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Friday 6th September 2019

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Further dispersal order issued for Newhaven town centre

Police have issued a 48-hour dispersal order to prevent any further anti-social behaviour and disorder in Newhaven town centre following reports of youths fighting with weapons on Tuesday afternoon (3 September).

Officers arrived in the High Street and identified two victims – a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl from Newhaven – who had sought refuge at a local pub.

The girl, who is pregnant, reported being struck in the stomach with a hammer, however she managed to protect herself with her hand.

Both victims were taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment and were later discharged.

Weapons including a hammer are reported to have been used, and a number of youths are believed to have been involved in the incident. A 24-hour dispersal order was placed on the area on Tuesday evening.

Under the order, also known as section 35 order, police officers and PCSOs can tell individuals or groups, who are causing significant and persistent anti-social behaviour to leave the area and not return for up to 24 hours. The new order will run from 6pm on Wednesday (4 September) to 6pm on Friday (6 September).

Officers are carrying out high visibility patrols in the town to enforce the order.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said: "We received a number of reports of disorder concerning youths in Newhaven on Tuesday evening. To curb this behaviour a 49-hour dispersal order is now in place and high visibility patrols will be conducted."

Enquiries are ongoing into the reports of disorder and anyone who saw what happened is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 960 of 03/09.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

Police and council action to move travellers from Seaford

Police directed a group of travellers and their vehicles who moved onto Martello Fields, Seaford, to leave the site using powers under S61 of the Police and Criminal Justice Act on Tuesday 3 September.

The group arrived in Seaford after moving on from Hove Lawns on (Monday 2 September).

The police carried out an assessment of the site with Seaford Town Council, who own the land and made welfare checks on the occupants of the vehicles, as is required by Home Office guidance before enforcement action can be taken.

Chief Inspector Anita Turner: "We have worked with the local council to resolve this as swiftly as possible. We understand there are concerns in the local community but there is a process which has to be followed by law."

Bike and scooter marking dates, Peacehaven, Lewes and Seaford.

Free bike and scooter marking events across the district:
  • This Sunday 8th September from 1200-1430 at the Skate Park, Big Park, Piddinghoe Ave, PEACEHAVEN​​​​​​​
  • Next 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

These are FREE bike registration and marking events for bike owners is available to anyone of 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.

If you are unable to make any of these events, you can visit our website here, to find more information on how and who you can register you pedal cycle or push scooter to protect them from theft.

Contact handler recruitment NOW OPEN

When the going gets tough, contact officers are there to help. Whether it’s taking a report of a missing person, responding to a burglary or supporting someone in crisis; our contact officers play a vital role in helping keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm.

For many people, you’ll be the first point of contact with the police. You’ll be a calm, reassuring voice in people’s hour of need. Asking the right questions, listening for vital details and recording information; all while monitoring two screens.

Being a contact officer is certainly not your typical nine-to five call centre role; no two calls are the same. You will deal with emergency 999 calls, non-emergency 101 calls, online reporting and social media. In return, we promise you a good starting salary, plus an unsocial shift allowance, great training experiences, opportunities for progression and the pride that comes from helping others.

We would encourage candidates to visit our website, to browse our FAQs and either book a tour online to visit the contact centre to assist you in your application.

To apply today click here!

Operation Sceptre September 2019

Operation Sceptre, is a national campaign which takes place twice a year, supporting the work Sussex Police carry out all year round to ensure residents are safe from knife crime in their communities.

The campaign comprises a mix of targeted operational and educational activities to remove unwanted knives off the streets of Sussex, and to reassure young people they are safer not carrying knives and walking away from harm.

Ahead of the launch of the campaign, officers from Lewes Prevention team headed out in Peacehaven last weekend to raise awareness and speak to groups of teens at the Big Park in Peacehaven offering support and guidance and the consequences, as well as what to do and who to turn to should they feel pressured into carrying a knife.

Below you can find more information for parent/carers, as well as young adults:

For young adults/teens tempted to carry a knife

Are you under pressure from others to carry a knife? You may already be carrying a knife and want to know how to dispose of it safely, with no questions asked. You may have injured someone, and want to know what you need to do next.

If you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime consider:

-You are more likely to come to harm if you carry a knife

-Walking away from threats of violence

-Talk to Childline for help on 0800 11 11 or go online at childline.org.uk

-Contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org

-Calling 101 to speak with your local Prevention Team for advice. In an emergency always call 999.

It is illegal to carry a knife or to try to buy a knife under the age of 18. The police can stop and search anyone they suspect of carrying a knife, the maximum penalty for which is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. An automatic prison sentence is handed to anyone convicted twice of carrying a knife.

If someone you are with uses a knife while you are with them you could get the same sentence.

Having a criminal record could stop you entering your chosen college or university, getting a job and could place restrictions on you travelling to some countries like the USA.

If you’ve injured someone or you have been with someone who has injured someone:

-The best thing you can do is to let us know. Contact us online or call 101 to speak with your local Prevention Team for advice. The consequences could become much worse if you are found out later. In an emergency always call 999.

-If you want to give information about crimes or criminal activity, you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

For parents and carers

Some young people carry a knife because they are worried about becoming a victim of knife crime. Unfortunately, carrying a knife only increases their chance of becoming hurt.

The easiest and most common place for young people to get a knife is from the family home. If you think something isn’t quite right then consider other less obvious warning signs, including:

-They have become withdrawn

-Their school or college is reporting worrying changes in their behaviour, or their grades have suddenly dropped

-They have lost interest in hobbies and are vague about their movements

-They have changed their group of friends, perhaps to an older network
Suddenly secretive about their belongings

There are other reasons why young exhibit these behaviours and not knife related but if you spot any of the above, talk to them now. Discuss their views on knife crime, and whether they would ever consider carrying a knife. Discover if they feel safe when they go out, and if not, why not?

Find the ideal time and location to talk to them about knife crime. Provide them with reassurance, and be patient. Remind them they do have choices, and that you are there to support them, always. Try to cover:

-the dangers – carrying a knife makes your more likely to get harmed.

-the facts – the police can stop and search anyone they suspect to be carrying a knife.

-the law – it is illegal to try and buy a knife under the age of 18, and the maximum penalty for carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. An automatic prison sentence is handed to anyone convicted twice of carrying a knife.

-the consequences – a criminal record can change your life – you may not be offered a college or university place.  Getting a job will be made more difficult and it can even disrupt travel to some countries.

Make sure they know that the safest thing to do if threatened by a knife is to walk away.

For further advice and information, visit Family Lives, or Knifecrimes.org.
Report crime online here - in an emergency, always call 999.
If you want to give information about crimes or criminal activity, you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police Officer Recruitment reopens 05/09 – 19/09

Yesterday (05/09) the Home Office launches their campaign – Be A Force For All – helping to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers across England and Wales.

Tackling crime, keeping the streets safe and protecting our most vulnerable – being a police officer is challenging yet rewarding. We’re once again looking for those who have what it takes to join us on the front-line.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who will have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

In return, we promise a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

Apply now and help make a difference, together, apply here!

Crime summary

During the day time of the 29th august, a property off Capel Avenue, Peacehaven reported having their garage broken into. (1713 of 29/08 relates)

In the small hours of the 31st August, a property off Spithurst Road, Barcombe had cycles stolen whereby suspects have removed hinges on gates to access the victim’s garden, once inside have broken into sheds to take items. (0504 of 31/08 relates)

Windows were smashed at a school address off Gundreda Road, Lewes on the 31st August, damage was caused to windows, fortunately no entry to the school was made (1210 of 31/08 relates)

A property off Chandlers Mead, Cooksbridge, had their conservatory entered during the day time of the 2nd September. An unknown suspect has entered and taken victim’s bag containing cards and cash. (1320 of 02/09 relates)

2 males were seen on CCTV attempting to enter a victims rear door around 0130am on the 4th September at a property off Ambleside Avenue, Peacehaven. Damage was caused to the framework of the door. An area search for the males across the coast proved negative. (0075 of 04/09 relates)

A property off Underhill Lane, Hassocks had a quadbike stolen overnight on the 4th September, whereby suspects have damaged locks and chains to a garage to gain entry. (0251 of 04/09 relates)

Tools were stolen from a property off Elphick Road, Newhaven, overnight on the 3rd-4th September, whereby unknown suspects have entered the victim’s home via a communal 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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