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Lewes Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 3rd May 2019

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A young man from East Sussex has been given a six-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting three young women he knew.

Solomon Tarling, 22, a student, of Laughton, East Sussex, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (26 April) having been found guilty after a trial in the previous month of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl during 2013; raping a 19-year-old woman during 2017; and sexually assaulting a 20-year old woman in 2017.

He was found not guilty of sexual assault and another offence of rape, both in relation to the second girl.

He will be a registered sex offender for life.

The first two victims were assaulted at addresses in East Sussex and the third victim was assaulted when she visited him while he was a subsequently a student in Sheffield

Detective Constable Andy Lawrence of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: "Tarling knew the three victims. He would build their trust and then sexually assault them. He is a predatory sex offender and the sentence of six years reflects the seriousness of his offending.

"We worked closely with South Yorkshire Police to support their investigation into the Sheffield offence which then formed part of this prosecution in Sussex.
“We are glad that the three victims came forward and gave evidence against Tarling. We will always investigate such reports, to support victims and to seek justice for them wherever possible.”

See the Sussex Police website for sources of advice and support for anyone experiencing sexual abuse.

Elderly Peacehaven couple fall victim to distraction burglars

Police want to identify two men who visited an elderly couple at their home in Peacehaven at around noon on Saturday 13 April, claiming they were there to complete garden work, despite no such work having been requested.

The pair then entered the couple's home to seek payment. While one man engaged the couple in conversation, the other searched their bedroom. After the men left, it was found that cash and jewellery were missing.

Both suspects are white. One was aged about 70, 6'4", of broad build and with a broad face and unkempt curly grey hair. He was wearing a grey polo shirt and grey jogging bottoms, and spoke with what was possibly a Scottish or Irish accent.
His accomplice was in his 50s, 6', and also of broad build. He had straight black hair, a black moustache and prominent ears. He also spoke with a possibly Scottish or Irish accent and was wearing a dark blue or black sweatshirt, blue jeans and dark-coloured trainers.

Detective Constable Andy Mountford-Laker, investigating, said: "This was a callous crime taking advantage of an elderly, vulnerable couple. Anyone who noticed anything suspicious or who may have information about the incident is asked to get in touch as soon as possible."

They can do so by reporting details online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 554 of 13/04. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, either online or by calling 0800 555 111.

Sussex Police is keen to stress that any unexpected callers who seek to enter private property or claim to be there to complete unsolicited work or otherwise act suspiciously should not be allowed in and should not be given any money.

Genuine callers will always carry official identification and be prepared to wait outside while householders check their veracity. Should there be any doubt concerning their bona fides, telephone 999 immediately and ask for the police.

For further advice on dealing with unknown doorstep callers, please see here

Prevention PCSOs community engagements

Lewes Prevention PCSOs attended various morning and afternoon drop in sessions across the district this week.

Monday PCSO Fenn joined the Landport Residents Association volunteers at the local foodbank; whilst PCSO Ash attended a drop in coffee morning in Ringmer offering residents valuable crime prevention advice and information.

Other engagements this week included a drop in session at the Newick Health centre, Peacehaven town visits, Beechwood Hall and a visit to Plumpton College.

Do you run a local group, coffee morning or drop in session in your community and feel you’d benefit from a PCSO popping in to offer crime prevention advice or support? Please get in touch...

Protect your van and tools reminder

Following a few reports of van breaks across local areas, Police are reminding van owners to review their security.

Having your car or van broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing, especially if it is your livelihood.

Don’t leave your van open to thieves, please take your tools in overnight and over the weekend, and secure them out of sight; print up the below image and pop it on the dashboard or rear window.

To help keep your vehicle safe follow our crime prevention advice here:

Looking for a new job? We’re hiring for contact handlers (from 3rd May 2019)

As a Contact Handler you’ll have a crucial role in the police family: managing a huge variety of emergency 999 calls, dealing with non-emergency 101 calls, online and social media enquiries. All are at the heart of police business.
You will do this by:
  • Facing diverse situations and engaging with people from different backgrounds with different problems.
  • Being adaptable to all types of situations.
  • Having patience and being calm under pressure
  • Communicating clearly and be a good listener
  • Providing reassurance to those in need
  • Working in a fast-paced 24/7 environment
  • Making critical decisions
  • Quick thinking
  • Getting that vital detail
  • Log information quickly and accurately
  • 24 hour shift pattern including nights, weekends and bank holidays

You will provide excellent customer service to the communities we serve and the teams we work with.
This is a vital job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
You’ll be hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:
  • Generous basic pay of £23,361 plus an unsocial hours shift allowance of approximately £7,200 per year.
  • 25 days holiday a year (increasing to 30 days after five years’ service) and access to many additional benefits.
  • Opportunities to develop your career and progress within the force (once you have completed two years as a Contact Handler). While many of our Contact Handlers choose to stay in the role or progress to a Controller, there are many opportunities to explore other roles and we will help you develop no matter what your interest.
  • Excellent training with continuous professional development.

To find out more and apply today, visit:


Crime summary

During the daytime of 25th April Police received reports of a male trying car doors and shed doors, along Pinwell Road, Lewes. Unfortunately no further description is available but fortunately no vehicles or sheds were entered. (0404 of 25/04 relates)

In the small hours of the 26th April a property on Balcombe Road, Peacehaven was entered by means unknown and the victim had their wallet, keys and personal items taken. (0267 of 26/04 relates)

Computer games and consoles were stolen from a property along Stansfield Road, Lewes overnight on the 28t April, suspects have entered via means unknown and taken the items. (0436 of 28/04 relates).

A personal computer was stolen from a property on the Avenue in Lewes overnight on the 28th April, unfortunately there are no lines of enquiry for Police to investigate. (0474 of 28/04 relates)

A property off Winterbourne Close in Lewes was entered by an unknown suspect in the small hours of the 28th. Suspects entered via a window and took the victims computer. Regrettably there are no lines of enquiry (0267 of 28/04 relates)


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