a rush to pedal away! It was only a few seconds after this that the Blitz phone rang reporting issues in the Manor Road/Hydeneye area between 2 groups of youths allegedly fighting. The area was immediately patrolled where all seemed quiet, we spoke to 3 young males who were just talking amongst themselves and were very pleasant. Regarding the youths on their push bikes, well they must of just been keeping fit!!

However a short while after we were still in the area and a report had been made to Sussex Police regarding a disturbance at a nearby property close by to where we were so we had to attend for reassurance which saw the time for the rest of the Blitz shift in. However we are pleased to report that the Blitz phone only rang the once during our shift so hopefully the continued presence and patrols are Blitzing the Anti-Social Behaviour.

17th September 2018

Project Edward

Project Edward will be supported in Sussex again this year as part of our overall aim - to reduce the amount of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads.  

This year sees Project Edward fall within The National Police Chiefs Council week of action for mobile phone use.  Here in Sussex we will be using a combination of enforcement and educational messaging tactics. 

Our enforcement will be through our Roads Policing Unit using several unmarked vehicles to patrol our strategic network of roads, looking at specific locations based on collision data and also reports that have come in via Operation Crackdown – our local anti-social driving reporting website. Officers will be supported by high visibility patrols from our local police response teams. 

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will deliver key messages around Project Edward to highlight to the public what the project is and what we are aiming to achieve – this will start to happen a couple of weeks before the day to raise awareness.  Messaging around #Itcanwait will also be sent out through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our partners in both East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are also proactively involved in the project and are looking to display posters on their vehicles. 

Sussex has over 150 community speed watch groups across the county.  They will all be asked to be out monitoring speeds in their local areas in support of Project Edward.  We will also be looking to Facebook Live from a couple of speed watch sites during the day and also be out with an unmarked traffic vehicle.

The partnership has several Mobile Camera teams that will also be involved in the enforcement of speed limits in areas where the collision data shows that they should be present. The camera teams are able to identify other road traffic offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or mobile phone use, which where the evidence is sufficient, will seek to prosecuted.

Sgt Phil Badman, Sussex Safer Roads Partnerships Casualty Reduction Sergeant said: “ The partnership is always keen to support Project Edward and with our promotional work, enforcement and education we hope to make an impact.  I would encourage all road users to share the road, think safety first and help to make Project Edward a success”

To support this day and the work carried out by Sussex and Surrey Police, East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services, and local authorities, members of the public can sign up to the pledge, committing to become a better driver and encouraging friends and family to do the same and make our roads that little bit safer for all, visit the Project Edward website > >

15th September 2018

Watch out for these fake Netflix emails.

We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.

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 on how to stay secure online, visit
www.cyberaware.gov.uk 

15th September 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Rewind: Our new campaign promotes stop and search powers

A new campaign has been launched to help make understanding stop and search laws more simple.

Stop and search legislation can be complicated which is why we’ve introduced the Rewind campaign to simplify it.

We will be working with year 6 pupils in primary schools across Sussex to educate young people on why and when the power is used.

The campaign was a concept by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission which was thought up to try and help young people if they are stopped. Building on its success, Sussex Police developed it further to incorporate all communities within Sussex.

Emma Hockley, former member of the PCC Youth Commission said: “We really wanted to raise awareness of what people our age should expect from police during a stop and search. By targeting young people with this video, we hoped they could develop a greater understanding of the process as we did whilst enjoying making the production as a team.”

The campaign aims to promotes that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with respect, whether a member of the public or police officers carrying out the stop and search. The power is used a way to keep people safe and feeling safe and protects the community from criminality.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said: “The message behind the Rewind campaign is simple. We’re reminding our communities that everyone has the same rights irrespective of background, ethnicity or religion, principally to be treated fairly and with respect.

“When someone is stopped and searched, we would encourage them to rewind back through the interaction, reflect and review how it went. If that person had behaved in a different way during the interaction, could their experience have been improved? Respect is two way and is required not only to the person being stopped and searched but also to the police officers carrying it out.

“Using the acronym Rewind, we’ve updated our stop and search pages with a simplified description of people’s rights to make them easier to understand."

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am confident that the use of stop and search powers provides the police with an effective tool in terms of preventing and detecting crime and anti-social behaviour. However, it is important to balance public protection with individual freedom by ensuring the powers are used fairly and with the support and understanding of our communities.

“I commend this innovative approach to the understanding of stop and search by former members of my Youth Commission. A stop and search situation can be intimidating and scary for anyone of any age but especially for a young person. I think it’s brilliant that they have taken the initiative to raise awareness to include all communities in a concise and memorable way.”

Here’s what Rewind means:

Remember under the stop and search legislation, everyone has rights.
Every person who is stopped and searched is entitled to a receipt.
When stopped, the officer will give their name and the police station they work from.
If the person who is stopped has a problem understanding what is being explained by an officer, they have the right to ask for an interpreter or for an appropriate adult.
Normally the officer doing the search will be the same gender as the person being searched.
During a stop and search, the officer may ask the person who is stopped to remove their jacket or other outer clothes.

You can find out more about Rewind, the stop and search powers and watch the two short videos on dedicated stop and search pages on our website.

Crime summary

There have been a number of distraction burglaries that have occurred over this week, targeting vulnerable individuals stating that they are there to check there are no leaks in the pipes, the suspect(s) then ask the victim to clear out cupboards under the sink whilst they have stolen property from the victim. These incidents have occurred on Meachants Lane, Bradford Street and Michel Grove (Ref: 4718013647, 47180138429, 47180138439).

15th September 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 started a little later this week, due to unforeseen incidents In Eastbourne town centre with our prevention officers/PCSO’s having to attend for an in-compliant wanted person’s arrest.  After this was dealt with our main focus and attention was called to the North Harbour Spit and surrounding area.  We had at least three calls from a resident concerning youths on the beach being rowdy/noisy. Each time officers attended the group were nowhere to be seen with nothing but sea for background noise.

Gildredge Park and the seafront promenades between the pier and the Wish tower were visited twice but only a few homeless males were present getting their head down for the evening, so no issues present. The first call of the evening started with a resident near to the Etchingham Road social club, reports of youths being noisy and possibly climbing on the roof.

Upon arrival at the Social Club the youths made off from the location and only one youth was spoken to, which turns out he was not part of the issues at the time.

Previous hotspots Such as Grange Gardens and Victoria Gardens were visited twice throughout the evening but did not create any anti social behaviour issues this evening.

Even with a restricted time for Blitz patrol this evening a healthy Police presence was and is always beneficial and shows local residents that Sussex Police are always here to help even under times of strain in resources.

12th September 2018

Storm names for 2018-19 announced

First introduced in 2015, this is the fourth year the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Irish Republic) have jointly run the ‘Name our Storms’ scheme, aimed at raising awareness of severe weather before it hits.

This year the first storm will be ‘male’ and named Ali, while the second storm will be ‘female’ and named Bronagh,  following the alternating male/female pattern established by the US National Hurricane Center in the 1970’s. 

Visit the Met Office website > >

11th September 2018

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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11th September 2018

Rewind Stop and Search

A new campaign has been launched to help make understanding stop and search laws more simple.

Stop and search legislation can be complicated which is why we’ve introduced the REWIND campaign to simplify it.

We will be working with year six pupils in primary schools across Sussex to educate young people on why and when the power is used.

The campaign was a concept by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission which was thought up to try and help young people if they are stopped. Building on its success, Sussex Police developed it further to incorporate all communities within Sussex.

Emma Hockley, former member of the PCC Youth Commission said: “We really wanted to raise awareness of what people our age should expect from police during a stop and search. By targeting young people with this video, we hoped they could develop a greater understanding of the process as we did whilst enjoying making the production as a team.”

Click here to view the CC's Youth Commission video.

The campaign aims to promotes that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with respect, whether a member of the public or police officers carrying out the stop and search. The power is used a way to keep people safe and feeling safe and protects the community from criminality.

ACC Steve Barry, said: “The message behind the REWIND campaign is simple. We’re reminding our communities that everyone has the same rights irrespective of background, ethnicity or religion, principally to be treated fairly and with respect.

“When someone is stopped and searched, we would encourage them to rewind back through the interaction, reflect and review how it went. If that person had behaved in a different way during the interaction, could their experience have been improved? Respect is two way and is required not only to the person being stopped and searched but also to the police officers carrying it out.

“Using the acronym REWIND, we’ve updated our stop and search pages with a simplified description of people’s rights to make them easier to understand.”
 
Katy Bourne, Sussex PCC, said: “I am confident that the use of stop and search powers provides the police with an effective tool in terms of preventing and detecting crime and anti-social behaviour. However, it is important to balance public protection with individual freedom by ensuring the powers are used fairly and with the support and understanding of our communities.
 
“I commend this innovative approach to the understanding of Stop and Search by former members of my Youth Commission. A stop and search situation can be intimidating and scary for anyone of any age but especially for a young person. I think it’s brilliant that they have taken the initiative to raise awareness to include all communities in a concise and memorable way.”

Here’s what REWIND means:

Remember under the Stop and Search legislation, everyone has rights.

Every person who is stopped and searched is entitled to a receipt.

When stopped, the officer will give their name and the police station they work from.

If the person who is stopped has a problem understanding what is being explained by an officer, they have the right to ask for an interpreter or for an appropriate adult.

Normally the officer doing the search will be the same gender as the person being searched.

During a stop and search, the officer may ask the person who is stopped to remove their jacket or other outer clothes.

You can find out more about REWIND, the Stop and Search power and watch the two short videos on dedicated stop and search pages  on our website.

9th September 2018

Art Group Looking for New Members

The Portsdown Art Group is looking for additional members.  We meet from2 pm to 4pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at the Broadway United Church Hall, Broadway Mews, Lindfield Road, Hampden Park, Eastbourne BN22 0AS.

We are a small friendly group, working on our own projects  covering all mediums and styles.  Come along and give us a try.  For more information please contact Chris on 01323 506154 or e-mail chix737@gmail.com 

Look forward to seeing you.

7th September 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Following a painstaking police investigation, four men involved in dealing Class A drugs in Eastbourne have each started significant jail sentences after appearing at Lewes Crown Court.

Geovanni Biggs, 20, unemployed, of Denzil Road, London NW10; Tamer Bodur, 20, a sales assistant, of no fixed address, and Jarryd Smith, 28, of Highdown Lane, Sutton, Surrey, were all charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.

Biggs and Bodur were also charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin, and Smith with possessing heroin with intent to supply. All three pleaded guilty and all were sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

The fourth man, Kaysharn Williams, 18, a student, of no fixed address, (pictured here) was charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

In October 2017 a police prevention enforcement team was outside an address in Seaside, Eastbourne, when officers saw Smith dealing drugs in the street. He was immediately arrested and when officers entered the property the three other offenders were found there.

Drugs were recovered from Biggs and Bodur, and a total of £1,495 was found on the trio. This was confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said the case showed excellent co-operation between the community investigation and prevention enforcement teams. He said: "This should send a strong message to those who deal in drugs that we will use the full extent of our powers to secure evidence and achieve convictions which in this case involved an extended period in police custody to recover all drugs held by these men."

This investigation demonstrates our 18-22 local policing model in action. Precept increases secured earlier this year are being used to strengthen local teams even further, improve ways for people to contact us and to modernise the way we work.

Inspector Rachel Barrow added: "I'd like to reassure people in Eastbourne that we are constantly and consistently taking action to combat drug abuse and those responsible for facilitating the supply of drugs, particularly those who cause the most harm to our communities. The sentencing on this occasion is really encouraging for officers and the public to see and I would encourage anyone affected by the supply of drugs to tell us about it."

Anyone having information about drug dealing can report details online or by phoning 101. Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously via its website or by phoning 0800 555111.

Crime summary

On 31st August 2018, a burglary has occurred in Jevington Gardens, in which a number of individuals have entered and used the property whilst the occupants were on holiday (Ref: 1173 31/08/2018)

On 1st September, a burglary occurred on Austen Walk, in which a shed was broken into and painting items stolen. (Ref: 1256 02/09/2018)

On 5th September a burglary occurred on Tamarack Close, in which a key was stolen (Ref: 0252 05/09/2018)

On 5th September 2018, a burglary occurred on WoodCroft Drive, in which jewellery was stolen from the property. (Ref: 0216 04/09/2018).

7th September 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
 
On Friday 31st August Blitz started with a group of youths congregating in the bus lane outside McDonald’s, Terminus Road. We asked very nicely that they move onto the pavement to keep safe.

A report was then received from a member of public. He was walking through the park in Upperton Gardens when a group of minors offered drugs to him, when he refused, the youth offering the drugs made threats. The member of public claimed this happens quite often. Unfortunately, after an area search we could not find the group.

On 1st September, whilst on the first check of Gildredge Park area at around 8pm we came across a group of approx. 12 youths, males and females. They were not causing any problems but it was evident that someone had been smoking cannabis. There was also a small number of unopened cans of lager on the ground none of which were open.  When challenged no-one owned up to the cannabis but one male did regarding the cans of lager.  We were satisfied with the responses given by the group, who were given suitable words of advice and dispersed without issue.

Further in to the park, at the skate park area, there were a number of opened/unopened cans of lager that had been discarded which were suitably disposed of.  There were no further problems identified in the park. 

At around 11pm whilst checking the Sevenoaks Recreation Park we came across a vehicle parked up in darkness in the car park.  When approached the vehicle opened to reveal two males and a strong smell of cannabis.  They admitted to having possession and freely gave up several small packets of cannabis and a grinder.  Details were taken and checks were completed, however there was a concern that one of the males would proceed to drive the vehicle home.  As he was local, to avoid this we took him home where the parents took control of the vehicle keys. 

At the start of the shift we were tasked to attend the disabled toilet by the Bandstand where it had been reported that a gentleman had been in there for some time and refusing to leave. 

On attendance the gentleman exited the toilet and was clearly distressed and confused and potentially suffering effects of drugs use.  Checks highlighted that he was currently ‘wanted’ at which point a unit was requested to assist.  The male was compliant and caused no problems but was in possession of ‘sharps’ in his jacket pocket.  A unit arrived then the male was taken, at his request, for a voluntary interview.

Whilst on the McDonald’s, Terminus Road check it was identified to us concern for a female who was ‘passed out' on a bench at Banks Corner.
On attendance it was clear that the female, was not in a great way and needed medical assistance.  She was conscious, breathing but unresponsive.  An ambulance was called and the female was put in to the recovery position until medical assistance arrived.  The Paramedic staff did a fantastic job getting the lady stable and she was then taken to EDGH Hospital.

6th September 2018

Revealing Reality

Revealing Reality is a group helping British Red Cross to understand the support available for people who are going home from hospital. They are hoping to talk to people in Eastbourne who have recently come home from hospital to understand more about their experiences, and they thought some ESF members may be able to chat to them.

Information sheet > >
Website > >

4th September 2018

Freshers Week Advice to Students

If you have children, or grandchildren who are starting at university this year, Get Safe Online has issued some excellent advice. Much of it is also very valid for all older people too.

Being at university or college is about studying hard and enjoying the experience. And, it’s about taking more responsibility for yourself.

We’re not talking total adulting… But there are definitely things you need to do to keep yourself, your finances and your devices free from harm online and offline, whether you’re studying, out having fun or relaxing.

Get Safe Online’s experts have put together some top tips to start you off:

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

3rd September 2018

Celebrate Older People's Day in Eastbourne

A coffee morning to celebrate Older People’s Day is being held at New Derby House in Eastbourne on 3rd October.

It is part of a county-wide initiative to mark the achievements and contributions that older people make to society during September and October.

The event, at the home in 506 Seaside, will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and is being organised by Homes First, that delivers housing services for Eastbourne Homes Limited.

Money will be raised for the Alzheimer’s Society through donations for tea and cake, and there will be a tombola and cake sale.

Kate Davies, East Sussex Seniors’ Association Chair, said: “Feel free to bring along family and friends, everyone is welcome. Don’t worry about going to events on your own as you will often meet up with new people.”

Download Older People's Day Programme of Events > >

1st September 2018

Neighbourhood policing capacity in Sussex

Neighbourhood policing capacity in Sussex was called into question last weekend after the Sunday Times quoted official workforce figures which appeared to show Sussex Police had the lowest number of neighbourhood police officers per head of population in the country.

Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, responds > >

31st August 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Wanted Eastbourne man Scott Solway arrested

Scott Solway, who was wanted on recall to prison, has been arrested in Eastbourne. Solway, 36, who was jailed in November after being convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm, was released on licence on August 10, but quickly breached the terms of that licence and was suspected of being unlawfully at large. He was spotted by officers in Eastbourne shortly before midnight on Friday (August 24), was arrested and returned to prison.

Stay tuned to avoid music voucher frauds - 47 attempts in Sussex this year

Police are reminding local residents across Sussex, especially the elderly, to remain vigilant about phone and online fraudsters who use Apple iTunes vouchers (and some vouchers provided by other companies) as a means to receive payment from victims. The majority are frauds using the names of HMRC, PPI and online loans, though it has been seen as a payment method in romance and investment cases too.

Typically, a victim is contacted by telephone, threatened with legal action over an outstanding, non-existent debt and persuaded to purchase vouchers from a local store. The voucher numbers are provided to the fraudster over the phone as a means of payment. Data from Action Fraud shows that nationally £6.5 million has been lost to this type of fraud during the three years to March 2018, with a significant proportion of the victims being over the age of 60. Read more here.

Have you seen missing Joel Eldridge?

Sussex Police are concerned for missing man Joel Eldridge. Joel, 29, was living in Coimbra, Portugal, but is believed he may have travelled back to Sussex, he has family in Bexhill. Officers are working closely with Portuguese police as Joel has not made contact with his friends or family since the middle of July. He is white, 5’ 10”, of muscular build and with a shaved head. If anyone sees Joel or believes they have seen him since July please report online or call 101 quoting 348 of 28/08.

Residential burglary crime summary:

Reference: 0849 27/08
Location: Langney Road, Eastbourne
Date and time: 4:00pm 26/08 – 1:30pm 27/08
Stolen items: TV and TV equipment

Reference: 0097 28/08
Location: Wannock Road, Eastbourne
Date and time: 2:00am 27/08
Stolen items: Fuel can and water sport equipment

Reference: 0266 29/08
Location: Chestnut Close, Eastbourne
Date and time: 9:00pm 28/08 – 2:00am 29/08
Stolen items: Nothing

Reference: 0023 30/08
Location: Cavendish Place, Eastbourne
Date and time: 6:30pm 29/08 – 11:30pm 29/08
Stolen items: Nothing

30th August 2018

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

Friday and Saturday night’s Op Blitz began with visible patrols at the rear of Asda, the Crumbles and the North Harbour due to reports of anti-social behaviour occurring in these areas. The patrols continued through the town centre, along Terminus Road, with the officers paying particular attention to the area outside McDonald’s as we had had earlier reports of youths fighting. The visible patrols continued along the promenade, on from the pier to the Wish Tower. Due to recent complaints of anti-social behaviour in Gildredge Park and the areas of the old town, the officers maintained a visible presence in this areas. Several members of public came over to speak with the officers but no incidents were reported.

24th August 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals
 
Eastbourne petrol pump arsonists 'reckless' and 'lucky'

Police are hunting two men who attempted to set fire to a petrol pump at a service station in Eastbourne. The pair, described as 'reckless' by police, were caught on camera in the early hours of Thursday, August 9. They were seen to approach two of the pumps at the Old Town Service Station around 1am, trying to shake any fuel out of one pump before moving on to another where they successfully released a small amount of fuel, which they set light to, causing a small, brief fire. Read more here.

Missing Chelsea Walker has been found

Missing 19-year-old visitor Chelsea Walker has been found. The woman had been visiting Eastbourne and became lost in the town on Wednesday (August 22). She was found later on that day safe and well.

Sussex heroin dealers pay illegal profits back to law abiding society

A drug dealing group who have already been sentenced to a total of 67 years for their involvement in a £12.5million conspiracy to supply heroin from Liverpool to Brighton and Eastbourne, now have to repay more than £200,000 of their ill-gotten gains to legitimate society. Confiscation and Forfeiture Orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) were made against 12 people at Hove Crown Court on several dates concluding on 3 August, following a detailed investigation of their assets by expert financial investigators from Sussex Police. Read more here.

Another chance to apply for the chance to go behind the scenes of the Contact Command and Control Room at Sussex Police

When a member of the public contacts the police, do you know what happens next? This September, we’re giving Sussex residents another chance to discover the real-life decisions made every second by the team in the Contact Command and Control Room at Lewes Headquarters. Get the chance to follow the journey of a call, email or online form from the moment it reaches our contact centre team, and the decisions which are made to get help to those who need it. This follows the successful day in June when more than 200 people visited. Read more here.

24th August 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

Operation Blitz on Friday commenced at 6pm. The evening was very quiet on the Blitz front, the Op Blitz phone received no phone calls. However, one call was received by our call handler for a group arguing on Vicarage Road. All persons were spoken to and each party separated and went their own ways. Op Blitz continues to focus on the Crumbles Retail Park, Sovereign Harbour (including Harbour Spit), Langney Point, the promenade and Gildredge Park. All areas had no anti-social issues and no persons were seen in each area.

Thank you to those who continue to use and support the Operation Blitz system to report and tackle anti-social behaviour in your areas.

18th August 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

What is a hate crime?

It’s when a person is treated with hate just for who they are – e.g. for their sexuality, gender identity, disability, race, faith, or gypsy heritage.

Anyone could be a victim of hate. For example, if someone shouts homophobic abuse at you, you are still the victim of homophobic hate, whatever your sexual orientation.

When is hate serious enough to report?

If you are insulted? Offended? Scared? Threatened? Shoved? Attacked?
All of the above. If it happens, it’s serious enough.

Why should people report hate?

Because earlier interventions can prevent escalation to violence.

Nothing is too small to report - it all helps to build up a better picture of the problem of hate in our communities.

What will the police do?

We will maintain a proactive and effective response to tackling and preventing hate, ensuring that perpetrators are held to account and prosecuted where appropriate.

Not every victim wants us to take their case – evidence allowing – to court, and you don’t have to.

Community Resolution or Restorative Justice offers victims the opportunity to propose outcomes that the perpetrator will be asked to comply with for the matter to be resolved out of court.

It is important that you tell someone if you have been the victim of a hate. You can report to us or if you'd rather not tell us directly you can do so to a third party via the following links:

This Crown Prosecution Service leaflet provides further information about hate crime.

Additional information can also be found in this Crown Prosecution Service leaflet for victims and witnesses.

The Safe Space Sussex website has been set up by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner to help local citizens deal with the before and after effects of crime.

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on Norway Road, Eastbourne in which cash was stolen and bank cards. (Ref: 47180123127)

18th August 2018

Nfib Alert - Bogus Overseas Officers

Fraudsters are contacting overseas students and visitors who are in the UK via their mobile phone or social network account and purporting to represent UK or foreign law enforcement.

After fraudsters have claimed to work with their respective embassy or government, they tell the victim that there is evidence in the form of forged documentation or parcels which implicate them in a crime such as money laundering, fraud or immigration offences.

After demanding further personal details from the victim such as their name, current address and copies of personal documentation, they threaten the victim by suggesting a warrant exists for their arrest which will result in their deportation and imprisonment unless they transfer a payment to them in order to cancel the arrest or pay a fine. Once the money is transferred, all contact between the victim and the fraudster is severed.

What You Need To Do:

If you are a student you can ask your Student Union or University for advice, help and support.

17th August 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785372050

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

The Blitz shift started a little later than usual on Friday evening due to PCSOs Honey and Clarke being called to a high risk missing person. We were fortunate in locating the person a little later in the shift.

Our Blitz shift took us to Brodrick Road where we received a call from a resident reporting motorcyclists were using an alleyway at the rear of the residents property which came up with nothing.

We then went to Sevenoaks park where an area search found nothing of any significance, this was probably due to the awful rain that we had. We then moved on to The Harbour Spit, Bimini Court area where again there were no persons hanging around. We then passed by the Crumbles where again all was quiet. The promenade was patrolled where a band had just finished for the night and there were just happy groups of people on the beach enjoying their evening. We then finished our evening at McDonald's in Terminus road on our Blitz patrol where we met with the street pastors who were also out on their patrols.

17th August 2018

Your Hero Next Door

Neighbourhood Watch and our sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

We’re urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism.

Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today!
We’re talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart.

We want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member either.

Click here to join in– before nominations close on September 5 – and you’ll be taken to the nomination form where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

Visit the nominations page and nominate your good neighbours today!

More information > >

14th August 2018

"Killer Queen" Tribute Show in Brighton

Rother’s Seniors Forum has booked stall seats at the Theatre Royal, Brighton to enjoy a Tribute Show by “Killer Queen” for the excellent “QUEEN” band on Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 19.45.

A 50-seater coach has been booked and as there are a few  tickets still available, Rother has extended the invitation to other forum members. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Booking by form only, from Ron on (01424 870801).

As numbers need to be finalised in two weeks please contact Ron as soon as possible if you are interested.

13th August 2018

Finding Additional Support in a Power Cut

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?

The electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather, including storms, heavy summer rain and lightning, can affect overhead power lines. The public should stay well clear from power lines, and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it immediately by calling 105.
More information about power cuts.

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 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 about Priority Services. 

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire, if you have not already done so. 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 Neighbourhood Watch 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 on-line 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 Service 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.

11th August 2018

Library Information Service Update -
Blamtastic Reading Challenge is still on

The sun may have scarpered but the Summer Reading Challenge goes on!
We are challenging children to read six books over the summer holidays.

Remember to join online then visit the library and read any book! Picture books, fact books, fiction books, long books, short books, audio books, ebooks, comic books, any books!

Watch the Mischief Makers film, four fun-filled minutes to explain how the challenge works!

10th August 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

Whilst on foot patrol on Friday 3rd August at the North Harbour Spit, we stopped a spoke with the Harbour Security Staff who appreciated our attendance.

We had one call on the Blitz Phone regarding a noisy party on Quantock Close.  On attendance at approx. 11.40pm there was a small group of eight youngsters having a party in the back garden.  They were all in their twenties and there were no concerns. They were asked to reduce the music volume which they did so without question.

Saturday evenings blitz patrols in Eastbourne started with foot patrols around the North Harbour, including the spit and some other areas of interest such as The Crumbles Retail Park. The warm summer’s evening sun made for a pleasant patrol and we did not receive any reports of anti-social behaviour from any of the members of public we met along the way.

We were called away from our patrols to help look for a missing child who was found after only a short while thanks to the good work of Sussex Police. We promptly resumed our patrols and were soon flagged down by a concerned member of public who had seen a group of youths she knows to cause anti-social behaviour gathering close to one of the hot spots. We made our way to the group and after a respectable chat they moved on, no anti-social behaviour was observed. We then went on to patrol Gildredge Park, the seafront and a handful of other areas. Yet another successful night of Operation Blitz patrols carried out by Eastbourne Prevention Team.  

10th August 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Missing man last seen at Eastbourne hotel

Police are extremely concerned for the welfare of missing man Gavin Hesletine.
Gavin, 55, is from Bedfordshire but was last seen at The Riviera Hotel in Eastbourne on Friday 3 August.
 
He is white, 5’ 8”, of stocky build and bald. Gavin’s clothing is unknown but he does have a Chelsea FC tattoo on his right arm.

Further appeal in connection with Eastbourne fire which killed mother and son

Police have issued a renewed appeal for information following a fatal house fire in Eastbourne.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident in Croxden Way, which claimed the lives of Gina Ingles, 34 and her son Milo Ingles-Bailey, 4. Post-mortem examinations have revealed that both died from smoke inhalation.

Gina’s partner Toby Jarrett, 26, managed to escape from the building and is currently in hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Gina, Milo and Toby all lived together and were present in their home when this incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday 10 July.

Two local men, aged 47 and 23, have been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder and one of attempted murder, and have both been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

However, detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who has any information about the incident.

Detective Inspector Gordon Denslow, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “Whilst four weeks have passed since this tragic incident, we continue in our efforts to establish who is responsible for this horrendous act, and why. I know that the events of that night are still fresh in the minds of the local community, who have understandably been hugely affected by it.

“We have made two arrests so far in connection with this incident, but that does not mean the investigation is complete. We are still gathering evidence and I am appealing for anyone with any information which they think might help to find justice for Gina, Milo, Toby and their family, to contact us.

“We’re certain someone, somewhere, must know something about how and why two people – a mother and her four-year-old son – were killed in their own home, and a man was left with life-changing injuries.

“We’re extremely grateful for everyone’s help and support to date, and would urge anyone who knows something about the incident to come forward by contacting us online, by telephone, or via Crimestoppers.

"I am urging anyone with any information to report it online or to call 101, quoting Operation Druffield. Alternatively, if you are concerned about revealing your identity, you can pass on any information anonymously via the Crimestoppers website, or by calling them on 0800 555 111."

Witnesses sought after groups' violent clash in Eastbourne town centre

During the early hours of Saturday (4 August) police were called to the junction of Langney Road and Terminus Road, Eastbourne, where two groups of men were reported to be fighting. 

As a result of the violence, a 28-year-old man from Hailsham suffered slash wounds to his face. He was found in nearby Lismore Road and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. 

A 19-year-old man from Stone Cross, Pevensey, and a 25-year-old man from Eastbourne were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. After being interviewed, both men were released under investigation.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened or who may have other relevant information. They are asked to contact police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 98 of 04/08. 

Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

9th August 2018

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 August 2018

Beat the Heat

Although most of us welcome the summer sun, high temperatures can be harmful to your health. In one hot spell in August 2003 in England and Wales there were over 2,000 extra deaths than would normally be expected. The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. As our climate changes, hot spells are expected to be more frequent and more intense.

NHS England has issued advice on how to stay safe in hot weather, including how to keep your home cool. It tells you who is at greatest risk of ill health from the heat, how to recognise when you or someone’s health may be affected, and what to do if you or someone else becomes unwell as a result of the heat.

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8th August 2018

Speed Campaign Week

Slow down to save lives – Arrive alive not dead on time

Police Forces across Europe will be carrying out simultaneous speed enforcement campaigns this week. The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are supporting the European-wide speed enforcement week, which is coordinated by TISPOL, Europe’s traffic police network, from the 6th to the 12nd of August 2018.
Working with partners in Surrey and Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU), the aims of the campaign are:

A number of tactics are being put into action during the week, to work alongside the day to day activities that RPU will be carrying out.

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 both this and every week.

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 see here.

The week will also include a 24 hour speed marathon, starting at 6am on the 8th of August, running to 6am on the 9th of August. SSRP will be deploying the Operation Crackdown Strike Team in order to provide a further visible policing presence on the roads. The Strike Team, made up of special constables, will be targeting collision hot-spots in Sussex and providing advice to road users, in order to instigate behavioural change.

Sergeant Phil Badman, Partnership Sergeant for SSRP, said: “Speed is a significant contributory factor with regards to road collisions, this campaign demonstrates willingness by police forces across Europe to tackle this issue and highlight the possibility to motorists that being prosecuted whilst driving at excessive speed will be greatly increased. Speeding reduces your chances to survive 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. They 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, @CommunitySpeedwatch and @SussexRoadsPol. And also on Facebook at sussexsaferroads.

6th August 2018

Summer Crime Prevention Advice

Don’t let burglars have easy access to your home

During the warm weather people are more likely to leave their doors and windows open to ventilate their properties. Walk in burglaries do increase during the summer months, so don’t be complacent, if you cannot see the door or window then it should be shut and locked. If you are out enjoying your garden, remember to shut and lock all windows on the front of your property.

Enjoy your summer holiday but make sure your home looks lived in whilst your away

Get on your bike and make the most of the warmer weather – but make sure you protect your bike

Enjoy day trips out in the warmer weather – but make sure you secure your car

Burglars like to work undercover, so keep hedges and bushes cut back this summer

Don’t let burglars make easy work of your property … keep garden equipment and tools locked away

Make your valuables less attractive to steal

Check your household insurance covers theft from your garden or outbuildings.

4th August 2018

3rd August 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals
 
Girl attacked at Eastbourne bus stop Police in Eastbourne are seeking witnesses to an attack on a teenage girl at a bus stop. Between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday 28 July the 15-year-old local girl was assaulted by an adult woman by a bus stop in Seaside, Eastbourne, outside The Alexandra public house. She was grabbed round the neck, causing some soreness, although she did not need hospital treatment. PC Ian Grabiner said; "If you saw what happened please get on touch with us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1147 of 28/07. The area was very busy at the time so we think there will be a number of people who saw the incident."

Sussex Police welcomes Brighton and Hove Pride this weekend
Sussex Police is once again joining in on this year's Pride celebrations that will see thousands of people take to the streets of Brighton and Hove this weekend (3, 4 and 5 August). As with previous years, the force's priority is the safety of all those taking part in the weekend's festivities as well as members of the local community. Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said: “We have worked closely with the organisers of Pride and our partners in the city to ensure that everyone can enjoy the weekend safely. Read more here.

Police staff and officers recognised at annual awards ceremony
A number of police employees have been commended for going above and beyond the call of duty at an annual awards ceremony. The Surrey and Sussex Operations Command awards recognises individuals for their outstanding service – either following a specific incident or situation, or for their consistently hard work. Officers and staff in Operations Command are responsible for specialist roads policing, firearms, airport policing, dog handling, event planning, public order policing, resourcing, emergency planning and counter terrorism protection. Read more here.

Residential burglaries in Eastbourne

Reference: 004 27/07
Location: Upper Ratton Drive, Eastbourne
Date and time: 2:30pm Thursday 26 July – 10:00pm Thursday 26 July
Details: Unknown

Reference: 1133 01/08
Location: Upper Avenue, Eastbourne
Date and time: 00:01am Sunday 29 July – 12:50pm Wednesday 1 August
Details: Tools

2nd August 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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
 
Friday:
Friday night’s Op Blitz was patrolled by PCSOs Walker and Hylands. The officers had a very productive evening, including moving along a couple of our street drinkers who were trying to join in at the Beatles tribute party at the bandstand. Moving on from this, the officers came across a couple of youths were doing wheelies along the pier. They were very cooperative and stopped when asked to do so. The public were very happy to have our presence. The dedicated Blitz phone rang just the once, asking the officers to see some young people leaving Samoa way peacefully after a house party.

Saturday:
Saturday night’s Op Blitz was patrolled by PCSOs Slow and Cotterill. The officers began patrols in the North Harbour area where reports have been made of young people gathering in large groups, particularly at this time of year and causing anti-social behaviour. However, there was nothing to report and all was quiet. They also carried out visible patrols through the Crumbles and the rear of Asda. The patrols continued through the town centre and along the promenade, on from the pier to the Wish Tower. They received a call regarding an intoxicated male being sick outside the bandstand area where a tribute act was playing. The male is a known street drinker to us. An ambulance had already been called and they gave him treatment in the ambulance. However, he refused to go with them to hospital and just wanted to go home. The officers stayed to assist the ambulance crew as this male has been known to be violent in the past and managed to find friends of his who were nearby and they agreed to take him home.

As the officers continued patrols in the town centre and received a call that there was a large fire on the beach and that someone was trying to set fire to the fishing boats behind the Sovereign Harbour. This turned out to be a false alarm and there were a small group of foreign students sitting on the beach who had a BBQ earlier on and were well away from the fishing boats. We then kept a visible presence in the town centre areas, outside the pubs and clubs. Several members of public came over to speak to us but no incidents to report.

30th July 2018

28th July 2018

27th July 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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 on Friday 20th July commenced at 6pm.

This evening we focused on area’s where we have received information from members of the public of anti-social behaviour. As part of Blitz we endeavour to patrol these locations a least twice throughout the evening as well as responding to any calls we receive on the Blitz telephone.

While on patrol in Langney green we received a call on the Blitz telephone to a group of rowdy young people at the “harbour spit” North harbour. We arrived within 5 minutes of this call as we were in very close proximity. On arrival we could hear and see a group of young people sat by the “spit”, as we approached many of the group decided to run off. We advised the group that they were being very loud and in a big group which can be a nuisance and intimidating to others. We also explained that they did not need to run off as this can be explained all together to reach a better solution for everyone. The group left the area politely, we later went back to the area and o persons were heard.

While at the Harbour we received another call from our controls department that a large group of people were in Grove Road and looked to be about to start a fight. We headed straight to this location, as we arrived we did not see any persons. We patrolled many roads in and around the town centre to look for a group but no persons were seen.

We stayed in the town centre area and focused our attention to McDonald's, Terminus Road and then to Gildredge park. We have recently received many calls about anti-social behaviour at these locations. All persons spoke to were very polite.

At midnight we received a call from a resident in Kingsmere as his child had just been woken by a large group of people who were in the street shouting and being generally rowdy. Due to the time of the call this was passed to our control room to be resourced by any available units, there were no other calls to Sussex police on this incident.

Thank you to those who continue to use and support the Operation Blitz system to report and tackle Anti-Social Behaviour in your areas.

27th July 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a powerful and effective voluntary process which gives you, the victim, the chance to explain to the offender the impact that their crime has had on you. It will only happen if the victim and the offender both want to take part and a trained facilitator decides that it's safe.

Restorative justice often involves a conference, where a victim meets their offender face to face. Sometimes, when this is not the right choice for you, the victim and offender can communicate via letters, recorded interviews or video instead. It's a process which puts you in control and gives you the opportunity to seek answers from your offender.
Watching this video will help to give you an idea of what a conference is like.

How are RJ services delivered in Sussex?

Putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system in Sussex is one of the key priorities developed in the Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) Police & Crime Plan.

In October 2014, PCC Katy Bourne took on the responsibility for commissioning victims' services in Sussex, with RJ an important part of this provision. She believes strongly in any measure that enables victims to be heard and may help them to reach a closure that cannot be found through sentencing alone.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) made funding available nationally to Police & Crime Commissioners and charities to help deliver Restorative Justice services for victims of crime over the next three years. The PCC is committed to the MoJ's vision to increase access to RJ at every stage of the criminal justice process.

Several partners are involved in delivering RJ in Sussex through the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership (SRJP). The partners are drawn from a diverse range of people, including practitioners, criminal justice agencies, community representatives and the voluntary and community sector - all led by a Strategic RJ Manager from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.

In this way, the Partnership brings together all the agencies and authorities with an interest in Restorative Justice. All of this is delivered under the umbrella of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board. Practically, the services are delivered through three regional hubs: East Sussex, based in Bexhill; Brighton & Hove, and West Sussex, based in Bognor.

Crime summary

There are no burglaries to note this week.

27th July 2018

Your Identity is Yours

Your identity proves you really are you. Until it’s stolen.

Your identity is one of your most precious possessions. Apart from defining you as an individual, it also proves that you really are you.

As well as needing it for everyday tasks like buying online, banking and social networking, it is also essential for signing up for phone contracts, loans, mortgages and other finance… and without it, you can’t obtain driver’s licences, passports or other official documents.

When a criminal steals your identity, they can claim that they really are you too – and do all of these things in your name. They can also sell on your identity to other criminals, and even commit criminal acts in your name.

That’s why it’s vital to protect your identity against theft. Identity thieves most commonly work online, often taking advantage of the information you share on social media, or a weak email account password. However, they can also use printed documents that haven’t been shredded or securely filed.

To safeguard your identity, start by following GSO’s simple, expert Top Tips:

For more information on protecting your identity – Click here.

21st July 2018

Food Product Recalls

Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd recalls various frozen vegetable products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
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Waitrose recalls Crisp & Creamy Deli Style Coleslaw Side Salad because of the presence of Listeria.
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Babease Limited recalls pouches of Broccoli, Parsnip & Lentils Baby Food due to the presence of spoilage organisms.
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20th July 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted by another woman in Eastbourne.

The 47-year-old victim was walking home after shopping around 4:40pm on Thursday, July 12, when she was approached by a younger woman. Following an argument, the suspect punched the older woman in the face and walked off.

Detective Constable Paul Kelly said: "This was a serious assault in Brassey Avenue, which is a busy area with local shops and the main road passing through. Given the time of day, I believe that this incident would have been witnessed by members of the public.

"This was a very frightening experience for the victim, who had to attend hospital for treatment to facial injuries, which will be on-going. I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area and who witnessed this assault or has any information to get in touch.

"Please report online or call 101 quoting serial 1053 of 12/07 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Police are concerned for the welfare of Frederick Richards from Eastbourne. Frederick has not made contact with his family since 23 June.

It is believed Frederick travelled on a ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe, France, on Monday (16 July) and could have travelled across to the Dijon region of France.

Frederick, 71, has a canal boat in this area but would normally make contact with his family both prior to and during his trip.

He is white, 6’, of medium build, with short grey hair, a beard and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a navy blue jumper, beige cargo trousers, blue trainers and carrying an orange plastic bag.

If you have seen Frederick on his travels, either in the UK or abroad, please report online or call 101 quoting reference 712 of 09/07.

Crime summary

There are no burglaries of note this week.

19th July 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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
 
The Blitz patrols on Friday evening started with patrols around the Langney area. Several youths were spoken to in the skate park who were enjoying the lovely weather.

Patrols were conducted around The Spit where there were no groups of youths congregating and no phone calls received which is a good sign that the patrols are giving reassurance and are working. The rear of Asda was also checked as there had been previous reports of youths gathering, but again there wasn't’ anyone hanging around on Friday night. Again hopefully as a result of Blitz patrols. 

Foot patrols were conducted in Manor Gardens/Gildredge Park where there were a few people enjoying the lovely evening. 

Checks were then made at McDonald's in town and for a Friday evening it was quiet. Our PCSO’s spoke to security staff and they had nothing to report. There were a few students in McDonald's that our PCSO’s sat and spoke to for a while who were from Germany and were enjoying their stay in Eastbourne. 

Next, patrols headed towards the St Bedes school area where the alarm for the school going off, we met with the manager and conducted an area search of the building which proved to be a false alarm, but he was very thankful for our help. 

On Saturday evening there was a focus on the North Harbour Spit and surrounding areas, alongside Gildridge Park and the seafront promenades between the pier and the Wish tower. The evening started with an early call on the blitz phone from a resident of the North Harbour Spit, the resident was concerned for a small group of youths gathering on the beach that may cause  anti social behaviour issues further into the evening.  PCSO Honey and PCSO Camille made two early visits to this  location to assess the situation but the youths were not causing an apparent issue.

Previous hotspots such as Sorrel Drive and Victoria Gardens were visited twice throughout the evening but did not create any anti social behaviour issues for the duo on this evening.

At  Approximately  8.30pm PCSO Honey and Camille found themselves dealing with an immediate call that was occurring  just around the corner from their location in Shanklin Close.  This took a while to stand down from which  limited their time visiting the other Blitz areas . Two more phone calls were received on the Blitz phone from the earlier resident. This lead the duo to the North Harbour to speak with a group of youths sitting on the beach at approximately 10.30pm. This proved to be a small group of youths relaxing not causing any issues on the anti social behaviour front. However a healthy Police presence is always beneficial and shows local residents that Sussex Police are always  here to help even under times of strain in resources.  

The evening finished with a Police presence in Eastbourne town centre on Terminus road, where no issues were found.

14th July 2018

Latest Edition Of National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

Here's the latest edition of the popular Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter Our News.

Inside there's lots of advice on keeping you safe, member offers and news on how our members are shaping the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

Click here to read it on the Neighbourhood Watch website.

Best wishes,
NW National Support Team

13th July 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Two bodies have tragically been discovered and a murder investigation has been launched as police continue to investigate a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne.

They are believed to be those of the two occupants previously unaccounted for – a woman aged 34 and her four-year-old son.

Next of kin of the victims have been informed, however formal identity has yet to take place.

The incident occurred around 1am and was reported to police at 1:18am on Tuesday (10 July), and the bodies were discovered in a first floor bedroom about 12pm (midday) on Wednesday (11 July).

A 26-year-old man who was also in the property at the time of the fire was taken to hospital with burns injuries in the early hours of Tuesday (10 July), and remains in an induced coma at this stage.

He was the partner of the woman who lived at the house and whose body is believed to have been discovered; he was not the father of the child whose body is believed to have been discovered.

This is a difficult scene and it will take some time before forensics examinations are complete.

The cause of the fire is currently being treated as arson and a murder investigation has been launched. No arrests have been made.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with any information to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Druffield.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a dreadful incident and the worst fears have been realised. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the whole community at this time."

“I urge anyone with any information about this or any footage of the fire to contact us.”

Crime summary

There are currently no burglaries to be noted this week.

13th July 2018

Schweppes recalls Tonic Water

Schweppes has taken the decision to recall 1783 600ml glass bottles of tonic water on a precautionary basis because there have been a small number of reports that the bottle caps pop off unexpectedly.

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13th July 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

On Friday 6th July, saw an interesting blitz shift. It started later than usual due to an extremely busy start to the late shift for PSCO’s. With all areas of Blitz patrols visited at least once.

Our first stop saw our PCSOs dealing with a cardiac arrest in Langney, then moving on to those drinking in the street in Eastbourne Town, individuals were found to be congregating in a doorway and they were obstructing the fire exit, so these individuals were asked to move on. The Bandstand had reports of a male urinating so strong words of advice were given and the male then left.
 
A call with concerns for a suspicious male potentially watching children in a park at Hampden Park was acted upon quickly and resolved, discovering that this was a false alarm and the male was simply watching his own children.
 
The evening finished with the PCSO’s responding to an urgent call where a female was assaulted at the Langney's Pub in Eastbourne Town. Support was given to this female, however, she decided that she did not wish to pursue matters further. 

The Blitz hotspots saw encouraging results as large youth gatherings were not apparent causing any anti social behaviour issues this evening.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances a Blitz update for Saturday cannot be provided, we do apologise for this.

12th July 2018

Close Pass Of A Horse - Operation Crackdown

Operation Crackdown has recently added a new reporting category - "Close pass of a horse" to look to evidence an increasing amount of near miss reports that are received.

This category is in addition to the "Close pass of a Cyclist" which has been in place for a year now. As with all reports to Op Crackdown - you will need the registration number of the vehicle concerned and ideally some form of corroborative evidence such as helmet cam. 

Cycling UK
The British Horse Society
Operation Crackdown

10th July 2018

New Club - Just Friends

A new club has been formed for people who live on their own and therefore can be very Lonely.

The club founder, Frederick, said: “After Valerie passed I was, quite frankly, so surprised that all those meetings we used to attend suddenly stopped because I was no longer a Carer.  At a time when you perhaps need support it just was not there.   So I started a club called JUST FRIENDS for those who live on their own and who do not want Romance, a relationship, a partner or a commitment, all they need is JUST FRIENDS.

We meet on the first and third Tuesday morning of the month at The Snug at The Trinity Centre in Trinity Place just 2 minutes from TJ Hughes, Start 10.00 until Noon.

We arrange outings and events which people can either join or decline. There are no rigid rules and people can just turn up for coffee, have a chat, make suggestions for outings etc.

We keep it low key and informal with much laughter.

We have so far arranged such things as Days Out using bus passes, Theatre visits, Steam Train visits, Short holiday breaks, Lunches, Opera and Ballet evenings, Cream Tea afternoons and recently a break in Shropshire for New Year’s Eve.

As you can see, we are active but without any pressure and if you know someone on their own please give them my telephone number and I will be delighted to talk with them.

Next meeting Tuesday 17th July.  All welcomed including Carers and Past Carers plus of course anyone living on their own.

9th July 2018

SECAmb Wheelchair Users Consultation

SECAmb (South East Coast Ambulance Service) are keen to hear directly from patients using wheelchairs (and parents/carers) who have postural and complex needs so that their individual access needs can be recorded on the Patient records, should an emergency ambulance be required.

Feedback from service users and carers will go directly to the Head of Patient Experience at SECAmb.  We are keen as the service user group to keep in touch with service users and parents/carers to update them about the consultation. 

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Closing date is 7 September.

Any queries please email: wusges@gmail.com

8th July 2018

Watch out for fake Argos texts offering refunds

These fake text messages purport to be from Argos and claim that you’re owed a refund. The link in the messages lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information, as well as payment details.

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.

8th July 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership brings together teams from Sussex Police, East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services, East Sussex and West Sussex County Councils, Brighton and Hove City Council and Highways England. Using the wealth of knowledge and experience within the Partnership, we aim to provide advice and support to all road users across Sussex.

We refine and develop strategies to promote road safety and to encourage everyone to consider how they use the roads and how everyone can become safer. Recommendations and guidance are offered to urge everyone to share the roads and to foster an attitude of safety on all our roads.

ICE Stickers

We are giving away ICE (In Case of Emergency) stickers to motorcycle, pedal cycle users and horse riders to put on their helmets. First responders can then identify the rider by scanning the QR code on the sticker.

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Drink or Drive

Our summer drink or drive campaign has been running since 14th June and will continue to 15th July.  In the first two weeks of the campaign, 64 drivers were found to be over the prescribed limit.
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Safe Pass is a new road safety initiative to Sussex, aiming to identify drivers that pass too close to cyclists, putting them in danger.  Educational information is offered to those identified as passing closely.
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Crime summary

On 30th June 2018 an attempted burglary occurred on Foxglove Road in which the bottom hinges of the door were removed, however access was not gained (Ref: 47180099041).

On 3rd July 2018, a burglary occurred on Maywood Avenue in which a garage was broken into and fishing equipment was taken (Ref: 47180099367).

On 4th July 2018 an attempted burglary occurred on Sydney Road, in which the locks on the front door were tampered with causing damage, no entry was gained ( 47180099989).

4th July 2018

Doorstep Callers in the Langney Area

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about the incident below please contact Police online, email Police 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

The circumstances relate to two white males who are targeting individuals who have houses with newer looking roofs. They are then stating that the resident still owes them money for the roofing work that they completed. It is sadly older residents who have had roofing work done in the last few years who may not be able to remember if they paid in full for the work that was done and this has resulted in money being handed over.

We have been told that these males can be very persistent and if the above methods fail then they have gone on to say that the roof is damaged and needs further work that they can carry out.

If this happens to you please do not hand over any money or let anyone into your property and call us as soon as possible on 101, if there is immediate danger always dial 999.

30th June 2018

PCC's Newsletter

In her latest newsletter, Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, says, "In Sussex we will have a turnover of 800 officers in the next four years and, as we recruit younger, tech savvy entrants, we must capitalise on their digital knowledge."

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30th June 2018

Make Sure Your Children Have a Safe Summer Online

Make this summer a safe one for your children online

Summer’s here: It’s a great time for your children to enjoy more time with you and maybe head off for a family holiday. However, the long days home from school also mean that they will probably be spending more time online… whether it’s on social media, playing games or watching videos. You want your children to be sociable and inquisitive, but above all, to be safe.

How long are they spending online? What content are they looking at? Who are they talking to?

These days, it’s just as vital to make sure children are safe online as in the street or the park.

Here are some expert tips on helping to protect your children from increasingly commonplace issues such as accessing inappropriate content via websites and streaming, sharing too much personal information, believing fake news, and thinking everyone they meet online is a friend.

Expert tips for being a switched on parent:

and you can find more information and advice at these websites:

www.nspcc.org.uk/share-aware

www.parentzone.org.uk

www.internetmatters.org

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk

For more information and comprehensive, expert, easy-to-follow advice visit:
www.getsafeonline.org/safekids

29th June 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Eastbourne 999 Event

Eastbourne 999 is returning to the Western Lawns on 7th and 8th July 2018, with emergency services ready to show off their skills. Bumper crowds are expected at the free event, which is now in its 31st consecutive year.

They will be welcomed by a whole host of organisations including Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the RNLI. The event is also supported by Eastbourne Borough Council.

999 response vehicles will be on display and there will be range of demonstrations, helping explain the work of emergency services.

Eastbourne 999 takes place on 7th and 8th July 2018 from 11am - 5pm each day at King Edward’s Parade on Eastbourne seafront.

Hunt for Eastbourne Street Attacker

At 7.30pm on Thursday 7 June the 21-year-old woman was walking along Ashburnham Road in Eastbourne, when the man approached her and followed her along the road.

He repeatedly asked her for a hug and a kiss which she refused, but he became agitated and aggressive so, worried about what he would do if she refused again she said he could have a hug.

At that point he grabbed her into a hug and sexually assaulted her by touching over her clothing.

She managed to pull away and he then walked off.

The suspect is described as white, aged 18 to 19, of slim build, about 5'5', with short light brown hair, light coloured eyes, and acne scarring on his cheeks. He was wearing a full grey tracksuit.

Police Investigator Kara Cunnington said; "The victim was not physically injured but was very shaken and upset by this distressing and frightening experience."

"We have no other recent reports of this type in the area."

"If you think you know who this man is, and if you saw what happened or have any other information, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Serial 1366 of 07/06."

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

For advice on your personal safety whilst out and about see the Sussex Police website.

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on 22nd June 2018 on Chawbrook Road, in which a bag containing items including a mobile phone, passport, TV remotes and paperwork were stolen (Ref: 4718009233).

28th June 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
 
On Friday 22nd June as part of Operation blitz we patrolled areas in Eastbourne that have come to our notice through reports of anti-social behaviour.

We began patrols in the North Harbour area where reports have been made of young people gathering in large groups ,particularly at this time of year and causing anti-social behaviour. However, there was nothing to report and all was quiet.

We also carried out visible patrols through the Crumbles and the rear of Asda.

We continued our patrols through the town centre and along the promenade, on from the pier to the Wish Tower. We received a call at this time to a distressed and confused elderly gentleman who had wandered into a hotel along the seafront. We managed to find out where he lived and took him home to Seaford where he lived in supported accommodation. They were very relieved he had been found.

On our return from Seaford we received a call regarding a young female who was missing from Lewes and it was thought that they could be at an open evening event at South Downs College. We searched the areas around the college and alerted college staff. The missing female was found later that night in Brighton.

Later on, whilst continuing our patrols in the North Harbour, we had a call that someone in the area had made a 101 call and hung up. Luckily it was a false alarm and the person did not realise she had made this call and thinks she may have knocked the phone.

Blitz for Saturday 23rd June

We started our evening in the North Harbour area, paying particular attention to the area known as ‘The Spit.’

During this patrol, we had a call on the blitz phone, that a large group of young people seemed to be gathering and heading in this direction. There were concerns that there was a planned party. We stayed visible in this area for some time, but did not encounter any groups or anyone causing anti social behaviour.

We continued on towards the Crumbles and the back of Asda but nothing to report here. We decided that due to the rumours of the planned party, to stay visible around the North Harbour area.
 
We received a call of a young female at this time, who was seen stumbling around drunk. We located her in Midway Quay where she was being looked after by members of the public and her two friends. She had, had too much to drink and was being sick. After identifying her, we managed to get her into the car with her friends and return her home safely to her mother. This was, we were told, out of character for her.

The rest of the evening was spent keeping hi visibility patrols in the town centre, seafront and continuing patrols in the North Harbour and surrounding areas. We had no more incidents for the rest of the evening.

28 June 2018

Aldi, Asda, Tesco and Waitrose are recalling their own brand
Soy/Soya Sauce

Aldi, Asda, Tesco and Waitrose are recalling their own brand Soy/Soya Sauce because they may contain small glass fragments which could present a safety risk.

These products are imported into the UK by World Wise Foods.

22nd June 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
 
On Friday 15th June, the team showed a strong presence and focused on the Crumbles Retail Park, Sovereign Harbour (including Harbour Spit), Langney Point, the promenade and Gildredge Park.

In recent weeks several reports have been made to police regarding anti social behaviour and criminal damage to property within Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. Foot patrols were carried out, no problems were witnessed and no persons were spoken to.

A group of young people were approached at the back of Asda, the crumbles. They were polite and not causing any issues, however one male had his backpack searched due to the nature of his behaviour and alcohol was seized due to him being under 18.

There were no calls received on the Blitz phone throughout the evening however 3 calls were received to our call room regarding anti social behaviour.
 
The Kings Hotel had issues with young adults running through the hotel and up towards the roof, who had already left on police arrival, advice was given and the Op Blitz number was handed over for any further incidents.

A call was received regarding young people in a park on Hadlow Avenue, upon arrival there were 5 people all over 18 years quietly listening to music and not causing any issues. The last call was for Compton Park Road, we received reports of young people throwing eggs, upon arrival there was no trace of anyone in the area and no further calls were received.

On Saturday 16th June or PCSOs attended The Harbour first and spoke with roughly 15 youths; none of which were causing any issues and were on the beach away from any residential area. We showed our presence but kept our distance as we knew they were permitted to be there until at least 9pm.
 
We then did our usual route around Gildridge Park and Manor Gardens, Promenades between the Pier and Wish Tower, and McDonald’s on Terminus Road.
 
We later returned to the North Harbour and spoke with the youths. All of which were happy to engage with us and were in good spirits. They assured us that they were getting picked up between 9.30pm - 10pm. On a later visit, it would appear they were true to their word!
 
There was one call to the Blitz phone reporting youths making noise at the pond near Langney Shopping Centre. On arrival, it appeared that the noise was stemming from a party in celebration of someone’s wedding. They had been using the area around the pond prior to our arrival, but had dispersed prior to our arrival
 
Thank you to those who continue to use and support the Operation Blitz system to report and tackle Anti-Social Behaviour in your areas.

22nd June 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

The family of a woman who was sadly found dead on Eastbourne seafront last week have paid tribute to her.

Tracy Patsalides, 40, was discovered in a seafront shelter in the area of King Edwards Parade in the early hours of Tuesday 12 June.

Her family said: "Our lovely daughter Tracy was taken from us in the most cruel way. We feel devastated and numb.

"When Tracy was a child she was always happy and smiling. Tracy would readily share her toys , food , love and possessions with her friends. She had a generous and loving nature that  was sometimes taken advantage of. She thought of everyone as a friend.

"Tracy liked to travel , and made many friends up and down the country throughout the years. Our thanks goes to all those good people who were her friends along the way.

"Tracy was a mother to Joshua, a sister to Samantha, an auntie to Milly, Sam and Lennox, a niece to auntie May, and a beloved daughter to Teresa and Jimmy.

"Our thanks and appreciation goes to all the police who have been involved with this case and also been of great support to us."

*Wayne Marshall, 38, unemployed, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of Tracy. He appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Friday (15 June) and has been remanded in custody to appear at crown court on 31 August.

Crime summary

On 17th June 2018 a burglary occurred on Bedfordwell Road, Eastbourne, in which a wallet containing bank cards and a pair of trainers were stolen.

21st June 2018

Follow Up Calls Computer Software Service Fraud

There is concern that victims of previous Computer Software Service Fraud (CSSF) are being re-targeted for “owed money”. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reports that CSSF scammers are returning to contact previous victims, requesting that they pay money owed for a fake malware protection service they had provided. Alternatively, the fraudster will ask for a new subscription fee in return for protection from a new threat. The victims that have made payments to the fraudsters have done so via credit/debit card payments. In some instances threatening and aggressive language has been used against victims, as part of the attempt to coerce them into sending money.

Computer Software Service Fraud involves the victim being contacted, told that there is a problem with their computer, and that for a fee this issue can be resolved. The aim of the fraudster at this point is usually to gain remote access to the victim’s computer and, subsequently, access to their online banking account. No fix actually occurs. The victims will often be cold-called or will receive a pop-up on their computer, prompting them to phone the suspect.

Since the beginning of this year (2018), the total loss for repeat victims of CSSF has been reported as £16,712.85. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in such reports since the beginning of May.

Protect Yourself

If you receive such an unsolicited call or pop-up, do not make a payment.

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk and www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to us at www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

20th June 2018

ESF 10th Birthday Annual General Meeting

About 35 members attended the10th Anniversary ESF Annual General Meeting, which was held in the RAFA Social Club in Wish Road on Tuesday 19th June. ESF Chair, Nadine Harris, welcomed the members to the meeting.

The minutes of the 2017 AGM were agreed (Click here to download) and then Nadine delivered the Chair's Annual Report (Click here to download) The n which she outlined the events and achievements of another successful year for the association.

Treasure, Des Davis, presented the accounts for the past year, which were agreed by the members.

There was then an election of officers and the current Chair, Treasurer and Secretary were unanimously re-elected. (Click here for a list of members).

The meeting then broke for refreshments, which included a slice of birthday cake for all those present.

After the refreshments break, the members were treated to an extremely interesting talk, by Alan Wenham on the subject of "Eastbourne Seafront Parades.

Alan was born and raised in Eastbourne. He returned to the town forty years later, following his retirement as a Local Authority Chief Executive.

It was only then that he began to appreciate the fascinating history of the town, and now delights in sharing it with others.

Alan is associated with a number of local groups and associations in a voluntary capacity.

Nadine closed the meeting at 4pm and thanked the members for attending and all who had helped in making the meeting a success. Colin Akers proposed a vote of thanks the the Chair which was warmly responded to.

20th June 2018

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit:
www.cyberaware.gov.uk

19th June 2018

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch And Sussex Police
Sign Memorandum Of Understanding

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation recently signed a Force level Memorandum of Understanding with Sussex Police, to replace previous Service Level Agreements.

The aim is to enhance collaboration, communication and active support between Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Police, supporting the three key priorities of the Force’s operational delivery plan:

The new MoU comes in two parts. The first two pages reflect the agreement at county level, and there is an additional third page which will be signed within each Police District. At District level, local Neighbourhood Watch members can interact with the local Police, agree any appropriate local enhancements to the Force level agreement, and jointly sign this off. This provides the opportunity for local Neighbourhood Watch to closely engage with our police friends and ensure that mutually agreed action will not only be facilitated, but also delivered by both parties.
 
John Wright MBE, Chair of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, signed the new MoU along with Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor, at the Sussex Police Headquarters in Lewes.
 
John said: “This MoU opens the door to a new chapter in our long and close relationship with Sussex Police. I am delighted that we have agreed a way forwards that reflects the reality of modern policing, coupled with the desire for Neighbourhood Watch to continue to play its important part in helping to deliver stronger and safer communities across Sussex.”
 
He continued: “The new MoU also provides the opportunity for local Neighbourhood Watch operations to better partner and bond with their opposite numbers in local policing in a really meaningful way. This reflects that, in addition to the common ground across the county, at a local level there may be different opportunities or requirements that can easily be accommodated. Local Neighbourhood Watch members can agree locally whatever is needed locally, and together with the police play their part to make sure that those needs are met.”

17th June 2018

National Neighbourhood Watch Week

It’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018 (NNWW18) and the Neighbourhood Watch Association has some exciting news to share with you!

This year to mark NNWW18 they’ve created a fantastic, brand new section of their popular website to share new and important information on keeping you and your neighbours safe. Because crime is changing and they want to do their bit to make all communities safer and stronger across England and Wales .

More information > >

16th June 2018

Courier Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.
 
Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.
 
At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Protect Yourself

Your bank or the police will never:

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic

Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud
 
Stay in control
If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

For more information about how to protect yourself online visit
www.cyberaware.gov.uk  and www.takefive.stopfraud.org.uk

15th June 2018

East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP) 

The East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP) is a county-wide partnership committed to helping protect residents against scams through raising awareness about the different types of scams.

It is a partnership of organisations - businesses, charities, church groups, clubs, community enterprises, councils, societies, voluntary groups and other partners - committed to taking a stand against scams with the aim of making East Sussex a scam-free county.

ESF Chair, Nadine Harris said, "ESF is a member of ESASP, and has pledged  to continue taking a stand against scams for "Scams awareness Month".

More information about ESASP > >

15th June 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals
 
Police reminder - older people are at extra risk from fraud
Sussex Police are reminding older people, 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 Friday 15 June shows that various types of abuse affect more than 500,000 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. Read more here.

Man charged with Eastbourne seafront murder

A man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a woman's body on Eastbourne seafront on Tuesday morning (June 12). Wayne Marshall, 38, unemployed, of no fixed address, will appear via video link at Brighton magistrates court on Friday (June 15) charged with the murder of 40-year-old Tracy Patsalides, whose body was found by police officers in a seafront shelter in the area of King Edwards Parade at 2.55am on Tuesday. Read more here.

Custody centre changes will keep pace with changing demands

The custody service across Sussex is being modernised to ensure it is efficient and fit for the future. The changes proposed will lead to dedicated resources by partner agencies at custody centres. The custody estate, comprising six centres based at Worthing, Crawley, Chichester, Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, was last reviewed in 2002 and there have been ongoing discussions to help keep pace with significant changing demands on the service. Read more here.

Residential burglary crime summary
 
On Saturday (9 June), a house was broken into on Burfield Road in Eastbourne (ref: 1346 09/06).

On Tuesday (12 June), a house was broken into on Dudley Road in Eastbourne (ref: 0724 12/06).

On Tuesday (12 June), a property was broken into on Seaside in Eastbourne. Some items were taken including a laptop (ref: 0804 12/06).

14th June 2018

Don't Drink and Drive

Police are urging motorists to stay onside as the latest drink and drug-driving campaign coincides with the 2018 World Cup.

The Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit will tackle the issue throughout the football tournament, which runs from 14 June to 15 July. The goal is to ensure motorists know the score when it comes to driving under the influence – or face the penalty.

Officers are also advising drinkers to allow extra time if they plan to drive the next morning, as they could still be over the limit.

Chief Inspector Warren Franklin, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “With the World Cup just around the corner, the number of football fans drinking in pubs and bars or at home will naturally increase, and that’s fine. What’s not fine is driving when you’re over the limit.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘only’ a short drive home or you’ve ‘only’ had a couple – we’ve heard every excuse in the book, but ultimately there is no acceptable excuse to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. You may not realise it, but these substances can seriously impair your ability to drive, placing yourself and other road users at significant risk.
“By all means enjoy yourself and take in the atmosphere of the World Cup, but don’t let it compromise the safety of you or anyone else on the roads.”

Officers respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers as part of routine policing all year round, however there will be increased patrols and static stop checks dedicated to tackling offenders throughout the summer campaign. Anyone caught will be dealt with robustly.

In the summer 2017 campaign, a total of 150 motorists were arrested in Sussex on suspicion of drink and drug-driving offences.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

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. 

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

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

14th June 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

This evening saw a busy blitz shift with PC Slater and PCSOs Wilkinson & Camille at the reins. Our first stop of the evening was a call via the radio to a report of a group of youths smashing bottles in Princes Park. We eventually caught up with a likely group at the Sovereign Centre who denied any involvement but strong words of advice given.

The next hotspot was the ever present North Harbour and surrounding area. As we walked down to the beach we saw a large group of around 50 youths! The youths at this time were in good spirits and engaged well with us, and asked where was appropriate to hang out. Unfortunately, the youths did not take on board our advice as we received a phone call via the blitz phone to say they were throwing stones at houses and drinking alcohol.

We returned back and most of the group had dispersed on our arrival. There was a few lingering around who we instructed to leave the area which they did.

The last call of the evening was a radio call to a report of youths fighting at the back of the Crumbles. We were instantly met with a number of agitated youths who said they had been attacked by a smaller group for no apparent reason! The large group spilled into the Kingsmere Estate and a number of response units came down to assist in dispersing the group.

9th June 2018

Church Burglaries

There have been some burglaries targeting Churches recently across Sussex. Please be vigilant and if you see any suspicious activity around churches please contact the Police.

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information 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

4th June 2018

Addo Food Group recalls chilled pastry products

Addo Food Group is recalling batches of chilled pastry products, including sausage rolls, pasties, pastry pies and slices because of potential contamination with small pieces of metal wire.

The products affected are own branded products produced for Aldi, Nisa, and Tesco and branded products produced under the Walls and Millers brands.

The retailers affected are also conducting their own recalls.

More information > >

1st June 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals
 
Successes across the force during burglary crackdown

Officers focused on burglary across the force during a week of awareness and activity. The force launched Operation Magpie, the summer burglary campaign during last week. Between May 2017 and April 2018 there were on average 411 burglary offences per month across the force. This total includes both residential and non-residential burglaries. Read more here.

Man charged with seven sexual assaults on women in Eastbourne

An Eastbourne man has been charged with seven sexual assaults on girls and young women in streets in the town over a five-year period.

Isaac Watson, 24, unemployed, of Victoria Road, Eastbourne, appeared in custody at Hastings Magistrates Court on Monday (21 May) charged with sexually assaulting; a 30-year-old woman in Hartfield Road on 16 September 2012; a 12-year-old girl in Ocklynge Road on 15 December 2015; a 22-year-old woman in Michel Grove on 16 February 2016; a 16-year-old girl in Milton Road on 12 July 2016; an 11-year-old girl in Longland Road on 19 September 2017; a 14-year-old girl in Cherry Garden Road on 23 November 2017; a 32-year-old woman in Compton Place Road on 24 November 2017.

Watson did not enter any pleas and the case was committed for trial at Lewes Crown Court, with an initial hearing on 6 June. The prosecution follows an investigation by detectives from the East Sussex Criminal Investigations team at Eastbourne

Residential burglary crime summary

Between Wednesday (23 May) and Friday (25 May), a house on Etchingham Road was broken into. An electrical hospital bed was taken (ref: 0236 25/05

31st May 2018

The Herbert Protocol

A new scheme to help find vulnerable missing people with dementia and related conditions is being adopted across Sussex.

With more than 850,000 people affected by dementia in the UK and numbers set to rise, Sussex Police have worked in partnership with the Alzheimers Society and Sussex Search and Rescue (SusSAR) to plan this scheme.

The Protocol, already adopted by several forces across the UK, is named after George Herbert from Norfolk, a veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia and repeatedly went missing from his care home.

It consists of a form that can be completed by relatives, friends or carers of those affected by dementia, recording vital information about the person including their regular medication, previous addresses and daily routines. Should the person they care for go missing, the form can be handed straight to the attending police officers, with a photograph.

This will help provide officers with the most up to date information about the vulnerable missing person, helping to accurately guide their search, and also avoid further unnecessary questions for families at what can be an extremely distressing time.

More information > >

31st May 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.

We are running Operation Blitz patrols everynight during the school’s half term this week (from Friday 25 May to Sunday 3 June). This is ensure that anti-social behaviour remains under-control during this period. If you experience any issues with anti-social behaviour during this week, call our officers on our dedicated Operation Blitz phone: 07785372050

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 Operation Blitz was patrolled by PCSOs Maher and Walker. Due to recent damage to the bus stops in Pacific Drive, numerous hi-visibility patrols both on foot and vehicle occurred in this area. The areas of Samoa Way were very quiet and the North Harbour Spit was very calm. The officers came across some residents who were appreciative to see a Police presence in the area.

The North Harbour walk over and the surrounding area were patrolled with no disturbances and all in order. The Crumbles Retail Park had people attending the Cinema but no activity of youths gathering behind the rear of the shops or the gym. The Town centre was quiet with a passing visit to the McDonald’s in Terminus Road. The security staff expect more people in town tomorrow due to the Annual Carnival procession and Beer Festival.

The promenade between Pier and Wish Tower had no large groups and the Continental Markets Stalls were all set up ready for the Bank Holiday weekend. Passing visits to Aylesbury Avenue garages and Rye Street for groups that had congregated in the past, however no sightings happened. Overall a non-eventful evening, however a good amount of visibility within the community was done

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, the officers were unable to complete their Operation Blitz tasking’s on Saturday night. But the officers will be back in Op Blitz action next weekend.

31st May 2018

Highway Code Rule Changes for Learner Drivers

The Highway Code section about motorways will change from 4th June 2018 because the law is being changed to allow learner drivers to have motorway lessons with an approved driving instructor. This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

What's changing

The change is to rule 253, which covers who can use motorways will have the following wording added to it:

'From 4th June 2018 provisional licence holders may drive on the motorway if they are accompanied by an approved driving instructor and are driving a car displaying red L plates (D plates in Wales), that’s fitted with dual controls.'

Find out more about learner drivers taking motorway lessons

27th May 2018

TSB Phishing Attacks

There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target people with this type of fraud.

Since the start of May there have been 321 phishing reports of TSB phishing made to Action Fraud. This is an increase of 970% on the previous month. In the same reporting period, there have been 51 reports of cybercrime to Action Fraud which mention TSB – an increase of 112% on the previous month.

Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money. Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details.

Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and telephone to defraud individuals.

In several cases, people have lost vast sums of money, with one victim losing £3,890 after initially receiving a text message claiming to be from TSB. Fraudsters used specialist software which changed the sender ID on the message so that it looked like it was from TSB. This added the spoofed text to an existing TSB message thread on the victim’s phone.

The victim clicked on the link within the text message and entered their personal information. Armed with this information, the fraudsters then called the victim back and persuaded them to hand over their banking authentication code from their mobile phone. The fraudsters then moved all of the victim’s savings to a current account and paid a suspicious company.

Protect Yourself:

Don’t assume an email or text is authentic:

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).

Clicking on links/files

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.

If you have received a suspicious TSB email, please do not respond to it, report it here and also forward it to emailscams@tsb.co.uk

Every Report Matters. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

27th May 2018

TSB "Port Out" Alert

There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts.

The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.

Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters.

To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services.

Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place. 

Protect Yourself:

PAC Code notifications

If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.
 
Clicking on links/files:

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.
 
Requests to move money:

A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.

Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping

Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new SIM, they have access to the number.

25th May 2018

Your County

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

In this issue:

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25th May 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police increase reward for wanted man Jessie Burbridge

Police have increased the reward in their search for wanted man Jessie Burbridge. Up to £1,000 is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the 22-year-old from Hove.

He is wanted for assaulting a police officer, criminal damage and escaping lawful custody in Worthing, and an assault in Brighton.
Burbridge is described as white, about 5’8”, of slim build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is believed to be in either the Brighton or Hove or Eastbourne areas.
If you see him, please call 999 immediately. Or, if you know where he may be, please report it online or call 101, quoting serial 573 of 06/04.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Operation Magpie

In Eastbourne Operation Magpie is our response to burglary. This operation sees us working with our partner agencies with the aim of preventing burglary and, when it does happen, finding those responsible and searching for your stolen property as quickly as possible. This week from 20th May – 27th May our Prevention Enforcement Teams are working to focus their efforts on searching for people who are wanted on warrant or are named suspects for burglaries.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead said: “Operation Magpie launched in 2015 and acts as a reminder for residents about how to keep their property safe and reduce the chance of being burgled.

“Already in the last couple of weeks we’ve had some excellent results catching those suspected of committing burglary within our county. Six people have been remanded in custody for burglary offences.”

To help protect yourself this summer whether you are home or planning a trip away please read our crime prevention advice.

Eastbourne police seek bus shelter vandals

Police in Eastbourne are investigating damage to bus shelters in the Sovereign Harbour area of the town in which frames and transparent panels were left smashed and broken.

The vandalism is thought to have occurred between 3pm on Friday, 18 May and 9am the next morning. Shelters affected included one in Pacific Drive, opposite the throughway to Solomons Close, and another at the junction of Pacific Drive and Tasmania Way.

House-to-house enquiries have been made in the area and extra patrols deployed in a bid to trace the offenders, who caused several hundred pounds' damage.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or who may have other information, is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting serial 361 of 19/05. Alternatively, please contact the Crimestoppers website or call the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111

Crime summary

On 18th May 2018, on Roselands Avenue, an attempted burglary occurred in which the outer door of the property has been damaged (Ref: 47180072363)

Also on 18th May 2018, on Norway Road, a burglary occurred in which the rear back door was forced and a mobile phone was stolen (Ref: 47180072459)

On 19th May 2018, a burglary occurred on Vicarage Road, in which a shed was broken into and a bike and exercise equipment were stolen (Ref: 47180073815

25th May 2018

Wealden And Eastbourne Burglary Update

Police make burglary charges – Eastbourne Herald (25/05) [Also in Sussex Express]

Seven people have been arrested or charged across East Sussex in connection with burglaries – including two from Eastbourne – as part of Operation Magpie. Vernon Baker, 40, of Appledore Close, Eastbourne has been recalled to prison after being charged with a burglary in Wilmington and Polegate on May 1 and another in Polegate on May 2, said police officers said Abigail Cullen, 36, a furniture maker of Snowdon Close in Eastbourne, has also been charged in connection with a burglary in Wilmington on May 1. She will appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on May 30.

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25th May 2018

Operation Magpie Story From Rachel And Martin

My husband, two young children and I planned a short break away in the UK.

Two days into our break, we received THAT call. Our home had been burgled. We had no choice but to abandon our trip and go straight home.
The dining room window had been broken and the brick that was used was left on the floor. There was also damage to the frame on the patio doors where someone had tried to prise their way in. In our bedroom you couldn’t see the carpet as our things were scattered all over it.

The burglary has left myself and my family really upset. It’s unnerving knowing that someone has got into your home and rummaged through your personal belongings. Our nine year daughter has been particularly upset, she’s too frightened to go into the dining room where the window was broken and she won’t sleep alone now. Since this has happened we’ve made improvement to the security at our home to prevent this ever happening again.'

The person responsible for the burglary of this young family’s home was convicted and received a 2.5 year prison sentence.

To read more stories from people who have shared their experience of being and what happened to those responsible use this link.

24th May 2018

Caution and common sense urged when visiting the Sussex cliffs

A poster campaign launched this spring will remind people to stay safe while visiting the famous white chalk Sussex cliffs this summer.  You’ll see warning posters appearing on bus routes, visitor car parks, in tourist information centres, on community notice boards and sent to local language schools. 

Local businesses are being asked to display the posters in their windows.  Safety messages will be shared through social media using the hashtag #BeCliffAware

More information > >

24th May 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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
 
Operation Blitz on Friday 18th of May and Saturday the 19th May  commenced at 6pm and focused on the Crumbles Retail Park, Victoria Gardens and the Bowls Club, Woburn Way, Aylesbury Avenue and Rye street. All these areas were all searched and monitored twice throughout the evening.

The crumbles had a group of young adults at the back, however, no issues were being caused and no reports were made.

There were no calls received on the Blitz phone on both evenings.

The team showed a strong presence at The Saffron Hotel following several reports of anti-social behaviour in the past.

Thank you to those who continue to use and support the Operation Blitz system to report and tackle Anti-Social Behaviour in your areas.

23rd May 2018

Op Magpie Story From Sophie And Bill

"There’s a good sense of community in the quiet, rural close where my husband and I have retired to. We have a good relationship with our neighbours. We look out for each other but that didn’t stop someone from breaking into our home.

We decided to go away for the night and that is when it happened. It was our neighbour who realised our home had been broken into and she let us know.

As soon as we walked in we saw broken glass all over the lounge floor where the glass in the patio doors had been smashed. Not much was disturbed downstairs, but when I went upstairs it was a different story. All the bedrooms, except one, had the drawers upturned and our things carelessly thrown everywhere. Someone had rifled through everything.

I keep a small box in our bedroom which holds my mother’s ashes, even this had been tampered with, I knew because when I looked inside the tissue paper was torn. It really upset me that someone had opened it. I was so relieved to find that my mother’s ashes were untouched inside. I don’t know what I would have done if something had happened to them.

I can’t believe this happened to us! My engagement ring was stolen and that can never be replaced. Heart breaking."

The person responsible for the burglary of this retired couple’s home was convicted and received a four year prison sentence.

To read more stories from people who have shared their experience of being burgled and what happened to those responsible click on this link

22nd May 2018

The Herbert Protocol Launch

A new scheme to help find vulnerable missing people with dementia and related conditions is being adopted across Sussex.

During Dementia Action Week, which starts on Monday (21 May), Sussex Police and partner agencies are formally adopting the 'Herbert Protocol', giving carers, relatives or friends the ability to prepare, in advance, information that police will need quickly if ever their loved one goes missing.

With more than 850,000 people affected by dementia in the UK and numbers set to rise, Sussex Police have worked in partnership with the Alzheimers Society and Sussex Search and Rescue (SusSAR) to plan this scheme.

The Protocol, already adopted by several forces across the UK, is named after George Herbert from Norfolk, a veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia and repeatedly went missing from his care home.
It consists of a form that can be completed by relatives, friends or carers of those affected by dementia, recording vital information about the person including their regular medication, previous addresses and daily routines. Should the person they care for go missing, the form can be handed straight to the attending police officers, with a photograph.

This will help provide officers with the most up to date information about the vulnerable missing person, helping to accurately guide their search, and also avoid further unnecessary questions for families at what can be an extremely distressing time.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said: "When a vulnerable person is reported missing it can be deeply distressing for their family and friends. Finding them quickly before they come to harm is critical. We know that people may find it difficult to recall information when they are worried and distressed, and having vital information to hand about regular routines and previous addresses, will help officers to act fast to locate the missing person, returning them home safely.

"This will be an extra resource for our priority task of safeguarding and protecting those most vulnerable in our communities."
The form once completed should be regularly updated and kept in a safe place, with a photo, where it can be easily located and handed to the attending officers should the person you care for go missing. To get the form and find out more, just visit here.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "With an ageing population increasing across our county, the need for the 'Herbert Protocol' has never been greater.

"As people live longer, they may also become increasingly vulnerable and this is no doubt made worse when they suffer from a debilitating disease like dementia.

"I am really pleased that Sussex Police have adopted this protocol as it will help everyone from the police to families and carers to be best prepared for an unanticipated emergency and help protect the more vulnerable in our society.“

If you are concerned for the whereabouts of a friend or relative, please dial 101. If you feel the person may be in immediate danger, please call 999 as soon as possible.

21st May 2018

Operation Magpie - Summer burglary prevention campaign

Police have launched the summer burglary crime prevention and awareness campaign for this year on Sunday 20th May which will run until Saturday 27th.

There will be operational activity where Prevention Enforcement Teams will concentrate their efforts on searching for people who are wanted on warrant and for those who are named as suspects for burglary offences. Updates will be posted on local District social media accounts.

They’ll be sharing on social media, stories from real people who have experienced burglary together with the consequences. Their stories reflect the emotional impact which this crime has on individuals, their families and the convictions given to those responsible. If you are a social media user, do give us a follow.

Use this link to read them.
 
Operation Magpie was launched in 2015 and since then Police have been vigilant in sending out consistent crime prevention advice to remind people how they can safeguard their property and reduce the chance of being burgled.

Of the 43 UK police forces, Sussex is rated as eighth highest in the national league table (Iquanta data) as one of the least likely places to live and be burgled.

Already in the last couple of weeks there have been some excellent results catching those suspected of committing burglary within our county. Six people have been remanded in custody for burglary offences.

Remember you can register your belongings and encourage your family and friends to do the same at Immobilise, the free national property register.

Use this link to register.  

Use this link to watch a short clip and find out more about Immobilise.

20th May 2018

The Highway Code: rule change for MOT tests

The Highway Code section about MOT tests has changed from 20th May 2018. This is because the rules for MOT tests have changed.

The changes are to annex 3 of The Highway Code, which covers documents you need for a vehicle.

From 20th May 2018, cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles manufactured or first registered over 40 years ago, will be exempt from the MOT test, unless the vehicle has been substantially changed within the previous 30 years.

Annex 3 of The Highway Code

Find out more about the changes to the MOT test

19th May 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Cyclist killed in Eastbourne collision named

A cyclist who sadly died in a collision with a car in Eastbourne has been identified as Colin McFarlane.

The 48-year-old, of Ashford Road, Eastbourne, sustained serious head injuries following the incident involving a Kia Cee'd’d in Langney Road at 5.20pm on Saturday 5 May.

He was taken by ambulance to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he died five days later (Thursday 10 May). His family issued the following tribute:

“Colin was a much-loved brother and son, and we will all miss him terribly.”
 
Sussex Police officers and staff come out for LGBT colleagues

This International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) (17 May), officers and staff from across Sussex Police have produced a new video in support of Stonewall’s national campaign.

The campaign encourages everyone to stand up as an ally for LGBT colleagues to create a workplace in which everyone can be themselves.

Earlier this year, Sussex Police celebrated climbing to 47th place in the Stonewall top 100 employer’s list, and the force’s diversity and equality initiatives continue to provide new ways to ensure the workforce reflects the communities it serves.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “We know that people perform better when they can be themselves in the workplace, and that this, in turn, ensures we’re providing a better service to the public.

“We are proud to be a Stonewall employer and to have a network of proud allies who visibly support LGBT officers and staff. We are also privileged to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic LGBT staff network, LGBT Liaison Officers and external LGBT public advisory group.

This video and accompanying personal messages highlights the support for diversity and equality within our workforce which, in turn, makes for a safer place for Sussex communities to live and work.”

Concern for safety of Tooting man Mark Maggott, missing in East Sussex

We're concerned for the well-being of Mark Maggott, 53, from Tooting, London, who having been reported missing to the Metropolitan Police was located at a hotel in Eastbourne.

On Wednesday morning (16 May) he presented himself at the Eastbourne District General Hospital before telling staff he was depressed and disappearing once more.

An Indian man, 5'4", of stocky build, with short straight black hair and brown eyes, Mark was last seen wearing black trousers, a black top and black trainers. He was carrying a black rucksack.

Sergeant Lynda Lynch, of the Eastbourne missing persons team, said: "Mark was seen at the hospital in King's Drive, Eastbourne, shortly before 11am. We're concerned that he is in a vulnerable state and may seek to harm himself."

Anyone seeing Mark or knowing of his whereabouts is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 497 of 16/05. If he is believed to be in immediate danger, please dial 999 immediately and ask for police.

Crime summary

On 15 May 2018 a burglary occurred on Faygate Road, in which the suspect entered the property through the back door and stole the victims purse containing cash and bank cards (Ref: 47180071531).

18th May 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785372050

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

Unfortunately an update on Operation Blitz is not available this week due to other matters that have required assistance. We apologise for this and Operation Blitz updates will follow as normal next week.

17th May 2018

Nominations Invited for Election to ESF Committee

The ESF needs new committee members.

If you feel you have something to offer, and can spare a few hours a week, you would be very welcome.

If you are unable to stand, but know somebody who you think could be interested, the committee would like to hear from you.

The offer your services, or to nominate somebody else, please download this form and follow the instructions for submitting it.

17th May 2018

New Mayor's Charities

Eastbourne’s new Mayor, Councillor Gill Mattock, has chosen WayfinderWoman Trust and dementia charity Memory Lane for her year in office.

Both charities, which are based in Eastbourne, will receive all proceeds raised by the Mayor in the coming year.

WayfinderWoman Trust is a charity that helps women build better lives by working on their self-confidence and skills and Memory Lane raises money to help people with dementia, and their carers.

More information > >

17th May 2018

Eastbourne Business News

See the latest issue of Eastbourne Business News. In this issue:

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13th May 2018

Fabricake Sugarcraft Recalls Food Colours

Fabricake Sugarcraft Limited is recalling Rolkem Special Rose Gold and Rolkem Super Gold which are food colours used to decorate food items (such as cakes) due to high concentration of copper.

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11th May 2018

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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11th May 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals
 
Additional officers to strengthen policing in Sussex

Sussex Police has an exciting opportunity to strengthen policing with an additional 200 police officers. These new posts are in addition to protecting nearly 500 police officer and staff posts it had planned to lose as part of its savings plans. The increase in the precept has put the force in a much stronger financial position. Chief Constable Giles York is determined that the public will feel the difference as he makes changes following the raise in local precept. Read more here

Appeal for witnesses after cyclist seriously hurt in Eastbourne collision

Police are seeking witnesses after a pedal cyclist was seriously hurt in collision with a car in Eastbourne on Saturday (5 May). It happened around 5.20pm at the traffic-light controlled junction of Langney Road with the A259 Susan’s Road.

The cyclist, a 48-year-old local man, suffered serious head injuries and was flown by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. A 40-year-old local woman, driving a white Kia Cee'd car which was involved in the collision, was unhurt.

Anyone who saw what happened, who noticed either the cyclist or the car shortly before the crash, or who may have any other information that may help investigators, is asked to contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting Operation Console.

Residential burglary crime summary

Between 2:30am and 10:00am on Thursday (10 May),
a house was broken into on Ceylon Place in Eastbourne. Entry was gained via the front door and several items were taken, including 2 TVs, 2 Xboxes and 3 laptops (ref: 0450 10/05).

On Thursday (10 May), between 6:45pm and 7:10pm, 4 males were seen to be looking on gardens and jumping over fences in Woburn Way in Eastbourne. Nothing was taken (ref: 1208 10/05).

10th May 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785372050

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

On 4th May 2018 PC Willsher, PCSO Clarke, PCSO Honey, PCSO Camille and PCSO Raczynska were out on BLITZ, we attended all hot spot areas throughout the evening which were surprisingly quiet. There were no youths in the areas despite the lovely hot weather and the bank holiday weekend.

There was one call to the Pavilion Tea Rooms, however, on arrival there was no trace of any youths. Our team then got called to Shinewater Park due to reports of some youths on motorcycles, Officers were deployed and walked around the park, our team spoke to some dog walkers, however, there was no trace of any youths.

On Saturday 5th May Blitz kicked off with a check of the ASDA, Crumbles rear car park area in which we came across a lot of empty drinks cartons and rubbish. There had obviously been a fairly large group gathered at some point in the evening, but not at the time we were there. All other Blitz Hotspots were checked with no activity of note.

Following a serious Road Traffic Collision (RTC) in the Town Centre we were requested to provide assistance with crowd control and traffic duties. The purpose of this was to safely allow the transportation of the patient to the Air Ambulance which had landed on the beach just east of the Pier.

6th May 2018

National Rural Crime Survey

It has been three years since the first National Rural Crime Survey asked the public for their views on matters relating to rural crime. In this year’s survey those who live, work or visit rural communities in the county are being encouraged to respond and have their voice heard. This is significant to Neighbourhood Watch as some rural crimes may be carried out by people who live in urban areas.

In late 2017, Sussex Police appointed Superintendent Emma Brice and Sergeant Tom Carter as dedicated leads for rural crime, to address the vulnerabilities and crime types which are specific to rural areas.

Supt Brice said: “A large proportion of Sussex residents live, work in or visit rural areas regularly and we really want to hear your views on issues related to rural policing and crime. We know that there are certain types of crime and areas of vulnerability which impact rural communities and businesses differently from those in urban areas. Alongside other measures, the responses to this survey will contribute towards ensuring we are meeting the needs of our rural communities.”

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “One of the focuses of this year’s survey is whether rural crime continues to be under-reported. Three years ago, one in four people who responded to the survey nationally said they didn’t report the last crime they’d been a victim of because they didn’t see the point. This is an uncomfortable thing to hear for all those involved in protecting rural areas, so it’s important we ask these questions again and find out whether people are more willing to report crime and if they feel safer. It’s vital that the voice of rural communities is heard by those who can make a difference – from the Police to Government. I urge residents to take part in the survey and help us build a clear picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural Sussex and to understand the impact it has where you live or work.”

It is possible that you may already have been invited to complete this survey, in which case we apologise for troubling you again. The survey is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.

Have your say here > >

We appreciate that many people are rightly cautious about clicking on links in E-mails. If you prefer, please search on the internet for 2018 National Rural Crime Survey, which you can find on the National Rural Crime Network website.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please e-mail:
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk
or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

4th May 2018

Get safe Connected Homes

These days it’s not a matter of what you can connect to the internet, but what you can’t. What was considered futuristic ten years ago is now commonplace technology in many homes and offices.

Lighting, heating, security systems, audio systems… even refrigerators and your children’s toys can all be monitored and controlled remotely via apps on your mobile device, whilst smart TVs are also connected via your Wi-Fi.

This means that they all transmit data, which could be of use to criminals in disabling your intruder alarm, infecting your Wi-Fi network with malware, or obtaining sensitive data from the apps associated with anything from your security system to your kid’s smart tablets and dolls.

But please don’t panic: there are some simple, practical steps you can take to ensure that everything’s connected safely.

A few simple steps to protect your connected home:


For everything you need to know about securing your connected home please visit:
www.getsafeonline.org/connectedhome

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please e-mail: enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk
or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

4th May 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Operation Signature

Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - report it.

Operation Signature is the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex.
Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.
Did you know?

Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.

What kinds of fraud are there?

Common fraud types are:

There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details.

Key things to remember:

Trust no-one who cold calls you about your bank account or a problem with your computer.

Under no circumstances would the bank or police request a card PIN or security details over the telephone or arrange collection of bank cards from a home address.

Crime summary

On 28th April an attempted burglary occurred on Silverdale Road, Eastbourne, nothing was stolen (Ref:47180062076)

Overnight on 2nd May 2018 an attempted burglary on a garage occurred, nothing was stolen (Ref:47180064331).

4th May 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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 kicked off this week with a call to attend Tollgate Junior School where it was reported that a group of four boys had accessed the school grounds on their bikes. An area search of the school premises and the cycle path that runs alongside the school playing fields showed no-one present at that time.

Following on from this we patrolled the North Harbour and visited Macquarie Quay. On foot we checked the beach and harbour nearby as it often becomes a hot spot for youths gathering, however, the rain showers were keeping everyone off of the beach.

Heading to the Crumbles Retail Park, everything was quiet until we found a 15 year old girl at the back of one of the retail units who was barely conscious but thankfully still breathing. She had consumed what we believe to have been a large volume of alcohol and was with a group of other youths who were attempting to contact one of her family members. Whilst ensuring she remained conscious and safe, we informed the girl’s parents of the incident and called for an ambulance to attend, paramedics were quick to respond and took over her care. The rest of the evening was fortunately much quieter and there were no calls received on the blitz phone.

On Saturday 30th April, due to an Operation in Crowborough and other commitments the Blitz patrols were not carried out on Saturday, however officers were available to respond to calls both reported on the 999/101 numbers and via the Operation Blitz phone.

The only report of anti-social behaviour was early in the evening, where a group of youths in Hampden Park were allegedly being abusive to a family at the play park. The youths were located at the skate park where strong words of advice were given, and all engaged well. There were no calls on the Blitz phone this evening either, and thus Blitz was concluded.

2nd May 2018

Tickets go on sale this month for new Eastbourne Local Lottery 

Tickets go on sale for Eastbourne Borough Council’s new weekly local lottery on May 17 with the first draw on June 16. 

All funds raised from the online lottery will go to local causes that are in the process of signing up after a launch presentation by Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt.

Thirteen good causes have already signed up for the lottery including BourneOut LGBT, Defiant Sports, The Eastbourne Blind Society, The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service, WynterCon, The Chaseley Trust,  Families for Autism and Friends of Princes Park.

Tickets will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes, compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery.  Eastbourne is among the first few local authorities to launch its own online lottery. 

There are two parts to the Eastbourne Local Lottery.  Local good causes can set up their own lottery page online and will receive 50p in every pound spent by players using this method.  A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Eastbourne good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.

Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the general Eastbourne good causes fund, which will be distributed by the council.

To buy a ticket for the lottery, or to register your interest if you are a local good cause, visit EastbourneLocalLottery.co.uk.  The first draw will be at 8pm on Saturday June 16.

Other councils now running lotteries include Portsmouth, Essex, Aylesbury Vale and Corby.

1st May 2018

Latest e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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1st May 2018

TV Providers Discount Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.

The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details. 

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.

What you need to do

• Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.
• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam.
• Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.

Visit Take Five and Cyber Aware for more information about how to protect yourself online.

30th April 2018

Sainsbury’s is recalling a selection of its pet food pouch selections

Sainsbury’s is recalling a selection of its pet food pouch selections because they may contain high levels of vitamin D which exceed the maximum recommended intake.

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27th April 2018

Protect yourself from Phishing

What is phishing?

Fraudulently sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to trick individuals into revealing personal information, such as passwords and financial information. Phishing can also be carried out over text messages (smishing) and phone calls (vishing).

Links

Don’t click on the links in unsolicited emails and texts.

Attachments

Don’t open the attachments in unsolicited emails.

Your information

Don’t reveal personal or financial information as a result of unsolicited emails, texts or calls.

27th April 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Report

News and appeals
 
Sussex residents invited to complete the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey

It has been three years since the first National Rural Crime Survey asked the public for their views on matters relating to rural crime.

This year’s survey is now live, and Sussex Police encourages those who live, work or visit rural communities in the county to respond and have their voice heard.

In late 2017, the force appointed T/Supt Emma Brice and Sgt Tom Carter as dedicated leads for rural crime, to address the vulnerabilities and crime types which are specific to rural areas.

T/Supt Emma Brice said: “A large proportion of Sussex residents live, work in or visit rural areas regularly and we really want to hear your views on issues related to rural policing and crime.

“We know that there are certain types of crime and areas of vulnerability which impact rural communities and businesses differently from those in urban areas.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “One of the focuses of this year’s survey is whether rural crime continues to be under-reported. Three years ago, one in four people who responded to the survey nationally said they didn’t report the last crime they’d been a victim of because they didn’t see the point.

“This is uncomfortable thing to hear, and for all those involved in protecting rural areas, so it’s important we ask these questions again and find out whether people are more willing to report crime and if they feel safer.

“It’s vital that the voice of rural communities is heard by those who can make a difference – from the Police to Government. I urge residents to take part in the survey and help us build a clear picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural Sussex and to understand the impact it has where you live or work.”

The survey is available now and is open for submissions until Sunday 10th June.

Crime summary

On 19th April 2018 a burglary occurred on Blackwater Road, in which a male entered a communal shed.

On 22nd April 2018 a burglary occurred on Upperton Gardens, in which a garage was broken into, nothing was taken from the property.

On 24th April overnight a burglary occurred on Leeward Quay, in which a mobility scooter was taken from a shed.

27th April 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
 
On Friday 20th April as part of Operation Blitz we patrolled areas in Eastbourne that have come to our notice through reports of anti-social behaviour.

We started our evening in the old town area paying particular attention to Victoria Drive Bowls Club. Where we have had reports from members of the public that young people are entering the derelict bowls club. At this time there were no persons present, however, we did receive a call on the Operation Blitz telephone approximately 40 minutes later where it was reported to us that there were a few youths in the green area.

While in old town we were called to Lismore Road where we had reports of two females taking drugs. While on our way to this another call came to us to assist our colleagues in Gildredge park where it was reported a large fight was taking place. On our arrival we could see many people enjoying the pleasant weather. The group in question had since left and we were given descriptions in order to search the area.

We then received a call to Macquarie Quay to the beach area where a group of youths were seen removing a life buoy. On arrival we located a group who denied all knowledge however 1 young male did volunteer himself to pick the buoy up when asked. The group were very polite and were advised to keep the noise down and we would be patrolling the area throughout the evening. We did not receive any further calls to this area.
While in the area we patrolled the rear of Asda as many calls have been received about youths being a nuisance, at this time there were no persons present. We then made our way to Aylesbury Avenue where we have had previous reports of youths smoking cannabis in the garage area adjacent to Pevensey Bay Road.

It has recently come to our attention that a number of youths have been gaining access to Shinewater School and climbing on the roof. While in the area we had a look around the school and could not see any persons in the school.

On Saturday 21st April, we started our patrol in Hampden Park, Timberley Road, as we had a report of youths climbing on the garage roofs and smashing bottles. When we arrived the youths were no longer in the area.
A call was received to conduct a welfare check on an elderly male as he had made a call to police and seemed confused. The male was not home at the time, however, after speaking with neighbours and contacting his daughter this was deemed as usual behaviour. We later went back to his address and thankfully can say he was home safely.

We were contacted via the Operation Blitz telephone to Hamilton Quay where it was reported that 3 youths had climbed a fence and run through the private estate. A thorough check was made and no youths were seen.

While we conducted these patrols our colleagues dispersed 3 youths from Station parade, Town Centre. They were displaying anti-social behaviour so were all taken home and parents were spoken to

26th April 2018

Willowbrook Foods recalls salad products with bacon

Willowbrook Foods has taken the precautionary step of recalling certain salad products with bacon because they might contain Listeria monocytogenes.

The products are sold in Budgens, Supervalu, Centra, Mace, Nisa, Lidl and Spar retail stores.

25th April 2018

Council News

The April 2018 issue of Council News is now available.

In this issue:

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24th April 2018

Household Waste Recycling Sites Consultation

As a result of the recycling site review, East Sussex County Council is now proposing to make the following changes:

The council believes it can make these changes while maintaining a good level of service for residents.

Take the survey > >

21st April 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 Ticket Alert

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself:
 
Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit: www.FIFA.com/tickets

20th April 2018

Tackling Pavement Parking

Suggestions for tackling dangerous pavement parking hit the headlines this month. National newspapers and broadcasters from The Times and Daily Mail to BBC Radio 4 covered this issue which affects the majority of people with sight loss.

To make the most of this renewed interest in the subject we will be heading to Parliament to host our biggest and most ambitious event for MPs in June! And we need your help to get them there.

This is a vital opportunity to help as many MPs as possible understand the challenges blind and partially sighted people face in streets all around the UK.

Amanda is one of the 97% of guide dog owners who face issues with street obstructions. She said, “a pavement parked car. Advertising boards. Wheelie bins.  Tables and chairs. What do these all have in common? They are all dangerous hazards to guide dog owners like me”.
The other thing they have in common is they all will be part of our interactive ‘Clutter Street’ streetscape in the middle of Parliament, with everything from overhanging trees to a real pavement parked car, for MPs to experience some of what people with sight loss do.

Please invite your MP and leave a personal message for us to deliver to them at the event. Collecting a personal message from a constituent is a real incentive for an MP to attend.

Together, we can build on this momentum and drive even more political support to help create real change for people with sight loss.

20th April 2018

Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy

Brighton & Hove City and East Sussex County Councils are developing a joint Domestic Violence and Abuse strategy and have launched a consultation to get the views of people living, working and travelling in their areas.

The strategy aims to address a range of issues, such as domestic abuse (e.g.. physical, mental and financial), stalking and harassment and forced marriage.

Residents and practitioners are invited to respond to the consultation.

More information > >

The survey closes 14 May 2018.

20th April 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police donation boosts Eastbourne hospital radio
 
Police in Eastbourne have helped their local hospital radio station, Radio DGH, to keep the records spinning with a £500 donation from the Police Property Act Fund.

This is made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.

After Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden prevention officer PC Ed Faulkner took to the air on the “Afternoon Delight” show with presenter David Watts, he arranged for the contribution to be made, and it was duly and gratefully accepted by the station's chairman, Tracey Alexander.

During his broadcast, PC Faulkner spoke about the new policing model, how people can keep themselves safe from fraudsters and the ways in which modern technology allows officers to do more when out on patrol.

PC Faulkner said: “Radio DGH is a vital source of entertainment, information, and music, not only to patients at the hospital but lots of people in the community, too.

"No one likes to be in hospital and so the radio station is vital in helping to keep people's spirits up. We were so pleased to receive the invitation to broadcast on the station, and I am grateful to David for appearing on his show.

"We hope that this donation will help the radio to continue its great work, and to keep the music playing for everyone to enjoy. It's impressive that the station is completely run by volunteers, and so any support we and the rest of the community can show them has to be a good thing."

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on Chaucer Walk, Eastbourne, in which it is not clear at this time what was stolen due to the very messy search that was conducted in the property at the time of the burglary (Ref: 47180056780).

20th April 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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 on Friday 13th April commenced at 6pm and focused on the Crumbles Retail Park, Victoria Gardens and the Bowls Club, Woburn Way, Aylesbury Avenue and Rye street. All these areas were all searched and monitored twice throughout the evening.

Patrols were also conducted around the Langney area when a call was received to our control room regarding a group of young adults involved in a fight. Upon arrival the young adults had left and when speaking to the informant they had appeared from a house party and a disagreement had occurred outside. There were no offences that had taken place and the party was shut down. There were no calls received on the Blitz phone on Friday evening.

On Saturdays Operation Blitz It was quite a busy shift. We patrolled behind ASDA at The Crumbles and there was a large group of youths hanging around. The youths were spoken to and most moved on, however, they weren't causing any trouble. We then got called to two wanted persons in the town centre who where both arrested.

We had a call on the BLITZ phone from a resident from Madeira Way, involving youths playing 'knock down ginger' and smoking cannabis, an area search was conducted but there was no trace of them. Our Officers then went back to ASDA and there was an even larger group of about 20, most of them ran when they saw us and we spoke to the ones that did stay, no damage was caused and there was no anti social behaviour present.

We were then called to help look for a vehicle involved in a Robbery in Hailsham, the vehicle entered Eastbourne and was using the stolen debit cards in the shops. The rest of the areas on the BLITZ were all visited but were quiet and not many people were about

20th April 2018

Manning Impex Ltd is recalling Buenas Grated Coconut

Manning Impex Ltd is recalling Buenas Grated Coconut as it may contain Salmonella.

More information > >

17th April 2018

New defibrillator for Old Town

A new defibrillator has been installed outside the Green Street Medical Centre in Eastbourne, thanks to a campaign that aims to put everyone in the town within three minutes of the lifesaving equipment.

The Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign is being run by the Eastbourne Defibrillator Partnership which includes South East Ambulance Service, Eastbourne’s Community First Responders, Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Lions Club, the Eastbourne Herald and electrical contractor GM Monk.

The cost of the defibrillator unit was funded through Eastbourne Borough Council’s devolved budget scheme after a request by Old Town ward councillors, John Ungar, Jonathan Dow and Janet Coles. The Green Street Medical Centre paid for the installation of the unit.

Cllr David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “It’s great to see another defibrillator installed in the local community. Using a defibrillator within minutes of someone suffering a heart attack can increase their survival chances from 6% to 74%."

Cllr John Ungar said: “We’re delighted to have this vital equipment in Old Town. I’d like to thank the Green Street Medical Centre for paying for the installation of this defibrillator and for allowing us to use their building.”
Attending the launch of the installation were: L to R: Cllr David Tutt, Alec Stephens (Eastbourne Lions), Cllr Janet Coles, Heather King (Green Street Medical Centre Manager) and Cllr John Ungar.

If you would like to get involved with the Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign, then contact: defibrillator@eastbourne.gov.uk

14th April 2018

Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments and Fake Endorsements

Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies.

The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent “company”. Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.

Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying “I don’t do adverts. If you ever see one with my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam”.  The full article can be found here.

Similarly, these fraudulent websites are also misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on Dragons Den. These adverts also claim the investors on the panel trade in cryptocurrencies using their services to try and legitimise their company.

What you need to do

Visit Take Five and Cyber Aware for more information about how to protect yourself online.

14th April 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

New means of tackling street community issues in Eastbourne

Police and council officers are working together in a new way to tackle the issues associated with the Street Community in Eastbourne Town Centre. A Multi-Agency Street Community Operations Team (MASCOT) will focus their work around several hot-spot locations across the town where the presence and behaviour of the street community is impacting on local neighbourhoods. 

Inspector Ed Ripley, from Sussex Police, said: “The focus is around problem solving hot-spot locations, identifying ways to prevent and deter crime and make it difficult for street drinkers to gather to engage in anti-social and disorderly behaviour.

"The MASCOT has made recommendations around improvements to hot-spot locations between Banker’s Corner, Terminus Road to the Post Office at Langney Road, and Eastbourne Pier to the Band Stand.

"Police and Council Neighbourhood First Officers have focused their patrols in hot-spot locations at key times to prevent and deter activity. Police are pursuing civil injunctions against the most persistent offenders of antisocial behaviour and disorder.

“It is extremely important that our enforcement activity is balanced so the intention of the injunction is to curb an individual’s behaviour and facilitate support with a view to diverting them away from a particular lifestyle.”
"Support for individuals is provided through the Eastbourne HUB. The HUB brings many agencies together who provide support and medical services to the most vulnerable members of the street community, including the homeless and rough sleepers.

“The MASCOT works closely with support agencies to ensure that enforcement and support is balanced. Housing may be sought, but this can be challenging as many people who are sleeping rough find it overwhelming and difficult to adapt to housing. Therefore, the service offered through the HUB is vital and the agencies involved provide an outstanding service.”

Councillor John Unger, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “This is yet more evidence of the success of our joint working arrangements with Sussex Police and other support agencies.

“Many of the street drinkers and those involved in other examples of anti-social behaviour lead complex and chaotic lives. 

“Long-term solutions to these problems are best achieved through our joined up approach and by putting these people in touch with the support services they need.”

Sussex Police and Eastbourne Borough Council thank local people for their continued support. You are our eyes and ears, so if you see or hear anything going on then please let us know by reporting it to 101 or in an emergency always dial 999.

Crime summary

On 7th April 2018, a burglary occurred on Wroxham Road, Eastbourne, nothing was stolen from the property (Ref: 47180049304)

On 10th April 2018 a burglary occurred on Brassey Avenue, Eastbourne, in which a number of items of plumbing equipment was stolen from the garden of the property (Ref: 47180051571)

13th April 2018

Sainsbury’s recalls its Sliced Beetroot

Sainsbury’s is recalling a batch of its Sliced Beetroot sold in jars because the product may contain small pieces of glass. The presence of glass makes this product unsafe to eat and presents a safety risk

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12th April 2018

ESF is Ten Years Old

Yesterday, 11th April, The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Pat Hearn, former Eastbourne MP, Caroline Ansell, and other invited guests met for Afternoon Tea at the International Lawn Tennis Centre to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Eastbourne Seniors Forum.


Caroline Ansell, Ursula Thornett, Steve Thornett, Cllr Pat Hearn, Philip Hearn

ESF Chair, Nadine Harris welcomed the guests, and former Chair, Steve Thornett, gave a presentation on the growth and achievements of the Forum.

Marco the Magician entertained and astonished guests with his magic tricks, at their tables during tea, and afterwards.

12th April 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

On Saturday’s operation BLITZ our PCSO’s conducted hi visibility patrols throughout Eastbourne paying particular attention to our regular anti-social behaviour hot spots. The Crumbles retail park always acts as a social gathering place for local youths and can attract the associated anti-social behaviour in the form of underage drinking and shenanigans. On Saturday the PCSO’s found a large group gathered at the back of Asda supermarket but were happy to report no issues at all. The group engaged in a friendly manor with us and assured us that they would not cause any trouble. Several checks were conducted over the evening on this group (not that we doubted them) and the group remained on best behaviour!

Our PCSO’s were back out on Op Blitz Sunday 12th April and what had been a sunny warm day turned rather damp by the evening and the rain seemed to keep most people inside, with the exception of a few hardened parties in the town centre. All of the local hot spots were patrolled including, Shinewater, Old Town, Hampden Park and Sovereign Harbour. There were no issues and no phone calls on the direct BLITZ phone line so we trust that you all had a peaceful evening. 

12th April 2018

Eastbourne Business News

See the latest issue of Eastbourne Business News. In this issue:

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11th April 2018

AKM Foods Limited is recalling Zaiqa International Mini Fruit Jelly

AKM Foods Limited is recalling Zaiqa International Mini Fruit Jelly because of a choking hazard. The product can be projected from a cup or capsule in one piece by exerting pressure at the tip. The directions for use on the packaging include an instruction to squeeze a cup or capsule with fingers.

More information > >

7th April 2018

PCC's Newsletter

In her latest newsletter, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, says:

"Investing in local policing remains a high priority for me and I will continue to secure all opportunities to strengthen our service with all the financial resources we can access.

I am aware of recent concerns that Sussex Police may not be making the best use of these resources and I want to address these misleading claims very clearly for you.

The increase in the police precept (the policing element of your Council Tax) and the release of £17m from police reserves means that the Chief Constable has an opportunity to re-focus his resources on local policing. He will shortly produce his 2018-22 Operational Delivery Plan and the recruitment of 800 police officers over the next four years will be a crucial part of maintaining a strong police presence in our local communities."

Read the complete newsletter > > 

6th April 2018

Eastbourne Crime Update

News and appeals

A drug dealer has been jailed for five years after she pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent, in St Leonards.

Jodie Fisher, 27, of no fixed address, appeared at Brighton Crown Court on 19 July last year and admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and supplying crack cocaine. She was sentenced to five years.

Another woman Penelope Godden, 48, of Wishing Tree Road North, St Leonards, who was looking after Fisher's supply of drugs in a property in Carisbrooke Road, St Leonards, was given a two year jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting two counts of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin when she appeared at Guildford Crown Court on 27 March.

The buyer Peter Chalmers, 65, of London Road, St Leonards, appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 7 February and admitted possession of crack cocaine. He was fined a total of £258.00

The court heard that a police officer on duty on 25 March last year had seen a woman possibly engaging in drug dealing. He has called for other units and followed her before seeing a drug deal and due to the support of the other officers managed to arrest both the supplier and purchaser in Pevensey Road, St Leonards. Officers then carried out a search of the property the supplier came from to find another woman “minding” more than 30 wraps of class A drugs inside.

Detective Constable Greg Montier said: "This is a good result because it is unusual for us to get all three parts of the chain in a supply convicted and the fact that we got guilty pleas all round speaks to how much work the officers put in on the day to get really solid evidence."

Visit the Sussex Police website for information and advice about drugs.

Crime summary

On Sunday (1 April), a house on Horsye Road in Eastbourne was broken into but nothing was taken (ref: 0845 01/04).

6th April 2018

Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.

A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies.

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.

Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.

Protection Advice:

1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.

3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Visit Take Five and Cyber Aware for more information about how to protect yourself online.

6th April 2018

Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller then receives a fake, but official looking email stating they have been paid more than the asking price and to send the difference back to the buyer’s bank account. In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. All contact is then severed with the seller.

It is important to remember that selling anything could make you a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those offering sofas, large furniture and home-ware are particularly vulnerable.

Protection Advice

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a trusted payment method online, such as PayPal, and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Always verify that you have received payment from the buyer before completing a sale.

Listen to your instincts.  Criminals will try and make unusual behaviour, like overpaying, seem like a genuine mistake.

Visit Take Five and Cyber Aware for more information about how to protect yourself online.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

5th April 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

Saturday night’s Op Blitz was taken over by our Wealden colleagues as all Eastbourne Prevention Officers were tasked over to Lewes but it was a quiet evening for them. One incident of note was a call that we took prior to being tasked over to Lewes.

We had a report of anti-social behaviour in the town centre of Eastbourne that was reported via the Op Blitz mobile. Whilst making our way there, an assault was reported over the radio close to the location so we assisted response officers in dealing with this.

5th April 2018

The Big Futures Show

If you are unsure what to do after school or college, or you are looking for work and training, come to The BIG Futures Show on Tuesday 24 April, 9.30am-4.30pm at Eastbourne Sports Park.

The Show is the largest employability and skills event in East Sussex and is aimed at students from across the County as well as parents and anyone looking for work or training.

Come and talk to over 70 exhibitors with interactive and inspiring displays giving expert advice on the world of work, careers, further education and training, apprenticeships, volunteering, work experience, setting up a business and looking for work.

Entry with a show guide for individuals or families on the day is £3.

For more information visit the Big Futures Show website or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter – search BIGFuturesShow #BIGFS2018.

This annual event is organised by a local charity, the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, in association with Eastbourne Borough Council with the aim of creating one annual high profile and sustainable event for the East Sussex education and business communities.

5th April 2018

Improve your sales and win more business

Business coaches Pro-actions have organised a free business seminar on how to improve your sales on Tuesday 24th April, from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne.

You’ll learn how to:

Find out more and book your place > >

Plus:

Eastbourne Business News > >

4th April 2018

TRS Wholesale Co Ltd recalls TRS Turmeric Powder

TRS Wholesale Co Ltd is recalling the above product as it may contain Salmonella.

Point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tells them what to do if they have bought the product.

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3rd April 2018

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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30th March 2017

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Raising awareness of Clare’s Law

We are carrying out a campaign to raise awareness of 'Clare’s Law'.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) enables people to apply for information about their partner’s (or ex-partner’s) history if they’re concerned about their own safety. It also enables a concerned family member, friend, neighbour or colleague to apply for that information to protect someone they believe to be at risk of harm. 

A disclosure means sharing specific information about a partner for the purposes of protecting the person in a relationship with them from domestic violence, and is known as a ‘Right to Ask’ disclosure.  

But if you believe that you or someone else is in immediate danger, always call 999. 

Please visit this website for more information and a list of other organisations that can offer and support in relation to domestic abuse:

Supermarket altercation witness appeal

We are appealing for witnesses to an altercation outside a supermarket in Eastbourne.

At 7.25pm on Wednesday 21 March, police were called to an incident between a man and two other men outside Sainsbury’s in Victoria Drive. One man was seen with a knife.

Shortly afterwards the man left the area with a woman, and officers traced them to an address in Maxfield Close. The man barricaded himself in and refused to come out.

After three hours at the address, the man was arrested. The woman was located and spoken to by officers who ensured she was safe.

Anyone who witnessed the incident outside Sainsbury’s is asked to visit this website or call 101 quoting serial 1188 of 21/03.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website at or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Marc Tatnell, 38, of Maxfield Close, Eastbourne, has since been charged with affray, possession of a knife in a public place and two counts of common assault. He appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday 23 March, and was remanded in custody ahead of the next hearing on 19 April.

Burglary crime summary

Between 7:00-7:30pm on Thursday (22 March) night, a house was broken into on Pulborough Avenue in Eastbourne. A school bag containing an iPad and PE kit was taken (ref: 0656 23/03).

A garage was broken into on The Broadway in Eastbourne on Thursday (22 March). A large amount of mechanical items were taken (ref: 0774 23/03).
There was an attempted burglary at a house on Grassington Road in Eastbourne on Saturday morning (23 March). Access was not gained so nothing was taken (ref: 0529 24/03).

There was another attempted burglary at a house on Seaside in Eastbourne on Tuesday (27 March) between 8:30am-7:00pm. Again, access was not gained so nothing was taken (ref: 1211 27/03).

29th March 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, officers were unable to complete the Op Blitz taskings last weekend. But they are looking forward to being back on Op Blitz patrol this weekend.

29th March 2018

Eastbourne Local Lottery to Launch in June

Eastbourne Borough Council is in the final stages of preparation for the launch of its new online lottery to support local good causes.

Tickets for the first Eastbourne Local Lottery will be on sale online from May 17 with the first draw to be made on June 16 with the chance to win a weekly jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers. There will be other prizes of £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.

Tickets will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes, compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery.  Eastbourne is among the first few local authorities to launch its own online lottery.

Local good causes that provide a community service for Eastbourne residents will be able to sign up for the lottery from April 19, but any interested groups can visit the lottery website for further information and to register their interest.

There are two parts to the Eastbourne Local Lottery scheme.  Local good causes will be able to set up their own lottery page online and will receive 50p in every pound spent by players using this method.  A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Eastbourne good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.

Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the general Eastbourne good causes fund, which will be distributed by the council.

Eastbourne Borough Council Leader Councillor David Tutt said: “Eastbourne has an amazing number of people who volunteer on a regular basis for local community groups.  This is an opportunity for those local good causes to register to become beneficiaries of the Eastbourne Local Lottery and raise additional money.  Although overseen by the council, it will not be benefiting financially from the lottery, the benefits will go to the local groups who register as a good cause.

“We are committed to continuing our support to local community groups through our grants programme, but this will be a way of helping many more organisations and good causes.”

Regular updates on the Eastbourne Local Lottery will be posted on its new website that is due to be launched on 19th April.

Other councils now running lotteries include Portsmouth, Essex, Aylesbury Vale and Corby.

27th March 2018

School children join Motcombe Gardens’ archaeological dig

Children from Motcombe School joined in an archaeological evaluation taking place in Motcombe Gardens this week. The aim is to find out the date the Dovecote was built and to get a better understanding of the farmyard it once stood in.

Old Town councillors John Ungar, Janet Coles and Jonathan Dow supported the excavation by giving £2,500 from the Devolved Budget, which is a fund set aside to help community causes. The project was developed by the Friends of Motcombe Gardens, local councillors and Heritage Eastbourne. 

Everyone is welcome to see the team in action between 10am-4pm until Thursday 29th March.

27th March 2018

Congress Theatre Re-opening

The Congress Theatre will re-open on March 24 2019 after a two-year refurbishment. The first performance in the Grade II listed theatre will be a concert given by London Philharmonic Orchestra with tickets due to go on sale in early May 2018. The orchestra will then conclude its 2018/19 season in the Congress with a final concert on April 7.

Built in 1963, the theatre has been closed since January 2017 for extensive work to be carried out. It is currently home to nearly 120 tonnes of scaffolding as new heating, power and ventilation systems are being installed.

When the new look theatre opens it will have brand new seats, a new state-of-the-art lighting bridge, new heating and air conditioning systems and new toilets.

The theatre refurbishment is part of Eastbourne Borough Council’s £54 million project to create The Devonshire Quarter, a first-class cultural, conferencing and sporting complex.

The Congress Theatre is considered architecturally on a par with buildings such as The National Theatre and Chichester Theatre.

Further details of the 2019 Congress theatre programme are due to be announced over the next few months.

26th March 2018

Vehicle Crime Prevention Advice

The majority of vehicle crime is opportunistic, and occurs because valuables have been left on view or the vehicle left insecure. If a vehicle is left insecure it only takes ten seconds for your valuables to be stolen.

Advice for van owners:

Keep the access to building sites secure – fences and gates help prevent unauthorised entry.

23rd March 2018

Graffiti

If you have information regarding this tag, or have seen it,  please contact:  customerfirst@eastbourne.gov.uk, or call the Police on 101.

22nd March 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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 night’s Operation Blitz patrols were conducted by Sgt Williams together with PCSO’s Gell, Slow, Catton and Crouch. The evening started off fairly quiet with no activity at the usual hot spot locations. We assisted the response teams by answering a couple of 999 calls where we located a female whom had been screaming for help. She was located safe and well at home and has been referred to adult social care for a follow up visit. We then attended a dropped 999 call and established the elderly male caller was fine. We were then deployed to Hastings to assist with the double shooting incident where we helped in evacuating residents from their homes to a place of safety away from the risk. The arrested male for this incident was brought back to Eastbourne cell block by Sgt Williams. No calls were received or missed to the Operation Blitz phone.

On Saturday 17th March, most of the Prevention Team were deployed back to Hastings to assist in house to house enquiries for the incident the previous night. Sgt Williams together with PCSO’s Gell and Cotterill conducted the Operation Blitz patrols in Eastbourne. Thankfully the Arctic conditions assisted with keeping the streets quiet from anti-social behaviour and no problems were encountered in the residential areas of Eastbourne. No calls were received or missed to the Operation Blitz phone. We assisted staff at Tesco’s Express in the town centre with removing a drunk abusive customer. Despite numerous attempts to encourage him to leave the area he ended up being arrested for being drunk and of disorderly behaviour.

22nd March 2018

Additional spend agreed for Devonshire Park Quarter

Councillors agreed an additional spend of £4.4 million for the redevelopment of the Devonshire Park Quarter at a Cabinet meeting last night.

The creation of a first-class cultural, conferencing and sporting complex, known as The Devonshire Quarter, is on schedule to be completed in March 2019.

The scheme has seen the opening of new changing facilities for tennis players, a new irrigation system for the tennis courts and a new show court that will be played for the first time this summer, securing the future of the international tennis tournament, that attracts over 45,000 visitors each year to Eastbourne.
Next week will see the start of steel frames being installed for the new Welcome Building that will provide conference halls, break-out and hospitality areas, and a fully accessible entrance to the Congress Theatre, that is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to install a new lighting bridge, replace old heating and air-conditioning systems and install 1,600 new seats.

The total cost to the council of creating The Devonshire Quarter will now be £48.4 million.  In addition, there has been £5.6 million funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Councillors also agreed for work to go ahead on the Winter Garden at a cost of £2.3 million.  This will include restoring the front of the building to its original façade, refurbishing the toilets, providing pedestrian access to the new Welcome Building, some electrical, mechanical and plumbing work and internal improvements.

When completed, the new cultural quarter will allow the council to compete for conference business worth around £10 million to the town’s economy and will create around 100 additional jobs across the economy.

22nd March 2018

Sovereign Seas Maritime Folk Festival

Well, Me Hearties, - doesn't time seem to have a habit of sailing by.  Believe it or not, it's Spring already - although most of us are still hunkered down as if it's Winter!  Time to shake off the cold, don warm smiles and make the very most of it.

We have a couple of upcoming events to look forward to - the first of which is this very weekend.  Vivianne is holding an Early Easter Sale on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March from 10am to 3pm each day at 60 Cairo Avenue, Peacehaven BN10 7LA.  All the wide variety of items for sale are of very good quality, some even brand new, so there's bound to be something for everyone.  Why not pop along for a browse and help to raise vital funds for your local lifeboat - Vivianne will be delighted to see you.

Also on the near horizon is The 5th Sovereign Seas Folk Festival, this year taking place on Saturday 7th April and Sunday 8th April at Newhaven Lifeboat House, Riverside, West Quay BN9 9BX.  Check out this years performers and full details and you can contact rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01273 515964 for tickets.  Now celebrating it's 5th consecutive year, the Folk Festival continues to attract high profile performers to the intimate and enchanting venues, supporting RNLI Newhaven.  Tickets for individual concerts are available or an All Weekend ticket for all Events/Concerts is just £18.00 - Friendly Folk Fun!  

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21st March 2018

Hailsham waste carrier fined for fly-tipping in Eastbourne

A 30-year-old man has been fined for fly-tipping after a prosecution was brought by Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First Team.
Andreas Devall, of Farne Close, Hailsham, pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates Court last Friday (March 16) to fly-tipping on December 13, 2017.

Mr Devall, a registered waste carrier, had charged customers to remove waste from their property before illegally dumping the items at two locations off Hawkhurst Close, Langney.

He was fined £320 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £32 as well as full costs to the council of £1,696.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First team works with the local community to improve the neighbourhood. They help with issues such as fly-tipping, dog fouling, littering and street cleaning, abandoned vehicles and fallen-down trees.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Place Services, said: “Our Neighbourhood First team is leading the way on tackling this problem and this should be a warning to anyone who illegally dumps waste. We will take immediate action when a report of fly-tipping is received.”

Anyone with information on fly-tipping can report it online at lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

20th March 2018

Eastbourne to Hold First Ever Jazz Festival

Eastbourne is playing host to its first ever jazz festival on Sunday September 30.

Eastbourne Splash Point Jazz Festival 2018 is a day of live music at the Fishermen's Club, Christ Church and Leaf Hall. It will feature some of the UK’s top jazz musicians, including pianist, vocalist and festival director Neal Richardson.

Other events will be held in local cafés, including a jazz photography exhibition by Brian O’Connor. 

Tickets cost £50 (£45 if you buy before 30th June) and will give access to all concerts, and any profit will be donated to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

Festival Director Neal Richardson said: “We’re really excited to be presenting the first Eastbourne Splash Point Jazz Festival, building on the success of our Splash Point Jazz Clubs, including one at the Fisherman’s Club. It’s going to be an amazing day with 12 bands playing in three main venues all within walking distance of each other on the seafront.”

Headliners include Art Themen, Mark Nightingale, Craig Milverton, Andy Panayi, Julian Marc Stringle, Jason Yarde, Alex Garnett and Hexagonal.

The musical extravaganza runs from 2pm-10.30pm. Tickets give you access to all venues and are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road and the jazz festival website
www.splashpointjazz.club

19th March 2018

Bourne.Coin.Design. Workshop

27th March 2018
2pm - 4pm
Towner Art Gallery

Call for designers!

Eastbourne gets its own local community currency. The BourneCoin notes and the BourneCoin app need a design, the spreading needs visual and conceptual art. We look for all kinds of local, creative people, be they painters, performers, web or system designers, whatever.

This workshop is the briefing for all artists who want to be part of this fascinating process. Some time after this workshop the people of Eastbourne are invited to an exhibition, where they can discuss the result. Defining the details of how we get to the final design of our money is also part of the workshop.

dietmar.schoder@bournecoin.uk

19th March 2018

Be part of the Big Spring Beach Clean

Be part of the Big Spring Beach Clean on the 24th of March at 10am, and join the BourneCoin beach cleaning group!

This is the biggest(?) beach clean in Eastbourne involving a massive stretch of beach. Our particular location will be at groyne 20 just below the Western View Café on the beach. This will be part of getting Eastbourne the award of "Plastic Free Eastbourne".

Everyone is invited and this event will be 'opened' by our Mayor. Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Mucky Mermaids and Band of Brothers are all participating.

details

BourneCoin. Action.

dietmar.schoder@bournecoin.uk

19th March 2018

East Sussex Highways Quarterly Newsletter

East Sussex Highways has published Issue Two of its quarterly newsletter.

In this issue:

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17th March 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Crime Update

News and appeals

Strap in to save lives - it's Seatbelt Week

With an estimated two million drivers in the UK still not wearing a seatbelt when they’re driving, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is reminding road users of the dangers of not belting up in their cars.
Along with colleagues at Surrey and Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) and Surrey’s Drive SMART, SSRP want to reach the last 5% of drivers who do not see the benefits of seatbelts. There is a week dedicated to this, running from March 12-18, which has been implemented by TISPOL, the European Traffic Policing Network.

Although this week is still very much business as usual and enforcing this law is a daily occurrence for RPU, it does give an opportunity to raise awareness to a demographic of ignorant drivers. Read more here.

Crime summary

On 10th March 2018, a burglary occurred on Aylesbury Avenue in which a garage was broken into, a television and garden equipment was stolen (Ref: 47180035788)

On 10th March 2018 a burglary occurred on Midway Quay in which nothing was stolen (Ref: 47180035989)

On 15th March 2018 a burglary occurred on Bembridge Road in which a garage was broken into and a motocross bike was stolen (Ref: 47180038147)

16th March 2018

Lidl recalls its Golden Sun Organic Grains

Lidl is recalling its Golden Sun Organic Grains (Amaranth) because Salmonella has been found in the product.

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16th March 2018

NFIB Alert - False Telephone Preference Service Calls

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
 
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

15th March 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 patrols on Friday 9th March consisted of patrolling areas that have been suffering from vehicle damage and anti-social behaviour in the Tollgate Gardens, Aylesbury Avenue areas, no persons were found in the areas. The weather was a rather wet one. We then moved on to the Crumbles where previous reports had been made of anti – social behaviour at the rear of the retail units. We then moved onto the Hampden Park area checking the Veritek building that has been subject to criminal damage in the past and youths hanging around the area, tonight though, due to the weather conditions the area was quiet. Areas in the old town were also checked, but also quiet.

Op Blitz in Eastbourne on Saturday 10th March was also a quiet one, all of our regular hot spot areas were checked on a regular basis with nothing untoward to report. The team did have a call on the direct Blitz telephone number to attend Aylesbury Avenue for a report of youths smoking cannabis. On arrival the youths were no longer present but with several calls to this location over the last few days’ particular attention will be paid by the team in the coming weeks to make sure that issues here are nipped in the bud. The team were kept busy though, with half of the team being called away to look for a missing person and the other half dealing with a precariously broken down tractor with a trailer full of manure causing a traffic build up on the Rising off Pembury Road.

13th March 2018

Aytac Foods recalls Aycan Risotto Rice and Aycan Brown Rice

Aytac Foods is recalling its Aycan Risotto Rice and Aycan Brown Rice due to possible insect (weevil) infestation which makes these products unsafe to eat.

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13th March 2018

Volunteer Mini-bus Drivers Needed

Age Concern Eastbourne is seeking volunteer drivers and PA for our mini bus. There are a number of hours available during the week.

Volunteer mini bus drivers are responsible for driving our 12 seater bus around the Eastbourne area collecting our Making Memories and Day Club clients and bringing them to the Venton Centre and then returning them home later in the day. We also require drivers for our dedicated shopping trips and occasional leisure trips. The hours are varied and can be worked to suit the volunteer's  availability.

Volunteer transport PAs are responsible for settling clients and reassuring them during their journey on the mini bus. PAs are needed for our Making Memories and Day Clubs as well as occasional shopping and leisure trips.

These roles are essential to enable us to provide a service to the community of Eastbourne and reduce  social isolation. Both these positions are very sociable roles and can be rewarding as  you collect people  from their home, assist them on the bus with seatbelt, and have personal contact with the carers too so you get an insight in to why our services are so vital to the community.

For further information please contact: linda.warner@ageconcerneastbourne.co.uk
or phone 01323 638474

13th March 2018

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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9th March 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Operation Signature

Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - report it. Operation Signature is the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex. Increasingly, fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.

Did you know?

Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.

What kinds of fraud are there?

Common fraud types are:

There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details.

Key things to remember:

Trust no-one who cold calls you about your bank account or a problem with your computer. Under no circumstances would the bank or police request a card PIN or security details over the telephone or arrange collection of bank cards from a home address.

What is being done about these crimes?

The Operation Signature work focuses on the protection of the vulnerable members of our communities in Sussex, preventing them from becoming victims of such fraud and subject to further financial loss. We have 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. We also aim to raise awareness of the issue within our communities through our Neighbourhood Policing Teams and the media, encouraging people to take preventative steps.

What do I do if I think someone I know has been a victim of fraud?

If you, or someone you know might be vulnerable to fraud, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

8th March 2018

Operation Blitz  

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

On Friday 2nd March our PCSO’s braved the extreme cold temperatures and snowy conditions. The night started with routine checks of the blitz anti-social behaviour hotspots.  It would seem that the weather was slightly on side continuing to keep anti – social behaviour at bay for the first visits of the checklist.

We received a call updating us that there were youths at Whitley road throwing ice at cars from the bridge. We made our way to scene but unfortunately after an in-depth area search we could not find the suspected youths.

The next call led us to Seaside Road where a report of two males making visits to residents.  The males were pretending to be from the charity Great Ormond Street asking to collect donations on behalf of the charity. Again we conducted an efficient and in-depth search of the surrounding area but no males were found.

As the evening rolled on the weather took a slight jump up the temperature scale becoming slightly warmer which made our foot patrol around the late entry on the blitz tasking at Midway Quay more enjoyable. No youths were present or causing issues here which is always good to report for the local residents.

On Saturday 3rd March, after the bad weather that had been experienced this last week with the snowfall, a lot of locations were still empty.

There was heavy rain during the evening and the Hampden Park crossing was closed. This caused a big detour at Brassey Avenue and the area around the Veritek Building was quiet as well as the shops in close proximity.

The Crumbles retail Park was checked and there was low activity even at the Cinema and “The Gym”.

Ditchling Close had a passing visit due to the recent house fire and a safe guarding visit that the board up was still in place. We spoke to neighbours and they are keeping an eye of any activity near the house as well as looking out for the missing cats!

Victoria Drive Ladies Bowls club as well as Victoria Gardens were also quiet with no activity seen or heard.

During the course of the evening the Blitz team went across to Lewes to attend and assist an enquiry and to support local teams. Upon nearing the location the team was unrequired as all was in order.

Midway quay was checked multiple times as youths had been breaking into the premises. The cold weather and elements had deterred any further action today.

No calls were made on the BLITZ phone and the evening was quite uneventful.

8th March 2018

Become a Friend Against Scams! Eastbourne

Become a Friend Against Scams! Attend a FREE Scams Awareness Open Workshop.

The RAFA Social Club
13-17 Wish Road,
BN21 4NX

Thursday 15th March
10:00 to 12:00

Find out more about scams and how you can protect yourself and others from becoming a victim. How scam savvy are you?

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To book a place on this session, or for further information, contact:
Nadine Harris: 01323 768868
E-mail: nadineharris@sky.com

5th March 2018

Burst Water Pipes Across Sussex

Following the recent adverse weather and rapid thaw there has been multiple water problems across the area, mainly East Sussex.

A number of bursts water pipes have been identified and 22,000 people currently have no water. Properties in Cuckfield, Warninglid, Burgess Hill, Wadhurst, Maresfield, Beckley, Peasmarsh, Iden and Crowborough are affected.

Agencies are working together to address the issue. Sussex Police, East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue, East Sussex and West Sussex County Council and, Southern Water and South East Water are regularly meeting to provide a coordinated response to this issue and make sure everyone in the county is safe.

Please do not use water for anything which isn't essential if you are in areas affected.

Anyone with concerns is asked to check on South East Water (https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/my-water-supply/water-supply-problems-across-the-south-east) and Southern Water (https://www.southernwater.co.uk/) websites.

5th March 2018

Waitrose recalls Waitrose New York Cheesecake

Waitrose is recalling Waitrose New York Cheesecake because it may contain very thin strands of plastic, which makes this product unsafe to eat.

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3rd March 2018

Gas Boiler or Appliance Issues

Did you know the National Gas Emergency Service will not be able to help with boiler or appliance issues. SGN look after the gas pipes leading up to your gas meter and provide the National Gas Emergency Service across Scotland and the south of England.

If your boiler has stopped working in the cold weather, please visit the SGN website for some additional information:

If you smell gas, have a gas emergency or are concerned about carbon monoxide, call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.

3rd March 2018

Weekly Update - Eastbourne

News and appeals

From a safe distance, anti-social behaviour (ASB) might not seem serious. But if it's your home or your street, it can leave you feeling intimidated, angry and frightened. It can ruin lives and make whole areas feel unsafe.

Anti-social behaviour almost always starts off small. Over time, the little incidents add up. The behaviour gets more serious. Things that were just a nuisance to begin with can become threatening or dangerous.

Anti-social behaviour includes:

  • Threatening or 'yobbish' behaviour.
  • Gangs 'hanging around'.
  • Abusive, rowdy or noisy neighbours.
  • People buying or selling drugs.
  • Drinking in the street, aggressive begging.
  • Night time noise from houses or gardens.
  • Setting off fireworks late at night.
  • Graffiti and fly-posting.
  • Vandalism.
  • Cars abandoned on the street.
  • Litter and fly-tipping.
  • Any other behaviour that disturbs or scares you. Some of these may be one-off events; others may happen repeatedly, so the effects add up over time.

Examples of behaviours that are generally not considered anti-social include children playing, everyday noise from washing machines and lawn mowers, and noise from DIY projects (unless they are carried out at an unreasonable time of night or day).

There are many ways that Sussex residents can support their communities and help reduce anti-social behaviour:

  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or a tenants' or residents' association.
  • Attend a monthly meeting with your Neighbourhood Policing Team.
  • Discuss any issues with your local councillor, who can act on your behalf to raise concerns with the council and other organisations.
  • If the anti-social behaviour is noise related then please contact your local Environmental health department.
  • If your neighbours are private tenants then report the nuisance problem to the letting agent. They may be able to help you as often the tenancy agreement states that they must not cause a nuisance to neighbours.
  • If your neighbours are council or housing associate tenants then report the nuisance problem to the council or relevant organisation as they may be able to help.
  • Make use of our Op Blitz service every Friday and Saturday night our Officers are contactable via their own mobile number in order to target anti - social behaviour in hotspot areas.

By playing an active role in your community you really can help make a difference. Often the councils and housing associations will only become involved after a few reports, so don't wait, report it.

Crime summary

On 24th February 2018 a burglary occurred on Ecmond Road, in which a male came to the address stating that the occupant would need to turn the taps on in their property in order for some work to be completed outside the property. During this time the male entered the property and stole jewellery and cash (Ref: 47180028396)

On 25th February 2018, a burglary occurred on Victoria Drive, in which someone entered the property and stole a deadbolt from the door (Ref: 47180029319)

On 26th February 2018, a burglary occurred on Kipling Walk, in which whilst the victim was in the property a male forced open the front door, nothing was stolen (Ref: 47180029416)
On 26th February 2018, a burglary occurred on Pevensey Bay Road, in which cash was stolen from the property (Ref: 47180029422

2nd March 2018

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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2nd March 2018

UK Power Networks information on weather
and the electricity network

UK Power Networks is a distribution network operator for electricity, covering South East England, the East of England and London. They have provided us with the following information which may be of use to you during the current severe weather.

You may be aware that the current cold spell of icy winds and snow may bring ‘freezing rain’. Freezing rain is a very rare weather phenomenon and occurs when very cold rain freezes immediately on landing.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the cold weather.

You will be able to find regular updates on the UK Power website and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates.

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website.

If you would like to share information about reporting power cuts or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of the cold weather. Call 105 to report a powercut or visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut

Do you need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. To register visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority 

1st March 2018

Launch of Homes First 

A new way of delivering housing services has been launched today across the borough.

Homes First is the new housing services team bringing together staff from Eastbourne Homes, Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council to work as a single team creating a more efficient way of working. This change has been made to provide a better housing service for residents.

The team will offer a full range of housing services including housing advice, homelessness services, tenancy management, repairs and maintenance and private sector housing.

The new initiative is part of a wider sharing of services between the two councils designed to maintain and improve front-line services.
Residents of council homes in Eastbourne will remain tenants of Eastbourne Homes Ltd, who deliver housing management services on behalf of Eastbourne Borough Council. Residents of council homes in the district will remain tenants of Lewes District Council.

Chair of Eastbourne Homes Board, Roger Eastwood, said: “I am delighted that we are launching Homes First which will enable us to run stronger and more efficient services, whilst continuing to put our residents first.”

For more information: visit the lewes-eastbourne housing website.

1st March 2018

AKM Foods Limited recalls Zaiqa GoGo Pan Masala Mouth Freshener

AKM Foods Limited is recalling the above product and have informed their customers. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.

More information > >

1st March 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

On Friday 23rd February Op Blitz started with a check of the ASDA Crumbles rear car park area, where we came across a small group of six male youths. There were no issues, and they did not hang around as they headed off towards South Harbour. All other Blitz Hotspots were very quiet.

Blitz continued with us taking on extra patrols following a serious incident in Holly Place earlier on in the day, Hi-Vis patrols of the area were completed for public reassurance, and there were no issues here.

We later had a report of youths in the B&Q car park on Marshall Road, throwing trolleys around and damaging cars.  On attendance, they had moved on.  There was no visible damage to vehicles.  This group had earlier been involved in anti – social behaviour issues in Morrison’s opposite B&Q where Security staff had already asked them to leave that location.  Kings Church had also experienced that group but they moved on without issue.

On Saturday 24th February, Op Blitz continued to focus on high visibility patrols around Holly Place in Hampden Park. We only broke away from our patrols to make our way to Sheffield Forrest for two missing people early on in the evening and again later in the evening when we had reports of a suspicious male in the gardens behind a block of flats in the Hampden Park area of Eastbourne. The weather was cold and dreary and meant a smooth evening followed.

1st March 2018

Winter is well and truly here

Here's some useful information on keeping yourself and others safe through the cold winter months.

In view of the forecast bad weather we would like to remind you that important information on keeping safe can be found on the West Sussex County Council website.

We appreciate that many people, wisely, are reluctant to click on links in E-mails, so if you prefer you can search online for West Sussex County Council Safer Seasons: Winter. This contains information on Cold Weather Alerts, how to find up to date information on weather warnings, and other useful advice.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk

or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

1st March 2018

Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter - latest edition

Neighbourhood Watch has published its latest e-newsletter Our News.

They've listened to your feedback and this time they’ve included the newsletter as an attachment to this Alert message.

Click here for the pdf version of Our News

You can also read Our News on the Neighbourhood Watch website.

This edition contains some great advice including

  • a new campaign from Dogs Trust to help stop dog theft
  • keeping your email secure
  • plus lots of news from across our network.

27th February 2018

Report It smartphone app

Report It is the quickest and easiest way to report environmental problems to the councils when you are out and about. In just a few taps you can report the problem, give the location and include a photo. Your report then goes straight through to the right who can deal with the issue. 

The types of issue you can report include: 

  • Fly tipping and littering
  • Graffiti
  • Dog fouling
  • Dangerous items or equipment
  • Playground damage
  • Issues with trees, parks and other green spaces

You can download the app for Android or iPhone from: 

26th February 2018

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 342

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

23rd February 2018

IKEA recalls its GODIS PÅSKKYCKLING Marshmallow candy

IKEA is recalling its GODIS PÅSKKYCKLING Marshmallow candy due to possible mice infestation which makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information > >

23rd February 2018

Eastbourne Crime Update

News and appeals

What is Modern Slavery?

Someone is in slavery if they are forced to work, if they are owned or controlled by an employer, if they are dehumanised and treated as a commodity, or bought and sold as ‘property’, or if they are physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

There is no ‘typical’ victim of modern slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds. They are forced into a situation through the use or threat of violence, deception or coercion. Victims may enter the UK legally, or on forged documentation, or they may be a UK citizen living in the UK who is then forced into slavery.

Modern slavery covers a range of exploitation including; human trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour, debt bondage, domestic servitude, criminal activities, child labour, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and forced and early marriage.

What are the warning signs of modern slavery and human trafficking?

Members of the public should think, spot the signs and speak out against the abuse and exploitation of anyone in our community. There is no typical victim of slavery but it is normally more prevalent among the most vulnerable, and within minority or socially excluded groups.

Warning signs to look out for include the following:

  • Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
  • Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control or influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.
  • Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and/or living and working at the same address.
  • Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work.
  • Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents kept from them such as passports.
  • You may notice people being dropped off or collected for work on a regular basis, either very early or late at night.
  • Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons.
  • They may believe they do not know who to trust or where to get help, fear deportation, or violence to them or their family.

Advice for victims:

If you think you are a victim of modern slavery please seek help. You can contact the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700. They can assist you to understand what help is available including information, advice and ways to access support. The Modern Slavery Helpline is confidential, but, if you don't want to give your name, you don’t have to.

Visit the Modern Slavery Helpline website for more information

The Salvation Army can also help. Call their 24 hour helpline: 0300 3038151 or visit the Salvation Army website. 

You can also contact us by ringing 101 or by making contact online.

In an emergency please dial 999.

Crime summary

On 18/02/2018 a burglary occurred on Hawkhurst Close, Eastbourne, money was stolen from the property (Ref: 0127 18/02).

On 21/02/2018 a burglary occurred on The Broadway, Eastbourne, a garage was broken into in which a number of large items were stolen including tools, a generator and copper (Ref: 1427 18/02).

On 22/02/2018 a burglary occurred on Dursley Road, Eastbourne, between the hours of 5.30pm and 10.45pm (Ref: 1379 22/02).

22nd February 2018

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • World Book Day
  • The Way Forward
  • Creative Writing Workshops
  • Read All About It
  • Libraries Closed on 8th March
  • Renew Your Books 24/7
  • Diary of Events
  • New DVDs for This Month

Download the newsletter > >

22nd February 2018

Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

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

On Friday 16th February as part of Operation Blitz we patrolled areas in Eastbourne that have come to notice to us with reports of anti-social behaviour.

We started the evening in Ramsay Way and Aylesbury Avenue as recently this area has experienced damage to vehicles and a number of young people causing problems to some residents in the area.

The next location was Pevensey Bay Road and the Crumbles retail park. It was at the rear of Asda that we found a small gathering of six young people who were drinking out of plastic cups. When stopped and checked we could smell alcohol and two of the group had alcohol seized, were taken home and all details were taken.

We then continued heading to Hampden Park in particular the Veritek building and Woburn way - both areas that have recently experienced anti-social behaviour. As we were patrolling two males were seen in Croxden way loitering near two bicycles, as we have had some recent bike thefts we stopped to check. Both males proved that the bikes were theirs however they were found with a quantity of cannabis on them which was seized.

We then proceeded to West Rise School, which was then checked due to recent reports of people breaking into the shed and smoking cannabis. The last of the evening then took us to Old town, Victoria drive bowls club and Victoria gardens where nothing was seen in either area. In addition, there were no calls made to the Operation Blitz phone throughout the evening.

On Saturday 17th February 2018 we started with Pevensey Bay Road followed by the Crumbles Retail Park, which is where we came across a small gathering of three young people. We engaged with the group of three and were struck with a smell of cannabis from the group. The males were very honest and informed us that they had consumed cannabis. The group were searched and a grinder was seized and destroyed. 

West Rise School was then checked again, where we patrolled around the proximity of the school and nothing was brought to our attention. We then continued to Hampden Park, in particular the Veritek building and also Woburn way. Throughout the duration of us being in this location, there was no anti-social behaviour being committed. We also patrolled Harding Avenue and the surrounding areas.

After patrolling these areas, we finally patrolled the Old town area, Victoria Drive Bowls Club and Victoria Gardens which there was nothing to report. Again, no calls were made to the Operation Blitz phone throughout the evening.

22nd February 2018

Booker recalls Happy Shopper Tomato Ketchup
because it may contain pieces of plastic

Booker is recalling Happy Shopper Tomato Ketchup because some packs of the product may contain pieces of plastic. The presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat and presents a safety risk

The affected product is sold in some Londis and Budgens stores.

More information > >

21st February 2018

School Fraud - Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fraud – Schools Targeted

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has seen an increase in recent weeks in the volume of CEO Fraud reports whereby schools are the targeted victim. This has resulted in substantial financial losses for several schools that have fallen victim to this type of fraud.

A school is targeted by a fraudster who purports to be the Head Teacher / Principal. The fraudster contacts a member of staff with responsibility for authorising financial transfers and requests for a one off, often urgent, bank transfer to be made. The amounts requested have been between £8,000 and £10,000.

Contact is made by email and from a spoofed / similar email address to the one the Head Teacher / Principal would use.

Protection/Prevention Advice

  • Ensure that you have robust processes in place to verify and corroborate all requests to change any supplier or payment details. Get in touch with the supplier (or internal colleague) directly, using contact details you know to be correct, to confirm that a request you have received is legitimate.
  • All employees should be aware of these procedures and encouraged to challenge requests they think may be suspicious, particularly urgent sounding requests from senior employees.
  • Sensitive information you post publicly, or dispose of incorrectly, can be used by fraudsters to perpetrate fraud against you. The more information they have about you, the more convincingly they can purport to be one of your legitimate suppliers or employees. Always shred confidential documents before throwing them away.
  • Email addresses can be spoofed to appear as though an email is from someone you know. If an email is unexpected or unusual, then don’t click on the links or open the attachments. Staff should not be allowed to check emails or use the internet with administrator accounts.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

21st February 2018

Eastbourne Crime Update

Theft of charity boxes

Businesses, please be aware of walk in charity box thieves! We have had several reports of charity boxes being stolen from businesses throughout East Sussex. Please ensure you keep your charity boxes as secure as possible, keep them somewhere visible to staff at all times and report any suspicious activity, attempts or thefts of charity boxes to 101.

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about the above 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

Visit our Website for crime prevention advice

19th February 2018

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 341

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

16th February 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update - 9th-16th February

News and appeals

This week we have a message from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service:

Final weeks for East Sussex Fire Authority survey

East Sussex Fire Authority is urging the public to take part in its survey on attendance standards before it closes on 5 March 2018. Attendance standards are one way in which the Authority monitors and measure the performance of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. They help the public understand how long it could take us to respond emergencies.

At the moment performance is measured against one standard across the whole of our area. In reality, you may get a different response time in different areas for a whole range of reasons.

Our aim is to develop a new standard that is simple, meaningful, easy to understand, and representative of a typical attendance time wherever that may be within East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

This doesn't change the way the Service will respond to incidents - if you have an emergency, we will still send out fire-fighters as quickly as we can.
The survey is open from 8 January 2018 to 5 March 2018.

Click here to take part in the survey.

You can also request a paper copy by calling 0303-999-1000 or
email: consult@esfrs.org

Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service work closely together and provide support to each other whenever possible and this is an excellent opportunity to do so.

Crime summary

A garage was broken into overnight on Tuesday (13 February) on St Johns Road in Eastbourne. A car was in the garage and this was also broken into was a dash cam being taken (ref: 0249 14/02).

On Wednesday (14 February), a rogue trader gained access to a house on Framfield Way in Eastbourne and took jewellery (ref: 0523 14/02).
Some items were taken from a porch on Pensford Drive in Eastbourne. This occurred over night on Wednesday (15 February) and the items taken include 4 pairs of shoes (ref: 0611 15/02).

Between Friday (9 February) and Friday (16 February), a garage was burgled on St Johns Road in Eastbourne. A guitar amplifier and PA has been taken (ref: 0120 16/02).

16th February 2018

Young’s recalls Chip Shop Fish Cakes
because they may contain pieces of plastic and metal

Young’s is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.

More information > >

15th February 2018

Eastbourne Operation Blitz Update

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 on Friday night was a very quiet night for PCSOs Catton & Crouch. All the ASB hotspot, including Pevensey Bay Road and the Crumbles Retail Park, were patrolled with everything being all in order. There was one phone call to the Op Blitz phone from a member of the public reporting that there was a noisy party occurring next door to them. However when the officer arrived, there were no signs of a party or any noise disturbances.

Op Blitz on Saturday night saw PCSOs Wilkinson & Camille made their first appearance working together to tackle the ASB hotspots. A very windy evening with ‘PC Rain’ well on form throughout the shift meant for overall a fairly quiet Saturday night. The latest addition to the Blitz hotspot checklist is the Bandstand which is where they spent most of their time this evening. The Bandstand was added after recent reports of youths gathering in numbers. On their first visit, they came across a large group of youths who were playing music and seemed to be enjoying themselves but very quickly dispersed when the officers arrived! Unfortunately, not all youths were behaving themselves and the officers found a small bag of cannabis and the youth in question was dealt with accordingly. For the second part of the evening, the officers were joined by Sgt Mason & PC Cloake. The weather continued to keep the hotspots quiet until they arrived at the Bandstand. Again there was a number of youths present and there was a feint smell of alcohol and cannabis. The youths were searched by PC Cloake resulting in no further drugs found. Swift work by Sgt Mason who gathered up the youths, phoned their parents and were dropped home.

13th February 2018