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Alert message sent 07/09/2018 11:49:00

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Friday 7 September

News and appeals

Can you identify man suspected of indecent acts in a Wealden wood?

Police are hoping the efit image shown here may help to identify a man they wish to speak to in connection with indecent behaviour in Hargate Forest, on the Sussex-Kent border just south of Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells. Enquiries by officers from both Kent and Sussex police have been ongoing since late May. Several incidents believed to have involved the same man have meanwhile been reported. In one, the suspect was seen running through the woods while naked from the waist down. In another he committed an indecent act in front of a woman walking a dog. The man is said to be white with a tanned complexion, 5' 11", aged 20-40, of slim build and with fair or light brown wavy hair. One witness described him as having tattoos on his arms. Extra patrols have been deployed to provide reassurance to forest users. Anyone who has has seen the man or has any information about him is asked to contact Sussex Police online or ring 101, quoting serial 1213 of 08/07.


Prison sentence for charity box thief

A man has been given an eight month prison sentence for the theft of eight charity boxes across Sussex. On Wednesday 22 August officers received a call from a member of the public to report a man acting suspiciously in Eastbourne. Police officers attended and were able to identify Derrick Matthews as the suspect in CCTV footage of the theft of charity tins. Matthews, 59, had been linked to stolen tins from businesses in Eastbourne, Rye, Hailsham, Burgess Hill, and Roberstbridge from November 2017 until May. He was arrested by officers and charged with eight counts of theft by walk-in. Read more here.


Eight teenagers arrested in Crowborough and Uckfield investigations

Eight teenagers have been arrested by police investigating a series of recent incidents in Crowborough and Uckfield. The eight, ranging in age from 13 to 16 and from Uckfield and Crowborough, were arrested on Thursday and Friday (August 30/31). Three, all from Uckfield, aged 13, 14 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit robbery in connection with the assault and robbery of a 14-year-old boy in Uckfield on August 4. A 14-year-old boy from Crowborough and four boys from Uckfield, one aged 14 and three aged 15, were all arrested on suspicion of a racially or religiously aggravated offence at a cafe in Uckfield on August 25. The 14-year-old was further arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and burglary other than dwelling in connection with an incident at a convenience store in Farningham Road, Crowborough on August 24. Read more here.


Ninth boy arrested in Crowborough and Uckfield investigations

Another teenager has been arrested by police investigating a series of recent incidents in Crowborough and Uckfield. The 14-year-old boy from Crowborough was arrested late on Friday night (August 31) in connection with an incident at a convenience store in Farningham Road, Crowborough on August 24. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal. He remains in custody.

Crime summary

Reference: 0807 31/08
Location: Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells
Date and time: 1:00pm 31/08 – 2:14pm 31/08
Stolen items: 2 bicycles and 2 strimmers

Reference: 0323 01/08
Location: Coach Lane, Haywards Heath
Date and time: 9:30am 29/08 – 1:00pm 30/08
Stolen items: Chainsaw and other items

Reference: 0307 01/09
Location: Hailsham
Date and time: 11:30am 01/09 – 06:22am 02/09
Stolen items: Unknown

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