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Lewes Weekly Update

Alert message sent 20/04/2018 09:13:00

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Friday 13 - Thursday 19 April

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Stand Up To Stalking - Police re-affirm commitment to support stalking victims

There has been a welcome increase in stalking reports in the past two years, which we attribute to a number of factors, including increasing confidence by victims, more accurate recording by police, and increased awareness by officers and staff, following the recent tragic death of Shana Grice. These are complex issues, often involving people known to each other.

National figures show that some two-thirds of all stalking cases involve intimate or ex-intimate partner relationships, with the remainder being acquaintance or stranger cases.  This picture is reflected in Sussex. Read more here:


Bank staff prevent elderly Peacehaven man from falling victim to courier fraud

Police are warning residents to be vigilant after an elderly man was nearly conned out of £3,000 in Peacehaven.

The victim, a man in his late 80s, was approached by three men at his Peacehaven home on 4 April, stating they required payment for fixing his guttering, despite the victim not asking for this work. The three men, who arrived in a white van with the word Universal on the side, informed the victim they would come back later to collect the money. The victim went to the Barclays Bank in Broad Street, Seaford, and staff became suspicious with the withdrawal amount. The staff informed police and stopped the transaction.

PCSO Christopher Marchant said: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to the staff at the bank who took the appropriate action when they spotted that something with this transaction wasn’t quite right. Elderly or vulnerable people and their relatives are reminded that they should always treat requests for cash from unknown workmen with deep suspicion. Always ask for ID and satisfy yourself that it is genuine before dealing with that person.”

To report matters of a similar nature please go online or call 101 quoting reference Operation Signature. Further advice and information on how to prevent fraud can be found here:

Crime summary

During the early hours on Friday (13 April) morning, a house on Dukes Close in Lewes was broken into. An iPhone 7, an Xbox and some car keys were taken (0156 13/04).

On Friday (13 April), between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, a garage was broken into on East Grinstead Road in Lewes. Several things were taken, including a mountain bike, and gardening and hand tools (0811 13/04).

On Friday (13 April), a workshop was broken into on The Broyle in Lewes. 3 bicycles and a lawn mower was taken (0934 13/04).

During the early hours of Thursday (17 April) morning, a house on Ashurst Road in Seaford was broken into. Nothing was taken (0025 17/04).

On Wednesday (18 April), a house in Barcombe in Lewes was broken into. Some jewellery was taken (1199 18/04).


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