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Lewes Weekly Update

Alert message sent 23/02/2018 10:21:00

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Friday 16 February - Friday 23 February

Modern Slavery

What is Modern Slavery?

Someone is in slavery if they are forced to work, if they are owned or controlled by an employer, if they are dehumanised and treated as a commodity, or bought and sold as ‘property’, or if they are physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

There is no ‘typical’ victim of modern slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds. They are forced into a situation through the use or threat of violence, deception or coercion. Victims may enter the UK legally, or on forged documentation, or they may be a UK citizen living in the UK who is then forced into slavery.

Modern slavery covers a range of exploitation including; human trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour, debt bondage, domestic servitude, criminal activities, child labour, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and forced and early marriage.

What are the warning signs of modern slavery and human trafficking?

Members of the public should think, spot the signs and speak out against the abuse and exploitation of anyone in our community. There is no typical victim of slavery but it is normally more prevalent among the most vulnerable, and within minority or socially excluded groups.

Warning signs to look out for include the following:

· Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.

· Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control or influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.

· Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and/or living and working at the same address.

· Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work.

· Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents kept from them such as passports.

· You may notice people being dropped off or collected for work on a regular basis, either very early or late at night.

· Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons.

· They may believe they do not know who to trust or where to get help, fear deportation, or violence to them or their family.

Advice for victims:

If you think you are a victim of modern slavery please seek help. You can contact the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700. They can assist you to understand what help is available including information, advice and ways to access support. The Modern Slavery Helpline is confidential, but, if you don't want to give your name, you don’t have to.

Visit the Modern Slavery Helpline website for more information

The Salvation Army can also help. Call their 24 hour helpline: 0300 3038151 or visit: 

You can also contact the police by ringing 101 or by making contact online

In an emergency please dial 999.

Crime summary

Overnight on Thursday (15 February), a garage was broken into on Prince Edward Road, in Lewes. Nothing was taken from the garage though (ref: 0320 16/02).

Numerous garages were broken into on Queens Road in Lewes overnight on Thursday (15 February; ref: 0336 16/02).

Another garage was also broken into on Park Road in Lewes overnight on Thursday (15 February). Nothing was taken (ref: 0339 16/02).

A houseboat was broken into on the River Ouse in Lewes overnight on Monday (19 February). An untidy search of the boat was made and some antiques and electronic items have been stolen (0223 20/02).

On Monday (19 February) a garage was broken into on Tor Road West in Peacehaven. Some scrap copper, scrap brass and lead piping was taken (ref: 0423 20/02).

Overnight on Tuesday (20 February), a barn was broken into on Anchor Lane in Barcombe, Lewes. A quad bike and trailer was taken (ref: 0187 21/02).


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