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23rd September 2016

News and appeals

Sussex Police donates £250 to Eastbourne First Girls' Brigade

Sussex Police has donated £250 to The Girls' Brigade in Eastbourne, a group that has helped inspire many young girls to achieve their personal and developmental goals for many years.

More information > >

Police boost for Eastbourne Heritage

Heritage Eastbourne has received a £350 boost from Sussex Police thanks to heritage crime officer and police community support officer Daryl Holter.

PCSO Holter was able to secure the grant from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

More information > >

Police release CCTV images of Eastbourne assault suspect

Police are seeking to identify the man in connection with an assault in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight on 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


22nd September 2016

Seafront Team Step Up Lifesaving Equipment

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Seafront team have added extra lifesaving measures to the seafront this summer, with two new defibrillators on hand for emergencies.

The lifesaving devices, which help restart the heart in the case of cardiac arrest have been installed in two busy locations at the Lifeguard station and Seafront Office.

Defibrillators are an essential first aid tool in cases of cardiac arrest, keeping patients alive until paramedics arrive on site.  Giving a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall, they should only be used after dialling 999.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We take safety and first aid very seriously on Eastbourne seafront and have an excellent team of trained lifeguards on hand to assist in any first aid or lifesaving situation.  They are trained in using defibrillators and have already been commended by SECamb for their lifesaving CPR and defibrillation efforts this summer.”

Anyone can access the defibrillators and in an emergency cardiac arrest situation, members of the public should dial 999 and start CPR.  The 999 call handler will provide a code to open the nearest defibrillator and give step by step guidance until paramedics arrive.

Extra measures this year also include free sun cream available in lotion dispensers at the Lifeguard Station.  With a minimum of SPF 30, the free sun cream is essential for those days of unexpected sunshine which occur so frequently in Eastbourne.

Beach visitors may have also spotted an expanded sandpit, which has proved extremely popular with increasing numbers of families visiting the beach this year.  The new sandpit in front of the Lifeguard station is maintained with fresh sand by the lifeguard team and is part of ongoing child-friendly measures which include free kids wristbands and Tyro lifeguard courses in school holidays.

The lifeguard station opens from 1 May to 30 September.  For more information on visiting Eastbourne beach visit www.visiteastbourne.com or telephone the Seafront Office on 01323 410611.


20th September 2016

Community Safety Partnership Relaunches e-Newsletter

Since 2005 crime in Eastbourne has fallen by over 40% and the ECSP continues to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by working in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies, along with local community groups. 

The relaunched newsletter provides information on what the Partnership is doing to make Eastbourne an even safer place to live, work and visit. 

In this issue:

Download the newsletter > >

You can find out more about the Partnership here.

13th September 2016

Phishing E-mail

There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo.

The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false.

The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to.

Protect Yourself


10th September 2016

Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

Sussex Police has published the August issue of its Fraud Newsletter.

In this issue:

Download the newsletter > >


8th September 2016

Arrests Made After Police Chase

Yesterday afternoon Police on routine patrol saw a Vauxhall Corsa acting suspiciously in the Crumbles area.  The marked Police car attempted to stop the vehicle however the vehicle failed to stop for Police and drove off along Pevensey Bay Road, Princes Road, Wallis Avenue, Seaside, and then coming to a stop in Lottbridge Drove colliding with another unrelated vehicle. 

The vehicle, at times, drove on the wrong side of the road, and also mounted the pavement on occasion too.  Police acted quickly to ensure that the follow was conducted safely with minimal risk to road users and pedestrians, including deploying a “stop stick” to disable the vehicles tyres to safely bring the follow to a conclusion.

No person was injured in the incident, however two males were arrested in relation to drugs offences, and standard of driving matters.  They have been released on Police bail pending further enquiries into the matter. 

Given the time of day there would have been many people around those areas, especially with the Tollgate School being nearby and children heading home with their parents. 

If anyone witnessed the incident they are asked to contact Police on 101 quoting reference 961 7/9/16, alternatively emailing:
101@sussex.pnn.police.uk


7th September 2016

Call 105 for Power Cut Information

UK Power Network has launched 105, a new national power cut phone line, to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England.

The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report, or get information about, power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger.

105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry. As well as calling 105, you can find more information on the website.


5th September 2016

Police Warning to Women Driving Alone

Sussex Police have issued this warning to drivers, in particular women driving alone, across Wealden and Lewes districts.

They have been getting reports over the last two weeks of a dark haired man in his 50's, appearing to be in distress and in need of help, who is flagging down cars. He is described as being of a fairly heavy build, of either Asian or European appearance and he speaks with an Eastern European-sounding accent.

He offers various reasons for stopping cars but in all cases he is asking for money and it seems he has so far only approached women. He has told different drivers alternative versions e.g. that he has run out of petrol, has no money to feed his children, or that he has problems with his credit card. In all cases, he tries to interest the driver in buying one of his gold rings for the money which he tries to remove from his finger.

The incidents have been reported on roads near Uckfield, Nutley, Crowborough, on the A27 just outside Kingston and Lewes, on the A26 going towards Newhaven and apparently also in locations around Rother district. In all cases, a silver coloured Ford Galaxy, which we also understand is one of the older models, has been seen parked nearby.

Please circulate this warning to make friends and relatives aware. If anybody has information about this man or thinks they have also been stopped by him, please contact Sussex Police on 101 by phone, or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk and quote reference 435 of 11/08.


4th September 2016

Warning From Neighbourhood Watch

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch wishes to alert residents to two ongoing types of crime attempts in parts of Sussex. Be aware that it could spread, so you need to be ready.

Firstly, one of its coordinators was telephoned this morning by a lady who told her that her bank wanted to return an amount of interest owing to her. The caller quoted our coordinator's name and address and it all sounded very plausible. Our coordinator then asked the caller which bank or building society this returned interest would be coming from. The caller said she didn't have that information. When our coordinator started to ask more questions the line went dead. It all sounded so convincing.

Please be very cautious about giving personal information if somebody phones you.

Secondly, keep your car keys safe.  There is a recognised type of burglary where offenders will enter your home purely to steal your keys in order to take your car.

Please remember to hide your keys and handbag, and do not leave them or other valuables by or in sight of the front door or windows.


2nd September 2016

Seasonal Rental Fraud

Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term. Fraudsters use a variety of websites to advertise available properties to rent, often at attractive rates and convenient locations. Adverts will seem genuine, accompanied by a number of photos and contact information to discuss your interest.

Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord does not have ownership of the property, or often there are already tenants living there.

Protect Yourself

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

31st August 2016

Eastbourne Gets Tough on Street Drinking

Police are launching a crackdown on street drinking and alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in Eastbourne town centre following a rise in reports during the warmer weather.

Sussex Police is introducing extra patrols to check on hotspots across the town, liaise with local businesses and remove alcohol from anyone who is found drinking and causing a nuisance.

Inspector Rachel Barrow, of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said,We recognise that whilst this is an issue and concern at any time of the year, the warmer months tend to see an increase in this type of complaint. We will be making use of our local officers and staff and, when needed, we have planned for support from neighbouring districts such as Lewes and Wealden to help police this operation. Enforcement is only part of the solution to an increasing problem across the country and certainly not unique to Eastbourne as a bustling and vibrant seaside town. We continue to work closely with other services to try and tackle the root cause of alcohol related crime and disorder.”

The operation is part of a wider strategy to tackle street drinking involving Sussex Police, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership, and includes the setting up of Eastbourne HUB to support the local street community.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said, “The Community Safety Partnership is totally committed to combating anti-social behaviour across the town to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to Eastbourne. It continues to work closely with the police and its other partners to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Barrow added, "We hope to do our very best in responding to calls and complaints from people about this type of behaviour and encourage that if an incident is taking place to report it by using 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

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


27th August 2016

Joy riding stolen cars in Eastbourne

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 numerous reports from the Hastings, Peacehaven and Eastbourne area, where thieves are specifically targeting vehicle owners homes in order to joy ride various cars.

Detective Constable Sheila Bonell 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.

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.

Operation Blitz

There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne.  However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

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


22nd August 2016

Don’t be a Money Mule

Students are being recruited, sometimes unwittingly, as “mules” by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts.

What is a money mule?

A money mule is someone who is recruited by those needing to launder money obtained illegally. Criminals advertise fake jobs in newspapers and on the internet in a number of ways, usually offering opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure potential money mule recruits. These include:

Money Laundering is a criminal offence which can lead to prosecution and a custodial sentence. Furthermore, it can lead to the mule being unable to obtain credit in the UK and prevented from holding a bank account.

Protect Yourself

Be aware that the offence of money laundering carries a maximum prison sentence, in the UK, of 14 years.

Never give the details of your bank account to anyone that you do not trust.
No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money. Don’t accept any job offers that ask you to do this.

Be wary of unsolicited emails or social media posts promising ways of earning easy money. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t be afraid to question the legitimacy of any businesses that make you a job offer, especially if the recruitment procedure strays from the conventional.


20th August 2016

Anti-Social Driving

Police are receiving a number of calls in relation to anti-social driving around the Crumbles area of Eastbourne.  Please be reassured that Officers are responding to these calls and are using powers of Section 59 to target street racers, seize vehicles and stop this behaviour from occurring.

Even though this area is an open road, it does not give street racers the right to abuse this road for speeding and disturb the community. Police powers are also enforceable within the car parks and have been used to prosecute drivers using their vehicles in an anti-social manner.

Sussex Police regularly review this area regularly on patrol.  In the past vehicles have been sized by Officers and individuals have had to pay fines to recover their vehicle and pay for the time these vehicles have been storage.

Help keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please:

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


18th August 2016


13th August 2016

Drone Fraud

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise non-existent drones of various specifications for competitive prices.

Drones are personal flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or hand-held controllers. Fraudsters are capitalising on their recent popularity and advertising non-existent drones at a lower value than their recommended retail price to tempt buyers.

After victims agree to purchase the drone, the fraudsters request payment to be paid via bank transfer saying that it will quicken the delivery process. After transferring the money the buyers never receive the drone and the fraudster blocks the victim to prevent further conversation.

How to protect yourself:

News and appeals

 

Police seek dangerous van driver, Seaside, Eastbourne
Motorists in a busy Eastbourne thoroughfare may have been confronted by a van being driven at speed. Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

More information > >

Witness appeal following theft from vehicles in Eastbourne
Police are keen to hear from witnesses after a number of vehicles were believed to have been broken into in Carlisle Road, Eastbourne sometime overnight between Wednesday, 3 August and Thursday, 4 August.

More information > >

'Why Not'? - because It's illegal! - Drug smugglers caught on yacht of that name in Eastbourne

Two drug smugglers who tried to use the yacht 'Why Not' to arrive in Eastbourne as their gateway to Britain have been sentenced.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne.  However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

Wristbands aim to help locate lost children at Airbourne

Airbourne is now upon us and this is a perfect event for all ages to enjoy and best of all its free.  However, as many people come to see the spectacular air displays please be mindful of yours and your children’s safety.  Losing a child at a busy event is very stressful experience for both parent and child therefore putting a plan in place is vital.

When you arrive at Airbourne make a plan with your child of what to do if you become separated. For older children find a suitable location or landmark and arrange to meet there. 
The Police Cadets will be handing out  wrist bands free of charge. These wristbands will have space for the parents or guardians phone numbers written on the wristband so that stewards or emergency services can contact the child’s parents if the child becomes lost or becomes separated from their group.

However, if you are unfortunate to loose anyone the Lost Person’s marquee and meeting point will be located on Wilmington Square.

For more information please speak to your Local Policing Team on our non –emergency number 101 or email:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.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.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


11th August 2016

Courier Scam

People selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead.

The fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone.

An example of the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’, read:

“I want you to consider this deal as I am willing to pay your full asking price! I actually want to buy it for a family member who is urgently in need of it, I have checked through your posting and I’m fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, I would not be able to come personally to view/collect, I work offshore as an instructor on an oil rig so I don’t have time at all, but like I said I am 100% OK with the advert”

Protect Yourself:

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

10th August 2016

Safety and security are police priorities for the Airbourne 2016 aviation event in Eastbourne

Sussex Police is set to play its part in helping to ensure safety and security at Airbourne, the annual four-day festival of flight in Eastbourne that begins this week.

It takes place from Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August, from 10am until 6pm each day, with live music each evening and fireworks on Sunday.

As in previous years, the force's priority is the well-being of all concerned, be they visitors to the show and seaside resort, or members of the local community.

Eastbourne district police commander, Chief Insp Emma Brice, said: "For several months now we've been working closely with the organisers and partner agencies to ensure a safe and enjoyable Airbourne for all.”

"In terms of security, where public safety has been significantly compromised as seen in recent events abroad, we've looked at lessons to be learned and reviewed our own plans to keep Airbourne as safe as we can. While the nationally assessed terrorist threat to Airbourne is unchanged from 2015, we will have some additional security measures in place. For instance, this year we will be using some concrete barriers.”

“Most people are unlikely to notice any difference from previous years and none of the changes we have made should affect the enjoyment of people attending the event.”

Airbourne organisers Eastbourne Borough Council added : “We’re pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Sussex Police on key aspects of this popular event. We will have in place reasonable and proportionate measures to ensure that all attending feel confident they are visiting a safe environment.”

Chief Insp Brice said that while stewards and security staff have been thoroughly trained to recognise and respond to any incidents that may arise, and officers and resources are being carefully deployed, visitors and residents can also play their part in keeping things safe.
She said: "For example, we'd ask people to take care of their belongings, follow personal safety advice and immediately report any issues or suspicious behaviour to event staff or police. In an emergency, always dial 999.

To help safeguard children in particular it's suggested that parents and guardians make plans with their youngsters about what to do if they become separated.  Police cadets will be handing out free wristbands on which responsible adults can write a contact phone number should a child go astray. There will also be a lost people marquee and rendezvous at Wilmington Square, opposite the Wish Tower, on Eastbourne seafront.

People arriving by car are asked to allow extra time for their journeys and to follow the advice of stewards and police officers to try to minimise any disruption or delays.

For more information about policing aspects of Airbourne, please call the force's non-emergency number 101 or email:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk

6th August 2016

News and appeals

Woman punched in face following night out in Eastbourne

Police are seeking witnesses after a woman was assaulted following a night out in Eastbourne.

More information > >

White van men sought in connection with Eastbourne assault
A 17-year-old local boy was walking with a friend in Sevenoaks Road, at the junction with Kingfisher Drive, when a white Ford Transit van pulled alongside them.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne. However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

Spate of lead crime in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police are asking residents to be vigilant as there has been a spate of crime involving theft of lead from schools and church buildings.

St. Michaels’s Church in Willingdon and Lindfield School have recently targeted and police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen or heard anything.

To prevent this crime from happening to your building consider the following options;

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 August 2016

Community Involvement Newsletter

Eastbourne Borough Council has issued its first ‘community involvement’ newsletter.  In this edition, it is concentrating on how it engages with people who are often considered vulnerable to exclusion.  

The first newsletter focuses on two groups – Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group and Eastbourne Cultural Involvement Group.  Subsequent editions will cover work with other groups such as Eastbourne’s Faiths Forum and Bourne Out.

Click here to download the newsletter.


28th July 2016

Street Learning Programme

Free training courses will be available, throughout September, to all residents of Eastbourne and Willingdon.

Available courses include:

Click here for the full list of course dates and venues.

All courses must be booked through the provider:
streetlearning@wealdon.gov.uk.


28th July 2016

Children's Library News

Welcome to a bumper special edition of your library news from East Sussex libraries.

With children’s summer holidays upon us don’t forget to pop into your local library to get involved in everything we have to offer.

Click here to find out what is happening for children in our libraries.


25th July 2016

Sussex Fraud July Newsletter

Please find attached the latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter.

Articles include:

Download the newsletter > >


25th July 2016

The Changing Role of the PCSO

From Monday 4th July 2016 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are equipped with new training and additional skills to proactively problem solve and reduce crime in Sussex. This is the first ‘layer’ of change for Local Policing with the rest of the model to follow in April next year.

PCSOs have played an important role in our delivery of policing to local communities since their introduction in 2003. When they first joined the team in Sussex they were introduced primarily to be visible and provide reassurance. Through their excellent work they have become a valuable part of the organisation. Since this time however, social media has expanded, the crimes people commit have changed, people’s expectations have increased and our budget has reduced.

In order to reflect the changes we have seen in the demands placed on the police, we are making changes to the way we deliver all of our services. This allows us to match demands from the public, to reflect how crime patterns have changed and to provide digital services that are fit for the future.

The changes we have made to the PCSO role specifically include the addition of more powers, including the ability to tackle alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour. PCSOs will also take statements from victims and witnesses to support the problem-solving work of their teams. They will not be taking statements on behalf of other units. Many of the changes have come about through the evolution of the role and the changes we have made to reflect this.

In the past, communities would have one named PCSO to contact about an issue. If that person was away from the office on leave or on rest days, the enquiry would wait until their return. Now the public can make contact with a team who can be called upon to help them with their problem. This means the public should get a quicker response to their issue and a greater number of people working with them if this is required.

People have told us they are worried that the changes mean a reduction in service. But far from losing a policing presence, communities with a specific issue could have a whole team of PCSOs from the local district, or even the wider Sussex area, come to them to help tackle their problem. We are absolutely not withdrawing from our communities rather delivering policing in a more focussed, flexible and targeted way. They will now work when and where they are needed.

Whilst the role and deployment of our PCSOs does change, they will continue to conduct foot patrols within Sussex. These will be targeted to areas where we know they can make a difference. They will no longer undertake random patrols as these are proven to have little impact on crime reduction.

The changes being introduced to the PCSO role mean that they will be more flexible and responsive in the interests of all residents and in Eastbourne your PCSO’s can be contacted in a number of ways.

Eastbourne Police Community Support Officers

PCSO Steven Knowles, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by his Sergeant, Ed Ripley, PC Scott Franklin-Lester, PC Dan Toft and PC Lisa Cousins. Steven has chosen to join us having spent much of his time as a PCSO in Lewes District, he has a keen interest in road safety and community speed watch initiatives. Steven has been spending his early days with his new team getting to know local business and characters from the town centre.

Steven can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via his work mobile telephone 07912 896004

PCSO Tracy Honey, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Tracy has chosen to join the team at Eastbourne having spent many years working in Lewes. Tracy is keen to get to know the people of Eastbourne and is experienced in her work with partners to find solutions to local problems. We are delighted to have both Tracy and Steven, as experienced PCSO’s they are extremely positive about the changes to the role and motivated to do the very best job they can.

Tracy can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 893380

PCSO Ania Raczynska, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Ania is used to working in Hampden Park and has built strong links in the community. Ania is looking forward to a more flexible way of working and getting to know other parts of Eastbourne just as well, transferring her skills and experience and putting to the test her new statement taking training.

Ania can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 897012

PCSO Lisa Izzard, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Lisa has spent time working in the town centre previously and has built up a good knowledge and relationship with some of our most vulnerable communities. Her understanding in this area of policing is extremely valued and she will continue to build on this using her new skills and powers to the full.

Lisa can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 896976

PCSO Libby Horsman, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Libby has spent her time previously working in the Roselands, Langney Point, St. Anthonys communities of Eastbourne. The new role will mean that Libby will be exposed to some very different and diverse communities and will be challenged to put her problem solving skills to the test. Working from 1 Grove Road will mean that Libby, and her colleagues will have the support and advice of the Neighbourhood First Team who continue to work closely in partnership with the Police and other agencies to tackle some of the most difficult and long standing issues.

Libby can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 895000

PCSO Martin Hylands, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by his Sergeant, Julian Williams, PC Ed Faulkner, PC Keith Rockingham and PC Vicky Bishop. Martin is one of our most experienced PCSO’s having been at Eastbourne since the very beginning. Martin has received heartfelt thanks and appreciation from the community of Sovereign Harbour who have enjoyed his dedicated and mature approach to issues and concerns raised by the residents and businesses at the Harbour. Martin will be working just as hard in the new role, but using that knowledge and experience for the benefit of many others and across all parts of Eastbourne.

Martin can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via his work mobile telephone 07912 893311

PCSO David Kerr, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by his Sergeant, Julian Williams, PC Ed Faulkner, PC Keith Rockingham and PC Vicky Bishop. David has previously been found patrolling the Langney and Shinewater areas and has been instrumental in setting up community speed watch in Eastbourne. David’s focus is very much on victim and customer service, and is a very supportive member of the team.

David can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via his work mobile telephone 07912 894873

PCSO Austin Milson, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working to the original PCSO role.  Austin has chosen to remain with Sussex Police until December 2016 when he plans to take redundancy. Austin made the decision not to apply for the new PCSO role, but he remains committed to the organisation and continues to work hard every day. We wish him well for the future and until then we continue to value his contribution and benefit from his plethora of knowledge about neighbourhood watch.


22nd July 2016

Diversionary Sports 2016

Neighbourhood First has run diversionary sports since its inception in 2013. It started in Willingdon Trees, funded by local councillors devolved budget and Places for People housing association, and has run in the school summer holidays every summer since. This year, for the first time, two locations Willingdon Trees and Shinewater Park will be available.

So, don't forget - these summer holidays you won't be bored if you come and join us at Holly Place, Willingdon Trees, or Shinewater Park, to participate in team sports hosted by your local sports centre.

Its free for all children aged 11-17 year old and runs from 26th July – 1st September every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday From 1pm – 4pm.


21st July 2016


20th July 2016

Age Concern Eastbourne has volunteer opportunities
with its Home from Hospital team

VOLUNTEERS are required for the Home from Hospital project across East Sussex, including Hellingly, Hailsham, Herstmonceux, Polegate, and Pevensey Bay.  Induction, training, support, travel expenses are provided, plus you have an opportunity to play a part in your local community, supporting people to be independent in their own homes as they recover from recent Hospital stays.

Volunteers required in this area

Would you like to support people who have been recently discharged from Hospital and who require help within their own home to stay independent?

Could you:

You would not be expected to provide personal care or assist with medication.

For more details please contact:  Rowena Reeve,
Home from Hospital Co-ordinator,
AGE Concern Eastbourne,
The Venton Centre,
Junction Road,
Eastbourne, BN21 3QY    
Tel: 01323 749854 or email:
Rowena.reeve@ageconcerneastbourne.co.uk


19th July 2016

Stay Alive Pocket Resource

A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK, Stay Alive, offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.

This is the first version of Stay Alive. The app will be updated following an academic review and we are seeking next stage funding to help us develop the app further, including a location-enabled function to show the user support services in their vicinity.

If you are interested in contributing to funding the next stage of the app please get in touch.


16th July 2016

TV presenter Julia Bradbury launches Love Parks Week

Champion of the great outdoors and TV presenter, Julia Bradbury, has today launched Love Parks Week for 2016! Julia joined up with joggers and walkers at Paddington Recreation Ground in London to take part in the first Love Parks Mile, encouraging people to get outside and get active.

Love Parks Week is the annual event of our Love Parks programme, a year-round celebration of all the amazing parks and green spaces we have in this country. It was set up to support and recognise all the hard work friends’ groups do across the country to maintain, protect, improve and promote them.

More information > >


16th July 2016

Fraudsters are impersonating telephone service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.

Protect yourself

If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


16th July 2016

News and appeals

London man jailed for drug dealing in Eastbourne play area
A London man has been jailed after he was caught dealing drugs in the car park of a children's play area in Eastbourne and was then seen swallowing them as officers attempted to arrest him.

Aaron Hudson, 33, of Anthlone Street, Camden, London, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin on 9 May this year. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment.

More information > >

Thefts from traders' vehicles while working out-of-town prompts security advice from Eastbourne police
Police in Eastbourne have become aware that some local traders working away from the town have had their vehicles targeted by thieves who force open windows and doors to steal cash, tools and small saleable items from the interior.

One recent case involved the theft of £6000 worth of tools from Eastbourne decorators working on a job in Lewisham.

More information > >

Eastbourne police target banned drugs during a three-day operation
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (8, 9 and 10 July) Eastbourne Police carried out a proactive operation targeting the supply of drugs within the town.

Officers were joined by Sussex and Surrey Police drugs dogs and over the three days the team patrolled the town centre searching anyone suspected of carrying drugs, as indicated by the specially-trained dogs.

More information > >

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

Sussex Police asks the public - do you know the warning signs of fraud and scams?
Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - this is the message that Sussex Police is sending for the start of this year's Scams Awareness Month.

More information > >

Come and see us working in partnership with Trading Standards, Age UK, Barclays Bank, Safer East Sussex, and Neighbourhood Watch at the following public stands.

20th July - Tesco, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne between 10am to 2pm.

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


15th July 2016

The Big Friendly Read

Each year over 6,000 primary school aged children in East Sussex join in the fun of The Summer Reading Challenge.

Each child is challenged to read six library books during the summer holidays. Children can read books, audio books, and e-books to complete the Challenge, and for those who are not yet independent readers books can be shared and enjoyed together. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to continue reading throughout the summer holidays and helps them to maintain their reading level and enthusiasm for books.

Every Child signing up for the Challenge will get a Big Friendly Read sticker. Children will be able to collect a prize from their library for each of the six books they have read.  When they finish the Challenge they will get a medal, and certificate which they will receive in school or at the library.

The Summer Reading Challenge will begin in all East Sussex libraries on Saturday 16th July and end on Saturday 10th September. Keep an eye out for events happening in your local library, including a children’s entertainer visiting Eastbourne and Bexhill libraries on Saturday 30th July.

Visit the Big Friendly Read web pages to find out more.

More library news > >


12th July 2016

Holiday Booking Frauds

With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.

Protect Yourself

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


8th July 2016

News and appeals

Do you know a police volunteer who deserves special recognition

Nominate them in the annual Lord Ferrer’s awards, supported by the Home Office in celebration of police volunteers in England and Wales.

More information > >

Sussex Police asks the public - do you know the warning signs of fraud and scams?

Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - this is the message that Sussex Police is sending for the start of this year's Scams Awareness Month.

More information > >

Come and see us working in partnership with Trading Standards, Age UK, Barclays Bank, Safer East Sussex, and Neighbourhood Watch at the following public stands.

Operation Blitz

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


6th July 2016

Police Contact Changes

Following the recent reorganisation of Neighbourhood Policing, members of the public will no longer be able to contact individual Police Officers or PCSOs. All contact will now be handled centrally and officers deployed as appropriate.


2nd July 2016

Fraud and Scams Video

Please find time to watch the three minute Sussex Police video “Fraud and Scams – Know the Warning Signs”, which has been produced to support Scams Awareness month.


2nd July 2016

News and appeals

Arrest warrant issued for Eastbourne man charged with rape

Police are trying to trace an Eastbourne man who failed to attend Lewes Crown Court to face trial on a charge of rape and another of sexual assault.

More information >

Eastbourne hosts 999 Weekend at the Western Lawns

In an emergency, who you gonna call? And no, the answer isn't Ghostbusters - it's the people who will be demonstrating their skills at a 999 special event in Eastbourne on Saturday and Sunday, 2 and3 July.

More information > >

PCSOs equipped with enhanced powers and skills, are starting their new role on Monday, 4 July.

With new skills and powers to deal with a wide range of local problems, they can act to resolve issues such as alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour from their very first day in the new role. They will be an integral part of larger teams solving local problems, carrying out basic investigations, working alongside partners and directly with witnesses and victims to respond to community issues. Making use of mobile technology, PCSOs will access information whilst out in the community.

The flexible nature of their new role means they can work when and where they are needed, logging on remotely, as well as working from police and shared premises. To find out more about the new role from ACC Laurence Taylor click here.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight on 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


30th June 2016

Increase in Thefts from Vehicles

There has recently been an increase in thefts from vehicles parked in various areas of Eastbourne. The vehicles targeted have either been left insecure or had personal items left on display.

Don't become a victim of crime.

When leaving your vehicle parked or unattended please remember to carry out the 3 Cs.

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

Help 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


28th June 2016

Look Out For Fake Mailboxes

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail. Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.

Protect Yourself

If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


28th June 2016

Has Neighbourhood Alert Helped You?

Neighbourhood Alert has recently invested in a new support desk system and expanded the support staff so if you have any questions regarding this email, the survey or any part of the Alert system, please email support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk and we will be sure to respond quickly.

You might also like to complete the Neighbourhood Alert Survey.


26th June 2016

Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People

Eastbourne is a fine Victorian Town built mainly on the level. Gentle slopes and ramps are used to overcome steps and stairs making Eastbourne more accessible although some barriers do remain due to architectural limitations.

The Eastbourne Access Group has produced a guide which will make the town more accessible to residents and visitors alike.

Click here to view the guide > >


26th June 2016

Beware of Escrow Accounts

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period).

Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters

Protect yourself

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting the Action Fraud website.


26th June 2016

News and appeals

Police advice for householders as burglars target insecure homes in Eastbourne

Burglars have recently been taking advantage of windows being left open in warm weather to target homes in the Langney area of Eastbourne.

More information > >

Detectives investigate after man is robbed of an expensive bag in Eastbourne

Can you help identify a trio of thieves who forced a man to hand over valuables after accosting him in the early hours of the morning?

More information > >

Arrest warrant issued for Eastbourne man charged with rape
A man due to appear at Crown Court to stand trial for rape and sexual assault failed to turn up and is now wanted on a warrant for his arrest.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

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

Don't miss out on experiencing this year's 999 Weekend in Eastbourne

People are being urged to circle Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 July in their diaries for an emergency services special event in Eastbourne.

The popular 999 Weekend is again taking place at the Western Lawns on Eastbourne seafront, giving adults and children alike a chance to meet those who safeguard their lives and provide help when trouble strikes.

The event is being supported by Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the South East Coast Ambulance Service, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, British Transport Police, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and voluntary support groups.

Blue light services will provide spectacular demonstrations of the work they do and be on hand to give free advice about safety both in and out of the home.

Full details are available on social media including Eastbourne Police Facebook page and Twitter accounts @eastbournepol and @Eastbourne999.

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


26th June 2016

Eastbourne Shed Open Day

The Eastbourne Shed Project provides a place where people over 50 can experience the joy and fun of pottering about in a shed, but doing it with like minded people, supplying good company.

If you want to know more about this project come along and have a go at woodworking, carving, wood turning, model making, refurbishing old tools and machines or just come along for tea, biscuits and good company.

For more information:
Contact: Age Concern Eastbourne
Tel: 01323 638474
Or E-mail: oscar.plumley@ageconcerneastbourne.co.uk


21st June 2016

Modern Crime Prevention Strategy

The Government’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy was published in March 2016. A pamphlet has been published which provides a brief summary of the action being taking to prevent crime, and the research it is based on. The full strategy is available at gov.uk.

Download the pamphlet > >


21st June 2016


18th June 2016

Eastbourne Joint Action Group (JAG)

The Eastbourne Joint Action Group (JAG) is formed of a number of Community Groups, Voluntary and Statutory agencies with an aim of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, and improving community safety in the Borough.

The JAG has produced a leaflet to provide information on some of the local initiatives set out to tackle rising trends across Eastbourne, focusing on Operation Crackdown, Community Speedwatch and Home Safety visits.

Download the leaflet > >


17th June 2016

Have Your Online Accounts Been Compromised?

Troy Hunt, a Microsoft Regional Director and recipient of “Most Valuable Professional for Developer Security” award, blogger at troyhunt.com, international speaker on web security and the author of many top-rating security courses for web developers on Pluralsight, has created “Have I been pwned?” as a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if an online account of theirs has been compromised or "pwned" in a data breach.

Short of the odd donation, all costs for building, running and keeping the service currently come directly out of his own pocket. Fortunately, he says, today's modern cloud services like Microsoft Azure make it possible to do this without breaking the bank!

This site came about after, what to date, remains the largest ever single breach of customer accounts — Adobe.   Post-breach analysis of user credentials kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords, which then put the victims at further risk of their other accounts being compromised.

Click here to see if your accounts have been compromised.


16th June 2016

Operation Signature

Just in case you need more advice about Scams why not watch the latest video from Sussex Police.

It is reported that 1 in 5 people fall victim to scammers every year and nearly 50% of all adults are targeted.


16th June 2016

Exciting Euro 2016 game today - England vs Wales!

For the vast majority of people who watch football and support their national teams the games are enjoyable events that draw people together. But for a small minority, football provides the catalyst for alcohol abuse and violent behaviour, which can be particularly dangerous in some relationships. 

There should be no excuse for domestic abuse, at any time. We have special response officers in place for Euro2016.

Call us now on 101 report it online.

For further information on domestic abuse, visit our website www.sussex.police.uk/domesticabuse


13th June 2016

New Phishing Campaign Hits Students

A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.
One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

Protect Yourself:

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


11th June 2016

Counterfeit Cheques

Businesses are being contacted for the sale of goods or services by fraudsters, who request to pay by cheque. The fraudster sends a cheque with a higher value than the amount expected, and then sends the business a request for the difference with instructions on how it should be paid back. This is usually by bank transfer or through a money transfer service, such as Western Union or PaySafe. Once the ‘refund’ has been provided, it is realised that the cheque provided was fraudulent and no funds are credited to the business’s account.

The NFIB has seen an increase of 84% in the number of counterfeit cheque frauds reported to Action Fraud since November 2015. Criminals are targeting a wide range of services including paintings or other artwork, photography and lessons, with various amounts requested to be refunded.  The average amount requested to be refunded is £1,818. The highest amount requested was over £80,000.

The suspects have used pressure tactics to persuade victims to refund the amounts immediately prior to the cheques clearing.

Crime Prevention Advice


11th June 2016

News and appeals

Special Constables Recruitment

Can you serve your local community? Volunteering as a Special Constable is hard work but ultimately rewarding.

More information > > 

Witnesses sought to Eastbourne crash involving 4x4 and motorcycle
Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in 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. 

Sussex Police patrols to support domestic violence victims during football championships

Don’t suffer in silence – that’s the Sussex Police message to anyone who suffers domestic abuse, whether physical or psychological, during the European Football Championships this summer.

Officers will be specifically tasked at peak times during and after England matches to help protect victims and families from abuse. There will also be an all-day Tweetathon as the tournament gets under way to encourage debate and provide advice.

The dedicated “Operation Ribbon” patrols will operate on England Wales match days in the Tournament’s group stages, and further patrols will operate if either team progresses in the Tournament.

Alongside their response role, the Officers are being kept up to date about previous or likely victims who may be particularly vulnerable and about suspected or proven offenders who may pose a higher risk

In addition teams of specialist investigators will be ready to carry our further enquiries.
Join in on the conversation by following Sussex Police on Twitter (@sussex_police) and Facebook (/sussexpoliceforce).

For advice and support over domestic abuse in Sussex visit www.sussex.police.uk or call 101 or 01273 470101.  We have specifically trained officers who can help.

If you are not confident in talking to the police, there are other organisations who can give you the confidential advice and support that you need - Click here > >

To find other local support and help near to you visit www.safespacesussex.org.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.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


10th June 2016

Police Board Sovereign Harbour Yacht

Police who boarded a yacht entering Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, shortly after midnight on Thursday (9th June) found it was carrying herbal cannabis, a class B controlled drug, with an estimated street value of £280,000.

Two men who were on the vessel were arrested and are due to appear before Brighton magistrates at 10am on Friday (10th June).

Anthony Keiran Poyser, 28, and Harrison Law, 21, both of no fixed address, are each charged with being jointly concerned in the improper importation of cannabis to the United Kingdom.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice, Eastbourne district police commander, said: " I am aware of the concern about the security of smaller ports and harbours around Britain's coastline."

"I would like to reassure people that police are alert to the situation and will respond whenever circumstances demand."


9th June 2016

Euro 2016 Ticket Fraud

The 2016 European Football Championships will begin shortly and those wanting to purchase last minute tickets are likely to be targeted by fraudsters posing as official sellers.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

Resale Platform

Consumers wanting to sell their tickets can do so through the resale platform, where tickets will be resold at face value. For further information please visit UEFA’s website. Those seeking to purchase tickets are advised to check the site regularly as tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis and are likely to change regularly as different tickets become available to purchase.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


8th June 2016

Latest Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

The latest edition of the Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

Download the newsletter > >


4th June 2016

News and appeals

 

CCTV image of man who stole £200 of whisky in Eastbourne

On Sunday, May 22 around 10am a man was seen to leave Waitrose on the High Street without paying for a large number of bottles of whisky, worth around £200.

More information > >

Witnesses sought to multiple vehicles injury crash in Grand Parade, Eastbourne
Witnesses are being sought to a collision involving six vehicles which occurred on Wednesday 25 May at around 12.45pm on the B2106 Grand Parade, Eastbourne.

More information > >

Police seek witnesses to camper van crash, Midhurst Road, Eastbourne
Police want to identify the driver of a white camper van that crashed into three parked cars in Midhurst Road, Eastbourne, at around 9pm on Saturday (28 May) before driving off without stopping.

More information > >

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


24th April 2016

Tax Rebate Text Scam

Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the non-existent rebate.

Protect Yourself


22nd April 2016

Thousands of pounds worth of stock stolen
from Eastbourne jewellers

Police are investigating a burglary at an Eastbourne jewellers in which thousands of pounds worth of stock was stolen.

Officers were called to Ernest Jones, in the Arndale Centre, at about 1.13am on Monday (18 April) following a report from a member of staff about the break in.

Entry was gained via a front window, which was smashed, and stock with an estimated value of between £50,000 and £100,000 was taken.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, in particular three men who appeared to be wearing bright coloured ski jackets and scarves covering their faces.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 38 of 18/04.


22nd April 2016

Police investigate East Sussex distraction burglaries

Police are seeking information about several incidents in Polegate, Hailsham and Eastbourne on Tuesday (12 April) in which bogus callers conned or tried to force their way into residents' homes.

Offences occurred in Brook Street and Dittons Road, Polegate; in Hawthylands Road, Hailsham and in Slindon Crescent, Eastbourne.

These may be linked to three further distraction type burglaries which occurred earlier the same day in Sidley, Bexhill-on-Sea, and another in Bexhill Road, St Leonards-on-Sea.


22nd April 2016

Help Choose Keep Britain Tidy's 2017 Campaign Name

Last month's Clean for The Queen campaign was a massive success, and Keep Britain Tidy is excited to tell you that it will be running a follow-up in 2017; but they need your help!

What should next year's campaign be called? They want to hear your ideas. It has to be something that will encourage people to take part and will appeal to all ages.

All suggestions are welcome and you will get the chance to vote on a short-list later this year.


21st April 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

On 5th May, you will be able to vote for your police and crime commissioner (PCC). The job of the PCC is to oversee the police and ensure that they are prioritising what matters to you. Elections will be taking place in England and Wales, excluding London and Greater Manchester.

Police and crime commissioners are elected by you to ensure the policing needs of your community are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in our area.

Click here for more information.

Click here to view candidates' statements.


21st April 2016

Sports Ticket Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has recently received an influx of reports that fraudsters are targeting the public, via social media, in relation to football tickets.
 
Fraudsters are posting pictures or statuses online telling members of the public to contact them via Direct Message for football tickets. This then leads to a mobile messaging conversation. During the conversation, bank details are provided by the suspect so that the tickets can be purchased.
 
After the victim has paid for the ticket the fraudster blocks them to stop further conversation, leaving victims without the tickets and out of pocket.
 
Protect yourself:

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


12th April 2016

Property Repair Fraud

Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, 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 and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at:
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.


14th March 2016

Eastbourne District Commander's Message

Dear Residents,

We have had a very successful year so far and I would like to share some of our most recent results with you.

Our Officers have been very successful in working hard to stop individuals for burglary dwelling, supplying of drugs and stopping anti-social behaviour.   In regards to burglary dwelling, Michael Brickley was recently jailed for over 6 years as he was caught by one of our officers trying to sell stolen items from a burglary. Courtney Birmingham was arrested for money laundering as a result of a stop and search in the street. Her phone was interrogated as part of this investigation and she was found to be involved in the supply of cannabis and cocaine. She pleaded guilty at court and received a 2 year suspended sentence.  On the 19th February, Jodie King was jailed for assault and breach of her Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction. Her sentencing followed an attack on a 48-year-old man in Eastbourne town centre in May 2015 which left him with  serious cuts and bruises to his head, body and arms for which he received hospital treatment. The attack on the man was horrific and will not be tolerated. Violence and anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and we will always work with others to prevent this happening in Eastbourne.

As you can see from these cases the process of Stop Search is vital to our role. Since Sussex Police signed up to the Home Office best Use of Stop and Search Scheme in 2014, we have been looking at the process to ensure it is used legitimately and effectively and so that we can improve our service.  Any individual who is stopped and searched by our officers in Sussex should be treated with respect and given a full explanation of why the search is taking place.  Records of all searches are kept and people who have been searched are entitled to a copy of these.  I also check these records to ensure officers at Eastbourne use this power legitimately.  However, we can always improve and I would welcome your comments if you have experienced this process.  Please can you email our Public Engagement Officer to let us know what kind of experience you had.  To find out more please visit www.sussex.police.uk

We have also been working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and Adult Social Care to help promote the reporting of Scam Mail and Child Sexual Exploitation. Officers invited the students to join them at a 'Community Surgery' in the Langney Shopping Centre on the 23 February to hand out the information and give advice. The students designed their own poster and flyer which were given out along with other scam and fraud awareness advice at the community surgery. The information was extremely well received and a number of local residents took advantage of the advice and reassurance given.  If you, or someone you know, is being targeted by fraud/scams please contact Sussex Police on 101 or www.sussex.police.uk If you have been a victim of crime, you can report this to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre on 0300 123 2040.

The Force wide campaign to highlight the signs and prevent Child Sexual Exploitation has been a great success, and our officers have attended a conference about Human Trafficking and Missing People, a play called Chelsea’s Choice and taken part in a public stand at the Arndale Centre with East Sussex Adult Social Care. We have now elected a liaison officer, PC Rachel Bourne, to help outside agencies and organisations in recognising the signs and preventing further young people becoming victims.

You can receive regular updates from your Local Policing Team by signing up to our community messaging emails or via our social media sites. To receive our community messaging updates please email our Public Engagement Officer.


Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander


28th February 2016

East Sussex Road Police Target Anti-social Drivers

Following a number of complaints from local residents relating to anti-social driving and speeding in the Pevensey Bay Road area of Eastbourne, East Sussex Roads Policing Department took targeted action on Thursday 25th February. 

In total six drivers were reported for speeding, one had their vehicle seized for not having appropriate insurance, and one had their vehicle seized following a second warning for anti-social behaviour.  The complaints from residents all relate to vehicles driving considerably too fast along Pevensey Bay Road, and using their vehicles inappropriate in and around The Crumbles car park.  This is the first of such action, and we will be continuing our attention on this area, and others nearby. 

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable for the area, said “We take all complaints from residents seriously, we also take road safety seriously.  This action underscores our focus on these issues, and demonstrates that action will be taken where offences have taken place.  Our roads are not race tracks, and it is the responsibility on all drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users to be safe when using roads and pavements.”

East Sussex Roads Policing Department intend to continue these checks, both in marked vehicles and plain vehicles, targeting those who are endangering others.

12th February 2016

Sussex Police Publish First Issue of Fraud Newsletter.

Please click here to download the first edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter, giving you the latest updates on those scams we are warning Sussex residents about this month. Please print this out and / or share with people who may find the updates useful.

We would like to draw your attention to the courier fraud described, in which fraudsters phone or visit residents claiming to be police officers or bank officials in the hope of gaining their bank cards and PIN.

We are pleased to confirm that there have been no recent reports of this type of incident in Sussex, however we are aware that there have been recent attempts in the South East area.

We encourage everyone to be vigilant and warn others who may be vulnerable to this type of fraud.

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud or scams call Sussex Police on 101 or visit www.sussex.police.uk.


11th February 2016

Woman arrested over Hailsham hit and run collision

On Wednesday afternoon (10th February) police arrested a woman over a hit and run collision in Hailsham on Tuesday (9th February). A car has also been recovered.

A 78-year old Hailsham woman pedestrian sustained serious injuries following the incident, which occurred at about 6.40am on Tuesday in South Road. She is still in a critical but stable condition in the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The woman arrested, who is 35 and also from Hailsham, is in custody for interview on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and failing to stop at the scene of a collision


10th February 2016

Police seeking car and driver involved in Hailsham hit and run

Police are still trying to trace the driver and vehicle involved in a hit and run in Hailsham on Tuesday (9 February).

A pedestrian sustained serious injuries following the incident, which occurred at about 6.40am in South Road. Sergeant Richard Hornsey, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This was an appalling incident that left an elderly lady lying in the road with significant injuries."

"From debris found at the collision site, we are looking for a Ford Fiesta or Ford B-max in Candy Blue, manufactured from 2012 onwards. The vehicle has damaged a wing mirror in the collision. If you know someone who drives a vehicle like this and could have been in the Hailsham area yesterday morning between 6 and 7am, please contact the investigation team on collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Operation Image."


9th February 2016

Safe in East Sussex

Following the production of the Strategic Assessment of Community Safety 2015, partners met to select the county wide work streams for inclusion in the Partnership Business Plan in September 2015.

‘Domestic Violence and Abuse and Stalking’, as well as ‘Rape and Sexual Violence and Abuse’ were among the work streams selected. These crime types are often hidden problems. They also have a significant impact in East Sussex.

Read more > >


6th February 2016

Arrests made at Macquarie Quay

Eastbourne Police have arrested two males for offences relating to the suspicious activities in and around Macquarie Quay in the last few days.  The incidents have involved males appearing to wait for the postman to deliver mail, and bank accounts being set up in residents names without their knowledge or consent.  The arrests were made following vigilant residents contacting Police to say the males were in the area. 

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Officer for the area, said “I would like to highlight the quick and accurate calls residents have made to Police about these matters.  We have been working hard to try and raise awareness of these incidents, and eagle eyed residents have ensured the arrest of two people suspected of being involved.  The investigation is still at an early stage, however it will be detailed and rigorous to ensure that all enquiries are exhausted.  If anyone has any information that would help our enquiries please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting reference 427 of 5th February."

"Despite these arrests the advice still stands, and we would still encourage residents to report anything suspicious and to remain vigilant to any potential suspects.  Unfortunately these type of crimes can happen at any time and anywhere, but with residents being vigilant we can try to put a stop to it quickly”


3rd February 2016

Warning to Macquarie Quay Residents

Our Neighbourhood PC, Ed Faulkner, has issued the following statement.

“Last year we received numerous reports from residents around Macquarie Quay about fraudsters attempting to gain access to mail boxes and setting up bank accounts in the name of residents there.  Due to the vigilance of the residents, and work of the Police we successfully deterred them being in the area trying to defraud residents.

However, this week, we have started to receive similar complaints again.  So far we believe there have been three address targeted where they have found that bank accounts have been set up in the occupants name and the fraudsters have attempted to gain bank cards and details for these accounts.  Fortunately these residents have been vigilant and the banks have closed the accounts.  However there is a risk that others have, or may be, targeted. 

We are doing some covert patrols around the area to try and identify offenders, however we need the help of residents.  If any resident or visitor sees anyone loitering in the area of the post boxes, or appearing to be waiting for the post man to arrive, please call 999 to report it.  Catching offenders in the act is far better than trying to resolve things after the event. 

We are not aware that anyone has lost any of their own money as yet, however, everyone needs to work together to stop this intrusive crime”

 


23rd December 2015

22nd December 2015

21st December 2015

Police Appeal for Witnesses to Assault

At around 9.45am on Wednesday (16th December) an elderly man was walking his dog on the promenade near the Sovereign Centre, Eastbourne, when he became involved in a dispute with another dog owner and was assaulted. He suffered stiffness and pain in his neck for which he was treated by his GP.

The assailant was white, about 6', in his 40s, and well-built. He was wearing a blue anorak and was walking two black French bulldogs.

PC Louis Thompson, of the Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, said: "This was a nasty, unnecessary attack. We're asking dog walkers, runners and anyone else who may have been in the area whether they recall seeing anything of the incident or a man walking what are two unusual and distinctive black dogs."

Anyone able to help is asked to email Sussex Police or phone 101, quoting serial 727 of 16/12.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111, www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

10th December 2015

Bogus Detective Scams Vulnerable People

Sussex Police are warning residents to remain vigilant to scams and frauds, as recently we have seen an increase in a trend of scams where fraudsters telephone local people claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police asking for details and money.

The pattern tends to be that someone claiming to be a Detective Constable from the Met Police telephones a person stating someone has been arrested in London and has provided the Eastbourne residents details.  What follows is an elaborate and complex scam involving financial account details, and even requests for cash.  Many local residents have fallen victim to these scams, and many have lost money.

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable, said “This scam takes advantage of people trust in their Police service.  People often fear the worse when Police call upon them and this makes them more vulnerable to this kind of scam.  If you are in any doubt at all that the person calling you is not a Police officer then you should take their name, hang up, call 101 and ask for the Police force they are from. 

Officers are always happy and willing for their identity to be checked and verified whether in person or on the phone, and this quick and easy check can often prevent you falling victim to any kind of scam.  Please warn you relatives and friends to be vigilant, and not to fall victim to this nasty fraud.

5th December 2015

Sussex Police
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team
Eastbourne Weekly Message
News, Appeals and Advice

Rogue trader warning

Police in Eastbourne are warning residents to be on their guard for rogue traders after a recent incident in Pococks Road. Four men called at a house in the road and told the occupants that work needed to be done to the property. One man started to remove some tiles from a roof, while another kicked over a garden wall – they then demanded money from the occupants to fix the ‘problems’ they had identified.

Rogue traders pretend to be ‘qualified’ builders or tradespeople. They often call unannounced, particularly targeting vulnerable people, and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory goods and services. This can include charging for unnecessary work and damaging property deliberately in order to obtain money.

Police Community Support Officer Stephen Parsons said: “Police advice is to never buy goods and services from people calling unexpectedly at your door. Use a spy hole, chain or window to check before answering and always ask for proof of identity. If you have any doubt – keep them out. If you are suspicious about a caller inform police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.”

You can find out more information about Trading Standards here, or call 0845 404 0506.

Police seek would-be bookies' robber, Eastbourne

Police are seeking a would-be robber wearing distinctive blue clothing and carrying a knife who threatened a cashier at Ladbrokes bookmakers in Brassey Avenue, Hampden Park, Eastbourne on Wednesday evening (2 December).

At around 9.40pm the man ran into the premises with a knife, similar to a steak knife, and demanded money from a woman cashier. She produced a personal attack alarm and told him she would trigger it. At this the offender fled empty-handed, turning left in the direction of Nevill Avenue.
He is described as a white man, 5' 3" - 5' 4", in his late teens to early 20s, and of slim build. He was wearing a dark blue puffer-style jacket over a lighter blue hooded top. Both hoods were pulled up and his face was partially hidden by a royal blue scarf. He was also wearing jeans and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Inspector Neil Ralph, of Eastbourne CID, said: "If anyone recognises the suspect, either from the images obtained of him or from his description, we would ask them to get in touch as soon as possible. Also, if anyone has any other information which may help our enquiries, we would like to hear from them."

Officers can be contacted by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phoning 101, quoting serial 1511 of 02/12.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can see the story and CCTV images by clicking this link.

Praise for Eastbourne businesses and residents
who resisted phone scammers

Police are thanking two Eastbourne town centre businesses who spotted unusual transactions in time to save two potential victims from handing over money, and officers are also praising local residents who have refused to be duped into handing over money to cold caller fraudsters.

Between Friday 27th November and Monday 30th November, 12 residents in Eastbourne reported phone calls from people who pretended to be police officers, and claimed that their bank accounts had been used for fraud. The callers said that the residents should supply their PIN numbers, and either transfer funds to another account they gave details of, for safety, or should withdraw cash to be picked up by a courier. However in all but one case the ruse was swiftly rumbled and nothing was handed over.

On Friday (27th November) a 47-year old man was called and given instructions to go to his Building Society, Nationwide, in the town, to transfer £9,345. Thankfully, staff there became suspicious and put a hold on the transfer after he had left, and eventually managed to convince him not to go through with it. Unfortunately the fraudsters had meanwhile phoned him again and got him to hand over £1000 cash to a caller at his door.

In another case, on Monday (30th November) an 82-year old local man was called and told to obtain 5000 Euros cash, which he did from the Bureau de Change at Marks and Spencer. However before anything else happened, alert Bureau staff sensed that something was not right, and convinced him to go no further.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said; "People who receive calls like this are doing exactly the right thing by not getting involved, and telling the police. And it is good that local businesses are also on the look-out. "Under no circumstances would the police or your bank act in this way."

"If you have any suspicions, please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank. If possible use another phone to report your concerns or to contact a friend or relative to alert them. Thankfully, many of these attempts fail as alert residents are not fooled."

"However we urge anyone reading or hearing this message to pass it on to any friends and relatives who may be unaware of this particular type of targeted fraud."

"We want to encourage everyone to continue to resist these callers, who despicably often target elderly and vulnerable people who may easily become confused."

For more information you can read the Little Book of Big Scams online,
or pick one up from your local police station.

CCTV images of Eastbourne shop robbery suspects released

Police have released CCTV images of two men who robbed a shop in Eastbourne.

Between 7am and 7.15am on Sunday 8th November the pair, wearing face coverings, entered the One Stop convenience store at Winston Crescent. They threatened a 17-year-old staff member, saying they had a knife if cash was not given to them, and took £105 from one of the till cash drawers.  No knife was seen. They made off on pedal cycles in the direction of the Langney roundabout. Although the member of staff was shocked by the incident, he was left unhurt.

Both suspects are described as white males. One was about 5'10", slim, wearing a waist length green or brown buttoned up coat, and a black knitted flat cap. The other suspect was described as stocky and was wearing a black peaked baseball cap with the word 'Boy' written across the front.

Detective Constable Paul Gray said: "We are appealing for anyone who may recognise these two men to come forward with information. If you were in the area at the time of the robbery and saw anything that can assist with the investigation, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 292 of 08/11. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111." You can see the story and CCTV images by clicking this link

Sussex Police Christmas Crime Prevention Advice

Sussex Police is working hard to keep you and your family safe this Christmas, and is delivering a series of crime prevention messages and guidance on social media in the run up to the festive period. The advice includes tips on personal safety, online safety, home security and protecting yourself from fraud. We can all do our bit to make it harder for criminals to operate and ensure Sussex is a safe place to celebrate this season.

Seasonal trends show an increase in 'crimes of opportunity' at this time of year including the theft of wallets, purses and bags and other unattended property, as well as those gifts purchased for family and friends. Make sure Christmas presents are not left visible in your car, in unattended shopping bags or visible to passers-by in a window under your Christmas tree.

Over the past few months Sussex Police Public Engagement Officers (PEOs) have worked hard and created some unique crime prevention visuals. Using their experience of engaging with the public, the PEOs have worked with colleagues, special constables, volunteers, partners, children and even Lego, achieving innovative results! Some videos are targeted for the festive season but many also act as a reminder to be vigilant all year round.
From Tuesday 1st December, and every other day in the run up to Christmas, a key message and supporting video will be released on the Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as on our district pages with the hashtag #SafeChristmas. Please share these important messages with your friends and family to help protect you, your home and your possessions.

Anyone who witnesses a crime or any suspicious activity should call Sussex Police on 101 and in an emergency always dial 999.

Business wardens launch in Sussex

Sussex Police are working with businesses to crack down on crimes in shops. New business wardens are being launched as a pilot in Littlehampton and Eastbourne to help reduce crime affecting shops and businesses in the towns. It is hoped business wardens will also be extended to Bognor Regis and Arundel during the pilot period.

The project - supported by Sussex Police, Eastbourne Business Crime Reduction Partnership, Littlehampton businesses and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner - is being funded by the Home Office and The Southern Cooperative until 2017. The project is part of a collaborative bid, worth £249,000 over two years, with the joint aim being to improve business crime reporting and the targeting of criminals.

The wardens will be able to efficiently report crimes directly to Sussex Police, gather evidence, and provide crime prevention advice. The wardens will have access to the Facewatch application which has been specifically designed to help businesses report crimes and track their progress with the Police via online feedback.

Chris Neilson, business crime lead for Sussex Police, said: "This project is about forging a stronger partnership between businesses and the police to tackle crime. It will provide a dedicated service and reduce time for businesses as they will be able to report a crime directly to wardens, who will take details and any evidence like CCTV and submit this directly to the force."

"There will be three wardens in Littlehampton and two in Eastbourne. We hope it will give assurance to the businesses who sign up to the scheme that these wardens can deal with this type of crime efficiently and take all the details quickly. This is vitally important to us to build up a picture of the crime being committed in those areas. The wardens will also act as a deterrent for anyone thinking about stealing from these businesses."

The pilot is due to run until 2017 and the aim is to extend the scheme into other areas across Sussex if proved successful.

Drug and drink drivers targeted in Christmas campaign

Drivers taking to the road under the influence of drugs as well as drink will be targeted in the Christmas drink/drug driving campaign that is launched on Tuesday (December 1st). As part of Operation Dragonfly - Sussex and Surrey police forces' year-round strategy to deal with drink and drug-drivers - road policing unit officers will be on dedicated patrols looking for offenders.

In previous campaigns, both forces have named all those charged with drink or drug-driving offences that were committed during the month-long crackdown. The campaign is being run jointly by Sussex Police and Surrey Police alongside Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Drive Smart in Surrey and the independent charity Crimestoppers. 133 people were charged with drink or drug-driving in Sussex during last Christmas's campaign.

Teams will respond to tip-offs from members of the public who see someone they know has been drinking getting into a car to drive. Stop checks will also be set up at locations across Sussex and Surrey, in particular at locations where there is intelligence that there has been a history of drink or drug-driving.

Officers will also tweet about people stopped on suspicion of drink or drug-driving offences throughout the month, giving brief details such as when and where the motorists were pulled over.

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch said: "Officers will be out looking for anyone who has got behind the wheel or got on a motorcycle after drinking or taking drugs."

"We will not tolerate drink or drug-driving and would urge anyone who thinks they know someone who is driving over the limit or driving after taking drugs, to contact us urgently so that we can act."

In a survey conducted last year by Brake and Direct Line, three per cent of UK motorists - the equivalent of a million drivers across the country - admitted driving while on illegal drugs in the previous 12 months.

In the same survey 5.9 per cent of motorists admitted to getting behind the wheel when they thought they could be over the drink-drive limit - the equivalent of a further two million drink-drivers on the roads.
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 online or, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To keep up to date with officers looking for drink or drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

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

Witness appeal following assault near Elm Grove, Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were assaulted in Eastbourne at around 6.15pm on Friday, 13 November. The victims, who are both 27-years-old and local, were walking through an alley way towards Elm Grove when they came across a group of three men.

One of the suspects asked the men for a cigarette before one of the victims was punched in the face and the other pushed to the ground. The group of three men demanded money but the victims managed to run off.

They described one of the suspects as around 6' 5", of athletic build and wearing a scarf over his face with a lower skull pattern. The group are all thought to be in their early twenties.

Detective Constable Andy Mountford-Laker said: "This was a violent and unprovoked assault. We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area."

Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 1199 of 13/11.

23rd November 2015

News, Appeals and Advice from Eastbourne Police

Information sought after house burglary in Eastbourne

Police are seeking information after a house was burgled overnight in Eastbourne town centre.

Overnight between Saturday and Sunday (7th-8th November), burglars broke into the house in Richmond Place, Eastbourne, off Selwyn Road, the home of a 61 year old woman who has previously suffered a stroke.

The burglars stole cash, bank cards and jewellery, much of which had been bought for her by her late husband.

Detective Constable Costin Bonell said; "We are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area that night, or who has any other information, to contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 432 of 08/11. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/  or call them on 0800 555 111."

Further appeal after pedestrian injured in Eastbourne collision

A pedestrian is still in a serious condition after a collision in Eastbourne last Wednesday (November 4).

At about 5.40pm a 55-year old from Eastbourne was crossing the road in Brassey Avenue at the junction with Brand Road, when she was in collision with a silver Peugeot 206 driven by an 18-year old local woman.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries to her head and body, and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. She has been improving, however she remains in hospital. The car driver was unhurt.

PC Gavin Spencer said: "This was rush hour on Wednesday and happened on a busy road near Hampden Park station. We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything which might help with our investigation.

"Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact the police via collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting Operation Hunter."

Witnesses being sought to street assault in Eastbourne
Witnesses are being sought to an assault on a white man in his early 20s who was attacked in Willingdon Road, Eastbourne, on Sunday (8th November).

The victim, from Hailsham, was walking home from a night out when the assault took place between 2am and 4am.

His assailants are believed to have been two men. He was punched and knocked to the ground, suffering swelling to his right eye and bruising to his back.

PC Chris Ruff said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this unprovoked attack on a man who was simply trying to walk home after a night out with friends."

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to email:101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 567 of 08/11.

Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

Robbery at Eastbourne convenience store

Police in Eastbourne are searching for two men who robbed a local convenience store. Between 7am and 7.15am on Sunday 8th November the pair, wearing face coverings, entered the One Stop convenience store at Winston Crescent, Eastbourne.

They threatened a 17-year old staff member, saying they had a knife if cash was not given to them, and took £105 from one of the till cash drawers. No knife was seen.

They made off on pedal cycles in the direction of the Langney roundabout. Although the member of staff was shocked by the incident, he was left unhurt.

Both suspects are described as white males. One was about 5'10", slim, wearing a waist length green or brown buttoned up coat, and a black knitted flat cap.

The other suspect was described as stocky and was wearing a black peaked baseball cap with the word 'Boy' written across the front.
Detective Constable Paul Gray said; "If you were in the area at the time of the robbery and saw anything that can assist with the investigation, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 292 of 08/11. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Man arrested after Eastbourne betting shop robbery

Police are seeking witnesses after a man robbed a betting shop in Eastbourne.

Between 8.30pm and 8.45pm on Monday 2 November the man came into Betfred in Framfield Road, Eastbourne and threatened the 25-year old man behind the counter with a knife, making demands for money. The staff member was unhurt. The suspect took £900 cash.

He is described as Eastern European in appearance, 5'7", and of a slim build, wearing a black beanie hat and dark jacket. He was seen to make off on foot in the direction of Rodmill Drive. A 32-year old man was arrested on the following day at an address in Eastbourne on suspicion of the robbery and after being interviewed was released on bail until 21 January while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Paul Gray said; "If you were in the area that evening and saw anything that could help, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial number 1603 of 02/11. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

20th November 2015

Warning to Internet Users

Police are issuing a warning to all internet users following a series of emails that have been received by many people claiming to be from Google asking them to confirm their account status. 

The email, coming from secure@googleaccountservices.co.uk states that they are required under European law to check the authenticity of Google account members.  It then provides a link for users to click on to give personal details. 

This is a scam, and is a blatant attempt to obtain personal details through a very official looking email.  The link on the email is also designed to look very official and so this is a very sophisticated scam. 

It is likely that the scammers are sending this email to any email address it can get hold of, and so it is not just Google customers that are at risk.

13th November 2015

Police target anti-social drivers

Neighbourhood Police Officers have been taking action against anti-social driving and nuisance caused by vehicles in and around The Crumbles car park.  This action is as a direct result of residents’ complaints and intervention from the Neighbourhood Panel and local Councillors.

On the evening of 12th November Officers were on routine patrol when checking the car park of ASDA.  One vehicle was stopped following the smell of cannabis, resulting in one male being formally dealt with for that drug offence. Officers also dealt with a vehicle that was revving its engine so loud the officers couldn’t hear themselves speak, and issued the driver a warning under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act.

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Officer, said “This warning allows Officers to seize the motor vehicle if it is seen being used in an anti-social way in future.  It sends a clear message to locals that should they be using their cars in an anti-social way then action will be taken.  The Harbour is a great place to live, visit and work, and the behaviour of a small few can cause enormous disruption to nearby residents.  We will take action where we can to support local people and businesses and would encourage anyone affected by noisy vehicles to call us to report incidents on 101 at the time so we can take prompt and affective action.”

3rd November 2015

Volunteers needed for Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a locally driven initiative where active members of the community join together with the support of the 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 drivers to reduce their speeds.

Eastbourne's Neighbourhood Policing Team has obtained funding for the necessary equipment and is now looking for volunteers to help with the initiative.

Click here for more information.

If you would like to take part, please sign-up here.

2nd November 2015

How much would you pay for policing in Sussex?

One of the responsibilities of Police and Crime Commissioners is to set the budget for policing. A small proportion of the cost of policing is paid from your council tax with the rest coming directly from Government. This local council tax element is called the precept, which I set each year following close consultation with local taxpayers.

As your PCC in Sussex, I have to consider the Chief Constable’s operational policing plan and determine whether the amount you pay for policing locally should stay the same or rise to allow investment in key areas.

I have launched a public consultation to find out if local taxpayers would be prepared to pay an additional amount next year, per household, to enable me to invest directly in two areas that the Chief Constable has highlighted as priorities for policing:

1. Protecting children and vulnerable adults in Sussex from exploitation and abuse.

2. Digital forensic capability to retrieve, analyse and store information held on computers, mobiles and tablets.

You can find out more about these investment proposals and have your say in the public consultation here: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/public-consultations/

I hope you will complete the short online survey and encourage your networks to have their say in the consultation as well. Your feedback is important to me - thank you for taking the time to tell me what you think.

The consultation will remain open until Friday 8 January 2016. Once it has closed I am duty-bound to inform the Sussex Police and Crime Panel of my considerations. This decision will be reviewed by the Panel on Friday 22 January 2016.

Best wishes
Katy Bourne
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

28th August 2015

18 months for Pacific house Burglar

Back in October 2014 the then building site that was erecting the Pacific House Innovation Centre at the entrance to the Sovereign harbour suffered a burglary where some surveying and computer equipment was stolen.  A DNA sample was obtained from the crime scene which did not belong to any of the staff on the site and a detailed investigation followed led by the Priority Crime Team supported by Neighbourhood Officers.

On 27th August 2015 Tom Fear, an Eastbourne resident, appeared at court charged with the burglary and admitted the offence.  He was handed an 18 month custodial sentence for the offence.

PS Julian Williams, Neighbourhood Sgt for the area said, “This is yet another demonstration of our determination to bring people to justice for crimes they have committed.  This offence caused significant disruption to the building work that was taking place on the site and the fact that we have been able to identify the offender is a good example of the contribution the community makes to keeping Sovereign Harbour safe for residents and businesses.  Let this be a message to any offenders that we will not relent from getting justice for victims.”

27th August 2015

“Bus tour could be just the ticket for local patients”

People across East Sussex are invited to get aboard the Healthwatch East Sussex Big Red Bus.

During 1-5 September, the original London bus, in its signature red colour, will be at locations in Eastbourne, Seaford, Lewes, Bexhill, Hastings, Crowborough, Forest Row, Rye and Battle.

The tour is your opportunity to come and speak with Healthwatch East Sussex, about your experiences of local health and social care services. You will be able to hear about the work we do, and how we use your experiences to make a difference locally and nationally.

Director of Healthwatch East Sussex, Julie Fitzgerald said, “as the independent health and care champion for local people, our priority is to listen to local peoples experiences. The Red Bus tour is a major part of how we get out and speak to the public, and a great way for the public to come and find out what their local Healthwatch can do for them”.

Everyone who visits the bus will have the opportunity to enter our daily competition, to win a Russell Hobbs ‘Smoothy Maker’ and recipe book.

You will also be able to:

There will also be opportunities to talk to senior representatives from key organisations that deliver and buy services in East Sussex.

This includes:

Whatever your age there will be something for everyone when the road show comes to your area, including opportunities to meet:

…don’t miss the Bus

To make sure you don’t miss the bus…check out the time timetable below.
Tuesday 1st September 2015
09.30 – 14.00 hrs
Asda Store, The Crumbles, Eastbourne, BN23 6JF

21st August 2015

A photograph of harbour residents picking up litter from the North Harbour beach has been featured in a "Not On Our Beach" poster campaign. (See news item 7th August).

21st August 2015

Building Stronger Bridges

‘Building Stronger Bridges’ is a project within the community of Eastbourne. The aim is to set up  a group of good neighbour schemes which include a co-ordinator and volunteers, who will provide support for the local people who may need help with some of the basics of day to day living.

The Good Neighbour Scheme is supported by Age Concern Eastbourne although its vision is that the groups will eventually run independently.  As the network of good neighbour groups develop, then these will begin the network of building stronger bridges in the community.

There is need to support vulnerable communities and also recruit local co-ordinators and volunteers.

More information > >

9th August 2015

New scams reported from Action Fraud

Action Fraud have received numerous reports from victims who have been contacted by scammers who are cold calling and emailing people claiming to be from Action Fraud and the National Fraud Authority (NFA). The NFA was shut down in 2013.

The fraudsters are cold calling from withheld numbers and contacting victims from actionfraud999@gmail.com. They are trying to scam people in various ways which include:

Action Fraud are in no way affiliated with these scammers and would never under any circumstances request information such as this.

We would only email from contact@actionfraud.police.uk. Please remember it is easy for fraudsters to set up an email address like gmail.com and be aware that scammers can change this at any time.
Additionally the Home Secretary announced the closure of the National Fraud Authority on 2 December 2013.

If you receive a call or email that is suspicious and you want to verify the identity claiming to be from Action Fraud you can call 0300 123 2040 or email contact@actionfraud.police.uk.

7th August 2015

A group of harbour residents met this morning to clean up litter and "dog poo" from the North Harbour Beach under the banner "Not On Our Beach.

The residents spent ninety minutes, cleaning the beach from end-to-end, picking up a considerable amount of material. Many thanks to all who came along to help.

This was a joint event organised  by SHRA, SHCA, SHNP and Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour.  With thanks to Asda and Neighbourhood First Advisors for providing litter pickers, bags and protective gloves.

9th July 2015

Annual Beach Clearance

It’s that’s time of year again when we hold our annual big beach clearance on behalf of the British Marine Conservation Society, this event will take place on the 19th of September from 10-12,  we will cover the Holywell area and beaches East of here. The clear up is part of a national campaign and the information obtained is used as a resource for central government to help allocate protected marine zones and identify areas which may be suffering through environmental issues.

The meeting point will be the Eastbourne Borough Councils van which will be parked at the bottom of the Holywell slope near the public toilets.

Children are welcome under supervision, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, we look forward to seeing you there and questions please don’t hesitate to contact me

Kind regards

Mel
Melanie Bucknell

3rd July 2015

Neighbourhood First Progress Meeting

At the Waterfront this morning, SHNP Chairman, Jan Weeks and Ward Councillor, Ray Blakebrough, met Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood First advisors, Mikka Kitti and Carlie Burns to catch up on current issues and plan future initiatives.

30th June 2015

Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood First June Report

The Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood First team has publish the report on its activities during June.

Download the report > >

26th June 2015

Operation Amiee

Neighbourhood First advisors out in force in Sovereign Harbour targeting irresponsible dog owners

2nd June 2015

Blue Badge Amnesty

Motorists illegally using Blue Badges to park in disabled bays and avoid parking charges are being given the opportunity to hand over permits.

An amnesty for Blue Badges being fraudulently used in East Sussex will take place next month, giving drivers a chance to escape further action.

The amnesty follows a recent crackdown on the illegal use of Blue Badges and is part of Operation Bluebird, a joint initiative between East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Police to tackle the issue.

Anyone fraudulently using a Blue Badge can hand the permit over at a number of locations across East Sussex between Monday, 8th June and Monday, 22nd June. These include libraries, parking shops and county council offices.

More information > >

28th May 2015

Operation Magpie

26th May saw the launch of the Operation Magpie three week Summer Burglary Prevention Campaign, to encourage people to protect their homes from the threat of intruders.

The first week of the campaign will look at highlighting how residents can keep their homes secure during the warmer weather, promoting key messages and a simple security checklist here

The checklist will help people to identify areas where they could make improvements to their home, such as changing the types of lock on doors and windows and ensuring those at ground level are shut when those rooms are not occupied.

People will also be encouraged to register their valuables for free at www.immobilise.com so that if they are stolen, officers can more easily reunite them with their owners.

A number of burglary victims have also agreed to share their stories in the hope that this could prevent other people from being preyed on by thieves. You can read them here

Chris Gee also has just launched a great blog on 'Thinking like a burglar' do take the time to read this click here

Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones said: "We recognise that burglaries have a negative impact on people’s lives which is why we are working hard to tackle the problem and continuing to raise public awareness, encouraging residents to become more security conscious."

"You can have appropriate security in place on your home but leaving a window or door unlocked and valuables on show can potentially create the perfect opportunity for a thief."

"A burglar can be in and out of your home in a matter of minutes. Sometimes it may not be a question of changing the security you have but changing your routine to be more vigilant in ensuring your home is secure."

The second week of the campaign will focus on how officers work with volunteers and other organisations to tackle the problem while the third week will feature a fresh drive to prevent the sale of stolen goods.

27th May 2015

Police Video Scam Warning

21st May 2015

Thieves are targeting your personal data

Harbour residents are warned that there is currently a syndicate operating in Sovereign Harbour with the sole intention of cloning identities and acquiring your money fraudulently.

The system works by initially targeting low security and highly vulnerable apartment mail boxes. They obtain bank and credit card statements, utility bills or similar and then research the individuals in order to obtain further personal information such as dates of birth etc.

They then contact your bank and order a replacement credit or debit card, with the excuse that the original has been lost or stolen. (Please don't think this would be impossible because of security checks; the banks are nowhere as meticulous as you might think).

They then park outside the apartment block (always in a rented car so that they can't be traced), and lay in wait for the postman to deliver the replacement PIN number initially. They often hide in the stair well or similar area (out of sight) until the moment the postman leaves and then target the postbox to get the mail and, of course, will then return on subsequent days to get the card itself in the same way. Most mail boxes aren't that difficult to get into without leavings signs it's been tampered with.

You will be totally unaware you have been targeted, as you are still holding a valid credit/debit card, with no idea a replacement has been ordered without your knowledge. The only indication you may encounter is if a shop declines your card, because unbeknown to you a new one has been issued. There is then that horrid moment when you find substantial funds missing from your bank account.

13th May 2015

"Free" Alarm System

We have been made aware of a cold calling campaign targeted on elderly residents in the local area.

The first thing that happens is that the person gets a phone call from LHS direct (surprisingly similar to NHS direct) telling them that they are eligible for a free alarm system for their home and persuading them to make an appointment for a "surveyor" to call the same day.

Once in their home the "surveyor" uses high pressure selling tactics to persuade the person to sign up. However, the "free" system relates to the equipment and installation only, and is only available if an annual maintenance and monitoring agreement is entered into. Minimum term appears to be five years at a cost or around £5,000. The "surveyor" tells people that it is only a few pounds per day.

Please make your elderly neighbours aware of this campaign and advise them to think very carefully before making an appointment for a survey, and to seek independent advice before entering into a long term maintenance and monitoring contract.

14th April 2015

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13th April 2015

Cars and Motorcycles driving in an anti-social manner
in the locality of the Crumbles Retail Park.

It has been reported that cars and motorcycles are driving at excessive speeds and performing hand brake turns in and around the Crumbles retail car park. Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing team are aware of this and are performing more targeted patrols at this location together with specialist officers from the Roads Policing Department based at Polegate.

On 9th April at approx. 8.15pm two persons riding mopeds at the rear of Asda were stopped by officers. One of the riders received a formal warning under section 59 of the Police Reform Act.  What this means to the person concerned is that if they are found driving in a careless or inconsiderate manner again over the next 12 months and their driving is in a manner which is causing/has been causing, or is likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public then their vehicle can be seized and, if not collected after paying for recovery and storage costs, it will be crushed.


Officers will continue to adopt this response to anti-social driving in this area.

11th April 2015

German language students attacked in Eastbourne

On Wednesday (8 April) at about 8.15pm three German language students were attacked outside the McDonald's restaurant in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, by a group of teenage girls. After being pushed and shoved, one student fell to the floor and was kicked in the head, drink was poured over another and the third was struck on the head. A bystander, a 59-year-old man, who tried to intervene was also assaulted, being pushed to the floor and struck in the face.

The victims were two boys, aged 11 and 16, and a girl aged 14. Three local girls, aged 14, 15 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of assault and have been bailed until 1 May while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Howard Nevill, of Eastbourne police, said: "This was a nasty attack on students visiting the town and we will not tolerate such behaviour. Fortunately incidents like this are rare and no one was seriously hurt. However, I'd like to thank the person who tried to stop the attack.
We urgently need witnesses or anyone else who may have information relating to this incident to come forward."

If you have any information, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1554 of 8/4. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave a name on 0800 555111.

26th March 2015

Sussex Police warn of email-based money laundering scam


Police in Sussex are warning students and other young people about the dangers of getting caught up in money laundering scams when they are making multiple job applications.

Detective Inspector Till Sanderson of the force's Economic Crime Unit said; "We have had two recent instances of young people supposedly being 'employed' by companies in America and then being asked by them to transfer funds placed in their accounts, onward overseas. In both cases the people concerned thought they had been given genuine jobs and have just become suspicious later.

This is a not a new fraud and it is an international issue which is not unique to Sussex. The last such case reported to us was a few years ago so to have two in a week or so is unusual. It is possible that the fraudsters are exploiting the difficult job market."

The incidents were reported by a Chichester man on 18 March and by a 21-year old Worthing woman on 10 March. The man had accepted an apparent on-line job offer purporting to be from a promotions company in Florida, and forwarded on £3,400 to an account in Turkey before his bank became suspicious.

The woman had accepted an on-line 'job' as a data in-putter with a supposed New York City company, and had similarly forwarded on some £1,710 to a Ukraine account before suspicions were aroused.

Police and anti-fraud experts advice great caution over unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money.

Other signs that could indicate you are being targeted by a money mule scam:

If you have already disclosed your bank account details or received money into your account and you think it could be a money mule scam, you should contact your bank immediately.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

24th March 2015

Police have been made aware of a scam which is currently becoming more apparent in the East Sussex area.  The scam involves a card being delivered to an address appearing to be a “missed delivery” card.  It asks the occupant to call a number to re-arrange the delivery of the parcel and claims that a £10 administration fee is payable, however the parcel itself is paid for.  On calling the number they request a credit card number before arranging delivery, with a sum of money being taken.

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Officer of Sovereign Harbour, said “The important thing to remember about this scam, and all scams, is if you are not expecting the call refuse to take it.  You will know if you have bought a parcel over the internet or over the phone, and so if something arrives you are not expecting either ignore it or refuse to accept it.  With this particular scam, they seem to be working to a very old list of residents however.  If you are in any doubt please call us on 101 and ask our advice.”

12th March 2015

Time to move on

I have had a thoroughly amazing time as Eastbourne as District Commander.  However it is time to move on and I will be moving to work in the collaboration work with Surrey Police very shortly, in fact at the end of this week.  So I am sorry for the short notice but as you will appreciate once decisions are made a quick move is often best to avoid treading water.

There will be a short gap before my replacement , Temporary Chief Inspector Emma Brice arrives. Emma has worked in Neighbourhood policing in Brighton, within Professional Standards and comes to Eastbourne having mostly recently been the Chief’s staff officer. You all know Inspector Rachel Barrow and how thoroughly efficient she is.  I have every confidence in her managing the team and policing in the town in the short gap.  Other members of the Command Team will support her in the interim. I will honour a number of key meetings too.

It has been three years that we have worked together and I am immensely grateful for all of your help, support and advice.  I know that you will be as generous with Emma and I thank you in advance for that. Eastbourne is an amazing town with a tremendous sense of community and I am immensely pleased with all that we have achieved. 

Best regards,

Steve Biglands

19th February 2015

Strikes prompt warning from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

The Fire Brigades Union has announced that industrial action will take place from 7.00am on 25th February 2015 until 7.00am on 26th February 2015. This is part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions. Because of this there will be fewer crews on duty and we need your help to reduce the number of emergencies we need to attend. If you discover a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

Pass it on and Stay SAFE

Smoke alarms save lives – fit them properly and test them regularly.

Avoid distractions – whether behind the wheel, out and about or cooking paying attention helps keep you safe .

Family and friends might need help – check in on them and share our advice

Escape routes should be planned and explained to everyone in your home
People are being asked to help spread safety messages ahead of the strike. Posters about fire and road safety can be downloaded and printed to put up in offices, businesses, shops and blocks of flats.

ESFRS is using its Facebook and Twitter accounts to share this information. Please feel free to re-tweet or “like”.

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5th February 2015

29th January 2015

Operation Bluebird

East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Brighton and Hove CC and Sussex Police have just secured joint funding to enable them to fight misuse and fraudulent use of the Blue Badge scheme that causes so many difficulties for genuine users.

The operation, named ‘Bluebird’, will seek to tackle misuse of badges and remove them from circulation and quite possibly prosecute some offenders. In addition to prosecution in a court of law; a further penalty has been considered and agreed between the sponsoring parties, this is called a community resolution order and is intended to educate offenders on the effects of this problem and the consequences of their actions. This will be in the form of a video recorded by our disabled badge holders and how misuse and fraudulent use impacts on them.

The aim of Operation Bluebird is to raise awareness of this crackdown also to inform you of some facts that you may not be aware of.  20% of badges are misused in some way; there are 24,000 badges issued by ESCC and a further 13,000 issued by Brighton, and this misuse costs the tax payer an average of £5,000 per badge as well as this financial impact on the tax payer.  However, the impact it has on disabled people is uppermost and this is where you can assist by giving some examples of this.  Your input is valued and any particular examples of the difficulties that misuse has caused to others would be welcome.

A number of action days will be held across the county this year; badges that are displayed will be closely checked and, with some previous intelligence information already gathered on street, enforcement officers we will seek to remove immediately any badge is clearly being misused.

Two investigation officers are now working across the two areas and they are already working closely with on street officers to gather information on problem areas and will prepare cases for possible prosecution.

If you have any information of misuse or fraudulent misuse of blue badges, you can e-mail the Operation Bluebird team.

15th January 2015

Eastbourne Police warn of increase in phone scams

Eastbourne Police would like to issue a warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, as there is currently an increase of crime in which phone callers posing as police officers or bank staff ask for bank and card details.

There has been a recent rise in this crime across the Sussex Force area, and elsewhere in the country. The fraudsters call the intended victim claiming to be from either the police or a bank. They tell them that their card details have been fraudulently used and that they need to act urgently to protect themselves. They suggest that they hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure that the call is genuine.

Don't be fooled - they stay on the line and pretend to be the police or the bank. They then tell the intended victim to key in or read out their PIN number.

They then send a taxi or courier, who may know nothing about the crime, to collect the bank card. With this and the PIN they will then have full access to spend your money.

Sergeant Gareth Evans said: "Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner. Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited.

"If you have any suspicions, please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank. If possible use another phone to contact the police to report it, or to contact a friend to relative to alert them. Alternatively, wait for at least half-an-hour before trying to ring.

"I would urge anyone reading or hearing this message to pass it on to any friends and relatives who may not be aware of this particular type of targeted fraud, to prevent any vulnerable friends or family members from becoming victims.

"Eastbourne Police want to encourage everyone to continue to resist these callers, so if you have any information, whether you have received similar calls or know someone who has been a victim of this crime, contact Sussex Police via 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Edisto. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Click here for on-line advice on fraud prevention.

If you would like more information for crime prevention of scams, please contact your Local Policing Team who will be able to issue with a Big Book of Scams booklet.

19th December 2014

Don't Be A Grinch This Christmas

Police across all five East Sussex districts are targeting Christmas criminals as the run up up to the festive season enters its last week.  Christmas is a time where the shops are very busy, but it is also a time that sees an increase in retail thefts.

Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother and Wealden policing districts are conducting Operation Grinch, targeting retail offenders. The Sussex Police operation aims to tackle shoplifting by providing greater police presence over the Christmas and New Year period, both through high visibility and covert patrols, offering reassurance to businesses and communities and sending out a strong message to would be thieves.

Through high-visibility patrols, police aim to identify and target offenders by various means, including uniformed and plain clothes patrols, utilising the Shopwatch radio system and CCTV and working in partnership with shops and licensed premises.

Sussex Police will also be working closely with the British Transport Police and revenue protection officers on the rail networks specifically to focus on potential shoplifters who may be travelling between towns.

Shoppers should also be mindful to their own security too, as purse and bag thefts tend to increase as the shops get more crowded and opportunist thieves strike. By taking some simple crime prevention measures, people can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of theft:

Sergeant Sarah Porter of Bexhill neighbourhood policing team said: "Don't be a Grinch and steal someone's Christmas, we'll catch you!  "We continue to support our local business across the district and will proactively support them where possible, If anyone is planning to visit our local towns to commit crime then think again. Offenders caught stealing can expect to be dealt with robustly."

15th December 2014

Operation Tinsel

Christmas shoppers across Sussex are being warned to keep an eye on their valuables as shopping centres and streets become busier with just over a week to go.

Operation Tinsel aims to reduce incidents of theft, anti-social behaviour and to reduce the fear of crime. Leading up to the festive season there tends to be an increase in retail thefts.

Purse thefts tend to increase around this time of year as the shops get more crowded in the busy pre-Christmas period and there is often an increase in this type of crime. By taking some simple crime prevention measures, people can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of theft:

6th December 2014

Eastbourne resident, Sgt Julian Williams, has joined the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team as the Sergeant for the the Eastbourne East Team, which is responsible for Sovereign Harbour.  We welcome him to his new post and look forward to working with him.

Sgt Ed Ripley, who was responsible for Sovereign Harbour for over five years has now taken over responsibility for the Town Centre team from Sgt Williams.  We thank Ed for all the help he has given to this Neighbourhood Panel and wish him well in his new post.

4th December 2014

District Commander's December Message

Seasons greetings to you all; I hope you all have an excellent festive season.

There are a number of key messages regarding crime at this time and an invitation to meet with our Crime and Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

This is traditionally a burglary risk time for Eastbourne by which I mean we often see an increase in burglaries in the run up to Christmas. This is a particularly distressing event as thieves will often target Christmas gifts. So let’s not give them the chance: don’t leave presents on display, vary curtain closures and use lights on timers so that your house is never obviously empty. Burglar alarms and a dog are very effective too. Finally, please do ensure to lock doors and windows even if you are inside.

Read the complete message > >

3rd December 2014

Eastbourne students take a stand against domestic abuse

Students took a stand for White Ribbon Day, part of the ongoing anti-domestic abuse campaign, at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne

Sergeant Fiona Munro said; "Thank you to all the students and staff who supported White Ribbon Day on the 25 November. Many pledged their support to not remain silent about domestic violence by completing a pledge card and by discussing issues that affect them and their peers.

"We would encourage everyone - no matter what your gender - to show your support and wear a white ribbon. Any act of violence is wrong, and should never be condoned or seen as acceptable. No one should have to live in fear of violent abuse."

Students are now organising a concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, on 10 February in aid of the White Ribbon campaign. Ticket are £5 for the general public and £3 for students.
 
Surrey and Sussex Police also launched a further domestic abuse awareness campaign on 25th November.

Further details > >

3rd December 2014

Fire Brigade Union Strike 9th-10th December

A 24 hour long Fire Brigade Union strike is taking place from 9am on 9th December 2014 until 9am on 10th December 2014 in the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will continue to provide an emergency response during this time but the number of crews on duty is reduced. We are launching a campaign to encourage people to do all they can to keep themselves safe.

Download the Stay Safe Campaign update > >

3rd December 2014

Join the Sussex Youth Commission
and have your say on policing and crime

Recruitment has now opened for 14-25 year olds from Sussex who have an interest in joining the Sussex Youth Commission (SYC) in 2015-16.

Building on the success of the 2014 pilot project, the PCC in partnership with the SHM Foundation, wants to give up to 30 young people from across the county an opportunity to have a voice on policing and crime.

Commenting on the recruitment launch, Mrs Bourne said: “I am delighted that I am able to offer another group of young people a unique opportunity to get involved in the issues that matter most to them.

“The SYC enables young people to become part of the solution to tackling crime in their area, rather than being seen as part of the problem. I would encourage as many young people as possible to apply.”

Chiz, Nwaosu, 21, a member of the Sussex Youth Commission said: “I got involved with the Youth Commission as I felt it was a good platform for young people to voice their opinions about policing, which is an issue that can affect their lives. I really enjoyed the experience, especially meeting a wide range of people and getting a behind the scenes look at police work.

Rose Dowling, Director of Learning and Citizenship, SHM Foundation said:”This is an excellent opportunity for young people to develop their skills and gain hands-on experience working on a project which will make a real difference. We are proactively seeking applications from young people with a wide range of life experiences, as we want the Youth Commission to reflect a really diverse range of perspectives.”

Find out more about the Youth Commission and becoming a member > >

26th November 2014

Urgent police warning about phone call fraudsters

As the festive seasons approaches, Eastbourne Police are issuing an urgent warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a current wave of crime in which phone callers posing as police officers or bank staff ask for bank and card details.
  
There has been a recent rise in this crime across the Sussex Force area, and elsewhere in the country.  The fraudsters call the intended victim claiming to be from either the Police or a Bank. They tell them that their card details have been fraudulently used and that they need to act urgently to protect themselves. They suggest that they hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure that the call is genuine.
 
Don't be fooled - they stay on the line and pretend to be the police or the bank. They then tell the intended victim to key in or read out their PIN number.

They will then send a taxi or courier, who may know nothing about the crime, to collect the bank card. With this and the PIN they will then have full access to spend your money.

Sergeant Gareth Evans said: "Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner.  Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited. If you have any suspicions please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank. If possible use another phone to contact the police to report it, or to contact a friend to relative to alert them.”

We urge anyone reading or hearing this message to pass it on to any friends and relatives who may not be aware of this particular type of targeted fraud, to prevent any vulnerable friends or family members from becoming victims.
 
Eastbourne Police want to encourage everyone to continue to resist these callers, so if you have any information, whether you have received similar calls or know someone who has been a victim of this crime, contact Sussex Police via 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Edisto. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
 
On-line advice on fraud prevention > >
 
The "Little Book Of Big Scams" > >

21st November 2014

The Community Trigger

The Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership, which includes the police, the council and registered housing providers, works together to tackle anti-social behaviour and hate incidents.

If you believe that action has not been taken to tackle anti-social behaviour or hate incidents you have reported, you can use the Community Trigger process to ask agencies to review their response.

More information > >

20th November 2014

Eastbourne Police are looking for some artwork to brighten up the walls of the New Hammonds Drive base.  Two competitions are open, one for four to fifteen year olds and another for those over sixteen. 

All you need to do is take a photograph or draw or paint a picture on the theme "Eastbourne Police in Your Community" and follow the instructions below.

Full instructions > >

18th November 2014

Street Meeting at the Waterfront

Members of Neighbourhood First and the Eastbourne East neighbourhood Policing Team joined members of the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel at the Waterfront this afternoon to answer questions from residents.

18th November 2014

Sussex Police is being redesigned for the future.

The force has revealed its initial thinking for policing in Sussex for the coming five years.

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, who is leading the change, said: "The model for the future will help Sussex Police adapt to meet the changing issues of modern policing."

"It gives us the opportunity to explore new ways of working so that it can deliver policing more efficiently, reduce cost, engage with the public in the best way and continue to support and promote partnership working wherever possible."

Read complete Press Release > >

16th November 2014

Police received a call at approximately 11:40hrs on Saturday to report a number of people, getting off of a boat in the Sovereign Harbour locks, who were suspected to be illegally entering the country; a number of Police units attended.  Police conducted a thorough investigation and search of the local area which resulted in a number of people being arrested after attempting to disembark a vessel.  Police are working closely with the UK Border Agency, HM Coastguard, and Premier Marinas on the ongoing investigation.

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Officer for the Harbour said: “Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to again praise the quick response of the Harbour Master and his team, alongside local residents for alerting us to this incident."

"We are very mindful that the Harbour is a point of entry into the UK and have worked hard previously to build intelligence on any suspicious activity focused on the harbour.  All persons are accounted for but our investigations will continue.  We are committed to working alongside berth holders, harbour authorities, residents and businesses to keep the harbour safe.  Anyone with information that may be useful to our endeavours is urged to contact us.”

The incident was recorded on video by a Piazza resident and posted on Facebook.

13th November 2014

First of South East's most wanted burglary suspects arrested

Max Nevin, 22, was arrested in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, after his name and photograph were published by Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley Police as part of the hunt for a number of men who they believe could be responsible for dozens of break-ins across the region.

A three-week burglary campaign is currently being run across the region - the first time the four forces have worked together to tackle the issue.
Nevin, of no fixed address, was arrested at 10pm on Tuesday (11th November) at Robertsbridge railway station after calling police to tell them where he was.

He has now been charged with conspiracy to burgle a home in Witherenden Hill, Burwash Common, assaulting a police officer and failing to answer bail.  He has been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday (13th November).

Read More > >

8th November 2014

Reward of more than £10,000 put up to catch group of burglars

Rewards worth up to £10,500 have been put up to help find a group of burglars who have broken into almost 100 homes across the south east.

Detectives are now linking offences from across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Kent, Surrey and London to one group of offenders but need the public's help to identify those responsible.  A total of 34 homes in West Sussex, 10 in East Sussex, seven in Brighton and Hove, 35 in Kent, 8 in Surrey and two in London are thought to have been burgled by the group.

Sussex Police, Kent Police and Surrey Police have now each contributed £2,500 to a reward to help catch the offenders - a total of £7,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Independent from the police, the charity Crimestoppers is offering its own reward of up to £3,000 for information that is passed anonymously through the organisation's 0800 555111 number that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for these crimes.

Read more > >

4th November 2014

Operation Magpie anti burglary campaign – week 2

Remember, remember this Fifth of November...to make sure your home is secure against burglars. The run up to bonfire and fireworks season leads to a jump in burglaries - with more happening in Sussex on 5 November than any other day of the year.

Bonfire Night kicks off a five-day break-in spree for criminals in the county, with statistics from the last five years revealing there are more burglaries in that period than at any other time of the year.

Read the complete article > >

1st November 2014

Sussex Police Precept Consultation – please have your say

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has a statutory obligation to set the police precept - the amount Sussex residents pay for policing in their Council Tax.

She needs to consider the case to secure additional funding for policing in Sussex next year and would welcome your views on whether or not she should seek a precept increase in 2015/16.

Click here to complete the online consultation survey. Please have your say.

30th October 2014

Building equipment and tools stolen from building site in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary at the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Mall building site, at the entrance to the Eastbourne North Harbour, between 9.00pm on Friday 25th October and 8.00am on Monday 27 October.

A number of items were stolen including a laptop, surveying equipment, tools and an RNLI charity box emptied.

PC Ed Faulkner said “This has impacted on the business severely as several high value items have been taken and it is essential that we catch these offenders. Please get in contact with us if you saw anything or have any information which could help with our investigation."

Any witness or anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 138 of 27/10. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

30th October 2014

Burglars mess with your head not just your home

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect your family long after the mess is cleared up and the insurance paperwork is done. Prevent a burglar messing with your head as well as your home by taking simple crime prevention measures.

Click here for more information.

29th October 2014

Safe in East Sussex

The "safer East Sussex" Team October newsletter is now available to download.  The focus for this issue is road safety. 

Issues Covered are:

Click here to download the newsletter

28th October 2014

Strikes prompt warning from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

The Fire Brigades Union has announced that strikes will take place from 6pm on 31st October 2014 until 6pm on 4th November 2014. This is part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions. Because of this there will be fewer crews on duty and we need your help to reduce the number of emergencies we need to attend. If you discover a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

Fireworks

Bonfires

Stay Safe Campaign

Find safety advice at ESFRS website, on Facebook or Twitter

ESFRS also has a series of online safety checklists on all sorts of topics and for all sorts of people including:

23rd October 2014

What are the Rules Relating to Fireworks

As fireworks are now on sale in shops and supermarkets, we would like to remind you of the rules relating to fireworks.

It is an offence to:

There is a curfew on the use of adult fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on:

Fireworks can be used between 7am and 11pm but you could also commit offences if you were to use them in such a manner as to cause a nuisance.

For specific information and advice about Lewes Bonfire please visit the Lewes Bonfire Council website. Informative advice on keeping yourself safe on Bonfire Night (and when using fireworks and sparklers) can be found on the Bonfire Night safety website

22nd October 2014

Door-to-door Scams

As we know many legitimate businesses and organisations sell products door-to-door, and gas, electricity and water companies will also visit to read meters.  However, scammers also do the same action to gain entry to your home to steal, or to part you from your money by posing as charities in order to collect donations.

In order not to become a victim of crime, follow the tips below;

REMEMBER - If someone knocks at your door, always examine and check their identification.

CAUTION - Never let anyone in your house unless they are someone you know and trust.

THINK - Do not immediately agree to any offer involving a significant amount of money, time or commitment.  Seek advice first.

INVESTIGATE - If you are interested in what the door-to-door person is offering, take time to find out about their business and their offer.  Shop around to make sure you are getting a good deal.  Confirm with charities of they are collecting in your area.

21st October 2014

Police issue Hallowe'en Posters

With Hallowe'en nearly upon us, Sussex Police have issued posters for residents to put in their windows.

Click on the image above to download the posters, print off the one which matches your preference, and display it clearly on the night.

If your children are out and about, please encourage them to look out for the posters and to respect residents' wishes.

21st October 2014

CSP October Newsletter

The Eastbourne Crime and Safety Partnership has published its October 2014 Newsletter.

There's lots of news and advice to keep you and you hard earned cash safe from criminals.

Download the complete newsletter > >

20th October 2014

20th October 2014

Tackling the issue of cycling on pavements, Eastbourne

On Monday 13 October Eastbourne Borough Council's Neighbourhood First and town centre Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) worked together to tackle the issue of cycling on pavements and pedestrian areas in Terminus Road, Eastbourne.

Cycling on footpaths has become a contentious issue in Eastbourne, and Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 makes it an offence to "wilfully ride a pedal cycle on a footpath made for the accommodation of foot passengers." Anyone caught doing so risks a fixed penalty of £50

Terminus Road is a particularly busy area and there is little room for bicycles to be ridden there.  PCSO Zoe Ayres said: "We are trying to educate people rather than use enforcement, although penalty tickets were issued.  Some 15 people were spoken to about cycling in the pedestrian area and advised to ride on the road for pedestrian safety.  I would like to ask all cyclists to be mindful of where and how they cycle, and not to ride on pavements unless there is a dedicated cycle path."

Similar events are being planned for other parts of Eastbourne. If you would like to speak to your local officer concerning issues that surround this topic, please visit: www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/your-local-district/eastbourne 

13th October 2014

Police investigate series of vehicle thefts in Eastbourne

Police are investigating a series of thefts from unattended vehicles in the Langney Point area of Eastbourne.

A 15-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons has been arrested on suspicion of theft.

PC Dan Cloake, Operations Co-ordinator for Eastbourne District, said: "Our Neighbourhood Policing Team is investigating numerous thefts from vehicles as part of an ongoing enforcement operation (Operation Sandy).

"Following an arrest, further information has come to light to suggest that several people who have been victims of this type of crime have not reported it to police."

"We are keen to hear from anyone who has been a victim of car crime, and specifically anyone who has had their vehicles tampered with or stolen from in the Langney Point area of the town between the middle and end of September."

Sussex Police continue to remind motorists of the importance of checking their vehicles are left secure when unattended to help prevent these opportunistic crimes.

People living in the Langney Point area who believe that they may have been victim of car crime over the specified period are asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1090 of 8/10.

7th October 2014

Watch Sussex Police live in action

Have you ever wondered what it's like to examine a crime scene? Respond to a 999 call? Investigate a murder?

If so then this Friday (10 October) is your opportunity to watch live as Sussex Police opens its doors to a variety of policing departments across the county. From 9am live footage will be streamed on the Sussex Police website for 24 hours of real life policing as it happens.

In the morning Chief Constable Giles York will introduce the next 24 hours alongside Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne's Youth Commissioners. We will then go behind the scenes at our police training facility Kingstanding where college students will get the opportunity to solve a crime.

Throughout the rest of the day viewers will get to see how our Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) work, join Neighbourhood Policing Teams advising on crime prevention and tackling anti-social behaviour, see Neighbourhood Response Teams attend 999 incidents, watch our canine crime fighters at work and follow traffic cops as they work to make our roads safer.

Read more > >

3rd October 2014

Operation Aimee Comes to the Waterfront

On the morning of 3rd October, members of the Neighbourhood First Team, supported by members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel and Sovereign Ward Councillors, Jenkins and Ede, came to the Waterfront for an "Operation Aimee" event.

The objective of Operation Aimee is to to explain to dog owners the devastating effects of Toxocariasis, an infection spread by dog mess, and the importance of "picking-up".

3rd October 2014

Thefts from Vehicles

In the last week we have seen a large increase in the number of thefts from vehicles.  These have centred around Langney Point and the Shinewater areas.  Thankfully we have arrested 2 people believed responsible, and a number of stolen items have been recovered. 

However what it alarming is that a number of vehicles were left unlocked overnight, with items such as mobile phones, satellite navigation systems, money, and MP3 players inside.  The thieves didn’t even have to break in, simply open up the drivers door and take their pick.  This is a good time to remind everyone of keeping their vehicle secure as well as removing any items inside that are of value or may be attractive to criminals. 

PC Ed Faulkner said “We are very pleased to say we have charged two people with a number of car crime offences, however everyone has a responsibility to take care of their own property.  Car crime is invasive, however unattended cars are an easy target for thieves.  Leaving nothing on show will always make the thief think twice, and walk on.  When you get out of your car at the end of your journey, remember to leave it empty.”

2nd October 2014

“Don’t Park Here” Campaign launched in Eastbourne

The 'Don't Park Here" Campaign, launched in Cambridgeshire earlier in the year, is now launched in Eastbourne. The campaign seeks to improve the safety of school pick-up and drop-off times, by educating parents and guardians to park safely.

In the next few weeks Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team and NSL (parking enforcement agency) will be in attendance at a number of schools in Eastbourne, talking to drivers about safer parking and where necessary issuing penalty tickets to those drivers contravening road traffic laws and legislation.  PC Ted Anderson, Schools Liaison Officer, says "Parking illegally or inconsiderately not only creates road safety issues, including danger to our children crossing roads, but also causes inconvenience to local residents and undermines the school's efforts to be a good neighbour".  

At the present time, Eastbourne Police have sent out 400 letters to pupils homes and more than 20 drivers have been spoken to in regards to safer parking outside West Rise School.  The Don’t Park Here campaign has been well received by parents, guardians and neighbours within the local area.

22nd September 2014

A message from  the District Commander

The busiest day at Airbourne ever Saturday 16th August 2014! What a great event and what a great crowd. Love it or hate it, because of the crowds you must acknowledge that it is a huge draw and a boost to the town’s economy. We have just held a debrief for the event and the partnership will be working harder than ever next year to minimise the impact on traffic in the town by working to provide more real time traffic information.

The Arson investigation into the Pier fire continues and at this time our thoughts continue to be with the family, friends and colleagues of Stephen Penrice the workman who fell to his death whilst working on the pier, his death is the subject of a joint Police/ Health and Safety Executive investigation.  The Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund has so far raised £6,352.50, if you would like to donate to help the Eastbourne Pier Businesses to survive please click here.

In terms of crime risk we have seen an increase in commercial burglaries and shed break offences. We are doing extra patrols in the town centre as we are aware that businesses are being targeted. We have made arrests, many people are on bail, and we are continuing to work hard to reduce the crime risk.

Separately at Hampden Park we have seen a small rise in offences too.  Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves. In two out of ten burglaries no force is used, they simply enter through an open door or window. It is very difficult to make your house totally burglar-proof, but you can defeat most burglars.

The enemy of the burglar is noise and time. Burglars can be put off if your security measures mean that the burglars have to take a lot of time, or make a lot of noise.

We did have an overnight crime spree at the Tutt's Barn/Gorringe Road allotments. There were 23 offences, if you can help us with information regarding this enquiry (or any other) please call us on 101 or via Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

It is a long time since we have seen graffiti in the town on the evening of August 26, many cars in Hazelwood Avenue were damaged and covered in graffiti that contained offensive language. Bus stops have also been damaged and covered in white paint in the area.  Anyone with information or saw anything suspicious is the area is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 191 of 27/8.

I mentioned in a previous note that We are working as a partnership to obtain White Ribbon status as a town as part of our campaign to end violence against women. As the autumn comes you will see a number of events around the town in this regard and I would urge you to support them please.

After all that information and advice, it is important to highlight that Eastbourne is actually a low crime area and the purpose of giving you this information is to keep is that so between us we can keep it that way.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands

16th September 2014

Free Bike Marking 20th September 2014

Sussex Police will be hosting free bike marking events at Regency Park where officers will be on hand to mark, register and offer advice as to how to secure your bicycle.

Marking will be free of charge and will require an email address and proof of identity to complete the registration. Each bicycle will have a unique marking so that officers, shops and potential purchasers of second-hand bicycles will be able to check within minutes if it is stolen or in the wrong hands.

Officers will be at the emergency access end of Wakehurst Road from 10:00 -14:30 on Saturday 20th September and look forward to meeting you. 

12th September 2014

Microsoft Phone Scam

Eastbourne Police have been contacted by individuals in regards to a Microsoft Windows telephone fraud scam, that many within the Eastbourne community have received. 

The layout of the phone call is as follows;

Many of the reports have said that the individual offers a verification telephone number:   0203-051-6831

If you have received this fraud phone call, please remember that you have not been targeted personally.  Scam letters, emails, telephone calls and faxes are sent out in their thousands daily to individuals and companies worldwide.

If you have been a victim of fraud or are contacted with this scam, please report it online or by phone to Action Fraud.

Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud reporting centre and the place for you to report fraud and scams, or to get advice if you're not sure what to do.

You can report fraud:

Using the online reporting form at Action Fraud online

By phone on:l 0300-123-2040

You'll be given a crime reference number and your case will be referred on to the police force that investigates fraud.

Action Fraud is available 24 hours a day.

4th September 2014

What can you do to protect your car?

There has been a spate of thefts from motor vehicles in the Shinewater area of Eastbourne over the last few days.  

Care owners are asked to ensure:

Vehicles are locked and secure when unattended.

And, remember the three "C"s.

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.

9th August 2014

Scam Mail and Scam Calls

Operation Signature is the force scam mail campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of postal scam within Sussex.

Criminals worldwide are sending millions of scam letters into the UK, targeting elderly, vulnerable members of our communities. An estimated 3.5 billion pounds was sent out of the UK in response to scams last year alone. At present very little is being done to identify and support these victims - Operation Signature is Sussex Police's response to this.

For many vulnerable people, the bombardment of scam mail results in fear, severe financial difficulties and ultimately a decline in both physical and mental health. Chronic victims of scam mail are hounded by numerous criminal organisations - after replying to the first 'tempter' letter, victim's names and addresses are put on a target list - these lists are then sold to other criminals all over the world.

The key signs of scam mail victims are:

If you recognise these signs and have concerns about anyone you know, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

7th August 2014

District Commander's August Message

It is still only days after the fire at the pier; driving past it every day, I like you, have a mixture of emotions. I am proud to have served and helped to ensure that no persons were hurt in the fire or the aftermath. As it happens I was on mobile patrol in the town on my pedal cycle when the call came in, I am proud to have led the police response to the fire at our beloved pier and worked with the brave fire-fighters who saved the day. I am deeply saddened to think that this may have been a deliberate act, but I am grateful and heartened by the scale of the assistance from the public with the ongoing arson investigation.

I am proud of the response of the community in general and the determination to return to business as usual as quickly as possible, with the minimum of fuss. I have been involved in meetings with the pier owners, colleagues at the Borough Council, politicians and the Chamber of Commerce, there is a simple message on the lips of all, “The pier will be back and Eastbourne is open for business”. I would not be surprised given the human fascination with the macabre if it transpires that the bones of the Arcade draw more visitors than usual, not less. What is clear is that on a global scale the events at the pier have put Eastbourne firmly in the limelight.

You will have read that earlier in the month, four year old Aaliyah Raj was run over by a pedal cycle just east of the pier and suffered severe bruising. The young man who was arrested and has been dealt with by way of a community resolution has now visited Aaliyah and her family and apologised. The fact that he did so with several gifts under his arm is a credit to him and hopefully will help Aaliyah and her family now move on from this distressing incident. In another example of the sterling community spirit that exists in Eastbourne I hope you also heard that Eastbourne Cycling Club rallied round and presented Aaliyah with a brand new bike during Eastbourne Extreme weekend.

The summer continues and we are less than two weeks from Airbourne. There are specific crime risks around the town that I want to make you aware of.  Burglaries are not on the rise, but the advice to safeguard your properties during the summertime is timely. Residents are being urged to join the battle against burglars by logging their valuables on a national website. Immobilise is the world's largest property register and allows police and the public to work together to make stolen items too hot to handle.

Residents can enter the details of their possessions on the free website and report when they have been stolen. Police officers not just in Sussex but around the UK can then check the details of items that they find or seize against the database. By confirming that the seized items had been stolen, officers can then look to prosecute whoever they were seized from for burglary or handling stolen goods - and can return the valuables to their rightful owners. Sussex Police is encouraging residents to use Immobilise as part of Operation Magpie, the force's crackdown on burglary across the county. 

The same advice applies to cars, please make sure you close the windows and lock then before you leave them. We do have a specific group of young people in the town who are stealing to finance their drug habits, I am pleased to report one of those who had been given us the run around for a few days was captured last night by a colleague from the tutor unit—good work. This links to the work that I spoke of last month regarding legal highs. We are continuing to work to remove from sale dangerous products and I am grateful to partners in business and the press for their assistance with this.

The policing of the street community has received some press coverage recently .We are working hard with the Neighbourhood First Team from the Borough Council to minimise the impact of the street drinkers. We have been working hard since January to try and get the street drinking community to engage with services to reduce their impact on the town. This has worked with some individuals but not with all. We are deploying extra resources to deal with those who are now causing so much antisocial behaviour.

We continue to target the issue of anti social behaviour across Eastbourne with dedicated patrols from 6pm until midnight every Friday and Saturday with Operation Blitz.  If you would like to sign up to receive our Op Blitz mobile number so that you can report any ASB related issues directly to this patrol between these times please contact your local PCSO.

I also want to take this opportunity to make you aware of a free service that allows us to contact you with regular messages to tell you what's happening in your local area. By signing up to community messaging you will receive messages and alerts by email. If you also provide your mobile number we may use this to text you in an emergency. Information from the public is a major help in the fight against crime. We need your help to make Eastbourne a safer place in which to live and work. By taking a few moments to fill out a simple form, you become more informed about what's happening in your community and you can help to drive down crime. Please speak with your local PCSO if you would like to take advantage of this service. You can also sign up online.

Finally, there is still much to look forward to in August and I hope to see you at some of the many events that we will be attending over the next few weeks.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands

29th July 2014

Tackling burglary in Sussex - register your property today

Operation Magpie is our shared ambition to make Sussex a ‘no go’ area for burglars.  Our officers, staff and volunteers are working with our partners to make it impossible for burglars to operate in the county and now we are asking for your help.

When our officers respond to reports of burglary, they often cannot get enough detailed information about the items which have been stolen – without old boxes for electrical items or photographs of jewellery for example it can be very difficult to accurately identify what has been taken.

Better information not only helps us to get a better picture of where burglaries may be part of a series, it also greatly increases the chances of us being able to reunite stolen property with its rightful owner.

Immobilise.com is a free website where you can register the details of your property. The site isn’t just for mobiles and electrical items with serial numbers; you can register absolutely anything using a photo and description.  It is totally secure and is recommended by police forces around the UK.

Police officers access the system when they deal with lost property or items which are believed to have been stolen.  If property is registered on the site then we can identify who the lawful owner is.

If your house is burgled or if you are a victim of theft, then you will have a greater chance of being reunited with your property. Registering helps us to catch burglars and people who trade in stolen goods – giving us the evidence we need to prove that property is stolen.

25 million people use immobilise and, every week through the site, hundreds of people are reunited with their lost or stolen property.

Please help us to promote Operation Magpie and tackle burglary in Sussex by taking a few minutes to register your property on immobilise today: www.immobilise.com

To see how you can help, please watch  the video below.

29th July 2014

Crime Prevention Advice for Handbags and Wallets

There has been an increase of mobile phones, purses being taken from bags, which are open, or have been left on a chair on in a shopping trolley. Please follow the advice below to avoid becoming a victim of crime;

29th July 2014

Anti-social behaviour survey

This week, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne launched a public consultation inviting residents to have their say on how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) are dealt with.

A recent poll on her website showed that anti-social behaviour is a big concern for local people, with littering, drug and alcohol misuse, and inconsiderate driving and parking topping the list of issues local people are experiencing most often.

Community remedy, which forms part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014), is designed to introduce simpler and more effective powers for tackling lower level crimes. It is also designed to provide victims, should they want it, a say in how an offender will make amends for the matter if the crime warrants an out of court settlement.

From October this year victims of crime will be able to choose from a list of options and police officers will be responsible for ensuring the reparation is administered. This may include compensation for damage caused or repairing the damage themselves, such as removing graffiti.

Mrs Bourne is seeking your opinions on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of our local communities.

The survey can be completed online.

Printed copies of the survey are being distributed at a number of events around the county and can also be requested from the Office of the PCC by calling 01273 481561 or in writing to: Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2FZ.

The consultation will close at midnight on 30th September.

26th July 2014

RingGo Cashless Parking – How it Works

RingGo allows you to pay for your parking without having to visit a parking meter - you just need a mobile phone and payment card.

You can register for RingGo either on the Internet at www.MyRingGo.co.uk, on a smart phone, or during your first RingGo call.

More information > >

25th July 2014

Report online terrorist material

You can now report online any illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. It only takes about three minutes and your report will be treated anonymously.

Terrorist material could include:

Visit the "Report Terrorism" website > >

24th July 2014

Responsible Dog Ownership

The Neighbourhood First team is working hard to reduce dog fouling across Eastbourne. The team has put together an update on its responsible dog ownership work.

Download the update > >

23rd July 2014

CSP July Newsletter

The Eastbourne Crime and Safety Partnership has published its July 2014 Newsletter.

There's lots of news and advice to keep you and you hard earned cash safe from criminals.

Download the complete newsletter > >

22nd July 2014

Summer Burglary Prevention Tips

We have received seven burglary reports from the weekend in regards to peoples homes and out buildings, within the Town Centre, Saffrons and The Hydneye areas of Eastbourne.  To avoid becoming a victim of crime, please follow the summer crime prevention tips below:

22nd July 2014

Don't be a victim of crime - lock all garages and sheds at all times.

There have been many reports about garages being broken into around the Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees area of Eastbourne. In order for you to avoid being a victim make sure your garages and sheds are secured at all times. Even when you are in the house or garden - an opportunist can be away with your property in a very short time.

Garage and shed alarms are widely available and not expensive and can be an excellent deterrent to thieves. If you are using a padlock, ensure it is a close shackle padlock and be sure to fix the hasp and staple with coach bolts to prevent them being levered off. Also chain items together and ideally to a fixed anchor point. You should also consider installing a lockable steel cabinet within the garden/shed to store valuable tools in.

Ensure that all your property is marked with your postcode and house number. This can be done clearly with a permanent marker pen or with some paint and also additionally use an invisible UV marker pen. Make a note of all serial numbers of tools, bicycles etc. and consider using www.immobilise.com to record your property.

If you would like further crime prevention information and assistance with property marking, please contact your local PCSO by visiting the Sussex Police website

Anyone with information should call 101, e-mail Sussex Police, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

21st July 2014

Bike Security Advice

There have been 15 pedal cycle thefts in Eastbourne within the last three months. To help you avoid being a victim of crime, Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team offer a free service to security mark your bike. Please speak to your local Officers for more details, click on this link or call 101.

To help protect your bike from thieves please follow the crime prevention advice below:

Specialist marking and tagging kits, meeting the British Standard for property marking, are available and, with visible warning stickers, can be a deterrent to thieves. These are widely available from cycle retailers.

Register your bike at www.immobilise.com. All you need is your bicycle model, make and frame number. Once you have registered your bike, you will have a better chance of getting it back if it is lost or stolen.

20th July 2014

Stronger Neighbourhoods reduce your chances of being burgled‏

The risk of becoming a victim of burglary is low, however during the summer that risk can increase because doors and windows left open make it easier for burglars to gain access.

Being part of the community and being neighbourly has proven to reduce the chance of being burgled, with stronger neighbourhoods helping to reduce crime overall. The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) for England and Wales states that by simply looking out for neighbours, reporting anything suspicious and adopting a few simple changes, helps to reduce the chance of being burgled. However, the advice from NHWN is that is always more which can be done and without new members and more communities looking out for each other, crime could start to increase.

Jim Maddan, Chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network said:  “Studies show that Neighbourhood and Home Watch schemes have a positive impact, typically reducing crime in neighbourhoods by around 16 – 26%, which is why it's vital society works together to continue to bring crime rates down. As we celebrate 50 years of Neighbourhood Watch, we’ve made the bold decision to rejuvenate our brand, changing our iconic logo for a limited edition logo by enlisting the help of comparethemarket.com’s popular meerkats to widen our appeal and ultimately drive down crime by bringing communities together.”

The Network has also been working with the Master Locksmith Association, Secured by Design and their Primary Security Sponsor Avocet Hardware, manufacture of the ABS high security door locks, in raising the awareness of the standards of locks and other security products.

For more information, please visit www.ourwatch.org.uk

17th July 2014

Sussex Police People 24 Hours Live - 10th to 11th October 2014

As part of Sussex Police People ‘24 Hours Live’ the Force is launching a competition offering eight Sussex residents that chance to be a presenter during our live broadcast.

The lucky winners will have the chance to present a broadcast streamed live from the Sussex Police website, spending part of a shift with one of a range of different policing teams. They could be going out on patrol with our neighbourhood response officers, finding out about how we do forensic examinations or taking to the beat with a local PCSO.

To enter all applicants need to do is show us their interviewing skills in a short two minute video. They can interview anyone they like, a colleague, local celebrity or even their pet dog. The live broadcast will run from 9am on 10 October until 9am on the 11 October 2014.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and opens today (17 July). Unfortunately we cannot accept entries from Sussex Police employees but we do welcome you to share details of the competition with your friends and family. The competition closing date is Friday 15 August and winners will be announced on Friday 29 August.

More information > >

15th July 2014

"Legal Highs"

Inspector Rachel Barrow talks to Eastbourne Herald journalist, Annemarie Field on the subject of "Legal Highs"

Click here to listen to the conversation.

11th July 2014

Distraction Burglars

Please be aware that on Monday 7th July, a vulnerable 85 year old woman was targeted by two males who tricked her into gaining access to her property in the Old Town area of Eastbourne. 

The first male knocked on the door and asked her for paper to write a note for a neighbour who he said he had called on.  The lady let him in and while talking to him in the kitchen heard a noise and saw the front door was open.  She then saw a second male attempting to hide at the rear of the lounge. 

Both males then made excuses and left.  The victim then noticed that her safe had been placed inside a cardboard box in her bedroom.  Investigations showed that no property was taken.  Both suspects left the scene in a silver Vauxhall Astra. 

The first male is described as white, late forties early fifties, stocky build, 5 feet 6 inches and had short dark hair and was wearing a black and white horizontal jumper and grey trousers.  The second male was white, late thirties, had short cropped dark blonde hair, stocky build, 5 feet 5 inches, and was wearing a yellow polo shirt and light coloured jeans.

If anyone has any information in relation to this incident, please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 0966 of 07 July.

If you have any vulnerable friends or relatives please ensure they are made aware of the crime prevention advice from our website to combat bogus callers.

10th July 2014

New Telephone Scam

Sussex Police are reminding all residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a new type of scam that has been reported in the West Sussex area.

If you or any of your relatives or friends are (or have been) telephoned by the Ministry of Justice and told you qualify for a refund on payment protection insurance (PPI) this will be a scam. The scammer will ask that in order for your claim to be processed you have to pay a percentage of your payout up front and that this should be in the form of UKASH vouchers. They then send a courier to attend the home address of the victim and collect the vouchers or access the code for these vouchers in order to claim the money. These scammers may call you on more than on one occasion and be persuasive or persistent in their calls. They may also suggest you call them back in order to 'prove' their identification. Please do not be taken in by these tactics.

To date there have been three reports of this particular scam; in Bognor, Littlehampton and Midhurst. If you have received a call of this nature or know anyone who has, please contact Sussex Police on 101 and report it to action fraud. In an emergency always dial 999.

The members of the community who seem to have been targeted are the elderly. Please make sure that if you know of any elderly residents who may not receive messages through community messaging that you inform them to be vigilant of this particular type of scam.
DI Jim McKnight of Sussex Police said:
 
'These are wicked crimes that target some of our most vulnerable people. The impact on the victims is not only a financial one but can also have detrimental effects on confidence and physical well being. The contact between the victim and the criminal can be a one off or can be very regular covering days and weeks. Please be aware to any signs of this or similar activity taking place - bring it to a halt and contact Police who will investigate the matter whilst providing advice, and assistance.'

For your local officer’s contact details, information about local events and meetings and actions being taken regarding your priorities click here

5th July 2014

Street Meeting in Midway Quay

Despite it being the hottest day of the year so far, the street meeting at Midway Quay on the North Harbour was very well supported.

Residents met members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel chairman, Jan Weeks and Sovereign Ward Councillor, Cllr Gordon Jenkins to discuss local issues.

1st July 2014

Message from the District Commander

As I write this I hope you all are like me looking forward to the 999 weekend on the Western Lawns on 05 and 06 July. For the first time ever the events will be broadcast live on television screens throughout the arena and will also be shown live on the Sussex Police website.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will be opening the weekend along with East Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor. Ms. Bourne will also launch her public engagement programme ‘Talk Sussex’, which will see her and her office out and about listening to the views and experiences of local residents on policing and crime to inform her priorities for Sussex.

These events are a great opportunity for the emergency services and other organisations that work tirelessly on your behalf. For anyone considering being a Special Constable or a Cadet come and find us and have a chat. We appreciate the effort you take in coming to meet us and hope you have a great day.

Already Eastbourne has enjoyed a number of excellent events and I am pleased Eastbourne Police have been involved in supporting the Tennis, the Carnival and numerous other events.

There are a number of issues to update you with in this communication, so here goes:

I am becoming increasingly concerned by the use of legal "highs" by young people in the town and by the availability of these products in shops and other businesses. I will be working with the Borough Council and the Chamber of Commerce to see if we can find a way to encourage businesses not to sell these items. The misuse of these products is a real health risk to the individuals and hospitalisation is a burden on stretched NHS resources.

In terms of crime risk we are entering a traditional peak time for burglaries so I urge you as the weather warms to continue to be vigilant. Please lock your doors and close your windows to keep the burglar out. Avoid leaving tempting items on display that can be seen through windows. We have experienced some thefts from vehicles at beauty spot car parks where windows have been smashed and valuables and personal possessions that have been on display taken. If you park your car out in the countryside please take your bag or wallet with you and don't leave other belongings on view in your car . Even an old coat left in sight could tempt someone to break in. You can get more detailed advice on summer home and car crime prevention on the Sussex Police website.

If you would like a visit for crime prevention advice, please contact your local Police Community Support Officer. Contact details for all your local officers can be found on our district web page.

We have worked extensively with partners in the health service and housing this year to try to address the issues of the individuals who make up the street community in Eastbourne. That said we are not going soft on the anti social behaviour of individuals in the community and have been robustly confiscating alcohol (pouring away in public view) and moving on those causing nuisance around the town. I will work relentlessly to eliminate street homelessness and street nuisance. A few weeks ago we published the name of an individual that had been prosecuted for begging and I was challenged on this by some. I will not desist from this approach though as it is important for you to know that we are dealing with these issues. It is also important that you know that prosecution is not the first action that we take; we work with individuals to try and divert them from being anti social and only if it is clear that this is not working do we resort to police powers. The rationale for this is simple; if people are willing to engage and change then that is the better long term option for them and the public purse.

I am delighted to report that two new service level agreements have been signed between Sussex Police and Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association. Neighbourhood Watch schemes across Eastbourne are a fantastic support to our neighbourhood policing team and this serves to reaffirm our commitment to the partnership. ENWA are currently seeking more volunteers to act as ward co-ordinators.

Anyone interested in becoming a ward co-ordinator is invited to contact Acting Chairman John Rollison on 01323 507665 or email him at: vice-chairman@enwa.org.uk. It is also possible to find out more from the group's website.

Talking of volunteers Police Support Volunteers are extremely important to us, helping develop Neighbourhood Policing and helping us to engage and interact more effectively with the local community.  We are currently looking for volunteers to provide administration support with our work relating to street nuisance. If you are interested in helping to serve your community in this way lease speak to a member of your local NPT  If you would like to know more about volunteering you can contact our Force Neighbourhood Watch and Volunteer Manager Mark Rendall by calling 101, extension 540111 or visit the volunteers section on the Sussex Police website.

We continue to target the issue of anti social behaviour across Eastbourne with dedicated patrols from 6pm until midnight every Friday and Saturday with Operation Blitz and dedicated town centre patrols acting to keep the peace in the night time economy. If you would like to sign up to receive our Op Blitz mobile number so that you can report any ASB related issues directly to this patrol between these times please contact your local PCSO.

I also want to take this opportunity to make you aware of a free service that allows us to contact you with regular messages to tell you what's happening in your local area. By signing up to community messaging you will receive messages and alerts by email. If you also provide your mobile number we may use this to text you in an emergency. Information from the public is a major help in the fight against crime. We need your help to make Eastbourne a safer place in which to live and work. By taking a few moments to fill out a simple form, you become more informed about what's happening in your community and you can help to drive down crime. Please speak with your local PCSO if you would like to take advantage of this service. You can also sign up online here.

13th June 2014

Community Speedwatch Needs Volunteers

We are aware that for many people speeding motorists are a priority concern for you in your area of Eastbourne.

We want to encourage as many volunteers as possible  to help tackle this problem by setting up Community Speed Watch groups to catch motorists driving illegally.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining or setting up a group we have attached a link to CSW online where you can view videos and register your interest. You would need to join "Eastbourne Community Speedwatch Group" or can form your own group.

Once registered you will need to complete a vehicle recognition test and receive training on the SL700 speed detection device which would be provided by the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

When enough people are registered and appropriately trained they would then be asked to enter their availability onto the system and specify where they would like to conduct speedwatch. The system will then notify you of the time and place where CSW will take place.  A member of that group will be responsible for collecting the SL700 from Hammonds Drive Patrol Centre

Visit the Community Speedwatch website.

12th June 2014

Don't park here, park further away!

Great video from the kids of Cambridgeshire to parents who park at school gates

12th June 2014

Spate of Scam Telephone Calls

We want to urge residents to be aware of a new telephone scam following a spate of calls reported to us in Eastbourne yesterday.

In each case the potential victim received a call from a person posing as a lawyer calling himself Max Morris. He said he was calling from Coopers Law Firm and had an American accent. The scammer then stated that the intended victim was involved in a case going to court against or involving them and that they had to call back on a number given. Most of the messages were left on answer phones. He attempted to extract personal information from those he spoke with.

In total 18 such calls were reported to us and thankfully none of the intended victims called back or disclosed any personal information and although many dialled 1471 the number was withheld.

Please pass this message on to any vulnerable friends or relatives to prevent anyone from becoming a victim. 

If you receive such a call please contact Sussex Police on 101 or e mail 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

21st May 2015

Appeal for Neighbourhood Watch ward co-ordinators

Could you help to reduce the fear of crime and foster good community spirit in your area?

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association (ENWA) is seeking volunteer co-ordinators in three of the town's nine wards - Ratton and Rodmill, Langney and Sovereign.

Acting ENWA chairman John Rollison said: "Co-ordinators are responsible for running their ward and are automatically elected onto the committee. ENWA officers and committee members work closely with the police and council officials, meeting quarterly to discuss the running and effectiveness of the association."

"Ward co-ordinator positions would suit a team player wanting to give something to the community, while at the same time meeting interesting people."

"This could be a younger person not in full-time employment, or somebody with spare time who would like an interesting challenge."

"You would not be alone as we give full support and training to become an active member of our team."

Anyone interested in becoming a ward co-ordinator is invited to contact John on 01323 507665 or email him. It is also possible to find out more from the group's website.

13th May 2014

Scam Caller Alert

Please be aware that there has been a high volume of scam calls targeting vulnerable members of the local community. 

Since Saturday 10th May there have been 26 incidents reported by Eastbourne residents of would be fraudsters calling posing as police officers. The person  calls saying that the victim's card had been used to buy items and that the victim needs to call their bank or give them their bank details.

In other cases the caller has again pretended to be a police officer and said they have arrested people who have been found to be in possession of the victims bank account details. They have then tried to trick them by saying they will put them through to the bank for the victim to pass on their bank details.

These are the latest in a series of attempts to dupe people into parting with personal information by pretending to be someone official. The tricksters have also pretended to be a bank employee on some occasions. Fortunately those who received these latest calls became suspicious, did not give any details and immediately contacted Sussex Police. 

Please stay vigilant and never pass on bank or card details over the telephone. Legitimate organisations would never ask for this sort of information in this way.

If you receive such calls you should wait at least ten minutes for their line to clear and, if the opportunity arises, dial 1471 to obtain the caller's number. Once certain that the line is clear use your phone, mobile or alternative line, and phone Sussex Police on 101 to report your suspicions.

You can also email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk and quote "Operation Edisto".

21st April 2014

Community Speedwatch

Police and volunteers from the Eastbourne community have been actively targeting speeding vehicles in the town.

Community speedwatch (CSW) went live last December after speeding hotspots were identified by Neighbourhood Police and Community Support Officers in response to concerns raised by local residents.

Since then volunteers and police have recorded details of 45 speeding vehicles at various locations within Eastbourne. These vehicles have had their details entered onto the Operation Crackdown website which is a vital tool for identifying drivers who persistently speed in our neighbourhoods. A letter is then sent to the driver. If the same driver is recorded speeding three times Sussex Police Road Policing Unit will seek to actively target and catch them.

The streets where CSW operations have taken place so far are Sevenoaks Road, Decoy Drive, The Hydneye, Percival Road and Hazelwood Avenue. In Sevenoaks Road alone 33 vehicles were found to be speeding at 36mph and above in the 30mph zone during three separate occasions.

Trained by Sussex Police, all community speedwatch volunteers operate under a police approved code of practice at sites selected by the volunteers and are risk-assessed by the police.

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Police have been closely monitoring speeding vehicles since they got a Speed Indicator Device (SID) last June. From June to December 2013, 221 drivers were recorded by the SID speeding at 36mph or above in a 30mph zone and have also been reported to Op Crackdown.

Sgt Ed Ripley of Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "Speeding is a priority concern for many Eastbourne residents. After consultation with members of the local community we were able to train a group of volunteers to monitor traffic speeds and launch the CSW scheme. The aim is that by working together in targeting these drivers we can help reduce the dangers posed to the local community and make Eastbourne a safer place in which to live and work."

Anyone wanting to get involved as a CSW volunteer or to find out more can contact Ed Ripley on edward.ripley@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Download CSW and SID deployment data > >

14th April 2014

Weekend Burglaries

Between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th April there were five burglaries of dwellings in Eastbourne.

More information and crime prevention advice > >

14th February 2014

Residents Warned of Telephone Scam

Sussex Police are issuing an urgent warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a current wave of crime in which phone callers posing as police officers or bank staff ask for bank and card details.
 
Within a 36-hour period on Tuesday 11 February and the following day there were nine more cases in Sussex, in three of which money was obtained.
 
Late on Wednesday evening, 12 February, calls were made to two residents in Brighton. A woman living in Kimberley Road was defrauded of £600 cash, A similar call was made around the same time to a resident in Ainsworth Avenue, Ovingdean, but they became suspicious and did not part with any information or money.
 
Meanwhile a woman living in Harveys Lane, Ringmer, lost £1350 to just this scam on the same evening.
 
On the previous evening, Tuesday, phone calls were made to six addresses in Brighton. In five cases the residents became suspicious and did not part with anything but in the sixth case, in Lloyd Close, Hove, the thieves managed to obtain some £2500.
 
There has been a recent rise in this crime across the force area, and elsewhere in the country. In Sussex there have been 24 offences since last August, in which the fraudsters have got away with more than £150,000.
 
There was an upsurge in these incidents in December, when 55 incidents were reported although only in six cases was money obtained, and after a decrease in January there have so far been more than 30 such calls in February, with more than 10 of them relating to cash being taken.
The fraudsters call the intended victim claiming to be from either the Police or a Bank. They tell them that their card details have been fraudulently used and that they need to act urgently to protect themselves. They suggest that they hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure that the call is genuine.
 
Don't be fooled - they stay on the line and pretend to be the police or the bank. They then tell the intended victim to key in or read out their PIN number.
They will then send a taxi or courier, who may know nothing about the crime, to collect the bank card. With this and the PIN they will then have full access to spend your money.
Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton from the Surrey and Sussex Police Specialist Crime Command said: "Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner.
 
"Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited. If you have any suspicions please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank. If possible use another phone to contact the police to report it, or to contact a friend to relative to alert them.
"I urge anyone reading or hearing this message to pass it on to any friends and relatives who may not be aware of this particular type of targeted fraud, to prevent any vulnerable friends or family members from becoming victims.
 
"It is good that many people are already heeding our advice, because although there have been 24 cases in which cash has been stolen, there have been a further 107 incidents in which the thieves achieved nothing.
"We want to encourage everyone to continue to resist these callers, so if you have any information, whether you have received similar calls or know someone who has been a victim of this crime, contact Sussex Police via 101 or email Sussex Police quoting Operation Edisto. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
 
Click here for on-line advice on fraud prevention.
 
The "Little Book Of Big Scams" also gives advice on how to prevent a wide range of scams.

6th February 2014

Courier Fraud

Another scam has been reported to Wealden Police, pretending to be a Metropolitan police officer. The scammer tells victim that their grandson is being held in custody and they need to call a number to decide how to deal with them. The scammer stays on the phone line in the hope the victim will try to call out and pretends to then be a police call handler. They then arrange for money to be withdrawn from a bank and collected. There have been 3 reports so far of scams similar to this with 1 victim handing over a large sum of money.

You can read more about courier fraud by clicking here.

We are seeing a number of scams like this, and they seem to be changing tactics and pretend to be different people. Our advice is simple, do not hand over any personal details or cash to anyone that phones you. If you are concerned about any call you receive, report it straight away on 101. For more advice please visit the Action Fraud website..

4th February 2014

Operation Aimee Targets the Spread of Toxicaria

On Monday 3rd February, Advisors from the Eastbourne Borough Council Customer First team joined the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Advisors in "Operation Aimee"

The team braved the cold winds and engaged with forty dog walkers, six of whom were provided with dog bags and educated about the risks to children of Toxicaria.

31st January 2014

Police Warn Drivers to Beware of Distraction Thefts

Police in Eastbourne want to make drivers aware of a distraction theft that occurred on Thursday 30th January.  At about 10:30am in the Tesco car park, Lottbridge Drove, a female was in her car about to drive off when a male knocked on her window and said she had a nail in her tyre.

She got out and he said he had pulled it out for her and she checked the tyre and it seemed fine. She then got back into the car and later found 2 bank cards had been taken from her purse. Two withdrawals of £300 were made from the accounts before she was able to contact her bank. The description of the male is Eastern European, 5’ 9" tall of slim build, with collar length light brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a beige coat.

On 22nd January there were two similar incidents that occurred in Tesco car parks in Hailsham and Uckfield where a purse and a debit card were stolen. The suspects, a female and a male were described as eastern European early 20's and had tricked the drivers to checking their tyres saying they had nails in them before stealing the said items.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1330 of 21/1, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

16th January 2014

Bicycle Thefts in Eastbourne

Last night four pedal cycles were stolen in Eastbourne in separate incidents. Two of the bikes were unlocked. Please see the following advice from Sussex Police  on how to protect your bikes:

You can register your bike and get advice on security marking other items via the Immobilise website. This is the UK National Property Register that is supported by us locally and by other police forces across the country.  Keep an eye out on the internet and social media too for details of local cycle marking events with your neighbourhood policing team - this can make it much easier to recover your bike if it should be stolen. If you are a victim of bike theft you can report it online via our website, by calling 101 or at your local police station. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

31st December 2013

Security of Undercrofts

A few weeks ago the Neighbourhood Policing Team reminded everyone about the importance of the security around undercrofts. This was in response to the fire in the Pacific Heights South undercroft.  This has been further underlined by an attempted burglary at Hamilton Quay, and a cycle theft at Macquarie Quay.

Overnight on 30th December, it appears someone tried to force a private entry door within the undercroft of Hamilton Quay, which would have allowed entry to the rest of the property; thankfully no entry was gained, and no items stolen. 

At Macquarie Quay a bicycle, which was locked up in the undercroft, was stolen.

Neighbourhood PC, Ed Faulkner, said: "This shows yet again how important it is for everyone to be vigilant around the security of entry and exits of such areas.  Making sure no one follows you into any parking area, and no doors are left open is crucial to keeping everyone's belongings safe.

Our enquiries into these matters continue, and anyone with information is encouraged to get in contact with Sussex Police.

However lets start 2014 safely by making that extra effort to keep these secure areas secure, and all our belongings safe."