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Alert message sent 16/05/2019 11:02:00

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Thursday, 15 May 2019

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Convicted drug dealer Ryan Grayston from East Sussex wanted on recall to prison

Wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of a licence for his early release is Ryan Imram Grayston, aged 24.

Of no fixed address, Grayston is nevertheless known to have frequented the Hastings and Eastbourne areas, and also Dartford in Kent.

In July 2017 he was jailed for two years 10 months following his conviction at Bournemouth Crown Court for possessing drugs with intrent to supply.

On 1 April he was released early on licence, but on 30 April this licence was revoked when Grayston was found to have breached its conditions.

Anyone seeing Grayston or knowing where he might be is asked to contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting serial 561 of 30/04.

Report the online romance 'fraudsters'

Sussex Police is encouraging victims of romance fraud to report the 'fraudster' who has targeted them, anonymously, via an online form.

The force has linked up with Scamalytics who have produced a form which, once completed free of charge, will be sent to genuine dating services for them to check against their users’ data to detect suspected romance fraudsters.

Romance fraud is a fast growing issue which affects both men and women. Fraudsters will prey on their victims by building, what feels like, a loving relationship before asking for money to help with a problem they are experiencing.

Once the initial payment is made, the fraudster will normally ask for more money or cut all contact with the victim.

Reports made to Action Fraud reveal that £50,766,602 was lost to romance fraud in 2018 – an average of £11,145 per victim and a 27% increase on the previous year.

PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding officer, said: “Romance fraud, accounts for 10% of all vulnerable victim fraud reports across our counties and is one of the most despicable crimes we see due to the devastating and lasting impact it has on victims going far beyond the financial loss.

“Victims are targeted and exploited when they are at their most vulnerable and the complex tactics and deceitful tales that lure the victims into parting with such huge sums of money are quite astonishing.

“One of the most difficult conversations we have is telling a victim that not only will they not see their money come back but that the person they believe they are in a relationship with and are looking forward to a future with, is in fact a criminal posing under a false identity.”

Advice tips for evading scammers are:
  • Be wary of giving out personal information
  • Never agree to keep your online relationship a secret
  • Get to know the person and not the profile
  • Never send money or share your bank details on the platform
  • Stay on the dating messenger service until confident the person is who they say they are
  • Run a search on the internet for their name or any picture they have sent along with the term ‘scam’

For more information on romance fraud and how to report via the Scamalytics form please click here.

Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Romance fraud is a cruel crime which preys on our vulnerabilities. This is why I have funded two fraud case workers in Sussex who helped and supported 638 people last year alone by offering invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice when they fell victim to this heinous crime.

“I’m currently running a short poll on my website to find out more about people’s understanding of romance fraud. Please take part in the poll here.”

Crime summary

On 10/05/2019 an attempt burglary occurred on Seaside Road, whereby two males were seen to try and gain entry to a shed by attempting to break the locks, when they did not succeed they climbed on the roof and started to rip the lead off of the roof (Ref: 47190074912)

On 11/05/2019 on Ashgate Road, a burglary occurred overnight whereby the suspect attempted to gain access to the garage. The suspect(s) appears to have attempted entry by setting fire to the door and when this has failed used a cutting tool to create a small hole in the door. It is believed that no entry was gained due to no items being stolen (47190075335)

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