ESF News

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:

  • 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.

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:

  • Merry Christmas
  • East Sussex Children's Book Award Shortlist Announced!
  • Want some inspiration when reading to children? Try Read Aloud
  • Library Services for Young People
  • The Book I Have Loved
  • New DVDs out this Month

Download the newsletter > >

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:

  • Keep your handbag on you zipped with no valuable items on display
  • Keep your handbag close to your body
  • Be mindful of distractions, thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag or it's contents.
  • Attach your purse to your handbag with a secure cord and keep your mobile in a zipped internal pocket
  • Consider purchasing a purse bell, these are an inexpensive deterrent to purse thieves that can be attached to your bag and make a noise to alert you if someone attempts to take something from your bag.

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;

  • 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.

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:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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.

Click here to view the RHT November Newsletter > >

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:

  • Activity Vouchers available
  • Quality used kit for sale
  • Shore-based courses on offer this winter
  • A big thank you, to you!

View the newsletter > >

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:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Alternatively, people in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

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:

  • Message from the Chair
  • ESF Open Meeting
  • What Can You Do to Ward-off Illness
  • Do We Have the Courage?
  • Disinheritance
  • It Seems to Happen Overnight
  • Leave a Light On

and much more.

Download the Winter Newsletter > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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:

  • Remember With Us
  • Man Booker Prize Winner Announced
  • Can't get to us? Let the Library come to You
  • Penned Up
  • The Book I Have Loved
  • New DVDs out this Month

Download the newsletter > >

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:

  • Remember, remember the 5th of November
  • On the road to fostering with Jacqueline Wilson
  • Keep warm and well this winter
  • From the Newsroom.

Read more > >

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:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Older children should make sure an adult knows the area they plan to visit and what time they’ll be back.
  • Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses
  • Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully  
  • Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers. 
  • Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening.
  • Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the  'No Trick or Treaters please' posters people may display in doors or windows. 
  • Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.

If you feel unsafe:

  • Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
  • Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
  • If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
  • If you are prepared to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
  • If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.

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

  • If you are on the roads when it’s dark your bicycle is legally required to have both lights and reflectors fitted. 
  • Your front light must be white and have a 110 degree visibility7
  • Your rear light must be red
  • Front and rear lights are allowed to flash
  • You must also have a red rear reflector and BS6102/2 amber reflectors on the front and rear of each pedal

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

  • Hi-viz clothing is very effective at making you visible at night
  • Add reflective items to body parts that move, i.e. shoes with reflective strips, reflective wrist bands and gloves
  • If wearing a back pack or rucksack ensure it has reflective strips or areas for greater visibility
  • Wear a rear light on your back pack or your helmet for extra visibility. The additional height of the light will be at eye level for most motorists
  • Ensure the batteries in your lights are always in full working order and not running low

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:

  • It's Libraries Week
  • Give Others a Helping Hand
  • Crowborough Library to get a Makeover
  • Get Involved by Trying 1 Thing
  • The Book I Have Loved

Download the newsletter > >

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?

  • Changing the identity of a stolen car so it can be sold
  • Ram-raiding or burglary
  • Driving from petrol stations without paying
  • Evading congestion charges, parking and speeding fines

How to protect your plates

  • Use a garage at night if you can.
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas if you have to park on the street.
  • Use  safe, well - lit public car parks.
  • Consider using security screws which can be turned easily using a screwdriver to fit them but can’t be undone using normal tools.
  • Consider using theft-resistant number plates which may cost a little more but are designed to resist known attack methods and will break apart if someone tries to remove them by force.

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:

  • Let's Recycle More
  • Celebrating Older People's Day
  • Support for Families
  • Get in our Good Books
  • From the Newsroom.

Read more > >

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:

  • Playing for sympathy - "I've broken down, please can I use your phone?" "I don't feel very well, could I use your toilet or get a glass of water?"
  • Lost ball - "I've lost my ball/my son's lost his ball, please could I look for it in your garden?"
  • Good Samaritan - "I've just caught someone climbing out of your window, I think they might have stolen something. We need to check your money hasn't been taken."
  • Using children - "Hello could my son and I come in to ask you some questions for his school project?"
  • Fake emergency - "There's a gas leak/flood in your road, I have to come in to turn off your supply."
  • Leaving a note - "I've popped round to see my auntie/friend who lives next door, but she's out at the moment. Please could I borrow a pen and paper to leave a note?"

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

  • Don't let anyone into your home that you don't know. Always ask for identification - official visitors won't mind being asked for ID.
  • Fit a door chain, if you have a solid front door, fit a wide angle door viewer.
  • If you were not expecting anyone, explain that you need to check they are legitimate and ask them to wait outside for a few minutes. Take a note of their name and the company they claim to be working for and then close and lock the door.
  • Look up the phone number for the company in a telephone directory or on the internet and check they have an employee of that name and that they are visiting you on legitimate business. Never just take someone's word for it and don't use any phone number they give you to check their identity - you don't know if it's a genuine number.
  • If someone is asking for a favour, such as to use your toilet, borrow a pen or retrieve a ball, don't let them in. Instead direct them to a shop, office or public place. It's only natural to want to help someone, but sadly that's one of the techniques often used by distraction burglars.

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:

  • Keeping an eye on people calling in the area or acting suspiciously
  • Noting the registration numbers of vehicles parked in your area for a period of time
  • Calling on vulnerable people regularly. If it is not too much trouble, help them keep their front garden tidy and find reliable tradespeople for any maintenance work that really does need to be undertake
  • Inform the police to provide information about suspicious people, activity or vehicles, however insignificant it may seem

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:

  • New offer to schools
  • Learn something new
  • Celebrate Older People's Day
  • Mind your head
  • Radio Sussex book of the month
  • New DVDs out this September

Download the newsletter > >

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:

  • Don’t ‘Unlock’ your Smartphone - Also known as Jailbreaking or rooting, ‘unlocking’ your smart phone turns off software restrictions placed by the manufacturer, allowing you to download and install apps which aren’t available through official app stores. This might seem like a good idea, but did you know you’re also opening your phone up to dodgy apps and malicious software that can infect your phone and damage or delete the data you have on it?
  • Protect your ID, and don’t overshare - The ability to provide ID is everything, and not just in a bar! Without it, you can’t open or access a bank account, sign up for a railcard, student discount or other essentials. Never reveal logins or other passwords and don’t overshare online, in texts or on the phone. Don’t be tempted to provide confidential information on yourself or anyone else, in return for freebies. Check your credit score to make sure nobody has taken out credit or purchased anything in your name.
  • Look after your money. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to open an account, directly, with a respected bank. It’s vital that you keep your banking and other financial details private. Most universities and colleges have a Student Money Adviser: talk to yours if you need advice on any other aspect of your finances.
  • Protect your reputation, and yourself:
  • What goes online stays online - and that includes snaps and stories, as well as pics and posts, including those you might regret either immediately or in the future.
  • Research shows 70%* of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, so think about what you’re posting and how it might affect you in the future when you start job hunting.
  • Remember that online, not everyone is who they claim to be - Consider this if you’re talked into sharing intimate photos or videos. And for the same reason, remember that not every relationship lasts forever.
  • Accommodation - Found accommodation you like? Check it out in person before parting with any money, and make sure who you’re paying is authentic. If you can, pay deposits and other up-front payments by credit card for extra protection.
  • Betting on a win? For some people, a bit of harmless betting can turn into a habit. If you’re tempted, think about how much money and time you could be throwing away and what else you could do with it. And sometimes, there’s a fine line between gaming and gambling … don’t cross it.
  • Be on the lookout for fraud - Fake texts, emails, calls and posts claiming to be from your bank, student loan provider or HMRC are rife for everybody… including students. If you’re an overseas student, you could be targeted by visa fraudsters too. Not thinking before you click – or oversharing confidential information – could cost you your money, your identity, or both.
  • Take care with your tech and how you connect - Your phone, tablet and laptop are essential to your life, so treat them like the precious possessions they are. If what you’re doing is confidential or financial, avoid using Wi-Fi hotspots: there’s no guarantee they’re secure. And turn off location services to keep your whereabouts to yourself.
  • Keep your coding legal - Heavyweight coders are sometimes targeted by cybercriminals who need their skills. If you get approached, think about the consequences to yourself and others.
  • Payments - If you pay a person or company you don’t know by bank transfer and it’s a fraud, there’s very little chance you’ll get your money back, so try to avoid this wherever possible.
  • Dating apps - If you’re dating online, use reputable apps and keep the conversation on the app. Remember that not everyone is who they say they are, and there’s nothing more important than your personal safety whether you’re dating or hooking up. Don’t be afraid to block or say no.
  • No means no - Never be put under pressure to do something you disagree with, or feel uncomfortable with, and don’t put others under pressure either. We’re talking sending or publishing intimate pics, harmful pranking, extreme content, hacking social media accounts or any kind of radicalisation.
  • Don’t become a money mule - Get rich quick schemes, jobs advertised with pay that’s too good to be true or trusting others with your bank account could result in a sentence and a criminal record. Be wary if approached.

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:

  • Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”, neither would they demand money to in order to cancel an arrest.
  • Do not be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are; protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests.
  • If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online fraud reporting tool. You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040.
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.

  • The package cost Coach+ Theatre Seat is £25.00; pick-up points and departure times are as follows:
  • Sedlescombe Bus Stop 16.45pm
  • Budgeon’s Coach Park Battle 17.00pm
  • Town Hall Square, Bexhill 17.30 pm
  • Wheatsheaf, Little Common 17.45pm
  • Arrive Brighton (approx.): 19.00pm.
  • Depart from Brighton (approx.): 22.15pm

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:

  • Make Mischief at your local library this summer
  • Short of space in your suitcase? Pack an eBook
  • Events in Libraries
  • A book I have loved..

Download the newsletter > >

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:

  • To target irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing excess speed offences.
  • To inform drivers of the risks - both to themselves and to other road users associated with speeding.
  • To encourage drivers to obey speed limits and drive at speeds safe for the road environment.

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

  • Use timer switches on lights to make your home looks occupied in the evenings
  • If possible, leave a car in your driveway or ask a neighbour to park their car on your driveway whilst you’re away
  • Ask a neighbour to check on your home while you’re away and move any post out of sight
  • Cancel any regular delivers such as milk and newspapers
  • If you have a lawn, cut it before you go away and trim back any bushes or shrubs that burglars could hide behind
  • Lock away any valuable items such as pedal cycles – they may be safer in your home than in an outhouse or shed

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

  • Mark the frame of you bike with your postcode and house number using a UV pen or tamper-proof label
  • Keep details of the frame number, make, model and type of bike and also take a photograph
  • Register your bike on www.immobilise.com, a free online property database which the police use to check stolen property
  • Never leave your bike unlocked – even if you’re just popping into the newsagents for a couple of minutes
  • The best kind of lock is a quality solid steel D-shaped shackle lock
  • Always lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings, preferably in a public area
  • If you have a quick release wheel, take off your front wheel and local it to the frame and back wheel
  • If you have a pump or detachable lights, take them with you when you leave your bike
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance cover for your bike

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

  • Don’t leave valuables in your car – even if you know that the bag on the front seat is empty, a thief may still try their luck
  • Remove your sat nav and its holder from your car, don’t leave it in the glove box as this is the first place a thief will look
  • Remember to shut your windows and sunroof when you leave your car
  • Use an approved steering lock and gear clamp
  • Set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one fitted

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

  • Keep hedges and shrubs in your front garden below windowsill height to prevent a burglar having a ‘screen’ to work behind
  • Use gravel on paths and driveways to help deter burglars from approaching your property
  • Clever planting can also help – use prickly plants and shrubs close to vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drain pipes

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

  • Keep your shed securely locked by using strong hasp and close shackle padlock. Use coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges, hasp and staples
  • Always put away gardening equipment, tools and furniture away when you’ve finished using them
  • Keep your garden fences in good repair and consider having trellis on the top to discourage anyone climbing over

Make your valuables less attractive to steal

  • Mark garden furniture and DIY equipment with your postcode and house number (or name) by engraving or painting
  • Photograph valuable garden plants and ornaments to help identify them in the event of a theft

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:

  • Never share account information with friends, family or other people.
  • Be careful about the information you share on social media, such as date of birth and family/pets’ names you also use in your passwords. Never post images of your passport, driver’s licence, NI number or other confidential items.
  • Never divulge private information data in response to an email, text, letter, phone call or web form unless you’re certain that the request is authentic. Call to check on the number you know to be correct.
  • Have up-to-date security software/apps running on your computer and mobile devices. Update software and apps when prompted.
  • Choose strong passwords and keep them safe. Don’t use one password for more than one account.
  • Take care when using public Wi-Fi hotspots: Your information may not be secure.
  • Always beware - of people looking over your shoulder when you’re entering private information on a computer, mobile device, or ATM.
  • Arrange for paperless bills and statements instead of printed ones.
  • File sensitive documents securely, and shred those you no longer need – preferably with a cross-cut shredder.
  • Get regular credit reports to check if anybody has taken out finance in your name.

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

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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. 

Download survey > >

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.

Further information >>

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.
Further information >>

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.
Further information >>

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."

Download the full newsletter > >

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:

  • Talk regularly with your children about their and your online lives - Get them to show you what they’re doing and try some of the technologies out for yourself. Show you understand how important technology is to them and talk about the benefits. Don’t shy away from discussing responsible behaviour, and talk about bullying and adult content in the appropriate language for their age.
  • Set boundaries and rules from a young age - including how much time they can spend online for a healthy balance. Set an example by using your own mobile devices responsibly and at the right time.
  • Talk to your friends, family and other parents about how they help their children to progress and keep safe online. Exchange tips and share experiences.
  • 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 technological controls only in conjunction with giving guidance and advice.
  • Tell your children 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.
  • Check lower age limits of social networking and picture sharing sites - and make sure your children aren’t using age-inappropriate sites, apps or games. Download apps only from recognised sources such as App Store and Google Play. Add your own email address when setting up accounts for your children.
  • Keep yourself up to date with new game ‘fads’, especially those with negative publicity because they may be violent, encourage gambling or leave the way open for grooming.
  • Be aware of the rise in children’s live streaming of themselves and the dangers associated with it - There is also a danger of children randomly being exposed to inappropriate content on video streaming sites such as YouTube.
  • Talk to your children about online safety basics - such as not clicking on random links or attachments, good password practice, not turning off internet security programs/apps and firewalls, and not revealing personal information such as their address, current location or private images.

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.

  • Always ensure you know who you are talking to. If in doubt, hang up immediately.
  • Do not allow remote access to your computer.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, or another trusted organisation, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions.
  • Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.  Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be.

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:

  • Keep communities safe and feeling safe
  • Identify and protect vulnerable people
  • Prevent and respond to harm.
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;

  • Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.
  • Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

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:

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.

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:

  • 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. 

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:

  • What's on at Half-term?
  • Breaking down the Barriers
  • From War . . . to here
  • 'Outstanding' rating for adult support service

Read more > >

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.

More information > >

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:

  • Queen's Award for Enterprise
  • The View from EBP
  • Build a Business Plan That Works
  • #AskTheExpert

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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:

  • Calling all young writers
  • Touring Conan Doyle exhibition
  • Hastings Library code clubs
  • Au revoir to Hastings Library writer in residence
  • Diary of events

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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 devices for which you need a password (as well as your Wi-Fi password) to connect, replace factory-set passwords with secure ones you create yourself. This is because a lot of default administrator passwords are common to every device shipped, and potentially insecure. If in doubt, check manufacturers’ instructions on how to change passwords.
  • Don’t use the same password for more than one connected device, nor share passwords with those you already use for other online accounts.
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi network is secure, see our advice page on Wireless Networks & Hotspots at www.getsafeonline.org
  • Make sure that all your computers and mobile devices are fitted with updated internet security software /app, and also that access to these devices is protected with a PIN or pass-code.
  • Check the apps associated with your connected devices, and install updates as soon as prompted.
  • If you can, disable remote-management access and other powerful network tools if they won’t be used.
  • Consider whether buying well-known, reputable brands means that more care has probably been taken in securing the products – and you and your family’s security.


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?

  • 1 in 5 people fall victim to fraud every year
  • Nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by fraudsters

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:

  • Mail fraud: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims
  • Investment fraud: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value
  • Romance fraud: the fraudster meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them
  • Courier fraud: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep
  • Fraud recovery: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.

There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details.

Key things to remember:

  • 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
  • If in doubt phone a relative or a friend

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:

  • Town Centre improvements begin
  • Opening dates for new Arndale Centre stores
  • Congress Theatre re-opening
  • Eastbourne Local Lottery launch
  • Residents sign up for garden bins

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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:

  • Charge for certain waste types that are not ‘household waste’, i.e. rubble, soil, plasterboard, tyres and asbestos.
  • Close the part-time recycling sites at Forest Row and Wadhurst.
  • Change recycling site opening hours to better suit demand.
  • Improve the layout of Hailsham recycling site.

The council believes it can make these changes while maintaining a good level of service for residents.

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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

  • A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru.
  • Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
  • For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages

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

  • Don’t assume it’s authentic: Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: A genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
  • Stay in control: Avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you’re thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser – never use an adviser from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.

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

More information > >

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:

  • Free Business Start-up Workshops
  • £10 Million Innovation Fund for Construction Industry

Read more > >

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:

  • Improve your sales success rate and win more customers
  • Understand the need for and the benefits of a structured sales process
  • Know where you (and your sales team) are in a sale and hence plan your next move, and
  • Pick up a few sales tips!

Find out more and book your place > >

Plus:

  • Do you have a business idea?
  • Fund launched for start-ups with innovative solutions for the construction industry

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.

More information > >

3rd April 2018

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

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.  

  • To make a Clare’s Law application contact Sussex Police: 
  • Visit a police station or speak to any officer 
  • Email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk
  • Phone 101

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.

  • Close your windows and sunroof, lock all doors and activate any security devices when leaving the vehicle even for a few minutes. Check your doors manually as automatic locking devices can sometimes be affected by electronic interference.
  • Take all valuables including sunglasses with you if you can. If you are unable to take them from the vehicle, lock them in the boot or place them out of view.
  • Fit a locking petrol cap if your vehicle doesn’t already have one. Fit anti tamper screws on your number plates and locking wheel nuts if not standard to your vehicle.
  • Remove parking permits, radio face plates and portable satellite navigation systems including their cradle ensuring to wipe the window where the satellite navigation holder may have left a visible mark.
  • Consider getting a steering lock or gearstick lock and pedal box to improve security of your unattended vehicle.
  • Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for some time. If possible always park in a busy, well lit area. Managed car park facilities may be a better choice a list of police approved safer car parks can be found at the British Parking Association website.
  • Never leave your keys in the vehicle, even if you are just leaving it for a few seconds. Try to avoid leaving car keys close to your front door or in a visible location. A thief can reach in using a hand or device and steal the keys to your vehicle. Fitting a plate to the rear of the letterbox opening can prevent this.
  • If a vehicle is left insecure it only take 10 seconds for your valuables to be stolen.

Advice for van owners:

  • If you are staying in a hotel, where possible remove your tools from your van and keep them in your room overnight.
  • Don't assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended.
  • If you have a garage, use it. If your van is parked on a driveway, consider installing security lighting. If neither of these apply, try to park in well lit areas.
  • Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage when tools and equipment are not being used, ensure they are kept securely in a lockable store rather than in your vehicle.
  • Consider whether the storage area can be alarmed. If the equipment is portable, take it with you.
  • Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight, and place a sign in the window stating they have been removed.
  • Lock/immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use.
  • Visibly mark your machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or use a forensic marking kit. Place a sticker in your window to say you have done so - the signage alone, can be a very effective deterrent.
  • Keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at www.immobilise.com. This will help to trace them back to you if they are recovered. 
  • Consider the use of security patrols around building sites.

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:

  • The Cuifail Tunnel
  • A Day in the Life of Our Street Lighting Team
  • The new Horsey Cycle Path

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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:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

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:

  • Libraries Strategy for the Future
  • Library Closures
  • Future Ways to Access Services
  • New Services

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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?

  • 1 in 5 people fall victim to fraud every year
  • Nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by fraudsters

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:

  • Mail fraud: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims
  • Investment fraud: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value
  • Romance fraud: the fraudster meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them
  • Courier fraud: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep
  • Fraud recovery: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.

There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details.

Key things to remember:

  • 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
  • If in doubt phone a relative or a friend

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.

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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.

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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

Quorn recalls its Chilled Quorn Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice 400g

Quorn is recalling its Chilled Quorn Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice 400g product because it may contain pieces of flexible rubber.

The presence of rubber makes this product unsafe to eat and presents a safety risk.

More information > >

13th February 2018

Your Energy Sussex tariffs public launch
Sussex councils call on residents to switch and save

Councils in Sussex have joined forces to help households save money on their energy bills by getting them into the switching habit.

Residents across Sussex can now buy competitively-priced gas and electricity through Your Energy Sussex, the council energy partnership led by West Sussex County Council.

The aim is to encourage more people to switch and save money on their energy bills – as much as £300 per year on average.

According to figures from Ofgem, only 25% of households have compared their energy costs and switched supplier in the past year. In West Sussex alone, that means that more than 500,000 households could be paying too much for their gas and electricity.

Your Energy Sussex is a partnership between Sussex councils and Robin Hood Energy, the licensed energy company owned and operated by Nottingham City Council.

Your Energy Sussex is different to most energy suppliers because: 

  • It is operated by local councils who want people here to pay less for their gas and electricity; 
  • It is run on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis and doesn’t make money to pay shareholders or directors’ bonuses. Profits are used to help local people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. 
  • Its gas and electricity prices are always competitive and it works hard to keep customers on their cheapest tariff.

Your Energy Sussex is also working with Robin Hood Energy to provide Sussex-produced green energy from its solar panels directly to customers through the launch of a green energy tariff later this year.

The local energy tariff is currently supported by nine of the 15 local authorities in Sussex. Brighton & Hove City Council will make a decision on whether to support the tariff in March.

13th February 2018

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 340

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

12th February 2018

We're Nearly Ten Years Old

On 11th April 2018, the Eastbourne Seniors Forum will be celebrating the tenth Anniversary of its launch.

The mark the event, we are in the process of compiling a photographic slide-show to commemorate the events the forum has hosted, or participated in, over the years.

If you have any photographs that you feel could be of interest, please e-mail them to: webmaster@esf-online.org.

12th February 2018

Want to Try Model Yacht Sailing?

If you are interested in outdoor activity, you might like to try radio-controlled model yacht sailing.

The Eastbourne and District Model Yacht club meets on three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) in Princes Park, adjacent to the Wartling Road/Winchelsea Road entrance.

If you would like more information, or would like to have a trial sail, just go along to one of the club's meetings where members will be on hand to show you the ropes.

More information > >

12th February 2018

Fly-tipping hit team gets out and about in Eastbourne

A fly-tipping hit team took to the streets of Eastbourne on Friday to ensure the town stays clean and green.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First team joined forces with Sussex Police to get out and about to spread the message that fly-tippers will be prosecuted.

They also wanted to alert local residents that if paying a business to take their rubbish away, they should always check they are legal and registered.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Place Services, from Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “Make sure you know who is taking your rubbish and where it is going. If it is illegally dumped, then you will end up paying twice!”

The council has had several successful recent prosecutions for fly-tipping with more in the pipeline.

Anyone who would like further information to find out about when a licence is needed for dumping waste should visit: www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

If you see fly-tipping, or know about it, then contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

10th February 2018

Gluten Free Foods Ltd recalls Barkat Organic Gluten Free Porridge Flakes

Gluten Free Foods Ltd is recalling the above product and have written to their affected customers providing a Product Recall Notice to advise of this issue, as well as publishing the details of the recall on their website. 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 > >

10th February 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update -Friday 2 February - Friday 9 February

Mobile Phone Theft

Technology is allowing us to do more and more things through our phones, from shopping to banking to social media, as well as making calls and sending texts.

Not only are our phones more valuable in themselves but many of them will also contain valuable data, whether that's downloaded music and films, the photographs you have taken, or other personal information. As a result, mobile phones can be a very tempting target for thieves, with the loss of a phone causing great inconvenience to the user.

However, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect your mobile phone against theft including:

  • Use the security features provided.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Know how to identify it when the phone is stolen.

Security features

Most mobile phones have a range of security features that are intended to stop anyone else accessing and using them should they be stolen. However, these features will only protect your mobile phone if you have them switched on. These security features include:

  • Requiring access control such as a unique code (a PIN, password or some form of pattern) or biometric authentication (such as fingerprint or facial recognition)
  • Tracing the location of your handset using a remote service
  • Wiping data from, or locking your handset remotely (for example, by using another internet enabled device)
  • A function to display a home/lock screen message to someone who may find your handset to help you recover it.
  • Preventing thieves from simply resetting your handset to its factory setting in order to bypass any unique codes or other security features that you are using to protect your handset.

Being aware of your surroundings

Here are three simple things to consider in order to protect your handset from opportunist thieves:

  • Busy locations such as concert venues, shopping centres, and public transport (where close contact with others is normal) are popular places for pickpockets, especially if your handset is visible in an open bag, or hanging out of your back pocket.
  • Thinking about when you use your phone – outside underground stations can be popular venues for snatch theft, as people instinctively get their handsets out to check for signal and any missed calls.
  • Don't leave your handset unattended in public places - you would not leave your wallet unattended, but a surprising number of people leave their mobile phone on the table while they go to the bar to order a drink, or go to the toilet

Knowing how to identify your mobile phone if it is stolen

You need to know more than the model and colour of your handset. Each mobile phone manufactured for use in the UK has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI) hard-wired into it during the manufacturing process. Knowing the IMEI will help the police and insurance companies identify your handset should it be stolen. UK network operators will also prevent a stolen phone from working across their respective networks if they know its IMEI.

  • You can find your handset’s IMEI by:
  • Typing *#06# into the keypad or dialer of your handset.
  • Looking inside the battery or SIM card compartment of your handset.
  • Looking on the side of the box, or on the associated paperwork, that you received when purchasing the handset

Crime summary

There was a break into a house on Port Road on Monday (5 February). Nothing was taken (ref: 1073 05/02).

On Tuesday (6 February) a house was broken into on The Hydneye. Entry was gained via backdoor and a TV, karaoke machine, microphones and jewellery was taken (ref: 1083 06/02).

A house was broken into on Kings Avenue on Thursday. The front door was found open and some gold equipment was taken (ref: 0620 08/02).

9th February 2018

Defibrillator Partnership will save lives

A campaign to install external defibrillators at locations across Eastbourne is on course to put everyone in the town within three minutes of the lifesaving equipment.

The Eastbourne Defibrillator Partnership launched the campaign and is chaired by Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Development. 

The Partnership includes South East Coast Ambulance Services, Eastbourne’s Community First Responders, Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Lions Club, the Eastbourne Herald and electrical contractor GM Monk.

Some of the defibrillator units are funded through the devolved budgets that local councillors in Eastbourne use to support good causes in their communities but many have come from other sources.

Councillor Shuttleworth said: “Our Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign is gaining momentum all the time.  With every defibrillator that is installed more and more lives will be saved in the future."

“I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude and thanks to GM Monk electrical contractors for agreeing to install the machines free of charge, and to everyone in the Defibrillator Partnership who is supporting this campaign.”

According to the British Heart Foundation there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year in the UK, but only one in ten victims survive to be discharged from hospital.  However, using a defibrillator within minutes of someone suffering a cardiac arrest can increase their survival chances from 6% to 74%.

Steve Monk, Director at GM Monk, said: “We work with the council on a variety of schemes around the town. When I heard about the plan to house defibrillators around Eastbourne, I was very keen to get involved. My father Gerry had a heart-attack and died 25 years ago in the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. A defibrillator might have saved his life. I am delighted to support this project and I am sure it will make a difference.”

The list of sites that have received, or are planned to receive, a defibrillator includes Archery Youth Centre, Langney Village Hall, Bridgemere Community Centre, Shinewater Sports Centre, Hampden Park Library, Sutherland Court in The Hydneye, Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Gildredge Park, Community Wise in Old Town, Green Street Medical Centre and Eastbourne Allotment & Garden Society in Gorringe Road. Other sites are being supported by other organisations.

9th February 2018

National Apprenticeship Week Roadshow in Eastbourne

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships in Sussex, in partnership with East Sussex County Council, is running an apprenticeship roadshow in Eastbourne on Thursday 15 March, 5pm-7pm, at the Town Hall.

Come and meet local employers, training providers and apprentices and find the right apprenticeship for you. With an apprenticeship you will earn whilst you learn and gain practical work experience. 

It is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Click here to find out more and to book your place > >

8th February 2018

First Coffee Morning of 2018

You are invited to ESF's first 2018 Coffee Morning. It's being held at at St Catherine’s College, Priory Road, BN23 7BL next Thursday 15th February from 10.30 am-12.30pm.  

Do pop in for a chat and take the chance to share your views and concerns about issues which affect you. 

Also, any feedback on what we do is welcome. Do you read our Newsletters? attend Open Meetings? like our The Good Life Show?

Finally, you may have some free time nowadays, and perhaps you could give some of it in support of ESF's activities. 

If you plan to come in your car, please park in the school car park.

7th February 2018

Flight Ticket Fraud

Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad.

Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.

Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays.

Prevention Advice:

  • Pay safe: Be cautious if you're asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.
  • Conduct research on any company you’re considering purchasing tickets from; for example, are there any negative reviews or forum posts by previous customers online? Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.
  • Check any company website thoroughly; does it look professional? Are there any spelling mistakes or irregularities? There should be a valid landline phone number and a full postal address so that the company can be contacted. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets. PO Box addresses and mobile phone numbers are easy to change and difficult to trace.
  • Be aware that purchasing tickets from a third party, particularly when initial contact has been made via a social media platform can be incredibly risky.
  • If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. You can verify membership of ABTA online, at www.abta.com.
  • 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.

7th 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, 2 February two of our PCSO’s conducted Op. Blitz around Eastbourne Town Centre. It must have been the pro-active actions of Eastbourne Police that kept any troubled youths from coming to our attention as we did not receive any calls throughout the evening.

We spent a fair share of our time in the area of Old Town, where reports of anti-social youths have been regularly coming to our attention, over the last few weeks. However, with the help of local residents we managed to identify some youths who were recently invited to the Police Station, where they were spoken to in the company of their parents. We are continuing to monitor the Crumbles in which we were made aware of two teenagers involved in anti – social behaviour at the location in which they moved on, of their own accord. Another area that we are still monitoring on regular patrols is the derelict Veritek at Hampden Park, this is being patrolled not only on Op. Blitz but also throughout the week. On 3 February, we paid particular attention to the Eastbourne Band Stand where recently there was a third party report of confrontations between the street community and youths gathering in the location. We made several visits and engaged with both groups. Youths were gathered socially listening to music and having a good time. They were conscientious when spoken to and agreed to keep the music volume down and clean up any rubbish that they created. They told us that they had been joined by a couple of people who were not usually in their friendship group last night and they were the ones who caused the issues. Strong words of advice were given regarding any further disputes with the street community and we will closely monitor this location in the coming weeks to identify any potential trouble makers.  The street community had a quiet evening and were tucked up asleep by our second visit at 9pm. Again they were prompted to clean up any mess which they agreed to without question.

All of the other local anti-social behaviour hot spots were checked and we are happy to report no issues. Though at one stage PCSO Read did show off his questionable skateboarding skills whilst engaging with a group at the crumbles retail park.   

There were no calls on the direct Operation BLITZ telephone so to all of our members please don’t forget to utilise this service if you are a witness or victim to any anti-social behaviour.

5th February 2018

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 339

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

5th February 2018

Public Health England Cold Alert Level 3

Now until 09:00 9th February Public Health England has declared a Level 3 Cold Alert. Please check on vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours.

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow between 0900 on Sunday 04 Feb and 0900 on Friday 09 Feb in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

This means the trigger criteria will be met for low average temperatures during this week. Scattered sleet and snow showers are likely at times, in Sussex.

Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your organisations emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.

Click here for the latest forecast > >

Click here for Cold Weather alert updates > >

Click here for the National Cold Weather Plan > >

Click here for advice on coping with cold weather > >

Click here for the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch website > > or
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2nd February 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Vehicle Crime

The majority of this type of 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 10 seconds for your valuables to be stolen.

  • Close your windows and sunroof, lock all doors and activate any security devices when leaving the vehicle even for a few minutes. Check your doors manually as automatic locking devices can sometimes be affected by electronic interference.
  • Take all valuables including sunglasses with you if you can. If you are unable to take them from the vehicle, lock them in the boot or place them out of view.
  • Fit a locking petrol cap if your vehicle doesn’t already have one. Fit anti tamper screws on your number plates and locking wheel nuts if not standard to your vehicle.
  • Remove parking permits, radio face plates and portable satellite navigation systems including their cradle ensuring to wipe the window where the satellite navigation holder may have left a visible mark.
  • Consider getting a steering lock or gearstick lock and pedal box to improve security of your unattended vehicle.
  • Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for some time. If possible always park in a busy, well-lit area. Managed car park facilities may be a better choice a list of police approved safer car parks can be found at the British Parking Association website.
  • Never leave your keys in the vehicle, even if you are just leaving it for a few seconds. Try to avoid leaving car keys close to your front door or in a visible location. A thief can reach in using a hand or device and steal the keys to your vehicle. Fitting a plate to the rear of the letterbox opening can prevent this.
  • If a vehicle is left insecure it only take 10 seconds for your valuables to be stolen.

Advice for van owners

  • If you are staying in a hotel, where possible remove your tools from your van and keep them in your room overnight.
  • Don't assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended.
  • If you have a garage, use it. If your van is parked on a driveway, consider installing security lighting. If neither of these apply, try to park in well-lit areas.
  • Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage when tools and equipment are not being used, ensure they are kept securely in a lockable store rather than in your vehicle.
  • Consider whether the storage area can be alarmed. If the equipment is portable, take it with you.
  • Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight, and place a sign in the window stating they have been removed.
  • Lock/immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use.
  • Visibly mark your machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or use a forensic marking kit. Place a sticker in your window to say you have done so - the signage alone, can be a very effective deterrent.
  • Keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at www.immobilise.com. This will help to trace them back to you if they are recovered. 
  • Consider the use of security patrols around building sites.
  • Keep the access to building sites secure – fences and gates help prevent unauthorised entry.

Crime summary

On Saturday 27th January between 9.30am and 11am, a burglary occurred on Central Avenue, in which a TV and a watch was stolen (Ref: 0468 27/01)

On 1st February at approximately 3pm a property was broken into on Elms Avenue, there was nothing stolen from the property (Ref: 0961 01/02)

2nd 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

Blitz for Friday 26th January commenced with checks of the bus shelters on Pevensey Road and the rear of the Crumbles on numerous occasions for groups of youths and anti-social behaviour. There was no suspicious behaviour on any of the visits to the locations.

The Wish tower at the seafront was looked at twice as it is currently being redeveloped and most entrances are now fenced off. There was no activity from the fitness groups, dog walkers and there were no vehicles parked in the car park. In addition to this, Langney shopping centre and the adjacent underpasses were visited as there have been recent reports of youths gathering in these areas.  

The BLITZ Team were then stopped by a member of the public to deal with a young lady who was seen to be slightly disorientated in her movement near Langney Rise. Checks suggested this individual was a lady who was well known to us with substance misuse and mental health problems. Whilst attending to her well-being, a friend arrived and assisted in taking her to a safe place. This individual was on their way home but appreciated the welfare check that we carried out.

The usual areas of Shinewater were also checked several times with Rotherfield Nursery, Shalfleet Close and Lavender Close Youth centre included. The Youth centre was shut and this is the second week now that it hasn’t been open, as such there were no youths in the area and no complaints from residents!

Horning Close had been visited earlier and The Blitz Team did a welfare visit after residents called in saying that a bottle had been thrown over the back fence of their house. Reassurance and words of advice were given along with the Blitz number. No persons were seen, no damage occurred and an area search was conducted.

Furthermore, the Veritek building in Hampden Park as well as St Wilfrids Hospice were both visited, these have been known locations for gatherings causing anti-social behaviour. Once checked all seemed quiet and there was no one to be seen.

On Saturday 27th January we started our patrols off by taking a look at Veritek House and Edgeland Terrace in Hampden Park. A group of youths have been causing damage to the building inside and out, however, again no one was found.

We then headed over to Victoria Drive to take a look at the Ladies Bowls Club where we found a shed that had been broken into with the glass smashed over the Bowls green, and evidence of a lot of drinking due to the amount of beer cans scattered everywhere. One of our PCSO’s have created a problem solving file for this occurrence. We then completed foot patrols around Victoria Gardens where all was extremely quiet.

The bus stop at Pevensey Bay Road was checked again with no sign of anyone and the Crumbles retail park was also very quiet - the awful weather must be keeping everyone at home. The Wish Tower was then checked with nothing to report other than the two cars that were parked up and on our arrival drove off swiftly when approached by us. Finally, we parked up at West Rise School for a foot patrol around the grounds and again there was no activity to report.

1st February 2018

e-Newsletter

A Happy New Year to all.

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

Click here to download > >

 

1st February 2018

Immigrant Incident at Sovereign Harbour

On Wednesday 31st January 2018 Sussex Police supported colleagues from the RNLI, The Coastguard, Border Force and the National Crime Agency following reports of a rigid hull inflatable boat being located in the English Channel.  Two men were arrested by Sussex Police on suspicion of people smuggling, whilst seven others were detained by Police on behalf of the Border Force.  The two men remain in Police custody this morning and the National Crime Agency are investigating. 

It is not believed that Sovereign Harbour was the groups destination however a full investigation is underway by the Border Force and Immigration Enforcement.

PC Ed Faulkner, Prevention Officer from Sussex Police, said “Once again close partnership working between agencies, Premier Marinas, and local residents is proving invaluable.  We will continue to work closely with everyone to keep Sovereign Harbour and Eastbourne safe.  Anyone seeing anything suspicious, especially when it comes to people entering or leaving the harbour, should report it to Police immediately so that it can be fully investigated."

1st February 2018

Phantom Debt Fraud

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website

Protect Yourself

  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
  • If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
  • Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
  • If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

1st February 2018

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • State of the Art Library for Hastings
  • Hastings Library Writer in Residence
  • Most Borrowed Books in 2017
  • Supporting Those With Visual Impairments
  • Diary of Events
  • New DVDs for This Month

Download the newsletter > >

31st January 2018

Help prevent the closure of
Milton Grange and Firwood House in Eastbourne

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is considering the closure of two care homes in Eastbourne as part of its cost cutting programme.

These two services are vital for rehabilitation in the Eastbourne area, not only do they make it possible for people to return home after hospitalisation and remain independent, they also provide a crucial respite service.  Milton Grange also provides a day-centre specialising in dementia care, offering much needed respite for carers.

Our local hospital will also be severely affected if these services close, putting much more pressure on the NHS and also the local health and social care sector. A petition has been started in an attempt to persuade ESCC to rethink this plan. You never know when you, or one of your loved ones, are going to need this service, so:

Please click here to sign the petition, and please pass this on to your friends and neighbours. 

29th January 2018

Product Recall

Sushi Daily is recalling a batch of its Sushigari (ginger) sold in jars at their kiosks in some Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stores because the product may contain small pieces of glass. The presence of glass makes this product unsafe to eat and presents a safety risk.

More information > >

29th January 2018

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 338

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

29th January 2018

Primary care extended access survey (22nd January – 13th February 2018)

Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group and Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group are GP led membership organisations responsible for commissioning (buying) the majority of health services for local people. We are committed to making sure that everyone has easier access to GP services including appointments on weekday evenings and at weekends, this is called extended access.

Local people are being asked to say when they would like to be able to access GP services outside of the current opening hours by completing a short survey. This survey will give you the opportunity to tell us about when you would like to be able to book extended access GP appointments, where you’d be willing to travel to these services and your views on alternatives to face to face consultations.

The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Please ensure all responses are received by Tuesday 13th February 2018. Your views will help inform discussions with potential providers going forward and shape the service we commission locally.

Click here to complete this survey online > >

Please note the online survey is being hosted on East Sussex County Council’s consultation hub and they will be processing responses and analysing data on our behalf. If you chose to take part, your answers will be treated in confidence.

Paper copies will shortly be available from your GP surgery and once completed you can drop it back to your surgery or post it for free to; NHS GP Survey, FREEPOST SEA2472, BN8 2ZZ. I have attached an electronic version for your information.

Please ‘have your say’ and help improve access to GP services.

26th January 2018

Take Five to Stop Fraud Week - 22nd 26th January 2018

Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supporting Take Five to Stop Fraud Week.

Take Five to Stop Fraud Week is part of the national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud.

The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud.

  1. 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. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
  2. 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.
  3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Download and share this leaflet > >

Visit the Take Five to Stop Fraud Week website > >

26th January 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Distraction Burglary

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:

  • Playing for sympathy - "I've broken down, please can I use your phone?" "I don't feel very well, could I use your toilet or get a glass of water?"
    Lost ball - "I've lost my ball/my son's lost his ball, please could I look for it in your garden?"
  • Good Samaritan - "I've just caught someone climbing out of your window, I think they might have stolen something. We need to check your money hasn't been taken."
  • Using children - "Hello could my son and I come in to ask you some questions for his school project?"
  • Fake emergency - "There's a gas leak/flood in your road, I have to come in to turn off your supply."
  • Leaving a note - "I've popped round to see my auntie/friend who lives next door, but she's out at the moment. Please could I borrow a pen and paper to leave a note?"

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

  • Don't let anyone into your home that you don't know. Always ask for identification - official visitors won't mind being asked for ID.
  • Fit a door chain, if you have a solid front door, fit a wide angle door viewer.
  • If you were not expecting anyone, explain that you need to check they are legitimate and ask them to wait outside for a few minutes. Take a note of their name and the company they claim to be working for and then close and lock the door.
  • Look up the phone number for the company in a telephone directory or on the internet and check they have an employee of that name and that they are visiting you on legitimate business. Never just take someone's word for it and don't use any phone number they give you to check their identity - you don't know if it's a genuine number.
  • If someone is asking for a favour, such as to use your toilet, borrow a pen or retrieve a ball, don't let them in. Instead direct them to a shop, office or public place. It's only natural to want to help someone, but sadly that's one of the techniques often used by distraction burglars.
  • 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

Crime summary

On Thursday (18 January), a house was broken into on Osborne Road in Eastbourne. Some items had been taken, including jewellery, a passport and 2 purses (ref: 0322 19/01).

On Friday (19 January), a house was broken into on Upland Road in Eastbourne. Some jewellery and money was taken (ref: 1070 19/01).

A house was broken into on Sunday (21 January) with some jewellery and a wallet went missing. This incident occurred on Greenway in Eastbourne (ref: 0980 21/01).

A house was broken into on Willingdon Park Drive in Eastbourne. This incident occurred overnight on Tuesday (23 January) and nothing was taken (ref: 1318 24/01).

On Wednesday (24 January), a house was broken into on Lakelands Close in Eastbourne. The suspect was disturbed by the residents and nothing was taken (ref: 0091 24/01).

25th January 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 night, our officers visited the Sovereign Harbour, the Crumbles Retail Park (including behind ASDA) and the surrounding areas as there were reports of youths gathering in these areas last weekend. The messages from the officers last weekend seemed to be effective as there were no sightings or disturbances. The team then moved to the Langney Shopping Centre and the underpasses nearby were there was drug dealing last weekend. However, there was no suspicious activity seen.

After this, the team moved over to the Lavender Close Youth Club in Shinewater as there have been previous reports of anti-social behaviour. The officers were politely greeted by some youths who told the officers that the club was closed. They had a positive conversation with the officers before making their way home.

The officers then moved over to the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Car Park and the surrounding area to patrol the area as there had been previous reports of cars racing but there were no sightings. The team were called to assist with Traffic Control at the Shinewater Roundabout as a vehicle had broken down. The officers directed the traffic safely around the incident, which helped the driver, passengers and car move safely.

From here, the team went to Haven and West Rise schools as there have been previous incidents of anti-social behaviour on their grounds. However, there were no sightings or disturbances on the property. The officers also patrolled the Veritek building at Edgland Terrace in Hampden Park several times as youths have been seen on and in the premises before, but there were was no activity.

24th January 2018

Making GP services work for you

Local people are being asked to say when they would like to be able to access GP services outside of the current opening hours by completing a short survey.

Choices include Saturday morning, weekdays between 0700 and 0800 or Sunday afternoon. There are also questions on where you would be willing to travel to access these services and your views on alternatives to face-to-face consultations.

The survey is available until Tuesday 13 Feb 2018. You can follow the link below to complete the survey online but paper copies will also be available in GP surgeries. Please do encourage people to have their say and help us improve access to GP services in East Sussex.

Click here to participate in the survey > >

24th January 2018

Consultation - Extension of Blue Badge Eligibility

The Government is consulting on plans to extend Blue Badge eligibility to people with non-physical conditions.

This is part of the its objective to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 18 March 2018.

Click here to participate in the consultation > >

24th January 2018

Win £1,000 to help set up your own business

If you have a great business idea or you want to make a living out of something you are passionate about, Let's Do Business can help.

With the support of Eastbourne Borough Council, their Business Builder programme is back in Eastbourne. 

By joining you will have the opportunity to:

  • Win £1,000 to help set up your business.
  • Attend a series of half day workshops to develop your business idea.
  • Work with a business mentor to create your Business Plan and get you started.
  • Get expert advice on marketing, social media, legal and finance.
  • Learn about additional funding to help you get started.

Strong demand is expected and as part of the application process short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a telephone interview. The final group of successful entrepreneurs will progress to the full programme of support. 

For more information or to apply visit http://letsdobusinessgroup.co.uk/bizbuilder/. The closing date is Thursday 8 February 2018.

22nd January 2018

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 337

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

22nd January 2018

Free Singing Taster with Linda Grace
Saturday 27th January, 11 am at Hailsham Parish Church (off Hailsham High Street).

This demonstration forms part of the New Year's Resolution Event for groups and Societies, held by the Hailsham Community Group.

Linda will be demonstrating singing technique and talking about why many people have problems with their singing voices (cracks,wobbles, lack of breath, throat fatigue, difficulty with high notes. if you are not sure whether you have 'voice',

come along and Linda will answer your questions and give you her opinion.

Free parking nearby, either in the car park by Waitrose or in the car park next to Asda.

19th January 2018

James Hall recalls BBQ Pulled Pork because it may contain salmonella

James Hall is recalling SPAR BBQ Pulled Pork and Woodland BBQ Pulled Pork because the products may contain salmonella. Both products have been sold at SPAR stores.

More information > >

19th January 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

Telephone Fraud Advice

Telephone fraudsters use well-rehearsed stories, designed to gain their victim’s trust. For example, they pretend to be police officers who have just arrested someone using a copy of your bank card and alerting you that your money is in danger, or pretending to be from your phone or computer service provider and claiming that there is a problem with your system that they need to fix.

Fraudsters often claim to be officials and can seem very genuine but you should always bear in mind that callers may not be who they claim to be, even if they already seem to know details such as your name and address.
Genuine police or bank staff would never ask you to withdraw or transfer cash from your account, nor would they ever ask for your four-digit bank PIN number. Never tell anyone this number, it is for you to use in cash machines and shops only.

Genuine computer firms will not call unexpectedly to help fix your computer. Fraudsters make these calls to try to gain access to your online bank account or to trick you into paying for something you didn’t need or to damage your computer with harmful software.

The most common type of fraud affecting older residents in Sussex is "advance fee" fraud, where fraudsters persuade victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods or financial gains that do not then materialise.

Beware of anyone asking for money in advance. For example, fraudsters may claim that you are entitled to PPI compensation or that you are to inherit money from a relative but you need to pay legal or administrative fees first. Genuine firms don’t ask for this; it is likely to be a scam.

If you’ve already been a fraud victim, beware that fraudsters may pretend to be lawyers or police claiming they can help recover your money.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Be sceptical of callers, even those who claim to be officials.
  • Don’t be afraid to put the phone down with a brief ‘No, thank you’.
  • NEVER give personal information, such as your date of birth or bank details, to unexpected callers.
  • NEVER allow an unexpected caller to talk you through processes on your computer, like downloading new software or accessing your online bank account.
  • Remember that the police or your bank would NEVER unexpectedly call you and ask you to withdraw cash or move your money to another account, as a result of fraud or any other reason.
  • If callers suggest you call your local police or bank to check who they are, use another phone or ensure the line has been fully disconnected by phoning a friend or relative first, or by waiting at least 3 minutes, otherwise you may think you’ve phoned a number but you’re simply talking to the fraudsters again. This is a common fraudsters’ tactic.
  • If a caller asks you to type your bank PIN number into your telephone handset - do not do this, as fraudsters can use technology to identify the numbers.
  • You can opt out of many cold calls by registering for free with the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707.

Stopping nuisance calls with call-blockers

We are committed to reducing the risk of telephone fraud and have protected a number of the most vulnerable people across the county by assisting in the installation of call-blockers. trueCall devices work by ensuring that only trusted callers already known to the user can get through and this company is accredited by Secured by Design. Unrecognised callers are asked for their identity before they are put through to the recipient, meaning that unknown or ‘cold’ callers can be refused.

You may be interested in finding out more about call blockers if you know someone vulnerable who is being plagued by nuisance and scam calls. If you do purchase trueCall, please provide consent for the police to collate any intelligence you may gain of the nuisance callers. https://www.truecall.co.uk/

Crime summary

On Saturday (13 January), a purse was stolen from a house on Seaside in Eastbourne (Ref: 0833 13/01).

A purse and a PlayStation 4 has gone missing from a house on Maywood Avenue in Eastbourne on Sunday (14 January) (Ref: 1070 14/01).
Also on Sunday (14 January), a house was broken into on Eshton Road in Eastbourne. Nothing was taken (Ref: 1169 14/01).

A house and a shed was broken into on Percival Road in Eastbourne. This incident occurred on Wednesday (17 January) and nothing was taken (Ref: 0629 17/01).

On Wednesday (17 January), a house was broken into on Fairfield Road in Eastbourne. Some jewellery has been taken (Ref: 0991 17/01).

Also on Wednesday (17 January), a house was broken into on Prideaux in Eastbourne. Nothing was taken (Ref: 1235 17/01).

A house was broken into on Thursday (18 January) on Rangermore Drive in Eastbourne. An Xbox was taken (Ref 1155 18/01).

On Thursday (18 January) there was an attempt to break into a house on Cherry Garden Road in Eastbourne (Ref: 1260 18/01).

Also on Thursday (18 January), a house was broken into on Chelworth Road in Eastbourne. Nothing was taken (Ref: 1416 18/01).

18th January 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

Blitz for Friday 12th January 2018. This is the second Blitz of the year and our regular hotspot areas were check and all appeared quiet.

At around 2000 there was a small group congregating around the Coop in Milfoil drive. Some of the group decided not to engage and left before we could speak to them. The majority of the group stayed and engaged with us.

We visited the Haven School located in Atlantic drive and went into the grounds as they have previously reported young people trespassing greenhouse. We visited the school on two separate occasions and nothing was found.

At around 2030 Police were called to Victoria drive at the rear of Kamsons pharmacy. On Police arrival there were three youths sitting on the shed roofs at the rear of the flats throwing stones at the windows. Due to the young age of the children they were taken home and words of advice given to the parents. All other areas around the town were checked and quiet.

Blitz Saturday 13th January 2018. Third blitz of the year and once again the regular hotspots were monitored. At 1800 the blitz team were called through our control room informing us the windows are being smashed in Victoria Drive church, the informant did not wish to continue the conversation with the controller. We arrived at the two churches located in Victoria Drive area was all quiet with no evidence of smashed windows. Police tried to contact the informant however he was unsupportive.

At around 1830 two young people were stopped at the rear of ASDA, one of the youths attempted to hide a bag out of sight from Police. The bag was found by Police and contained 1ltr bottle of vodka and several decanted bottles of rum, this was then seized by Police together with vodka from the other girl. Names and addresses were given and a letter will be sent to parents.

We then located a group of approx. 15 young people behind Boots. We seized several bottles and containers of alcohol consisting of a collection of vodka, Rum, Beer and cider. Their names and addresses were taken, the youth prevention officer will be dealing and letters will be sent to the parents.

The next stop was 2030 were we headed over to Shinewater. We spotted a vehicle acting suspiciously. The vehicle had three occupants who were all searched and an amount of cannabis was seized from a male nearby, he was taken home and will be dealt with formally by a youth officer later this week.

At 2050 the blitz bus arrived at Langney shopping centre and engaged with a group of young people. One male tried to leave and he was caught by Police and subsequently searched and found to be in possession of cannabis. He will be dealt with formally during the week by a youth officer. An abandoned backpack was also seized containing cans of alcohol and a bong.

At 2145 we returned to check the Crumbles and again intercepted the same group of young people as previously and seized even more containers of alcohol. Again details were taken and letters will be sent to their parents. At approx. 2215 we then went out to the outer harbour Spit and dealt with yet again the same group and seized more containers of alcohol and took details of those in possession of it. We also called the parents for two young people to come and collect their children.

2215 A call reached the blitz team telling advising that young people had just damaged a car at the rear of ASDA.  On Police arrival a large group of around 20 youths were seen, Police managed to speak to most of them but were unable to identify the culprits amongst the group.

The harbour and Crumbles will be our focus next weekend.

18th January 2018

Recruitment event at Eastbourne Borough Council

Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils are recruiting to a number of roles across a range of service areas, including customer services, housing, planning and licensing.

To offer the chance to find out more about these roles we are holding two recruitment events in January.

The first event took place in Lewes on Saturday and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to speak to us.

Upcoming event in Eastbourne

Where: Eastbourne Borough Council, 1 Grove Road, BN21 4TW.

When: Saturday 20th January 2018 between 10am and 4pm (drop in at any time).

The event will be attended by employees across a range of teams and you’ll be able to hear a first-hand account of what it’s like to work at Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils.
  
Interested but can’t attend the event?
You can email HumanResources@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk to find out more about the roles.

View all of our current job vacancies

16th January 2018

The BIG Futures Show early bird booking rate ends soon

The exhibitor early bird booking rate for The BIG Futures Show on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at Eastbourne Sports Park ends soon. 

Here’s why you should be exhibiting at the largest employability and skills event in East Sussex:

  1. Early bird bookings receive 10% discount on exhibitor rates (terms and conditions apply).
  2. Attend one event a year to engage with those aged 14 and over from local schools and colleges – greater efficiency of your time and resources.
  3. Free tickets to BFS Extra, event to help you prepare for exhibitions and how to engage with young people.
  4. Meet potential candidates for vacancies now and in the future.
  5. Access to 1,500 plus visitors.
  6. Positive PR of organisation through attendance, official website, social media and Show Guide given to all visitors.
  7. Help local community and economic prosperity of area.

Sponsorship packages are available for bigger exposure – a bigger stand and more publicity. 

For more information and to book visit the Big Futures Show website.

This annual event is organised by a local charity, the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, in association with Eastbourne Borough Council.

15th January 2018

The People's Voice

Sussex Police is looking for people to join its newly-formed group which aims to represent people’s views across Sussex. You would need to live in Sussex and be happy to complete up to four anonymous, confidential, online surveys a year.

In the past, feedback from surveys has been used to help us to improve the way we keep victims informed and identify priorities within communities. So you can be confident that by taking part you will be making a difference to policing in Sussex.

Ideally, Police would like you to commit to taking part for up to three years, but you can easily opt out at any time.

15th January 2018

Consultation on the council's equality objectives
consultation report


Between 7th November to 15th December 2017 Eastbourne Borough Council carried out a public consultation over its proposed equality objectives.

The council would like to thank all those who responded.

The consultation report is now available to download from the website.

15th January 2018

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 336

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

12th January 2018

PCC's Newsletter

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has published her latest newsletter.

Download the newsletter > >

12th January 2018

Eastbourne Weekly update

News and appeals

As part our new Policing Model we would like to put a focus on our rural communities. This is an important issue for us due a large amount of our local area being defined as ‘rural’, however, rural crime is known to be under-reported.

Rural crime is estimated by NFU Mutual to have cost £37.8m for the 2014-2015 period; this figure only takes into account agricultural crimes. The National Rural Crime Survey undertaken in 2015 by the National Rural Crime Network has estimated that the cost of rural crime to the rural economy could be as high as £800m. Rural crime can have the effect of increased insurance premiums, higher food prices and damage the infrastructure of rural communities.

What is Rural Crime?

Following consultation and review across other force areas and the National Wildlife Crime Unit a small working group has been created to progress this. They have provisionally agreed a shared working definition of rural crime in Sussex, as any crime of an agricultural, equine, wildlife or heritage nature.

  • Agricultural - working farms, farm machinery, farm buildings, small holdings, offences against livestock and crimes at isolated rural buildings.
  • Equine - working stables, tack thefts, equestrian centres.
  • Wildlife - illegal hare coursing, poaching, interference with protected species. For more details on wildlife crime. We also deal with Environmental Crime - this includes illegal waste dumping, fly tipping, polluting water courses and pollution of the land. Sussex Police also assist the Environment Agency in the investigation of these crimes. Our Wildlife Crime page holds further information.
  • Heritage - lead theft from churches, ancient monuments, illegal metal detecting 'any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations'.

We would like to offer some advice on ways in which those in rural communities can protect themselves and their property against crime. It is not only those that live and work in the rural communities that can help in reducing these crimes. Many of us visit the countryside whether it be to appreciate the wildlife, countryside surroundings and historic buildings, and we can all do our bit to help preserve these areas. Take your litter home with you, always keep dogs under control in the countryside and on leads when around livestock, being careful to drive vehicles on authorised roads and not take vehicles or motorbikes off road unless on a Byway Open to all Traffic (BOaT) which is not subject to a Traffic Regulation Order.

Machinery, tools and plant equipment

If possible, secure or immobilise vehicles or pieces of equipment when they're not in use. Again, if practical, try to move machinery from fields, especially if it's near a road. Always keep tools etc., locked away out of sight.

To help identify your property:

  • Use engravers to mark vehicles and equipment with your postcode, followed by the first two letters of your farm's name.
  • Keep a record of serial, chassis and model numbers.

Fuel and oil theft

  • With the price of crude oil rising, oil theft is becoming increasingly common. For advice on how to reduce this in your area, please visit our fuel and oil theft page.

Livestock

  • Animals can be an easy target for thieves. Regularly check the fields where your animals are grazing.
  • Keep your hedges, fences and gates in good repair. Field gate hinges should have capping hinges so they can't be removed easily. Cattle grids should be removable and locked out of position when they're not in use. Use locking posts to obstruct large openings to yards, etc.
  • Consider installing CCTV.
  • If livestock is stolen it's important for you to be able to give the police an accurate description. Eartags and horn brands help police to identify stock. Freeze branding, hot branding or tattooing your postcode will also help. Always take photographs of especially valuable animals.

Farmhouses

  • Farmhouses can be targeted by burglars because they are often large and in isolated areas. Fit British Standard deadlocks to all outside doors and always use them. These can also be reinforced with bolts. The main door should have a security chain and wide-angle door viewer, so you can see who is on the other side. Consider installing a burglar alarm. Fit window locks on all ground floor windows.
  • Keep shotguns and firearms in a securely locked place. Always store ammunition separately.
  • If you have to keep cash or jewellery in the house, put it in a quality safe.
  • Keep a record of all valuable possessions.
  • Whenever possible, use a security marking device to mark them with your postcode followed by the first two letters of your farm's name. Take photos of valuable items next to a ruler (to indicate scale).
  • Never show opportunist burglars you're not there by leaving notes for traders, etc. When you're away ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the property.

Outbuildings

  • Store any valuable equipment and tools in a secure building with a well-built, locked door. Use British Standard locks, good quality locking bars and high security padlocks. Windows can be protected with metal bars. Always lock outbuildings when they're not in use.
  • A worthwhile investment is fitting outside security lights controlled by an automatic time-switch or infra-red beams.
  • Again, consider installing CCTV.
  • Insurance
  • Make sure your insurance cover is adequate. Check with your insurance company that you are fully covered for vehicles, equipment and livestock, etc, as well as for the contents of buildings.

Crime summary

A burglary occurred between midnight and 8am on 08 - 09 January 2018, credit cards and a purse were stolen, access was gained by a window. This incident occurred on Elsted Close, Eastbourne. (Ref: 0212 09/01)

12th January 2018

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11th January 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, the 5th of January 2018 our PCSO’s conducted Op. Blitz for Eastbourne.

The area we patrolled included the Crumbles, where we experienced some problem with the youths causing a nuisance around ASDA and at the back of the stores. On this occasion, there was no untoward activity.

We also paid close attention to Pevensey Bay Road, where the bus stop has been vandalised on several occasions. However, we are pleased to report that there were no issues.

One of the new hot-spots added to our anti-social behaviour map is the derelict building in Old Town where we were told young people congregate and drink alcohol, as well as use other substances but that proved unfound, on this particular night. We finished Op. Blitz at midnight - with a clean slate, and nobody coming to our attention.

On Saturday 6th January it was another quiet BLITZ for Eastbourne which is good news for our residents. Particular attention was paid to Sovereign Harbour and the Crumbles retail park following issues over the past weeks but I’m happy to say that everyone seemed to be on their best behaviour.

Two youths were evicted from the Bowls club on Victoria Drive after being found on the location though they were very compliant and received strong words of advice not to return.

There were no calls to the BLITZ direct mobile number, but please make sure to utilise the BLITZ number should you witness or be victim to any anti-social behaviour.

10th January 2018

Welcome to Senior Police Officers

Emma Brice has been temporarily promoted to Superintendent, Divisional Command for East Sussex. She will have responsibility for policing across East Sussex, and we wish her well in this new role.

Chief Inspector Anita Turner will replace Emma as District Commander for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden districts. Anita will be responsible for all local policing and ensuring the new local prevention policing model is working well for our local communities. Anita joins us from Hastings District where she has worked very successfully in local policing for a number of years. She will continue the focus on making our residents safe by targeting crime and anti-social behaviour throughout our districts rural communities and urban areas. Anita says “I am very much looking forward to getting to know the area well, understanding your local communities, listening to your concerns and providing the appropriate police response”.

Also supporting your area we welcome the recently appointed Prevention Inspector for Wealden, Jon Gross. Jon is taking over from Tony Wakefield and has a background in public protection and investigations. He has a broad range of policing skills combined with excellent knowledge of our local areas. He states “I am delighted to have been selected to lead the Prevention team at Wealden.  The District is a great place to live and work and I am relishing the challenge of ensuring our local team meets the policing requirements of our communities”.

9th January 2018

Consultation on remote control parking and motorway assist

On 19 December 2017, the Department for Transport launched a consultation on plans to amend regulations and the Highway Code.

The consultation asks for your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code, which would allow the use of remote control parking and motorway assist.

These changes will help us safely take advantage of the benefits of automated vehicles.

Give your view by 30 January 2018

5th January 2018

National Fraud Survey - from the Neighbourhood Watch Network

The Neighbourhood Watch Network is looking to learn more about people's experience of fraud and the support available to victims.

Can you spare us two minutes to take our national survey today?

All results are completely anonymous and will help us understand how Neighbourhood Watch can improve the support offered to victims of fraud.

Click here to take the survey.  

Please note the survey will close on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Thank you very much.

The Neighbourhood Watch Network team

4th January 2018

Eastbourne Weekly Update

News and appeals

On 1st January Sussex Police celebrated its 50th anniversary. It has been exactly five decades since the borough forces of Hastings, Eastbourne, and Brighton, and the county forces of East Sussex and West Sussex, came together in January 1968 to form Sussex Police.

Back then we saw the introduction of the Ford Escort, rock band Led Zeppelin and BBC sitcom Dad’s Army. It is also the year five and ten pence coins were introduced in preparation for decimalisation in 1971, the M1 was completed and the first Isle of Wight Festival was held.
But while much has changed since then, including the way Sussex Police operates, the force’s core values remain the same – protecting people from harm, catching criminals and keeping communities safe.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of changes which have been necessary in order to maintain and improve our policing services. However, much remains the same, as outlined by our force priorities - to keep communities’ safe and feeling safe, to identify and protect vulnerable people, and to prevent and respond to harm.“We are a workforce of individuals who serve with dedication, professionalism and moral courage. While doing so, our staff and officers have empathy, they have good humour in going about their duties, and most of all they have compassion.

“The landscape of policing has changed so much over 50 years. I am heartened by how strong we are as a force today, and I really do believe we are in a strong position to continue to protect our communities across the county.

“That’s why I invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of Sussex Police.”

Throughout the next 12 months, we will be exploring a number of themes which show how dramatically things have changed – while others have remained almost exactly the same – over the past 50 years since Sussex Police formed.

Take a trip down memory lane, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts - and follow #SussexPolice50 - for oddities and throwbacks from times gone by.

Crime summary

On 31 December 2017, a mountain bike was stolen from a back garden and door keys were stolen from the back door on Martello Road. (Ref: 1228 01/01)

On 1 January 2018, a burglary occurred on Longstone Road, the mode of entry was through a front window, nothing was stolen. (Ref: 1294 01/01)

On 2 January 2018, a burglary occurred on Central Avenue, this was thought to be a distraction burglary in which two men suggested that the water pressure in the property needed checking. The description of these males included: 2 white males, approximately 45-50 years old, one was 6ft wearing a black coat and that other male was 5ft 4inches with a slim build and dark brown hair. There was nothing stolen in the property, however there was evidence of a search (Ref: 0603 02/01)

On 3 January 2018, a burglary occurred on Westerham Road, whereby entry was made via the letter box, possibly by removing it and reaching in to undo the door (Ref: 0455 03/01).

3rd January 2018

Crime figures for our Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Crackdown

We sent you information recently about our Drink and Drug Driving Christmas Crackdown over December. We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the arrest figures that have occurred as a result of this operation.

Compared to last year, there has been a slight fall in the number of drivers stopped for drink and drug driving during December. Our officers arrested 195 people between 1st December - 1st January.

The official breakdown of these statistics are as followed: 138 individuals were arrested for drink driving, 55 were arrested for drug driving and two people arrested for being in charge of a vehicle whilst over the limit (not driving but in the driver's seat with keys in ignition).

Of these arrests so far, 23 have been convicted and a further 79 have been charged, this compares to 208 arrests during the same period last year. Although the figures have reduced since last year, it is disappointing that so many people still decided to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Although our dedicated campaign has ended, we will still proactively and reactively respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers throughout the year, and anyone who is caught will be dealt with robustly.

3rd January 2018

Operation Blitz – Eastbourne

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

During Operation BLITZ in Eastbourne on Friday 29 December officers were faced with a rather quiet shift on the Anti-Social Behaviour front. All of our local hot spots were visited and checked, happily with no problems to report! Perhaps our continuing efforts are starting to prove useful in reducing ASB… or perhaps all of our local youths are still happily at home eating leftover turkey and enjoying their Christmas presents! Either way, there were no phone calls on the direct BLITZ number so we can assume you all had a peaceful evening.

On Saturday 30 December, PCSO’s were called early on to attend a welfare check at an address of a vulnerable male due to the concerns of a neighbour. Both people were visited and all was well.

Following this there was a report on an elderly gentleman in Peacehaven who was reported missing by a family member, all crews attended and following extensive searches he was found safe and well in Brighton. He was taken home to his family after ambulance checks had been carried out.

Blitz was resumed shortly after with all of our regular hot spots visited on at least 2 occasions each.  Rain had stopped play across the district! Blitz was concluded at midnight with all areas peacefully quiet. For all of our BLITZ members, please remember to utilise the direct number should you need us, Happy New Year!

1st January 2018

e-Newsletter

A Happy New Year to all.

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

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28th December 2017

Proposed Willingdon Road Cycleway

The Ratton Neighbourhood Panel will be holding a Public Meeting to discuss the proposal by East Sussex County Council Highways to convert the grass verge and footpath in Willingdon Road into a cycleway.

23rd December 2017

Neighbourhood Watch December e-Newsletter

The December issue of the Neighbourhood Watch e-Newsletter - "our News" is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Review of 2017
  • Highest Crime Level Since 2007
  • Identifying Modern Slavery

Download the newsletter > >

22nd December 2017

Sainsbury’s recalls certain batches of its Taste the Difference
4 pack Aberdeen Angus British Beef Quarter Pounders

Public Health England has identified a small number of cases with E. coli O157 infection. Investigations have found a possible link to the above product.

As a precautionary measure, Sainsbury’s is recalling certain batches of its Taste the Difference 4 pack Aberdeen Angus British Beef Quarter Pounders (Frozen)

More information > >

22nd December 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

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

Friday night’s Op Blitz resulted in a very interesting evening. Initially our PCSO’s decided to team up with the Sergeant in the carrier for Blitz with two other officers in a second car for us to allow for better ground coverage.

Blitz was started in the carrier, however, our officers got caught up with a job at the Red Lion Pub which they were in immediate vicinity of Despite this, all areas were checked between our officers.

Our officers also had to deal with a vulnerable missing person in which they were required to aid in an area search, it was decided that they would incorporate Blitz into this search.

We responded to a call at around 8.50pm, which was a report of youths smoking drugs at Kilburn Terrace, they conducted an area search but did not find any youths. Other than this, there were no other issues to report and no calls on the Blitz phone.

Operation Blitz on Saturday 16th December commenced at 6pm and focused on the Langney and Shinewater areas of Eastbourne. ‘Hot spot’ areas Pevensey road, The Crumbles Retail Park, Etchingham Road, Horning Close, Shalfleet Close, Rotherfield Avenue, Lavender Close (The Hub) and Jay Close Underpass were all searched and monitored twice throughout the evening.

Patrols were also conducted around the Hampden Park and Kingsmere area. There were no calls received on the Blitz phone on Saturday evening and no jobs sent to our control room.

The team showed a strong presence at Sovereign Harbour and The Crumbles following several reports of rowdy youths drinking and causing 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.

22nd December 2017

News and appeals

Our Christmas Domestic Abuse Campaign Operation Ribbon

For some, Christmas can be a particularly tough time of the year. We see an increase in reports of controlling behaviour and domestic abuse, perhaps due to the excessive alcohol, increased family tensions and financial pressures around Christmas time, but there are simply no excuses. Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact on the whole family. As part of our dedicated response to target domestic abuse we have now launched our Operation Ribbon that is running from 8 December – 31 December, this started with our video ‘The Visit’ which you may have seen circulating on social media.

Domestic abuse happens every day, in every part of the UK, if you are a victim you are not alone, domestic abuse can affect anybody; regardless of their gender, age, race, sexuality, religion or social background. Domestic abuse may include: Emotional abuse such as calling you names or humiliating you. Isolation – controlling where you go or who you are allowed to talk to. Intimidation or threats – smashing or throwing things when angry, threatening to hurt children or pets. Economic abuse – giving you an allowance, refusing to share money, or not allowing you to work. Physical violence – pushing, slapping, kicking, including an object or weapon to hurt you. Finally, sexual abuse – forcing you to have sex, or dress in a sexual way.

Our key message is that we want to reassure people that together with the partners we work with, our specialist staff and officers, that we can offer supportive measures to help victims of domestic abuse rebuild their lives.

We are making sure that we invest in the best training for our force. Our first phase of this is with our front line responders completing their ‘Domestic Abuse Matters’ awareness training this month. We are also recruiting 250 volunteers from our existing workforce to take on the role of domestic abuse ‘mentors’.

Our Specialist Safeguarding Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives are working with our front line responders to provide their expertise on investigations and the safeguarding of victims. In addition, our SIU domestic abuse caseworkers, together with Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) have been carrying out welfare visits to high risk victims to review their safety plans, and are also providing safety equipment to newly identified victims

If you are a victim of domestic abuse we will put a safety plan in place for you. You should also follow these safety tips: If an argument starts, if possible, remove yourself from the situation and any danger and go straight to a safe place. Avoid the bathroom, kitchen, garage or anywhere near potential weapons. Ensure that you have a support system in place that can assist you, including friends, family and professionals. If you have children, teach them it is not safe for them to intervene and they should remove themselves from danger and contact the police.

Additionally, if you know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse there are ways that you can offer support, which may include: Trying to get them to open up about it, remembering it may take several attempts. Listen to and believe what they tell you, be supportive and recognise that their self-confidence and self-esteem may be very low and that even talking to you about it may require an enormous amount of strength and courage. Finally, be patient and don’t judge them or tell them to leave or criticise them for staying – everyone has to make the decision in their own time.

For further advice and support on domestic abuse in Sussex, please call 101 or 01273 470101. We have specially trained officers who can help, please talk to us.

Crime summary

On 15 December approximately 5 males climbed over a resident’s wall in Phoenix Drive and attempted to break into their shed. (Ref: 1337 15/12).

On 17 December a burglary occurred on Latimer Road between 2am – 8am in which a phone and bank card had been taken (Ref: 0411 17/12).

On 18 December a garage was broken into on Blakes Way where a large amount of fishing equipment has been stolen. (Ref: 0315 18/12).

On 18 December a shed was broken into on Greenway in which a hedge cutter was stolen. This occurred at approximately 9.30am (Ref: 1218 18/12).

On 18 December a burglary occurred on Parkway (Ref: 1198 18/12).

On 20 December a burglary occurred on Alexandra Road in which some money has been taken. (Ref: 0264 20/12).

21st December 2017

Christmas domestic abuse campaign launches with 'The Visit'

Sussex Police release 'The Visit', as they launch Operation Ribbon, the dedicated force response to reports of domestic abuse over the Christmas and New Year period, from 8th-31st December.

The video aims to raise awareness of the hidden victims of abuse, particularly children who are exposed to abusive behaviour and forms part of a wider social media campaign to support Operation Ribbon.

More information > >

21st December 2017

Telephone scams prevention advice - Eastbourne

Around this time of year the last thing anyone wants to worry about is being a victim of a telephone scam. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell what a 'scam call' is. However, it's good to know some of the typical tricks that scammers use so that you can be prepared if you ever get a call like these:

Bank Scams - These are calls that come from an individual who will pretend to be from your bank saying that you have a problem with your account or card. They will usually ask you details about your account such as what your PIN number is. They could even advise transferring money into a 'safe account'. This is a very common scam and your bank would never ask you to give over these details or to transfer any money.

Compensation calls - This is where someone will phone you up and ask about a car accident you have had recently and then follow onto offer you compensation. Although some of these calls can be genuine, if you have had an accident it is best to call your own insurance company and not engage in these types of calls.

HMRC scams - You could get a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC suggesting that there is an issue with your tax refund or an unpaid tax bill. Again, HMRC would never contact you this way and would not ask you to reveal personal information such as your bank account details.

So, what how can you avoid phone scams?

  • Register with the Telephone Preference Service - this is a free service that allows you to opt out of any unsolicited live telesales calls. Although this can help reduce the number of cold calls you receive it may not block scammers.
  • Talk to your phone provider and see whether they offer any privacy services and call blocking services.
  • Most importantly, have an awareness of what scam calls look like and prepare yourself if you find yourself in this situation.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of a scam call 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

21st December 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • The Way Forward
  • New Writer in Residence
  • More Code Clubs for 2018
  • Download Free Christmas Reading
  • Diary of Events
  • Christmas Opening Hours

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20th December 2017

Eastbourne Business News

  • Market Your Business for Free
  • Capital Funding for Business and Enterprise
  • FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards
  • Free Business Start-up Workshop in Eastbourne

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

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19th December 2017

A number of purse thefts have been reported in Eastbourne

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about the below incident 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

Reference: 0393 15/12

Location: Morrison’s, Eastbourne

Date and time: 15 December, around 10am-10.30am

Details: A handbag was stolen from a trolley. The suspect was described as a young female, 5ft, olive skin, slim build, 20's, dressed smartly in trousers and a jacket.

Reference: 0748 15/12

Location: Wish Tower, Eastbourne

Date and time: 15 December, around 2.30pm

Details: The victim was bumped into by a male suspect. The description included: White male, late 20's, 5ft 6, large build, wearing a beany hat, jeans, a black or blue zip up jacket and white plimsolls. The suspect stole the victims wallet from their pocket.

Reference: 0845 15/12, around 2pm

Location: Arndale Centre, Eastbourne

Date and time: 15 December

Details: The victim had their purse stolen from their handbag. It could have been stolen near Sports Direct.

Reference: 0905 15/12

Location: Terminus Road, Eastbourne

Date and time: 15 December, between 2.50pm -3pm

Details: The victims purse was stolen from their shoulder bag whilst they were walking around the Christmas Market in Terminus Road.
Reference: 0147 16/12

Location: The Kings Arms, Eastbourne

Date and time: 16 December

Details: Victim had their wallet stolen whilst at the pub. The description was of a female.

Reference: 0512 18/12

Location: C&H Fabrics, Eastbourne

Date and time: 18 December, around 12pm

Details: An elderly ladies purse was stolen from their handbag. Description of suspects: 2 males, one was 5ft 8 carrying a yellow carrier bag, the other was slightly taller and had ginger hair.

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15th December 2017

News and appeals

Don't fall victim to a Christmas burglary this year

Winter is now well underway and Christmas is just around the corner! Christmas time can be a very busy time for burglars with lots of expensive Christmas presents left under the tree, people visiting family and friends or going on holiday. The nights are longer at this time of year, and shorter days mean that there are more opportunities for burglaries to take place. It is very important to remain vigilant and make sure that your home is secure and protected.

We would like to take this opportunity to give out some tips on how to prevent your home being burgled over this Christmas period. Firstly, it is always lovely to see Christmas presents displayed beautifully under the Christmas tree, but this poses a problem if your tree is positioned underneath your window.  Try and position your Christmas tree so that it cannot easily be seen by passers-by, leaving lots of lovely presents for all to see gives a new meaning to ‘window shopping’.

Secondly, make sure that when you leave your house whether it’s just popping down the supermarket to get that last minute Christmas present or visiting family for a few days, that you do not make your house look vulnerable. Keep lights switched on in the house, make sure all doors and windows are locked and set up alarms, this includes any outbuildings such as sheds or garages, most people keep tools in these places that are perfect for burglars to get into your house!

More and more people are buying their Christmas presents online. However, if you are not going to be home to collect your delivery, please make sure that you have them delivered somewhere that will be safe, whether that be with a family member, a neighbour or in a concealed place. When deliveries are left in obvious places not only can it give away what you are adding to your home contents but it also gives a good indication that you are not home.

Don’t let your house become a target of burglary and ruin your Christmas this year, keep your home safe and secure!

Crime summary

On 9 December an attempted burglary occurred overnight on Branston Road (Ref: 0045 09/12)

On 10 December a high value burglary occurred overnight on Arlington Road where expensive jewellery and electronics were stolen (Ref: 0045 10/12)

On 12 December a burglary occurred overnight on Elsted Close in which a wallet with credit cards and a mobile phone was stolen (Ref: 140 12/12)

On 12 December a garage was broken into between 10pm and 6.30am on Bridgemere Road in which a set of golf clubs and a drill was stolen (Ref: 195 12/12)

15th December 2017

Advertising hoarding popular with street drinkers is dismantled

Eastbourne Borough Council has taken action to tackle the problems with the street drinkers who gather at the advertising hoarding in Terminus Road.

The hoarding, which has a concrete seat running around the bottom of it, was put in place many years ago.  It is no longer used for advertising purposes and has become a place for the street community to congregate.  As a consequence, it also attracted litter.

The council has been working in partnership with various organisations to face the problem head on, and the hoarding is being removed in conjunction with Sussex Police.

The electricity to the site has been disconnected and although the concrete stump is still in place, it will be taken out in the New Year.  The equipment needed to remove it cannot be manoeuvred into position while the Christmas market is taking place. 
In the meantime, the area has been fenced off and once all the works have been carried out, the section will be re-paved.

14th December 2017

Anti-social behaviour and street community top priorities for safety plan

Eastbourne’s Community Safety Partnership Plan will put anti-social behaviour and the street community at the top of its priorities for the coming year.

Cabinet councillors agreed last night to adopt the plan for 2018-19 that was put together in consultation with key partners including Sussex Police.

In the past year, the Eastbourne Joint Action Group Street Community sub group has been co-ordinating a multi-agency response to anti-social behaviour relating to the street community and working closely alongside drop-in service the Eastbourne HUB.

Progress in the past year includes running diversionary sports in the summer holidays to help reduce anti-social behaviour and giving Business Wardens new powers.

Councillors also agreed the formal merger of the Eastbourne and Lewes Community Safety Partnerships.

14th December 2017

Recycling to be reviewed in Eastbourne

Cabinet councillors last night agreed to look at introducing a new recycling system that could mean residents use one bin to recycle everything.

The new system would mean residents could put glass in their wheelie bin. At present, separate box containers are used for glass and a wheelie bin for paper, cans, cardboard and plastics. The change would bring Eastbourne in line with other councils in East Sussex.

If councillors decide to adopt a new, simpler system, it would come into place in June 2019.

Charge for garden waste to be introduced in Eastbourne

On Wednesday 13th December, cabinet councillors agreed to introduce a charge for the collection of garden waste in Eastbourne from April 2018. Many councils already charge for this service and this brings Eastbourne in line with them.

The annual charge of £52 is expected to bring in around £300,000 every year that will allow the council to maintain essential front-line services in a financial climate of severe cuts in government funding.

For those who would prefer to compost at home, a free compost bin will be offered as an alternative. This offer will be available for the first six months of the scheme.

Lewes District Council already charges for collection of garden waste and Wealden District Council is set to introduce a charge from April.

Other Council News

The latest issue of Eastbourne Borough Council News is now available to download. In this issue:

  • New council flats ready in time for Christmas
  • Last weekend of Neon Noel
  • Hampden Retail Park transformation
  • Action on stillbirths
  • Skate Park update

Download the newsletter > >

14th December 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

his 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 8 December commenced at 6pm and focused on the Langney and Shinewater areas of Eastbourne. ‘Hot spot’ areas Pevensey road, The Crumbles Retail Park, Etchingham Road, Horning Close, Shalfleet Close, Rotherfield Avenue, Lavender Close (The Hub), Jay Close Underpass were all searched and monitored twice throughout the evening.

Patrols were also conducted around the Hampden Park and Kingsmere area. The cold weather was likely a reason for the areas being all in order and quiet. There were no calls received on the Blitz phone on Friday evening and no jobs sent to our control room.

However, we did visit the Winter wonderland located in Kingsmere which was preparing to have its Christmas lights turned on for the Saturday evening charity event. We even got a sneak peak of the light show which was truly spectacular and all for a good cause.

On Saturday evening PCSO’s were joined by two of our specialist Prevention Police Constables and the Sergeant! The team were keen to patrol and show a strong presence at Sovereign Harbour and The Crumbles following several reports of rowdy youths drinking and causing anti-social behaviour. The reports were made through the direct Operation Blitz telephone number and via the 9’s and all calls were met with a prompt and effective response.

The team caught up and engaged with young people, details were taken and have been added to a problem solving file aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in the area. If the names from today continue to crop up then further action can be taken. One rather intoxicated (though very apologetic) young man was even escorted home, it’s unlikely that his parent will be letting him out in the evening for a little while.

In between challenging young people reported as causing problems, the team were driven safely by one of our PC's to an immediate response call to West Rise School in Shinewater following reports of three males trespassing on the property. On this occasion, on arrival the males had already left. A search was conducted of the school and officers ensured that the premises was left safe and secure.
Thank you to those who continue to use and support the Operation Blitz system to report and tackle Anti-Social Behaviour in your areas

14th December 2017

Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.

To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.

Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.
Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.   

Pre-paid credit cards

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.

How to protect yourself:

Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank or personal details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • 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.

The information contained within this alert is based on information from gathered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).  The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this type of fraud. The alert is aimed at members of the public, local police forces, businesses and governmental agencies.

11th December 2017

The Met Office has predicted severe cold weather across the country until Thursday 14 December. Widespread frosts and icy conditions will persist throughout the week. Snow has also been forecast over central and southeastern areas and due to the low temperature, it will be slow to melt.

Are you prepared?

This cold weather could increase the risk of life-threatening illnesses, especially among older people. The ideal temperature for a bedroom is 18°C (64°F) and 21°C (70°F) for a living room.

Read our practical winter wrapped up guide for some useful tips on heating your home, eating well and other resources to keep warm. Please share this information with older friends and relatives. 

Please stay safe and warm.

11th December 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 335

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

8th December 2017

News and appeals
 
Jail for persistent Eastbourne burglar

An Eastbourne man appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (4 December) and was sentenced to three years' imprisonment after admitting five burglaries and one count of interfering with a vehicle.

Jamie Vincent Campbell, 32, of Broom Close, Eastbourne, was told by Judge Guy Anthony that three-year terms were being imposed for each burglary and two months for the vehicle offence. All would run concurrently. Campbell was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

He was arrested on 19 August after being seen entering a Toyota Avensis car parked in a car port at the rear of private premises in Key West, Eastbourne Harbour. An investigation linked him to four break-ins committed earlier the same day, and one on June 27. It appeared Campbell had targeted insecure properties and victims had not at first realised their property had been stolen until it was found in his possession.

Detective Constable Christopher Mills, who was closely involved in the investigation, said: "With Christmas fast approaching, it's a timely reminder to everyone to be mindful of their security measures."

Crime summary

  • During lunchtime on Saturday (2 December), a mountain bike was taken from the Ardnale Centre, Eastbourne. (Ref: 0693:02/12)
  • In the early hours of Tuesday morning (5 December), a house broken into on Fountains Close, Eastbourne but nothing was taken. (Ref: 0139:05/12)
  • Between 10:00pm and 7:00am on Wednesday/Thursday (6/7 December), a bicycle was taken from a shed on Lakelands Close, Eastbourne. (Ref: 0897:07/12)

7th December 2017

Community Speedwatch wins The Lord Ferrers Award for Technical Innovation

Neighbourhood Watch is delighted that Community Speedwatch Online Sussex (CSW) has been announced as the first Technical Innovation Award winner of The Lord Ferrers Award. The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise outstanding contributions to volunteering in policing. Awarded annually, the Lord Ferrers Awards are open to a wide range of policing volunteers across nine individual and team categories. From 2017 there is a new award for Technical Innovation, to recognise those volunteers who have used technology creatively.

Read more > >

7th December 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

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

Last weekend Operation Blitz was in full swing with officers patrolling Eastbourne focusing on identifying and tackling anti-social behaviour.

This weekend saw Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) attending McDonald’s in Eastbourne, as there were reports of anti-social behaviour.

There was a section 35 dispersal order in place in Eastbourne town centre due to ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour. This gave us the power to move on people who are acting in an anti-social manner.

From this, we attended an incident were a woman was feeling suicidal. We were able to calm her down and assisted her in travelling to her mother’s house safely.

We then travelled to the Crumbles, as we had received a report that there were some youths congregating at the rear of the Asda store. We had a discussion with the youths in which some words of advice were given and they were moved on. However, we had further reports later on that evening that another group of youths were gathering at the rear of Asda so we returned. This group were less cooperative but with some persuasion, they moved on.

Back in Eastbourne town centre, there were reports of some arguments between street drinkers. We attended the scene, took their details and sent them on their way in different directions.

5th December 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 334

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

1st December 2017

e-Newsletter

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

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1st December 2017

News and appeals

Police to increase patrols as part of Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers

A quick drive under the influence of drink or drugs could lead to a life behind bars. This is the message being issued by us as we launch our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Under new Government proposals, motorists who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The current maximum term is 14 years.

Our officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to target offenders across Sussex, between 1st December 2017 and 1st January 2018, and will deal robustly with anyone caught driving under the influence.

Patrols will include static stop checks at various locations, which will be in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers all year round. Our priority is to educate people of the clear risks associated with drink and drug-driving, and to keep road users safe.

During the same campaign last year (1st December 2016 to 1st January 2017), a total of 187 arrests were made in Sussex, of which 143 have since led to convictions.

For those caught and convicted, it will have dire consequences – offenders face a minimum 12-month disqualification, fines up to £5,000 and up to six months’ imprisonment.

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

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Christmas is a time for friends and family, don’t risk drinking and driving. 

Crime summary

Between 9am Saturday and 8am Monday a number of garages were broken into in St Anne’s Rd, Eastbourne. (Ref: 321:27/11)

On Monday a break into a garage was reported, but nothing was stolen, in Park Close, Eastbourne (Ref: 322: 27/11)

Eastbourne Railway Café was broken into early Sunday morning at around 1.40am (Ref: 0114: 27/11)

1st December 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Hands -on coding in the library
  • Dyslexic readers - what can your library do for you?
  • Who do you think you are?
  • Diary of events
  • A book I have loved - Envious Casca

Download the newsletter > >

30th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

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

Last weekend Operation Blitz officers patrolled Eastbourne with a main focus on identifying and tackling anti-social behaviour.

On Friday, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) started with ASDA at the Crumbles. They came across large group of youths at the rear car park area. Although they were’t causing any problems, they were congregating in a dark secluded area, with several broken bottles on the ground, so they were given words of advice and dispersed without issue.
Patrols also visited Sevenoaks car park and MEADOWS Nursery but no vehicles or youths were found at either of the locations, as previously identified as a problem at both locations.

The Youth Club on Lavender Close in Shinewater have reported problems with groups and anti-social behaviour, officers found it rowdy but under control. One young person, who is banned from the Club entered and so the Leader made a decision to close the club as an example to him and the others present.

Further to this, there were reports of youths banging on a door on Sevenoaks Road. On attendance, the two males had moved on and an area search was carried out but nothing was found.

On Saturday, an early patrol of the Crumbles retail park and surrounding area proved busy with shoppers but not with groups of youths, as none were present.

Shortly after, we became aware of a broken down vehicle in a dangerous position on Friston Hill blocking one side of the road. There is no street lighting in the area and with the frost rapidly approaching, we attended the scene directing traffic safely past whilst arranging for recovery of the vehicle to a safe location.

Op Blitz was resumed and the cold appeared too much for anyone (other than us) to be in Gildredge Park.

We attended a call regarding a group of youths throwing stones at cars travelling on Pevensey Bay Road. We quickly located a group of youths at the side of the road and logged all of their details. It could not establish if they were the group throwing the stones and so strong words of advice were given on this occasion and they were all sent home. Officers will be writing to their parents to explain the concerns in this area.

As the evening got later and colder, High Vis patrols continued through and around the Langley and Shinewater areas, where all was quiet.

29th November 2017

Free services for East Sussex businesses

Locate East Sussex supports businesses in East Sussex to grow and to attract new business investment to support the growth of the local economy of East Sussex. 

Locate East Sussex provide clear, impartial advice and a practical business support package to small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and because they are publicly funded by the county, district and borough councils of East Sussex, and since June 2017, the European Regional Development Fund, they make no charge to businesses seeking support.  

The dedicated team can provide access to a wealth of knowledge and support about locations and industry sectors in East Sussex, as well as access to funding, including the highly successful East Sussex Invest 5 growth funding program and South East Business Boost grants. They also provide information ranging from property to infrastructure and how best to access a trained workforce.

Whatever stage your business is at, Locate East Sussex can provide you with the right information, access to networks and support.

Get in touch by emailing enquiries@locateeastsussex.org.uk or phone 0300 3435749.

More information > >

21st November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 333

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

25th November 2017

How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address

Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing
Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers

65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. 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.

24th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 37205

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

Last weekend we patrolled Eastbourne concentrating on current ASB hotspots areas  looking to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour.

The first visit was Gildredge Park where everything was quiet and in order.

We then passed our attention to the Langley and Shinewater areas of Eastbourne, this included Rotherfield Avenue, Shalfleet Close and Horning Close. These areas have recently been subject to high volumes of Anti-social behaviour from youths. We came across a small group of youths who were hanging out by the bus stops, whilst they were not causing any issues but we stopped to say hello and they then moved on, of their own accord.

Our next stop was Etchingham Road which was all was quiet with no sign of any problems. Following this we headed to Pevensey Bay Road and The Crumbles Retail Park as recently as we have received complaints of stones being thrown at passing vehicles from these locations. There was a small group of youths in the area and again we stopped to engage with them, some chose to run off on our arrival however we spoke to the remaining few who were very pleasant and didn’t understand why the rest had run away.

We repeated the above patrols before receiving several calls to disturbances from youths in the Priory Road and Springfield Close area of Langney.  There had been a local house party and many of those leaving were causing issues. Several youths were chased away discarding alcohol bottles which were seized and disposed of. A follow up daytime call has been made to the occupier of the house party with strong words of advice given.

23rd November 2017

Will you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex. Can you please spare a few moments to complete a very short survey?

The PCC has opened an online survey via her website to seek residents’ views on supporting policing in the county. She explains: “I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cybercrime, but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.”
 
“In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response. Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public. Now we need your help to sustain this service.”
 
Last year Mrs Bourne carried out her biggest consultation to date: almost 4,500 people responded with nearly 80% supporting an increase in the police precept part of their council tax bill.
 
Sussex Police has already saved £76m since 2010, and the Chief Constable’s Local Policing Plan is working towards delivering further savings over the next four years.
 
“The Chief Constable and I are continuing to work together to drive further reform, and substantial progress has already been made through collaboration with local and regional partners and through investment in mobile technology,” added Mrs Bourne.
 
“I want to help Sussex Police explore and identify all opportunities for investment. That is why I have carried out a review of the amount of money Sussex Police holds in its reserves and released £15m to reduce the impact of reductions in police officer numbers. I’ve done this because I recognise the scale of the impact that these changes are having on the police and the public, and I remain committed to investing in local policing.
 
“I am also seeking further sources of external funding, including contributions from new building developments that lead to increased demand on local services. I – and other Police & Crime Commissioners – continue to negotiate with the Government for more funding for policing, as well as asking for the removal of the current cap on the police precept.”
 
Click here to visit the consultation website. If you feel uncomfortable about following this link you can also search online for the PCC’s website, where you will find the link to the survey clearly displayed on the home page, and also there is a short video explaining why the increase is being proposed.

Do you support this proposal? Please give your views by taking part in this short survey by 5th January 2018. We would encourage you to forward this message to all your neighbours and friends in Sussex.

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

21st November 2017

The White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon campaign calls on men to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence and abuse. It is a means for men to speak out and to safely challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women.

On Friday 24th November, as part of the Sixteen Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Eastbourne Borough Council is holding a stand at 1 Grove Road for our staff to learn more about the White Ribbon Campaign, to raise awareness and recognise the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

Find out more about 16 Days of Action and the White Ribbon Campaign, as well as the events running across East Sussex, at the East Sussex Safer Communities website

21st November 2017

Town Hall turns red to mark World AIDS Day

The clock face of Eastbourne Town Hall will be illuminated in red on Friday, 1st December, to mark World AIDS Day.

The day will also be marked by a march from the Town Hall to the seafront at 4.20pm when supporters will wear red ribbons to raise awareness of HIV and remember those who have died from the disease.

Joining the march will be members of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the BourneOut LGBT group, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council David Tutt and Stephen Lloyd MP.

Cllr Tutt said: "World AIDS Day is about showing support for those who are living with HIV and remembering those who have lost their battle against the disease.

"Lighting the Town Hall clock face in red and wearing a red ribbon are small, but significant ways in which we can show our support and we hope as many people as possible will come and join us.”

Sarah Smith, from The Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of the Council this 1 December, in helping people to all see red by lighting up the Town Hall. We need everyone to join our movement, stay passionate and keep fighting until HIV stigma is a thing of the past. With your help we can raise vital funds to tackle stigma, and support people living with HIV.’

More than 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 36 million people who have the virus, and since the virus was identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS.
Red ribbons will be available from the Town Hall reception desk on World AIDS Day.

For more information visit www.worldaidsday.org

21st November 2017

November 2017 edition of Council News
formerly known as Communiqué

Eastbourne Borough Council has published the November 2017 issue of Council News.

In this edition:

  • Neon Noel to light up Eastbourne
  • Town Hall turns red to mark World Aids Day
  • Construction of new community centre gets underway
  • EBC to grant Hippodrome lease to local couple.

Download the newsletter > >

21st November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 332

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

17th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s 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 returns below from PCSO Knowles.

Checks were conducted at all locations on Blitz this evening.

During the check of the youth group at Lavender Close we engaged with several youths in attendance at the group. Staff at the youth group confirmed that they were attending and not causing any issues.

No issues were reported from the staff and they appreciated the visit.

We had a call on the blitz phone at 20:10 from Etchingham road stating that there was a loud vehicle driving up and down the road but could not see what it was. We attended and conducted an area search and no trace.

We were assigned to CAD 1358 from comms at 21:20 which was a report of ASB on Victoria Drive by the library. We attended and conducted an area search. This was also an area search and no trace.

At 22:00 when conducting our 2nd check of the Crumbles were observed a small group of youths run away as we approached. There did not seem to be any issues present other than an abandoned trolley upside down in the road. The youths could not be identified and did not return.

At 22:15 we were asked to attend Enys road from comms in relation to CAD 1448 which was a distressed dog in a car. We located the car and the owner returned shortly after. No issues.

All other checks were all in order.

Saturday returns from PCSO Clare Gell

Op Blitz account all in all a good night must have known it was Todd’s first Blitz. Particularly youths in Shinewater as nothing seen tonight.

On the 11th November 2017 we patrolled areas within Eastbourne which are becoming more recent for anti-social behaviour.

We started in Gildredge Park with a high vis foot patrol. During this we met around eight youths in the skate park, they were very polite and friendly towards us and were causing no anti-social behaviour.

17th November 2017

Newsletter from Sussex PCC

In her latest newsletter, Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne says,"This year, we have seen police officers and other emergency services demonstrate bravery and professionalism in response to terror attacks in the UK. The Government has quite rightly increased the funding for counter-terrorism, including an amount for policing.

I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cyber crime but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.

In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response.

Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through the police element of your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public.

Now we need your help to sustain this service."

Read the complete newsletter > >

17th November 2017

East Sussex Highways New Quarterly Newsletter

East Sussex Highways has published Issue One of its new quarterly newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Apprentices
  • Winter is coming
  • A day in the life of Highway Stewards

Download the newsletter > >

16th November 2017

Bourne to Recycle

Putting the right stuff in the right bin is really important.  When the wrong items are put in with recycling it is called contamination.  Nationally around half of us regularly include items for collection which cannot be recycled, and when contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to landfill.  

Around 25% of waste in the rubbish bins in Eastbourne could have been recycled; and the recycling we collect is often contaminated.  Knowing what you can and can’t recycle really helps to reduce contamination and also increase our recycling rate.  The most common items contaminating our recycling are black plastic bags and sacks; food waste; and nappies.  

If you're unsure whether you can recycle an item, it's better to keep it out and put it in your waste bin!

Putting the right stuff in the right bin is really important.  When the wrong items are put in with recycling it is called contamination.  Nationally around half of us regularly include items for collection which cannot be recycled, and when contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to landfill.  

Around 25% of waste in the rubbish bins in Eastbourne could have been recycled; and the recycling we collect is often contaminated.  Knowing what you can and can’t recycle really helps to reduce contamination and also increase our recycling rate.  The most common items contaminating our recycling are black plastic bags and sacks; food waste; and nappies.  

If you're unsure whether you can recycle an item, it's better to keep it out and put it in your waste bin!

More information > >

15th November 2017

Have you installed the latest software updates?

Install the latest software and app updates on all of your devices.  These updates often contain important security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers.

Do you want to know more?

CyberProtect now has pages on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow now for more advice and support.

www.Facebook.com/cyberprotectuk  

www.twitter.com/cyberprotectuk

14th November 2017

Get an MOT Reminder

Sign-up to get free reminders by text message or email when your MOT is due.

You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due. You’ll get another reminder if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Sign-up here > >

14th November 2017

Fraudsters Target Job Seekers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
  • 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.

14th November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 331

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

13th November 2017

New rules come into force for Sovereign Harbour dog walkers

Dog walkers using walkways around Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne must now keep their pets on a lead or risk receiving a fine.

Following consultation, Eastbourne Borough Council is implementing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Residents were consulted over the changes and breaching an order could result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000.

PSPOs are measures that councils use to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/pspo for more information.

10th November 2017

Operation Blitz - notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s 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, PCSO Maher and PCSO Parsons did hi vis foot and vehicle patrols around the Shinewater area. A lot of anti-social behaviour has been reported and occurred recently. Horning Close, The Co-Op and Shinewater Court on Milfoil Drive, Larkspur Drive  and surrounding area.

The Blitz team attended a report of criminal damage to a residents House in Shalfleet Close. This transpired to be a young youth who had been coaxed into throwing a drinks can. The Youth was picked up by a patrol unit, given a warning and taken home as  no actual damage had occurred.

Further activity in Shinewater was located at Lavender Close where reports of large gatherings of youths fighting amongst themselves. On arrival the large numbers were part of the Social club and participating in football on the grounds. Both youths, residents and club representatives were engaging and constructive in discussion. All departed at the end of the night with no further disturbances. Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road and the Archery Rec in Seaside which have recently had activity was quiet. Large groups were seen at the Wish tower, however it emerged that they were Pokemon players and had to “Catch them all”!

Saturday was PCSO Furlong and PCSO Maher who did hi vis foot and vehicle patrol. An RTC involving a taxi and three vehicles in Seaside resulted in directing traffic in both directions whilst awaiting recovery for the vehicles. Through turbulent conditions the road was cleared and access resumed. A report came in of three males who were in a van that had been seen parked up for several hours in Blackwater Road. The van and occupants were workmen who had just finished a job and departed shortly after making contact. Patrols resumed around Shinewater with key areas attended including of Horning Close and Shalfleet Close as they have recently encountered anti-social behaviour. Patrols of surrounding area in Milfoil Drive and Larkspur Drive were very quiet with the heavy rain being a factor. A visit to Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road  with no activity seen. Late evening attendance of the ASDA/Crumbles and Harbour Waterfront Car Parks was also quiet with no anti-social driving or large groups congregating. A call out to a suspicious car in South Cliff at the end of the evening, after checks were done and all in order we were able to help the driver with local amenities and services whilst they are visiting Eastbourne. They Harbour was patrolled at the end of the evening and noticed a smell of drugs from the shelter adjacent to the toilets by the waterworks car park. 

8th November 2017

Recent Trend in Burglaries

Eastbourne Police are making residents aware of a trend in burglaries which has been identified recently.  Burglars are now targeting properties with expensive vehicles outside them, these could be luxury cars or work vehicles, and breaking in simply to steal the car vehicle key. They then drive the vehicles away, often outside of the county.  These tend to happen overnight and the vehicle has been driven far away before anyone has realised. 

Most recently there was two linked offences in the South Harbour area of Eastbourne on the same night, however thankfully the vehicles were quickly found and two persons arrested.  Eastbourne Police Prevention teams are making local residents aware, and giving some relatively simple tips on how to themselves, and their vehicles safe.

  1. Always check that your vehicle is locked, and all windows closed.  If you have an alarm or immobiliser then ensure it is activated
  2. Keep your car key away from the front door, and back door.  These are often the most obvious places people keep keys and will always be the first place burglars check.
  3. Report any suspicious behaviour, including odd knocks on the door, to ensure that local officers can check callers are genuine.

Simple steps can stop simple crimes, and minimise the impact on victims.

8th November 2017

Make Your Home Unattractive to Burglars.

Following a spate of burglaries in your area by applying a few prevention methods you can make your home less attractive to burglars.

  • Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.
  • If you leave your house empty, even if you are in the back garden, lock all the doors and windows.
  • An intruder alarm can be an effective deterrent against burglars, seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs.
  • 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 immobolise.com, it is free and helps police identify the owners of recovered property thousands of times a day.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect you and your family long after the incident has occurred.

Let’s make it difficult for would be offenders to target your home by thinking of implementing some of the crime prevention ideas.

8th November 2017

Consultation on council equality objectives

We are inviting feedback on the proposed equality objectives of Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council. These objectives outline the ways in which the councils will meet their Public Sector Equality Duty.
The three proposed high-level objectives are:

  1. To ensure that equality and diversity is at the heart of everything we do and that good practice is embedded in the councils’ culture and work.
  2. To build respect and understanding across our communities by working with them to tackle prejudice, discrimination and hate crime.
  3. To promote fairness and accessibility.

To find out more and to have your say please visit our website - Consultation on councils' equality objectives

The closing date of this consultation is Friday 15 December at 5pm.

6th November 2017

New Local Policing Model

Sussex Police has now launched its new Local Policing Model which sees teams working closely together to provide a flexible and resilient service within your community:

Prevention Teams

  • are accessible.
  • aim to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour by working with partners and targeting their patrols in areas where they can make a difference.
  • include PCSOs with enhanced skills, police officers and staff, including specialists working with young people in schools and colleges.
  • identify the best ways to solve problems, tackle repeat issues and reduce crime.
  • cover every neighbourhood in Sussex and can be contacted directly.

Response Teams

  • are there when needed in an emergency, available 24/7.
  • Work proactively in vulnerable areas.
  • also attend non-emergency calls where a policing presence is needed.

Investigations teams

  • investigate professionally and effectively.
  • proactively pursue and manage offenders, using the latest technology and digital evidence techniques to catch criminals.
  • support communities and victims, with each crime type investigated and each case considered individually according to the threat and harm caused.
  • through the Investigation and Resolution Centre resolve less serious incidents, which do not require a face to face visit, over the phone.

View the complete model > >

6th November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 330

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

5th November 2017

See Sovereign Harbour sparkle this Christmas – come and visit Sovereign Shines

This Christmas, The Waterfront businesses, local harbour residents, boat owners, the Yacht Club, the Berth Holders Association and Premier Marinas have all got together to make Sovereign Harbour REALLY shine in aid of the local lifeboat charity … why not book a table at one of our waterside bars, cafés or restaurants and come and see the impressive Christmas lights on show for Sovereign Shines from Saturday 2nd December AND join us for our family fun event on Friday 15th December from 5pm.

Visit the Sovereign Shines website > >

2nd November 2017

The UK’s gas and electricity supply is more reliable than ever before but severe winter weather can still cause damage and disruption.

Here are some steps you can take to be prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency:  

  • Know your free emergency numbers - In a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999
  • Prepare your home - Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning 
  • Register as a vulnerable customer - Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Follow the link to find out more about the Priority Services Register or to sign up
  • Keep your eyes open - Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

1st November 2017

Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations

With Lewes bonfire happening this weekend, local agencies and emergency services are urging people outside the town to stay local rather than travelling to the event.

Due to serious concerns about dangerous over-crowding and public safety, parking suspensions, road closures and changes to the train services have been put in place by a multi-agency group. This means Lewes will not be accessible from midday on Saturday, 4th November until the next morning. Cars parked on the A27 or in other restricted areas will be towed away.

Full road closures and travel restrictions > >

1st November 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

 

31st October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 329

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

28th October 2017

27th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 37205

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

Operation Blitz

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz. If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.communityGo to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday, PCSO Maher and PCSO Parsons did hi vis foot and vehicle patrols around the Shinewater area. A lot of anti-social behaviour has been reported and occurred recently. Horning Close, The Co-Op and Shinewater Court on Milfoil Drive, Larkspur Drive  and surrounding area.

The Blitz team attended a report of criminal damage to a residents House in Shalfleet Close. This transpired to be a young youth who had been coaxed into throwing a drinks can. The Youth was picked up by a patrol unit, given a warning and taken home as  no actual damage had occurred.

Further activity in Shinewater was located at Lavender Close where reports of large gatherings of youths fighting amongst themselves. On arrival the large numbers were part of the Social club and participating in football on the grounds. Both youths, residents and club representatives were engaging and constructive in discussion. All departed at the end of the night with no further disturbances. Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road and the Archery Rec in Seaside which have recently had activity was quiet. Large groups were seen at the Wish tower, however it emerged that they were Pokemon players and had to “Catch them all”!

Saturday was PCSO Furlong and PCSO Maher who did hi vis foot and vehicle patrol. A report came in of three males who were in a van that had been seen parked up for several hours in Blackwater Road. The van and occupants were workmen who had just finished a job and departed shortly after making contact. Patrols resumed around Shinewater with key areas attended including of Horning Close and Shalfleet Close as they have recently encountered anti-social behaviour. Patrols of surrounding area in Milfoil Drive and Larkspur Drive were very quiet with the heavy rain being a factor. A visit to Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road  with no activity seen. Late evening attendance of the ASDA/Crumbles  and Harbour Waterfront Car Parks was also quiet with no anti-social driving or large groups congregating. A call out to a suspicious car in South Cliff at the end of the evening,  after checks were done and all in order we were able to help the driver with local amenities and services whilst they are visiting Eastbourne. They Harbour was patrolled at the end of the evening and noticed a smell of drugs from the shelter adjacent to the toilets by the waterworks car park.

24th October 2017

Early bird bookings now open for The BIG Futures Show

You can now book online to exhibit at the third BIG Futures Show, the largest employability and skills event in East Sussex on Tuesday 24 April 2018.  Book early and save 10% on exhibitor rates.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for BIGger space and more publicity.

The Show is aimed at students from across East Sussex as well as parents, and anyone looking for work or training.  With over 90 exhibitors, all visitors will experience an interactive and inspiring Show to help guide them toward their ‘BIG Future’. Over 1,500 visitors are expected.

Visit www.bigfuturesshow.org.uk to discover the benefits of exhibiting and sponsoring, plus more about the Show.

This annual event is organised by a local charity, the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, in association with Eastbourne Borough Council.  Sussex Downs College, NHS Health Education England, The View Hotel and Helen Owen Marketing Enterprises have all come on board as early sponsors.

24th October 2017

Keep a Light On

The clocks go back next week and our message is simple, keep a light on and stay secure. 

In the early hours of Sunday 29th October the clocks change and at this is the time of year there is an increase in burglary as the nights lengthen and daylight hours shorten. 

On Sunday 22nd October Sussex Police began a social media campaign to show how residents can bolster their home security with some practical crime prevention advice and highlight the impact of burglary can have. 

The aim is to emphasise the dire, and sometimes heartbreaking, effect a burglary can have on a person who has experienced it, by sharing their personal story. These stories are complemented with helpful and practical tips to help safeguard your home against burglary. Everyone in the community can help prevent burglary by looking out for each other. 

Between September 2016 and September 2017 there were on average 680 burglary offences per month across Sussex. This total includes both residential and non-residential burglaries. 

The change of season not only brings longer evenings but the opportunity to be out celebrating bonfire events and Hallowe’en activities. Be mindful that your home could be vulnerable to burglary if it isn’t protected. The best defence against burglary is prevention. 

Burglary isn’t only about the physical act of someone breaking in and stealing material possessions. It can have a profound and lasting emotional effect on the victim.

To help protect yourself please read crime prevention advice here.

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes just a few minutes and if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief. Find out more on their website here.

17th October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 328

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 October 2017

Modelling Jobs Advances Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot. The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.
 
Tips for staying safe:

  • Carry out your own research prior to paying any type of advance or upfront fee.
  • Be wary if you are asked to pay for a portfolio, as many legitimate agencies will cover that cost.
  • Don't give your bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out your own research on the relevant agency.
  • 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.

22nd October 2017

October issue of Our News

The  October edition of the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter, Our News is available to download.

Click here to download.

If you need to update your details on Neighbourhood Alert please login to Neighbourhood Alert and change them. If you have any queries regarding how to do this or need help with other technical Neighbourhood Alert queries contact:

support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk

Please note that the national Neighbourhood Watch office in Leicester cannot accept reports of crime or anti-social behaviour.

It is important that your local police force has an accurate picture of crime in your area so they can allocate policing resources accordingly. They can only do this if you report crimes that have occurred.

Call 999 if

  • you’re reporting a crime that’s in progress,
  • there is a likelihood of the offender being apprehended if police officers respond immediately. 
  • if someone is in immediate danger.

Call 101 to contact your local Police force for all non-emergency calls to your local police force.

To report crime completely anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Report all incidents of fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online.

19th October 2017

Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

From 24 July to 10 September 2017 we carried out a consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne.

PSPOs are measures that councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists.

The proposals we consulted over included changes to the scope of Dog Ban and Dog on Lead Orders.

You can now view the key findings, full consultation report and the decisions made following the Eastbourne Borough Council website.

19th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

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

On Friday, we started our patrol on foot in and around Gildredge Park, which has recently come to our attention for drug related incidents. Thankfully, on this occasion, we were met by three very polite young lads who were not involved in any type of anti-social activity.

Whilst at the park, we received a call on the Op Blitz phone reporting a group of noisy youths hanging around the beach area of Macquarie Quay. When we arrived, we were greeted by a group of about 20 teenagers near to the harbour arm, some of which ran off as soon as they saw us. Although they were very loud, they moved on quite swiftly after we explained they were causing a disturbance to local residents.

We caught up with some of the same youths whilst patrolling the rear of The Crumbles. A girl that had previously run away from us was bragging to her mates about not being caught with a bottle of Disaronno! Of course, she didn’t get away from us a second time. We seized the booze, which was found in her bag, and sent her home.

On Saturday we visited Gildredge Park again, and I’m happy to report it was nice and quiet. We also patrolled Motcombe Gardens, having previously received reports of nuisance behaviour around the allotments and bowls club, but there wasn’t anything untoward on this occasion.

As well as conducting high visibility patrols in Shinewater and Langney, we spent quite a bit of time around The Crumbles and North Harbour – having received complaints the previous night. Unlike Friday, it was very peaceful and there were no reports of anti-social behaviour.

18th October 2017

Crime prevention during Diwali

Diwali the 5 day Hindu festival of lights – commences on 19 October this year Diwali is the time of year that families remove jewellery from safe keeping to wear at the numerous celebrations.

Statistics have shown that during this time it is common practice for Asian properties to be targeted by criminal networks involved in lucrative ‘family gold’ thefts.

Gold is particularly tempting due to its high value and the speed and anonymity in which it can be exchanged for large sums of cash.
Consider the following advice:

Do not leave valuables out on display so they can be seen from outside
Invest in a good quality safe which complies with official insurance rating standards. A Home Office website www.securedbydesign.com lists approved security products.

When wearing your jewellery in public, be cautious as to who is around you. Stick to well-lit streets and consider wearing a scarf to cover your neckline.

Theft of gold affects victims financially but also emotionally. Each piece is usually individual in nature and handed down from generation to generation so it has great sentimental value and often irreplaceable.

18th October 2017

October Issue of Council News

The October issue of the Eastbourne Borough Council newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Arndale development starts to take shape
  • Working in partnership
  • Devonshire Park transformation update

Download the newsletter > >

17th October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 327

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 October 2017

Holiday activities for kids this October.

Looking for something to keep the kids active this October half term? We have a range of RYA sailing and windsurfing courses and activities available at our Eastbourne site. Stage 1 courses for £89, running Monday and Tuesday. Stage 2 and 3 courses for £129, running Wednesday to Friday. Multi activity taster sessions including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking running Friday for just £20. 

Also:

  • Winter first aid training dates
  • Kit for sale

More information > >

14th October 2017

Tackling Domestic Abuse

Tackling Domestic Abuse is a national priority for the Home Office, Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

Neighbourhood Watch is working with Crimestoppers to raise awareness about domestic abuse and what our supporters and volunteers can do to help prevent and report it. 

We would be grateful if you could spend just 3 minutes completing this survey, the results of which will help us to  signpost people to the right place to report their concerns. Your responses are completely anonymous.  

You can complete the survey by clicking on this link.

14th October 2017

Message From Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

"Tomorrow marks the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week, a national initiative which aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime and support those who need our ongoing support.

One of the four priorities in my Police and Crime Plan is to protect our vulnerable and help victims cope and recover from crime and abuse.

As I mentioned in my newsletter on 22 September, I have made funding available for projects that specifically support vulnerable victims of crime, particularly hate crime. For the first time, grants of up to £20,000 are available from my Victims’ Services Fund for initiatives which aim to help victims of hate crime, including race, religion, gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, and those that have been persistently targeted."

Read the complete message > >

14th October 2017

A Free Service Brought to Eastbourne

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex.  The vehicle is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests.

The mobile unit will be visiting Asda in Eastbourne on Thursday 16th November 2017, and will be outside the front of the store, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road BN23 6JH from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

For further information please contact:
East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre,
Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

14th October 2017

All change – Universal Credit to replace benefit payment system

Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) is asking residents who claim benefits to take steps to ensure they are ready for major changes coming this month (October).

The new payment system, called Universal Credit, comes into force on Wednesday October 11.  It means the majority of claimants of working age MUST have a bank account that can set up Direct Debits and their own email address.  As Universal Credit applications can only be made online it is also important that potential claimants are able to access the internet regularly.

More information > >

14th October 2017

Lewes Speakers Festival

From the 24th to the 26th November 2017 at The All Saints Centre in Lewes, The Lewes Speakers Festival at: www.lewesspeakersfestival.com/ brings together some of the most exciting speakers in the UK.

  • BBC Presenter Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan give fascinating descriptions of 34 ordinary  men and women caught up in war across 3 centuries – from survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade to WW2 spies and saboteurs.
  • Katie Hopkins, the controversial columnist and broadcaster, gives an account of her epic life.
  • Denis McShane, former Minister for Europe, explains why ‘Brexit’ will not mean full rupture with Europe.
  • Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at Pembroke, Oxford, returns to Lewes to explain the Russian strategic agenda.
  • Theodore Dalrymple, a retired physician and celebrated writer who practiced his career in an inner-city hospital and prison, tells of his encounters with modern criminals which he believes is a parable of dysfunction within modern culture.
  • Alison Weir, Britain’s best-selling female historian, gives the inside story of Anne Boleyn’s life and the real reasons she married Henry VIII.
  • Shrabani Basu, who wrote the book behind the 2017 film ‘Victoria and Abdul’ starring Judy Dench, gives an account of what really happened.
  • Lieutenant General Sir "Barney" White-Spunner gives an inside story of the partition of India which would dictate the history of South Asia for the next 70 years.
  • John McHugo, the international lawyer and Arabist, gives a concise history of the Sunnis and Shi’is, the two main groups within Islam
  •  Damien Lewis, the best selling author and war journalist, explains the SAS’s most daring WW2 mission when they donned Nazi uniforms and went behind enemy lines in the longest mission ever taken by Allied Special Forces
  • Dr David Lewis, the popular psychologist, discusses his work as a photojournalist during the 60’s and 70’s
  • Anabel Inge, identifies what makes modern women in the UK don a ‘burqa’ and turns a spotlight on the growing phenomenon of women converting to Salafism, a fundamentalist, yet overwhelmingly non-violent version of Islam.
  • Donald MacIntyre, the Independent’s former Jerusalem bureau chief, explains the situation in Gaza.
  • Nicholas Rankin, who was Chief Producer for BBC World Service shows how Gibraltar was the pivotal place in WW2 and how if Hitler had taken it, he may well have won the war.

To book tickets and for more information, please go to www.lewesspeakersfestival.com or ring the Booking Line on 0333 666 3366

13th October 2017

Unregistered and unapproved ice-cream producer

Consumers should be aware that an unregistered and unapproved Food Business Operator (FBO), Zak Ices, Belle Vue Street, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 7DD has been producing ice cream using an approval code of UK KM058 EEC which previously belonged to a another company and was withdrawn in 2007.

12th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

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

Last weekend, the team spent some time having been flagged down by a member of the public on their patrols to a report of a man who appeared asleep and slumped over the wheel of his car. With support from colleagues from the road policing team this incident was resolved. They were also called to search for youths on motorcycles in Princes Park & Five Acre Field, but found no sign of any motorbikes; and towards the end of their shift spent some time at a property in the town centre, after reports of criminal damage inside the property.

This week we would like to focus some patrols to the Etchingham Road area in Langney, following reports of crime and anti-social behaviour. The team will be encouraged to check for any obvious insecurities in the area and to take details of any groups gathering and causing a nuisance or concern in the neighbourhood. This will help support work already being completed with Eastbourne Homes Limited, supporting their tenants who have complained of anti-social behaviour over recent months.

Parks and gardens such as Motcombe and Gildredge Park will continue to be a focus for patrols. Should anyone wish to contact the team about any particular issue to them or their community, I would urge them to call the telephone number for Operation Blitz on Friday and Saturday evening, between 6pm and midnight.

12th October 2017

More information > >

10th October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 326

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

6th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s 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

Operation Blitz

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz. If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.communityGo to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend several Hot Spots were checked throughout the evening including Gildredge Park, Manor Gardens, Sovereign Harbour and The Archery with no issues found.

PCSO Andy Wilkinson did respond to a call from a resident at Sovereign Harbour reporting youths riding a motorised scooter. Andy returned to the Harbour but found no sign of any riders.

PCSO Ania Racynska spent some of her evening on Friday night in the village at Hampden Park following reports of youths climbing up onto roofs and being rather rude when asked to climb down. One shopkeeper was spoken to having chased a group away, Ania spent some time searching for the young people and shared her experience with the rest of the team so they too can consider this on their patrols.

4th October 2017

Council targets weekend fly-tippers

Eastbourne Borough Council is urging anyone with any information on a spate of fly-tipping to come forward.

Over the weekend and Monday (September 30 – October 2), 16 fridges were left in four different locations - Cherry Garden Road in Old Town, Dudley Road near the town centre, Dallington Road in Hampden Park and Astaire Avenue in Roselands.

The Council’s Neighbourhood First team will be clearing the fridges but is keen to track the culprits down and prevent it happening again.

More information > >

2nd October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 325

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

2nd October 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

 

29th September 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Have your Say
  • Begin to Code This Summer
  • Boost Your Wellbeing
  • Diary of Events
  • A Book I Have Loved
  • New DVDs

Download the newsletter > >

29th September 2017

A Blume Update

We gently launched blume in July, and I wanted to give the Eastbourne members an update.  We have been really pleased by the reaction so far – a big thank you to those who have joined and been supportive.

Our immediate priority in the next two months is to continue to build a group of blumers before we fully launch to buyers. Based on those who have already signed up, there is a lot of talent waiting to be unleashed and we are looking forward to unleashing it!

In the meantime we will be putting a small number of tasks that need doing up onto the site. The current crop involves fly fishing, websites and books. We are also looking for some help here at Blume. You can see them all on our new jobs board which we will be updating regularly.

As ever please send any comments or questions to me here: alexander@blume.life

29th September 2017

Operation Blitz notification

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

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening).

The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz.

If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.community

Go to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last Friday several Hot Spots were checked early on in the evening; including Meadows Nursery car park and the surrounding area where we have had several reports of ASB with groups of youths on a regular basis causing damage to property. Followed by Sevenoaks Road car park which we believe is being used by young motorcycle riders and drivers with reports of anti-social behaviour. No issues where found or reported.

PCSO’s went on foot patrol through Gildredge Park where they found 6 youths, some in possession of cannabis. Community Resolutions will be issued as a consequence to two 16 year old males. PCSO’s recovered a bike that was abandoned with the group at Gildredge Park which was booked into found property at Hammonds Drive for safe keeping.

Other areas checked during the evening were: Motcombe Gardens, Bowls Club, Allotments, and Archery Recreation Ground at Seaside, Asda/Crumbles and Waterfront Car parks. All quiet with no issues.

Last Saturday PCSO’s checked specific hotspot areas, on the 2nd visit to Asda Crumbles rear car park they came across several Asda trolleys that been dumped on the slip road which constituted a Road Safety Hazard, PCSO’s removed the trolleys.

Other areas included Sevenoaks Car Park, vehicles doing donuts and excessive noise, Meadows Nursery, youths gathering in car park. No vehicles or youths at either location.

PCSO’s had a couple of calls reporting youths causing criminal damage to the Café near Redoubt Fortress, upon attending no youths were present, no visible damage and the informant was updated.

29th September 2017

Eastbourne Business News

  • Association of British Mentors
  • Low Carbon Across South East
  • ProActions

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

Download Business News > >

25th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 324

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

25th September 2017

What goes around comes around:
Eastbourne Borough Council is encouraging Eastbourne to look and feel good this Recycle Week

Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Eastbourne Borough Council is teaming up with Recycle Now this Recycle Week to encourage residents to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished-with fragrances.

In the UK, almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom.  New research from Recycle Now found that nearly half (49%) of the UK population admit to not always recycling their aerosols including deodorant and hairspray from the bedroom or bathroom.  The research also found that over a third (38%) of the UK population say they don’t always recycle glass items in the bedroom such as aftershave and perfume bottles after they are empty.

This Recycle Week, we’re asking residents to rethink their bathroom routines by highlighting the benefits of recycling these items for Eastbourne and demonstrating that what goes around comes around

Read Full Press Release > >

23rd September 2017

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last Friday officers did Hi Vis patrols around the Asda/Crumbles area and Archery Rec area where previous anti social behaviour had been reported.

There was no activity present and both areas were very quiet. Due to ongoing reports of anti social behaviour and crime related incidents in Motcombe area patrols were done twice that evening, no activity was encountered, quite possibly due to the heavy rain. A group of eight youths were dispersed early evening from Langney Shopping Centre.

Last Saturday officers started their shifts with a report of a large group of young males congregating in the Langney area. The group did not appear to be involved in any anti social behaviour, however they were advised to move along. Officers received a further report of youths congregating in Old Town, they attended and did a thorough check of the areas and were happy to report no issues of concern.

22nd September 2017

HMRC Scam

We have been advised that more than twenty Patcham residents have within the last few days received telephone calls from callers, purporting to be from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs), telling them that they owe tax in the region of £3,000.  Their call is aggressive, threatening, urgent and sounds authentic. 

They suggest meeting at a Brighton location where the tax owed is handed over. Don't be fooled. These calls are from scammers.

If you receive one of these calls, please immediately telephone 101 or report it to the police through their website.

Please share this information.

21st September 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

19th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 323 - Update

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

18th September 2017

Distraction Burglary Warning

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

Reference: 346 08/09/2017  DC Karen Colbran


Location: Eastbourne and Hailsham


Date and time: 7th, 9th and 13th September 2017


Three elderly people have been targeted in Eastbourne and Hailsham recently by a man claiming to be from a water company.

The man knocked on their door stating he needed to check their water and waste pipes. He walked into the house without being invited in and left with the victim's handbags. The description of the man is white, about 50, clean shaven with a northern accent. He was wearing a quilted blue jacket and a black baseball cap.

Sussex Police are appealing to the public for help and for any information relating to these offences involving distraction and burglary. We would like to ask members of the community to keep an eye on their vulnerable neighbours and to report any activity which they consider may be out of the ordinary by phoning the police.

Please be alert to this suspicious behaviour which is a common method for thieves to gain entry into people's homes. They use all kind of reasons to be let in, only to steal from the unsuspecting residents when the resident's attention is elsewhere.

Anyone who knocks on the door should be able to show identification. If they can't, don't let them in. If you don't know the person outside answer with a chain on the door or speak to them through a letter box. Anyone genuine will wait outside while you make checks.

Visit the Sussex Police website for burglary prevention advice

18th September 2017

Parking on School Keep Clear Markings

Parking outside schools at drop off and pick up times is always very busy and drivers are often tempted to stop in places that they would not usually, sometimes this includes on the school keep clear markings. These markings are placed outside schools to improve safety for pedestrians and it is crucial that these are kept clear of vehicles.

To tackle this safety concern, from 5 September we will be changing the way we issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicles that stop on the keep clear markings. If the vehicle is driven away before the PCN is placed on the vehicle or handed to the driver, it will be sent to the owner or keeper of the vehicle by post. A PCN that is issued in this way is called a Regulation 10 or postal PCN. Managing school keep clear markings in this way will allow civil enforcement officers to carry out enforcement of this restriction more efficiently.

Full details of changes > >

18th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 323

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

15th September 2017

Operation Blitz

The 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

15th September 2017

Get on your walking shoes for a three-day festival!

A three-day festival is being held in Eastbourne and Lewes to encourage people to get out and about and discover the joy of walking.

The Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest, from Friday September 29 to Sunday October 1, is a series of free walks designed for all ages and abilities, graded in ease and difficulty, with a guide to mileage and times they will take to complete.

The event has been organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council to mark the launch of a new interactive website for residents and visitors to discover new walks, add some strolls of their own, or to find out about walking groups in the local community.

The aim of the walks is to act as a springboard to an ongoing promotion of walking for health, interest, fun and general well-being.

More information > >

11th September 2017

East Sussex Better Together September Newsletter

The East Sussex Better Together Newsletter is available to download.

In this issue:

  • Prevent falls with ESBT Strength and Balance Classes
  • Planning and Partnership Report
  • ESBT Welfare Benefits and Debt Project
  • New Treatment for Enlarged Prostate at DGH
  • East Sussex Full of Life
  • The Big Gig

Download the newsletter > >

11th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 322

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

11th September 2017

East Sussex Highways September Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Have you spotted . . . .?
  • Footway surfacing
  • Did you know . . . .?
  • Weed spraying
  • Fast and efficient pot-hole repairs
  • Eastbourne, Willingdon and Polgate Consultation Dates

Download the newsletter > >

9th September 2017

Video Enabled Justice (VEJ)

Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne has announced that the video-enabled justice (VEJ) initiative in Sussex, London and the south east has been awarded £11m of funding from the Police Transformation Fund.

M/s Bourne says, "I want to improve access to justice for everyone and the criminal justice partners I have worked with on this bid all want to provide the best possible experience for victims and witnesses to give evidence.

We recognise that the conventional routes and processes into our courts are not as effective or user-friendly as they could be. This funding will allow us to embed video-enabled justice across the system and deliver greater flexibility, saving police officers and witnesses up to five hours waiting for court slots and not requiring police to drive some defendants across the county for a five-minute hearing."

Read More > >

8th September 2017

Become a blumer! - Let flexible work find you

Blume is a new enterprise which will find paid flexible work for older people.  The work will range from DIY tasks to dog walking and mystery shopping. and much more besides.  There will also be telephone and computer-based jobs that you can do from home.  In fact, if you have a skill that you think others will find useful then please tell Blume about it and we will do our best to promote it. 

You decide what you want to do and when you want to do it.  You also decide how much you want to charge as long as it is above the national living wage – and if you don’t need the money the site allows you to donate what you earn to charities.

To find out more visit https://blume.life and enter the code ‘BOURNE’ or email contact@blume.life

8th September 2017

Former ESF Chairman recovering after illness.

I wanted to let you know that former ESF Chairman,Steve Thornett, has recently suffered a heart attack.

However, I am pleased to say that after an operation and a few days in hospital, he is now making a good recovery.

Our best wishes to Steve and Ursula.

Nadine Harris
Chair ESF

8th September 2017

Launch of “Pride in our Neighbourhood” campaign

Eastbourne Borough Council is urging residents to back its “Pride in our Neighbourhood” campaign.
The campaign wants residents to take ownership of where they live and work with the council to stop fly tipping, dog fouling and littering.

Local residents joined members of the Council’s Neighbourhood First team and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd to launch the campaign at an alleyway on the junction of Dudley Road and Albion Road - one of the town’s hot spots where fly tipping has been a problem.

Cllr Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Place Services, said: “When people dump rubbish in alleyways like this, the issue is that because the alleyway is unadopted it does not fall under the responsibility of the council.  We are urging residents if they see fly tipping to report it straight away to us.  It’s illegal and there’s no excuse for it.

“Everyone wants to live in a nice neighbourhood so we want to try and build a community spirit that means people will work with us to stop fly-tipping, dog-fouling and littering.”
The Neighbourhood First team covers three zones across Eastbourne, giving local people access to the council in their community.

Anyone wanting to report incidents of fly tipping can do so by downloading an app called “Report it Eastbourne” or call the Neighbourhood First team on 01323 410000.

5th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 321

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

1st September 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

 

31st August 2017

Eastbourne Business News

  • Free Business Start-up Workshops
  • Free Business Management Seminar
  • Growing Your Business Internationally
  • South East Business Boost

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

Download Business News > >

31st August 2017

Congress Theatre transformation is underway

The transformation of the inside of Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre is underway as the auditorium becomes a temporary home for nearly 120 tonnes of scaffolding. The refurbishment of the Grade II listed theatre, that was built in 1963, is part of Eastbourne Borough Council’s £44 million investment to create a first-class cultural, conferencing and sporting destination known as Devonshire Quarter.

To date, all 1,660 seats have been removed from the auditorium to make way for nearly 34,000ft of scaffold tubes that will be held together by 6,577 fittings with nearly 3,200 scaffold boards.

Once the scaffolding is completed, work will begin to create an opening in the roof of the auditorium to make way for a state-of-the-art lighting bridge. This will be followed by the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system, new seating, new toilets and a new café in the current foyer.

Read more > >

31st August 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 320

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

21st August 2017

Low Vision Day

Professional Vision Services, British Wireless for The Blind Fund, Macular Group & Guide Dogs for the Blind, in Association with Eastbourne Blind Society invite you to a Low Vision Day on Thursday 7th September 2017 from 10.00am to 2.00pm at:

Eastbourne Blind Society,
124-142 Longstone Road,
Eastbourne - BN22 8DA

To see the latest products, video magnifiers, talking cctv, Braille, reading machines, handheld devices and specially made radios, for the blind and partially sighted people.

For further information please call: 01323 729511

18th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

15th August 2017

Harbour Residents Seek Protection for Leisure Areas

A consultation process initiated by Eastbourne Borough Council with regard to the potential implementation of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) has particular implications for residents of Sovereign Harbour.  However, as so often in the past, the areas proposed to be designated in Sovereign Harbour are limited, and many of the important public areas have not been included.

The most notable exclusions are the curved walkway on the Outer Harbour, the beach path and the Sovereign Harbour beach itself which, as stated above, is privately owned, although the public has free and unlimited access to it. Although responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the beach, the management companies of the five developments are unable to enforce any requirements with regard to anti-social behaviour, such as dog fouling and litter.

More information and to take part in the consultation > >

14th August 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 319

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

11th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

11th August 2017

Do you measure your own blood pressure or BMI?

  • Do you ever measure your own blood pressure or your BMI?
  • Do you own a blood pressure monitor or a weighing scale that measures BMI?
  • Have you ever downloaded an app to help you track either of these things?

If you do this now or have done in the past, would you be willing to take part in an interview? 

Interviews can take place at a time and place convenient for you and people who take part will be offered a £20 voucher for their time and effort. 

The project has been reviewed by the Department of Sociological Studies Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield.

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please email Ros at r.g.williams@sheffield.ac.uk or call 0114 2226423. 

Dr Catherine Will,
School of Law, Politics and Sociology,
Freeman Building G44, 
University of Sussex, BN1 9QE.
Tel: 01273 678449. c.will@sussex.ac.uk

11th August 2017

Peter’s Food Service recalls various baked goods products

Peter’s Food Service Ltd has recalled several baked meat and vegetarian pasty products because they may contain glass fragments.

Products include ASDA, LIDL and Peter’s brand products.

More information > >

8th August 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

 

7th August 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 318

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

5th August 2017

Contacting Sussex Police

In her latest newsletter, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has given details of the new bespoke contact card that Sussex Police has produced-for for each district, with all the different ways you can get the right help from the right people in a timely manner.

Download the Newsletter > >

 

4th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

4th August 2017

East Sussex Highways February Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Did you know?
  • Cycleways
  • Save lives - Give blood
  • Awards
  • White Lining
  • Polegate and Eastbourne Consultation Event

Download the newsletter > >

4th August 2017

3rd August 2017

Have your say on town centre heritage

People in Eastbourne are being invited to express their views on the management of heritage buildings and historic attractions in the town centre. 

Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a consultation on its draft Town Centre and Seafront Conservation Appraisal which covers a large part of the town centre, between the railway station and the seafront and from the Redoubt Fortress to the Wish Tower. 

The appraisal sets out proposals for the preservation and enhancement of the conservation area and historic buildings that lie within it. This includes extending the conservation area boundary to include Grove Road and Little Chelsea

More information > >

3rd August 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Become a secret agent at the library this summer
  • Do you use One-Click or Zinio
  • Can you help the library
  • A book I have loved

Download the newsletter > >

2nd August 2017

Fun Weekend at Sovereign Harbour

  • Car Show
  • Boat Show
  • Regatta
  • Family Fun

from 10am to 5pm at the Harbour Quay, Waterfront with FREE admission and FREE parking on Bank Holiday Weekend 26th-27th-28th August.

2nd August 2017

Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

Eastbourne Borough Council would like to hear from residents and organisations about its proposals to establish new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne.

PSPOs are something councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. They put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists.

Existing orders have been reviewed and the Council is proposing to establish the following orders with slight changes to their boundaries:

  • 'Dog on lead' when in specified areas of Eastbourne, and
  • 'Dog ban' when in specified areas of Eastbourne.

Under the proposals, anyone found not to be in breach of the orders may face a fine of up to £1,000.

To take part in the consultation please visit:
Have your say on new Public Spaces Protection Orders

The closing date to respond is Sunday 10 September 2017.

1st August 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

 

31st July 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 317

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

28th July 2017

Nominate a nurse for our East Sussex Better Together Above and Beyond Award (2017 nominations)

Do you know a nurse that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support a loved one or neighbour? Perhaps their caring nature has extended further to also help their family members and friends. If so, why not say thank you by nominating them for our special Above and Beyond Public Choice Award.

Our nurses in East Sussex do an amazing job, caring for local people in times of illness and injury whether they are at home, in hospital, or residential care. East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) is celebrating the compassion and professionalism our nurses show every single day through our award scheme.

The winners will be announced at a special event held in Eastbourne in October 2017, and we’re asking members of the public to nominate a nurse that has made a difference to a local person’s life, or the wider community.

You can complete your nomination form online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VCHLYM6

28th July 2017

Wanna Get Rich Quick?

ESF Chair, Nadine Harris, received the following e-mail.

“Thanks (Nadine) for your time on the phone. As I mentioned my name is Larissa and I am a Casting Assistant Producer at Little Gem, a TV production company in London. I am currently casting a new TV series for Channel 4 and I am looking for a couple of wonderful women in their golden years to appear on the programme and I'm hoping that some ladies in your network might be interested in appearing on the show, or might know someone who might be.

Our new show is a personal finance TV series for Channel 4 prime time. ‘Wanna To Get Rich Quick’ (working title) is presented by Burnley self-made millionaire Dave Fishwick, (Bafta award winner for Channel 4 series ‘Bank of Dave’). 

During the financial crash in 2007/8 Dave set up his own community bank to help local businesses and families when the big banks stopped lending. Dave is a man on a mission - to make everyday people wealthier and help them to achieve their financial goals and aspirations. He is going to be working with members of the public, setting them money making and money saving challenges. Throughout the show Dave is going to be disproving money making myths - his philosophy is that there are always ways for people to make a bit of extra cash, they just need the knowledge, encouragement and point in the right direction.

Each week Dave will be setting different families these challenges, and each episode will focus on a different family and challenge. There will then be a returning segment, which will be about potential ways to supplement a pension, so I am looking for pensioners who would like to take part.

Dave is looking for a couple of Golden Girls who would like to review a few of his money making strategies. He’s also going to give these ladies a taste of the millionaire lifestyle through a series of exciting luxury experiences. We are looking for a few ladies who are gregarious and up for a giggle – ideally a few ladies who are still active, and are comfortable using a smart phone or computer (this is not essential but a bonus). 

Filming over the summer, we would need someone for 5-8 days filming between now and October, there may be some travel involved thus why we need someone a bit active.  Dave is looking for a few ladies that would enjoy a bit of VIP treatment!  We would love pairs of friends to apply together.

We would love to find someone that worked in the public sector, such as a retired teacher or nurse - someone who's contribution to society was not reflected in her salary - someone that deserves a bit of spoiling! 

We are also looking to speak to other pensioners too, anyone and everyone aged 18+ is welcome to apply.

The tone of the show is fun and upbeat. The challenges will be relatable to the viewers at home - the idea is that the audience will take away financial knowledge and hopefully some ideas of they could earn some extra money themselves."

Casting Team Number: 0203 603 9794

Larissa Moran
Casting Assistant Producer
http://www.littlegem.tv/

28th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

26th July 2017

Celebrating Older People's Day 2017

Sunday October 1st is officially Older People’s Day 2017, an International Day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society.

Once again, we have worked in partnership with seniors’ forums, the voluntary sector, community groups and other statutory organisations to put together and support a programme of fun activities and information fairs.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Older People’s Day in East Sussex, with events taking place across the county throughout September and October.

You can download a copy of the booklet here, or pick up a copy from your nearest library.

25th July 2017

New Parity Trust Website

Parity Trust has announced the launch of its brand new-look website at www.paritytrust.org.uk which profiles all its flexible low-cost loans and mortgages.  As a not-for-profit organisation, Parity Trust's goal is to enable customers to have the ability to readily access information about its range of flexible mortgage and loan products.

Home Improvement Loan

Parity Trust works in partnership with local authorities in West Sussex to offer subsided home improvement loans.  It is able to assist in most cases regardless of credit history and some of the loan products available do not require regular monthly payments. The loans can be used for works such as boiler replacement, double glazing and adaptations.

Mortgage Extension Product

This mortgage is designed specifically to help people who have a mortgage coming to the end of its term with no means to repay the capital outstanding. Parity Trust developed this product in response to data from the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Council of Mortgage Lenders, which confirmed - ‘around a million people could have their homes repossessed because they have no way of paying off their interest-only mortgages’.

Download Parity Trust's New Product Leaflet > >

24th July 2017

Have your say on Eastbourne’s Cumulative Impact Area

Eastbourne’s Cumulative Impact Area was put in place in July 2007 to help prevent crime and disorder, increase public safety, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm in the centre of town.

The council's licensing policy and the Cumulative Impact Area element of it, seeks to balance the needs of businesses operating in town and the rights of residents living near them.

This policy is currently being reviewed and the council would like to hear from residents, businesses and local organisations about whether you think the area covered by this policy should:

  • Be reduced (by removing streets in the Little Chelsea area)
  • Be kept the same size
  • Be removed completely

To have your say please visit the council's website and complete the online survey

The closing date for responses is Sunday 3 September 2017 at 5pm.

24th July 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 316

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

21st July 2017

Increase in HMRC frauds

Sussex, elderly people are receiving a high volume of phone calls purporting to be from HMRC. So far, none of them sent money, but it is vital that people are aware of the signs and act on them.

This is a recent case study:

A man of 87 living alone in East Sussex, received a call from a woman claiming to be from HMRC. He was transferred on the line and spoke to an unknown male saying that he owed them money and that he would be taken to court if he didn't pay up. The victim offered to pay and the caller told him to go to their office in Tunbridge Wells.

The victim said he could not get there, so the caller then told him to go to buy iTunes vouchers from Tesco, so he consequently went to Tesco in Bexhill-On-Sea and tried to obtain £1500 worth.

The manager at Tesco asked him lots of questions and became suspicious and told the victim this was a scam. The caller was still on his mobile phone while he was trying to buy the vouchers. The Tesco manager asked to talk to him and when he did the caller on the end of the phone swore at the manager. Luckily no money was parted with and the incident was reported to the Police.

These are some of the contact methods used to defraud people in Sussex:

  • Voicemails: saying you owe HMRC unpaid tax.
  • Text messages: fraudsters send you a text message requesting you to urgently call back on the number provided.

Protect yourself

  • HMRC will never use a text message to inform you about a tax rebate or penalty.
  •  HMRC will never ask for any payment in the form of iTunes Vouchers. As well as iTunes vouchers, HMRC would not ask for payment in the form of any other vouchers or any other payment methods. HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

21st July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

19th July 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

 

18th July 2017

Eastbourne Mardi Gras

Eastbourne Mardi Gras is taking place on Saturday 22nd July.  It is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate diversity and families.  The organiser, BourneOut LGBT, invites everyone to join in.

The parade will start at 1pm at Eastbourne Waterworks, Langney Point Car Park on Prince William Parade.  The parade will pass along the promenade to the car park at the side of Fort Fun where it will cross Royal Parade and continue into Princes Park.

The celebration will continue in Princes Park from 2pm until 9pm.  There are a range of acts and performers, LGBT celebrity Peter Tatchell will open the event, a dance tent will feature a range of local well known DJ’s, food stalls, information and awareness stalls, local produce stalls and children’s entertainers.   

At 9pm there is an 18 years plus late night party in Atlantis on Eastbourne Pier.  The entry cost is £2 per person.

Flying the flag

The Town Hall will be flying the rainbow flag over the weekend in support of the event and the LGBT community. 

For further information visit:

http://eastbournemardigras.weebly.com/the-paradeprocession.html

Contact

Email: prideevent@bourneout.com

17th July 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 315

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

17th July 2017

Open Air Movies at The Llama Park

Last year the Wych Cross Llama Park worked with Cinestock to bring you some evening entertainment in the form of some good family fun films in the Open Air on our playground lawn. This year they are bringing you two more films.

That all-time favourite Ghostbusters on Saturday 19th August and the Karate Kid on Friday 1st September.

A 15% discount is offered if you buy tickets before 20th July, using the discount code Llamapark15% 

Food and drink will be available but to make sure that you can get what you want when you come have a look at our on-line menu and order in advance. Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will be available. Click here for the menu

More information > >

14th July 2017

Love Parks Week

The Keep Britain Tidy "Love Parks Week" is here and they're anticipating over 100 million visits to parks around the country during the week.

All you have to do to get involved is visit your local park, take a photo and share why you love it using the hashtag #LoveParks

Keep Britain Tidy will be retweeting and sharing their favourite posts on their social media channels.

More information > >

14th July 2017

New Council Powers to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

Cabinet councillors last night agreed to move forward on the implementation of four new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). 

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 gives councils new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour that are more streamlined and victim focused, including the use of PSPOs. 

PSPOs will replace the existing Designated Public Place Order in the town that was introduced by Eastbourne Borough Council to tackle street drinking, and Dog Controls Orders that cover dog fouling, dogs on leads and banning dogs. 

Breaching an order can result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000. 
Councillor John Ungar, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: 
“Dealing strongly with anti-social issues such as dog fouling and street drinking are top priorities for residents. 

“In regard to dog fouling, our Neighbourhood First Team takes a very proactive approach to the issue by engaging with dog owners, installing dog bag dispensers and organising targeted campaigns.” 

The new proposals include alterations to the existing boundaries of the Dog Ban and Dog Lead Control Orders that, subject to consultation, will be extended to cover certain areas of Sovereign Harbour and Meads. 
Councillor Ungar added:

“While council officers are authorised to enforce the order targeting street drinking, it has been agreed with Sussex Police that their officers are more specifically trained and resourced to take the lead on on-street enforcement.” 

The existing Designated Public Place Order and Dog Control Orders will continue to be in force until October 2017 and then convert to PSPOs.

14th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

13th July 2017

Tesco recalls Chicken Salad products due to possible presence of Campylobacter

Tesco is recalling two chicken salad products because Campylobacter has been found in:

  • Tesco Chicken Salad
  • Tesco Chicken, Broccoli, Almond & Cashew Nut Salad

More information > >

7th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

5th July 2017

Pet Sale Fraud

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Pet Sale Fraud" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

4th July 2017

Have your say on EBC Housing Allocations policy consultation

Eastbourne Borough Council is currently inviting comments on its updated Housing Allocations policy.

This policy explains who is eligible to join the Housing Register and how applications are [prioritised. The policy aims to benefit those with the most urgent housing needs.

This consultation is of potential interest to everyone with a local connection to Eastbourne who has a housing need and wishes to apply for social rented housing in or transfer to another home.

To find our more please visit: Housing Allocations policy consultation.

The closing date for responding is 5pm on Monday 14 August.

1st July 2017

e-Newsletter

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

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30th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

27th June 2017

Which Broadband Roadshow

The Which organisation is campaigning to Fix Bad Broadband and is making its way through Eastbourne. Its group of experts will be visiting Eastbourne in its van.

They'll be on hand to provide free tips on how to improve your slow broadband, and also want to hear about your broadband problems. They'll be around on Friday 30 June and want to see as many people as possible. 

They'll be around from 9:00-18:00 in Terminus Road, Eastbourne BN21 3AP (outside Debenhams)

Please come and visit them, and tell your friends, family, or neighbours who might want to come too.

Click here for details of the roadshow.

27th June 2017

People's Voice Survey

In May 2017 Police invited People’s Voice to respond to a survey around Future Demand, Engagement and Expectations.

The survey results, as usual, were very helpful in terms of giving Sussex residents’ perceptions. As policing goes through continuous change, these invaluable insights inform Police plans to consider and reflect public expectations.

More information and survey results > >

27th June 2017

Sainsbury's Product Recall

Sainsbury's is recalling a number of its products because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in some of the products.

More information > >

27th June 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 312

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 June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

22nd June 2017

Eat Safe This Summer

We all love it when the weather gets warmer. But did you know that you might need to think harder about food safety in the summer months? New research indicates that people in Eastbourne could be putting themselves and their families at risk of food poisoning through lack of knowledge of the 4Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cooking, Cleaning and avoiding Cross-contamination. 

Read more > >

22nd June 2017

Regular recycler Irene scoops £250 in prize draw

A lucky resident has learned how rewarding recycling can be after winning £250 in a scheme run by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Irene Smithers, of Croxden Way, Eastbourne, scooped the bumper prize in a one-off Bourne to Recycle draw. Alongside her, five other households that recycle won £100 in the scheme’s regular monthly draw. 

Read more > >

20th June 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.

Download Business News > >

20th June 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 311

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

18th June 2017

Latest issue of "Our News"

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK, so to mark National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2017 Neighbourhood Watch is working with the National Trading Standards Scams Team to help stop more people becoming victims of this deceitful crime.

Download "Our News" > >

15th June 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Plan your holidays with e-magazines
  • Visit the library to beat the street
  • Volunteer to help children to code
  • A book I have loved
  • New DVDs

Download the newsletter > >

15th June 2017

Proposed changes to Gildredge Road and bus stop locations

Have your say on the latest Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme (ETCIS) proposals for Gildredge Road and the placement of buses and bus stops.

Following the consultation exercises in 2013 and 2014, work commenced on the detailed design for the ETCIS. During the course of the Detailed Design process and through further liaison with Eastbourne bus operators in 2016 it was decided to propose the placement of west bound buses/stops in Gildredge Road not Cornfield Road as indicated in the initial design.

More information > >

Take Survey > >

14th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

13th June 2017

Vehicle Purchase Fraud

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "vehicle purchase" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

9th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

7th June 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

6th June 2017

Wedding Services Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Wedding Services" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

5th June 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 .

Download the newsletter > >

2nd June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

27th May 2017

SMS Messaging Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Smishing" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

26th May 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

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 > >

19th May 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

5th May 2017

Action Fraud Alert

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

More information > >

28th April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

23rd April 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >


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 .

Download the newsletter > >

21st April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

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

More information > >

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.

Download Business News > >

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.

More information > >

4th April 2017

Action Fraud Alert

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

More information > >

1st April 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

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

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >


3rd March 2017

1st March 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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

Download the newsletter > >

4th February 2017

e-Newsletter

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

Click here to download > >

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.

More information > >

Suspect arrested in connection with Motcombe tyre slashings

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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).

More information > >

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

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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.

More information > >

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

Download the newsletter > >

13th January 2017

News and appeals

Eastbourne burglar jailed for five years

Blood spots lead detectives to making an arrest.

More information > >

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.