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Friday 26th July 2019

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Is speeding an issue in your area?


Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is recruiting volunteer coordinators and operators in Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Woodingdean, Rottingdean and Lewes.

If interested, you can join by going to www.communityspeedwatch.org and choosing the group from the drop-down list, then following the on-screen prompts. If you can’t find a group listed, you can also register a new group.

Full training is given by Sussex Police following registration. The scheme in Sussex has a proven track record in helping to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads.

CSW officer Steve O’Connell said: “The groups are a valued volunteer resource that help the community enormously in helping to bring the problem of speeding under control, they produce across Sussex in excess of 3,500 records per month that involves letters going out to registered keepers of vehicles via Operation Crackdown.

“The groups are highly trained and work to a strict protocol with equipment issued and accuracy checked by Sussex Police.

“Any vehicles not adhering to the speed limit in residential areas are reported to the police who then go on to issue the letters after verification.

“Sussex Police now have over 200 local groups and 1,300 operators and coordinators across the force area with the Community SpeedWatch Online platform.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can effectively help protect our communities from antisocial driving. Remember anyone can report antisocial driving through the Operation Crackdown website. 

"The definition of antisocial driving is: driving that is careless, deliberately aggressive or dangerous.

“We also offer other important road safety advice through the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.” 

Statistics show 90 per cent of offenders don’t reoffend within six months, and Community SpeedWatch intervention reduces speeding in most parishes by eight per cent.

If you would like further information or have an informal discussion, Steve and the CSW team can be contacted by emailing csw@sussex.pnn.police.uk




ASB awareness week across the Lewes district; results.

Sussex Police is supporting Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week.

In this week of action, the force aims to increase people’s understanding of what ASB is, its impact on people’s lives and how it can lead to more serious crime.

“Working as a team with the community providing and sharing information and partners identifying and addressing issues, we can successfully tackle local issues,” said Chief Inspector Kris Ottery, the force’s lead on ASB.

“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing the harm that it causes in our communities. We work closely with local authorities, other agencies and the community to seek opportunities for early intervention, support victims, and make appropriate use of the powers available to us where the behaviour persists.”

Operation Blitz is an ongoing initiative in East Sussex to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour, with officers being specifically tasked to respond to such incidents. On Friday and Saturday evenings, identified as the most likely times for trouble to occur, a dedicated phone number allows people to report ASB concerns directly to these teams.

Newhaven will see a pilot scheme over the summer holidays focusing on young people causing ASB in the town, details will be released once finalised, this will look to include extended hours.

For those who aren’t aware Operation Blitz runs across the Lewes district covering from north Lewes (Wivesfield) through our northern villages (Ringmer, and rural villages including Plumpton, Cooksbridge, Wiveslfield), across Lewes town and surrounding areas/estates, right down to the coast from Telscombe Cliff, through Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford.

The contact number for the Lewes district to report ASB between the hours of 1800-0000 Friday and Saturdays is: 07989 188960

See your team in action here (video report of last weeks Op Blitz)



In this week of action, Lewes Prevention Team have conducted additional patrols across the district raising awareness of ASB and taking action on reports received by members of the community.

Following reports of young adults causing alarm and distress to residents near the Big Park in Peacehaven, officers have seized two off roads bikes which have been causing residents recent concerns and issues around anti-social behaviour.

PCSOs from Lewes Prevention also extended their regular patrols across our Northern villages following reports across South Chailey and Balcombe of problem youths.

As part of the pilot scheme mentioned above, PCSO Willson continued to patrol areas of Newhaven where we have received regular reports of a range of anti-social behaviour, as a result the team are working with local authorities to reach out to groups and work together in offering regular activities and events across the area.




New PCSOs out on patrol are among the first apprentices nationally

Matt Duvall, Ellie Cogger and Barney Reed joined policing teams this week as PCSO Apprentices - some of the first in the country.

Former postman PCSO Matt Duvall is one of the country’s first apprentice Police Community Support Officers. As a new recruit with the policing team in the Wealden district, he will train on the job and at the same time earn a professional qualification.

As an apprentice, Matt, who is also a retained firefighter in the Crowborough area, will work alongside his tutor, a full time PCSO, for the first 10 weeks before gaining independent patrol status.

Sussex Police and Surrey Police are the first forces in the country to introduce apprenticeships for PCSOs, which will eventually be rolled out across all 43 forces nationwide.

A further 100 PCSO apprentices will be recruited by Sussex Police over the next year to strengthen local policing, thanks to the increased 2019 council tax precept. Recruitment opens for applications again in August.



Matt and his fellow PCSO apprentices, who joined teams across the county in the last week, have already had 12 weeks’ training at the county HQ. They will continue to work towards a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing over the next nine months while working full time in the community.

For Matt, the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification – the equivalent of a HNC or foundation degree – has been life-changing:

He said: “The apprenticeship means the world to me. I’ve wanted to join Sussex Police since I was a teenager, but as I left school with few qualifications I never thought I would be able to get in. Now I am eight months away from getting a Level 4 qualification.

“It’s so exciting doing a job I have wanted for over 20 years. I’m really enjoying being out in the community, putting my new knowledge and skills to the test. I have a second baby on the way, so doing this locally on the job makes a big difference.

“I’d particularly like to help the local kids to try and steer them in the right direction. I grew up on a council estate in East Grinstead so I know what goes on and what I can do to help.”

Fellow apprentice Barney Reed, an international Deaf Rugby Union player, joined the Prevention team in east Brighton last week and is looking forward to helping the community.
Barney said: “I’m loving being out on division. We’ve been out doing patrols in hot spots for anti-social behaviour in Whitehawk and the marina and attending jobs.”

“I’m enjoying getting to know the community. I want to be that friendly face to have a chat with. As PCSOs we are here to help the community and prevent crime. It’s through building relationships that we do that.

“I really looked up to officers when I was growing up, but as I have significant hearing loss, I never thought it possible I could become one. I struggled at school because of my hearing difficulties, but have always excelled practically.

“The apprenticeship and the equipment Sussex Police has provided, including an adapted earpiece for my hearing aids, has made it all possible.”

PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe, carrying out activities proven to reduce crime and to protect the public.

The new diploma - which replaces the previous 5 week PCSO training - ensures recruits have the knowledge and skills necessary for 21st century policing. To reflect the complex and changing nature of crime, digital policing, protecting vulnerable people, problem solving and evidence-based policing are included in the curriculum.

“I feel like we have gained a more in-depth understanding of what we do and the important role PCSOs play within policing,” says Ellie Cogger, who has just joined the Hastings team.

“I am looking forward to changing the public perception of PCSOs and the police in general.”
As well as giving PCSOs a transferable qualification, the Diploma serves as a foundation year for the PC Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) being introduced nationally as an entry route for new constable recruits. They are on a full basic salary from day one of training.

“Getting the Diploma will present us with more opportunities and career options,” says Barney. “In particular it gives you a path to continue on and become a PC.”

Julia Chapman, Assistant Chief Constable, said, “I am delighted we are offering this new qualification. We believe that by offering an apprenticeship we can appeal to those who may not have considered policing as a career choice in the past.”

“The opportunity to gain a professional qualification will also ensure policing remains an attractive and competitive career option.

“For our local prevention teams, every week is ASB Week. With the 100 extra PCSO apprentices we are recruiting over the next year, we will be able to strengthen our reach into communities, providing a more visible and accessible policing presence. Our aim is to engage with the public and deter and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I am pleased to report that the first cohort of PCSO apprentices paid for by the increase in council tax have just started their initial training at the county police HQ this week, and we are opening again for recruitment in August.”

“I am confident that with these additional frontline PCSOs, we will be in the best position to achieve our aim of keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“I’m pleased that these PCSOs are now ready to launch their careers with Sussex Police and help to keep us all safer.

“Residents continue to tell me how much they value their PCSOs and the unique relationship that they develop with the local communities they serve.

“These PCSOs are also amongst the first in the UK to undergo the new 12-month apprenticeship scheme, with a robust training and shadowing package, which will prepare them for their important role of visible policing and crime prevention across the county.”




Crime summary

A commercial property off The Hollow, South Heighton, reported tools stolen from their site whereby suspects have cut entry into fencing to gain access during the night of the 17th July

In the late evening of the 17th July, a property off East Street, Falmer reported having an attempted break in, whereby suspects have smashed windows to the front of their property. Fortunately no entry was made and nothing reported stolen.

A property on Crisp Road, Lewes reported having their property entered whereby suspects have gained entry via open windows on the property in the small hours of the 18th July. Personal items were taken.

Overnight on the 19th July, a business address on Broad Street, Seaford reported a break in whereby suspects have appeared to use a crowbar (or similar) to gain entry to the front of the property, an untidy search of the inside was made before suspects left via a back door. (0403 of 20/07)

A supermarket off the Drove, Newhaven was broken into in the small hours of the 22nd July, whereby suspects on motorcycles have damaged secure locks to enter the store. Police scenes of crime officers have attended and investigations are ongoing.

Overnight on the 25th a property on Lee Road, Lewes, reported having their home entered, possibly via an open window. Suspects have taken various personal items including cards, jewellery and keys.




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

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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