SUSSEX POLICE

WEALDEN POLICING TEAM

 

Earlier this year 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 will have 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 –  www.sussex.police.uk

If you would like downloads of telephone numbers or any leaflets, please contact us: polegatenw@gmail.com


 

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Wealden Weekly News And Events

21 March 2019

News and events

Withyham Annual Parish Assembly at Groombridge Village Hall this Saturday 23rd 1000-1230…

Come and meet your local Wealden Prevention team, including senior officers, local PCs and local PCSOs. Staff will also be in attendance with the Mobile Police Station roadshow van, this can be used to report crimes, obtain crime prevention advice and support, and take home prevention tools to help keep you and your property safe.

In additional Chief Constable Giles York will be speaking to Parish members about local Policing.

Hailsham PCSOs offer scam aware talks…

PCSO Choppin and Hodgens from Hailsham attended the Quintin’s shopping centre Wednesday 20th in the foyer to offer shoppers valuable crime prevention advice and support around current scams and frauds.
Officers spoke to in excess of 100 shoppers, sharing golden rules and top tips to help keep them safe from scams and frauds, not only local ones but national scams that have made their way to Sussex.

Most recently; emails, calls and texts reporting to be from the HMRC, threatening people with lawsuits or arrest if tax payments and debts are not cleared by a certain date.

Please remember, do not give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.

In The Know Members can click here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/sussex/campaigns/2018/operation-signature/the-little-book-of-scams to view a digital copy of the Third Edition of the Little Book of Big Scams which is given out at scam awareness days by Police. You can visit your local Police station to obtain a hard copy – please share this link with friends and family, especially those who may fall victim to scams owing to age, or vulnerabilities.

Thank you.

Rural Crime Prevention Day 2019 30th March 1200-1600…

Come and meet your local Prevention team, and talk to us about rural crime and any issues you are facing in your community.

Wealden Prevention Officers will be attending the Llama Park, Wych Cross, Forest Row on Saturday the 30th March 2019 12-4pm to offer valuable rural crime prevention advice, guidance and tools that you can take home to keep and share with others, to help keep you and your property safe from crime.

Should you not be able to make it, you can review our rural crime prevention advice here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rc/rural-crime/rural-crime-prevention/


Crime summary

Overnight on the 13th-14th a property in London Road, Forest row had their garage broken into. Suspects have made off with tools and caused damaged to their garage doors which will need repairing. No lines of enquiry are available. (1227 of 15/03 relates)

In the small hours of the 15th, a garage in Farmlands Close, Pevensey, reported having the locks broken off form their garage door (0211 of 15/03 relates)

During the afternoon of the 15th, unknown suspects have used force and likely a tool to break into a garage in Woods Green, Wadhurst. Suspects have prised up and buckled the door to gain entry taking electrical tools, including chainsaws and grinders.Regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (0955 15/03 relates)

A disused property in Catt’s Hill Rotherfield have reported overnight on the 16ththat the property was broken into by a group of youths, nothing was taken, however unfortunately no lines of enquiry are available. (0792 of 16/03 relates).

Crime prevention advice can be found by visiting:https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

 


Sussex Police has welcomed a further 72 new PC recruits. This latest intake of officers, our largest in a decade, were sworn in at a formal ceremony last week.

 

New recruits PC Fareesha Campin, PC Sophie King and PC Nathan Wells pose after being sworn in as officers.

 

They boost the total number of new constables in the last year to 270, much of the recruitment made possible by the increase in last year’s council tax.

The new recruits, who were welcomed by Assistant Chief Commissioner Nick May at the attestation ceremony at The Amex Stadium on March 6, have just started 15 weeks of intensive training and will join policing teams across Sussex this June.

New recruit PC Nathan Wells, who has 5 years’ experience as a police contact handler and force controller in Surrey, is looking forward to giving back to the community:

“I joined Sussex Police to help those in need. I want to be that public figure people know they can go to. I am looking forward to coming home after a hard day’s work and knowing I’ve made a positive impact on a person’s life.”

New recruit PC Fareesha Campin has run her own charity but becoming a police officer remained a lifelong ambition. “I believe now the time is right. I want to use the skills I’ve gained with charities working with both vulnerable adults and children to help people in communities in Sussex.”

“I want to make more of an active difference to my community in Brighton and Hove,” said PC Sophie King, a law graduate who has chosen the police over the legal practice.

“When I was younger I always looked up to the police, and I think it’s really important for me now to be a positive role model to the children within my community.”

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “I was delighted to personally welcome the 72 new officers at the ceremony and launch them on their new careers. As Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, I am pleased to see so many new officers who will be joining policing teams across Sussex in June 2019.

“This is our largest recruitment of constables in a decade and is part of an ongoing recruitment of over 800 officers in the next three years, resulting in a growth of 200 new officers by 2022.

“This game-changing increase in recruitment, made possible by the increase in the council tax policing precept, will make a difference to the communities of Sussex, improving our visibility and strengthening local policing where most needed.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am pleased to see another 72 warranted officers welcomed into Sussex Police this week as they continue on their four-year recruitment drive made possible by the support from local taxpayers.

“With an extra 250 officers, 50 specialist investigators and 100 PCSOs in Sussex Police’s recruitment plans, the public can be reassured that their investment will be spent in further strengthening local policing.

“I look forward to meeting this new cohort of officers and following their training and deployment as they acquire the unique skills and experience so valued by our local communities.”

 

PCSO Recruitment Now Open


A major recruitment drive to recruit PCSOs begins on Monday 11 March closing on Monday 25 March, thanks to increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Over the next year our local policing will be strengthened with 100 new PCSOs being recruited.Our PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe. The PCSO role is unique. Our PCSOs are able to spend time in communities where they are needed most providing that reassurance and developing relationships to keep people safe and feeling safe.Working alongside our local policing Prevention teams, our PCSOs help tackle local issues and, where possible, prevent them happening in the first place. They are tasked with activities which are proven to reduce crime and protect the public.It’s a role that takes courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations.By joining as a PCSO, recruits can expect a career with variety, challenges, rewards a good starting salary, and a qualification in community policing.
For more details visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/careers/jobs/pcsos/

New PCSOs being recruited this month will be among the first to gain a new qualification. As well as joining the force, the recruits will undertake a new learning and development programme- the PCSO Apprenticeship – that will result in a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.

Sussex Police is among the first forces in the country to introduce this apprenticeship programme.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “With the precept increase we are able to recruit an additional 100 PSCOs over the next year. By recruiting more PCSOs and putting them where they are most needed we will be in the best position to achieve our aim of keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”

“I am delighted we are offering this new qualification to all of our new PSCO recruits. This fantastic opportunity means that we are professionalising policing and with it, continue to demonstrate the value of the work all of our teams do on a daily basis. We believe that by offering an apprenticeship we can ensure policing remains an attractive and competitive career option. We expect that it will appeal to those who may not have considered policing as a career choice for them in the past.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “Sussex residents have been telling me they want a more visible and accessible policing presence in their communities to listen to their concerns and deter crime and anti-social behaviour.

“The Chief Constable and I have promised that any extra money raised locally through the precept increase will be spent locally, so I am delighted that a large part of the this year’s investment will be in frontline PCSOs who will be supporting their local policing teams and providing extra reassurance for local communities.

“The apprenticeship offers appropriate accreditation and recognition for the unique skills required in 21st century policing and I am pleased to see that Sussex Police are one of the first forces to offer an apprenticeship route for PCSOs.”


Police dog and handler claim national award at Crufts

News   •   Mar 12, 2019 12:43 GMT

 

 

A Sussex Police dog handler and his canine counterpart have been recognised for their heroics with a national award.

PC Tom Mills and PD Darcey, his German Shepherd, are the worthy winners of this year’s NPCC Police Dog Team Operational or Humanitarian Action of the Year award.

 

 

 

Above: PC Tom Mills and PD Darcey receiving their award at Crufts. Photo: williammoores.com

In October last year, South East Coast Ambulance Service required Sussex Police’s assistance, having been called by a man who had stated in no uncertain terms that he intended to take his own life in a local park in Brighton.

Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “Having been given the suspected location of the missing person, PC Mills was the first on the scene. On arrival of the area and with good local knowledge, PD Darcey was deployed to locate the man. Without delay, she ran straight towards a tree amongst the undergrowth where the man had already made an attempt to take his own life. First aid was quickly administered, with paramedics arriving on scene to assist.

“Had it not been for the swift actions of PC Mills and the quick location of the missing man by PD Darcey, allowing medical aid to be given very quickly, the outcome would almost certainly have been a loss of life. Instead, after a spell in an induced coma, the man went on to make a full recovery.

“This shows the true value that our operational dogs – supported by their handlers, the schools and the kennels behind them – bring to Surrey and Sussex on a daily basis.

“This national recognition is a source of great pride to us all and is a real credit to both PC Mills and PD Darcey for the life they saved. A huge well done.”

The award was presented at Crufts on Sunday (10 March) and was televised on Channel 4.


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15 March 2019

Op Sceptre – National Knife Crime Awareness and Action Week

Operation Sceptre, originally started by the Metropolitan Police Service, is a twice-yearly run campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets.

Together with 44 police forces, Sussex saw a host of tactics and targeted action during the week, this included:
-Test shops on selling knives to under-18’s
-carrying out more stop and search
-speaking to young people in schools/colleges
-offering guidance on the behaviours associated with knife crime
-highlighting our no-questions asked amnesty bins at front offices

Wealden Prevention officers also visited local schools, colleges, and youth events in order to inform and educate young people about how to act if they feel pressured to carry a knife, and what to do if they feel in danger.

Youth Officers attended assemblies during the week, along with PC Adrian Cooper from the Youth Offenders Team gave group lessons on offensive weapons/knife crime which was very well received and some great conversations were had. Some 1-1 work was done with students during their lunchtime where a stall was set up with seized weapons shown to further highlight the dangers.

So far this week, over 12 schools and colleges have been visited across Sussex, and officers spoke with more than 1,900 young people in promoting and raising awareness around knife crime, offering support and advice to students, and educating them on the dangers of carrying knives and it’s consequences.

This work will continue into the coming weeks.

Throughout the week local teams also took to the roads and parked up in high streets and supermarkets in and around Wealden. On Monday and Today (Friday) Prevention teams spoke to shoppers, and parents outside Tesco Uckfield and Crowborough, answering questions around knife crime, and offering parents advice on possible signs to look out for should they suspect their child to be carrying a knife.

Possible signs to look for:

-Are there any knives missing from your home?
-do you think your child is being bullied or been a recent victim of theft or bullying?
-Is school or college not going well, are they missing with an older network?
What to do if you suspect a child in your care is carrying a knife?
-if possible speak to them, or are there other adult/family members that can help?
-Remind them to walk away if confronted with threat of violence
-Talk to other parents or carer and share experiences, they may feel the same way, and together you may feel more able to act.

For more advice and support, parents and carers can contact ‘Family Lives’ on 0808 8002222 or visit www.familylives.org.uk

Forest Row Mobile Police Station

Wealden PCSO Lewis and Wealden Prevention staff attended Forest Row Community Centre on Tuesday the 12th to speak to local residents about local issues. The mobile police station can be used to report crime, obtain prevention advice and crime prevention tools to take home, as well as speak to local officers about local issues.

Should you have not got down to see us owing to the poor weather, the mobile Police Station will be heading to the Annual Parish Assembly at Groombridge Village Hall on the morning of 23rd of this month (Saturday) where you will be able to meet the Wealden Prevention team, including senior officers, local PCs and local PCSOs.

More information will be advertised on our social media platforms in the coming days.

Sussex Police welcomes a further 72 new officers

Sussex Police has welcomed a further 72 new PC recruits. This latest intake of officers, our largest in a decade, were sworn in at a formal ceremony last week.

They boost the total number of new constables in the last year to 270, much of the recruitment made possible by the increase in last year’s council tax.

The new recruits, who were welcomed by Assistant Chief Constable Nick May at the attestation ceremony at The Amex Stadium on March 6, have just started 15 weeks of intensive training and will join policing teams across Sussex this June.

New recruit PC Nathan Wells, who has 5 years’ experience as a police contact handler and force controller in Surrey, is looking forward to giving back to the community:

“I joined Sussex Police to help those in need. I want to be that public figure people know they can go to. I am looking forward to coming home after a hard day’s work and knowing I’ve made a positive impact on a person’s life.”

New recruit PC Fareesha Campin has run her own charity but becoming a police officer remained a lifelong ambition. “I believe now the time is right. I want to use the skills I’ve gained with charities working with both vulnerable adults and children to help people in communities in Sussex.”

“I want to make more of an active difference to my community in Brighton and Hove,” said PC Sophie King, a law graduate who has chosen the police over the legal practice.

“When I was younger I always looked up to the police, and I think it’s really important for me now to be a positive role model to the children within my community.”

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “I was delighted to personally welcome the 72 new officers at the ceremony and launch them on their new careers. As Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, I am pleased to see so many new officers who will be joining policing teams across Sussex in June 2019.

“This is our largest recruitment of constables in a decade and is part of an ongoing recruitment of over 800 officers in the next three years, resulting in a growth of 200 new officers by 2022.

“This game-changing increase in recruitment, made possible by the increase in the council tax policing precept, will make a difference to the communities of Sussex, improving our visibility and strengthening local policing where most needed.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am pleased to see another 72 warranted officers welcomed into Sussex Police this week as they continue on their four-year recruitment drive made possible by the support from local taxpayers.

“With an extra 250 officers, 50 specialist investigators and 100 PCSOs in Sussex Police’s recruitment plans, the public can be reassured that their investment will be spent in further strengthening local policing.

“I look forward to meeting this new cohort of officers and following their training and deployment as they acquire the unique skills and experience so valued by our local communities.”

PCSO recruitment opens in Sussex (applications close midnight 25thMarch)

Prevention Officers attended various College careers day this week across the County, where PCSOs answered questions from students looking to join Sussex Police, and gave direct accounts of what their day to day duties included.

Officers also spoke to students about our new PCSO apprenticeship programme that combines on the job and off the job learning; resulting in achieving a diploma in Community Policing Practice which is a level 4 qualification.

This is a job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
You’ll be a hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:

  • Starting salary of £21,507 plus shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year
  • 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service).
  • A place on our PCSO apprenticeship programme.
  • Lifestyle Discounts including discounted gym membership, discounted travel and eye care scheme.
  • Cycle to Work scheme – you can obtain a new bike to travel to work through your salary, saving on tax and national insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle support
  • Staff Support Networks including Evolve (gender equality), Race Equality, LGBT and Enable (disability & carers’ association)

Want to find out more: https://www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/jobs/police-community-support-officer-pcso-sxp-cmpg00107-1

Crime summary

Overnight on Thursday last week, a property in Springwood Road Heathfield, and Oaklands Road Pevensey were broken into where the suspect has gained entry via back doors. Glass has been smashed and suspects have entered taking personal items, jewellery and laptops. Residents have been spoken to and house to house enquiries are ongoing – Residents can secure their properties further by reviewing their existing security measures, such as rear security lights, reinforced glass on rear doors/windows, or chains across door as an extra prevention measure. (CAD 0016 of 07/03 relates)

In the small hours of the 5th suspects have attempted to gain entry to a newsagents along London Road in Crowborough. Fortunately the security at the shop has prevented any entry, shop owners In the local area have been given Prevention advice. (0477 of 08/03 relates)

Reports of garage breaks in the area of Seven Sisters Road Lower Willingdon (0618 of 08/03 relates) whereby suspects have tampered with locks on garage doors occurred overnight on the 8-9th March – one garage padlock was forced by suspects and a boat motor engine was taken, unfortunately no lines of enquiry are available, residents if you saw anything or have noticed anything suspicious around these garages please call us on 101, email101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online at sussex.police.uk

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

5 March 2019

News and appeals

Taxi driver banned after lying about speeding offences

A taxi driver has been convicted and banned after lying about a series of speeding offences.
Muzammil Zawahir was captured exceeding the 30mph speed limit in his silver Toyota Avensis on the A22 London Road, East Grinstead, on 19 May 2015 and 11 June 2015.
He was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and on both occasions he nominated his housemate as the driver at the time of the offences.
A further offence came to light in Kent, where again he nominated the same person.
The 35-year-old was employed by an East Grinstead-based company licensed by Mid Sussex District Council, which carried out the initial investigation.
The case was passed to Sussex Police’s Crawley Investigations team, and the nominated driver was found to be false on all three occasions.
Zawahir, of The Birches, Crawley, was subsequently charged with perverting the course of justice.
He originally denied the offences and the case was listed for trial at Lewes Crown Court in July 2018, however he later changed his plea to guilty.
At the same court on Thursday 14 February, he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment – suspended for 24 months – and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within 12 months. He was also required to pay £1,200 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Read more here.

Apprenticeships

We are excited to announce that we’ll be offering apprenticeships, starting this month for our PCSO recruits. Degree apprenticeships for our PC recruits will be introduced later in the year – an amazing opportunity to gain a degree in policing while earning a living as a police officer. See  our website in the coming months for more information.

Phone fraudsters use tax evasion claims to lure victims

Elderly and vulnerable people are being warned to beware of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) or the police.
The bogus callers claim the targeted person is wanted for tax evasion and is arrestable on warrant unless they pay a cash sum – usually some £3,000 to £4,000 – to clear their ‘debt’.
Some even address victims by name, or use a number that is often displayed as the official number of the agency they claim to represent, to add credibility to their call.
But the genuine authorities stress that people would never be texted or telephoned by them out of the blue with requests for payments, to log in to an online account or to disclose personal information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or bank details.
Anyone receiving such contact should hang up and report the call – preferably using a separate phone or computer in case the criminals have kept the line open – to police here, at 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
It is understood that HMRC received more than 60,000 reports of phone scams in the six months up to January 2019, an increase of 360 per cent on the preceding six months.
Sergeant Kat Argholeka, of Sussex Police, said: “This underlines the importance of never giving out private information and reporting any suspicious activity without delay.
“We’d also ask friends or relatives of potentially vulnerable people to ensure they are fully aware and alert to the risks.”
For further advice, please see here.

Please see February Fraud Newsletter in attachment. 

 

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
Your local teams

Visit our Website to contact your local team, view local news and follow our social media accounts. Simply type your post code in the ‘Find a Local Area’ box located in the top right of the web page.

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Op Blitz – ASB weekly newsletter

Alert message sent 25/02/2019 12:38:00                   Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Monday 25/02/2019

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend’s phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend’s phone number remains: 07989 188960

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 pleasecontact 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 atwww.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend’s Operation Blitz activity

Lewes District Friday night patrol was carried out by PCSO Ash, PCSO Turvey and PCSO Willson

Our extended hours over the half term week assisted in seeing an overall decrease in ASB over the week and into the weekend.

Thank you for continuing to report ASB on the Op Blitz phone number whilst we are out on Op Blitz patrols.

Officers statred in Newick around 1700 hours. A group of youths were seen in King George Playing field, officers approached and engaged with them, all playing fine, with no issues to report.

About 17:45 a call on the Blitz phone came in of a group of youths in Lewes College all smoking cannabis. Officers attended, however no youths seen or heard, but a smell of cannabis in the air, officers will continue to monitor and note this area as an area of interest for Blitz patrols.

18:15 officers continued their patrol in Lewes, walking through the Pells area which has been an area of ongoing car crime, no youths seen and no other issues.

18:30 patrol of Lewes town centre including train station, Friars walk, Mountfield road and Cliffs High Street all areas of ongoing youth ASB again no youths seen.

20:00 Coastal Patrols of Newhaven Peacehaven and Saltdean again no youths anywhere

22:00 Back on patrol in Lewes including Tesco and Landlord Estate, residents walking home spoken to, they had not seen any youths or ASB acts, officers continued to patrol until 2300.

SATURDAY Lewes District Friday night patrol was carried out by PCSO Ash, PCSO Turvey and PCSO Willson

High visibility patrols started around 1700 in Newhaven where a group of youths seen in Dacre road car park, all individuals spoken to, and moved on.

The area around McDonalds has been a repeat area for youth ASB as a result patrol time was given to visiting this area a few times within the evening to give reassurance and act as a deterrent.

Approx. 18:15 group of 12 youths at Newhaven train station causing issues was reported, officers attended, and as a result officers sought Inspector approval for applying for Section 35 orders should the individuals return.

Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2004 gives officers the powers to disperse individuals in order to remove or reduce the likelihood of members of the public becoming harassed, alarmed or distressed as a result of the individuals anti-social behaviour.

A call to the Blitz phone came in about 1930, reporting the same youths outside KFC, the group were caught up with about 20:15 and 3 Section 35 notices handed out to three male youths outside of Newhaven railway club.

Your local teams

Message sent by Jeremy Glew-Deval (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden)


 

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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


15 February 2019

News and appeals

Mobile Police Station Pevensey Bay…

Our mobile Police station visited St Wilfrid’s Church, Pevensey Bay on Tuesday the 13th. Thank you to the Church Hall volunteers for opening their doors to us!

PCSOs Choppin and Lewis from Wealden, and Steve O’Connell from Community Speed watch were in attendance to answer questions, and offer advice and support on local issues. 

Residents were pleased to hear, that as a result of reporting ongoing speeding issues in Pevensey Bay, community speedwatch have already been monitoring and building a picture of the local issue, and are pleased to announced they have begun recruiting for speedwatch volunteers for the Pevensey Bay and Westham areas; their training will begin later this year!

If you missed us at Pevensey Bay, our next date is Tuesday the 12th March 2019, between 1400-1600, at The Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, where you can speak to local Officers and partner agencies, also report crime and take home crime prevention tools and advice.

Our mobile Police station is an additional means of contacting us, as well as an opportunity to speak to your local Prevention teams, please remember for non-emergencies you can always contact us by calling 101, emailing101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by visiting your local Police station.

Witness Appeal…

Police are appealing for witnesses following a ram raid at a convenience store.
During the early hours of Saturday the 9th February, a stolen Mitsubishi Shogun was reversed into the front window of Lambs Larder in Broomfield, Bells Yew Green. 

Entry was gained and the ATM in the store was forcibly removed and the contents – of an unknown quantity – stolen.

The vehicle then made off from the scene. Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any information about the incident, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 102 of 09/02.

Four arrests made over Hailsham ‘gun factory’…

The National Crime Agency, supported by Sussex Police, have further arrested (7th February) four people as part of an NCA investigation into an alleged gun factory found in East Sussex in August 2018.

The raids were carried out on a number of properties in the Lancing, Eastbourne and Shoreham areas.

The two men and two women arrested are currently being interviewed on suspicion of conspiring to manufacture, sell or transfer prohibited weapons or ammunition.

The NCA-led investigation follows the discovery of a suspected gun factory in an industrial unit in Hailsham last year, where officers found machinery and components believed to be used in the manufacture of firearms and ammunition as well as a number of handguns in various stages of production.

Crime summary

Over the weekend of the 8th February a couple of small businesses in Forest Row were burgled overnight on Lower Road, Hartfield Road and Lewes Road; whereby individuals have entered the premises, and stolen cash amounts – Sussex Police have spoken to these businesses, and investigations are ongoing pending local CCTV. (Ref: 0293, 0344 of 09/02/2019)

Overnight on the 8th February, Highgate Road, Highgate an unoccupied property was broken into, it is unknown if any items were taken. (Ref: 0826 of 08/02/2019)

A further business burglary occurred in Tunbridge Wells on the evening of Saturday the 9th, where numerous work tools, hand tools, accessories, and machinery have been stolen. (Ref: 1024 or 09/02/2019)

On Sunday the 10th February, a property on Norfolk Way Uckfield, has been broken into, computer games and accessories were taken, along with jewellery items. (Ref 0670 of 10/02/2019)

Overnight of the 11th February, a property on Moore Park Road, Hailsham has been broken into, computer games, cash and other small personal items have been stolen, Police and partner agencies are working together with the victim. (Ref: 0684 11/02/2019) 

During daytime hours, on Tuesday the 12th February, a garage in Piltdown was broken into, and thieves have taken mechanical work tools, and items of footwear. (Ref: 0790 12/02/2019) 


Sussex Police 8 February 2019

New road safety initiative targets speeding and red light offenders

The following press release has been issued on behalf of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership:

If you speed through traffic lights you could now face a £100 and three points on your licence. You could also kill yourself or someone else.

This is the message being issued by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership as part of a new road safety initiative.

At the beginning of 2019, Sussex saw the first deployment of the new digital upgrade to its red-light safety camera systems, which are located at well-used junctions in Brighton and Hove.

The new cameras enable the following:

  • Continued enforcement of red-light offences;
  • New enforcement of speed limits, even where the lights are green.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership’s Safety Camera Team, in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council, who purchased the technology, have deployed the camera at two locations in the city so far – the Old Shoreham Road junction with Nevill Road, and the Coldean Lane junction with Lewes Road.

Red-light enforcement cameras were previously installed at these busy road junctions to reduce the risk of collisions.

Over the last week at Coledean Lane, it has become clear that many drivers are willing to risk not only theirs, but other road users’ safety by speeding up to beat the changing lights. The approach to the junctions are clearly marked with safety camera warning signage and the camera housings are clearly visible from the roadside.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is urging all drivers to slow down, don’t take the risk, and drive to arrive. This technology will continue to be deployed across the whole of Sussex where there are red-light cameras fitted. Please do not get caught out as you not only run the risk of being prosecuted, but could be responsible for a collision.

More information on safety cameras can be found here.

This “Speed on Green” camera will provide greater influence over drivers at signal junctions where drivers either disregard the speed limit or try to beat the lights when they are transitioning to their red phases.


Sussex Police 8 February 2019

A rapid response scheme by banks and local police prevented 353 potential victims in Sussex from being defrauded out of £2million in 2018, new figures have revealed.

The Banking Protocol trains bank staff to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and try to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster, after which they can request an immediate police response to the branch. A total of 19 arrests were made by Sussex Police last year through the initiative.

The 353 calls to Sussex Police in 2018 from banks and other financial institutions under the Banking Protocol, related to potential victims with an average age of 75. In each case police responded and succeeded in ensuring that the person did not hand any money over.

These interventions related to attempts at; courier fraud, rogue trading, romance fraud, software service, financial abuse by someone known to the person, and investment fraud. 19 arrests were made in 2018 from banking protocol alerts.

Latest figures published by UK Finance reveal that across the country the scheme has prevented £38 million of fraud and led to 231 arrests in 2018. The average age of a customer helped by the Banking Protocol nationally last year was 71, showing how fraudsters are often targeting more elderly victims with these types of scams.

The Banking Protocol was rolled out by Sussex Police in June 2017. By March 2018, the scheme had been implemented by all 45 police forces across the UK.

Since June 2017, 499 such calls have been received by Sussex Police from banks and £2,733,605 has been saved from being defrauded.

52 payment service providers, including all the main high street banks and the Post Office, are now fully signed up to the Banking Protocol and have trained up their front-line branch staff in the steps that need to be taken when a customer is at risk.

Katy Worobec, Managing Director of Economic Crime, UK Finance, commented: “Bank branch staff are on the front line in the fight against fraud, as increasingly sophisticated gangs target consumers directly and trick them into withdrawing large sums of cash. This rapid response scheme is giving bank staff the tools they need to protect vulnerable customers from scams, while helping local police catch fraudsters and bring them to justice. The banking industry will keep taking action on all fronts to combat fraud, working closely with our partners in law enforcement to crack down on the criminal gangs responsible.”

The initiative, which was developed in partnership with National Trading Standards, trains bank branch staff to spot the signs of a scam and what steps need to be taken when a customer is deemed at risk. If a staff member suspects a customer is being tricked by a fraudster, for example if someone is making an unusually large cash withdrawal, they will take them aside to ask additional questions. If their suspicions are confirmed, the staff member can then invoke the Banking Protocol and contact the local police, who will send a priority response to the branch and investigate the suspected fraud.

As well as stopping attempted fraud, the scheme ensures that extra support is provided to those customers affected to help prevent them falling victim to similar scams in the future. This can include referrals to social services, expert fraud prevention advice and additional checks on future transactions.

The figures are based on data provided to UK Finance by all 45 police forces across the UK participating in the Banking Protocol scheme.

Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit said; In Sussex this process is embedded within the force’s Operation Signature. The Banking Protocol is well established in Sussex and has proved very effective in preventing fraud against the vulnerable. Following a call from the bank, police attend and take positive action in crime recording and ensuring the victim is safeguarded, reducing further risk by multi agency intervention.”

Further valuable support comes from two case workers, funded by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC) Katy Bourne, and working through Victim Support, who support vulnerable victims who have been systematically targeted by criminals in this way, following up on referrals from Operation Signature.

Katy Bourne said; ““I’m very proud to have funded these case workers. They have achieved so much, offering invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice to some of our most vulnerable residents.

“It’s particularly heartening that out of the hundreds of clients they have supported, so little have been referred back to them. This really does show the valuable work they are doing to enable people to better protect themselves from future victimisation.

“It is also encouraging to see responsible financial institutions collaborating with police and other agencies to keep customers safe. I know that the Force will continue to work hard to keep up with the constantly adapting nature of cyber-fraud and raise awareness of the dangers of this crime type, particularly with older people. It is also remarkable that in the last 12 months they have saved potential victims of fraud £2million.”

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.

For further information about Operation Signature and ways of preventing fraud against elderly and other vulnerable people see the Sussex Police website here.

Sussex Police 8 February 2019

Fortress – Shielding Your Community From Drug-Related Harm

You may have seen our Fortress posts on social media, if you haven’t, here’s the latest update from Sussex Police following a weeks worth of intensive work and Police activities around your local community.

Sussex Police has been keeping up the pressure on ‘County Lines’ drug dealers who operate from outside the county as well as locally. During the week starting on 21 January officers carried out 28 arrests, made 711 drug seizures, and seized £10,475 cash as well as 32 mobile phones.
 
During the same week, officers carried out safeguarding action to support 17 vulnerable people and visited 91 addresses where people were at risk of being ‘cuckooed’ to check on their safety. 
 
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland said: “This is the result of just one week’s activity, and shows how we are continuing to disrupt dealers who try to distribute dangerous drugs across our communities. Our work will continue relentlessly, targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable.
 
“Police work to combat illegal drugs in Sussex continues under the ‘Fortress’ brand, launched to encompass all our drug-harm reduction work. It is already used by police in Hampshire and there are plans to roll this out further across the South East, which will continue to strengthen the unified voice from police and partners that says this is a hostile environment for drug supply.” 
 
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said; “County lines activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation have a devastating impact on young people and vulnerable adults. The results from this intensification week show how much of an emerging threat it is across Sussex and I have been assured that there will be an ongoing determination to combat this crime type by our Force.
 
“Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via county lines and by working together with partners to shed a light on this often hidden crime and taking the appropriate measures to combat it, Sussex Police are sending a clear message to drug dealers that they cannot expect to go undetected in Sussex.”
 
‘County Lines’ is a term used by Police and partner agencies to refer to drug networks, both gangs and organised crime groups, from large urban areas such as London, who use children and young people and vulnerable adults to carry out illegal activity on their behalf. Gangs dealing drugs is not a new issue but the extent to which criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, as well as the increasing use of violence, has become an inherent part of it through ‘County Lines’ makes it especially damaging .
 
The organised crime groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes a drug user, as a base for their activities. This is known as ‘cuckooing’ and will often happen by force or coercion. In some instances victims have left their homes in fear of violence. Much police work involves identifying these victims and helping them.
 
Police continue to see children being exploited by criminal gangs to supply drugs in Sussex. Sussex have experienced children travelling from London to Sussex to deal drugs on behalf of county line gangs as well Sussex children being exploited and targeted by London gangs to deal drugs locally. Our priority is to identify those children at risk of criminal exploitation and once identified work with partner agencies to put the appropriate safeguarding measures in place.
 
The areas in Sussex most effected by the drug trade from London are the larger coastal towns, with established drugs markets that can be exploited locally, including Hastings, Eastbourne, Worthing, Bognor, and Brighton, but also towns such as Crawley.
 
Steve Rayland said; “We estimate that there are currently some 65 active County Lines in Sussex, although that number fluctuates on an almost daily basis as we disrupt lines and others are set up. In addition to this there are other locally-based dealers. In total we estimate that there are currently more than in excess of 350 telephone numbers (known as deal lines) which are used to facilitate the supply of controlled drugs – although again that fluctuates regularly. 
 
“But over the past nine months, prior to last week’s operations, we had successfully disrupted 88 criminal activities linked to County Lines, and since August, again prior to last week, we had made 133 arrests. 
 
“A forcewide County Lines and drug related harm working group brings all parts of policing together to tackle the threat. There is a four-part plan (Prevent, Protect, Pursue, and Prepare) to develop our own working practices, to share best practice and to deliver a better service for the public.
 
“We use the range of legal powers to tackle this problem, ranging from the Misuse of Drugs Act to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking legislation and technological advances through the use of Drug Dealing Telephone Restriction Orders (DDTRO).
 
“We also work closely with other agencies to support those vulnerable adults and children who are exploited by county line gangs. This includes regular visits to those adults at risk of cuckooing and raising awareness with those agencies engaged with children to ensure that information is shared effectively to prevent young people being drawn in to this criminality.”
 
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Southey from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, adds; “We are working hard, alongside partner agencies and our colleagues in Sussex Police to identify and target the most serious offenders in County Lines drugs supply gangs.”
 
The County Lines response isn’t just a policing one. Effective collaboration between law enforcement and safeguarding organisations – and also the private sector industries used by CL groups – is a vital part of both the national and local response. Members of the public can also help: – the best advice is to trust your instincts – if somebody shows signs of mistreatment, or a child seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with a locality, you can report suspicions to local police on 101 or online, or to British Transport Police if you see something on the railway network.

Thank you.

SUSSEX POLICE 6 February 2018

Changes to how police handle and record found property

All police forces nationally will no longer record reports or accept responsibility for some found property items.

The national decision was approved by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) after discussions between police forces and the National Police Front Counters Forum (NPFCF). Traditionally, police have accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, although there is no statutory duty to do so. This change follows recent amendments to the way police record lost property.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said: “Police services are under increasing pressure to reduce non-essential demand. The public are encouraged to retain the property themselves and try to reunite it with its owner wherever possible. In all cases reasonable steps to trace the owner should be made.

“Items that contain personal data should be reported to the issuing authority for example, the relevant bank for a debit card. If you are unable to do this and you hand it in to the police, we will forward this onto them for you. The card will not be retained by the police.

“If you find an item on licensed premises, private premises, such as a hotel, house, in a taxi, on public transport, on business premises or educational premises, you should hand it to staff as they should operate their own lost and found procedures.

“If you find an item and you believe it is stolen or has been involved with a crime, please report this to us online, via 101 or visit your local police station.”

Found property that will continue to be accepted and recorded by police includes:

Items capable of containing data e.g mobile phones, computers, tablets

Cash within wallets where an owner can be clearly identified

Unidentifiable cash

Items suspected of being stolen or involved in crime

Firearms and ammunition, explosives, chemicals – these can be reported online

Drugs

Watches

Jewellery

Found property that will be accepted and processed immediately:

Passports – UK, EU and International

Bank cards

Identity cards

Personal documentation (e.g. bank statements, benefit books)

Birth, marriage and death certificates

Driving licences

Found property that will no longer be accepted:

Bicycles

Empty handbags, bags, wallets and purses

Cases

Clothing

Perishable goods

Animals

Rubbish/waste

Umbrellas

Keys

Spectacles

Reports on lost and found property can be made online.


New number for Operation Blitz in Wealden

Our new dedicated number for every weekend is: 07770 700642. Why not save the number to your phone, as we won’t continue to send out a notification every week. Please use the 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

We supply Incident Cards for you to keep in your car, pocket making it easier to remember what you have seen. These are to be used only for non emergency crime – contact us for a supply.