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Friday 8th October 2019

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Fire in Newhaven

Detectives are seeking information about a fire in Newhaven which is being treated as arson.
Just before 12.05am on Wednesday (October 30) the fire was reported at a house in Lee Way, Newhaven. Fortunately the three people inside, a woman and two men, were able to get out unharmed with their three dogs.

The fire is being treated as arson and is being investigated. It is believed there was deliberate ignition to a mattress left at the side of the house which spread to the building which was extensively damaged.

Detective Constable Bradley Stadler said; "Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at this time is asked to report online or call us on 101 quoting serial 8 of 30/10.

No arrests have been made at this stage.


Successful Bonfire night in Lewes

Following months of planning by police and other emergency services, Lewes Bonfire Night rounded up again this Tuesday for another year.

Emergency services, local authorities and transport operators worked extremely closely with bonfire societies and local communities over the past 12 months in preparation for the annual celebrations, including issuing repeated, advanced notice of road, rail and parking restrictions, so that people could plan ahead for this one night of the year; it is estimated at its peak approximately 25,000 people were in attendance, giving both bonfire societies and emergency services thousands of people to entertain and keep safe.

Whilst Lewes Bonfire Night is a long-standing tradition, it can be dangerous and unsuitable for some people, especially children,  by the end of the night, approximately 55 people were recorded as being treated by South East Coast Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance for injuries, the vast majority of which were relatively minor, with Police making a total of 9 arrests in the town for offences as follows:

• George Fyffe, 63, unemployed, of Baxter Road, Lewes, was arrested on suspicion of assault and being drunk and disorderly in public. He has since been charged to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 5 December.
• A 19-year-old woman from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of assault of an emergency worker and obstructing arrest, and was given a community resolution.
• A 16-year-old boy from Uckfield was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in public, and three counts of assault on police. He was taken to hospital as a precaution.
The remaining suspects were all in custody as of 1am on Wednesday 6 November:
• A 33-year-old man from Lewes was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in public.
• A 16-year-old boy from Eastbourne was arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class B drug (cannabis) and possessing an offensive weapon (a Stanley knife) in public.
• A 53-year-old man from Tunbridge Wells was arrested on suspicion of common assault.
• A 29-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of affray.
• A 25-year-old man from Seaford was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drugs.

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable evening this week, despite there being a few light showers across the evening.


New PCSO model and new Lewes district PCSOs

This Monday (04/11/2019) saw the launch of a named PCSO for every community in Sussex Police, in addition to the roll out of 100 new PCSOs across the county.

Lewes Prevention team are delighted to welcome PCSO Castle who will start with Lewes Town as her allocated area, and PCSO Bradford who will join our costal PCSOs as he starts on division this week.

By inputting your postcode* in you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live. Some areas may have more than one PCSO.

*If you are having trouble using your postcode, please enter your town location, thank you.

You can read more about how PCSOs will work and be deployed here.

The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year. There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019. Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.

This investment has given Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing. The precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of Anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime. This investment will also assist in identifying and keeping safe the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Along with the traditional foot patrol in areas where the community needs our support, our PCSOs are equipped to help solve neighbourhood issues, take statements, work with police officers and our partners to problem solve in the community.” 

With natural attrition, Sussex Police should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, though the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer.

There will also be six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support to rural communities. The rural PCSOs will have specialist training and this will enable them to recognise the specific crime types which can affect rural communities and the unique vulnerabilities of those who live and work in rural areas, both out in the community and through digital channels.

All PCSOs will work closely with our partners and voluntary organisations to solve specific local issues. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly showed the public wanted PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police.

“Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations. 

“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities. 

“A huge welcome to our 100 extra PCSOs, as they start to enter Sussex communities on November 4. I look forward to visiting them in their designated areas and seeing the positive impact that they make to residents and local businesses.” 

The 100 new posts will be allocated according to the demand and severity data.


Operation Blitz contact details this week

Operation Blitz is a designated ASB patrol, and an on-going drive each Friday and Saturday night (between 4 and 10 pm), in which officers from the Lewes district Prevention team take to the streets in areas which have seen an increase in ASB crimes, or youth related ASB, along with areas which have come to attention from community reports over the week.

From 1600-2000 over the winter months, you can call officers on a designated phone
number should you witness or become victim of any ASB, or youth related ASB. The contact number for the Lewes areas (which covers all rural towns north of Lewes, right down through the coast including Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford) is: 07989 188960.

Outside of these times, please continue to report ASB to us on 101, email or report online on the newly designed ASB reporting form here.


Your local team

You can find your named PCSO and contact details by entering your postcode at

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Crime summary

A property off Folders Lane East, Ditchling Common, reported having their garage and car broken into overnight on the 1st November, power tools and work tools have been targeted. (0358 of 02/11 relates)

Overnight on the 2nd-3rd November, and allotment off Malling Street, Lewes was reported broken into where unknown suspects have forced entry, damage was caused inside, and damage left, with personal items stolen. (286 of 03/11 relates)

A clothing shop in Newhaven Square was broken into overnight on the 4th-5th November, whereby suspects have used force and tools to enter the rear of the premises. (0046 of 5/11 relates)

In the small hours of the 4th November a restaurant on high Street, Seaford was broken into whereby suspects have used force on a rear door to gain entry. Once inside cash was stolen. (223 of 04/11 relates)

During the afternoon of the 5th November, a property on Springett Avenue, Lewes, had their home entered whereby suspects have used force to enter a locked front door, once inside a messy search was conducted. (0993 of 5/11 relates)

Overnight on the 6-7th November, a property on Ridge Road, Falmer, had their shed broken into with suspects cutting off locks to gain entry. (1461 of 7/11 relates)

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:

Surrey Snapchat scam

A 17 year old from West Surrey received a message via Snapchat promising her a way to make lots of money quickly. The message said she needed a Monzo or N26 bank account, and when she enquired she was asked to meet a man, bringing her Monzo card and PIN. The victim met this man, handed over her card and PIN and was told he’d get back to her with the results of her investment.

She hasn’t heard anything and has been blocked by the Snapchat user who made initial contact, leaving her with no idea who they are and no way of getting the money back.

Please ensure young people in your lives know how to protect themselves from these investment scams.

Be wary - Authorised investment firms and reputable brokers won’t conduct business on social media. If an investor promises you 400-500% guaranteed profits in a matter of hours it’s most definitely a scam! …If it sounds too good to be true, it will be.

Do your research - check if the firm is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and use their Warning List on potential investment opportunities.

Never share your PIN with anybody, no matter who they say they are.

If you, or someone you know has been a victim of an investment scam report it to your bank immediately and Action Fraud. If you’ve been scammed by a firm (as opposed to a person on social media) you can also report what happened to the FCA.

Fraudsters target public with Amazon Prime subscription scam

Action Fraud has received hundreds of reports of a scam where victims receive an automated call claiming their details have been fraudulently used to subscribe to Amazon Prime. The recipient of the call is told they can cancel the transaction by pressing 1.

When they do this, they are connected to criminals posing as Amazon customer service representatives who remotely access their computer and steal their personal and financial details.

Action Fraud has shared these tips:

Never install any software as a result of a cold call

Always question uninvited approaches by contacting the company directly using a known phone number

Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s okay to stop a discussion if you don’t feel in control of it.

Black Friday is fast approaching!

Love it or hate it, there's no denying the unstoppable force of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

What started off as an American tradition has now become the highlight of every British bargain hunter's calendar. Whether you're brave enough to hit the high street, or prefer to shop online from the comfort of your own sofa, remember to protect your personal details at all times.

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 here.

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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