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Wealden District Police News and Alerts

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Wednesday 30th October 2019

News and Alerts


Hartfield and Withyham Rural day of action 1st November

We will be stationed at Hartfield Village Hall from 1100 until 1430 hrs this Friday (01/11) - Following recent rural burglaries, we’ll be joined by rural PCSOs and various Policing teams from across Sussex in a day of action around the district.

This will include high visibility patrols throughout vulnerable areas, and areas already affected by recent crime, as well as visits to local businesses to offer face to face advice and support on how best to keep their property safe.

Rural PCSOs will also be visiting local farms and small villages offering guidance and free property marking for high value items.

From the Village Hall too we will have our roadshow van parked up full of crime prevention advice and giveaways, including UV marker pens, window posters and more…
As part of our activities, residents can except to see an increase in Police presence, however as always if you see or hear something you feel we need to know about, please contact us directly.

More on rural crime and protecting your property, livestock and land can be found here.


Operation Blitz, Halloween number and timings.

With Halloween, often comes additional groups of youngsters out and about in the town, most out trick or treating, unfortunately each year some take to other activities.

The help prevent an increase in anti-social behaviour this evening, an additional Operation blitz patrol will be in place on from 1800-0000, where residents across the district can expect to see an increased in Police presence, as well as being able to contact an officer on the ground by calling 07770 700642 should you witness any ASB or youth related disorder between the times above.

Operation Blitz will also continue to run as usual on Friday and Saturday evening from 1800-0000.(Previously 1600-2200 however owing to resources this has changed this week, future timings will be added to each message and social media posts in advance going forward).

To further assist in preventing unwanted visitors, you can print and display the 'no trick or treaters' poster, these can be picked up from your local Police station/contact point, or printed for free 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, for those going out please 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.


Quad bike thefts across more rural areas

We have been made aware of a number of thefts of quad bikes across the district, including Hartfield, and Heathfield over last weekend and into early this week; these are being investigated.

In the mean time, we are advising owners to take time to review their security measures:


• Park as close to your premises as possible, preferably out of sight from nearby roads, remembering to remove keys when not in use
• Fit wheel clamps and/or locking posts or consider an alarm and sensor lights to alert you to movements on your property
• Park larger farm vehicles in front of storage containers/garages to help prevent easy access
• Mark or customise your property so it is easily identifiable and less appealing to thieves
• Consider tracking devices for high value vehicles and machinery in the event they are stolen
• Keep a record of all vehicles with photographs and serial numbers

• Reduce access by removing all gates and entrances that are no longer in use and replacing them with a permanent fence or other barrier
• Secure all gates with solid padlocks and chains
• Repair fencing promptly to prevent/restrict any future unauthorised access

Remember too: Thieves often use tools stored on farms to access your buildings, always store tools that could be used to assist thieves away securely.


Hailsham ASB

We are aware of a number of reports of anti-social behaviour in Hailsham town centre, not only this week but over the past few weeks.

Wealden Police are working alongside local businesses and partner agencies in the town to tackle this issue. When incidents occur the police will take action against those identified as being responsible.

Please help us by reporting any incidents or concerns that you have. You can do so by either calling 101, emailing, or visiting our website - Remember if an offence is occurring, or there is an immediate danger to you or those around you, always call 999.

Additional anti-social behaviour patrols will be in place Thursday 31st evening from 1800-0000 as a result of Halloween, in addition to our usual Friday and Saturday night Op Blitz patrols, again between the hours of 1600-2200 – The contact number to speak to officers on the ground to report ASB during these times is: 07770 700642.


Operation Magpie week

As the nights draw in, Sussex Police is reminding people to keep a light on and take steps to protect their homes from burglars.

From Monday 28 October to Sunday 3 November, the force is running Operation Magpie, its bi-annual burglary prevention and awareness campaign, providing timely advice to people on securing their property. 

Of 43 UK police forces, Sussex enjoys one of the lowest burglary rates, placing it seventh highest among counties where break-ins are least likely. There were 7700 reported burglaries throughout Sussex from October 2018-September 2019.

During the week prevention advice and tips will be shared on social media. This year’s campaign will also focus on preventing break-ins in rural areas, which can be more vulnerable to burglary.

Following the introduction of dedicated rural crime Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) they will be patrolling potential hot-spots in the countryside, aiming to engage with residents and offer advice and reassurance while providing a high-visibility deterrent to criminals.

Sussex Police takes reports of burglary seriously and keeps unsolved cases under constant review.

In August, a Hastings householder awoke to the sound of footsteps and his bedroom door opening, only for the intruder to flee when he realised someone was there. A kitchen door had been damaged and valuables were missing. Police were called and the suspect was later arrested and charged with burglary and theft. An earlier break-in by the same offender came to light and he is currently awaiting sentence for both. 

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary lead, said:

“Burglary is a horrible crime which can cause victims long-lasting suffering. Whether it be the invasion of your home, damage to your business premises or the theft of essential work tools, it is totally abhorrent to us and that is why our priority is to reduce this crime and catch those who are responsible. Over the coming week we will be highlighting crime prevention advice to help our communities and sharing the efforts we go to in preventing and solving these crimes.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Burglary can have a profound impact on a victim, especially those that live in more isolated, rural communities. 

“This is why I am pleased that with 100 extra PCSOs and the recent launch of a specialist rural crime team, Sussex Police is able to also target rural hot spot areas during this campaign. I hope this will deter burglars from preying on those in more remote locations and help residents feel safer.

“The Force is proactively tackling this issue and I will continue to ensure that they maintain their effective levels of prevention and deterrent activities.

"However, we all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars.”

To help protect yourself against burglary, please read our crime prevention advice here.

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes moments to do. If your valuables are subsequently stolen, it helps police, insurers and second-hand traders to identify them. Find out more here

Communities can often work together to prevent crime.  Joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW coordinator helps to strengthen deterrents. More information can be found here


Crime Summary

Around 0300 am on the 25th October, a business address on Station Road, Polegate was broken into whereby suspects have used forced and tools on front doors to force open the door. Fortunately there is CCTV which potentially covers the offender arriving with a van and removing items from the store. (145 of 25/10 relates)

A business address off Sussex Lane, Blackham reported theft of items from a workshop in the small hours of the 25th October. Suspects have gained entry by force and stolen cycles. (154 of 25/10 relates)

2 pedal cycles were stolen from a garage off Millers Keep, Stone Cross overnight on the 25th October when suspects have broken off shed locks after entering the victims garden. (348 of 26/10 relates)

Alcohol was stolen from a garage off Mill Close in Stone Cross overnight on the 25th October when suspects have gained entry into garage. (395 of 26/10 relates)

A quad bike was stolen from a property off B2110, Withyham in the small hours of the 27th October whereby suspects have forced open metal doors of a building to gain entry. (353 of 27/10 relates)

A second quad bike was taken from a property off Stonehill Road, Heathfield overnight on the 26th-27th October. Suspects have entered via neighbouring gates causing damage to fencing before breaking into a building. Potential CCTV may assist in obtain details of the offender(s) (564 of 274/10 relates)

In the small hours of the 27th October a property off Parrock Lane, Hartfield had their garage broken into when unknown suspects have used tools to prize open the garage doors. Once inside car parts have been stolen and damage caused. (411 of 27/10 relates)

In the small hours of the 29th October, tools were stolen from a garage off Castle View Gardens, Polegate. (382 of 29/10 relates)

Further tools were stolen from a garage off Dales Close, Hailsham overnight on the 28-30th October where suspects have popped open the garage door to enter and taken tools from inside. (569 of 30/10 relates)

Advice here


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:

Amazon Prime scam:

Action Fraud warns of Amazon Prime scam that has cost victims over £400,000 in two months.
Criminals are targeting members of the public with automated calls stating that the recipient has been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.

Full details of the scam and signs to look out can be found here on the official Action Fraud website.

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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