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Lewes District Weekly Police News

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Friday 20th September 2019

News and Alerts

Missing Peacehaven Girl Found

Keira Puriwal, 13, who had been missing from her home in Peacehaven since Saturday (14 September) has been found safe and well in Brighton (On the 17th September).

Firle Ploughing Match

Officers and staff from Lewes Prevention team, including staff from restorative justice and Prevention Support, attended the Laughton and District Agricultural Society’s annual ploughing match this year held at Place Farm, in Firle.

As well as bringing along the Sussex Police engagement van to facilitate informal discussion, crime recording and crime prevention advice, the team raised awareness of current priorities, such as knife crime, county lines and rural burglaries.

It was also an opportunity for Lewes PCSOs Fenn and Stainer to introduce themselves, and meet local farmers and residents to talk about their concerns and to share information from their enhanced rural patrols that they have been conducting; PCSOs Fenn and Stainer are both responsible for patrolling our more rural villages, including Ditching, Newick, Plumpton, Wivesfied, Chailey and Cooksbridge, where a more visible presence has been given in more recent months by both PCSOs.

You can read more about our commitment to rural crime here

Recent Bike and Scooter Marking Events

We are pleased to say so far all of our bike and scooter marking events have gone down very well across the district.

With our first event in Newhaven a few weeks ago, Lewes last week, and Newhaven again this Friday (20th September); we have already spoken to, and helped over 100 young adults, children and some parents mark their bicycles and scooters against theft.

These events were organised by Lewes PCSO Turvey and Lewes Police Sergeant Reynolds in response to a spate of bike and scooter thefts across the Lewes district earlier in the year.

As a result of these events, bike and scooter users now have their property marked and registered on the UK national property register database – benefits of registration include:
  • Immobilise helps Police identify the owners of recovered property thousands of times everyday.
  • Helps to combat the sale of stolen gadgets & valuables
  • Simplify insurance claims and Police reports with certificates of ownership

This online checking service is used thousands of times each day by UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property.

As a direct result of Immobilise there are hundreds of cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen good, visit today to register your property against theft.

Operation Sceptre - targeting knives and knife crime in Sussex

The campaign to take and keep knives off Sussex streets continues with a second specific focused week of activities.

Operation Sceptre running between September 16-20, supports the work Sussex Police carry out all year round to ensure residents are safe from knife crime in their communities.

Originally started by the Metropolitan Police Service, Operation Sceptre is a twice-yearly run campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets.

Inspector Simon Burroughs said: “We are keenly aware of how much focus there is on knife crime at the moment and in recent weeks, we have had incidents that have led to people being injured, sometimes seriously. We now need everyone to help in keeping our county safe.

“Operation Sceptre gives us a chance to talk about knife crime in a realistic and open fashion: we want to give young people the chance to stay safe, we do not want to demonise them. It is imperative we remind them they have choices in life, and that help is out there if they do not feel safe.

“Talk to the young people in your life, drop off your dangerous and unwanted blades to our knife amnesty bins and if you need to talk to someone anonymously, Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111. As always, you can report crime online or via 101. In an emergency, always call 999.”

This week, Prevention Officers across the district have been visiting schools and colleges to speak to groups of young adults about the dangers of carrying a knife, and the consequences it can have, on not only them, but their friends and families.

These talks will continue and be extended to after school/youth groups across the district in the coming weeks.

As well as the educational side, targeted patrols will take place across the county, including at transport hubs with officers working alongside British Transport Police colleagues. Other prioritised activity includes target stop and search, particularly against known habitual knife carriers, and test purchase operations.

Across the Lewes district this week we have been joined by teams of volunteers from within the community to conduct knife sweeps and searches in local public spaces, areas including parks and large grounds across Newhaven, Lewes, and Seaford – a small number of weapons have already been found and will be safely destroyed.

There is also a knife amnesty where people are encouraged to drop off their dangerous or unwanted knives and blades at police stations across Sussex. These amnesty bins are in place all year round, and there will be no consequences if weapons are disposed of safely here. Knife amnesty bins are located at the following stations: Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Uckfield, Eastbourne and Brighton.

Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven front offices are all open between the hours of 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday, with both Eastbourne and Brighton open on Saturdays.

Test purchasing will be carried out throughout Sussex, where officers, PCSOs and cadets will mystery shop to see which premises allow them to buy knives without their age being asked for.

The week is being supported by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. She said: “Getting killed, having life changing injuries or a prison sentence because of knife crime are not choices anybody would rationally make. However, we are still seeing far too many young people putting themselves at risk by carrying a knife.

“This is why our Reboot programme is working across Sussex to tackle serious violence at its earliest stages and is already providing invaluable support to nearly 400 vulnerable young people.

“As part of this we are educating them on the dangers of criminality and how to recognise when they are being exploited. By doing so, I hope to stop young people having their lives ruined by knife crime or any other form of criminality.”

Sussex Police is preparing for a busy few days ahead, with the arrival of the annual Labour Party conference in Brighton and Hove.

Please bear in mind if you are planning to visit the City this coming weekend.

Prior to the start of the conference on Saturday, a global climate strike protest will take place on Friday (September 20), moving off from Hove Lawns at 11am, heading via Western Road and North Street to a meeting at The Level.

There are a number of planned events outside of the conference venue during the five days of the event and police have advised that there may be some disruption at times along the seafront and other locations in the city. However, there are no planned road closures other than the small crescent in front of the Grand Hotel.

The planning for Operation Otter by Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council in liaison with the Labour Party and the Home Office, has been underway for the past year. It seeks to ensure the safety and security of those attending as well as other attendees, residents and visitors in Brighton and Hove.

In advance of and during the conference, uniformed and plain-clothes officers are out and about undertaking Project Servator, similar activity to what goes on at Gatwick Airport and other locations encouraging people who live and work in the area to be ‘eyes and ears’. This is aimed at disrupting a range of criminal activity, including terrorism. There is nothing to suggest an increased risk, but we would urge people to remain alert and let us know of anything that raises their suspicions – at all times.

Armed officers, now a routine part of daily policing operations, will be deployed and police will again be making use of other safety measures such as road barriers in some parts of the city.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “As always, we ask that people demonstrate a certain level of personal responsibility including things like taking care of belongings, following personal safety advice and flagging any issues or suspicious behaviour to event staff or police.

“Disruption is being kept to a minimum with city centre car parks open as usual and fencing at the front of the Brighton Centre placed to enable people to walk by without having to cross the road. The only planned road closure will be the crescent in front of the Grand Hotel.

“Passes and a search will be a condition of entry to the Brighton Centre and people elsewhere may be stopped as part of the overall policing response with several hundred fringe events planned in the city.

“You will see more officers in the area in the lead up to and throughout the conference. Please talk to them if you have any questions. Policing levels for the city and the rest of Sussex will not be affected by the operation.”

Contact handler recruitment closes this weekend (22/09/2019)

Our contact officer recruitment is closing this weekend, could you be the first voice of Sussex Police in responding to both 999 and 101 calls?

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 property off Hill Road, Lewes was broken into during the day of the 11th September. Suspects have gained entry potentially via rear lower window and stolen personal items, including jewellery (0128 of 11/09 relates)

During the day time of the 12th September, a property off Southover High Street, Lewes was broken into, whereby suspects have forced open a rear kitchen window to gain entry, once inside they have stolen victim's personal items including jewellery (1280 of 12/09 relates)

In the late evening of the 12th September, a property off Cederwell Close, Piddnghoe suspects have entered the victim's rear French doors and stolen personal items including jewellery. (1129 of 12/09 relates)

A property off St Helena Lane, Plumpton Green had their garage entered whereby suspects have force entry to garage doors during the daytime of the 13th September. Power tools and electrical items were stolen (1059 of 13/09 relates)

Overnight on the 14th-15th September a property off Warren Lane, North Chailey reported having an outbuilding broken into whereby suspects have forced entry removing padlocks and security lights. (0677 of 15/09 relates)

No further burglaries have been reported.

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, or online at

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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