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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.
- Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
- Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
- Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
- HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
- If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider CIFAS Protection Registration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
- Check the security of the website and validity of the post
- Avoid taking the conversation offline to private messages
- When purchasing any products over the internet always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some sort of payment cover
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.
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.
- Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
- For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
- Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
- Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at:
or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.
14th March 2016
Eastbourne District Commander's Message
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.
Eastbourne District Commander
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.
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
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 email@example.com or call 101, quoting Operation Image."
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.
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”
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”
22nd 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 101, quoting serial 1511 of 02/12.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call 101 quoting serial number 1603 of 02/11. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.”
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.
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.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
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.”
“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:
- leave user experience reviews about local services on our Feedback Centre
- receive information and signposting about local services
- sign up as a Healthwatch volunteer
- take part in our current surveys
- suggest what you think are the East Sussex local health and care priorities
There will also be opportunities to talk to senior representatives from key organisations that deliver and buy services in East Sussex.
- East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services)
- NHS Complaints Advocacy Service
- Adult Social Care
- the East Sussex Better Together programme
Whatever your age there will be something for everyone when the road show comes to your area, including opportunities to meet:
- volunteers from GP patient participation groups
- local Mayors, (Seaford Lewes and Crowborough)
- the Deputy Mayor in Eastbourne and Town Crier in Rye
- Community First Responders ( in Eastbourne and Bexhill)
- face painting for children on the Saturday in Rye and Battle
…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
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.
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 email@example.com. They are trying to scam people in various ways which include:
- Telling victims that they can obtain a refund from a previous fraud because the suspect has been caught.
- Scaring victims into thinking their IP address was being used as part of fraud overseas and remote access was needed to rectify the issue.
- Cold calling and claiming that victims are entitled to refunds and bank details were needed to transfer the money.
- Asking for personal information, including passports and drivers licences.
- Claiming that they can recover money from a previous fraud.
- Sending emails asking victims to fill out a survey which contained suspicious links.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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
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.
Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood First June Report
The Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood First team has publish the report on its activities during June.
Neighbourhood First advisors out in force in Sovereign Harbour targeting irresponsible dog owners
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.
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.
Police Video Scam Warning
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.
"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
Report Crime Online
You can report crime online through the Sussex Police website.
Buttons are available for:
- Theft and Burglary
- Lost and Found Property
- Criminal Damage
- Anti-social Behaviour
- Anti-social Driving
- Something Suspicious
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting serial 1554 of 8/4. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave a name on 0800 555111.
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.
- Verify any company that makes you a job offer and check their contact details (address, land-line phone number, email address and website) are correct and whether they are registered in the UK.
- Be especially wary of job offers from people or companies overseas as it will be harder for you to find out if they really are legitimate.
- Never give your bank account details to anyone unless you know and trust them.
Other signs that could indicate you are being targeted by a money mule scam:
- Money mule adverts or offers can take a variety of different forms and they may even copy a genuine company's website and have a similar web address to make the scam seem authentic.
- These adverts will normally state that they are an overseas company seeking 'UK representatives' or 'agents' to act on their behalf for a period of time, sometimes to avoid high transaction charges or local taxes.
- The nature of the work that the company will claim to be involved in can vary, but the specifics of the job being advertised invariably mean using your bank account to move money.
- The advert may be written in poor English with grammatical and spelling mistakes.
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.
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”.
5th February 2015
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
- Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, held securely under your arm or strapped across your body if possible.
- Never leave bags unattended - e.g. on a trolley, pushchair or wheelchair.
- Be aware of anyone acting suspiciously, such as getting too close to you or trying to distract you by bumping into you - such behaviour should be reported to police, security or shop staff immediately
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash around with you and don't let anyone see what's in your purse or wallet as you are paying
- Never keep your PIN number with your bank cards
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."
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:
- Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, held securely under your arm or strapped across your body if possible.
- Never leave bags unattended - e.g. on a trolley, pushchair or wheelchair.
- Be aware of anyone acting suspiciously, such as getting too close to you or trying to distract you by bumping into you - such behaviour should be reported to police, security or shop staff immediately.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash around with you and don't let anyone see what's in your purse or wallet as you are paying.
- Never keep your PIN number with your bank cards.
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.
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.
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.
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 > >
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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" > >
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.
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.
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."
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
- Road Safety Week
- Community Speed Watch
- Sussex Safer Roads Partnership
- East Sussex Road Safety Coordination Group
- A Review of road safety in the Wealden District
Click here to download the newsletter
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.
- Go to an organised event – it’s the safest way to have fun
- If you do have a display at home, always buy from a registered retailer
- Make sure you know the Fireworks Code
- Do not have a bonfire during industrial action
- Make sure you build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees and check there are no cables - like telephone wires - above the bonfire
- Never use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going - it may get out of control quickly
Stay Safe Campaign
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
Late night snacks
- Never leave cooking unattended. Kitchen fires are the reason for 51% of all residential fire calls
- Stay alert and focussed when cooking and think about getting a takeaway after a night in the pub!
Heading out on your motorbike?
- 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at junctions
- Stay alert, observant and anticipate the actions of others
- Wear appropriate safety gear to stay visible and avoid serious injury
ESFRS also has a series of online safety checklists on all sorts of topics and for all sorts of people including:
- Bonfire Checklist
- Motorists' Checklist
- Businesses' Checklist
- Carers' Checklist
- High Rise Buildings Checklist
- Homeowners' Checklist
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:
- possess adult fireworks (all fireworks except party poppers and sparklers) in a public place by anyone under the age of 18
- possess category 4 fireworks (professional display fireworks) by anyone other than a fireworks professional
- supply adult fireworks to those under 18
There is a curfew on the use of adult fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on:
- Bonfire Night (when the curfew is between 12 midnight and 7am)
- New Year's Eve (when the curfew is between 1am and 7am)
- Chinese New Year (when the curfew is between 1am and 7am)
- Diwali night (when the curfew is between 1am and 7am)
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.
- It is an offence to throw or set off fireworks in any highway, street, thoroughfare or public space.
- It is also an offence to discharge any firearm or firework (without lawful authority or excuse) within 50 feet of the centre of a highway which consists of or comprises a carriageway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Gardens surrounded by a two-metre fence can be increased in height by fitting trellis. Trellis is fairly fragile and is difficult to climb.
- Gravel paths act as a deterrent as they make a noise when walked upon.
- Secure garden sheds and garages with strong hinges and a good padlock.
- Security mark all tools and fittings, including garden furniture.
- Garden furniture should be put away when not in use and secured to each other with a high tensile cord.
- Ladders should be padlocked.
- Garden lighting can be effective if you use the correct type.
- Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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;
- The telephone caller claims that the individual’s personal computer is not safe and is vulnerable to being hacked into by criminals.
- The telephone caller instructs the individual to follow their instructions in order for their computer to be safe.
- If the individual chooses not take this advice they are then frightened by being told their computer would be shut down forever.
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.
- Vehicles are parked in a well-lit, busy area and ensure you close your car windows; lock the doors and use a steering lock.
- Valuables are never left in your car. The glove compartment is likely to be the first place thieves will look. The cost of replacing a smashed window can often cost more than the valuables themselves.
- You park somewhere that you will feel safe walking back to, remembering that it gets darker much earlier during winter months.
- Purchases out kept of sight when in the car or at home - if they can be seen they can be stolen.
- Your keys are kept in a secure place. Keys can remain visible in a coat pocket or open bag are easily snatched from them.
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:
- Almost always elderly, often over the age of 80
- Often lonely, socially isolated and recent bereavement can be a trigger
- Unusually high quantities of mail
- Secretive about their mail and finances
- Living in clutter
- Hiding mail around the house
- Denying there is a problem with scams despite evidence to the contrary
- In possession of cheap looking goods, products including, health products & toiletries, trinkets, charms and foodstuffs.
- Reluctance to involve family members in their situation
- Getting through cheque books unusually quickly
- Regularly visiting the post office and / or keeping lots of stamps
If you recognise these signs and have concerns about anyone you know, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or email email@example.com
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
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.
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;
- When returning the purse back into the handbag, make sure the handbag is fastened or zipped.
- Fit your purse with little purse bells or ‘dipping bells’, which are designed to attach to a purse or handbag using either G-Clips or Crocodile clips.
- If the handbag has a flap that goes over the top of the bag, hold the bag so that the flap’s fastening is towards your body.
- Wallets should be stored in an inside jacket pocket (ones with zips are especially good) or into the front pocket of trousers.
- Be aware of being stopped in the street by someone wanting change or otherwise asking you something that makes you take your wallet out or undo your handbag.
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.
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:
- articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism
- content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
- websites made by terrorist organisations
- videos of terrorist attacks
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.
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.
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:
- If you are out in the back garden, ensure that your front door is secure.
- Put your garden tools and games away into a secure garage or tools shed after using them, they could be used to break into your home, or your neighbours.
- When you leave a room unattended, close the windows and doors - especially on the ground floor.
- If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
- Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards, car keys and other valuables out of sight.
- Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
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.
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:
- Always use a lock when leaving your bike unattended even if for a short period of time.
- Lock tight so that your bike is hard to move around when parked.
- Lock both wheels and the frame to a bike stand or other immoveable object.
- Make sure the locks catch the bike frame as well as both wheels and the post, or a thief may steal the bike and leave the wheels behind. Also, make sure the post cant be cut through or the bike lifted off it.
- Take with you any items that can be removed without tools such as wheels, lights, pump, saddle etc.
- Never leave bikes unattended on the rear of vehicles in car parks or service stations. If you have to leave them unattended make sure they are well-secured with good cabling and locks and that the carrier itself cannot be removed easily. Try backing up against a wall or fence so they are not accessible.
- Put your bike in a secure place at night. If you have a garage or shed, consider installing a ground or wall anchorage point so the bike can be securely fastened by a chain or D lock. Sheds can be difficult to secure properly, so provide extra interior security.
- Chain several items together in the shed or garage such as a cycle, lawnmower and hedge-cutters. This makes it difficult for the thief to carry any of them away.
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.
15th July 2014
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and quote "Operation Edisto".
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 email@example.com
14th April 2014
Between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th April there were five burglaries of dwellings in Eastbourne.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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:
- When not using your bike always secure it using a sturdy bike lock (D locks or combination locks are best). We recommend that you spend a quarter of the bike's value on a decent lock or chain.
- If leaving your bike in public, lock it to something secure like a bike rack or lamppost. If there are no bike racks, contact your local council to ask if they can put some in. If you chain it to railings, make sure it's not causing an obstruction for pedestrians or other road users.
- Make the lock and bike difficult to manoeuvre when parked - keep the lock away from the ground and keep the gap between the bike and lock small. This makes it much harder to cut through.
- When parking your bike at home try to keep it out of public view in a secure shed or garage.
- Take out insurance, either by extending your home contents insurance or through a separate policy.
- Any removable items such as lights or pumps should be taken with you when you park up your bike.
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."