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Friday 18th October 2019

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Young girl approached outside Lewes school

Police were made aware of a young girl (12) being approached by a man with a van in the Prince Edward Road area of Lewes, who was reported to have tried to pull her into his van but she ran off unhurt.
We are aware the local schools had already circulated a message about this matter on Tuesday 15th but police were not informed until Wednesday morning.
Enquiries are being made in order to establish the full circumstances. There have been no other such reports in the area
In the meantime anyone with information can contact police online at or by calling 101, quoting serial 356 of 16/10.
Any sightings of suspicious activity can always be reported to police via 999.

Additional patrols have been set across the area to monitor any suspicious activities.

PCSO community patrols this week

PCSOs play a key part of your local policing service - working alongside and supporting police officer colleagues in solving local problems.

Not only by working closely with young people and local schools, speaking to community, religious and business leaders, providing crime prevention advice, and reassuring the public; but in also addressing local issues by getting out into towns and villages across the district on high visibility foot patrols, gathering intelligence, meeting people and offering advice and support to members of the public.

What follows is just a snapshot of where some of the team have been this week.

This week PCSOs Willson and Stainer continued to share advice and offer support to farmers and rural residents across the district, as well as popping into Macs Farm in Ditching following on from last week’s rural crime awareness week to share best practices and offer any support, the team travelled across Plumpton, Chailey and Wivesfield.

PCSO Willson headed out on foot and car across Plumpton, Newick and Barcombe this week as part of his rural patrols. Speaking to residents in areas that may not have access to a local police station to offer support and crime prevention advice following recent rural and farm break ins in other areas of Sussex.

There’s a variety of things you can do to protect your property, land and livestock, our advice and prevention techniques can be found here.

PCSO Marchant and Nicholson continued to patrol the coast, both working out of Saxon House in Newhaven, they headed out across Newhaven, Seaford and Peacheaven, supporting the Lewes District’s newly designed multi-agency approach to tackling issues reported by coastal residents. A number of youth groups and clubs have been visited this week by the team, as well as literature around knife crime, ASB, local groups and activities for teens passed to young adults in the community, as part of our early intervention approach to help deter youngsters from crime and disorder.

Partner agency work is key in addressing many of the issues reported. If anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of life, or making you fear for your safety or the safety of others, there are people who can help. You can contact the police, your local council Community Safety Department or, if relevant, your housing provider.

Find out how you can help stop it and more on the ASB Community Trigger here.


Lewes District Sept-Dec Newsletter

We will this weekend, or early next week be sending out our September to December Lewes District Police Prevention Team Newsletter.

Keep an eye out in your inboxes for the latest instalment which includes fuller breakdowns of patrols over the last few months, community activities and patrols that have taken place, valuable crime prevention advice going forward into the Winter months, and more.

Paper copies will be made available at front offices for those who would like to share or are unable to share/view electronically.


In The Know Survey

Thank you to all those who responded to the survey sent out a few weeks ago, with information on what works, what we can do better and what you would like to see out of your weekly newsletter.

Results have been calculated and you will start to see changes very soon, with changes to PCSO geographical locations, and having a named PCSO for different areas coming into place on the 4th November 2019, we hope to divide the sections of the newsletter into ward areas for ease of reading with a summary at the end – watch this space.

Changes already made:
  1. The timing of issue now morning rather than evening
  2. The inclusion of a scam/fraud update from Action fraud below our Police burglary schedule at the end of the news section
Thank you again to those who took the time to answer the survey, your comments and feedback helps us to help shape the way we share information with you.

Be Polite This Halloween Night

Hallowe'en has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the 'no trick or treaters' poster, these can be picked up from your local Police station/contact point, or printed online here.

If you are looking to take part the poster for ‘Trick or treaters Welcome’ can also be found on our website or at local Police contact points and stations.

Remember not everyone enjoys Halloween, spare a thought for those who may feel anxious with strangers knocking on their door.

Have fun, stay safe, and only go to homes who are clearly welcoming trick or treaters, if you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed.


Sussex Police says there is no place for hate

Sussex Police is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, emphasising the importance of reporting hate crime and reinforcing the message that it is not tolerated in Sussex. 

The week, which runs from October 12 to 19, aims to raise understanding of what hate crime is and encourage victims to report it, giving support to victims, their families and communities, and dealing with perpetrators appropriately. 

During the week, we have been using social media to share messages of what hate crime is to help give knowledge and confidence to victims to report it to the police, as well as sharing information on how hate crime can escalate if it isn’t reported, real life experiences of victims of hate crime and emphasising that we will always support victims with empathy and respect. 

We are also reinforcing the message that it’s not just victims who can report hate crime; witnesses are vital and can play their part too by reporting any incidents seen. 

Sussex Police lead for Hate Crime, Superintendent Ed De La Rue said: “Hate crime is pernicious. Crimes that are motivated by hate can cause high levels of depression, fear and loss of confidence, and it damages communities too. 

"I urge people who have suffered or witnessed a hate crime to report it to us. We are committed to treating victims with respect and empathy, and knowing where and when hate crimes occur allows us to try and prevent them in future.” 

Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. For those who wish to report online, you can do so here. 

People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website operated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. 

There is also a range of support agencies to whom you can report to locally; your local council, citizens advice as well as finding support online at Safe:Space Sussex, if you have been a victim of hate crime, here you can also find a directory of local specialist services.


Crime summary

Overnight on the 9th October, a property off Hazel Close, Newhaven had their shed broken into whereby unknown suspects have forced off locks to enter and stolen tins of paint, a pedal cycle and various tools. (0835 of 10/10 relates)

An attempted burglary was reported off Cricketfield, Newick, this week whereby homeowners have noticed damage to their window frame where it looks as if someone has tried to force the windows open, a timeframe is unknown. (835 of 12/10 relates)

Early evening on the 13th October, a suspect was scared off when seen by homeowners in their garden at a property on Brighton Road, Newhaven. The victim couldn’t identify the figure but heard doors being tried. (1101 of 13/10 relates)

Overnight on the 15th October, a property off Gladys Avenue, Peacehaven, reported having an attempt shed break, whereby suspects have broken a lock on a back gate to gain entry to the garden, they have not managed to gain entry to the shed and fortunately nothing was taken (0786 of 16/10 relates)

In the small hours of the 17th October, a suspicious male was seen by homeowners at an address on Denton Drive, Newhaven, trying doors of their property, the male ran off. (0122 of 17/10 relates)

There have been no further burglaries report in the across the Lewes district.

Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.


Frauds and Rogue Traders

Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported*? (*According to Friends Against Scams)

This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:

Fraudsters using fake ads, fake websites and fake celebrity endorsements to promote Bitcoin investments including well know motor enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson.

Fake emails claiming to be from Paypal asking users to reconfirm their details by clicking the link in the email. Remember, if you get a text or email asking for your personal or finical information, do not respond.

Fake emails claiming to be from Currys/PC World offering a free smart phone, the emails state there is a package, often a Samsung smart phone waiting to be delivered all you need to do is complete the form with your information.

Scam text messages ‘Hi it’s Emma, I tried to call you but the signal is bad, I am in hospital after a recent fall, could you text me back’ – this message is sent and when receivers reply, credit is charged/taken from their phone bill.

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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