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Friday 6th September 2019
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Prolific offender jailed for Eastbourne burglary
A prolific offender who burgled an elderly woman’s home, and used her bank card to purchase alcohol and tobacco, has been jailed.
Scott Solway, who is unemployed and of no fixed address, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 13 August following the incident in Eastbourne earlier this year.
Police were called shortly before midday on 2 May, after a woman witnessed an unknown man leaving her address in College Road, Eastbourne. She then entered her home to discover her purse, containing two bank cards and a driving licence, was missing.
A short time later, one of the cards was used at the Co-Op in Lindfield Road to purchase items totalling £33.
PCSOs were deployed to carry out an area search, and Solway was located at the same store later that day.
The 37-year-old, who has 43 previous convictions for 103 offences, was arrested and taken into custody.
Solway pleaded guilty to the offences of burglary and dishonestly making a false representation to make a gain for himself, and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
In a letter to Sussex Police, the 76-year-old victim said: “To crime investigator Sue Johnson, Detective Constable Stuart Black and all who have worked so hard on my behalf regarding the burglary at my home on 2 May this year. Thanks to all your hard work, you have achieved a conviction of three years. Our faith has been restored in the justice system.
“I almost feel myself again, though it will take time to adjust to locking myself into my garden.
“Thanks to the lovely man who installed a workable bell for me. Thank you all again. From a very grateful old lady.”
Three men have been jailed for a total of 22 years following investigations into the supply of cocaine in Eastbourne.
The trio were identified as a result of police intelligence, and sentenced after high values of cash and Class A drugs were discovered.
On 14 March, police executed a search warrant at an address in Ashford Road, where they found a plastic tub concealed in a void beneath the floorboards. Inside was a white vest top wrapped around a bag which contained approximately 750g of pressed cocaine, with an estimated street value of £75,000.
Also found in the room was a vacuum sealed plastic bag containing approximately 5kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of £50,000.
The contents were submitted for forensic examination which resulted in a DNA hit for Agim Toska, of Milton Road, Eastbourne.
The 25-year-old was arrested at a business premises linked to him in Seaside Road on 8 April.
Further search warrants were executed, and a large quantity of cash was discovered hidden in different locations around his house - £14,000 behind a kitchen kick-board; £30,000 behind another kitchen kick-board; £151,000 under the kitchen sink; £2,555 from a bedside cabinet; and £4,165 in a cardboard box in the bedroom.
Numerous mobile phones, paperwork and a single wrap of cocaine were also seized.
In a separate case, officers acting on intelligence stopped a silver Toyota Yaris in Howard Square on 12 July. The driver was detained and identified as Artur Schuli, 37, a car valeter, of no fixed address. He was shown as wanted on a European Arrest Warrant in Italy for Class A drugs offences.
Warrants for the search of his person and his vehicle were executed, and initially nothing was found. However, Police Dog Basil – a Springer Spaniel – was tasked to carry out a further search, and he indicated on the driver’s door panel. Within this were two small wraps of cocaine and a sock which contained a large brick of cocaine weighing at 506g, with an estimated street value of up to £50,000.
His house was searched and further evidence of drug dealing was found, including several heavy duty presses, approximately 2.5kg of cocaine split into smaller blocks, approximately 150g of cannabis wrapped in cling-film and metal press plates to be used with the presses.
While Schuli’s car was subjected to the search, another man carrying a yellow carrier bag was observed by an officer to walk towards his vehicle, before walking away again when he realised what was going on.
The man, identified as Marsel Toska (the cousin of Agim Toska), 22, unemployed, of Devonshire Place, Eastbourne, was stopped and searched, and within the bag was approximately £16,000 cash.
A subsequent search of his flat was carried out, and a number of items were found including blocks of cocaine totalling approximately 350g, approximately 40 re-sealable bags of cocaine, three wraps of cannabis, several small empty re-sealable bags, cash totalling approximately £2,000, three retractable batons and a false passport.
Examination of Schuli’s and Marsel Toska’s mobile phones further linked them to the crimes.
All three suspects were charged to court and pleaded guilty to the offences put to them.
Agim Toska appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 23 August, where he was sentenced to a total of nine years and seven months’ imprisonment for being concerned in the supply of cocaine; being concerned in the supply of cannabis; and possession of criminal property.
Marsel Toska appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 16 August, where he was sentenced to a total of six years and nine months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to supply; and possession of false identification documentation.
Artur Schuli appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 16 August, where he was sentenced to a total of six years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to supply.
If you suspect someone is concerned in the possession or supply of drugs in your area, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
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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.
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.
In the small hours of the 30th August, a business address of Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne was broken into. Fortunately nothing was taken (0189 of 30/08)
A school address reported damage to locks on doors overnight on the 29th-30th August off Shinewater Lane, no entry was made and nothing was stolen (0353 of 30/08)
Victims at a property off Hurst Road, Eastbourne noticed damage to their door frame in the morning of the 30th August, where it appears unknown suspects have attempted to enter with a crowbar or similar (0639 of 30/08)
In the small hours of the 31st August, victims awoke to a sound, and found their rear door open at a property off Maywood Avenue, Eastbourne. Fortunately nothing was stolen and it is believed suspects were scared off (0213 of 31/08)
Overnight on the 31st-1st, a property off Foxglove Road, Eastbourne reported damage to padlocks on their garage when they awoke. No entry was made but damaged caused (0360 of 01/09)
A commercial property reported tools being stolen overnight on the 2nd September off Gildridge Road, suspects have gained entry to the site and entered via a window to take item off site. (1390 of 02/09)
A cycle shop off Grove Road, Eastbourne had 3 bicycles stolen in the small hours of the 3rd September, whereby suspects have been witnessed smashing into the front of the store and riding off on new bikes. One of the males were caught up with by Police whilst riding one of the new bikes late in the night, investigations are ongoing (0155 of 03/09)
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