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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

News and appeals

Witnesses sought following a spate of window breakages in East Grinstead

Police are appealing for witnesses after a spate of windows being smashed in East Grinstead.

Since the beginning of the New Year, Sussex Police have received 25 reports of car and building windows being damaged, with the majority of the incidents being reported in Lingfield Road, East Grinstead.

Reports have also been received of a similar matter in Garland Road, London Road, Charlswood Road, Ship Street and Station Road, East Grinstead. Read more here.

Strap in to save lives - it's Seatbelt Week

With an estimated two million drivers in the UK still not wearing a seatbelt when they’re driving, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is reminding road users of the dangers of not belting up in their cars.

Along with colleagues at Surrey and Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) and Surrey’s Drive SMART, SSRP want to reach the last 5% of drivers who do not see the benefits of seatbelts. There is a week dedicated to this, running from March 12-18, which has been implemented by TISPOL, the European Traffic Policing Network.

Although this week is still very much business as usual and enforcing this law is a daily occurrence for RPU, it does give an opportunity to raise awareness to a demographic of ignorant drivers. Read more here.

Vehicle crime prevention advice.

The majority of this type of crime is opportunistic, and occurs because valuables have been left on view or the vehicle left insecure. If a vehicle is left insecure it only takes 10 seconds for your valuables to be stolen.

More advice for van, car and also caravan owners can be find here.



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Crime summary


Vehicle Crime

In Deaks Lane, Ansty, Haywards Heath, 3 chain saws and a leaf blower were stolen from the back of a truck. This happened on Monday, 12 March between 6.30pm & 7.30pm.

If anyone saw anything please contact us on 101 and quote: 1084 12/03/2018, thank you.


A Taxi was broken in to whilst parked in Pickers Green, Lindfield on Tuesday 13 March; this happened between 1.30am and 6.30am.

The thieves broke the vehicle’s side window and an amount of cash was stolen. If you saw anything please contact us, the reference number for this crime is: 0191 13/03/2018.

Criminal Damage

The Fire Brigade was called to The Old Convent in East Grinstead on the evening of Wednesday 7 March.

A picnic bench was burnt out, rubber chippings and play equipment damaged.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, however we cannot rule out that the fire could have been started deliberately.

If anyone saw anything or has any knowledge please contact us and quote: 0161 08/03/2018.


The Play Area in the Pavillion in Burgess Hill was damaged on Friday 9 March sometime during the evening.

Shattered glass was found over the car park area, equipment and fencing were also damaged.

If anyone saw anything or has any knowledge please do contact us. The reference number is: 0515 10/03/2018.

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