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Eastbourne Police call time on phone thieves

Eastbourne Police have called time on opportunistic thefts in the local licensed premises in Eastbourne after an increase in thefts of predominately high value smart phones. Op Sim was carried out on the weekend of the 22nd November by undercover police officers in several busy venues across the town centre in an aim to identify and prosecute those responsible for thefts of these devices.

Three people were arrested as part of this operation and it is believed that these thefts were a mixture of opportunism and the consumption of alcohol. This Operation came about due to the number of phone thefts that get reported to police every year. With the cost of a "smart" phone ranging between £300 and £500 there is a market for second hand phones and all too many unscrupulous second hand dealers willing to take the risk of buying them from the thieves. The three persons arrested have all received community punishments and have been banned from the specific venues.

PC Jamie Sykes, Licensing officer for Eastbourne said "This type of work could not be undertaken without the complete support from Licensees and staff at the pubs and clubs involved. It clearly shows that they take their responsibilities seriously and will do their utmost to keep their customers and their property safe. Eastbourne police enjoy a good partnership working relationship with all the licensees and plan to carry out a similar operations in the lead up to Christmas and into the New Year. I think the biggest message to all those using pubs and clubs in Eastbourne over Christmas, is be safe, and also keep your property safe too"


If you have the vehicle registration number and manufacturer, this website will tell you if the vehicle is taxed and MOTd Note a vehicle with no MOT that is parked on the public highway but not been driven is not illegal providing it is taxed. Whether an insurance company would pay out if it was involved in an accident e.g. if another vehicle was to drive  into it is a grey area as it is technically not roadworthy.


Report abandoned vehicles or anti social driving to this website. You will need the registration, manufacturer, model and colour. You will be asked a small number of questions (simple yes / no / don't know answers) and then will be asked for details of location. For a vehicle to be considered abandoned, it must have no tax and been left over two weeks. For anti-social driving (using mobile phone, no seatbelt, tailgating, running red lights etc.) you will be asked for time of offence, location and description of driver. I think for both types of report you will be given a reference which you can use to follow progress. You will be asked for some personal details but these will not be disclosed to any other party.


Neighbourhood Panels News

 


27th August 2016

Joy riding stolen cars in Eastbourne

There has been a recent increase in the number of vehicles that have been stolen in Eastbourne, as thieves are breaking into residents’ homes and taking the car keys.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience but to also steal your car can mess with your head.  Sussex Police has received numerous reports from the Hastings, Peacehaven and Eastbourne area, where thieves are specifically targeting vehicle owners homes in order to joy ride various cars.

Detective Constable Sheila Bonell said “We are asking the public to be extra vigilant with regards to the security of their homes and vehicles by locking all downstairs windows and doors either when not at home or when they retire to bed.  Also to make sure that any car keys are well hidden to prevent the theft and subsequent risk that this could pose to the community.

Majority of burglars are opportunistic as they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and work undisturbed.  By following the crime prevention tips below you can deter this crime from happening to you.

Operation Blitz

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

Help us keep Sussex safe
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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


22nd August 2016

Don’t be a Money Mule

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

What is a money mule?

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

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

Protect Yourself

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

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

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


20th August 2016

Anti-Social Driving

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

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

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

Help keep Sussex safe

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

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


18th August 2016


13th August 2016

Drone Fraud

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

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

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

How to protect yourself:

News and appeals

 

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

More information > >

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

More information > >

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

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

More information > >

Operation Blitz

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

Wristbands aim to help locate lost children at Airbourne

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

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

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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


11th August 2016

Courier Scam

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

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

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

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

Protect Yourself:

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

10th August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6th August 2016

News and appeals

Woman punched in face following night out in Eastbourne

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

More information > >

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

More information > >

Operation Blitz

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

Spate of lead crime in Eastbourne

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

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


6th August 2016

Community Involvement Newsletter

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

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

Click here to download the newsletter.


28th July 2016

Street Learning Programme

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

Available courses include:

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

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


28th July 2016

Children's Library News

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

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

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


25th July 2016

Sussex Fraud July Newsletter

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

Articles include:

Download the newsletter > >


25th July 2016

The Changing Role of the PCSO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eastbourne Police Community Support Officers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


22nd July 2016

Diversionary Sport 2016

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

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

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


21st July 2016


20th July 2016

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

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

Volunteers required in this area

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

Could you:

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

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


19th July 2016

Stay Alive Pocket Resource

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

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

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


16th July 2016

TV presenter Julia Bradbury launches Love Parks Week

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

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

More information > >


16th July 2016

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

Protect yourself

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


16th July 2016

News and appeals

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

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

More information > >

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

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

More information > >

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

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

More information > >

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

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

More information > >

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


15th July 2016

The Big Friendly Read

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

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

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

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

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

More library news > >


12th July 2016

Holiday Booking Frauds

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

Protect Yourself

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


8th July 2016

News and appeals

Do you know a police volunteer who deserves special recognition

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

More information > >

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

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

More information > >

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

Operation Blitz

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


6th July 2016

Police Contact Changes

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


2nd July 2016

Fraud and Scams Video

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


2nd July 2016

News and appeals

Arrest warrant issued for Eastbourne man charged with rape

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

More information >

Eastbourne hosts 999 Weekend at the Western Lawns

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

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

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

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

Operation Blitz

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


30th June 2016

Increase in Thefts from Vehicles

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

Don't become a victim of crime.

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


29th June 2016

Emergency 999 Exhibition

The Emergency 999 Exhibition will be held this weekend on the Western Lawns. Time table below.


29th June 2016

Beware Bogus Olympic Tickets

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6th August 2016 and as of late June, you will be able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at www.rio2016.com. Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.

Protect yourself


28th June 2016

Look Out For Fake Mailboxes

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

Protect Yourself

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


28th June 2016

Has Neighbourhood Alert Helped You?

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

You might also like to complete the Neighbourhood Alert Survey.


26th June 2016

Beware of Escrow Accounts

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

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

Protect yourself

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


26th June 2016

News and appeals

Police advice for householders as burglars target insecure homes in Eastbourne

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

More information > >

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

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

More information > >

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

More information > >

Operation Blitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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


26th June 2016

Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People

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

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

Click here to view the guide > >


26th June 2016

Eastbourne Shed Open Day

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

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

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


21st June 2016

Modern Crime Prevention Strategy

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

Download the pamphlet > >


21st June 2016


18th June 2016

Eastbourne Joint Action Group (JAG)

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

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

Download the leaflet > >


17th June 2016

Have Your Online Accounts Been Compromised?

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

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

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

Click here to see if your accounts have been compromised.


16th June 2016

Operation Signature

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

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


16th June 2016

Exciting Euro 2016 game today - England vs Wales!

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

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

Call us now on 101 report it online.

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


13th June 2016

New Phishing Campaign Hits Students

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

Protect Yourself:

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


11th June 2016

Counterfeit Cheques

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

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

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

Crime Prevention Advice


11th June 2016

News and appeals

Special Constables Recruitment

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

More information > > 

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

More information > >

Operation Blitz

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

Sussex Police patrols to support domestic violence victims during football championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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


10th June 2016

Police Board Sovereign Harbour Yacht

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

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

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

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

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


9th June 2016

Euro 2016 Ticket Fraud

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

Resale Platform

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

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


8th June 2016

Latest Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

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

Download the newsletter > >


4th June 2016

News and appeals

 

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

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

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

More information > >

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

More information > >

Operation Blitz

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

Help us keep Sussex safe
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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


27th May 2016

News and appeals

Eastbourne police seek owners of recovered cycles

Police are appealing for witnesses and owners for possible thefts of bicycles from Eastbourne town centre between 7.30pm on Sunday (15th May) and 3.30am on Monday (16th May).

More information > >

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

The popular 999 Weekend is again taking place at the Western Lawns on Eastbourne seafront on the 2nd and 3rd July, giving adults and children alike a chance to meet those who safeguard their lives and provide help when trouble strikes.

More information > >

Police seek witnesses to a collision between a car and a child riding a bike in Langney Rise, Eastbourne

It occurred at the junction of Langney Rise and the entrance road to the Langney shopping centre, Eastbourne, at 12.50pm on Sunday (22 May).

More information > >

Operation Blitz

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

Bank Holiday Weekend Advice
We are all looking forward to enjoying the long weekend with our family and friends, however, we need to consider how safely kept are our personal items when we go on holiday or on days out.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Your local teams

Visit our Website to contact your local team, view local news and find out what we're doing in relation to your priorities.


21st May 2016

News and appeals

Eastbourne police seek owners of recovered cycles

Police are appealing for witnesses and owners for possible thefts of bicycles from Eastbourne town centre between 7.30pm on Sunday (15 May) and 3.30am on Monday (16 May).

At 3.30am that morning patrolling police officers arrested three people in the town centre on suspicion of theft of three bicycles. The cycles were seized.

More information > >

Serious crash at Jevington, near Eastbourne, sadly proves fatal

Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on the Jevington Road, between Polegate and Friston, which sadly proved fatal to one of the passengers involved.

More information > >

Sussex Police Issue Urgent Warning To Residents over HMRC Phone Call Scams

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 HMRC staff are demanding payment for incorrect taxes.
On Monday (16 May), calls were made to three residents in Eastbourne. Fraudsters claim that they owed substantial amounts of money to the HMRC through incorrect taxes. Some residents have described how the caller has threatened to freeze bank accounts, send the police round to execute a warrant for their arrest, or remove goods from the property to recover the debt.
We understand that these types of scam calls can be upsetting for residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

It can be very tempting to give into the fraudsters demands and attempt to pay any debt, or come to some arrangement to settle the alleged tax debt.

The advice is to end the call and report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Operation Blitz

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


18th May 2016

"HMRC" Phone Scam

Sussex Police have issued 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 HRMC staff are demanding payment for incorrect taxes.

On Monday (16th May), calls were made to three residents in Eastbourne. Fraudsters claim that they owed substantial  amounts of money to the HRMC through incorrect taxes. Some residents have described how the caller has threatened to freeze bank accounts, send the police round to execute a warrant for their arrest , or remove goods from the property to recover the debt.

We understand that these types of scam calls can be upsetting for residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
It can be very tempting to give into the fraudsters demands and attempt to pay any debt, or come to some arrangement  to settle the alleged tax debt.

The advice is to end the call and report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. 


14th May 2016

Neighbourhood Alert Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police seek witnesses to knife-point shop robbery in Seaside, Eastbourne.

At around 9.15pm on Tuesday (3rd May) a shop assistant at The Larder Store in Seaside, Eastbourne, was confronted by a masked man who demanded he hand over money from the till while threatening him with a knife.

The assistant, who was shaken but otherwise unhurt, placed bank notes totalling around £150 on the counter which the robber picked up before making off on foot in the direction of Firle Road.

More information.

Woman sentenced for Eastbourne driving offences

A woman who drove at more than twice the 30mph speed limit on roads in Eastbourne while over the legal alcohol limit appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, 5th May for sentence.

More information.

Operation Blitz

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

Crime Prevention Advice - In the Garden

Weather forecasters say we are in for a beautiful weekend and many of us will be out in our gardens.  Please remember the following tips when enjoying the sun.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111


13th May 2016

Fraud Newsletter May 2016

Each month, scammers target Sussex residents in an attempt to defraud them. Operation Signature is the Sussex Police answer; preventing frauds and scams and supporting vulnerable victims.

This Fraud newsletter covers the latest incidents across Sussex to help prevent others becoming a victim. It shares examples of good work, such as the operation with Trading Standards colleagues to crack down on rogue traders and prevent doorstep crime.

By their very nature, scams are constantly evolving and taking on new forms. But be assured that, by following the tips at the bottom of this newsletter and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you will reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Download the newsletter > >


6th May 2016

News and appeals

Man charged with driving offences after two police cars hit in Eastbourne

A man has been charged with driving offences after he allegedly hit two police cars in Eastbourne.

Daniel Stephen Jones, 29, of Langney Road, Eastbourne, was arrested and charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously, driving a motor vehicle without a licence and using a motor vehicle without insurance in Eastbourne on Wednesday (4 May).

He has been bailed and will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 8 May.

Jones is accused of driving off at speed from an unmarked police vehicle in Cavendish Road at 12.40pm. He then allegedly reversed back and hit that vehicle. As a marked police vehicle approached, he then reportedly reversed and drove towards that vehicle colliding with its bumper. He then made off and was arrested.

An officer suffered a minor injury to his leg.

Man arrested by armed officers in Eastbourne

A man was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday evening (May 3) after police were called to an incident in town following reports of a group of youths with baseball bats and possibly a handgun.

More information.

Police still investigate death of Emma Crowhurst in Eastbourne one year on

Detectives still believe that someone has information that may help solve the mystery of the tragic death of an Eastbourne woman, one year on from the incident.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road, Eastbourne, was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, very close to her home, just before midnight on Sunday 26 April, having sustained a head injury.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath on the following day where she remained conscious and her condition was assessed as serious but not life threatening. It was established that she had a fractured skull.

However Emma's condition worsened and very sadly she died late on the evening on Monday 11 May.

More information.
 
Operation Blitz

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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


5th May 2015

Warning of Pet Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely that the pet does not exist.

Protect Yourself:

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


4th May 2016

Police called to handgun incident

A man was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday evening (3rd May) after police were called to an incident following reports of a group of youths with baseball bats and possibly a handgun.

Armed police officers, supported by a National Police Air Service helicopter, were called to Etchingham Road at 8.03pm where the group was reported to have been seen running into a block of flats. Police surrounded Hampshire Court and advised people not to attend the scene and to remain in their homes locally until the matter was resolved.

Just before 10.10pm, armed officers moved into the block and within minutes removed a man from one of the flats. A police dog was sent in to search the remainder of the premises, but there was nobody else within.

Detective Superintendent Nick May, from the East Sussex Police Divisional Command Team, said: "I would like to thank everyone for their patience while we carried out our operation to contain this matter. I appreciate that the sight of armed officers and the police helicopter may have been disturbing, if not alarming for local residents, but it is important that we treat reports such as these seriously for the safety of everyone concerned."

"Thankfully, nobody was hurt and we managed to bring the incident to a fairly swift conclusion. A man is in custody and we will continue with our investigation locally to establish the circumstances, which include discovering who else was involved. However, we do not believe that they are a threat to the public and people can now move freely in the area again. The scene has been secured and a marked vehicle will remain in place overnight before we resume our search of the premises in the morning."

"If you witnessed any of the events prior to the police arriving or you have any information about the incident or the people involved, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1438 of 03/05. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)."

A 34-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray. He remained in custody on Tuesday night.


30th April 2016

Denial of Service Threats

Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.
 
Method of Attack:

The group has sent emails demanding payment of five Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by five Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid.
 
If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Denial of Service attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made.   
 
The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.
 
What to do if you’ve received  one of these demands:

 If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should:

 Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS:


29th April 2016

Joint Action Group Information Leaflet

The Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership Joint Action Group has published an information leaflet.

Topics covered include:

Download the leaflet > >


27th April 2016

Online Recruitment

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of victims being recruited via Facebook to sell items for suspects on eBay – often stating that it is a quick way of making money.

The items are said to be bankrupt stock, purchased via auctions, and need to be sold on quickly. The majority of the items reported have been Apple Mac Book Pro/Electrical Items.

The victim places the items on eBay and once the items are sold, the victim will get paid and transfer the funds to the suspect/recruiter.

Once the suspect/recruiter gets the funds, the purchasers are claiming that they have received empty cereal boxes or often no goods at all, leaving the victim being reported as the actual suspect, and leaving them out of pocket as their account will be debited.

Protect yourself:

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

24th April 2016

Tax Rebate Text Scam

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

Protect Yourself


22nd April 2016

Thousands of pounds worth of stock stolen
from Eastbourne jewellers

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

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

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

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

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


22nd April 2016

Police investigate East Sussex distraction burglaries

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

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

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


22nd April 2016

Help Choose Keep Britain Tidy's 2017 Campaign Name

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

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

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


21st April 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

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

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

Click here for more information.

Click here to view candidates' statements.


21st April 2016

Sports Ticket Fraud

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

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


12th April 2016

Property Repair Fraud

Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman.

They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:

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

14th March 2016

Eastbourne District Commander's Message

Dear Residents,

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

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

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

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

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

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


Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander


28th February 2016

East Sussex Road Police Target Anti-social Drivers

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

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

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

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

26th February 2016

International Women's Day - 8th March 2016


22nd February 2016

'Southern Water' debt collectors were genuine -
but still be alert for bogus callers

Police continue to warn Sussex residents to use caution about callers claiming to be from debt collecting companies acting on behalf of public utilities or any other undertaking.

Police had at 3.50pm on Friday issued a warning about two such callers in Sussex, with the agreement of Southern Water.

On Wednesday (17th February) a card claiming that money was owed was left at an address in Tumulus Road, Saltdean while the occupant, an elderly lady, was not there.

On the same day a man called at the home of another elderly lady in Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, claiming that she also owed money. She did not part with any money and the man left a card. Both cards had the name of Orbit Debt Collections on them.

Southern Water on Friday (19th February), clarified that those two particular calls were from Orbit Collections, a company working for them but, if you, or in particular any elderly person you know, are ever approached in such circumstances, still always use proper caution and check their bona fides.

If in doubt do not hand over any money and contact the police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. or call 101.


18th February 2016

Fraud self-assessment

Last week Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, invited the public to take part in an important new self-assessment opportunity.

More information > >


15th February 2016

Appeal to sellers in Eastbourne
who may have been paid in fake notes

Police are appealing to anyone who has sold items in the Eastbourne area and may have been paid in fake money.

Officers are investigating a man contacting sellers advertising items for sale on Gumtree, Friday-Ad and Facebook selling sites, including Eastbourne Buy, Sell and Swap, then paying for them with counterfeit notes.

Investigator Bernadette Peters-Shorter said: "We know there have been at least four victims but there could be more people who have sold items and not realised to start with that they have been paid in fake money. Please get it touch."

"We have conducted warrants in Sorrell Drive, Pensford Drive and Horsa Close in Eastbourne and have seized a number of items. The investigation continues."

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1680 of 08/02.

12th February 2016

Sussex Police Publish First Issue of Fraud Newsletter.

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

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

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

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

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


11th February 2016

Woman arrested over Hailsham hit and run collision

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

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

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

10th February 2016

Police seeking car and driver involved in Hailsham hit and run

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

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

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


10th February 2016

Vehicle thefts from parked cars in Eastbourne

There has been a recent spate in theft from motor vehicles in the Shinewater and Roselands area of Eastbourne over the last few days.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice says “Please can car owners make sure that their vehicles are locked and secure when unattended and if possible carry out the following crime prevention processes;

Ensure you close your car windows and lock the doors.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Sussex Police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 304 or 565 of 07/02.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).


9th February 2016

Safe in East Sussex

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

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

Read more > >


30th January 2016

Car crime in Old Town area of Eastbourne

There has recently been an increase in thefts from vehicles parked in the Old Town area.  The vehicles targeted have either been left insecure or had personal items left on display.

Don't become a victim of crime.

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

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


28th January 2016

Share Your Experience of Cybercrime

In Surrey and Sussex, police forces have already recognised that there is a need to urgently increase their capacity and ability to deal with Cybercrime and reduce the real risks faced by local people. A joint Cybercrime Unit (CCU), based at Haywards Heath Police Station is helping to combat online crime in Surrey and Sussex. The unit has been brought together from across both forces and is building on findings from a pilot study in Brighton & Hove CID to help shape new processes and initiatives.

The South East cyber crime survey will help build a picture of how cyber crime affects local people, providing a snap-shot of the types of crimes residents are falling victim to and to what extent people know how they can protect themselves. Please have your say and help inform how the police respond to this issue in the future.

The survey is open to all residents aged 18+ living in South East England and closes at the end of January.

Please take part in the South East cyber crime survey > >

It only takes a few minutes to complete, and everyone is encouraged to take part, regardless of whether you have been a victim of Cybercrime or not. The results will help inform how local police forces tackle this issue and prevent those who are most vulnerable being targeted.


22nd January 2016

Police donation to Eastbourne hospital radio service

Police in Eastbourne have donated £200 to Radio DGH to help upgrade the playout system. This will provide better quality of sound in the broadcasting of songs, jingles and pre-recorded shows for the patients to hear.

Phil Masters, chairman of Radio DGH, said: "As a registered charity, any source of funding means a lot to us and we are, therefore, very grateful for this generous donation."

"It will go towards improving the quality of our output so we can continue our mission to provide music and conversation to inform, entertain, support and comfort the hospital's patients."

"This year marks the 65th anniversary of hospital radio in Eastbourne and 40 of them as Radio DGH and it is our intention to do it bigger, better and for at least the same again"

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

Police Community Support Officer Austin Milson "I am honoured to present this cheque to Radio DGH as they provide a great service to the patients and their families at a time of need."


16th January 2016

Eastbourne Wrongly Included in Gang Violence Report

Sussex Police has released a Press Statement in response the Home Office announcement relating to their report "Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation"

Hastings is included in the government programme but unfortunately Eastbourne was mistakenly included by the Home Office in this announcement, which has caused some concern locally. Eastbourne Police District Commander T/Chief Inspector, Emma Brice, said, "Can you pass this on to your members with my reassurance that Eastbourne does not have a problem with gang violence and remains a safe place to live, work and visit.

"Sussex Police and local partners are fully committed to protecting vulnerable people and dealing with youth crime in all the county's seaside towns. There is no evidence that Sussex has a gang culture where young people become involved in crime through their allegiance to a gang, however we know that youth violence - often drink or drug fuelled - can occur. We also know that vulnerable people locally can be at risk of being exploited by County Lines, where drug gangs from London seek to move into a provincial towns. , and it was to this end Sussex Police and our partners welcome this offer of additional advice and guidance from experts who are able to share good practice. This enables us to build on the strong partnership work already going on across Sussex to protect vulnerable people. 

Already officers in Hastings, working with our partners, have done an enormous amount in tackling drug-related criminality, including violence, through initiatives like Operation Ball, which last autumn saw more than 30 arrests made. We have been tackling "County Lines" and we deal with this whenever we have evidence or intelligence to indicate it may be happening. We work closely with our partners to reduce the harm caused and help those who are vulnerable.
This operation was based on co-operation with other forces and partner agencies to amass intelligence allowing robust action to be taken against suspects.

Eastbourne was not part of the focus and currently Hastings is the only area in Sussex that will become one of the 52 areas nationally offered this additional support from the Home Office.

Superintendent Nick May said: "While we do not have the gang violence perhaps associated with inner city areas, it can sometimes manifest itself in drug trafficking between the coast and the capital, which we have been dealing with robustly. We are committed with partners to reducing the harm caused by all violence in our towns and protecting those who are most vulnerable in our communities".


13th January 2016

Suicide Prevention Training

Grassroots Suicide Prevention delivers training that saves lives. Very few, if any of us, are untouched by suicide. They believe that suicide is a community health problem and that suicide can be prevented.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention promotes and delivers ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), a 2 day workshop that teaches a model of suicide first aid. ASIST has been developed by LivingWorks and has been delivered to over 1 million people worldwide.

Click here for more information.


Sussex Police
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team
Eastbourne Weekly Message

News, Appeals and Advice

Issued on behalf of the Met Police: Missing London man James Staples could be in Sussex

24th December 2015

Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from Greenwich who could be in Sussex. James Staples, 57, was last seen at 10.15am on Tuesday, 22nd December. James is described as white, 5' 8", of slim build with receding short brown hair. When last seen, he was wearing a navy blue rain jacket, a blue jumper, trousers, beige coloured shoes or boots and a khaki baseball cap.

His family and officers are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare, as his disappearance is out of character. Officers believe that he may have travelled to the Eastbourne area.

Anyone who has seen James is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit at Greenwich on 020 8284 7766 or via 101.

Here is a link to the story showing a photo of Mr Staples

Jewellery theft in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne

24th December 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after four rings were stolen from a jewellery shop in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne on Sunday (20th December).
A man and a woman walked into the store at around 3pm and asked to look at some watches. When a shop worker retrieved one to show the couple, she noticed the jewellery, worth more than £1700, missing from a ring pad.

The suspects ran out of the door and got into a silver Peugeot before driving off. The man is described as Asian, in his late 30's, of stocky build and was wearing dark jeans with a grey or blue cardigan.

The woman was also described as Asian with long dark hair and wearing a long, dark jacket.

A 23-year-old woman from London has been arrested on suspicion of theft and released on bail until 19th January.

PC Luke Brown said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 894 of 20/12."

Witnesses sought to two Eastbourne burglaries

23rd December 2015

Police in Eastbourne are investigating two recent burglaries in the town which they believe may be linked.

One occurred between Tuesday, 15th December and Saturday, 19th December in Lamont Court, Wilmington Square. Entry was gained through a window and a search was made, but nothing was stolen.

The second took place during the evening of Friday, 18th December in Park Gates, Chiswick Place. Again a window was used to gain entry and on this occasion a jacket and wallet were stolen.

Detective Constable Costin Bonell said: "If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious at either location, I'd urge them to get in touch with police."
They can do so by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phoning 101, quoting serial 1553 of 18/12 for the Lamont Court incident or 105 of 19/12 for that at Chiswick Place.

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

Eight more motorists convicted in drink and drug-driving campaign

22nd December 2015

Eight more motorists have been convicted as part of Operation Dragonfly - Surrey and Sussex Police's Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

A total of 137 arrests have now been made since the campaign launched on 1 December.  Of these, 72 have been charged.

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch said: "With Christmas just around the corner, we will be continuing to target motorists who think it is OK to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. While we encourage people to enjoy the festivities, it is important that they do so without putting their own lives - and others' - in jeopardy. "Such actions can lead to devastating consequences, and we are committed to ensuring the roads in Sussex are safe during the festive period and throughout the year."

"The message, as always, is clear - drink or drive; never both."

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit:
www.operationcrackdown.org.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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.

More special constables being recruited by Sussex Police

22nd December 2015

Sussex Police is recruiting people to become special constables - one of the most interesting ways you can volunteer your time to serve your local community.

We have opened the recruitment window again for accepting special constable applications. The application period opened on Tuesday 22nd December and will close on Monday 11th January 2016.

Special constables have the same powers and much of the same training as full-time officers. Playing a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams, these officers can also train to undertake specialist roles, responding to 999 calls and working in the road policing unit.

Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said: "We have more than 400 special constables working with our regular officers in Sussex. Special constables are an integral part our 'police family' giving people the opportunity to get to the heart of the communities we serve."

"Last year, special constables volunteered more than 80,000 hours with us; their professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm are admirable. We encourage special constable applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a difference in the communities they live in. It is important that our workforce reflects the diversity of our local communities so that Sussex Police can continue to improve its service. We need people with skills born out of diverse backgrounds and experiences to help us deliver excellence in local policing across Sussex."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: "Special constables have been involved in policing Sussex since 1831 and are an integral part of policing in the modern world. They are a unique and tenacious group of people who give their time for free and bring a wealth of experience and diversity to the Sussex Police workforce."

"I am a huge advocate for volunteering particularly when there are opportunities for local people to get involved in keeping their communities safer. I am pleased that Sussex Police has expanded the traditional role of the special by including them in campaigns like Op Manhunt and I know, having met some of the specials involved, that having an input in investigations has been very rewarding.
"I would encourage anyone who would like to make a real difference in their community to find out more about the volunteer roles available with Sussex Police."

Special constables devote a minimum of 16 hours a month, supporting local police teams, gaining new experiences and skills and learning about many aspects of police work. In-depth training is provided covering the police service, the duties of a police officer, powers of arrest and common crimes, how to prepare evidence for court and personal safety.

To find out more about the Special Constabulary and the application process please visit www.sussex.police.uk/policing-in-sussex/work-with-us/special-constables

Eastbourne dog walkers' dispute leads to assault

18th December 2015

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

Seasonal advice to help keep you and your property
safe this Christmas

This will be our last Community Message of 2015 – you’ll next hear from us on Friday 8th January 2016 – so we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy festive season. To help you do this, here are some ‘evergreen’ tips for ensuring that criminals don’t have a happy Christmas at your expense:


23rd December 2015


22nd December 2015


21st December 2015

Police Appeal for Witnesses to Assault

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

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

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

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

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


19th December 2015

The video below was issued by the National Police Chief's Council.
It is for your information and is not intended to cause fear or alarm.

However, we thought you should have the opportunity to see it.


Sussex Police
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team
Eastbourne Weekly Message

18th December 2015

News, Appeals and Advice

102 arrests made in Sussex in Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

17th December 2015

More than 100 motorists have been arrested in Sussex since the Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-driving was launched on 1st December.
A total of 102 arrests have been made in the county as part of Operation Dragonfly, launched by Surrey and Sussex Police, up to the end of Wednesday (16th December). Of these, 50 have been charged.

Among them is James Smoothy, 26, a British Transport Police officer based at Gatwick Airport. He was arrested in Copthorne Common Road, Copthorne, at 2.30am on Tuesday (15th December) and charged with having 98 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 8 January.

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 anonymously on 0800 555 111 or, visit the Crimestoppers website.

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.

Sussex Police responds to 2016/17 funding announcement

17th December 2015

The Police Grant Report for England and Wales 2016/17 announced today Thursday (17th December) by Mike Penning, the Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, has been welcomed by Sussex Police.
Chief Constable Giles York said: "Sussex Police has an ambitious programme of change to modernise our policing services and improve efficiencies. Today's announcement provides more certainty of our funding position for next year and up to 2020, and opportunities to invest in priority areas including counter terrorism and digital investigation and justice."

"The force still faces significant cost pressures over the next few years, over and above the levels of funding announced today.

"We are well prepared for future financial and operational challenges. Based on today's announcement we predict that our financial savings requirement will still be £11m in 2016-17 and around £30 million over the next four financial years up to 2020.

"The report also announces investment in transformation and emergency services network, which reinforces closer working with other forces and partner agencies.

"With increasing demands on policing, particularly protecting vulnerable people and counter terrorism, and in light of the funding challenges, we will continue to focus on local policing priorities.

"I can reassure the public that Sussex Police is a 24/7 emergency service which will always focus on the needs of those who are most vulnerable."

Wanted man Scott Solway arrested and jailed

17th December 2015

A wanted man has been jailed hours after being arrested by police.
Scott Solway, 33, formerly of Kingfisher Drive, Eastbourne, was wanted for breaching bail conditions imposed by magistrates on 26 November.
He was arrested at an address in Eastbourne on Thursday (17th December), and pleaded guilty to five counts of breaching a civil housing injunction at Eastbourne County Court later the same day.
He was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment.

Schoolgirl sexually assaulted in Eastbourne

16th December 2015

Police are appealing for information after a girl was sexually assaulted as she walked home in Eastbourne.

The 12-year-old girl left school at around 5pm on Tuesday, December 15 and walked along Crown Street and Ocklynge Road. When she was near to the junction with Upperton Road, she felt someone grab her from behind and they indecently assaulted her. She screamed and managed to push them away and they ran along Upperton Road. The victim ran home where she reported it to her dad, who phoned the police.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said: "This was an extremely distressing incident for this young girl, who did exactly the right thing by immediately raising the alarm at home. The victim didn't get a clear view of her attacker but believed that it was a man and as he ran away she saw he was wearing a thin coat.

"It was around 5pm, a busy time of the evening, and Upperton Road is a main road through the town. We are appealing to anyone who was walking in the area who might have heard screams or seen someone running away. Were you driving and saw what happened as you passed by?

"We are urging anyone with information to please get in touch with us. Call us on 101 or email on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Millburn.”

Man assaulted outside Eastbourne Railway Station

15th December 2015

Police were called to Eastbourne Railway Station in Terminus Road, Eastbourne just before half midnight on Friday (11th December) to a report of an assault.

A 60-year-old man from the town was found with scratches and bruises to his face as well as a broken collar bone. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital.

The victim told officers he had been attacked by two black men wearing hoodies as he walked down Gilridge Road, having left a bar in South Street just after 11pm on Thursday (10th December).

Detective Sergeant Bonnie Cowley said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious near the train station late on Thursday night.

"Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 19 of 11/12."

Man arrested in connection with Eastbourne rape

15th December 2015

Police have arrested a man in connection with a rape in Eastbourne.

A 26-year-old man from Eastbourne and known to the victim has been arrested on suspicion of rape of a 17-year-old girl in Macmillan Drive playground on Wednesday, December 9.

He has been bailed until February 10 while investigations continue.

Officer dismissed after public hearing

14th December 2015

Lee Lyons, 40, a police inspector based at Hastings, has been dismissed from Sussex Police after a special case hearing considered more than twenty allegations against him.

Mr Lyons's hearing was heard at the Force headquarters in Lewes on December 14, the first public hearing for a Sussex Police officer following their introduction nationally earlier this year.

The hearing, chaired by Chief Constable Giles York, heard that over a period of around three years Lee Lyons had accessed Force computer systems on numerous occasions using information obtained to pass details, including restricted operational documents, to two journalists working on publications in Sussex, a television news programme producer and a barrister - all females. The incidents were predominantly in the East Sussex area and breached the Sussex Police policy on the security and handling of information.

Additionally, among the 21 allegations, some of which had multiple elements, it was found that he had inappropriate contact with prostitutes while on duty and was accused of bullying behaviour while working on a major operation out of force.

Detective Inspector Nick Wainwright said: "The incidents came to light when very sensitive details of four cases were passed over a matter of a few days to a journalist who then sought clarification of the information. As a result of this, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney tasked the anti-corruption unit with identifying the source of the leak and a host of other incidents were discovered.

"Some of these took place while Lyons was on duty; others, including the passing on of restricted operational documents, were carried out off duty.
"He was suspended on October 2, 2014. No complaint has been received about the matter from an external party."

DCC Olivia Pinkney said: "Sussex Police expects the highest personal and professional standards of anyone who works for us and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards will be rigorously investigated.

"Lyons was passing on information that was operationally sensitive and may well have had an effect on victims or their families or may have had a negative impact on community tension.

"I asked our anti-corruption unit to investigate and Lyons was identified as the potential source. The investigation has been complex, but as soon as he was identified, we immediately suspended him. While I am saddened that it has been necessary to take such action at all, I am pleased with the result, which highlights our determination not to allow people like this to taint the name of Sussex Police and the enormous amount of work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff."

Mr Lyons does have the right to appeal against the decision.

New police teams increase focus on protecting
vulnerable people in Sussex

14th December 2015

Three new police units in Sussex are increasing the force's focus on abuse against vulnerable people.

Sussex Police have set up combined Specialist Investigation Units (SIUs) in each of the three Divisions (East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove), to investigate both the criminal and safeguarding aspects of child protection, adult protection, and all rape and serious sexual assaults.

The force has already had, for several years, specialist Child Protection Teams and Adult Protection Teams, on each of the three Divisions. These teams have proved very successful, achieving valuable results and working closely with partners in statutory and non-statutory agencies to safeguard the public and particularly vulnerable people.

However, up until now most reports of rape and serious sexual assault have been investigated by other fully qualified detectives, alongside their work on other crimes. They have been supported by specially trained Sexual Offence Liaison Officers (SOLOs) who have been available, in addition to their other day to day work, to assist in the initial stages of investigations. Some cases involving stranger rapes have been dealt with by the central Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team (MCT).

The new arrangement, bringing together all aspects of public protection, for the first time including rape and serious sexual assault, followed a request to the then National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) to review the force response to rape and serious sexual assault.

A number of recommendations were made to further improve the service provided to victims, and the report suggested that the concept of dedicated rape and sexual assault investigation was worthy of consideration.

Detective Chief Inspector Jo Banks said; "Our existing systems have proved increasingly successful in protecting victims and bringing offenders to justice, working with our local authority and support agency partners.
"But the three new centrally managed Units, who are now managing the criminal and safeguarding investigations for child and adult abuse, high risk domestic abuse and rape and serious sexual offences, are a big step forward.

"Demand in these areas has increased significantly in the last few years. The new teams are working across all the investigations, providing a consistent and joined up approach for the victims and our partners with whom we work so closely."

Between the performance years 2013/14 to 2014/15 the following increases were recorded:

There are also now 14 SOLO (Sexual Offence Liaison Officer) posts on a full-time basis within the SIUs. They are not investigating officers but are an integral part of the SIU investigating teams – ensuring that victims of rape and other serious sexual assaults receive care to meet their immediate physical, mental and welfare needs, taking the victim to the Crawley-based Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), securing forensic exhibits, and providing information to the victim including referral to other support agencies, explaining the criminal justice process and providing pre-trial support.

A further 22 posts as SOLOs combined with investigation work, within the SIUs, are also being created to further assist in this work. Extra funding for the full-time SOLO posts was secured by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC). The fully implemented and resourced SIUs manage and investigate:

PCSO role being reviewed

14th December 2015

A new PCSO role is proposed as part of changes to Neighbourhood Policing, which will ensure that local police services can be made more effective.

The revised role, part of the Local Policing Programme, aims to equip the officers with a wider range of skills to prevent crime and solve local problems, with partners where possible. PCSOs are being consulted on the proposal which will make them part of a wider prevention team, actively prioritising those who are vulnerable and addressing community concerns.

The Local Policing Programme aims to provide an affordable, resilient model of local policing in Sussex and it is proposed that PCSOs will:

ACC Robin Smith said: "We are now consulting with our PCSO colleagues on the proposed design, which has taken several months to develop. The views of our PCSOs, along with those of their supervisors and partners regarding current working practices, future deployment and opportunities for further partnership working have informed the design of the new role.

"It gives us a real opportunity to make PCSOs more effective and equip them with the skills they require to resolve local problems and prevent crime and disorder. The design is part of a broader need to transform neighbourhood and local policing, making the role more responsive, with greater responsibility and capability to solve local problems. We cannot, however, shy away from the fact that there are fewer PCSOs in the new model.

"The proposed number has been based on analysis of the demands on the role and provides the minimum number required for the future model.  While we will not have a physical policing presence in every geographic location we will deliver services that are proportionate to the levels of threat, risk and harm and the public in each ward will have a team to contact rather than an individually named PCSO.

"It is important to stress that we are now in consultation with our staff about the proposed new model, and this consultation period runs until mid-February."


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

11th December 2015

Ten to be sentenced for door-step frauds across South East

This release is issued on behalf of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). A network of organised criminals committing fraud offences in excess of £310,000 has been unravelled following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).The fraud offences involved a total of 34 victims.

Ten people pleaded to, or were found guilty of, a variety of fraud and money laundering offences.

Operation Knock investigated incidents between October 2013 and September 2014 whereby victims had been told that their neighbours' property had been flooded with raw sewage originating from under their property. The victims were told that they needed to hire specialist equipment to resolve the issue and to pay a deposit which would then be refunded.

Lead investigator DC Matt Wilson, from SEROCU's Regional Fraud Team said: "This group were part of a more sophisticated network that intentionally targeted the most vulnerable people.

Once they found someone that would give them money they repeatedly targeted them with a barrage of lies and deceit to extract further funds. The people convicted have all admitted, or been convicted of, arranging these offences, or allowing their bank accounts to be used to receive and dissipate the funds from these crimes. Without these willing participants or others like them these offences could not occur.

This should act as a deterrent to anyone else tempted to earn some extra money by turning a blind eye to these crime, we will investigate and bring them before the court."

All ten people are due to be sentenced over two days on Friday 11th December and 8th January 2016. The court is currently listed as Lewes Crown Court however this may be subject to change. 

The incidents took place across the following locations:

For more information please visit the SEROCU website.

8th December 2015

22 charged in first week of Christmas drink-driving campaign

A Hungarian man has become the first motorist in Sussex to be convicted as part of Operation Dragonfly, the Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

A total of 45 drivers have been arrested in Sussex since the campaign, run jointly by Surrey and Sussex Police, launched on Tuesday 1st December. Of these, 22 have been charged and bailed to appear at court. Among them is Gabor Varga, a 35-year-old painter, of Sea Place in Goring.

He was arrested after officers noticed a black Vauxhall Vivaro being driven erratically in Brighton Road, Lancing, at about 2.45am on 7th December. He was remanded in custody to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court the following day, charged with drink-driving having 41 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35.

Varga pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay further costs of £255.

A further 21 motorists have also been charged as part of the Christmas campaign.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or call 999.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit the Crimestoppers website.

10th December 2015

Bogus Detective Scams Vulnerable People

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

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

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

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

5th December 2015

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

Rogue trader warning

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

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

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

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

Police seek would-be bookies' robber, Eastbourne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for Eastbourne businesses and residents
who resisted phone scammers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCTV images of Eastbourne shop robbery suspects released

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

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

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

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

Sussex Police Christmas Crime Prevention Advice

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

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

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

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

Business wardens launch in Sussex

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drug and drink drivers targeted in Christmas campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the same survey 5.9 per cent of motorists admitted to getting behind the wheel when they thought they could be over the drink-drive limit - the equivalent of a further two million drink-drivers on the roads.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit the operation crackdown website.

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

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

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

Witness appeal following assault near Elm Grove, Eastbourne

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

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

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

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

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


23rd November 2015

News, Appeals and Advice from Eastbourne Police

Information sought after house burglary in Eastbourne

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

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

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

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

Further appeal after pedestrian injured in Eastbourne collision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robbery at Eastbourne convenience store

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

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

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

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

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

Man arrested after Eastbourne betting shop robbery

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

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

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

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


20th November 2015

Warning to Internet Users

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

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

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

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


3rd November 2015

Volunteers needed for Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a locally driven initiative where active members of the community join together with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds.

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

Click here for more information.

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


2nd November 2015

How much would you pay for policing in Sussex?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes
Katy Bourne
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner


22nd October 2015

EASTBOURNE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday 11th November 2015

Refreshments 6.30pm
Meeting Begins 7pm

Broadway United Church Hall
Lindfield Road
Hampden Park BN22 0AS
(Situated at the end of the Broadway Shops)
(Ample Parking Available)

17th October 2015

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

Wanted Eastbourne man Ryan Skinner has been arrested

Eastbourne man Ryan Skinner, 30, wanted on warrant after failing to attend Hastings magistrates court on 29th July to answer a charge of assault, has been detained.

He was arrested in Eastbourne yesterday  (Thursday, 15th October) and is now in custody.

Police would like to thank the media and members of the public for their help in tracing Skinner.

Appeal for witnesses to hit and run collision A27 Polegate

Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run collision at the Cophall roundabout on the A27 eastbound at Polegate at around 11.15am on Wednesday (14th October) involving a flat-bed vehicle and a pedal cycle.

The cyclist, a 20-year-old man from Polegate had just left the service station and was starting to cross the exit for the A27 eastbound Polegate bypass when he was in collision with a vehicle, described as a flat bed type. He sustained minor injuries to his elbows. The flat-bed vehicle did not stop.

If anyone witnessed the collision or has any information about the flat bed vehicle, contact police on 101
or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting serial 0465 of 14/10.

Sussex Police recruiting special constables

Sussex Police is recruiting people to become special constables - one of the most interesting ways you can volunteer your time to serve your local community.

We have opened the recruitment window again for accepting special constable applications. The closing date for applications is Monday 19 October.

Special constables have the same powers and much of the same training as full-time officers. Playing a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams, these officers can also train to undertake specialist roles, responding to 999 calls and working in the road policing unit.

Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said: "We have more than 400 special constables working with our regular officers in Sussex. Special Constables are an integral part our 'police family' giving people the opportunity to get to the heart of the communities we serve.

"Last year, special constables volunteered more than 80,000 hours with us; their professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm is admirable.

"We are looking to recruit special constables across Sussex but I would particularly like to appeal for volunteers who live near Rother, Wealden, Midhurst, Petworth, Selsey, Lewes and Horsham. These locations are currently lacking in volunteers."

We encourage special constable applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a difference in the communities they live in. It is important that our workforce reflects the diversity of our local communities so that Sussex Police can continue to improve its service. We need people with skills born out of diverse backgrounds and experiences to help us deliver excellence in local policing across Sussex.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: "Special constables have been involved in policing Sussex since 1831 and are an integral part of policing in the modern world. They are a unique group of people who give their time for free to help keep Sussex safe, and they bring experience and diversity to the workforce. I would encourage anyone who would like to make a real difference in their community to find out more about this volunteer role available with Sussex Police."

Special constables devote a minimum of 16 hours a month, supporting local police teams, gaining new experiences and skills and learning about many aspects of police work. In depth training is provided covering the police service, the duties of a police officer, powers of arrest and common crimes, how to prepare evidence for court and personal safety.

To find out more about the Special Constabulary and the application process please visit the Sussex Police website.

15th October 2015

Police appeal for further witnesses following fire at Shinewater Primary School in Eastbourne

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a fire at Shinewater Primary School in Milfoil Drive, Eastbourne on Monday (12 October).

A 14-year-old boy from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of arson and released on bail until 22 January, 2016.

On Tuesday (13 October) officers arrested another 14-year-old boy from Eastbourne on suspicion of arson. He has been bailed until 22 October.
On Wednesday (14 October) a 15-year-old boy from Eastbourne was arrested on suspicion of arson and currently remains in police custody.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said: "This has been very distressing for the local community and we are still trying to piece together events leading up to the fire.

"I would ask anybody who may have heard or seen something, no matter how insignificant it may seem to them, to get in touch."
Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 0033 of 12/10.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Elderly woman robbed in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery of an elderly woman in Eastbourne on Wednesday (October 7).

The victim, an 81-year-old woman, was walking at the back of the rear of The Glastonbury Hotel, Marine Road at 10.45pm when she was approached by two men.

She was hit on the shoulder and her handbag was taken. The two men ran away towards Seaside possibly via Leaf Hall Road.

Detective constable Jo Bott said: "The men are described as around 5' 8", with one wearing a red long sleeved top, and the other a white long sleeved top with dark stripes down the arms. The elderly victim has been left extremely shaken and saddened by the attack.

"Anyone who has any information or saw the men running away are asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1532 of 07/10.

Appeal for witnesses to a man bitten by a dog

Police are appealing for witness to a man who was bitten by a dog in Eastbourne on Wednesday (October 7).

The victim, a man in his 70s, was walking his dog in Shinewater Lane at around 2.45pm. His dog was off the lead and began fighting with another dog. The victim tried to separate the dogs and was bitten on his hand.

The owner of the the dog, a woman in her mid 20s, apologised but left without leaving her details.

PC Tom Thorpe said: "This was a nasty attack that left the victim, and his dog, both with nasty cuts. The woman is described as white, slim and wearing a jacket and fitted trousers. Her dog was described as a white "Staffie" type dog with brown patches.

"We are keen to trace this woman and her dog as we need to speak to them about what happened. Anyone with information is asked to contact on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 817 of 07/10."

1st October 2015

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

Sussex Police launches recovered property site on Flickr

Operation Magpie is Sussex Police's commitment to make Sussex a 'no go' area for burglars. One initiative is to ensure that there are steps in place to reunite victims of burglary with their property. This is why Sussex Police has launched a Flickr page where any property recovered can be published to help increase the chances of victims being reunited with their property.

Every item of recovered property is checked for security marking or distinguishing features that may help to identify the original owner, but many items do not have any identification information.

This recovered property site allows the public to search through pictures of items recovered by Sussex Police and identify anything that might belong to them or someone they know. If a member of the public identifies property that belongs to them, they just simply email the relevant reference number to the officer in charge to start the process of being reunited with their property. All of the items have been photographed and stored by Sussex Police in the hope they can be identified. Items include jewellery, power tools, electrical equipment, pedal cycles and motor cycles.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: "We set this page up with the aim of returning stolen items to their rightful owners. Another way to make it easier to be reunited with your property should you be a victim of burglary is to make sure you register it on immobilise.com. This site is free and very simple to use.

"It also helps us to catch burglars who try to sell these items on to second hand goods traders as the items can be traced. If you or friends or family have had any property stolen, please take a look at the recovered property Flickr site as Sussex Police is keen to reunite property to the rightful owners and bring offenders to justice."

Click here for the Flickr page.

For more information on home security advice or registering your property with immobilise, please search Operation Magpie on sussex.police.uk.
Join us in making Sussex a volatile environment for burglars by reporting suspicious behaviour and keeping your home secure. In an emergency always dial 999; when it's less urgent you can also call 101 or report incidents online.

OP MAGPIE

In Sussex, Operation Magpie is Sussex Police's response to burglary. This operation sees us working with our partner agencies with the aim of preventing burglary and, when it does happen, finding those responsible and searching for your stolen property as quickly as possible.
Since its formation in 2013 burglary in Sussex fell from 325 burglaries per month to 278 burglaries per month, solved rates improved from 15% to 17% and victim satisfaction reached 91%.

Keeping your home secure

In the warmer months we often see an increase in the number of burglaries due to houses not being secure. Houses with at least basic security (defined as window locks and deadbolts on doors) are at nearly 10 times lower risk of being burgled than those without.

Following these basic crime prevention tips will reduce your chances of being burgled:

Double check fences and boundaries to make sure they keep burglars out.
When you leave a room unattended, close and lock 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.

How to get involved

You can join us in our campaign to tackle burglary in Sussex by reporting any suspicious behaviour to us when it happens.

Sussex Police Community Messaging is now also online, enabling you to register for messages and alerts about your local area, including information about burglaries which have taken place.

Once registered you will be kept up-to-date with crime and policing issues where you live. This includes warnings about bogus callers and rogue traders, crime reduction advice and news from your local team. There is no charge for this service - all messages you receive are free. You can sign-up here

Registering your valuables can put off potential burglars, and can make things easier if they are stolen. You will have a list for your insurance company, and we can reunite you with your stuff.

We work throughout the year to raise awareness of the steps you can take to keep your home secure.

Eastbourne police warning - protect your garages

Eastbourne has seen a spate of break-ins and attempt break-ins to garages across the town. We often forget to put as much thought into securing our out buildings as we do our own homes. Garages and sheds are where we keep some of our most valuable items and when left unsecured provides an easy target to criminals.

Making simple adjustments like making sure padlocks are in good working order, hinges and handles are also maintained. Most criminals are opportunist, so by advertising that you have high value goods or that your building is poorly maintained will make it more appealing to them.
Keep high value items such as garden machinery, old vintage cars, and mountain bikes secure, for example padlocking to the floor or wall and keep them out of sight. If you have a window in your shed or garage consider frosting the glass or putting up a curtain or blind, sensor lighting is also a cheap but effective way of keeping unwanted visitors at bay.
Sergeant Mark Davis of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing team said "We are encouraging the public to keep their properties safe, especially as it is coming up to winter time, padlocks can erode, doors warp and don't shut properly, have a quick look around your garages; make it as unappealing as possible to opportunist criminals.

"Although this is not a huge spike in break-ins, it’s certainly a rise in comparison to the last few months. We are urging anyone that sees someone acting suspiciously to report it to us. If you are concerned and would like some advice on keeping your property safe you can contact your local officer. Details of this can be found on our website. www.sussex.police.uk".

4th September 2015

Many of you will be aware that the first episode of a three part documentary aired last night called “The Nick”. The mini series, filmed in and around Brighton and Hove, follows a number of the teams based within the city as they go about their daily role.

Did you watch the first episode? If so, we want to know how you feel about us and your county. Each week we will be running a short survey to gauge how you feel. If you could spare a minute to answer four quick questions we’d really appreciate it.

Click here to fill in the survey. Please note that if you work for Sussex Police a separate internal survey has been created for your completion and can be found via Priority Messages on the front of the intranet.

You can catch the next episode of The Nick next Wednesday at 9pm on ITV1.

4th September 2015

Mediation Plus to hold open morning for new volunteer mediators

Community mediation service Mediation Plus is holding an Open Morning for anyone interested in becoming an accredited mediator with them on Saturday 19th September between 10am and 12 noon. The Hailsham based charity - whose neighbour and intergenerational mediation services cover Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes districts - are looking to recruit a new group of volunteers following a recent increase in case referrals and will be starting their next training course on Saturday October 3rd.

Service Manager Clive Gross commented “As many local agencies such as the police, local authorities and housing associations look to manage their services on reducing budgets, we are finding the demand for community mediation increasing across our area.  Being a volunteer lead service covering a substantial part of East Sussex, it is vital we maintain a large group of accredited mediators as we never know where cases will come in from or how many referrals we will receive. Whether an individual mediator is involved in one case a year or ten, they are playing a key role in solving disputes within our local communities and preventing conflicts escalating.”

All Mediation Plus mediators complete a specialist training course accredited by Open College Network London which runs across five consecutive Saturdays held in Hailsham before being able to work on cases with an experienced co-mediator. Mediation skills can also be used in many different professional settings and volunteer mediators come from a wide variety of backgrounds and can go on to apply their skills in their personal and professional lives too.

Mediation Plus Training Manager Joan Eades added “Mediation skills are really useful life skills too, and a really important part of our work is to spread those skills as widely in the community as we can, so that people can use them wherever disputes or conflicts arise. Our training aims to provide participants with a tool kit they can use at any time in the future as well as a recognised qualification which can be part of on-going professional development or part of a pathway back into further study or work.”

To find out more about the course, volunteering with Mediation Plus and to meet some of the services experienced mediators, come to their open morning on September 19th at their offices at Southview, Western Road in Hailsham or call Joan Eades on 01323 442781 for a course application pack.

3rd September 2015

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

District Commanders Message

As we are in the Summer season I would like to remind you about our summer burglary campaign. The good news is that the risk of becoming a victim of burglary in Eastbourne and in Sussex is low, however during the summer and warmer weather, that risk can increase when people leave windows and doors open and high value items on display and accessible, for example it's easy to reach through an open window.

If you leave your home unattended, even if you are just going to be in the front or back garden, close and lock windows and doors, especially those on the ground floor or at easy reach levels. Keep wallets, keys and high value items out of easy reach of open windows.

If you would like further crime prevention advice on home security you can contact your local officer who will be happy to attend and speak with you about ways in which you can better secure your home.

You can register all valuable items and property for free on www.immobilise.com 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.

We have seen some great results in Eastbourne recently with over £200,000 of drugs being seized, and a number of offenders have been convicted of drugs supply and are serving lengthy prison sentences.

One valuable tool for Police to use in our relentless pursuit of criminals is the power of stop and search. The Home Office introduced the 'Best use of Stop and Search Scheme' last year which is a voluntary initiative aiming to achieve greater transparency and community involvement in the use of stop and search and support a more intelligence-led approach.

By taking part in this scheme we have committed to recording the outcome of stop searches in more detail to show the link between why the search took place and the outcome of the search. We have also put into place a "community trigger"™, a complaints process, so that people can have their case reviewed if they have been stopped and searched more than three times in six months.

The key point of the scheme is transparency and building trust and confidence in policing. Here in Eastbourne I am scrutinising stop searches to ensure we use stop and search powers effectively and fairly. Both myself and my team will be meeting with groups within the community to explain the use of this power and to seek feedback as to how its use impacts on the community and how we can use the power more effectively.

Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander

New police office on Eastbourne seafront

Sussex Police and Eastbourne Borough Council's Neighbourhood First team and have joined forces to open a new satellite office on Eastbourne seafront.

The office, located on the lower prom beside the pier, has WiFi installed and is an administrative base for the teams while they are patrolling the busy seafront area. It allows them to access technology and log on to their work systems without having to return to the main office at 1 Grove Road, improving the efficiency of their patrols.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice, Eastbourne's District Commander, said: "Being visible and accessible in the communities we serve helps to strengthen relationships with Eastbourne's residents, businesses and visitors. This new office allows local officers to spend more time in the community and provides an excellent opportunity to work more closely with our partners which ultimately means we can deliver better services to the public.

"We have already seen an improvement in the way we work with Eastbourne Borough Council following the local policing team's move into 1 Grove Road in October 2013, and this new office will only further strengthen our joined up approach."

Councillor Steve Wallis, Eastbourne Borough Council's Cabinet member for Place Services, said: "This satellite office is a great time-saver and means our team can spend more time on the seafront providing extra support to people and dealing with their enquiries.

"This further extends our close working partnership with Sussex Police pioneered at the Customer Contact Centre at 1 Grove Road which is proving successful in providing the best service possible to residents."

Customers can contact Eastbourne Borough Council on 01323 410000 or at customerfirst@eastbourne.gov.uk

In addition, customers can contact police by visiting www.sussex.police.uk, emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or calling 101. As always please dial 999 in an emergency

News Round-up

Woman imprisoned for six years after series of burglaries from homes of elderly people in East Sussex

A woman has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for a series of East Sussex burglaries over just eight days during which she preyed on elderly people in their own homes.

Josephine Webb, 47, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday 5 August having been convicted of all five offences after a trial in which she pleaded not guilty.

Sometime between 8am and 9am on 26 January this year, Webb called at an address in Bourne Court, Hastings, and offered the 93-year old woman living there a free haircut. While there she took a handbag and jewellery.

Four days later, at about 3pm on Friday 30 January, she called at a flat occupied by a married couple in Grand Parade, Eastbourne, with a bottle of milk she said was for the lady opposite. She was allowed into the couple's flat to write a message for the lady and left. A short while later it was noticed that a handbag had gone from the couple's flat containing £300 cash, a disability blue badge, cheque book and bank card.

On Sunday 1 February, Webb called at an address in Quarry Road, Hastings, and was allowed in by the woman living there after claiming to have just been the victim of a handbag theft. She then abruptly left and the resident later found that her wallet had been taken from a handbag.

The following day Webb returned to the same address, claiming to come from the police, and walked straight in, running off with two handbags. At that point the woman called the police, who searched the area and found Webb in the town centre soon afterwards, in possession of a bank card from the victim of the Eastbourne offence.

Earlier the same day, 2 February, before calling at that address and later being arrested, Webb had called at two other addresses, one in Bexhill and one in Hastings.

At about 1.45pm she had called at an address of a 98-year old woman in Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill, claiming to have come from social services to discuss cleaning arrangements. After she left, the occupant realised that a purse had been stolen.

Less than two hours later Webb called at a flat in Holmesdale Gardens, Hastings, claimed to want to leave a message for the man living opposite, and asked for pen and paper, While the resident went to fetch those, Webb took a bag containing the resident's pension money. Of the property stolen in the offences, only the bank card from 2 February was recovered.

Detective Sergeant Jason Tuck said; "Webb preyed on the elderly and vulnerable women whilst on day release from prison. Needless to say she never returned after her day out and went on the run for a few days until we caught her after the burglary on 2 February.

She had been serving a seven year sentence at Sutton Park prison in Kent for three burglaries in Hastings in 2011, and disappeared after she was given day release on 24 January this year.

Jason Tuck added; "This case shows that distraction thieves like Webb may use a variety of ruses. The golden rule is - do not let anyone into your home unless you know exactly who they are and you are satisfied they have a genuine reason for visiting. If in doubt, keep them out and call us on 999."

Two friends assaulted on Eastbourne seafront

Police are appealing for witnesses after two women were assaulted on Eastbourne seafront on Saturday 8 August. The victims, aged 24 and 28, were sitting together on the lower promenade of Grand Parade at 12.15am when they were approached by a group of people who poured alcohol onto them and then punched them both.

The 28-year-old victim received medical treatment for a cut below one of her eyes and her bag, which contained personal items, was also stolen. The other victim was punched but did not require any medical treatment.

The suspects were described as five women and one man aged between 16 to 20. After the attack they were seen running up the stairs next to the bandstand on to Grand Parade.

PC Chris Holmes said: "This was a particularly nasty unprovoked attack on two friends who were enjoying an evening out. If anyone has any information about the identity of the suspects please call us."

Any witness or anyone with information about the incident is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 17 of 08/08. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Eastbourne daughter and mother sentenced over harassment of blind woman

A woman who attacked a partially sighted woman in Eastbourne has been jailed, while her mother has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

The 55-year old victim, who needs a guide dog because of her limited sight, was assaulted and punched in the head a number of times while out walking her guide dog in October 2014. A woman was charged with the assault, but two months later on her way back home from visiting local shops, the victim was confronted by the same person and her mother, when abuse was yelled at her.

At Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 20 August, Roxanne Cole, 26, of Wildwood, Eastbourne, was sentenced to a total of nine months in jail after pleading guilty to assault by beating, and intimidating a witness, while her mother Julia Foulds, 46, of the same address, was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with a 12 month supervision order, after she pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness.

The Court also issued a Restraining Order under the Protection from Harassment Act, until further notice, prohibiting both women from approaching the victim, and her guide dog.

Acting Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS South East, Kris Venkatasami, said: "Any attack on a vulnerable and disabled victim is appalling, but in this case, the terrifying assault suffered by this victim has had a long lasting and devastating impact on her.

"As a result of the defendant's actions, she has had to move home, taking her away from her support network of both family and friends. Her guide dog was so badly affected by the attack that he has required further training and the victim has had the additional worry that he may not have been able to continue in her service

"This case highlights just how much of an impact disability hate crime can have on victims and how important it is such incidents are reported to the police, so they can be prosecuted. We know victims are sometimes reluctant to come forward because they fear repeat victimisation. In this particular case, that is exactly what the victim suffered. Now those responsible for the original attack and for the intimidation that followed have been brought to justice."

Sussex Police's Hate Crime Sergeant, Peter Allan, said, "Hate crime is a key priority for Sussex Police, but disability hate is a particular focus because of the difficulties in identifying such hate-based behaviour, along with the additional challenges faced by some disabled people in being able to assist the police and other agencies.

"This violent attack on a partially sighted victim by Roxanne Cole was compounded by the subsequent witness intimidation by both Roxanne and Julia Foulds.  "I hope this case and the sentence imposed by the court sends a strong and clear message to those who perpetrate hate crime that the Sussex Police and the Crown Prosecution Service will take robust action to hold offenders to account. I also hope this case gives confidence to victims of any form of hate-based behaviour to report it to the police.

"You can report hate crime by calling Sussex Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. You can also report online via our website www.sussex.police.uk and click on the report online tab"

Youth custody for Eastbourne burglar

In October 2014 the construction site for the Pacific House Business Park, Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, was burgled and computer and surveying equipment worth more than £19,000 was stolen.

A DNA sample was obtained and a detailed investigation, led by the Priority Crime Team and supported by neighbourhood officers, was launched.

The trail led to a local man, Tom Fear, 20, and on Thursday (27 August), he appeared at Lewes Crown Court and pleaded guilty to burglary. He was sentenced to 18 months youth custody and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Later, Sergeant Julian Williams, of the Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, welcomed the sentence. He said: "This is yet another demonstration of our determination to bring people to justice for their crimes. This offence caused significant disruption to the building work that was taking place on the site."

"The fact that we were able to identify the offender shows the contribution the community makes to keeping Sovereign Harbour safe for residents and businesses. I hope this is a message to criminals that we will not relent in getting justice for victims of their crimes."

27th August 2015

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

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

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

 

28th August 2015

Safe in East Sussex August Newsletter

The August issue of the Safe in East Sussex newsletter is now available to download.

Download the newsletter > >

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

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

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

You will also be able to:

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

This includes:

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

…don’t miss the Bus

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

21st August 2015

Building Stronger Bridges

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

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

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

More information > >

9th August 2015

New scams reported from Action Fraud

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

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

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

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

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

5th August 2015

News, Appeals and Advice

Don't let thieves spoil your holidays

Local police patrols in Eastbourne are concerned that people are leaving high-value items on display when parking their cars around the town.

Officers have noticed laptop computers, cameras and mobile phones left on seats and consoles, and fear they are an open invitation to opportunist thieves. Even more worrying has been the number of times patrols have discovered vehicles left unlocked by owners, possibly distracted by holiday fun. And, around town and on the beach people have been noticed leaving bags open or unattended with purses, mobiles and other valuables clearly visible.

Inspector Rachel Barrow, of the Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, said: "Let's take away these opportunities for thieves to strike and ruin your day. Please ensure you keep your valuables safe and secure at all times, and if you have to leave such items in cars, make sure they are hidden away from view."

"When leaving your vehicle, remember the three Cs - close it, click it, check it. Close all doors  and windows, click the locks and check it to be doubly sure."

Anyone noticing suspicious activity or requiring crime prevention advice should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk  or phone 101. Call 999 in emergency.

Alternatively, it's possible to leave information with the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Advice on keeping together while visiting Airbourne

It's that time of year again and soon the skies of Eastbourne will be filled with the sights and sounds of aircraft, the dizzy spectacle of wing-walkers and the ever impressive RAF display team, the Red Arrows.

Among all the fun and excitement, Sussex Police and the Eastbourne volunteer police cadets will be working hard to make sure everyone stays safe and any missing and found people, young and old, are reunited with their loved ones.

The lifeguard station on the promenade will be issuing wristbands for children so that emergency contact details can be written on them. The police cadets will also carry a supply while on patrol.

Sussex Police wants everyone to enjoy themselves and not have to worry about losing touch with friends or relatives at the busy event,which this year runs from 13th to 16th August. The event annually attracts up to 400,000 visitors.  

It's good advice to have a pre-arranged meeting point in case you get separated. Although we get reports of missing children, most people we reunite are adults who don't have contact numbers for others in their party and don't know where to meet should they get separated.

If you are coming as a family and have children with you, please ensure they carry an emergency number with them so that you can be contacted if they become lost.

If they are stranded, encourage them to ask for help from a police officer, police cadet or Eastbourne Borough Council marshal.

Sergeant Fiona Munro, from the Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, said: "Last year we reunited nearly 30 missing children and adults during the event. Most children reported missing are usually reunited within the first 10 minutes, but it can be upsetting for all concerned. Often, a child will stop to look at a toy or display unnoticed by their parents. We advise parents to return to the spot where they first missed their children, as that's where they'll usually be found."

Allotment security hints and tips

Eastbourne Police would like to remind all allotment owners about securing their sheds and not leaving valuable tools unattended or left overnight with no shed to lock them into.

Property such as lawnmowers, power tools and gardening equipment. Please ensure that all outbuildings such as sheds or storage boxes that you may use are in good condition and have sturdy good quality locks on them.  If your shed has windows place steel mesh across them to stop eagle eyes and makes entry more difficult.

Look out for each other’s plots, if you see someone acting suspiciously then report it, not only to whoever is on site but to police too.

You can purchase alarms that are specific to sheds, and ones that will link in with your home telephone or mobile to advise if it has been activated.

Take photographs of high value items and make note of the serial numbers, it helps should the worst happen and we find property, we can return it to you quicker. You can register any high value items on www.immobilise.com free of charge.

It is important to make sure all your belongings are kept secure and out of sight even if you are on site tending to your allotment.

31st July 2015

New Neighbourhood Police Contact Details

All members of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team have been issue with new "smartphones" which will enable them to work more efficiently and spend more time out in the community.

Click here to download the list > >

24th July 2015

Albion in the Community

Fulfilling Lives has offered to fund the award-winning Albion Goals programme to come to Eastbourne for a year!

The programme will be kick-started on Monday 3rd August on the outdoor courts at the Archery from 1-2.30pm every Monday.

Sessions are free, and designed to motivate, inspire and generally help adults to develop emotional resilience.

For those of you who are not familiar with Albion Goals, here is a 5 minute video produced for the Football League Awards.

31st July 2015

New Neighbourhood Police Contact Details

All members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team have been issue with new "smartphones" that will enable them to work more efficiently and spend more time out of the office.

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21st July 2015

Message from the District Commander

I would like to introduce myself to you as the District Commander for Eastbourne, having taken over from Steve Biglands in April. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first couple of months at Eastbourne, I have a great Neighbourhood Policing Team and I can see that we have some very well established and thriving partnerships in the town. I met recently with some of the Neighbourhood Panel Chairs and I am really pleased to see what valuable work you do in the community. Thank you to those of you who give up your time to run or attend our Neighbourhood Panels in Eastbourne.

I have been asked a number of times since I started at Eastbourne about the changes that will be taking place within Sussex Police that were announced earlier in the year, so I thought I would give you a brief update on the current position.

Sussex Police saved £50 between 2010 and 2015 and we now have to save another £57 million by 2020. The ongoing work to achieve these savings is called the Local Policing Programme. We have managed to make some of these savings by working together with Surrey Police, we are already working together in areas such as major crime, forensics, firearms, and there will be further opportunities to collaborate in other areas.

We will not achieve all the necessary savings by working together with Surrey Police and therefore we need to change the way we work. The nature of crime is changing - burglaries have fallen by over 50% since 2003 and vehicle crime has fallen by 75% over the same period. However more complex crime is increasing, for example cyber crime and child sexual exploitation, and therefore the policing model needs to change to keep up with this change in criminality. Organised crime groups using new technology will not be deterred by officers on the beat - we must operate differently.

As 80% of our budget is spent on pay the size of our workforce will have to get smaller. I don't know what the final model for the local policing in Eastbourne will look like, but I can reassure you that you will still have a named person responsible for each local area who will understand your local concerns. Although there will be fewer PCSOs across the force they will receive extra training so that they can provide a wider range of support in problem solving and investigation.

We are an emergency service and we will always be there when people need us. The number of officers who respond to emergencies will remain the same. We cannot however do more with less people, so we will be working to reduce demand. We will not respond to non-emergencies that could better be dealt with by other partners or agencies and we will work closely with our partners to ensure services are provided by those with the expertise and responsibility to do so. Officers are currently being issued with mobile devices which are the size of a large smart phone. This will allow them to deal with incidents and submit the relevant paperwork on their phones rather than having to return to the police station to do this. This should save a great deal of time which can be spent on patrol instead. We are also developing a 'resolution centre' which will give you access to police officers over the phone to help you resolve low-scale issues straight away without having to wait for an appointment to speak to an officer.

Not everything will change straight away - this is a plan to take us up to 2020. As I mentioned before, I don't know what local policing in Eastbourne will look like in 2020, but I will keep you updated when relevant decisions are made.

Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander

13 July 2015

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News, Appeals and Advice
Photo released of Eastbourne security van robber

10 July 2015

Police have released a photo of a man suspected of robbing a security van in Eastbourne of several thousand pounds.

The van had stopped outside HSBC in Edward Road at 10.06am on Thursday (July 9) when a man attacked the driver and made off with a cash box containing several thousand pounds. The security van driver was hit in the side of his body and his legs with a hammer, but was not seriously injured.

The robber left in a dark blue Volkswagen Golf displaying false registration plates NJ52CHC, which was spotted a short time later in Foxglove Road where the cash box was abandoned. The car, which had previously been stolen in London, was later found abandoned in Bembridge Road, Shinewater.

The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, 5' 6"-5' 8", with black hair and designer stubble. He was wearing a dark blue bomber jacket and dark trousers and a dark blue baseball cap with NY on the front.

Detective Sergeant Dave Pye said; "If you recognise this man, or saw the robbery, saw the car in the area before or after or have any other information please contact us via email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 402 of 09/07. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Police execute drugs warrant to raid two properties in
Willowfield Road, Eastbourne

9th July 2015

On Thursday (9 July) police executed a drugs warrant to raid two adjacent houses in Willowfield Road, Eastbourne. Officers from throughout the East Sussex division took part in the operation, which was in response to public concerns about the semi-detached properties. Reports suggested that both addresses were being used for the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, both class A drugs. This was associated with anti-social behaviour in the area, with noise, violence, street disputes and similar activity affecting law-abiding residents.

At around 10am police teams made simultaneous entries to both properties, which inside are divided into separate rooms and bed-sits.
Seven men and two women were detained while officers and drugs dogs made a systematic search of the building. A quantity of cannabis was found during the search.

Eastbourne police commander Chief Inspector Emma Brice said: "It's important to me to support the community and react to their concerns about anti-social behaviour and drug dealers who target vulnerable people."

"There was sufficient reason to act and to reassure residents in the area that their complaints were being listened to and their worries taken seriously."

Chief Inspector Brice asked anyone with information about illicit drugs or anti-social behaviour to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101 to assist in the ongoing battle to reduce drug dealing and drug-related crime in the area. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

Sussex Police confirms information is released about all crime in your area

9th July 2015

Sussex Police is completely transparent about the level of recorded crime in the county. The force issues figures to the Home Office and if you go to www.police.uk and input your postcode you will learn about all crime in your area.

Divisional commander for Brighton and Hove, Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp said: "Sussex Police recorded 7802 crimes in March this year, 1940 of these in Brighton and Hove.

"That figure may seem a lot but it is a busy city and much of this is volume crime - some 30 per cent involves theft, shoplifting and handling stolen goods, including mobile phones, bicycles, purses and wallets."

"Our priority is to focus on protecting the vulnerable and catching criminals. We will always be there when people need us most. We reach out to the public when we need more information to support an investigation and the media is one avenue of doing this. For example following a stabbing in the city centre, we needed to trace a taxi driver and a busker and both came forward after seeing the appeals. In addition to using media we appeal directly to the public via social media, for which we have thousands of followers who share our information."

"Another activity is super cocooning, for example if there is a burglary we will contact local residents to make them aware, offer advice and seek information. Officers, for example, went to nearby homes to talk to residents following a report of an alleged rape at St Ann's Well Gardens in Hove. We also liaise with Neighbourhood Watch and through community messaging."

"The public can be confident that we will appeal to them if we feel they could have vital information or a small piece of the puzzle, or if they are in danger. Officers will request appeals where there is an operational need after evaluating the evidence. A lot of crimes we investigate, the large majority of them, we don't need anything from the wider public. If you can't help, are not in danger or need to be warned, you may not hear about it via the media."

"However, the public can be assured that where they could become a victim of crime we will do all we can to inform them. We run large campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness so that people can protect themselves and others, for example, around fraud and cyber crime. More recently we covered burglary prevention and later this year we will focus on child sexual exploitation."

"Any officer may talk to the media on matters about which they are competent to speak. In addition our experienced media team works with officers, carefully considering appeals to support investigations. They are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week to issue appeals when needed. Their purpose is to support operational policing, using their time efficiently and effectively to appeal for information, keep the public advised during major and critical incidents and raise awareness of issues and campaigns. In two weeks 2-15 March they dealt with 528 enquiries from the media, and in the last year nearly 10,000 enquiries, always giving information unless there was an operationally sensitive reason not to."

9th July 2015

Annual Beach Clearance

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

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

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

Kind regards

Mel
Melanie Bucknell

8th July 2015

 

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19th June 2015

Eastbourne man badly wounded in Langney attack

Witnesses are being sought after a 26-year-old Eastbourne man was attacked by intruders at a house in Redford Close, Langney.
The incident happened at around 10pm -10.30pm on Thursday (18 June) and is thought to have involved a bladed weapon.

The victim suffered deep cuts and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. He is in a serious but not life-threatening condition. A Staffordshire bull terrier present at the scene was also wounded and is now recovering at a local veterinary surgery.

Detective Inspector Mark O'Brien, of Eastbourne CID, said: "The motive for the attack is still not clear. Three men in dark clothing forced their way into the house and slashed at the man with some sort of sharp instrument.

"It is possible that people in the vicinity may have seen or heard signs of a disturbance or noticed suspicious vehicles or people. We would like to talk to  anyone who may have information that could help us with our investigation."

Anyone able to help is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1791 of 18/6. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

17th June 2015

Eastbourne Netball Club scoop police donation

Eastbourne Police have helped the town's netball club buy new equipment with a cheque for £150.

Head of the club Samantha Kennerson said: "Eastbourne Netball Club would like to say a very big thank you to Sussex Police for their kind donation. We look forward to be able to cater for all new members by purchasing further equipment."

PC Joanne Choi who presented the cheque said: "It's so important to keep local clubs like these open as it gives great sporting opportunities for the community. I'm delighted to have presented the cheque to them."

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

15th June 2015

Police investigate reported 'car-jacking' in Eastbourne

Police in Eastbourne are investigating an incident in which two men had their car stolen from in front of them.

At about 10.30am on Saturday 6th June two Vietnamese men from London stopped in Sidley Road, near the junction of Beach Road, Eastbourne in a red MG6. The passenger got out and a short time later they were approached by two other men.

The man who had got out of the car was chased by one of the suspects, described as white, very muscular with a shaved head, was wearing a jumper which was half grey and half white.

The 51-year old driver was approached by the other suspect, described as black, who was more fat than muscle. also with a shaved head, and wearing a black jumper. He threatened the driver with a brick and demanded he get out of the car. This suspect then tried to take the driver's watch before getting in the MG6 and driving off.

The Red MG6 was abandoned in nearby Fairlight Road a short time later. A local resident there saw three white men and a black man get into a blue people carrier type car around the time of the incident and later found discarded property belonging to the victim.

Detective Constable Steve Shimmons said "We strongly believe that the blue people carrier is connected to this incident. The MG driver was made to fear for his safety by someone threatening him with a weapon. These offenders may well have targeted the victim and may even have travelled from London as well.

"If anyone saw the incident or saw either of the vehicles in the area can they please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or call us on 101, quoting serial 527 of 06/06, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111"

12th June 2015

Man given prison sentence for breaking officer's leg

A man has been given almost two years in prison for breaking a police officers leg in Eastbourne.

Ryan Smart, 34, of Elgar Way, Eastbourne was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on June 4. He pleaded guilty to GBH, caused when he was resisting arrest, and was sent to prison for 22 months. He was also given a three year driving ban for failing to provide a sample of blood.

The officer, PC Katie Price, was called to a violent man attacking a woman and found a car, being driven by Smart, driving erratically in the Langney area on September 14 last year. The car was stopped and Smart was suspected of drink driving and assault. When PC Price was trying to arrest him, he viciously kicked her breaking her leg. He then kicked her again when she was on the floor.

DC Steve Shimmons said: "I think this case highlights the risks police officers face everyday as this was a routine job this officer was attending. It also shows that the courts are willing to punish those that injure officers in the line of their duties, which is totally unacceptable. The police are here to protect the public, which was what this officer was trying to do in stopping someone suspected of drink driving and assault. She should be able to carry out her job of protecting the public and not expect to be attacked, thankfully the judge agreed and Smart has been sent to prison."

10th June 2015

Man jailed for Eastbourne drug dealing

A 23-year-old London drug dealer has been jailed after being arrested while dealing in Eastbourne.

Kaliel Scott was sentenced to five years at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (June 5) after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Scott was seen by police officers carrying out what they believed was a drugs deal in Upperton Lane in Eastbourne town centre on March 12. When he was detained for a search, he lashed out and punched two officers in the face. He was arrested and subsequently found to have 32 individually wrapped deals of heroin and crack cocaine.

He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for the offence and also received a further eighteen months' imprisonment for breaching a suspended prison sentence for drug dealing in Brighton. The two charges of assaults on police officers were withdrawn at court.

PC Dan Cloake said "Scott's arrest was part of our ongoing focus on the supply of Class A drugs into the town as part of Operation Goliath. This sentence sends out a clear message that if you choose to sell drugs in Eastbourne, you are looking at a considerable prison sentence, not if, but when you are caught by us."

If you have any information about drugs in the town or indeed, anywhere else in Sussex, you can call Sussex Police confidentially on 101 or talk to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

2nd June 2015

Blue Badge Amnesty

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

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

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

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

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28th May 2015

Operation Magpie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27th May 2015

Police Video Scam Warning

20th May 2015

The Good Neighbour Scheme

The Good Neighbour Scheme plays a key role in Eastbourne as, not only does it provide practical support, but also a befriending service, which helps reduce isolation and loneliness and may also contribute to towards some people maintaining their own independence.

Click here for more information.

Weekly News Round-up

Courier Fraud
We have had more attempted and confirmed courier type scams in Eastbourne and Hastings areas. Its vitally important that you do not give out any personal details including address, bank details, bank card details and any other sensitive information about your financial status.

Doorstep Callers

Police are alerting residents to the latest scams targeting the most vulnerable in our communities.  The latest appears to be relating to alarm systems for your homes.  PC Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable for Eastbourne East said “We understand that a company is contacting elderly residents offering a free alarm system, however what follows is a very high pressured sales technique which sometimes leads to a potential bill for £5,000.  They normally hook people in offering a free system but once all the added extras are added on the cost soon rises.

Our advice is simple, never do business on the doorstep.  East Sussex Trading Standards have an excellent “Buy with Confidence” scheme where local businesses register and are vetted to ensure they operate good quality, trustworthy, services.  People that offer services via cold calling are sometimes not always as they appear, and we hear too many cases where elderly and vulnerable people have been ripped off.  From gardening to gas, from tea towels to televisions, don’t buy things on the doorstep”.
If in any doubt East Sussex Trading Standards can be contacted on 08454 040506.

Murder Investigation following death of a woman after a street attack

The mother of the Emma Crowhurst has paid tribute to her. To read the full story please click here.

Home security Advice

Now the lighter and warmer weather is here I’m sure we will all be out in our gardens more and more. However please remember to keep your property secure. We have seen a small rise in burglaries in the last couple of weeks and all properties were entered via insecure windows or doors.
If you are out in your back garden our advice is to make sure the front of your house is secure like keeping doors and windows shut and locked.
Don’t give opportunist thieves a helping hand by leaving bins propped up against open windows or leaving high value or desirable items on view.

Good News

Eastbourne police made three significant arrests for drug dealing on Thursday.

Two men were arrested in a drug policing operation in Firle Road midday on 14th May. Terrell Davis, 21, of Blenheim Gardens, London, and Paul Nolan, 32, of St Aubyns Road, Eastbourne, were charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin, worth £2,000, and were set to appear before Brighton magistrates court on Friday (14 May).

A 46-year-old taxi driver was also arrested after passing officers smelled cannabis at a service station in Eastbourne Road on Thursday evening. His taxi was searched and three bags of cannabis, worth £40,000, were found in the boot of the taxi, and £80,000 worth of cocaine was also recovered. He was arrested for possession with intent to supply and is in custody.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said: "Police respond to the needs of the community by proactively policing areas where there are reports of drug dealing. If anyone has any concerns about crime in their neighbourhood they should contact police."

13th May 2015

Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team Press Release

An investigation into a street attack in Eastbourne on a 36-year old local woman has now become a murder investigation.

The woman was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, Eastbourne at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address, just before 11pm on Sunday 26th April, having sustained a head injury.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath on the following day where she remained conscious and her condition was assessed as serious but not life threatening. It was established that she had a fractured skull.

Police enquiries were carried out and it is believed that she may have become involved in an altercation with an unknown man in the street where she was found.

On Monday (11th May) we were informed that the woman's condition had worsened and very sadly she died late that evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who have now taken over the investigation, said; "This is a tragic incident. At first the victim appeared to be making progress but her condition suddenly worsened over last weekend.:

"This has now become a murder investigation, We would like to hear from anyone who was in the Dudley Road, Chawbrook Road area on the late evening of Monday 26 April, and who saw anything suspicious, perhaps an argument, or a man walking away from the scene."

"If you can help in any way, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Operation Oban. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111"

14th April 2015

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11th April 2015

German language students attacked in Eastbourne

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

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

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

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

5th April 2015

Spate of car damages in Old Town

Eastbourne Police are appealing for witnesses after night-time damage to parked cars in the town.

Between 11.30pm on Saturday 28th March and 6.15am the following morning, five cars were damaged in Vicarage Road, Eastbourne, by having their windscreen wipers damaged or ripped off.

Sergeant Howard Nevill said "It is an unusual area for this type of crime and we are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone who can help is asked to contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1127 of 29/3."

5th April 2015

Telephone Scam update

We have seen an increase in attempts to defraud people out of large sums of money using the telephone. There have been two main reports made.

The first is someone claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police or other Police forces stating that they have persons in custody responsible for fraudulent activity on your bank accounts, or are in possession of a cloned bank card. They will say that there is a pending payment on your account and in order to protect your money they will ask you to transfer a  large amount of money into a police ‘safe’ account. Police will NEVER ask for bank card details or require you to transfer large amounts of money into a ‘safe’ account.

The second scam is a courier based scam, someone claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice will state that money has been taken from your account. They will say that they will be attending your address at a certain time to collect around £300 in cash from you and give you a cheque in return for £7000.

Banks have been spoken to in detail about the scams that are happening and are aware and ready to ask questions about large money transfers in order to try and stop these scams occurring.

The target for these types of scams are those who are elderly, live alone or vulnerable. There has been a recent rise in this crime across the Sussex Force area, and elsewhere in the country.

It is a crime we need to tackle head on, we need people to be vigilant and be aware that these scams exist. Sergeant Fiona Munro said: "Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner. Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited.

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

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

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

Click here for on-line advice on fraud prevention.

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

26th March 2015

Sussex Police warn of email-based money laundering scam


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24th March 2015

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

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

24th March 2015

Help police combat increase in burglaries in Meads

Sussex Police Priority Crime Team is asking residents who live, work or visit the Meads area of Eastbourne to be aware of any suspicious behaviour, particularly around homes and outbuildings.

Detective Constable Andy Lawrence said: "There has recently been a slight rise in burglaries within the Meads area, over various times of day and evening. Offenders are forcing entry when people are out to steal jewellery and electrical items. We suspect that there is more than one person involved in these burglaries".

Local officer PC Keith Rockingham added:" We strongly urge residents to make sure that all high value items are hidden or, better still, locked away securely. When going out, please double check that all doors and windows are locked. Items of high monetary or sentimental value should be photographed, any serial numbers recorded and these details kept safe.
"Such possessions can also be registered at www.immobilise.com".

Click here for crime prevention advice, including ways to keep your property secure, and details of local officers who will be happy to help you.

Should you see anyone acting suspiciously please call 999. If you have any non-urgent information please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101.

It is also possible to call the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave your name on 0800 555111.

24th March 2015

Two men arrested after armed robbery at Willingdon Post office

Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Willingdon Post Office, Wish Hill, Eastbourne that occurred on Wednesday (18th March) at around 9am. There were no firearms involved and no one was hurt. Police later arrested two men, aged 22 and 24, on suspicion of robbery.

Sergeant Howard Nevill said "Enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward with any information that may help with our investigation"

Anyone able to help should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial  320 of 18/3. Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

13th March 2015

Two arrested after a spate of out building break ins in Eastbourne

Two suspects, a male and a female, have been arrested today, 12 March 2015, for garage break ins and vandalism to cars within the Hampden Park area of Eastbourne. They entered the out buildings by using bolt croppers.
Most burglaries to sheds and garages are committed by opportunist thieves. It is very difficult to make your house totally burglar proof, but you can defeat most burglars by following the crime prevention advice below.

Sergeant Howard Nevill from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team said “Our Officers have done well with finding these suspects in a short space of time. They were arrested near the scenes of these crimes and taken straight into custody Anyone with information is asked to contact police on our non-emergency number 101, or online at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 0081 of 12/03."

12th March 2015

Time to move on

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

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

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

Best regards,

Steve Biglands

23rd February 2015

Brownies win a chance to meet Eastbourne police

A group of Brownies won a chance to tour the Eastbourne Police base in Hammonds Drive and meet sniffer dog Basil.

Police recently ran a children's competition to design or draw a poster depicting Eastbourne Police in the community.  Many entries were received and three winners were chosen - Amelia Poore aged 10, Beth Higgins, aged 10 and Sophie Lovatt aged 7.

Superintendent Di Roskilly presented their pictures at the entrance hall of Hammonds Drive.  As each of the winners came from the 4th Eastbourne Brownies, the children and their leaders were all invited to attend a tour at Hammonds Drive police base.

The children had the opportunity to sit in a variety of police vehicles, learn about the various equipment that is used within the role of a police officer and were given a tour with PC Ted Anderson. As a surprise for the children, PC Steph Barrett then introduced her sniffer police dog, Basil, as the majority of entries received for the competition showed a police dog.  

PC Barrett said: "It was wonderful to see the children's excited faces when they saw Basil. Many people assume that our police dogs are there to help fight crime, but specialist search dogs like Basil are used for drug, cash and weapon recovery.  It was lovely to teach the children about the various dogs we have at Sussex Police and Basil especially enjoys meeting his many fans."

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands said: "It was a real pleasure to receive the Brownies at Hammonds Drive and celebrate their hard work. The pictures they have drawn make our reception area a brighter and more welcoming space."

19th February 2015

Strikes prompt warning from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

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

Pass it on and Stay SAFE

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

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

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

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

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

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17th February 2015

Vehicle Thefts in Meads and Upperton

There has been a recent spate in thefts from motor vehicles in the Meads and Upperton areas of Eastbourne, as vehicles have either been left insecure or had personal items on display.  Don't become a victim of crime.

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

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.

16th February 2015

Sussex Elders Commission

The Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, has already received a number of applications from residents aged 60 years and older from across the county to join my Sussex Elders' Commission. Some of these people have been victims of crime or anti-social behaviour and some want to get more involved in helping to keep their communities safe.

The Commission will provide a mechanism for older citizens to support, challenge and inform the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan. Members will meet for the first time in March and will be encouraged to reach out to their friends, families and people in their neighbourhoods to discuss the issues that matter most to them.

More information > >


5th February 2015


4th February 2015

CSP January Newsletter

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, has published its January newsletter.

Download the newsletter>>

30th January 2015

Eastbourne Police supports school’s forest studies
by donating to Friends of West Rise

Eastbourne Police have donated £150.00 to Friends of West Rise, to help provide wet weather clothing and fire safety equipment for children to continue with their forest studies.  Children from West Rise Junior School are taken regularly by education staff to the marshlands to learn outdoor skills including cooking, animal care, and environmental safety.

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

PCSO David Kerr said “As the local PCSO for the area it is my pleasure to represent Sussex Police in supporting this worthy cause and, actively engage with the school children of West Rise as they learn valuable outdoor skills within the natural beauty of their surroundings.”

30th January 2015

Thieves steal safe from business in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses after burglars broke into a garage in Eastbourne and stole a safe.

Between 6.15pm on 19 January and 8.15am on 20 January, intruders broke into the business in Chamberlain Road and left with the dark green safe and its contents.

There was a report of people acting suspiciously in the area between 10pm and midnight and police are keen to speak to three people seen pushing a trolley with a large item in it towards Baldwin Avenue.

PC Dan Toft said: "Break-ins to businesses can have as much impact as a break-in to someone's house, particularly when the business is family owned and managed. People's livelihoods are being put at risk."

"I am keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area that night to help us catch those responsible."

"If any business in Eastbourne has any concerns about security they shouldn't hesitate to contact the local policing team and crime prevention advice can be arranged."

Anyone with information should email Sussex Police quoting serial 192 of 20/01, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

29th January 2015

Operation Bluebird

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st January 2015

Help keep children safe online

When we were children, we were told by our parents/guardians that it was good to share, but online it is different.  Many parents feel confused by the internet as it is constantly changing and can be difficult to keep up with the latest technology and apps that are available.  

Studies have shown that children between the ages of 8 – 12 years start to become more independent and use variety of devices including the internet and do more online.  

Eastbourne Police are supporting the NSPCC campaign for parents to be Share Aware.

By following the NSPCC’s guidance you too can keep your child safe when online:

  1. Talk to your child – ask them to think about who sees what they share and compare it to what they would be happy to share offline. Explain to the young person that everything they share online builds up a picture of who they are.
  2. Get the family involved – As a family decide on ground rules together and regularly review what you have all agreed.  As parents you can implements controls and filters.
  3. Safety starts with you – Be a role model to your child.  Your child will notice how you act and will follow your lead.  It is important to show them safe sharing.

For more information to keeping children safe online, please visit the NSPCC website.

15th January 2015

Eastbourne Police warn of increase in phone scams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for on-line advice on fraud prevention.

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

8th January 2015

Free Bike Marking

The festive season maybe over, but some of you may have been very lucky in receiving new bikes for Christmas.

In order to keep your new bike safe and away from opportunistic thieves, remember your Local Policing Team offer a Free Bike Marking service.  Marking is 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.

Click here to arrange a time with your local policing Team.

8th January 2015

Eastbourne Police are looking for some artwork to brighten up the walls of the New Hammonds Drive base.  A competitions is for those over sixteen has been reopened; closing date is 28th February 2015.

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.


30th December 2014

Pegasus Card

As an emergency service, it is essential that when Police receive a call for service, they gather as much relevant information as possible, as soon as possible, to enable them to assign the most appropriate response. For those with speech or communication difficulties this can be a little more challenging.

To enable them to establish a more individual dialogue with such a caller, Police have launched a Pegasus card that individuals can apply for, informing them of their specific speech or communication issues and how they can best communicate with them. This information will be held in the police database.

The application form and supporting information can be downloaded from the Police website

Once submitted, the application form will be processed by a team of police support volunteers at Billingshurst.  Applications will not be processed until Tuesday 6th January 2015.

Once the application has been completed, the individual will receive a letter and individually numbered Pegasus Card.

Once the applicant has received their card, they will continue with their daily business in the usual way.  If at any point the applicant needs to call upon us for service, they simply say Pegasus, and quote their card number, which will enable the call taker to access the information already supplied to us, thus tailoring the call to the individual's speech and communication needs.

Pegasus card holders who require our service may approach a member of the emergency services if they see them in the street. SECAMB, West Sussex and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services are aware and signed up to this scheme, and will contact the Police contact centre for the communication information that relates to the Pegasus number held by the card holder.

30th December 2014

Dry January

Alcohol Concern’s Dry January encourages people to take a month out from alcohol and enjoy the benefits from having a break from drinking.

Dry January 2015 encourages people to ‘take a holiday from booze’ after the Christmas period as it is beneficial for their wallet, waistline and general health.

We all overindulge over Christmas, but not drinking for a month in January will benefit you in a number of ways by:

Dry January has proven that taking a month off booze can have a positive impact on people’s long term drinking levels.  Not only do participants who take a month off alcohol drink less frequently afterwards, they drink less per drinking day and also get  drunk less often.

Taking part in Dry January can help people have stronger will power and the confidence to say ‘no’ to an alcoholic drink.  There is plenty of fun to be had without alcohol and you probably won’t be missing it as much as you think by the end of the month.

Sign up and join thousands of others taking a break from booze this January > >

19th December 2014

Don't Be A Grinch This Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th December 2014

Operation Tinsel

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

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

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

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.

We are seeing a rise in burglaries already of sheds and outbuildings in Hampden Park and Langney. Please check yours and let us know if you have been burgled. We have shed alarms that we can supply you with via your local PCSO who can offer crime prevention advice too. I am assigning more Officers into the area and have extra staff from the Force to help catch the offenders, it is really important that you let us know if you see people acting suspiciously.  We will be stopping and speaking to people in the Hampden Park and Langney areas in particular and where justified we will be using Stop Search powers to find out if they have items they should not have. This is a good and positive use of the power, in my opinion, and I will report back on it’s use and success in this context in my next update.  We do believe that the offenders are local and if you know or suspect who they are call us on 101 or via Crimestoppers please 0800 555 111. 

Finally a word on the Christmas party season and night-time economy. We will be working hard to keep you safe in the town during the evenings, but I would urge you to consider your own safety too. Always have a plan as to how you are going to get home and let people know where you are. We have in recent weeks had reports of individuals trying to get into houses believing they had arrived at their own homes. The reality was on each occasion that when the police attended these were completely inebriated individuals who were so drunk they could not find their way home. These incidents caused considerable fear to the house holders and of course the individuals I refer to those who were arrested for the drunkenness offences (and incidentally thereby safeguarded) only to be very embarrassed once sober.  I would encourage you to call the Police whenever you see, hear or suspect that individuals are acting strangely or suspiciously so that we can have the opportunity to prevent offences occurring or as was necessary in the above example protect people from their own vulnerabilities.

I am pleased to inform you that the front desk at 1 Grove Road is being improved. The offices will be under refurbishment for the next 6 weeks, but are open for business. This is the police contact point that is shared with Eastbourne Borough Council. We will continue to deliver the service at that address during the refurbishment but there will be no service on a Saturday until the refurbishment is complete. I will update you on progress and hope to have a completion date for you in my January message. If you need to report a crime on a Saturday in this period you have the options of calling us on 101 or reporting this online via the Sussex Police website.  I apologise for this temporary arrangement but we will have better facilities as a result to receive you in very shortly.

Can I encourage you to be part of the Community Conversation for which registration has now opened. This is an opportunity for Eastbourne residents to have their say about Policing. The event is being held at The Winter Gardens in Eastbourne on Tuesday 9th December.  The event will provide an opportunity for residents to pose questions about topical issues to Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, Chief Constable Giles York, Divisional Commander Neil Honnor and guest panellist, Christina Ewbank, from the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce.  The debate will be chaired by Herald Editor, Keith Ridley. Doors open at 6pm and the event will finish at 7.45pm.
Regards

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands

3rd December 2014

Eastbourne students take a stand against domestic abuse

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

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

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

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

Further details > >

3rd December 2014

Fire Brigade Union Strike 9th-10th December

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

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

Download the Stay Safe Campaign update > >

3rd December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st December 2014

Magazine Scam

It has been brought to our attention that a company has been contacting people ‘selling space’ in their ‘Stay Safe Magazine’.

A person calling himself ‘DC Jonathan Philips’ from South Yorkshire Police has been contacting businesses and organisations claiming that he produces a publication that is delivered to all police stations across the UK. The website is http://www.staysafemagazine.co.uk/. When selling this ad space, DC Jonathan Phillips refers people back to our website and Stay Safe publication to try and validate the claims he makes regarding its reach and distribution.

We believe that this is a scam. We do not sell ad space in our Stay Safe booklet and we do not believe their publication exists.

Please consider reporting this website to Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40 under the reference number NFRC141100854878.

28th November 2014

Sussex Police and Crime Community Conversation, Eastbourne

I’m writing to let you know that registration has now opened for Eastbourne residents to have their say at the second Community Conversation at The Winter Gardens in Eastbourne on Tuesday 9 December.

The event will provide an opportunity for residents to pose questions about topical issues with me PCC, Katy Bourne, Chief Constable Giles York, Divisional Commander Neil Honnor and guest panellist, Christina Ewbank, from the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce.

The debate will be chaired by Herald Editor, Keith Ridley. Doors open at 6pm and the event will finish at 7.45pm.

Please click here to register your interest in attending this event.  If you would like to raise a question about any policing or crime issues affecting you or your local community, please let me know in advance.

I hope to see you there.
Best wishes

Katy Bourne
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

26th November 2014

Urgent police warning about phone call fraudsters

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

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

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

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

26th November 2014

Free Allotment Property Marking at Gorringe Road Allotments
29th November 2014

PCSO Anita Rockingham and Crime Prevention Officer Trevor Cox, will be attending the Gorringe Road allotments on the 29th November at 11.00am, to offer free property marking for all individuals.

As many of you are aware there has been a spate of thefts from allotment sheds and garages within the Upperton and Summerdown area of Eastbourne.  In order to combat this crime, Anita and Trevor will be offering free property marking on tools and other items.

Please come along with your tools and bikes to stop you from becoming a victim of crime.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

21st November 2014

The Community Trigger

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

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

More information > >

19th November 2014

Eastbourne Police have received many reports of burglaries
within the Rodmill and Ratton area.

The majority of burglars are opportunistic; they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and 'work' undisturbed. Three simple actions should help deter these types of criminals…Light it, Lock it, List it.

Light it
Make your house look occupied - even when it isn't.

Lock it

List it
Registering your valuables can put off potential burglars, and can make things easier if they are stolen. You will have a list for your insurance company, and we can reunite you with your stuff.

By following these steps you can avoid being a victim of crime.

18th November 2014

Sussex Police is being redesigned for the future.

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

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

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

Read complete Press Release > >

16th November 2014

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

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

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

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

13th November 2014

First of South East's most wanted burglary suspects arrested

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

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

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

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Williams, of Sussex Police, said: "Nevin contacted us as a direct result of the publicity about the men that we and the other three forces wanted to speak to about burglaries. "I would like to thank the public and the media for their help in tracing him but we still need to find and arrest the other nine men. If you see any of them, or know where they have been or could be, please contact us immediately so we can prevent burglaries happening."

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

Police are still looking for these other nine suspected burglars:

Members of the public are being urged to keep an eye out for the men and to call 999 if they see any of them. Pictures of the suspects are available here.

Residents are also being asked to report anyone acting suspiciously in their area or vehicles that are seen being parked or driven at unusual times of the day or in roads they are not normally seen in.

If you have any information about burglaries or shops selling stolen goods, call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

Residents can also being encouraged to register their items on the world's largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners - and so the offenders can be prosecuted.

You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com. You can watch a video about Immobilise and how it works here.

Follow the burglary campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #LightLockList.

8th November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

If information passed to the charity should lead to an arrest and conviction, both rewards will be considered.

The group of burglars usually smash doors or windows to get into the homes, carry out quick searches and steal gold jewellery in particular.

The most recent offences happened in Surrey between 3pm and 9.15pm on Tuesday 4 November at Dovers Green Road, Reigate, Yew Tree Close, Horley, St Monica's Road, Tadworth, and Bakers Close, Lingfield.

They are believed to be using at least two vehicles to carry out the burglaries, a silver Audi and a blue Ford Mondeo, both of which are being driven on false number plates.

Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: "The offences across the region are so similar that it we have to presume that they are all linked.  We believe one group of burglars are involved but at this stage we do not know if it is exactly the same group of people each time. A number of people are involved but the make-up of the group may change depending on who is available.  In each case the burglars appear to be looking for jewellery when they break in and often leave other valuables items behind. There already have been almost a hundred victims in this series and we urgently need the public's help to stop these offenders before they claim any more."

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the burglaries on the days they were committed or the days before and who may have seen people acting suspiciously.

Of particular interest is anyone seen with a silver Audi or blue Ford Mondeo like those pictured that are fitted with number plates that have been cloned from another, unrelated car of the same type and colour.

The number plates could be switched after the burglaries so police would also like information from anyone who may have seen cars having their number plates changed or who has found abandoned number plates

In West Sussex the group are believed to be responsible for nine burglaries in Copthorne, five in East Grinstead, 11 in Crawley, two in Burgess Hill, two in Haywards Heath, three in Ardingly and one each in Turners Hill and Crawley Down.

In East Sussex they are linked to seven break-ins in Crowborough, two in Robertsbridge and one in Battle.

In Brighton there are four burglaries in Patcham and three in Hollingbury that are believed to be responsible for.

In Kent they are suspected of being involved in 12 in Tunbridge Wells, five in Sevenoaks, two in Cranbrook, four in Longfield, five in Tonbridge and one in each of Otford, West Kingsdown, Farningham, Meopham, Wateringley, Snodland and Kings Hill.

In Surrey they are linked to four in Horley and one in each of Smallfield, Reigate, Tadworth and Lingfield.

The London offences were in Bexley and Sidcup.

Anyone with information should contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting Operation Smart, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.
 
If you have any information about burglaries or shops selling stolen goods, call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

Residents are also being encouraged to register their items on the world's largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners - and so the offenders can be prosecuted.

You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com. To watch a video about Immobilise and how it works, visit YouTube.
 
Follow the ongoing burglary campaign being run across the south east on Twitter using the hash-tag #LightLockList.

4th November 2014

Operation Magpie anti burglary campaign – week 2

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

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

Police this year are working with Neighbourhood Watch groups as well as neighbouring forces to encourage residents to make their homes secure and to report suspicious behaviour.

There were 80 burglaries committed in Sussex on 5 November between 2009 and 2013 - an average of 16 crimes on that day each year.  In comparison, there were nine burglaries on average per day in Sussex last year.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: "The statistics show that Bonfire Night and the days around it are popular with burglars as residents go out to events in the evenings.
 
"We're determined to change that pattern this year by showing residents how they can make their homes more secure and less inviting to intruders.  Our PCSOs are also organising street surgeries across the county to give burglary prevention advice to residents."

Throughout the year officers share information with Neighbourhood Watch coordinators and members to keep them up to date with crime in the community. Extra advice is currently being passed to residents by Neighbourhood Watch groups to try to prevent them becoming a victim of burglary.

Simple things like making sure windows and doors are locked, putting lights on a timer and not leaving valuables on display can make the difference between being burgled or not.

John Wright, the chairman of Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation and a trustee of the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network, said: "For more than 30 years Neighbourhood Watch has been partnering police in the prevention and detection of crime, as well as public and community safety.  If everybody were to keep an eye open for things out of the ordinary and immediately contacted the police about suspicious activity, career criminals could be put behind bars and prevented from committing further crimes.

It's all about care in the community and ordinary people helping each other out. The evidence is that where Neighbourhood Watch schemes operate, the chances of being burgled are hugely reduced. And the beauty of it all is that Neighbourhood Watch is free to join."

Good teamwork between officers in Sussex and Surrey has led to the jailing of 28-year-old Adam Yaroo for six years earlier this month.  Yaroo, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court to escaping from lawful custody and to five burglaries in Tadworth and one burglary in Coulsdon.  He also admitted having committed a further 18 burglaries in Sussex and Surrey as far back as February 2012. These included burglaries in Cansiron Lane, Ashurstwood, at Felcourt Road, Hurst Farm Road, Brooklands Way and Holtye Road, East Grinstead, at Pett Road and Barley Lane, Hastings, and at Langton Lane, Hurstpierpoint.  Yaroo also admitted he was responsible for burglaries in Caterham, Epsom, Banstead, Godalming, Guildford and Coulsdon.
 
Among the other successes for the Magpie team are:

1st November 2014

Sussex Police Precept Consultation – please have your say

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

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

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

30th October 2014

Building equipment and tools stolen from building site in Eastbourne

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

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

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

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

30th October 2014

Burglars mess with your head not just your home

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

This autumn, Sussex is working with Kent, Surrey and Thames Valley police forces, reminding everyone to protect themselves from becoming a victim of burglary:

The majority of burglars are opportunistic; they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and 'work' undisturbed. Three simple actions should help deter these types of criminals…Light it, Lock it, List it.

Light it

Make your house look occupied - even when it isn't.

Lock it

List it

Registering your valuables can put off potential burglars, and can make things easier if they are stolen. You will have a list for your insurance company, and we can reunite you with your stuff.

In Sussex, Operation Magpie is our response to burglary. This operation sees us working with our partner agencies with the aim of preventing burglary and, when it does happen, finding those responsible and searching for your stolen property as quickly as possible.
We work throughout the year to raise awareness of the steps you can take to keep your home secure. Our campaign with Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley Police is the first of its kind, we are running the campaign at this time due to the increase in burglaries we often see when the clocks go back.

If you've been affected by burglary and have any comments, or any feedback about our campaign, please email production@sussex.pnn.police.uk

29th October 2014

Safe in East Sussex

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

Issues Covered are:

Click here to download the newsletter

28th October 2014

Strikes prompt warning from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

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

Fireworks

Bonfires

Stay Safe Campaign

Find safety advice at ESFRS website, on Facebook or Twitter

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

23rd October 2014

What are the Rules Relating to Fireworks

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

It is an offence to:

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

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

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

22nd October 2014

Door-to-door Scams

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st October 2014

Winter Is Coming

Many of us have given our gardens the last trim of grass and begun to collect seeds from the plants ready for next summer.  However, Eastbourne Police ask that you double check all windows and doors to sheds and garages, to make sure they are closed securely, and no tools and valuables are left lying around outside.

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. In order not to become a victim of crime, please follow the tips below for safer out buildings during the winter season.

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.

20th October 2014

Tackling the issue of cycling on pavements, Eastbourne

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

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

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

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

3rd October 2014

Good Life Show 2014

The Good Life Show at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, on Wednesday 1 October was a great opportunity and success for police in engagement with members of the local community. 

Many people approached the police stand to speak to the officers directly with their personal concerns about policing issues, while others were advised of crime prevention methods in their homes and outbuildings. 

Public Engagement Officer Hayley Scott said "Taking part in the show was a great success for Sussex Police in promoting various crime prevention messages to the people of Eastbourne."

"In supporting this show we have listened to the communities concerns and advised them of how they can work with and support their Local Policing Team".

2nd October 2014

Junior Neighbourhood Watch comes to Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police, Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch and Ocklynge School are working in partnership to bring Junior Neighbourhood Watch to Eastbourne.  The scheme will be piloted at Ocklynge School with 16 children aged between 10 and 11 years.  

The children will take part in six weeks of training that takes place after school, to encourage them to take a proactive approach in reducing crime at home and in the community.  Volunteers from Neighbourhood Watch will take an active classroom approach to the teaching, in order for the the children to work together in solving problems and puzzles.

Eastbourne District Commander, Chief Inspector Steve Biglands says "Junior Neighbourhood Watch is a significant enhancement for Neighbourhood watch in Eastbourne, I have seen one of the inputs to children and was hugely impressed. It was more like a pantomime than a lesson- hugely enjoyable with a series of good safety messages communicated".  

PC Richard Anderson, Neighbourhood Schools Officer says  "I am really excited to be involved with the launch of Junior Neighbourhood Watch at Ocklynge School and am certain that the children lucky enough to be selected will benefit immensely from taking part" 

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.

26th September 2014

Small Local Businesses Targeted

There have been a number of incidents within the Eastbourne area where small business premises have been targeted at night.   Individuals have gained entry by forcing windows and doors open in order to steal cash, tills and small saleable items.

Police are taking this matter extremely seriously and have increased patrols in the affected areas, as well as introducing additional resources in an attempt to resolve this issue promptly.

Business owners and colleagues are asked to review all current crime prevention processes to prevent any similar offences occurring.  Entry to each premise has usually been gained by forcing the front or rear external doors, but all potential access points should be considered in terms of security review and crime prevention.

To prevent becoming victims of crime, please follow the crime prevention advice below:

If you would like a visit from Crime Prevention Officer, Trevor Cox, please contact him on 07799-477842.

You can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling the non emergency number 101 or by accessing the Sussex Police website at www.sussex.police.uk and entering your postcode on the ‘Your Local District’ page.

If you see any suspicious behaviour around your business please contact Sussex Police by telephone on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

12th September 2014

Microsoft Phone Scam

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

The layout of the phone call is as follows;

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

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

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

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

You can report fraud:

Using the online reporting form at Action Fraud online

By phone on:l 0300-123-2040

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

Action Fraud is available 24 hours a day.

9th September 2014

Small Local Businesses Targeted

There have been a number of incidents within the Eastbourne area where small business premises have been targeted at night.   Individuals have gained entry by forcing windows and doors open in order to steal cash, tills and small saleable items.

Police are taking this matter extremely seriously and have increased patrols in the affected areas, as well as introducing additional resources in an attempt to resolve this issue promptly.

Business owners and colleagues are asked to review all current crime prevention processes to prevent any similar offences occurring.  Entry to each premise has usually been gained by forcing the front or rear external doors, but all potential access points should be considered in terms of security review and crime prevention.

To prevent becoming victims of crime, please follow the crime prevention advice below:

If you would like a visit from Crime Prevention Officer, Trevor Cox, please contact him on 07799-477842.

You can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling the non emergency number 101 or by accessing the Sussex Police website at www.sussex.police.uk and entering your postcode on the ‘Your Local District’ page.

If you see any suspicious behaviour around your business please contact Sussex Police by telephone on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

4th September 2014

What can you do to protect your car?

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

Care owners are asked to ensure:

Vehicles are locked and secure when unattended.

And, remember the three "C"s.

CLEAR valuables and personal belongings from vehicle ensuring nothing is in view that would encourage someone to break in and steal it.

CLICK your remote locking key fob to lock and secure the vehicle.

CHECK that you have followed these steps to make sure it is secure.

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

26th August 2014

Hampden Park residents urged to guard against
garage and shed break-ins

Summer is a time of warm days when windows, doors and garages are often left open, and tools and valuables may be left lying around outside. 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 burglarproof, 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.

12th August 2014

Operation Magpie

Residents living near burglary victims are to be visited by police to help them avoid becoming a target.  From August, officers and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers across the county will visit people living close to the scenes of break-ins within days of the crime to warn them about what has happened, show them how they can make sure their home is secure and gather information that could help catch offenders.

The tactic has been trialled in Hove where a dramatic reduction in burglaries in the area has followed and is now being rolled out across the force. It is part of Operation Magpie, Sussex Police's crackdown on burglary across the county.

Inspector Nick Dias said: "Burglars try to maximise the amount they get from their crime while minimising the time they have to find looking for a house to break into and the chance of them being caught. By warning local people when there has been a burglary we can not only reduce the chance of them becoming a victim but also force the offender to take more of a risk to commit crime.  That means the burglar may move to an area they do not know well so they are more likely to leave evidence behind at the scene or to be caught in the act.

Everyone can help us tackle burglary in Sussex by taking every step possible to keep their home secure. Simple measures like double-locking your front door and using window locks have been proven to be effective deterrents against offenders.  Also, every burglar we take off the streets means fewer victims of burglary so we would encourage members of the community to contact us if they see anyone acting suspiciously in their area. We can all work together to make Sussex a no-go area for burglars."

During the 24-week trial in Hove from August 2013, the number of burglaries fell by 51% compared to the same period a year earlier - a drop from 263 to 120.   Across the rest of the force the number of burglaries fell by 21% during the same period.

In Hove, 90% of people visited said they were more likely to report suspicious behaviour to the police after the trial and 70% increased their home security following a visit from police.

The county's Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has welcomed the initiative, which maximises face-to-face contact between the public, the police and community volunteers.
She said: "I know burglary is a concern for local people, not least because it has a deep, personal impact on victims.  I am pleased to see Sussex Police using innovative crime-fighting techniques that help catch burglars and sees officers working with Neighbourhood Watch to advise the public on how they can protect their property.

I urge residents to follow this advice to help avoid being affected by burglary. I will continue to keep a watchful eye on how the police are tackling this issue."

John Wright, the chair of Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, said: "The main aims of Neighbourhood Watch are to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve safety. It's about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, race and class to create strong cohesive communities that benefit everyone.  Neighbourhood Watch acts as the eyes and ears of the community. As a result it has been shown that Neighbourhood Watch areas are far less likely to be targeted by criminals.

Neighbourhood Watch has been involved in Operation Magpie since it started. I am delighted that we are taking an active part to help our partners in Sussex Police in keeping our homes and streets safe; places where crime cannot flourish, with communities that care."

If you have any information about burglaries, please call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

To join Neighbourhood Watch please visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or speak to your local neighbourhood policing team.

11th August 2014

Eastbourne Community Warning

Police are warning the public to be aware of a man who is approaching elderly people in their homes and asking for money.

The male is known to have knocked on four addresses so far in the Wealden and Rother areas. The residents are being spoken to on their door steps and monies requested for work supposedly done when in fact nothing has been done or with any prior arrangement. On two occasions the male has been invited into the addresses under this false pretence but fortunately nothing was stolen.

The male is described as white, 20 – 30 years, tall, slim and has fairly short dark hair. He wore a white t-shirt and jeans, was clean shaven and presentable. The suspect drove off in a silver vehicle. Police are urging the community not to allow people into their homes unless they are known or identification is checked.

Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting Operation Closure. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111!

9th August 2014

Scam Mail and Scam Calls

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

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

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

The key signs of scam mail victims are:

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

7th August 2014

Remember the 3 Cs

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

Don't become a victim of crime. When leaving your vehicle parked or unattended please remember to carry out the 3 Cs;

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.

29th July 2014

Tackling burglary in Sussex - register your property today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th July 2014

Report online terrorist material

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

Terrorist material could include:

Visit the "Report Terrorism" website > >

22nd July 2014

Summer Burglary Prevention Tips

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

22nd July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st July 2014

Bike Security Advice

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

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

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

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

20th July 2014

Stronger Neighbourhoods reduce your chances of being burgled‏

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

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

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

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

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

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.

21st May 2015

Appeal for Neighbourhood Watch ward co-ordinators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13th May 2014

Scam Caller Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22nd April 2014

Wealden District Commander's Update

Policing although hard work is often rewarding! With this in mind it is extremely heartening that so many wish to undertake these roles voluntarily.
Special Constables are an integral part of our teams who work across many units in Sussex Police. Last year alone, Sussex Special Constables served for 82000 hours. We currently have 375 serving Specials in Sussex.
We are currently inviting expressions of interest for Special Constables. For more information regarding this please go to www.sussex.police.uk.

Community Speed Watch continues to be a great success in many areas across Wealden. The groups are extremely effective in providing awareness and support within your many of your neighbourhoods regarding the issues caused by those who speed. I would like to thank our volunteers for their continued commitment to changing driving habits within their village/parish. If you are interested in joining or setting up a speed watch group please contact your local officers.

With the summer months finally coming around more people are using the Ashdown Forest and surrounding areas. This area has some of the most beautiful scenery and it is no wonder many people visit it each year. However with lots of visitors we can also attract criminals. We have seen a small number of breaks to vehicles on the Ashdown Forest with handbags and valuable electrical items targeted. We have responded to the thefts by launching Operation Fleece. Wealden officers are regularly patrolling beauty spot car parks and talking to vehicle owners about securing property. We are also placing out notice boards in higher risk areas warning people about the risks of leaving valuables unattended. Alongside these preventative measures we are also proactively targeting the criminals with the use of bait vehicles and plain clothes patrols.
I would ask that you help us by removing all valuables from your cars when leaving it unattended, and call us immediately if you see anything suspicious.

We have recently launched a campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of postal scams within Sussex. For many vulnerable people, the bombardment of scam mail results in fear, severe financial difficulties and can ultimately lead to 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. There are many signs of scam mail victims including hiding items of mail and denying that there is a problem. If you have a concern for a friend or relative please contact us and we will visit them to support and assist.

Wealden continues to be a low crime area with significant reductions in crime over the last year. Your neighbourhood policing team work very hard in dealing with the issues that affect you and will continue to do this in the future. One of our main focuses continues to be breaks to sheds and outbuildings across the district. We are constantly looking at new and innovative ways to helps protect residents property as well as catching those who choose to break the law. Please help us in this fight against crime by reporting anything suspicious to us on 101.

Chief Inspector Gary Pike
Wealden District Commander

5th March 2014

New protection for victims of domestic abuse

Sussex Police and partners now have an extra means of helping their work in protecting victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (also known as "Clare's Law") introduces new and consistent processes by giving people the 'Right to Ask' about an individual they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, if they have a concern that the partner may be violent or abusive.

The new national scheme, which gets underway this week also allows the police and partners to consider disclosing that someone's new or potential partner has a history of violent or abusive behaviour, under what is known as the "Right to Know".

Read complete press release > >

3rd March 2014

Wealden Police District Commander's message

Over the last month I have had the opportunity to get out and about in Wealden. I have had a number of meetings with partners to assist us in continuing to positively shape Wealden District in the coming year. However it is extremely heartening to know that this is still one of the safest places to live in the country, with us continuing to see significant reductions in dwelling burglaries.

We have seen a spate of car crime in Stone Cross recently. There have been thefts from a number of vehicles over two nights. The offenders have been breaking windows of cars and entering glove boxes and centre consoles to remove items of value. Some vehicles have also been left unlocked with items inside and on display. I would urge you not to leave items of value in your vehicle when left unattended. If you would like to speak with somebody regarding crime prevention advice please contact your local PCSO who will be more than happy to go through this with you.

We have recently been promoting safe internet use across Wealden for children. More and younger people have easy access to the internet through computers, smart phones and tablets. Social networking sites are extremely popular with teenagers. Chances are your children know more about the internet than you, which is why we need to ensure a measured approach to keeping our children safe online. There are many websites available that have good advice for parents and carers. Speak with your children and ask them

If you have any concerns then contact Sussex police on 101 for more advice.

I recently met with the principle of Hailsham Community College, Phil Mathews and had an interesting conversation with regards to internet safety and the role they are playing in keeping pupils safe. I was also at the school to meet with 4 pupils who assisted in saving the life of an elderly gentleman in Eastbourne. These 4 pupils demonstrated excellent community responsibility and are a credit to their college.

Finally I would just like to reiterate to everybody to report suspicious behaviour to us. You can call 101 or report it online by visiting www.sussex.police.uk.

Chief Inspector Gary Pike
Wealden District Commander

14th February 2014

Residents Warned of Telephone Scam

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

31st January 2014

Police Warn Drivers to Beware of Distraction Thefts

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

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

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

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

27th January 2014

A Message from the Wealden Police District Commander

Christmas is well and truly behind us now, and hopefully everyone had a peaceful and enjoyable time. Our domestic violence car was out responding to reports over this period as historically we have seen an increase in reported cases of domestic violence. Sussex police have undertaken increased publicity over the last two months around domestic violence. This campaign is aimed at those who suffer and helps them find the support they need. Urge anyone that witnesses domestic violence to report it immediately. Don’t turn a blind eye; help us make contact with the victims so we can help them.

As of writing this, I am extremely pleased to report that Wealden has seen another month where we have seen a great reduction in burglaries. This is all the more impressive when you bear in mind that we have over 70,000 homes across our District. We have been working tirelessly to ensure that Wealden stays one of the safest places in the country to live and visit.

One of our recent successes has been the arrest and conviction of Fred King Senior from Hailsham. Fred King was arrested by officers after he located an elderly resident in Hailsham and made enquiries about her home address. He then went to her home and stole £720 and her pension card. King has subsequently been jailed for 5 years.

We do need your help however, and need you to report suspicious activity to us straight away on 101. Many of the calls that we receive from residents assist us in tracking down criminals and help in building intelligence for future operations.

There has been a significant reduction in the theft of garden equipment from sheds, garages and outbuildings. However we are still seeing breaks to these buildings all over Wealden. Items that seem to be targeted include branded chainsaws and hedge cutters. The Neighbourhood Police Team do offer free property marking for all residents, however I would always urge anyone to seriously look at their security and make significant improvements. Shed alarms do seem to be the best deterrent to thieves, with a number of calls made to us where an attempted break was thwarted due to an alarm activating. Your local PCSO will be more than happy to discuss crime prevention with you further if you wish.

Finally we are still on the lookout for James Dunham, who is wanted after walking out of Lewes Crown Court in January 2013. Dunham is wanted after pleading guilty to having intentionally caused or incited a girl aged 14 in a sexual activity in Heathfield in January 2012. There have been a number of requests for him to hand himself in and I would urge anybody with information as to his whereabouts to contact Sussex Police on 101.

11th December 2013

Free Insurance Check Service

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau has launched the free mobile phone service to help millions of accident victims a year to check vehicle insurance details at the roadside.

The new "askMID Roadside" service, which is only accessible via a smart mobile device at www.askMID.com, can be used to check the insurance details of the other parties involved in a road traffic accident. MIB Chief Executive, Ashton West, believes the new mobile service will help these drivers and many others take some of the stress out of collecting important information at the time of the accident.  The home page of askMID.com features a short video demonstrating the service.

The "askMID Roadside" service provides drivers with an instant check of the Motor Insurance Database (MID) from their mobile phone – the user accesses the MID through a mobile-friendly web page. This confirms whether the other vehicle involved in the accident is showing as insured on the MID and provides the other party’s insurance details so that the claim can be pursued quickly.

If the results from askMID checks are inconsistent with the vehicle involved in the accident, the user is advised to contact their insurer. In either scenario, the service signposts the user as to what to do next.

10th December 2013

Community Speedwatch is coming to Eastbourne

Community Speedwatch is coming to Eastbourne and police are looking for local support for the initiative.

Volunteers are needed to help to reduce the number of speeding vehicles on the town's streets. The aim is to establish a group of volunteers who will receive training support and equipment, to give up a few hours of their time to carry out speed checks in areas of Eastbourne where speeding is most prevalent. Hotspots have been identified over the past few months by Neighbourhood Police and Community Support Officers using a SID (speed indicator device) in response to concerns raised by local residents in those areas.
 
Trained by Sussex Police, all Community Speedwatch volunteers operate under a police approved code of practice at sites selected by the volunteers and risk-assessed by the police. Speeding vehicle information is reported to the police. All speeding vehicles will have their details entered entered onto the Operation Crackdown website which was relaunched in August to combat anti social drivers. A letter will then be 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.

Although there are some willing volunteers in Eastbourne more are required to effectively get the scheme up and running town wide.

Sergeant Ed Ripley of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "Speeding and other forms of antisocial driving have been highlighted as a real concern by many local neighbourhoods. We have followed up these concerns by monitoring the problems in many areas and that has led to this scheme being introduced.
 
"Community Speedwatch, which is already active in many other areas of Sussex, is designed to get the community working together, with a little help from the local police and would be a great opportunity to do something positive for your community and to give something back."

If you would like to get involved, e-mail Ed Ripley

For more information, visit the Community Speedwatch website.

6th December 2013

Never Deal With Cold Calling Doorstep Traders

There have recently been several burglaries where the older generation have been targeted and given access to their homes to men posing as officials. While such occurrences are rare Eastbourne Police want to put out the following advice to residents:  Doorstep callers come in various forms. The difficulty at the door is knowing whether or not they are genuine.  Always report bogus callers to the police.

Always put the chain on before you open the door, or use a door viewer.
Bogus 'officials' may claim to be from gas/water/electricity board, health authority or other organisations but all 'officials' have a company identity card. Ask to see it and take hold of it to read it. Keep asking questions until you are absolutely sure they are who they say they are. If they are genuine they will have no objections to this. If you are in any doubt call their head office, but close the door first and do not call a number they give to you, look it up in a telephone directory.

Keep your account numbers for services such as gas, water, electric, BT etc so that you can ask the caller what your account number is to ensure they are genuine. Some companies operate a password scheme and some have Braille on their ID cards. If you are still in doubt, do not let them in, but call the police.

Bogus 'workmen', like tree loppers, tarmacers etc will sometimes offer to carry out work at a low price but when it is completed the price increases. Often they will ask for money in advance, they may even offer to drive you to the bank or building society to withdraw money to pay them. They could then simply disappear or do a poor job very expensively. If you need any building work done, get three written quotes from reputable firms, and then decide which one is the best.

Bogus 'dealers' may offer to buy antiques, furniture or jewellery at what seems to be a good price. Chances are they are trying to trick you into selling something for a lot less than it is worth. If you want to sell something choose one or two genuine dealers to value the item or ask a friend or relative for advice. Ask them for ID and a calling card.

If callers become intimidating, ask a neighbour for help or call the police. You are quite entitled to say NO and ask them to leave.

Crime prevention tips:

5th December 2013

Sussex PCC launches £200,000 Community Fund 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has established a new fund to support local voluntary and community groups tackle crime and improve community safety. The Fund, worth £200,000, will support local projects that address the priorities outlined in Mrs Bourne's Police and Crime Plan.

Awards of up to £5,000 will be granted for projects that meet the funding criteria following consideration by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and approval by the PCC. In exceptional circumstances the Commissioner will consider requests for funding above £5,000. Funding will be granted quarterly and the first deadline for applications is 31st March 2014.

Commenting on the launch of the 'Safer in Sussex' Community Fund, Mrs Bourne said:

“I am delighted to launch the Safer in Sussex Community Fund, which is a new initiative that will provide financial support to innovative local projects that aim to make our communities safer. I want to help communities work together to come up with ways of tackling crime and disorder and I am keen to support projects that demonstrate strong partnership working. I will be working with local partners and agencies to ensure this support complements existing activity."

“I welcome applications from all local groups and organisations that can demonstrate how they are tackling the issues in their area that support the priorities set out in my Police & Crime Plan. These include commissioning initiatives that tackle crime, reduce re-offending and address community priorities such as alcohol, drugs, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and road safety."

“Bids will be considered by my office on a quarterly basis with the first round of funding allocated after 31st March 2014. I look forward to receiving the applications.”

More information on the scheme and how to apply is available on the PCC's website.

20th November 2013

New Neighbourhood Schools Officer

New Neighbourhood Schools Officer, Richard 'Ted' Anderson, has joined the Eastbourne team.

Ted said; "I am the new Neighbourhood Schools Officer (NSO) for Eastbourne. I joined Sussex Police in 2002, working as a response officer covering Wealden for seven years before working as a Neighbourhood Police Officer in Heathfield. 

As the NSO for Eastbourne I will be working closely with the numerous schools, providing a vital link between the police and the schools themselves.  I will be regularly visiting the schools to deliver “Inspire”, the Sussex Police Education Programme which has been developed to educate children and young people with the objective of preventing them from becoming victims or offenders of crime.

Forming close and professional relationships with both the teachers and pupils is key to the success of Inspire, and it is clear that the young people in Eastbourne enjoy and benefit from positive interaction with the local police. 

For any parent or student who wishes to contact me please do so on either my work mobile telephone number 07917 263919 or by email richard.anderson@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Please feel free to contact me, however, please bear in mind that this number should not be used to report emergencies."

It’s time to talk about drinking
Alcohol Awareness week in East Sussex - November 18th- 24th

Alcohol Concern has set the theme "It’s time to talk about drinking" for Alcohol Awareness Week this year.

The aim of the campaign, which runs from 18th to 24th November, is to encourage as many people as possible to talk about alcohol issues such as: physical health risks, social problems, stigmas and taboos associated with talking about the dangers of alcohol

Alcohol Concern also wants to get people actively involved in alcohol harm reduction by encouraging them to give up alcohol for a month, signing up as an individual or a team to "Dry January" during January 2014, and is going to ask people to pledge money, or get sponsored, to motivate them to stick at the challenge. They’ll also be providing people with tips and information on cutting down and how this will help their health, sleeping patterns and general wellbeing.

More information and resources > >

If you have any concerns about your own alcohol consumption, or that of your friends colleagues and families and would like to talk to someone in confidence about it, call Action for Change on 0300-111-2470 or visit:

www.alcoholconcern.org.uk
www.drinkaware.co.uk
www.nhs.uk/change4life

14th November 2013

Think Jessica

Criminals worldwide are hunting down the most fragile members of our society by "working" from mailing lists which categorise people as being elderly or vulnerable in some way. Everyone is at risk but those listed as living alone, not having the internet or any way of being educated about scams or how to report them are their preferred targets. They contact them by letter and phone call and try to trick them into parting with cash. 

Those who respond end up have their details put on what criminals call "suckers lists". They sell these lists to other scammers all over the world. This can result in victims  being delivered 100+ scam letters a day and plagued by international phone calls. Millions of victims have a condition which Think Jessica is trying to get recognised as Jessica Scam Syndrome (JSS). People with JSS have been "brainwashed" by criminals who are having an easy and assisted passage into their homes, minds and bank accounts.

The definition of brainwashing - "To make someone believe something by repeatedly telling them that it’s true and preventing any other information from reaching them"

Visit the Think Jessica website > >

5th November 2013

Police and Crime Commissioner consults over policing precept

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is consulting taxpayers on the precept – the policing part of the council tax - for 2014/15.

The Commissioner wants to know if Sussex residents would be willing to pay an extra £4.95 a year towards reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child exploitation, strengthening the fight against cyber-crime and increasing the visibility of front-line policing.

Mrs Bourne said: "I have a statutory obligation to set the police budget. I fulfilled my election pledge to freeze the precept in my first year of office and, as a result, residents have paid the same amount for policing in Sussex for the last four years. However, in order to enable investment and ensure Sussex Police is sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges, I am consulting on a 3.6% increase which would add £4.95 per year per household for a Band D property.

"As a voice for local people on policing and crime it’s very important that I know if Sussex residents are willing to pay a little extra towards policing in the county. Therefore, I would encourage as many people as possible to spend a few minutes filling out the Public Consultation Survey.”

The Commissioner is duty bound to inform the Police and Crime Panel of her considerations and the consultation with Sussex taxpayers will help inform a decision in January 2014. This decision will be reviewed by the Panel.

Click here to complete the online survey > >

The consultation will close on Friday 10 January.

7th August 2013

A Message from Insp. Rachel Barrow

The Police Contact Centre has not been able to answer 101 calls as promptly as usual due to the embedding of a new IT system known as Niche. As such there have been recent reports of delays when calling the non-emergency number.

The new Niche system replaces many different IT systems so that all of our information is in one place. This will help officers and staff to work more efficiently and free up time for more visible policing.

In addition to the new system, we are seeing high call volumes due to a busy summer period. To help tackle the issue and provide resilience, we are recruiting 33 more call handlers; five of whom joined in June, eight begin their training on 5th August, and 20 start their training in October.  Staff continue to adjust to the new processes, and once the system is fully integrated, we expect an improvement in response times.

Plans are being implemented as quickly as possible, and we expect to be back on track by the end of the year, but callers may experience longer waiting times over the next couple of months.

In addition to the above explanation for any delay you may experience I would like to add the following:

6th August 2013

Getting Bad Drivers Off the Road is Now Easier

People will find it easier to help get Sussex's worst drivers off the roads thanks to a revamped website.  Operation Crackdown, a reporting system which enables the public to report incidents of antisocial driving, speeding and also abandoned vehicles in the county was relaunched on 5th August.
 
Members of the public will now find it easier and quicker to report incidents of antisocial driving and users can now keep track of the progress of their case with a specific reference number provided.

Operation Crackdown is funded by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Sussex Police and the county's local authorities. It was launched in 2002 as a way of reporting abandoned vehicles in Sussex and was expanded in 2007 to cover antisocial driving, including driving without a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and ignoring traffic signs.

Incidents can be reported on the Operation Crackdown website, or by calling 01243-642222.

Operation Crackdown has received a total of 63,120 reports since August 2007. Last year an average of 1,200 reports a month were received.
When members of the public are reporting incidents, it is vital that the registration number is noted, and where possible the make, model and the colour of the vehicle is recorded, so officers can identify the vehicle involved and make contact with the driver.

Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney, from Sussex Police's Road Policing Unit, said: "Members of the public will now find it easier and quicker to report incidents of antisocial driving. The system has been redesigned to give a better service to the public and provides an alternative way of making contact with the police. This innovative and accessible system enables the public to keep track of the progress of their case, at a time convenient to them. Every report received through Operation Crackdown is viewed and a decision is made against a set of criteria on how best to deal with it. In the majority of cases a letter of advice is sent to the driver or rider."

"The letter of advice includes details of the allegation, information about the legislation and the consequences of the vehicle being reported.  If a motorist or vehicle is reported a number of times, officers may visit the driver to give advice or take action. For example, a driver may have his or her vehicle seized if he or she is unable to provide a valid certificate of insurance. The new system will also enable us to identify trends and target specific activity which causes concern on the roads."

"We are committed to making the roads safer in Sussex and Operation Crackdown is proving to be a vital tool in tackling antisocial driving and getting abandoned vehicles off the road. It will also enable those involved in Community Speed Watch groups to report speeding vehicles and I am very much hoping it will encourage other volunteers to join or set one up in their area."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "Road safety and antisocial driving is one of the biggest issues that members of the public speak to me about.  It is for this reason that I have included this as a specific priority to tackle in the Police and Crime Plan and why I am so pleased that Operation Crackdown is being relaunched."

"The input of the public to help the police clamp down on poor driving is invaluable and it is essential that they are encouraged to do so in a convenient and easy way. I look forward to hearing how many more people are using the Operation Crackdown website to help tackle poor driving in Sussex and to make the roads of Sussex a safer place."

To find out more about Operation Crackdown and what happens to reports made to the team visit the Sussex Safer Roads website.

28th July 2013

Thefts from the Person

To help tailor crime prevention messages to address 'theft from person' (e.g. pickpocketing and snatch theft), the Home Office has asked police forces for their knowledge and experience on this subject to share with other partners.

The Home Office has created a pack that includes a collection of information that has been gathered from a range of sources including police forces, key partners and academia.

Within the pack, there are examples of:

There are five sections within the pack:

Section 1
This section includes background information on 'theft from the person', including where incidents tend to occur and the profile of 'at risk' groups.

Section 2
This section offers some lessons learned from previous communication campaigns targeting theft.

Section 3
This section gives example messages, focusing on two 'at risk' groups: students and young women.

Section 4
This section presents details of existing campaigns that are being used by partners across England & Wales, and focuses on offender prevention activity.

Section 5
This section includes messages to businesses on how to reduce 'theft from the person' within their establishments and some external links to more information.

The appendix contains links to further sources of information on personal safety and crime prevention.

To download this pack, please click here.

4th June 2013

Community Cashback

Sussex Police is using funds seized from criminals to support community projects. We are using the Proceeds of Crime Act in conjunction with the powers of the courts to confiscate money and assets from criminals who have been convicted of varying offences and are making the funds available for approved projects and initiatives that will benefit the diverse communities of Sussex.

To do this we have set up the Community Cashback, a grant scheme which is available to anyone to help fund their community project. Community Cashback is for projects and initiatives which help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, enable diversion from crime or reduce the fear of crime in a community or neighbourhood.

We have a total of £50,000 available to give out to projects and will be awarding individual grants for amounts between £1,000 and £10,000.

The deadline for applications for grants from current available funding is 12 July 2013.

For more information please read our application guidance. If you wish to apply for a grant you can do so by filling out the application form.

The Little Book of Big Scams

In the introduction to the "little Book of Big Scams", Esther Rantzen says: "One of the mysteries of the con-man is why he bothers (I say he, but of course there are plenty of con-women who are just as unscrupulous). He is often energetic, imaginative and ambitious, so why doesn’t he build up a decent, respectable business instead of robbing hard-working people?  I suppose it’s because con-men (and I’ve met many over my years in consumer protection) all regard the people they deceive simply as walking wallets, to be ruthlessly squeezed, emptied, and then thrown away.

So the con-men will shamelessly lie to us, try to tempt us with “something for nothing”, “too good to be true” offers – like the “show house” discount for double glazing or central heating, or the “million pound lottery” he pretends you have won and so on. And he gambles on the fact that when we discover that we’ve fallen for his blatant swindle, we will be too ashamed to report him to the police or the Trading Standards officers."

Download the Little Book of Big Scams to help protect you from unscrupulous con men.

New Fraud Hotline

Sussex Police has joined a national scheme aimed at enhancing fraud investigations and slashing the amount of time officers spend taking reports of this sort of crime.

In December the force signed up to Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting centre which will act as a central point of contact for all information about fraud and financially-motivated internet crime.

Online reporting of Fraud is available 24/7 via the Action Fraud  website or through the telephone hotline 0300 123 2040 which is open Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm and 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Information provided by the person reporting will then be assessed within Action Fraud and if a crime is established, it will be recorded and the victim provided with a national crime reference number. The crime and all other information reports are transferred securely each day to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), City of London Police. There, all crimes and information reports are analysed together with other information received from many other organisations and filtered to leave just those crimes where there are good lines of enquiry to follow up which will then be sent to the relevant force as "packages" for further investigation.

Katy Bourne Swears in as Sussex PCC

You will need to turn up the volume on your speakers.

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Neighbourhood Policing Inspector's Message

This has been a unique and difficult time for people that live and work in Hampden Park with a number of significant incidents attracting Police and media attention. Following the death of Mr Poole at the Hydneye on 16 Aug and the unrelated death of Mr Holloway following an incident in Brassey Parade on 29 Sept, Hampden Park has been somewhat in the spot light. In addition to those tragic events, detectives have released various media appeals for information or eye witnesses to come forward to other incidents in a real effort to do all that we can to detect every crime, not just those considered to be the most serious.

There is no doubt that for some the fear of crime in Hampden Park has increased and Police along with our partners will be working hard to try and reduce that fear and return to a sense of normality. Hampden Park has an experienced and well established Neighbourhood Policing Team, managed on the ground by Sgt Fiona Munro. Her team patrol the area every day and work with residents and local businesses to get a feeling for what is really happening within the different communities. There is clearly a sense of sadness in the aftermath of recent weeks, but there is also a sense of pride and coming together. With strong links to Neighbourhood Watch and support from partners and many services, the people of Hampden Park have shown that they can work across generations and pull together to make a difference.

I would ask as the local Police Inspector that if you do have a sense that the fear of crime has increased for you, talk to us, we can help. The reality is that overall crime is reducing and it has been year on year. Crime statistic mean very little to those who simply don’t feel safe for whatever reason and so talk to us, we can try and reassure you and perhaps even put some practical measures in place that may just make you feel that little bit safer.

You can contact us at Sussex Police on 101 or come along to any of our Neighbourhood Surgeries; 18th October at Crawley Crescent at 6:30pm and Court Road at 7:30pm; 23rd October at Larch Gardens at 6:30pm and Cedar Close at 7:15pm.

Rachel Barrow
Inspector
Neighbourhood Policing Team