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Friday 13th September 2019

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Additional Dispersal Order Issued In Newhaven

Police in Newhaven issued a further 48-hour dispersal order from the 6th to
the 8th September.

This dispersal order Sussex Police issued in Newhaven town centre follows on from reports of youths fighting with weapons Tuesday afternoon the 3rd September.

Superintendent Katy Woolford of Neighbourhood Policing said: “We attended the High Street on the 3rd following the reports and two victims were identified.

“Both were taken to hospital for treatment and were later discharged.

“This remains a top priority for us and a number of enquiries have been conducted in this ongoing investigation.

“We are still encouraging anyone who believes we may have a reason to speak with them in connection with this matter to come forward to us.”

If you would like to report information to us to aid our investigation please report online or call 101 quoting 960 03/09.

A further dispersal order will also be in place this coming weekend, the 12-14th September 2019 alongside additional Operation Blitz ASB patrols, and Newhaven’s multi-agency patrols to target issue and respond to community concerns.

(The contact number for operation Blitz is 07989 188960, 1800-0000 Friday and Saturday evenings)

What is a section 35?
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 latest order will run from 1800 Thursday 12th September to 1800 Saturday 14th September.

In addition to dispersal orders being issued, daytime patrols across the town have too been extended; not only across know areas of youth related disorder; our parks and harbour areas, but in particular working closely with local and small businesses in the high street to assist with crime prevention tools, and reporting advice.

This week officers spoke to numerous businesses in the area to help build a more in depth picture of where business crime/ASB is occurring to help us work even closer with you to address numerous issues being reported throughout the town.

Superintendent Woolford also added: “There have been a number of reports received in relation to these matters, and this type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

“The minority of youths involved in this anti-social behaviour are known to us and we are working closely with partner agencies to ensure they are dealt with accordingly.”

“No one knows your neighbourhood like the community and we are appealing for people to report matters of anti-social behaviour with us without delay.”

Bogus Callers In Seaford

Following reports of suspicious males perpetrating to be from British Gas in Seaford, Lewes Police are reminding residents to be cautious of ‘cold callers’.

3 males were reported knocking on residents doors around Seaford Central Ward, during the early morning claiming to be from British Gas needing to check the hot water.

The males described as around 5’8”, white, mid 30’s, one wearing navy jumper and orange high-vis trousers called on residents around 9 am.

None of the males had official British Gas identification on them, nor did they carry any tools, nor was there a British Gas van in close proximity – cautious residents refused the males entry, and after a short time the males left.

Although many legitimate businesses sell products door-to-door; gas, electricity and water companies need to visit to read your meters; fraudsters may also knock on your door to part you from your money, or get into your home to steal from you.
  • If someone knocks at your front door claiming to be from a company, first check their ID. If you’re not happy, don’t let them in.
  • Never call the phone number on their ID card to check them out. Ask the salesperson to wait outside, shut the door and find the company number on the internet. If they’re genuine, they’ll understand.

If you have witnessed, or been victim to similar, please report via 101, or online here

Keep your money safe

Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter September 2019

Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

For the Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter September 2019 Click here

Police Officer Recruitment reopens CLOSING SOON (19/09/2019)

Last week, the Home Office launched 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

Contact handler recruitment CLOSING SOON (22/09/2019)

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!

Crime summary

A male was arrested following reports from farm owners off Juggs Road, Kingston, of a suspicious male entering private areas on the farm in the evening of the 5th September. (1408 05/06 relates)

Overnight on the 5th September, a garage off Sutton Avenue, Peacehaven reported finding their garage had been broken into where suspects have cut padlocks and forced the door from its hinges. Metal and tools were stolen (0672 of 06/09 relates)

A property off Pelham Road, Seaford had their rear kitchen window forced, and entered over the 6th September. Suspects have taken personal items including cash and phones. (0641 of 06/09 relates)

A garage off Spithurst Road, Barcombe had personal items stolen from their garage overnight on the 6-7th September (0759 of 07/09 relates)

Late evening on the 8th September, residents of flats off Bridge Street, Newhaven, were woken to the sound of individuals attempting to force entry to the block, two males were seen leaving the scene, fortunately no entry was gained (0171 of 08/09 relates)

There have been NO further burglaries report on the Lewes District.

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 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 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 for more information.

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