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Wednesday 30th October 2019
News and appeals 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 1600-2200, 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 07989 188960 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 1600-2200.
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.
Suspected abduction car found in Alfriston
Ealier this week we released an appeal for information on a suspected abduction in Alfriston.
Since then the silver Lexus that was being sought by police in connection with a suspected assault and abduction in Seaford was found in Alfriston.
The alarm was raised at 2.37pm on Friday (October 25), when a member of the public reported that he had seen a man being assaulted and the dragged into a Lexus car.
A man believed to the victim of the incident has now made himself known to police and reported that he was unharmed. The car was found in Alfriston on Saturday (October 26).
Four men, aged 22, 25, 28 and 29, all from Seaford, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap and have been bailed to November 22 while enquiries continue.
Anyone with any further information about the incident is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting Operation Grantham.
Original appeal below with fuller details and circumstances:
Police investigating the possible abduction of a person in Seaford are searching for a Lexus car believed to be involved in the incident.
The alarm was raised at 2.37pm on Friday (October 25), when a member of the public reported that he had seen someone being assaulted and the dragged into a silver four door Lexus, with the registration GY06 EOR.
Detective Inspector Hannah Willard said: "The incident took place in broad daylight in Vale Road and a witness reports seeing the person assaulted and then dragged into the car by four men.
"We have identified the owner of the car and established that after leaving Seaford, it was last seen at 4.30pm westbound on the A22 at Lower Dicker. About 45 minutes beforehand, it had travelled eastbound along the A22 at the same location.
"We want to find that car and we also want to identify whoever was dragged into it in Seaford. If you are that man or woman or you have any information about the incident, please contact us online or call 101 quoting Operation Grantham.
"We would particularly like to hear from anyone who was driving in Seaford or along the A22 at Lower Dicker around the times mentioned who may have dashcam footage that might be relevant to our investigation.
"If you see the car, on the move or parked up somewhere, please call us on 999 immediately."
Two men, aged 22 and 28, both from Seaford, were arrested on Friday evening on suspicion of kidnap. They remained in custody at 11.30am on Saturday (October 26).
Seaford Anti-Social behaviour, Police response
Lewes Police became aware of a number of incidents that occurred over last weekend and early this week, received directly to the Police either on 999 or via our non-emergency number 101, whereby reports of groups of youths had been causing considerable nuisance, harassment, alarm and distress to local residents in Seaford.
Of the reports made they have been assigned to officers for investigation where there is a viable line of enquiry, description, or it can be linked to previous occurrences within the district.
In addition to our already increased patrols in the lead up to Halloween, patrols in Seaford this week have been further increased. Patrols of areas within the town centre, the Leisure centre, and Salts park have been regularly conducted, with a handful of known youths spoken to by officers. Those spoken to will have their details recorded, and behaviours monitored by the team should they continue to cause ASB or disorder within the town.
ASB will not be tolerated on our district, but we need your help. If you witness any anti-social behaviour please report directly to us.
If the incident is occurring there and then, or you or anyone around is in fear of immediate violence, call 999.
Remember too; the use of Operation Blitz phone number, which runs from 1600-2200 every Friday and Saturday evening, and will be answered by officers out and about in your area on designated ASB patrols and will be able to respond there and then in most circumstances.
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.
“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.
A property on Morris Road, Lewes, was entered by an unknown suspect on the 24th October between 1400-1700 hours. Once inside the suspect has taken various jewellery and personal items. (927 of 24/10 relates)
Around 0250 am on the 26th October, a pharmacy in the Town Centre of Lewes was broken into whereby suspects have smashed glass doors to gain entry, once inside various medications were stolen. CCTV is being reviewed in the hope of identifying the suspect(s) (217 of 26/10 relates)
A business address at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven reported an attempted burglary in the small hours of the 27th October. Suspects have attempted to gain entry by attacking metal shutters with tools to gain entry, fortunately no entry was gained. CCTV is being reviewed in the hope of identifying the suspect(s) (202 of 27/10 relates)
A residential burglary occurred this week off Broyle Gate Cottages, Ringmer, whereby suspects have smashed entry into patio doors and conducted an untidy search of the victim’s home (596 of 27/10 relates)
Overnight on the 29th October a property off Beechwood Lane, Cooksbridge had a farm vehicle stolen when unknown suspects have entered onto land and forced entry into a shed on the property. (228 of 30/10 relates)
Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.
Find your local Lewes district Policing team on social media.
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 here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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?
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