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Friday 23rd August 2019

News and appeals

Boy threatened with Knife in Newhaven

Police investigating an incident in which a teenage boy was threatened with a knife in Newhaven are appealing for anyone with information.

The boy, aged 14, was outside the Avis Parade shops in Newhaven at about 6pm on Friday (16 August) when he was threatened with a knife by an older teenager.

The suspect was with a group of four other younger teenagers, who verbally threatened the victim.

The 14-year-old ran to his cycle and rode along Avis Road towards Denton Corner Park to escape the group, who did not catch up with him. He was also verbally threatened by the group of males.

PC Tom Bowen said; "This was a frightening experience for the young boy, who was thankfully not harmed, and we are making active enquiries to identify this group and in particular the boy with the knife.

"If you have any information that might help, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1095 of 16/08."

Inspector Ed Ripley said “This is an appalling incident and I’m keen to identify and take action against those responsible. The local Community Problem Solving Team continue to engage with young people in the area to explain the dangers associated with carrying a knife. We have been proactive in stop and search in the area and will continue to target individuals and areas in Newhaven where young people gather’.

New Multi-Agency approach to tackle crime and disorder in Newhaven - UPDATE

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 Inspector Ed Ripley, and supported by other professionals, the problem-solving pilot scheme went live during the first weekend of August.

The team, made up of 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, will work out of Saxon House, Newhaven, and work together at designated patrols around hot-spot areas across Newhaven.

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.
"Officers will identify hot-spots around Newhaven and problem-solve those locations where the presence and behaviour of young people impacts on the community. The team can also be deployed to deal with other issues in the town, acting spontaneously if required."


The team met on Monday (19th August) to review their work over the last week, and to discuss their findings, share outcomes, and to agree their aims for the coming weeks.

Last week teams patrolled from Saxon House paying attention to the Quayside, through the Pump Track and along Fort Road; fewer reports of anti-social behaviour in the area we received this week, and we have had some positive engagement with some individuals who are known to cause some of the problems in Newhaven.

Working closely with Neighbourhood First has already yielded some positive results and we have developed information received from the local community regarding offending in the area. Just this week we have made 9 referrals to housing authorities after confirming the involvement of their tenants in anti-social behaviour and crime.

Part of this new approach, is to not only tackle crime and disorder, but also to look at underlying influences such as housing, environment and domestic stability, each of which are factors that may contribute to an individual’s behaviour.

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) and Targeted Youth Support (TYS) are working closer together in our hot-spot locations to engage with young people who could benefit from diversionary schemes and local activities. A new Youth centre is already under construction, with building works beginning the first week of September and a completion date of early October.

Members of the newly formed Multi-Agency Problem Solving Team attended Newhaven Youth Group on Friday evening (16th August). They were accompanied by our CrimeStoppers ‘Anti-Knife Crime’ van, to raise awareness around knife crime and to explain the dangers and consequences around carrying knives. The important message was that not only does it impact on them but it also impacts on their families, friends and their future.

Young people and adults told us about the challenges they face around talking about knives; peer pressure was a big issue. Officers gained valuable intelligence too which used to assist the teams to direct their future patrols, as well as building a picture around where knife related incidents may occur.

We rely on you to let us know what’s going on in your area. Your information enables us to direct our patrols and activity in the right areas within your communities. So, we would like to hear from you; in particular, your thoughts on our newly introduced Multi-Agency Problem Solving Team, information around upcoming events in the Newhaven area, or groups you run locally.

Please get in touch via email: lewes@sussex.pnn.police.uk

(Please only use this email to discuss the above request, crime reports cannot be taken via this email address, please redirect your report/other concerns to 101, 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or online at sussex.police.uk – thank you)

Early youth intervention programme accepts over 300 young people since launching

Sussex Police are playing a major role in the county’s youth early intervention programme, which has accepted over 300 referrals since launching in April.

The programme, called REBOOT, involves partnership working between the NHS Partnership Trust, the Youth Offending Service and local charities and the scheme has all been made possible through the funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.
REBOOT uses a five-stage police-lead referral process which works with young people to tackle the problems they face, move away from negative behaviours and instead channel their focus on investing in their futures.
Sophie (not her real name), 14, from Sussex, was referred to REBOOT after being identified as having a high number of risk factors, including using cannabis, temporary exclusions from school and causing anti-social behaviour.

Through the programme, Sophie was assigned a youth coach and improvements in her behaviour has seen her not come to the attention of the police since. Sophie plans to continue her education, has started kickboxing and her REBOOT coach plans to introduce her to a local youth club in the future. As a result of this, Sophie will soon no longer require the additional support.

Success stories in this programme, such as Sophie, are not unusual and REBOOT will continue to invest and provide guidance to the young people of Sussex when required.

Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, comments: “The reality is that young people are vulnerable to exploitation. By arming them with the tools needed to make informed positive choices for themselves, we are minimising the risk of their involvement in anti-social behaviour, knife crime or drug-related crime in our communities.

“We understand here in Sussex, that we cannot arrest our way out of this societal issue. We are instead looking at the bigger picture and working with partners to curb potential criminal behaviour at its early stages.

“I am committed to safeguarding young people and giving them opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have. The REBOOT approach is clearly working. Not only does it empower young people to make better decisions but it also educates them on the consequences of their actions.”

Sergeant Kate Blackbourn who heads up REBOOT’s policing protocol, says: “The value in REBOOT starts with engaging with the young person one-on-one in their home setting, and making their parent or guardian aware of the risks that have been identified.

“These timely interventions with the police and the support provided through partner agencies, helps young people to build their resilience and improve their own critical thinking ability. We encourage the young person to recognise the risks to themselves and really think about who they are associating with.

“We have already seen how REBOOT can really change the direction of a young person’s life. Simply by investing early on and helping these young people develop their skills and build on positive relationships, we can divert them away from situations which would otherwise put them at risk of serious violence.”

Bike and scooter making event in Newhaven

Officers and staff from Lewes Prevention team, were joined by Sussex Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Frist this Thursday (22nd) where we held a free bike and scooter marking event for users of the new Newhaven PumpTrack park.

The marking and registration event was in response to a spate of thefts of bikes and scooters from the Newhaven area at the beginning of the year. Lewes Prevention team are pleased to report there has been a significant decrease in the number of offences reported since July thanks to our designated PumpTrack patrols, and joint agency working with Neighbourhood First.

If you were unable to make it to see us Thursday, you can still register you property on the National Property Register Immobilise.

In excess of 50 young track users attended the event, all receiving tamper proof bike and scooter stickers applied to their bikes/scooters, as well as crime prevention advice and safety lights provided by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

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: lewes@sussex.pnn.police.uk (for issues relating to the above request ONLY) or telephone 101.

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

PSCO recruitments NOW OPEN

PCSO recruitment in Sussex has opened once again (closes 2nd September 2019).

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.

Click here to apply today!

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

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

A commercial property off Uckfield Road, Lewes, had one of their units broken into overnight on the 16th August, suspects have used forced to break locks. (0569 of 16/08 relates)

Around midnight on the 17th August, a property off Ashurst Avenue, Saltdean reported a burglary whereby suspects have appeared to unscrew the handle on the rear door. Fortunately victims awoke and disturbed the intruder and nothing was taken. (0083 of 17/08 relates)

During the night of the 19th August, a property off Piddinghoe Road, Newhaven had their garage broken into, suspects have used forced to break the locks on the doors of the garage. Once inside they have taken electronic and manual work tools. (1301 of 19/08 relates)

A block of flats off Pelham Road, Seaford has unwelcomed visitors during the night of the 21st August. Whereby unknown suspects have gained entry and then broken into unoccupied flats, causing damage to communal and flat doors. Nothing was taken and the intruders were warned off by residents. (0049 of 21/08 relates)

An attempted garage break was reported over night on the 21st at a property off South Coast Road, Peacehaven where suspects have caused damage to garage locks and the garage door in an attempt to gain entry, fortunately entry was not gained. (0426 of 22/08 relates)

Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.

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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