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Friday 30th August 2019

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Persistent anti-social behaviour lands Eastbourne man in jail

A man who has persistently indulged in anti-social behaviour in Eastbourne has been jailed.

Michael Edward Jones had previously been issued with an ASB injunction to try to curb his aggressive attitude towards members of the public, businesses and police officers in the town.

On Thursday (22 August) Jones, 48, unemployed and of no fixed address, was found guilty of three separate breaches of the injunction and sentenced to 18 weeks' imprisonment.

Jones failed to attend the hearing, before Hastings magistrates, but police officers quickly located him in Eastbourne town centre and he was arrested.

Jones's actions towards police have included verbal abuse, spitting and physical violence, almost always when drunk. Others in Eastbourne have also been subjected to his anti-social behaviour.

The injunction carried various conditions to combat this, and when breached officers were determined to act.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said: "It shows that Sussex Police will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. Eastbourne should be a safe place for people to live in, work in and visit, and we will not hesitate to take action against persistent offenders.

"In this case, Mr Jones chose to disregard the orders placed on him by the court and rejected all offers of help. His behaviour continued in such places as Terminus Road and Eastbourne Job Centre Plus in full view of families and children.

"That is not acceptable and jailing him sends the right message that we want our community to be a safe place."

Police Property Act Fund to support local library.

PCSO Hopgood attended Langney Community Library last week to deliver a cheque for £500 which will be used to help them build a community hub. 

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 Grove Road Police Station, who will be able to discuss recommending you for funding using our application form.


PCSO recruitment in Sussex closes 2nd September 2019.

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.

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, answering 101 and 999 calls and emails?

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!

Crime summary

A school address off Upper Avenue, Eastbourne reported a break in overnight on the 23rd, whereby suspects have smashed a rear window to gain entry, once inside have stolen drinks. (555 of 24/08 relates)

Another school address off Kings Drive, Eastbourne also reported a break in on the 24th, where suspects have forced entry via a rear gate and tried to smash windows to gain entry, fortunately no entry was gain and nothing stolen (1166 of 28/08 relates)

During the evening hours of the 25th August, a property off Brassey avenue, Eastbourne, reported finding a rear window forced open, no entry was made (1558 of 250/ relates)

An attempted burglary occurred overnight on the 26th at a business address off Paradise Drive, Eastbourne. Suspects have attempted to break of the key press lock to the building, unsuccessfully and no entry was made (1231 of 27/08 relates)

Sometime from the 28th to the 29th a property off Woodgate Road, Eastbourne was broken into and a house search completed, suspects entered via forced entry to rear PVC doors (1218 of 29/08 relates)

A garage off Aylesbury Avenue, Eastbourne was broken into overnight on the 29th, the victim found their garage door open and tools and tool boxes stolen (1702 of 29/08 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.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online.

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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