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24th May 2017

Bogus "Wannacry" Support Scam

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber-crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

23rd May 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • An easier night's sleep for little ones
  • Pirates take over Eastbourne libraries this half-term
  • Books I have loved
  • New DVDs this May

Download the newsletter > >

22nd May 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 307

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

19th May 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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17th May 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The 2017 ESF Annual General Meeting will be held on 15th June in St Saviour's Church Hall in South Street.

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17th May 2017

Burglaries and Vehicle Thefts

There has been a recent increase in the number of vehicles that have been stolen in Eastbourne, as thieves are breaking into residents’ homes and taking the car keys.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience but to also steal your car can mess with your head.  Sussex Police has received reports from residents in the Sovereign Harbour and Langney Point area, where thieves are specifically targeting vehicle owners homes in order to steal cars.

Police Constable Ed Faulkner said “We are asking the public to be extra vigilant with regards to the security of their homes and vehicles by locking all downstairs windows and doors either when not at home or when they retire to bed.  Also to make sure that any car keys are well hidden to prevent the theft and subsequent risk that this could pose to the community.” 

The majority of burglars are opportunistic as they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and work undisturbed.  By following the crime prevention tips below you can deter this crime from happening to you.

  • Keep your front and back doors shut and locked – even when you are at home.
  • Close and lock all downstairs windows.
  • Never leave car keys, door keys or other valuables in view of a letterbox or window.
  • If possible keep your car and door keys in a secure place where thieves are unlikely to look.
  • Secure your garage and shed too – equipment kept in a garage or shed can be just as tempting for a burglar.
  • If you can, install a burglar alarm and set it every time you leave home.

15th May 2017

Global Cyber Attack

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12th May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

More information > >

15th May 2017

Fortnightly Digest

This is a round-up of the best bits of community action over on the website.

News, events and resources delivered directly to your in-box every other week.

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13th May 2017

PCC Warns of Telephone Scam

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has warned residents to be alert to scammers pretending to be police officers on the phone, following a fraud which saw an 85-year-old woman hand over £12,500.

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5th May 2017

Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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28th April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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23rd April 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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21st April 2017

Sussex Fraud Newsletter

The April issue of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

This issue focusses on phishing emails, protecting pension pots and the data breach of a well-known payday loan company.

As ever, everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and warn others who may be vulnerable to any type of fraud .

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21st April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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18th April 2017

Eastbourne Business News

Do you have what it takes to mentor or advise the next generation of East Sussex entrepreneurs?

This and more in the latest issue of Eastbourne Business News.

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14th April 2017

Wonga confirms data breach

Wonga has confirmed a data breach where up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised. The incident is now being investigated by the police and has been reported to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Wonga has updated its website with further information and confirmed that they are contacting all those affected and are taking steps to protect them, but there are also some things you can do to keep your information secure.

Here’s what you can do to make yourself safer:

If any of your financial details were compromised, notify your bank or card company as soon as possible. Review your financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.

Criminals can use personal data obtained from a data breach to commit identity fraud. Consider using credit reference agencies, such as Experian or Equifax, to regularly monitor your credit file for unusual activity.

Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, emails or texts, even if it appears to be from a company you know of. Don’t open the attachments or click on links within unsolicited emails, and never disclose any personal or financial details during a cold call.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to.
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

14th April 2017

District Commander's Easter Message

Dear Residents and Visitors of Eastbourne,

Spring has certainly sprung as the sun is shining, lambs are skipping in fields and many of us have been enjoying a hot cross bun or two. 

We are all looking forward to enjoying the long Easter weekend with our family and friends, however, we need to consider how safely kept are our personal items when we go on holiday or on days out.

Personal Safety

Be aware that thieves often operate in teams, one distracting in front whilst another attacks from behind - striking or snatching a bag.

  • Keep the contents in your handbag to a minimum, keep valuables in your pocket.
  • Keep your wallet in a deep pocket or a pocket that can button up.
  • Do not put address labels on keys. If you lose your keys, change your locks immediately.
  • Do not write your personal identification number (PIN) on any other piece of paper in your bag, purse or wallet. Neither the police nor the bank will contact you to ask for these details, so do not give details over the telephone to anyone. The bank will issue you with a new card and a new PIN.
  • Remember, if your debit or credit card is lost or stolen, let the bank/card company know immediately.

Shed and Garage Burglaries

Sadly Sussex Police receives an increase of reports involving shed and garage burglaries when the sun shines, so we still need to put in to action crime prevention.

  • Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure.
  • Trim overgrown plants – don’t give burglars a hiding place.
  • Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them from being used to break into your home.
  • Fit outside security lighting and a visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars.

In Sussex, 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. Register your property at immobilise.com, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.

Despite the warnings above Eastbourne and Sussex are safe places to visit. Please do enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and I wish you and your families a very Happy Easter.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice
District Commander for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden

13th April 2017

Have your say on our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy

Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes have been working with Lewes District Council to look at how we can provide a single housing service for both Lewes and Eastbourne.

As part of this we are looking at our policies to see if they can be streamlined and brought up to date.  This will enable our staff to work more effectively and efficiently across both areas.

Our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy outlines how we prevent, respond to and manage reports of anti-social behaviour from our residents and tenants.

We would like to hear your views on our draft shared policy.

The draft policy and a summary are available to download from our website and we have provided an Online survey to help you structure your feedback.

The closing date for responses is Wednesday 31 May 2017.

7th April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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4th April 2017

Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud "Law Abiding Citizen" Alert is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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1st April 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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31st March 2017

Eastbourne Bowling Club Open Days

Ever wondered what it is like to play bowls? Then why not pop along to one of Eastbourne Bowling Club's  two open days  on Monday 1st May or Monday 29th May and  give it a go. The club greens will be open on the above days from 10am, no need to book, just go along.

Located in the heart of Eastbourne, close to the Town Hall this very friendly club is always looking for new members.

If you are new to bowls or an experienced player looking to join a successful club please come along. Free parking in the club car park adjacent to the club house.

Experience some free bowling tuition or simply have a look around and find out about all the activities the club has to offer, 12 months of the year. A great way to meet new friends, socialise, and have some fun .

Located at: 3 Saffrons Road, BN21 1DG 

Tel: 01323-501851 [Paul] 

Visit the Eastbourne Bowling Club website > >

31st March 2017

Bourne to Recycle Spring Newsletter

The Bourne to Recycle Spring Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Love Easter, but hate waste
  • Recycling done and dusted
  • Bin collections over Easter
  • Spring into action with Bourne to Recycle

Download the newsletter > >

28th March 2017

One of the most eagerly awaited milestones for the Rampion project was achieved in March, the installation of the first offshore wind turbine.

The turbine, located approximately 14 kilometres from shore and visible on the horizon, is the first of the 116 MHI Vestas V112-3.45 megawatt (MW) models that will together make up the south coast’s first wind farm.

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24th March 2017

Statement of Community Involvement

Many people are interested in Eastbourne’s future. They want their children to have a decent home and job and they value Eastbourne’s environment. They have clear ideas as to the kind of place they would like Eastbourne to be but probably have not realised the important role that Planning has in helping to achieve these ideas.

It is important that local communities and interested parties are given the opportunity to get involved in helping to shape the priorities for the future of the area in which they live. 

Eastbourne Borough Council is consulting on a new Statement of Community Involvement which sets out the standards and approaches that the Council will use to involve the community and other interested parties in planning matters. 

The local community are being asked for their comments on the proposed approach in the Statement of Community Involvement. The full details of the consultation are available on the Council's Consultation Portal

The consultation commences on Friday 24 March, and concludes on Friday 19 May 2017. Residents are encouraged to use the Consultation Portal to review the information on the consultation, and submit comments either directly on the document or by downloading and completing a representation form. Comments can also be submitted by email to planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk, or by post to Regeneration & Planning Policy, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TW.

For further information, please contact Regeneration & Planning Policy on planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk or 01323 410000. 

23rd March 2017

Take a Stand Against Scams

Free event in Eastbourne by the Trading Standards Scam Team on 19th April 2017.

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23rd March 2017

Caroline Ansell Statement on Westminster Attack

This is a fast-moving investigation and it’s clear the police and security services are working hard to get to the bottom of what happened, who was involved and if there is any evidence of a wider plot.

“Like many, I remain very shocked by what happened as I was only seconds from the attacker and I heard the gunshots. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured - they were innocent people going about their lives.

“But I am also very relieved this appears to be a rudimentary attack and not something more organised and similar in its scope as Mumbai or Paris where automatic weapons were used.

“The police and emergency services must take credit for their response and that our democracy remains unharmed.

“We must also in deeds echo the words of the Prime Minister that these attacks are doomed to failure. We cannot and we must not be cowed by these threats to our democracy and our way of life. We must continue our lives, our work or picking up our children from school; we must not allow these cowardly people to defeat what we hold dear.

“I will be walking across Westminster Bridge to pay my respects to those so sadly killed and injured, but to also make it clear we are not scared or defeated by those who seek to harm us.”

17th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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16th March 2017

County Council Elections

The deadline is approaching for Eastbourne residents who wish to vote in East Sussex County Council elections on 4th May but are not yet on the electoral register.

People have until Thursday 13th April to register to vote and this can be done online in less than five minutes by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Anyone who fails to register will not be able to vote. Once registered, you will receive a poll card that includes details of where to go to cast your vote.

For voters unable to get to the polling station on 4th May, postal voting is an easy and convenient method.

To do this, you must submit a postal vote application form by 5pm on Tuesday, 18th April.

Another way to cast your vote if unable to attend a polling station is by proxy. These applications must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 25th April.

For more details about ways of voting visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote

14th March 2017

The Dropped Kerb Project

The dropped kerb project (please see photograph below) is to map out dropped kerbs in Eastbourne that enable motorists to park up to the edge of the kerb thus elimination any vision of oncoming traffic.

The charity "Possibility People" believes that by yellow lining correctly vehicles will have to park a distance away from the dropped kerb - enabling site of oncoming traffic for disabled, children and parents with buggies.

Additionally by having to park away from the kerb we think the incidences of vehicles parking on the dropped kerbs will reduce, thus reducing damage and potential maintenance.

Members of the public are asked to highlight dropped kerbs that need this change to be made, ie exact location with picture evidence, which will be compiled as evidence for a report for East Sussex Parking.

Possibility People is a Charity aiming to make more things possible for people in their life, no matter what their situation. It work with disabled people, older people and young people, or anyone with an impairment or long term health condition. It operate across Sussex and has a range of services and support available.

If you are living in East Sussex and have a question or query, whether you are a disabled or older person, a carer or someone working in the area of disability, there is a one stop shop information and advice line. Call: 01424 234460 to talk to a member of the experienced and friendly team. Alternatively, e-mail Possibility People.

For further information about the organisation visit the Possibility People website.

14th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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13th March 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 297

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

10th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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9th March 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Interested in Reading Groups?
  • New Access to Oxford Dictionary of Family Names
  • Volunteer for our library rhymetimes
  • A book I have loved
  • New DVDs for March

Download the newsletter > >

9th March 2017

Unlimited Entry to Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne residents can enjoy as many visits as they like to the Redoubt Fortress this year, as Heritage Eastbourne launches plans to offer a special Residents Ticket.

Costing the same as a standard Redoubt Fortress ticket, residents need only pay once to return again and again and discover the many ‘Faces of the Fort’ in a brand new immersive exhibition, along with the chance to experience life as it was for recruits, staff, prisoners and families over 200 years ago!

The new look fortress interior reopens this month with ‘Faces of the Fort’ on 20th March featuring interactive displays, children’s play, fun puzzles, spooky cells, dressing up and twice daily tours. 

With fun trails taking place during school holidays and half term, families will have all the more reason to return on a regular basis.

Volunteering

Heritage Eastbourne are also offering volunteer opportunities for those looking to expand their interest in history, or even those looking to perfect their drama and tour guiding skills.

All standard tickets and Residents tickets to the Redoubt museum cost £4.50 per adult, £2.50 per child, £3.25 for concessions or £12 per family.  Residents Tickets can be obtained by presenting either an Eastbourne Residents Card or a copy of a valid Council Tax bill at the time of purchase.

The ticket entitles the bearer to entry to the museum as many times as they wish throughout 2017, but excludes special events and activities such as ghost tours, film screenings and children’s workshops.

For more information telephone 01323 410300 or visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.

7th March 2017

International Women's Day Celebration in Eastbourne - Wednesday 8th March

Celebrate International Women’s Day.  Join us in the sharing of solidarity, positivity, stories and strength.  There will be a free event in Eastbourne on Wednesday 8th March in the Alfriston Room at the Lansdowne Hotel from 9.30am to 2pm. 

The programme is packed full of great sessions such as free yoga and Zumba classes and inspirational talks.

This event is a result of a collaboration between Diversity Resource International, Bourne Out LGBT, Wayfinder Woman, Creative Force, the Lansdowne Hotel and Eastbourne Borough Council.

If you would like further information please contact equality@eastbourne.gov.uk or call 01323 415626

3rd March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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3rd March 2017

1st March 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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27th February 2017

See below, February’s edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter, which gives Sussex residents the latest fraud updates.

This edition includes advice on:

  • Spotting the signs of dating fraud – we had eight reports of dating and romance fraud in January. The stakes for individuals affected are high, both financially and emotionally, so here we offer five simple dating tips to help avoid the pitfalls.
  • Apple gift card fraud – cold callers phone and text people to tell them they owe HMRC unpaid tax – and ask to pay through their Apple iTunes gift cards, which they then redeem and sell on.

Download the newsletter > >

24th February 2017

Sale of the Downlands Working Farms Freeholds

Eastbourne Borough Council has announced its intention of filling shortfalls in funding by selling off the freeholds of the Downlands Working Farms in its possession. The council is anxious to know you views.

Please download, print and complete this form and return it to the address shown.

17th February 2017

Working for the police can often be dangerous and unpredictable but being assaulted must never be seen as "part of the job”.

This is the robust message being strongly sent out by Sussex Police as it puts a spotlight on how officers are dealt with after being assaulted while trying to do their job. A seven point plan is being adopted by the force to get a better picture of how many officers are being assaulted as many do not make official reports.

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Police seek youths who kicked away disabled man's crutches in Eastbourne

A disabled newcomer to Eastbourne who needs crutches to walk suffered a cruel attack by a group of youths outside the town's Post Office in Terminus Road.

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Two jailed over armed robberies including one in Eastbourne

Two men have been jailed for life after they committed a series of violent armed robberies across the South East using sawn-off shotguns, including one in Eastbourne

The offences took place across London and the south-east of England between February 2016 and October 2016.

The Eastbourne offence took place on 24 February 2016.

See full details on the Metropolitan Police website.

Man sentenced in his absence to 11 years for raping woman in Eastbourne

A man has been convicted, after a trial in his absence, of raping a woman in Eastbourne after he gave her a 'date-rape' drug, and has been sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment.

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Ding-dong - Seaford burglar caught on doorbell TV

A video doorbell captured this man apparently breaking into a house in Seaford.

Footage shows the man entering the porch area of the house in Valley Drive at 10.51pm on Sunday (February 12). A minute later, the internet router located in the porch was unplugged, but not before the video captured the images, sending them to cloud storage.

View video > >

Anyone who recognises him or has any information about the burglary or the item stolen is asked to report online here quoting serial 46 of 13/02.

Alternatively, you can call 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Fraud Alert
House purchase money transfers

Action Fraud, the UK’s fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, is continuing to receive reports where parties involved in house purchases are targeted to transfer money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters, resulting in large losses for house buyers or solicitors.

“Conveyancing fraud” is committed by criminals who hack into the email chains between sellers and buyers and their solicitors and estate agents.
Waiting for the right time (usually on the day of sale completion) fraudsters send a spoofed or mimicked email informing the parties that bank account details have changed at the last minute and that money should be put into a different account. Sometimes they have hacked into the genuine email account of one of the parties, therefore sending an email from the genuine account to request the change.

The purchaser then transfers the sum of money into the new bank account, which is controlled by the fraudster, leaving the solicitor or client at a substantial financial loss.

As fraudsters have monitored previous communications, they can make emails appear identical to genuine ones, and they can delete real emails from accounts.

Protection advice

This social engineering trick can be difficult to spot, but there are ways to protect it from happening to you:

  • Review internal processes regarding how clients are permitted to amend bank details held for them.
  • Do not feel pressured into changing any bank details. If you receive an email requesting a change to the bank details, don’t be afraid to question its authenticity. If in doubt phone the sender to confirm.
  • At the start of the conveyancing process, agree the terms to which any changes in bank details will occur, such as in person.
  • Buyers and sellers should avoid using public Wi-Fi systems to check emails when house purchases are being made. Fraudsters can easily hack into vulnerable Wi-Fi systems.
  • Avoid posting statuses on social media about buying/selling your house or getting a mortgage. Fraudsters may get hold of this information and know the next step is a large financial transaction. 
  • Make sure you have strong passwords for your accounts and have anti-virus installed on your devices. To create a strong password, use at least 8 characters, a mix of letters and numbers, not dictionary words or names.  You could choose a phrase or lyric meaningful to you and initialise it.
  • Ensure that both your email and banking passwords are strong and unique.  Remember that your email, if hacked, could be used to re-set passwords on many of your other accounts.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

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

14th February 2017

ESF Digital Update

We would like to share the following items with you that have been sent to us by organisations wanting you to get involved with their surveys.

Volunteer Driver Schemes Survey - Deadline for responses: 10 March 2017

If you organise volunteer driver schemes in East Sussex, 3VA would like to hear from you. They are mapping Volunteer Driver Schemes in East Sussex, capturing the experience of organisations, drivers and passengers. The aim is to establish what currently exists, identify best practice and build capacity and resilience. They have three independent online surveys:

1.     If you are an organisation that provides a volunteer driver scheme, please share your knowledge by completing  Survey 1 > >

2.     If you are a volunteer driver, please share your knowledge by completing Survey 2 > > 

3.     If you use volunteer driver schemes as a passenger, please share your knowledge by completing Survey 3 > >

The plan is to share the results in a forum to discuss Voluntary Transport Solutions and plan next steps.
Please share these links with your contacts and encourage as many volunteer drivers and passengers to complete.

Eastbourne Parking Review

Opened on the 27th Jan and closing on the 17th Feb you can review all the new parking restrictions coming to a road near you.

Take part > >

The Great British Spring Clean

You may have noticed how much more litter is around these days in your street? So why not join this initiative and sign up to clean up your street.
See how many of our residents share your desire to keep Eastbourne tidy.

More information > >

East Sussex Better Together (ESBT)
There is a whole systems transformation programme to improving health and lifestyles. East Sussex Better Together (ESBT), and as part of joint working in the west of the county through Connecting4You (C4Y) are working to transform how we support people to make changes to their lifestyles to improve their health and well-being.

A key part of this is enabling staff and volunteers across a wide range of organisations and sectors to incorporate prevention and health promotion advice and information into their roles. 

To support this crucial work they currently provide access to health promotion resources such as posters and leaflets, and loan equipment such as teaching aids, through the East Sussex Health Promotion Resource Service.

They want to make sure that health promotion resources continue to meet the needs of staff and organisations who currently, or could in future, use them.  To help them understand the health promotion resource needs of colleagues in East Sussex they have commissioned Delta Public Health Consulting to undertake this work. 

They’re asking everyone whose role includes promoting health to get involved, and help them make sure that they shape the service to meet the needs of you and your colleagues.

If you are a professional, practitioner or volunteer with promoting health as part of your role, they want to hear your views.

Participate in a focus group. They have arranged a focus group to gather more in-depth information.  
21st February 2017, Eastbourne, 12:00

More information > >

Your views matter - get involved in helping them evaluate the East Sussex health promotion resource service.

Thank you.

Please let your friends and neighbours know about us and get our message out there. Perhaps forward this email to all your friends in Eastbourne and spread our news. If you have any items you would like us to include in our messages please let us have them.

Notices of publications, events and services do not necessarily carry an endorsement by the editor or ESF, nor do they represent the views of ESF.

Thank you.
Eastbourne Seniors Forum
Digital-Team
Email:  esf.publicity@gmail.com

10th February 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Volunteer and teach others IT skills
  • What was life like in East Sussex during WWI
  • World Book Day 2017
  • A book I have loved
  • New DVDs for February

Download the newsletter > >

4th February 2017

East Sussex Highways February Newsletter

The East Sussex Highways February newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Potholes
  • Peacehaven Cycle Route
  • Work in February

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4th February 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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3rd February 2017

News and appeals

App launched for staff and officers on “Time to Talk” day

Sussex Police has made great strides in addressing mental health, both for the public, and just as importantly with its own employees.
One in four people will suffer some form of mental health issue in their lifetime - and those who work for the police are no different.
An app has been built, and launches with week, to help employees find the right help for themselves and others if they are dealing with a mental health issue.

More information > >

Have you seen wanted man Luke Robertson?

Luke Robertson, 41, was last seen in Lascelles Terrace in Eastbourne on Wednesday, January 11. He is wanted about breaching the terms of his licence.

More information > >

Burglars steal large quantity of fireworks from Eastbourne storage unit

Thousands of pounds worth of fireworks have been stolen from an Eastbourne storage facility in what police believe may have been a carefully planned burglary.

Officers are now seeking witnesses or any information concerning the theft, which occurred at ESK in Courtlands Road, Eastbourne, between 9pm and midnight on Tuesday (24 January)

More information > >

Pedestrian dies in Eastbourne collision
Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision where a pedestrian died in Eastbourne.

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Suspect arrested in connection with Motcombe tyre slashings

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Witnesses sought to knife-point robbery in Eastbourne
Shortly before 9pm on Sunday (29 January) police received a report of a robbery at the Best One shop in Seaside, Eastbourne.

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Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Join us in supporting Safer Internet Day on the 7th February 2017.

The 3 Cs

As we are currently experiencing heavy rain, many of us will be hurrying from our cars to the house to avoid getting any wetter. However, sometimes we are so focussed on not getting wet, we completely forget to lock our vehicles. When leaving your vehicle parked or unattended please remember to carry out the 3 Cs.

  • CLEAR valuables and personal belongings from vehicle ensuring nothing is in view that would encourage someone to break in and steal it.
  • CLICK your remote locking key fob to lock and secure the vehicle.
  • CHECK that you have followed these steps to make sure it is secure.

Following these simple guidelines will help you avoid becoming a target of vehicle crime.

1st February 2017

Bourne to Recycle Newsletter

The latest edition of Bourne to Recycle news, is focusing on glass.  Glass is perfect for recycling – it can be recycled into new bottles and jars again and again. And again!

The UK currently recycles around 50% of container glass (like bottles and jars) and while this figure has doubled over the last five years it still lags behind other countries.  For example, both Switzerland and Finland recycle more than 90% of their glass. (Source www.recyclenow.com)

Recycling glass in Eastbourne is easy.  It is collected from your green recycling box as part of your kerbside collection and there are bottle banks at bring sites across the town.  However, there is still more we can all do, such as remembering to recycle clear food jars which are often forgotten.

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29th January 2017

News and appeals

Sussex drivers are urged to remember that “It Can Wait” when it comes to using a mobile phone while driving

Driving while distracted is an increasing problem on Sussex roads with mobile phones now used to make calls, send messages, play music and check road conditions, temptations to use devices while at the wheel are endless.
It Can Wait aims to remind drivers that nothing is more important than focussing on driving – and driving alone. The campaign is urging drivers to place their phone out of reach, or set it to silent, before setting off on a journey to ensure they are not distracted or tempted to pick it up while driving.

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Two people remanded in connection with Eastbourne burglary
Two local people have been charged in connection with a burglary at a couple’s home in Latimer Road, Eastbourne, on Wednesday (18 January).

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New neighbours' steal from elderly Eastbourne resident

Police in Eastbourne are searching for two women who stole from an elderly resident after pretending to be new neighbours

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Great work team!

Len Wright was arrested and charged with Shoplifting from Mankind in Eastbourne on 22nd January and Pandora in Hastings. Placed in front of Hastings Magistrates and received 12 weeks imprisonment.

Suspect has been arrested in connection with Motcombe tyre slashings

A 17 year old man from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of carrying a bladed article in relation to the tyre slashings in the Motcombe area of Eastbourne, on Thursday (26 January).  He is currently in custody helping police with their enquires.

24th January 2017

Payment diversion alert

Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online on the action fraud website or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

21st January 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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20th January 2017

News and appeals

Sussex Police backs knife surrender campaign

The surrender is part of a national drive to raise awareness of people who have lost their lives to knife crime. The knifes will be given to the British Ironwork Centre and used in a 20 foot tall angel in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime.

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Sussex Police once again in the top 100 list of LGBT friendly employers in the UK

The former head of policing in Brighton has been named as the Senior Champion of the Year in an annual LGBT employer's list.

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Witness appeal following double assault in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses following a double assault in Eastbourne in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

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Operation Signature January 2017 newsletter

Please click here to view the latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter on the Sussex Police website.

It includes:

  • Details of fraudulent Amazon emails
  • New ways to stop nuisance and cold calls
  • How to avoid fraudulent charity appeals

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Sussex Police are urging van owners to pay extra attention to security. Recent weeks have seen a rise in reports of vans are being targeted while parked and unattended overnight within the Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother areas of Sussex.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said, “Police colleagues in Hastings and Rother have shared with the Eastbourne team a rise in this type of crime.  Whilst we have received a small number of incidents locally, we would like to take this opportunity to push out some key messages to try and prevent a bigger problem. Should you be a van owner, take the time to put in place some basic crime prevention steps, to reduce the opportunity for thieves.”
Sussex Police are urging van owners to pay extra attention to security. This means not keeping valuables or expensive tools in vehicles overnight and to consider fitting additional security, such as steering locks and alarms.  Vehicles should be fully secured, even if left for only a brief time, and any theft of number plates should be reported to police without delay.
Further tips to stop thieves include:

  • Not keeping the engine running while leaving a vehicle to defrost. Not only is this illegal but it offers a golden opportunity for thieves.
  • Don't leave coats and jackets on show.
  • Remove satnavs and camera suction marks from windscreens - they are an immediate give-away that such devices may be in the vehicle
  • Empty glove-boxes and leave them open to show that they don't contain anything valuable
  • As well as removing tools, display a sign indicating that they are not stored inside the vehicle

Anyone with information about thefts of or from vans is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101.

Alternatively details can be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).
If a crime is in progress or apparently about to take place, please don't hesitate to call 999 and ask for police.

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.

19th January 2017

Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

The latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available on the Sussex Police website.

It includes:

  • Details of fraudulent Amazon emails
  • New ways to stop nuisance and cold calls
  • How to avoid fraudulent charity appeals

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13th January 2017

News and appeals

Eastbourne burglar jailed for five years

Blood spots lead detectives to making an arrest.

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Hundreds arrested during crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Surrey and Sussex Police’s campaign to target drink and drug drivers throughout the month of December resulted in the arrest of 208 individuals in Sussex.

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Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

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

12th January 2017

Winter Wrapped Up

Winter isn’t everyone’s favourite season and there’s no doubt that cold weather can be a worry for those in later life.

As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold and this can leave us more vulnerable. But with a little preparation, and by following some simple suggestions, we can help ourselves stay healthy, safe and as comfortable as possible this winter.

AgeUK has issued "Winter Wrapped Up", a useful guide to staying warm and well this winter.

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12th January 2017

District Commander's New Year Message

Dear residents and visitors of Eastbourne,

Happy New Year to you! 

Some of us may still be recovering from the festive celebrations, I for one am as I have found my uniform to be a little tighter than normal! Others of us are looking to new storage solutions for the lovely presents we have received.

But remember, we need to be preventative savvy from opportunistic thieves in knowing what we have in our houses.  If you are disposing of boxes or packaging, try to disguise or amend the item shown as empty boxes left for the rubbish collection, shows thieves what is new
Daily we can carry out the following security checks;

  • Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.
  • Implement an intruder alarm as this can be an effective deterrent against burglars.
  • Make it a habit to mark your valuables by using your postcode and house number or name.
  • Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them next to a ruler.
  • Register your property at immobilise.com, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.

Motcombe and Old Town

Many of you may be aware that we are currently investigating a number of incidents in which cars have been damaged in the Motcombe and Old Town areas of Eastbourne.  The offences committed mainly consist of car tyres being damaged with a pointed or bladed article.

Please be reassured that officers, both in uniform and plain clothes, are being deployed to the area at times when the offences are occurring to try and catch the offenders in the act.  Stop and search powers will also be used when it is justified and appropriate depending on individual circumstances.

Local residents are being urged to call police on 999 if the see someone in the act of causing damage.  Anyone who subsequently identifies damage to their car should call 101 and quote Operation Bargate.

Despite the warnings above, as I have mentioned in previous messages Eastbourne and Sussex remain safe places to live.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander

9th January 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the January 2017 edition of its electronic newsletter.

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7th January 2017

Neighbourhood Watch
Fraud, Scams and Cybercrime Survey

Fraud, including scams and cybercrime, is on the increase. We are determined to fight back to help protect residents and their money. Together we have managed to reduce the level of many other types of crime, including burglary. Will you help us to fight fraud?

We are inviting all Sussex residents to help us by answering a few simple questions. This will only take about 5 minutes. None of these ask you for any personal financial information, nor will we contact you about any of your answers, nor will we publish anything which could lead to anybody being identified.

Our questions ask about your perception of fraud including scams, where reliable advice and information can be found, and how you might respond in a potential fraud situation. Helping us to understand how people really think will enable us to find the best solutions. We have some ideas about how things could be changed to protect people better against fraud, and we would welcome your feedback on these. A summary of our findings will be made available in due course.

Please be assured that this is a secure service, powered by Neighbourhood Alert which is accredited by the Cyber essentials plus service.

Click here to take part in this research.

For more information or to contact the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner please visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

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

6th January 2017

News and appeals

Police are investigating a number of incidents in which cars have been damaged in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police would like to reassure the public that they are very aware of a series of incidents in which cars have been damaged in the Motcombe and Old Town areas of Eastbourne.

Extra officers, both in uniform and in plain clothes, are being deployed to the area at times when the offences are occurring to try and catch the offenders in the act. Stop and search powers will also be used when it is justified and appropriate depending on individual circumstances.

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Domestic Abuse
A New Year, a fresh start…without domestic abuse

Take the first steps to making 2017 a year without fear of violence, abuse, or controlling behaviour. Talk to us, we can help.

We have specially trained officers to support and advise anyone who may be experiencing abuse by a partner or family member.  If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is suffering domestic abuse, please report it to us on 101 or by completing the online form at www.sussex.police.uk

If you prefer, talk to one of the many confidential support organisations Click here

Operation Blitz
Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour

#Brewfie Challenge
Join our Officers in supporting the #Brewfie challenge to help break the stigma around speaking out about mental health and suicide. Post your photos and show your support.

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

6th January 2017

Scam Amazon e-mails

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online, and mimic an automatic customer email notification.

The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.  Click here to read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon.

To report a fraud or cyber-crime, call Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040.