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Friday 30th August 2019

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Crowborough male charged with murder of eight-week-old daughter

A Crowborough father is to appear in court charged with the murder of his eight-week-old baby daughter.

Michael Roe, 32, unemployed, was arrested at his home in Alderbrook Close, Crowborough, on Tuesday evening (September 3) and subsequently charged with murder of a child under one year old between September 8-11, 2018; wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent; and causing or allowing the death of a child.

Ambulance paramedics were called to the house in Alderbrook Close, Crowborough, in the early hours of Monday, September 10, 2018, where baby Holly Roe was reported to be having breathing difficulties. She was taken to Pembury Hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead. A post mortem showed that the cause of death was a traumatic head injury.
Michael Roe will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (September 4).

Tiffany Tate, 21, baby Holly's mother, unemployed, of Alderbrook Close, Crowborough, has been summonsed to appear to face a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child between July 14 and September 11, 2018.

She is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 12 September.

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.

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.

Rural Crime Awareness and Funday October TBA

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.

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.

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

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!

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 today!

Crime summary

Overnight on the 30th-31st August, a sports club off Green Lane, Crowborough was broken into whereby suspects have smashed a side window to gain entry, once inside an untidy search was made (0425 of 31/08)

A garage at a property off Hartfield Road, Forest Row was broken into during the day time of the 30th August. Suspects have gained entry to the garage and stolen golfing equipment. (0813 of 30/08)

During the day time of the 30th August, a property off Sham Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells reported having their shed broken into by means unknown, suspects have stolen two mountain bikes. (1012 of 30/08)

A further garage off Buckham Hill, Uckfield was broken into during the evening of the 31st August. Suspects have cut off chains and locks on the garage to gain entry and steal gardening equipment. (0330 of 31/08)

A business address of Bell Lane, Uckfield was entered over the weekend of 31st-2nd, suspects have smashed windows to gain entry to the site, once inside an untidy search was conducted, with nothing being reported as missing. (0202 of 02/09)

Overnight on the 1st-2nd September a sports club off Chiddingly Road, Heathfield was broken into whereby unknown suspects have used forced to prize open doors to the club. Nothing was reported as stolen. 0269 of 02/09)

A house off Back Lane, Polegate was broken into during the morning/early afternoon of the 2nd September, where suspects have entered via patio doors. (0844 of 02/09)

Over the 2nd of September, a property off Sussex Lane, Blackham reported having their shed broken into. Suspects have entered via the garden and forced open shed doors, tools and tool accessories were targeted. (1492 of 02/09)

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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