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Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary crime prevention group in the country.  It is based on the idea of communities coming together to reduce crime and increase community cohesion.    Our website covers not only Polegate but the surrounding area.  It’s free to join us, our association does not ask you to deliver newsletters or attend meetings (you can if you would like to), just be part of a community that cares and contact us on anything you would like highlighted.   If you are concerned on any crime or incidents in your area but not sure who to talk to,  would like some updates on crime stats, need any leaflets to help you keep safe, come and see us, or as mentioned, contact us by email or phone.  One of tour committee members is Police Liaison and he will be happy to take your comments to our local policing team on your behalf. 


THE HUB

THE HUB is our office held the first Saturday of the month, between 10 – 12pm at Polegate Community Centre.   Here you will be able to see leaflets, newsletters and information on the police mobile units, telephone numbers, crime stats for Polegate, etc.   Our incident cards can also be picked up there, great to carry in your bag or car in case you see something that although is not urgent, should be reported and just need to write it down. 

Our Watch enewsletter February 2019 available to download or pick up at The Hub.

The Centre holds a coffee morning every Saturday and is also  busy with children’s clubs, so sit and have a coffee and cake, then pop round to see us and say hello.  Next opening day is Saturday 2 March 2019. 

POLEGATE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION 
is part of Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation

Patrons: High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex


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Weekly Wealden Police Newsletter

22 February 2019

News and Appeals
Increased Police patrols in rural Wealden areas:

Wealden residents, we are aware of a recent increase in commercial and rural burglaries involving suspicious vehicles and activities. 

Police have been made aware of numerous reports involving suspicious vehicle sightings in and around Wealden, we thank you for continuing to report suspect vehicle registrations, all of your reports help to build a map of where offences are occurring, and allows us to take action in those areas.

As part of our ongoing investigations, working closely with victims, and receiving your reports; we will be increasing visible patrols in your local areas, and using a range of methods to remind offenders we are watching them.

We thank you for continuing to report vehicles and suspicious activities within your communities, and encourage you to continue to do so via 101, on email at101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online at www.sussex.police.uk
 
Crime prevention advice:

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your homes and businesses safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)

Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)

Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage

Commercial properties can also benefit from the following:
Identify areas that may be vulnerable to forced entry and have them made more secure.

Try not to keep cash on the premises and always use a bolted-down safe with a time lock and anti-tamper sensors that trigger an alarm.

Make sure your keys are not left on the premises and that only designated staff have access. In case of emergency, make sure there’s a list of key holders who can be contacted.

 
Dangerous driver jailed after stealing and crashing his dad’s car:

A car thief accelerated towards police before making off at speeds of up to 95mph in a 30mph zone on New Year’s Day.

Chris Hillman then crashed the stolen Ford Focus down a bank off Hartfield Road, Forest Row and escaped on foot.

He was later located following enquiries at an address in Horam two days later and taken into custody, where he was arrested for multiple offences.
Following his arrest, he was remanded in custody and charged with the following offences:

•Aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving;
•Driving while disqualified;
•Driving without insurance;
•Breach of a restraining order;
•Breach of a non-molestation order.

The 29-year-old, unemployed, of Tallwood Road, Horam, pleaded guilty to all five offences and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 8 February to a total of 18 months’ imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for 33 months.
 
Community SpeedWatch seeks volunteers to help save lives in Sussex:

Is speeding an issue in your area? Can you help us prevent it?
Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is seeking more volunteers in a bid to continue to address its four main aims:
•To reduce death and injuries on the roads;
•To reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit;
•To increase public awareness of inappropriate speed;
•To improve the quality of life for local communities.

CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
 
To find out more and to sign up, visit www.communityspeedwatch.org/ or emailstephen.oconnell@sussex.pnn.police.uk
 
To report an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving, visitwww.operationcrackdown.org/
 
 
Crowborough man convicted of possessing a ‘paedophile manual’

More information on this story: www.news.sussex.police.uk/news/crowborough-man-convicted-of-possessing-a-paedophile-manual-359345
 


Crime summary

A large amount of jewellery, including sentimental items were taken from a jewellery box after someone broke into a house in Court Lane, Uckfield on the morning of the 15th February. The victim only left the house for a few hours in the morning, and unfortunately returned home to find the items had been taken. Police investigations continue. (0435 of 15/02/19)
 
A cycle shop in Pevensey was broken into on the evening of the 17th February where a number of high value cycles were stolen. Suspects have used an unknown van to load the bikes into and then drive away. Police are working closely with the victim but if anyone has any information please get in touch quoting (1152 of 17/02/19)
 
Around lunchtime on the 19th February a suspect male was seen knocking on doors asking residents if they had any gold to sell. The male managed to gain entry to one property but was warned off by residents. Any information to assist our enquiries please call in or email quoting (0629 of 19/02/19)


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.ukor 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


22 February 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.

After the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.

What You Need To Do

  • Always make sure you, or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you’re satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are in place.
  • Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
  • Once you’ve paid your deposit, you can check whether it’s protected by entering your tenancy deposit certificate code on TDS website (www.tenancydepositscheme.com).

Sussex Police

Recognise this man – has connections in East Sussex as well?  21 February 2019
John Henry Bond wanted in connection with harassment and stalking offences

Police are searching for John Henry Bond, who is wanted in connection with serious harassment and stalking offences.

The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to bombarding his former partner with a string of threatening text messages and phone calls between 13 June and 21 June.

However, he has since failed to appear in court for sentencing and police have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Bond has connections to East and West Sussex, as well as Poole, Ferndown, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Wimbourne in Dorset, Salisbury in Wiltshire and Ringwood in Hampshire.

If you see him or know where he could be, please report it online or call 101 – or 999 in an emergency – quoting serial 1285 of 13/06.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 5


Update from the Food Standards Agency 21 February 2019

Allergy alert – 21 February 2019:
Sounas recalls Tandoori Masala Naan and Naan Breads Tandoori Masala due to undeclared celery

 


Appeal Can you help Heartless thieves steel from elderly couple in Hastings

Alert message sent 20/02/2019 16:26:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Police in Hastings are searching for heartless thieves who stole from an elderly couple after pretending that work needed doing on their roof.
At about 12.10pm on Tuesday 12 February, a man talked his way into their house in Sedlescombe Road North, saying that work needed doing urgently on the roof, to the sum of £2000.
The suspect then took the victim, a 75-year-old man, out to the back garden to look at the roof, during which time a second man entered the house and steal two safes containing £2000, four or five watches, a 24 carat gold coin, some old English money, a dash cam and three watches.
The suspects are believed to have left in a white van, believed to be a Peugeot Partner of similar, which was initially in Burry Road, though at one point it moved into Paynton Road before leaving the area.
Detective Constable Shaun Ryan said; “If any residents of Sedlescombe Road North, Burry Road, or Paynton Road, or nearby areas, have had calls of a similar nature, we ask them to contact us.
“I would also like local residents to check their CCTV, especially doorbell cameras, which may have caught best footage of the suspects or their vehicle at the relevant times.
“If you can help in anyway please contact us online (link added) or by calling us on 101, quoting serial 544 of 12/02. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“And please don’t forget, if in doubt keep them out. Don’t let anyone into your home unless you know exactly who they are and if you are happy with their reason for being there.”


Sussex Police

Community SpeedWatch seeks volunteers to help save lives in Sussex

News   •   Feb 20, 2019 12:54 GMT

Is speeding an issue in your area? Can you help us prevent it?

Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is seeking more volunteers in a bid to continue to address its four main aims:

  • To reduce death and injuries on the roads;
  • To reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit;
  • To increase public awareness of inappropriate speed;
  • To improve the quality of life for local communities.

CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the police, with the aim of educating motorists to reduce their speeds.

In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution will follow.

In 2017, a total of 937 speed-related collisions occurred in Sussex (figures for 2018 not currently available), which resulted in 17 fatalities and 223 serious injuries.

Volunteers receive appropriate training and are supported by local police prevention teams.

To find out more and to sign up, visit the Community SpeedWatch website or email stephen.oconnell@sussex.pnn.police.uk

To report an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving, visit the Operation Crackdown website


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SUSSEX COUNTRYWATCH scheme was launched at the Autumn Show and Game Fair at the South of England Showground, Ardingly October this year.

Sussex Countrywatch is a partnership initiative 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, subscribers will receive regular updates straight into their 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.