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Friday 23rd Aug 2019

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Bogus beggars are warned off in Wealden

Bogus beggars targeting Uckfield and Hailsham have themselves been targeted by police seeking to curb their activities.

It is the latest example of work being done by officers to tackle anti-social and criminal behaviour in the Wealden area.

Genuine problems linked to homelessness are dealt with respectfully and sympathetically, with those concerned being 'signposted' to agencies able to offer help, shelter and support.

But three recent incidents in Uckfield High Street and one in Hailsham High Street have highlighted issues with 'beggars' who have refused assistance and are believed to be part of an organised crime group seeking to obtain cash by deception.

Sergeant Kara Tombling said: "All those encountered so far have been of Romanian origin. It would seem they do not live locally but are dropped off and picked up, using hand-written notices asking for money”

"We have established there are no concerns around modern slavery and that previously they may have been operating in towns in Mid Sussex”

"Officers have used translators to ensure suspects are fully aware of help available in genuine cases while issuing Community Protection Warnings to those who don't meet that criteria."

CPWs are issued under Section 43 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and require recipients not to approach people and ask them for money, food or other donations in Sussex.

They must not sit or loiter at the entrance or exit of any commercial or business premises, hold out their hands to beg, or return to Wealden district with the intention of begging.

Failure to comply means an offender risks a fixed penalty of £100 or else being arrested.

Further information about anti-social behaviour can be found here.

Successful Rural Crime and Fun Day – More dates added

Following the success of our rural crime awareness, and kids fun day earlier this month, we will be holding another event on Tuesday the 27th August from 10am-2pm at Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham.

This is a great opportunity to meet your local Prevention team in a relaxed, informal environment, and speak to them directly about your concerns, and hear from them about the work they have been doing across the district to target recent local issues; such as anti-social and criminal behaviour and recent burglaries.

Not only that, for parents and carers, we'll be talking crime prevention advice and support around rural burglaries and rural matters, and for the youngsters; easy safety advice and a chance to learn what to do in an emergency though fun and interactive play – it is also a great chance for youngsters to meet local Police officers in showing them ways they can call us if they ever need the Police.

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.”

Upcoming drop in Police sessions across Wealden

What keeps you awake at night? Do you have concerns about anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, or is burglary and car crime a particular issue where you live?

Sussex Police and Wealden District Council have joined forces to host Police drop-in sessions at Wealden District Council buildings in Hailsham and Crowborough.

3 September, from 10-11 am at the Council’s Vicarage Lane office Hailsham and again on the 3rd October, from 10-11 am, again at the Vicarage Lane council offices.

Thursday 12th September from 3-4 pm, at the Town Council Offices at Pine Grove, and again on the Tuesday 12th November from 6-7 pm.

It’s your chance to raise your concerns, and report crime and anti-social behaviour directly to us.

Inspector Jon Gross of Wealden Prevention said: “These drop in sessions provide a great opportunity for the public to meet their local prevention officers and District Council representatives. They are very informal sessions offering a chance for residents to discuss issues affecting their communities, and for the Police and District Council colleagues to share details of current initiatives. No appointment required!”

To find out more about the various ways you can contact us and a range of crime prevention advice and support, please visit the Sussex Police website

PSCO recruitment NOW OPEN

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

Click here to apply today!

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.

Summer Fun Days across Wealden

The free events, run by Wealden District Council, ran across Uckfield, Hailsham, Heathfield, and Crowborough over the last few weeks,

The days offered an opportunity to see what is available in your town from a range of local groups, charities and clubs; with a wide range of activities and sports also on offer; taking full advantage of some of the lovely days we've had recently with the weather.

Local Officers from Wealden attended offering parents and children crime prevention advice and support, taking the time to speak to small groups of children on varying topics from keeping safe online to how to contact the Police in an emergency. 

Officers also spoke to older children around the dangers of knife crime, it's consequences, not only to them but to their families and friends. More information on our ongoing work to tackle knife crime across Sussex can be found here.

Crime summary

A business address off Church Road, Crowborough reported 3 suspicious males enter the address, 2 around 20 yo and an older male, the victim was distracted whilst suspects took money from the till and stock from the window. (0520 of 15/08 relates)

During the afternoon of the 15th August, 4 white males in their 30’s, and a young boy approached a property off Lodge Lane, Tunbridge Wells looking into the victims garden, and claiming to be collecting a motorcycle they had spotted; this was not the case and the swiftly males left when asked to do so. (0977 of 15/08 relates)

Overnight on the 15th August, an attempt break in to a commercial property off Sybron Way, Crowborough was reported, whereby suspects have used a large tool to cause damage to a brick wall and steel cladding in an attempt to enter. No entry was made. (1634 of 15/08 relates)

A garage overnight on the 18th August was broken into off High Street, Polegate where suspects have unscrewed garage door, causing damage and then entered taking motorcycles and motorcycle helmets. (0394 of 18/08 relates)

During the daytime of the 19th August, a garage was broken into off The Drive, Uckfield, whereby suspects have gained entry to an insecure garage and taken work tools.

There have been no other reported burglaries for the Wealden area.

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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