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Lewes District Police News and Alerts

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Friday 16th August 2019

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Community Speedwatch Lewes District

Following concerns from residents in across the district, in particular areas of the Nevill estate in Lewes, and areas of Newhaven, local residents have successfully set up a new Speedwatch Community group within these locations.

Officers went along to meet the volunteers and assist them in conducting speed checks across the district last weekend to document and record areas which could also benefit from having a local Community Speedwatch group.

A handful of drivers in Newhaven were recorded, as well as 10+ drivers in the Nevill area, all exceeding the 30mph – the registered owners of these vehicles recorded will be notified in writing of the offence by the Operation Crackdown Team; should a driver/owner continue to be recorded in areas by CSW and receive more letters; appropriate enforcement action will then be the next step.

More information on becoming a volunteer Community Speedwatch member and findings can be found on the CSW website here.

Nuisance off-road motor bikes – Big Park, Peacehaven

We are pleased to report a considerable success in dealing with local issues in and around The Big Park, Peacehaven.

Crime figures for ASB reports linked to off road bikes in the Big park and surrounding area, for the year to date 01 May to 31 July are in reduction compared to the same period in 2018, with 34 reports in 2018 compared to 18 in 2019.

We understand and share the frustrations of the local community and recognise the impact that anti-social behaviour has upon people’s daily lives; therefore tackling this issue remains a priority for the Multi-Agency Problem Solving Team in Newhaven.

Recently 2 motor cycles being ridden in an anti-social manner in the park were seized by officers, and other riders have been issued with section 59 warnings; these notices are given when vehicles are found to have been used in a manner which causes distress, alarm or annoyance.

Should the vehicle or rider be caught riding illegally or in an anti-social manner within 12 months the vehicle will be automatically seized; if it is not practical to give a warning a vehicle may be seized under section 59 of the Police Reform Act of 2002.

Working together with the Lewes District Council Neighbourhood First Team, we have identified and patrolled hot-spot areas around the town and have met with local riders, informing them of the law and reminding them of a need to remain respectful to the community. Unfortunately, some have not listened to our advice so we have removed their motorbikes using powers under the Police Reform Act.

Ultimately, we would like this activity to stop so we need your help to build a better picture around who is riding off road bikes in an anti-social manner and disturbing the peace within your neighbourhood, as such we would encourage local residents to share any information with us.

Thank you.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lewes Prevention Team via email: (for issues relating to the above request ONLY) or telephone 101.

Alternatively information can be reported via Operation Crack Down website or anonymously via 0800 555 111.

Reminder - FREE bike and scooter marking event for youngsters / bike riders

Lewes Prevention Officers and staff from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will be at the Shakespeare Hall in Newhaven, in the recreation ground at the bottom of Fort Road next Thursday the 22nd August from 12 pm untill 4 pm, offering a FREE bike registration and marking event for pedal cycle and foot scooter 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.

PSCO recruitment opens 22nd August

PCSO recruitment in Sussex reopens once again this year on the 22nd August 2019. You can already register your interest in the role by emailing

You can also find out more about the role and find FAQs here

From dealing with anti-social behaviour and taking statements from victims of crime, to providing reassurance and helping resolve community challenges; our Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) play a critical and visible role in helping keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable, and preventing harm.

As the first point of contact for the community, you’ll need to be a great communicator; calm, confident and compassionate. You’ll need to be able to listen carefully, think through challenges and find solutions. Above all, you’ll simply care about the community and want to do what you can to keep it safe.

In return, we promise you a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification - Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice - and the pride that comes from helping others.

By successfully completing the recruitment process, you will join Sussex Police as a PCSO through our new 12-month apprenticeship programme.

This will give you the best possible training and, upon successful completion, you will achieve a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice – equivalent to a Higher National Certificate (HNC), foundation degree or the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Applications are expected to be high and the window of recruitment may close earlier than planned, should you wish to apply we would recommend you register your interest and apply in good time.

Lewes District, Police Prevention Team Newsletter July-September

The latest Lewes District, Police Prevention Team newsletter, which covers July to September 2019 has been sent this week.

This is also attached to the bottom of this email, to view please find the attachment and either click to view or download to your device/tablet.

Crime summary

In the small hours of the 9th August, a property off Lower Station Road, Newick had two male intruders enter their garden and proceed to take items from the victims shed; force was used to enter the shed. Bikes and golf equipment were taken, with the intruders leaving in a white van. (1500 of 11/08 relates)

A property off Prince Edwards Avenue, Lewes awoke to find their car and garage had been entered by means unknown, on the morning of the 11th August. (1500 of 11/08 relates)

Overnight on the 13th August, a property off Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey had their sheds broken into whereby suspects have gained entry to the garden and used force to prize open sheds, gardening tools were stolen. (0647 of 13/08 relates)

A commercial property off Cliff Gardens, Seaford, reported finding their outer fencing had been cut, with suspects leaving a large hole, no entry was made and nothing stolen (0340 of 14/08 relates)

In light of the above, please visit our crime prevention pages around keeping your sheds and outdoor buildings secure here

There have been NO further reports of burglaries in 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 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 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 for more information.

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