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Friday 30th August 2019

News and appeals

Did you witness a crash between a motorcycle and a van in Ditchling?

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Ditchling.

The incident involving a Harley Davidson and a white Citroen Relay van occurred in Folders Lane East, at the junction with the industrial estate, around 3.10pm on Tuesday 27 August.

The motorcyclist – a 61-year-old man from Littlehampton, was taken by air ambulance to St George’s Hospital in Tooting with serious injuries, where he remains in a stable condition in intensive care; the van driver – a 56-year-old man from Horsham – was uninjured.

Anyone who saw what happened, or who captured the incident on dash cam, is asked to email quoting Operation Beethoven.

PCSO community patrols this week

PCSOs play a key part of your local policing service - working alongside and supporting police officer colleagues in solving local problems in your communities.

Not only by working closely with young people and local schools, speaking to community, religious and business leaders, providing crime prevention advice, and reassuring the public; but in also addressing local issues by getting out into towns and villages across the district on high visibility foot patrols, gathering intelligence, meeting people and offering advice and support to members of the public.

Following residents concerns in Plumpton, PCSO Willson met with residents from the Community SpeedWatch group to assist in conducting speed checks through the village, we are pleased to report that other than one or two guilty faces driving too fast, all other drivers kept to the limit.

PCSO Collins took to the streets of Chailey, Barcombe and Cooksbridge this week, to offer residents reassurance and crime prevention advice around keeping sheds and outbuildings secure following reports of break ins to sheds on other districts.

Patrols continued across Seaford Head following reports this week of young adults causing a nuisance to residents and walkers; PCSO Marchant later caught up with the group who were all given words of advice about their behaviours and is pleased to report following checks  later in the week the group had not returned to cause issues.

More bike and scooter marking days added

Following the success of our FREE bike and scooter marking event at the PumpTrack Newhaven, in which in excess of 50 youngsters had their bikes and scooters marked for free by the Lewes Prevention team against theft; we have secured future dates at different venues across the Lewes district:

Sunday 8th September from 1200-1430 at the Skate Park, Big Park, Piddinghoe Ave, PEACEHAVEN

Tuesday 10th September from 1500-1730 at the Skate Park, Malling Field, LEWES

Friday the 20th September from 1500-1730 at the Skate Park, The Salts Recreational ground, SEAFORD

This FREE bike registration and marking event for bike owners is available to anyone or any age, and we would encourage bike and push scooter users to join us and take advantage of crime prevention advice and marking tools to keep your bikes safe from theft.

Crime prevention techniques in the meantime, 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 bike users frequent, please pass on this information. Lewes Police.

Police Property Act Fund to support local charity

Police Cadet Foreman successfully submitted an application for £500 onbehalf our the charity Raystede, to help offer funds to support their ongoing work within the community; after presenting the cheque Cadet Foreman was thrilled to be treated to a behind the scenes tour by the very kind staff at Raystede.

The Police Property Act Fund is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

The main aim of the fund is to support local projects undertaken by voluntary/charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex.

We will consider any applications from voluntary and charitable organisations and community groups within Sussex. A number of criteria must be met in order for a successful application to be made.

Each application needs to be supported by a Sussex Police officer or member of staff who has knowledge of the charity or organisation.

A maximum amount of £500 can be applied for by each organisation or charity.

An application will not be considered if a previous donation from us has been made within the past three years.

The decision to make a donation and the amount donated will depend on the number of applications being considered at any one time and the amount that is available in the fund at the time of the application.

Should you wish an organisation or group that you are involved in to be considered for funding please contact your local Prevention team at your local Police Station, who will be able to discuss recommending you for funding using our application form.

Sussex Police continuing to focus supporting rape and sexual offence victims

Police are continuing to focus efforts on investigating and preventing the sexual and physical abuse of vulnerable people in Sussex, as news comes of the increased reporting of rapes country and county-wide.

A report by the national Rape Monitoring Group shows that the recording of rape in Sussex in line with other forces has increased again.
In the 12 months to 31 March 2018, 1,381 reports were recorded in Sussex, an increase of 325 from the 2016/2017 figure.

An increasing number of officers and staff have been added to the specialist Safeguarding Investigation Units across the county who are dealing with this increase, thanks to additional funding secured by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne.

This increase in staffing includes the recruitment, training and deployment of 24 Sexual Offence Investigation Trained (SOIT) police officers and staff. This team are dedicated to the contact and care of people aged over 14 who report rape and other serious sexual offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: "Sussex, like every other force in the country continues to experience increases in reports of rape, as well as other sexual offences and the abuse of both children and vulnerable adults, as victims become increasingly confident to come forward and report incidents, many of which are non-recent.

"We welcome the publication of this annual data as evidence of the continued focus by all agencies on the issue of rape and other serious sexual offences. The number of reports continues to increase year on year and cases can be very complex, requiring careful and sensitive work with victims and support agencies.

"We already have specialist teams in Sussex Police focused on safeguarding and complex abuse investigations who work closely with victims and our support agency partners. With additional dedicated officers and staff we will be even more effective in protecting victims and working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to maximise our opportunities to prosecute offenders and keep people safe.

"Each case, as with every other type of crime, must reach a required evidential standard to be considered for potential prosecution. Even where prosecution is not possible, reporting enables us to help ensure that the person involved has access to safeguarding and the sources of independent and confidential advice and support that are right for them.

"We also monitor the proportion of rape offences relating to domestic abuse and how many of the reports are non-recent reports for children and adults.

We have recognised the link between domestic and sexual violence and the needs of children within that context, whether or not they are specifically victims in their own right. That is why we have developed our current approach to the way we investigate sexual offences that ensures that we take an integrated approach to safeguarding those children and adults who are vulnerable and at risk.”

"Much work is also being undertaken with partners in commissioning services to support victims of sexual violence. Alongside increased training and other operational improvements, we now have a dedicated Detective Inspector embedded with the CPS to work in partnership to improve outcomes for victims, with strong governance and performance scrutiny in partnership with other key criminal justice stakeholders."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “This report clearly shows that more women, more men and more children are reporting rape which is why I supported investment in more specially trained officers and staff, including the SOIT teams.

"Whilst the increases in Sussex are mirrored in other counties and probably do reflect increasing confidence by victims to report rape, I am deeply disappointed and concerned that the proportion of reports leading to Crown Prosecution Service decisions to charge, has actually fallen.

"Both in Sussex and in my national role as Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, I will be pushing for a more co-ordinated, whole-systems approach to criminal justice. More than ever, we need all partners to share data so that we can be absolutely transparent and more certain about where the system is failing victims."

"Those who take the brave and often life-changing decision to come forward to police to report rape and sexual assault should, at the very least, expect that every reasonable effort will be made to bring perpetrators to justice.”

If you have been sexually assaulted or know someone who has, you can contact police at any time via 999 in an emergency, or online or by calling 101, and arranging to talk in confidence to specially trained investigators.

If you need further help or support, go to:
- the Brighton and Hove Safe in the City website
- the Safe in East Sussex website or phone 01293 600469
- the Survivors' Network website or call the Helpline on 01273 720110
- the Life Centre website or phone 0844 847 7879 (adults) and 0808 802 0808 (under 18s)


PCSO recruitment in Sussex 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.

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

Contact handler recruitment opens Monday 2nd

Our contact officer recruitment opens on Monday – could you be the voice of reassurance in someone’s time of need?

We’re looking for patient, decisive, dynamic and compassionate people who can provide the very best service to the public.

If that’s you, come along to one of our recruitment tours and see what life is like as a contact officer first-hand, spaces will be limited so book now by clicking here.

Do you have what it takes to be a police puppy foster carer?

The Surrey Police and Sussex Police Dog Unit is seeking applications from families to look after their four-legged friends until they are ready to step up their careers.

In return, you could receive all the care and cuddles you wish from a police pup like Quest.

Quest is a stunning eight-month-old Fox Red Labrador who was bred in Lincolnshire and recruited alongside his brother Quaver at the Surrey Police and Sussex Police Dog Training School.

Kennel Master Emma Coles explained: “Quest has been with his allocated foster family since he was eight weeks. They have done an amazing job at raising such a fun-loving, social and happy dog.

“Quest loves life, he enjoys nothing more than nice walks, lots of love, toys, play and more play. He is now ready to develop his training further and is stepping up his Police Dog career along to the next level.

“Last week he said a sad farewell to his loving foster family and he has now gone to live at home with his potential new handler.”

The Surrey Police and Sussex Police Dog Unit is made up of German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Spaniels and Labradors. They are trained for multiple purposes including detecting drugs, weapons and explosives, searching for missing or wanted people, and assisting in public order incidents such as crowd control.

Emma added: “We can’t thank Quest’s foster family enough for all of their hard work and dedication. Without families such as these, we would not be able to do what we do.

“Quest’s foster carers will get the opportunity to know how he progresses with his new handler and once he is fully trained, they will be given the opportunity to come back in, watch him work and show off his new found skills.”

If you think you have the time and dedication to help raise a police puppy, please email

For a list of frequently asked questions, please see below:

How long will we have the puppy? This can vary, but in general from eight weeks up until 8-12 months old.

Do we need experience? No, we have a variety of foster families in our team ranging from a lifetime of experience with working dogs to no experience at all.

Can the puppy be housed with children? Yes, we want our puppies socialised with children of all ages.

Can the puppy be housed with other dogs? Yes, if the other dogs are over 12 months of age and of sound temperament.

Can the puppy be housed with other animals? Yes, we encourage socialisation of our puppies with other animals. We will always provide guidance on how to correctly introduce your new puppy to the family and other animals.

Do police provide any funding for the puppies? We will cover the costs of food, equipment, training and veterinary care.

What breeds do Surrey Police and Sussex Police have in their breeding programme? German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labradors, and Cocker and Springer Spaniels.

What is the criteria to be a puppy foster carer? 

You must:
Be over 18 years of age
Attend puppy training classes as often as required
Drive or have access to a car on a daily basis
Have no more than four leaving hours a day
Have your own secure garden
Have time to devote
Be very patient!

Crime summary

Overnight on the 21st August, a property off South Coast Road, Peacehaven reported an attempt break to their garage, whereby suspects have damaged the lock on the door in an attempt to gain entry. (0426 of 22/08 relates)

A quadbike was stolen overnight on the 23rd August from a property off Allington Lane, Lewes, where suspects have used unknown tools to prize off locks on an outbuilding to gain entry. (1310 of 24/08 relates)

A young white male, around 5’8” of slim build with short fair hair ran off after being confronted at a property off Castle Precincts, Lewes, after he attempted to gain entry by trying door handles and windows. (0857 of 25/08 relates)

An attempted burglary at a business address off Brooks Raod, Lewes was reported overnight on the 26th August. Suspects have removed doors to a storage container, but fortunately nothing was stolen. (0151 of 26/08 relates)

A male was detained by staff at the Sainsburys supermarket, The Drove, Newhaven around 1700 on the 26th August, after he attempted to steal items from the Argos store. Were you in the store around 1700, did you witness anything that could assist our investigations? Please contact us quoting reference 1049 of the 26/08.

Late evening on the 28th a garage off Hill Road, Lewes had their garage broken whereby suspects have caused significant damage to the garage door to enter and steal alcohol. (1721 of 28/08 relates)

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

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 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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