In 2018 a new police Inspector took over in Wealden following the retirement of Inspector Tony Wakefield.

A police press release says he is Inspector Jon Gross, 51, who in March  clocked up 27 years’ service with the police in Sussex.

He began his career in Brighton, where he was involved in community policing and during which time he was promoted to sergeant.

He then moved to the East Sussex division, working as a detective in Newhaven, and since 2007 has been part of the force’s public protection team, latterly as an inspector.

Insp Gross has experience of dealing with missing persons, paedophile investigations and was the senior investigating officer for Op Perry, an investigation into non-recent sexual abuse by three Sussex priests.

Challenging area

Of his new role in Wealden he said: “It’s an exciting and challenging area and I am delighted to have been selected to this post. My priority will be to manage our resources so that we provide the right policing response to our towns and rural communities.

“At times that may involve drawing on resources from around the division, something we have implemented very successfully already this month.

“In order to tackle a spike in vehicle crime and burglary we recently deployed officers from across East Sussex to support the Wealden Prevention Team. In a two-week period in mid-January this concerted activity resulted in three separate arrests for burglaries in Crowborough and north Wealden, and the arrest and remand in custody of a man for a spate of thefts from cars in Hailsham and Polegate.”

Insp Gross added: “Although I’ve not policed Wealden before, I am no stranger to the district, having lived here for many years and attended school in Hailsham. I am really enjoying my new role, and have already met many tremendously committed community groups, council colleagues, and local and district councillors. I want people to know that I am here to listen and to help support initiatives that keep our Wealden communities safe.”

Always report, there are different ways to do this as shown, the police need as much information you can give them, they may not reply or late in replying, they collate all the information received and build up a case, but without your help they can not do this.

Your Policing team are there to listen to your concerns and act upon the issues that matter to you.

When you need the police, do you know the different ways to contact them?

Sussex Police has created animated scenarios to reinforce how to contact the police


In the two 90 second animations, members of the community share their experiences in choosing the most appropriate way to contact the police be that via their local prevention team, reporting online, calling 101 or 999. The animations include incidents of anti-social behaviour, drink driving, household burglary and distraction burglary –

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POLICE CRIME COMMISSIONER Katy Bourne – please check her website for weekly updates