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Friday 30th August 2019

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Motorcyclist tragically dies following crash in Cowden

A motorcyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the B2026 Hartfield Road, Cowden.

The victim, a 66-year-old man from Sevenoaks in Kent, was riding a Triumph Tiger Sport when he hit a deer around 8.40pm on Tuesday 27 August.

This caused him to fall from his vehicle into the path of an oncoming Land Rover Defender, resulting in fatal injuries. The Land Rover driver, a 34-year-old man from Crowborough, was uninjured.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or either of the vehicles being driven in the area beforehand – in particular anyone who may have dash cam footage – to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Bursar.

Future Rural Crime Awareness and Fun Days

Following the success of our rural crime awareness, and kids fun day earlier this month, (27th August) at Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham, Wealden Prevention have secured another date in October!

The date for October’s awareness and team day will be announced nearer the time via our social media and In The Know.

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.

Police Property Act Fund to support local charity

Police Cadet Foreman successfully submitted an application for £500 on behalf 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.

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


PCSO recruitment in Sussex 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.

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, answering 101 and 999 calls?

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 emma.coles@surrey.pnn.police.uk

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!

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)

Crime summary

During the day of the 23rd August, a property off Nether Lane, Uckfield had their shed broken into whereby suspects have entered the garden and smashed locks of the shed doors, tools and electrical items have been taken (0648 of 23/08 relates)

A second property off Down Street, Uckfield also reported having their shed broke into on the 23rd August, again suspects have targeted tools and electrical items (0863 of 23/08 relates)

Overnight a business address of Old Swan Lane, Hailsham reported an attempt break in on the 26th August, where considerable damage was caused to rear doors with a crowbar in an attempt to gain entry

A further attempt break in was reported in the small hours of the 26th August at a property off Chilsham Lane, Hailsham where a rear window was prized open in an attempt to gain entry, fortunately no entry was made (0537 of 28/08 relates)

During the day of the 28th August, a property off Rotherfield Lane, Mayfield had their property search when unknown suspects have entered the victim’s home via a rear back window. Nothing was reported as stolen however an untidy search was conducted (1162 of 28/08 relates)

During the afternoon of the 28th August, a property off Street End Lane, Heathfield reported having their home search in a similar manner to that above, whereby suspects have also entered via a rear back window. (0909 of 28/08 relates)

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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