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Lewes District Police News and Alerts

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Friday 9th August 2019

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Multi-agency team created to address community issues in Newhaven

Concerns over crime and anti-social behaviour in Newhaven have prompted the launch of a multi-agency team to tackle the issues involved.

Organised by Lewes district police commander Inspector Ed Ripley and supported by other professionals, the problem-solving pilot scheme went live this week.

Working out of Saxon House, Newhaven, the six to eight strong team comprises Police Community Support Officers, Neighbourhood First and Housing Team members from Lewes District Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the Sussex Community Development Association and Target Youth Support youth outreach team and the domestic abuse Rita Project.

Insp Ripley said: "How we operate together and the team dynamics will evolve as we go along, but I hope that by the end of the school summer holidays we will have a better understanding of how this will work.

An update will be provided in next weeks alert.

Police release CCTV image following burglary at paragliding centre

Police have released this CCTV image of a suspect sought in connection with a burglary at Fly Sussex paragliding centre near Beddingham.

Staff attended the premises, just off the A27, at 9:00am on Monday 5 August to discover damage to a skylight and a glass window.

A large amount of stock, including paragliding equipment and accessories, had also been stolen.

The value of the stolen property and the extent of the damage caused is estimated to cost in the region of £10,000.

The incident is believed to have occurred around 11:55pm on Sunday 4 August.
The suspect is described as white, of skinny build, in his early 20s, wearing a light coloured hoody with the hood up and a mask covering his face.

Anyone who recognises him, or who saw anything suspicious in the area around that time, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 323 of 05/08.

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

Warning over dangerous batch of drugs circulating in East Sussex

People are asked to be aware that a dangerous batch of pills is currently circulating within East Sussex and has been linked to several suspected drugs overdoses.

The pills are being offered as Xanax, also known as Alprazolam and used medicinally to treat anxiety, but it is thought they may have been mixed with chemicals that could make them potentially lethal.

In Hastings already, emergency services have responded to at least three incidents involving “Zannies” in the past 24 hours (Wednesday 7/8/19), and officers are also investigating a drugs-related death that may be connected to these.

Inspector Aidan Cornwall said: "We would strongly advise anyone who has consumed such tablets to seek urgent medical attention and to safely dispose of any of these tablets they may have."

Anyone with information about who supplying the pills is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting serial 413 of 05/08.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, telephone 0800 555 111.

FREE bike marking event this month in Newhaven

Following our ongoing work alongside NeighbourHood First, and increasing high visibility PCSO patrols around the Pumptrack in Newhaven to tackle issues, we are pleased to report we have seen a decreased in youth related ASB and bike thefts from the park.

To continue this positive result we are also pleased to update: Lewes Prevention Officers and staff will be at the Shakespeare Hall in Newhaven, in the recreation ground at the bottom of Fort Road on the 22nd August from 12-4pm offering a bike registration and marking event for bike owners.

We would encourage bike and track users to join us and take advantage of crime prevention advice and marking tools to keep your bikes safe from theft – should you know any bike users that do not sign up to the community messaging system to please pass on this information.

Crime prevention techniques such as using a more solid lock, not leaving your bike unattended when leaving the park can all help towards preventing further thefts.

We look forward to seeing you, if you run groups or clubs where young bike users frequent, please pass on this information.

Crime summary

Around 1am on the 4th August, a business address in the Cliffe, Lewes, reported seeing 2 youths on motorcyles breaking into the property. Regrettably the youths were wearing gloves and helmets and we do not have a description. An area search was conducted by Police. (0113 of 04/08 relates)

A commercial property near Beddingham reported finding stock and other items stolen around 11:55 on Sunday the 4th August. (A press release for information is above in your news alerts) (0323 of 05/08 relates)

Overnight on the 5-6th August, a shop address off Newhaven Square, Newhaven, reported having stock stolen whereby suspects have smashed a rear window of the stock room to gain entry. (0431 of 06/08 relates)

A residential property off Chyngton Gardens, Seaford, reported a burglary whereby suspects have forced opened a rear window and smashed glass on a rear door to gain entry to the property during the day time of the 6th August. (0610 of 06/08 relates)

There have been no other burglaries reported across the Lewes district.

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 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

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.

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