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Eastbourne Weekly Update

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Friday, 8 November 2019

News and appeals


Efforts are still being made to identify man's body found on beach at Eastbourne

We are appealing for help in identifying a man whose body was found by a woman walking her dog along the seashore west of Eastbourne earlier this year. (Cow Gap)

Extensive enquiries and a post mortem examination have failed to cast further light on who the man might be, and we are anxious to speak to anyone who may be able to assist us.
East Sussex coroner's officer Sarah Cockram said: "We are appealing for anyone who might recognise the man from his description to get in touch as soon as possible so that his family can be told of his death."

The man had a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, and was thought to be in his 30s. He had brown eyes, a full black beard and short black hair. He was 5'7" (175cms) tall.

When found on Monday 19 August, he was wearing black trainer socks with an orange trim, a black shoe or boot, size nine (European 42), with a steel toe cap, and had a green material bracelet on his wrist.

Anyone able to assist is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 796 of 19/08.

Eastbourne Premises investigated for licencing offences

As a result of information from a member of public our licencing and prevention teams have found a premises in Eastbourne to be selling alcohol illegally.

The sales have now been suspended and the premises is being investigated for this matter.
For alcohol licence guidance follow this link:

Have you seen missing Elliot?

Police are concerned for the welfare of 17-year-old Elliot Ben-Sellem.

He is missing from Northampton but was last seen in Brighton on the morning of Wednesday (November 6).

Elliott is white, 6’ 2” and with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing black jogging bottoms, black Nike trainers, a black t-shirt and a black beanie hat.

 As well as Brighton, it is thought that he may also have links to the Eastbourne area. 
If you have seen Elliot or have any information about his whereabouts, report online or ring 101 quoting 47190191222.

Witness sought to incident in Seaside, Eastbourne

Detectives investigating a serious assault on a woman at her home in Eastbourne are hoping a passer-by will remember intervening over an altercation between the victim and a man in a nearby street shortly beforehand.

it is understood that about 8.15pm on Monday 21 October, near the junction of Seaside and Ceylon Place in Eastbourne, a man, described as having long shoulder length blond hair with a wave in it, and wearing jeans and a hooded top, intervened and asked if the woman was ok because he was concerned about the man's behaviour towards her.

In the early hours of the following morning the woman, aged 41, was assaulted in her home, sustaining serious facial injuries.

Detective Constable Julian Harris of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:"If you were the man who kindly intervened, or if you know who he is, please get in touch with us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 168 of 22/10."

A man aged 40 has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and theft of a motor vehicle and after being interviewed has been released on police bail with conditions until 19 November while enquiries continue.

Crime summary

There was a burglary that occurred on Milfoil Drive, whereby a garage was broken into and an array of items were stolen including stereo speakers (Ref: 47190187451).

There were two garage burglaries that occurred on Priory Road, whereby padlocks were broken, one of which had Christmas decorations, travel equipment and camping gear stolen and the other currently has no items reported missing (Ref: 47190199952 and 47190188856).

A number of business premises have also been broken into this week and we urge anyone with a local business to take extra precautions in making sure their property is safe and secure.

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

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