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Friday 10th May 2019

News and appeals

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man and a woman tried to rob a driver who they had flagged down on the A27 near Polegate.

The victim was driving along the A27 eastbound when he saw a woman standing in the layby on the left hand side of the road before the Barley Mow pub looking distressed and trying to flag down passing motorists at about 4.30pm on Sunday (5 May).

He pulled over to help her and was then grabbed from behind by a man who tried to search his pockets. The victim turned and saw the suspect had a small Stanley knife. He was subsequently slashed to the face with the knife In fear of his safety he punched the man to the face.

This caused the man to retreat and get in to a vehicle parked in the layby with the woman. They drove off continuing eastbound in a vehicle described as a small black Toyota, possibly an Aygo or a Yaris with an 07 registration. Nothing was stolen from the man.

The 30-year-old victim was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew for a cut to his face.

The man was described as 5' 11", aged in his mid-30s with short scruffy brown hair, clean shaven and was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The woman was described as being aged in her 20s, 5' 6", slim, with brown hair in a bun and was wearing a red round neck jumper and skinny blue jeans.

Detective Sergeant Amanda Hover said: "This was a frightening ordeal for the victim who stopped to help a woman who he believed was in distress.
"We are appealing for witnesses to this incident or information that may help identify the suspects or the vehicle they were driving.

This happened at a busy time of day on the A27 and we believe there must be drivers who saw it. We would also like to hear from any motorists who may have dash cam footage of the incident."

Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 846 of 05/05 if you can help with our investigation.

Tackling on-going ASB related issues in your local area

Following recent ASB, across Lewes and the coastal areas; Officers from Lewes Prevention team have been out and about with extra patrols and deployments (in addition to Op Blitz) working hard to prevent youth ASB and ASB in towns and local ‘hot-spots’.

Our Op Blitz patrols continue to operate Friday and Saturday evenings across Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford, from 1800-0000. Should you experience or witness anything in this time you can call an officer directly on the Op Blitz mobile on 07989188960, and you can also sign up to our weekly ASB newsletter via In The Know, which details where officers have been and their findings.

What constitutes antisocial behaviour?
Antisocial behaviour is defined as 'behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person'

But what does this mean?

There are three main categories for antisocial behaviour, depending on how many people are affected:
  • Personal antisocial behaviour is when a person targets a specific individual or group.
  • Nuisance antisocial behaviour is when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.
  • Environmental antisocial behaviour is when a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings.

Under these main headings antisocial behaviour falls into one of 13 different types:
  1. Vehicle abandoned: This covers vehicles that appear to have been left by their owner, rather than stolen and abandoned. It includes scrap or ‘end of life’ vehicles and those damaged at the scene of a road traffic collision that have been abandoned and aren’t awaiting recovery.
  2. Vehicle nuisance or inappropriate use: This relates to vehicles being used in acts such as street cruising (driving up and down the street causing annoyance and bothering other road users), vehicle convoys and riding or driving on land other than a road. It also covers the misuse of go-peds, motorised skateboards and electric-propelled cycles, and the unlicensed dealing of vehicles where a person has two or more vehicles on the same road within 500 metres of each other.
  3. Rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour: This refers to general nuisance behaviour in a public place or a place to which the public have access, such as private clubs. It does not include domestic-related behaviour, harassment or public disorder which should be reported as crimes.
  4. Rowdy or nuisance neighbours: This covers any rowdy behaviour or general nuisance caused by neighbours, including boundary and parking disputes. It also covers noise nuisance from parties or playing loud music.
  5. Littering or drugs paraphernalia: This includes fly posting and discarding litter, rubbish or drugs paraphernalia in any public place.
  6. Animal problems: This covers any situation where animals are creating a nuisance or people’s behaviour associated with the use of animals is deemed as antisocial. It includes uncontrolled animals, stray dogs, barking, fouling and intimidation by an animal.
  7. Trespassing: This is any situation in which people have entered land, water or premises without lawful authority or permission. It ranges from taking an unauthorised shortcut through a garden to setting up unauthorised campsites.
  8. Nuisance calls: This covers any type of communication by phone that causes anxiety and annoyance, including silent calls and intrusive ‘cold calling’ from businesses. It does not cover indecent, threatening or offensive behaviour which should be reported as crimes.
  9. Street drinking: This relates to unlicensed drinking in public spaces, where the behaviour of the persons involved is deemed as antisocial. It also covers unplanned and spontaneous parties which encroach on the street.
  10. Prostitution-related activity: This relates to any activity involving prostitution such as loitering, displaying cards or promoting prostitution. It may also refer to activities in and around a brothel that impact on local residents. It does not include ‘kerb-crawling’ which should be reported as a crime.
  11. Nuisance noise: This relates to all incidents of noise nuisance that do not involve neighbours (see ‘Nuisance neighbours’ above).
  12. Begging or vagrancy: This covers anyone begging or asking for charitable donations in a public place, or encouraging a child to do so, without a license. It also includes sleeping rough in the open air, shop doorways or communal areas. Unlicensed ticket sellers at or near public transport hubs may also fall into this category.
  13. Misuse of fireworks: This will include the inappropriate use of fireworks, the unlawful sale or possession of fireworks and noise created by fireworks.
If you’re experiencing any of the above, we may be able to help, contact us via the non-emergency number 101, email or visit our website to report ASB at

A man has been arrested after a large quantity of cash and jewellery was stolen during a robbery in rural East Sussex.

Two masked men are reported to have forced their way into a house in Fontridge Lane, Etchingham, shortly after 9.15pm on Monday 29 April.

The two occupants of the house – a man and a woman – were alerted to the disturbance at the back door and challenged the intruders. During this, the man was punched to the face, and both occupants were bound on the floor using cable ties.

A search of the property was made, and the offenders got away with jewellery including watches, bracelets and necklaces – with a total valuation into the high hundreds of thousands of pounds – and approximately £20,000 in cash.
Detectives have since released images of some of the items stolen, and are continuing to appeal for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward. No items have been recovered at this stage.

The offenders also stole a black Range Rover from the address, which was found burnt out shortly afterwards in nearby Church Lane.

Inspector Jon Gillings, of Hastings Investigations, said: “Following extensive enquiries, we arrested a 56-year-old man from Tonbridge in Kent on suspicion of robbery. He has been released on conditional bail until 31 May, pending further enquiries.

“At least one suspect remains outstanding and we are still appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward.
“Specifically, we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen these valuable items of jewellery, or been offered them for sale.”

A CCTV image of two suspects has also been released.

Investigator Martin Mann said: “We are hoping this image – although it doesn't clearly show their faces – might jog memories of people who might have been in the area at the time.

"We believe this to be a pre-planned and targeted attack on a couple who were left understandably shaken following the incident. They are receiving the support they need at this time.”

Insp Gillings added: “We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw anyone or anything suspicious in the area around the time of the offence, or in the days leading up to it.”

The first suspect is described as black, about 6’, in his mid to late 20s, of stocky build, wearing black gloves, black trousers, a black hoody, and blue and white Nike Air Max trainers.

The second suspect is described was described as white but is believed to have been wearing gloves and his face was covered, wearing a black hoody, black tracksuit bottoms and a balaclava, and carrying a large knife.
Both suspects spoke an English accent.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Peartree.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Crime summary

Overnight during the small hours of last Thursday, suspects have entered a sports venue on Court Farm Road, Newhaven, whereby they have caused mess in one of the clubs outdoor cabins. Investigations continue and names have been passed to the Police. (0340 of 02/05 relates)

A property on Barn Road, Lewes was broken into during the night of the 6th May. Victims have awoken to find their property had been entered and various personal items missing, including cash, computer equipment and jewellery. Police house to house enquiries continue. (0195 of 06/05 relates)

Over Sunday evening a property on Orchard Road, Lewes, suspects have entered the victim’s home and taken laptop and digital camera. Police investigations are on-going. (1273 of 07/05 relates)

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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