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Alert message sent 23/03/2018 09:42:00

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Friday 16 March - Friday 23 March 

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Family tribute to St Leonards shooting victims

The family of a mother and daughter who sadly died in a shooting in St Leonards have paid tribute to them.

Michelle, 32, and Heather Whitbread, 53, were fatally wounded after they were shot in their home in Bexhill Road on Friday evening (16 March).

Their family said: "Heather and Michelle were both beautiful people that filled our family with laughter. They were both special, generous and kind people who loved life, but most of all their family. They will both be sorely missed leaving a gap that can never be filled. We now just wish to be left to grieve in private as a family."

Officers responded immediately to a report of the shooting at 7.43pm. Firearms officers were able to lead two other women, one of whom is pregnant, from the house to safety and they were taken to hospital. Both were uninjured but suffering from shock.

A 35-year-old man who was known to the victims was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody where he remains. A firearm has been recovered.

National Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) four-week campaign

Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. That’s why Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) is encouraging communities across the country to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence at https://act.campaign.gov.uk/ or, in an emergency, dial 999.

Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could potentially include:

· Hiring large vehicles or similar for no obvious reasons

· Buying or storing a large amount of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reasons

· Taking notes or photos of security arrangements, or inspecting CCTV cameras in an unusual way

· Looking at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or sharing and creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism.

· Someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online.

· Embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology.

· Possessing firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them

· Holding passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reasons

· Anyone who goes away travelling for long periods of time but is vague about where

· Someone carrying out suspicious or unusual bank transactions

You are not wasting our time, and no call or click will be ignored. What you tell us is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken. Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism

Crime summary

Burglary crime summary:

Between Monday (12 March) and Thursday (15 March), a garden shed was broken into on Sackville Road in Hailsham. A lawnmower was taken and access was not gained to the house (ref: 1029 17/03).

Between 4:00pm on Saturday (17 March) and 4:00pm Sunday (18 March), a garage was broken into on Moore Park in Hailsham. Some tools and power tools were taken (ref: 0783 18/03).

A summer house was broken into on Blacksmiths Lane in Wadhurst. Some items were removed from the summerhouse and left outside (ref: 0623 20/03).

Between 08:45am and 08:40am on Tuesday (20 March), there was an attempted break in to a house on Halley Park in Hailsham. Access was not gained to the property so nothing was taken (ref: 0635 20/03).

A house was broken into on New Town in Uckfield on Tuesday (20 March) between 08:30am and 15:00pm. Some jewellery was taken (ref: 0980 20/03).

On Tuesday (20 March), a garage was broken into on Eridge Drive in Crowborough. Nothing was stolen or damaged (ref: 1450 20/03).

Between Saturday (17 March) and Tuesday (20 March), a garage in Nutely, Uckfield was broken into. Two chainsaws were taken (ref: 0492 21/03).

Vehicle crime summary:

At 11:00pm on Thursday (15 March), a van was broken into and some tools were taken. This incident occurred on Old Swan Lane in Hailsham (ref: 0487 16/03).

Between 8:30pm on Tuesday (13 March) and 8:00am Wednesday (14 March), a vehicle was broken into on Lindfield Drive in Hailsham (ref: 0811 19/03).

On Tuesday evening (20 March), there was an attempt to break into a van on St Johns Road in Crowborough (ref: 1463 20/03).

A van on Elim Court Gardens in Crowborough was broken into at approximately 11:00pm on Tuesday (20 March). Nothing was taken (ref: 0187 22/03).

Between 5:00pm and 5:45pm on Wednesday (21 March), a mobile phone and USB charger was taken from a vehicle in Buxted in Uckfield (ref: 0841 22/03).

Between Wednesday (22 March) and Friday (23 March), we have had 6 reports of vehicle breaks / theft from vehicles in the East Dean and Friston areas.


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

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