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Friday 19th April 2019

News and Updates:

Teenager sentenced over Seaford stabbing

A teenager who stabbed a man in the street on Christmas Eve has been convicted in court.

Jordan Novis has been sentenced to six years’ detention in a Young Offender Institution following the incident in Seaford on 24 December.

He originally denied possessing an offensive weapon (a knife) in public and committing grievous bodily harm with intent, claiming self-defence.

However, he later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Monday 8 April. He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Police investigations revealed how the pair were known to each other prior to the incident, which occurred in Millberg Road about 9.30am on 24 December.

After receiving a single stab wound to the torso, the victim managed to run back to his house where he was treated by paramedics. He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and was discharged two days later.

Novis, 19, unemployed, previously of Sutton Avenue, Seaford, was nominated as the suspect, and he handed himself in to police on 27 December. The knife was never recovered.

Detective Constable Paul Kelly, of the Eastbourne Investigations Team, said: “This conviction sends a clear message that carrying a knife in a public place is a serious offence which will not be tolerated on the streets of Sussex – or anywhere else in the UK for that matter.

“The fact that Novis used that weapon to attack another person makes it all the more serious. It can take a single stab wound to cause fatal injuries, and the victim is extremely fortunate in this case not to have sustained more significant injuries.

“There is no place for knife crime in our country, and anyone caught offending will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.”

Lewes Police looking for defecating male.

Lewes Police are appealing for information on the identification of a male; who they’d like to speak to, after he defecated outside a taxi office, opposite Lewes train station.

The incident occurred at approx. 0215 am Sunday the 7th April, whereby the male was seen on CCTV defecating against the wall of the taxi office, very shortly after he, and his friends were picked up by a silver Mercedes taxi.

If you were the driver of the taxi, or you have any information on the identity of this poor-mannered individual please get in touch quoting serial 1205 of 07/04.

Vehicle thefts in the Lewes areas.

Vehicles today are by and large more difficult to steal than ever, unless the thief can access your key or fob to clone them. Best to keep your keys safe, out of view when at home, and away from your front door.

Lewes Police have had a few reports recently of vehicle thefts, whereby suspects have used an electronic reading/scanning device to read and scan keys allowing them to then steal cars nearby.

Electronic devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob to lock your vehicle. Always manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away.

If unsure, lock it manually, then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around. If a potential thief who’s watching feels they’ve been spotted, they’ll probably move off.

When not in use, keep your electronic car key in a security pouch to prevent it being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car nearby, don’t leave keys hanging up by front doors, and keep keys at a distance from your vehicle.

Wanted man Tre John Bunby has been arrested.

The 26-year-old was charged with breaching a non-molestation order in Brighton on 24 January and was bailed to attend court on 13 March with conditions not to contact the complainant, he failed to keep these conditions and has been wanted by Police.

He was located at an address in Eastbourne on Tuesday night (16th April) and was arrested on suspicion of rape, and taken in police custody.

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Update for Malling residents regarding HQ parking:

Current projects:

Residents of Malling will have or will soon receive in the post a Workplace Travel Update letter for April 2019; detailing our ongoing work to manage the transport, including parking for staff at Sussex Police and ESFRS Headquarters.

We pleased to update that the Headquarters car parking works are progressing well and approximately 57 additional spaces will be completed by mid April (phase 1+2). Works will then continue into the Summer delivering an additional 18 spaces. The further phases will be announced at a later date (see map for details).

Please be advised staff parking off site as frequently reminded to be considerate to the needs of the local residents, in particular, they have been asked to avoid parking on verges, restricting access to driveway and close to junctions. We are aware that on more than one occasion the local bus and refuse collection services have been prevented from accessing the Old Malling estate due to inconsiderate parking, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused on those occasions.

To further ease parking around the area, Sussex Police have now leased part of the car park at Sackville House for the use of staff arriving to work after 08:30 an and we are encouraging staff to make use of this facility.

Existing sustainable travel Options:
Sussex Police currently operate the following measure to support sustainable travel at their Headquarters:
  • Cycle to work scheme and secure Cycle Storage on the multi-storage car park;
  • Showers and changing facilities for all staff;
  • Rail and bus season tickets available through our payroll department;
  • Easit Network – providing discounted rail travel to all staff;
  • Discounted bus travel;
  • Sussex Police lift share scheme, offering preferential on-site parking for car sharers;
  • Free shuttle service from Lewes train station to H (loop) with 8 journeys each morning and 7 in the evening (weekdays).

We understand this has been a long standing issue in the local community and we thank you for your continued understanding as we try to resolve this ongoing issue; and will continue to update you throughout the Summer on the next phases.


Crime Summary:

Approx 7pm on the 12th April, garages in the area of Buckwell Court Lewes were broken into by youths. 2 white males, approximately in their 20’s were seen attempting to gain entry to garages – Police arrived but the youths were long gone over the farm. It is unknown if any property was taken. (1130 of 12/04 relates)

Around 12pm on the 13th April, a victim on Downlands avenue Peacehaven had money and jewellery taken when suspects who had been doing gardening work entered the victim’s home. Male one is described as white, short/cropped black hair, around 45 years old, slim build, wearing all black clothing. Male two is described as white, around 50 years old, grey hair which is fluffy, stocky build, around 5'5" tall. Both males left via a small white van – Police investigations are ongoing. (0554 or 13/04 relates)

During the afternoon of the 13th April, a garage off of Marine View Newhaven was broken into whereby suspects have cut off padlocks and gained entry. High value mountain and road bikes were stolen from the garage, regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (1200 of 13/04 relates)


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