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Eastbourne Weekly Police Update

Alert message sent 26/04/2019 19:32:00

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Friday 26th April 2019


Eastbourne car fires being treated as arson.

Police are appealing for witnesses following two car fires in Eastbourne, which are suspected to have been caused deliberately.

Officers were called to Oulton Close about 3.55am on Tuesday (23 April) and on arrival the vehicles – both Volvos – were well alight.

Firefighters attended shortly afterwards and the fires were extinguished. The incident is being treated as arson.

Police are seeking witnesses, or anyone with CCTV in the area which may have captured the incident.

Anyone with any information is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 133 of 23/04.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

Witnesses sought to collision between motor-cycle and car in Eastbourne.

Police in Eastbourne are seeking witnesses to what is believed to have been deliberate collision between a motor-cyclist and car, in which the motor-cycle rider sustained serious injuries. The car did not stop at the scene

Shortly after 6pm on Saturday (20 April) the 23-year-old Eastbourne man was knocked off a the motor-cycle he was riding, at the junction of Friday Street (B2104) and Larkspur Drive in Eastbourne.

He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious back and arm injuries, including a stab wound to his back believed to have been sustained during the incident. However he is currently in a stable and not life-threatening condition.

The car, described as silver VW Golf, drove away.

Detective Inspector Daniel Dugan said; "This incident may have caused another uninvolved driver to take evasive action and we would like to speak to this potential witness in particular, along with anyone else who may have seen something

"We believe this collision may have been a deliberate act, but it is an isolated incident in which the people involved are known to each other.

"If you saw what happened or have any other information please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Foxmere.

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

No arrests have been made at this stage.

Police warning after second Easter fatal motorcycle collision in Sussex - Think!

The Easter holiday weather attracted many more drivers and riders on to the roads of Sussex; with this unfortunately came an increase in road traffic collisions.

Following two motorcyclist fatalities in two days, Sussex Police are reminding road users of the need to be aware of the ‘Think Bike!’ message.

A man died and another was arrested following a collision near Rye on Saturday afternoon (April 20).

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the scene between the A259 junction and Northpoint Beach at 14:14pm where the red Suzuki motorcycle and a Ford Ranger had collided.

A 39-year-old man from London, who was riding the Suzuki, was critically injured in the collision and sadly died at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed. The driver and a woman passenger in the Ford Ranger sustained suspected back injuries and shock and were taken to hospital for treatment.

A 26-year-old man from Dartford in Kent, who was riding another motorcycle in the area at the time, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remained in custody on Saturday evening.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen any of the vehicles involved in the area in the time leading up to it. This includes the movements of a group of motorcyclists who may also have been riding between Camber and Hastings on Saturday afternoon and came to the attention of other motorists.

Did you travel over the Bank Holiday weekend?

Please email or call 101 quoting Operation Thorncroft.

The road remained closed until just after 10pm while rescue, recovery and collision investigation work were carried out.

Less than 48 hours earlier a 63-year-old motorcyclist died when his machine was in collision with two other vehicles on the A27 at Wilmington on Thursday evening (April 18).

Sergeant Richard Hobbs, from the Sussex roads policing unit, said: "We tend to see a spike in serious injury collisions involving motorbikes around this time of year, especially on fine weekends and Bank Holidays. If you haven't been out for a while, or even if you have, ride carefully and stay aware.

"Similarly, other road users need to be aware of the Think Bike! message - be mindful of riders and look carefully, especially before turning, exiting junctions or similar manoeuvres.

Eastbourne robbery suspect, do you recognise this man?

Police have released CCTV images of a man sought in connection with a robbery in Eastbourne.

About 10.52pm on Friday (19 April), a man entered the Co-Op store in Beatty Road brandishing a weapon and demand money from staff. He made off with around £200 in cash.

The suspect is described as white, about 5’10”, of athletic or muscular build and well dressed. He had stubble or a short beard, a shaven head to the back and sides, and a distinctive tattoo on the right hand side of his neck which appears to be three symbols or words.

He was wearing a black baseball cap with no apparent logo. He had no glove on his left hand, and uses this hand to give the cashier an empty plain plastic bag to fill with cash. His right hand is partially covered and is holding an object – possibly a chisel – in a threatening manner.

If you recognise the suspect or have any information about the incident, please report it online or call 101 quoting serial 1504 of 19/04.

Crime Summary

In the small hours of Monday (22nd) morning, a pharmacy in Meads Street was broken into, whereby the suspect has smashed a glass door panel.
Following the premises’ alarms going off, Officers attending and have since arrested a male in connection with the incident. (0089 of 22/04 relates)

On the afternoon of Monday 22nd, as caravan off Longstone Road was broken into by means unknown. Personal items and electronics were taken. Regrettably no lines of enquiry or suspect details have come to light. (1374 of 22/04 relates)

A male was caught following the victim catching up with him along Hyde Gardens on the afternoon of the 23rd after the suspect male threw objects at the victim’s window causing them to smash. Police arrived on scene and the suspect male was arrested. (1319 of 23/04 relates)

Approximately 0100 am on the 24th April a male was seen by witnesses smashing the glass windows of a pharmacy on Wartling Road. The male was seen to smash windows and gain entry where he began to take medication. Officers were alerted and attended and caught up with the, male further down the road, he was arrested and has since been charged.

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