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Friday 8th October 2019

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Hartfield community crime prevention day

Joined by the PCC, our new rural crime PCSO Olivia and Sergeant Tom Carter on high visibility patrols. And as part of Operation Magpie, the team spent last week targeting rural burglary hotspots.

Offering crime prevention advice and providing a visible deterrent to potential criminals following recent burglaries in the Hartfield and surrounding areas, and a police drop in outside Hartfield Village Hall.

During the day of action our roads policing team also took to rural roads and cut troughs known to be frequented by offenders, with a vehicle being stopped first thing in the morning by the team around Ashdown Forest, and a male being arrested on suspicion of burglary from a farm earlier in the week as a result.

The mobile police van stationed up outside Hartfield village Hall, staffed by rural PCSOs and PCSOs from their newly allocated areas to introduce themselves, and offer on the spot advice and take away tools to help residents protect their property and homes from burglary.

While rural PCSO Oliva also visited local farms to offer support and raise awareness to farm owners to pass on valuable crime prevention advice and safeguarding techniques to help keep their properties, machinery, livestock and outbuildings safe from theft and criminal damage, as well as marking high value farm machinery and vehicles with farmers.

You can mark and register your property with the National Property Registration website – marking and registering your property makes them much less appealing to thieves.

Future dates will also be held across the district including:

14th December, in Luxford Field, Uckfield from 10am

For advice and up to date crime prevention advice to protect you and those around you, please visit our website here.


Witnesses sought after lorry driver seriously injured on A22 at Maresfield

We are appealing for witnesses to an incident on the A22 at Lampool roundabout, Maresfield, in which a lorry driver sustained serious head injuries.

It occurred at 6.15am on Tuesday (5 November) when a blue Mercedes-Benz Antos 18-tonne flat-bed lorry and a grey Volkswagen Crafter CR35 van both came to an abrupt halt while negotiating the roundabout.

The lorry driver, a 51-year-old man from nearby Uckfield, got out his cab to speak to the van driver, a 27-year-old man from Hailsham, and while on foot was in collision with a grey Citroen Picasso, driven by a 67-year-old man from East Grinstead.

He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where he is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.

The A22 and other roads feeding into the scene were closed for almost five hours while the incident was dealt with. Police would like to thank motorists who were affected by delays and diversions for their patience and understanding.

Anyone who saw what happened, noticed any of the vehicles being driven shortly before the collision or who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact Sussex Police online or call 101, quoting Operation Drybrook.

Hailsham man Walter Doe charged with theft and burglary

Landscape gardener Walter Doe, 29, of Station Road, Hailsham, appeared before Brighton magistrates on Thursday 24 October charged with theft and burglary.
It is alleged that on 23 September at Marle Green, near  Heathfield, together with others unknown, he entered as a trespasser a building, namely Moorings, with intent to steal.
Doe is also charged that on 9 October at Hailsham he stole a Swift caravan worth £20,000.
The court remanded Doe in custody to await an appearance  before the Crown Court on Thursday 21 November.

New PCSO model

This Monday (04/11/2019) saw the launch of a named PCSO for every community in Sussex Police.

The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.

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.

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

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

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

Crime summary

In the small hours of the 1st November, an address of The Dens, Wadhurst reported two males driving off their property. Following police attendance and an area search, a suspect vehicle and male were seen and the male arrested on suspicion of burglary. (107 of 01/11 relates)

An off road bike was stolen from a garage of a property off Maresfield Drive, Pevensey overnight on the 2nd November whereby suspects have entered the victims garage. 426 of 2/11 relates)

A business address on High Street, Polegate was broken into when suspects have smashed a rear window to gain entry overnight on the 2nd November, suspects have targeted cash. (1098 of 2/11 relates)

In the small hours of the 4th November, a property off Southridge Rise, Crowborough had their garage broken into when suspects smashed a side window to gain entry, a pedal cycle was stolen. (0904 of 4/11 relates)

A suspect vehicle and two males we seen off by homeowners off Booker Close, Crowborough in the afternoon of the 6th November, after males had gained entry to the victims garage and were seen to be stealing metal piping. 1295 of 4/11 relates)

2 males were seen off by homeowners at a property off Romans Way, Pevensey in the small hours of the 6th November after they had accessed the garden and gained entry to an outbuilding using force on a window. (0044 of 6/11 relates)

Machinery and tools were stolen from a building site on New Road, Hailsham overnight on the 6th-7th November after suspects gained entry to the site. (186 of 7/11 relates)

Tools were stolen from a garage on Fairfield Road, Hailsham after suspects forced open doors and broke padlocks overnight on the 7th November. (412 of 7/11 relates)

Tools and fishing equipment were targeted and stolen by suspects on the 7th November at a property off Hawthylands Crescent, Hailsham where suspects have used force and lifted garage doors of their hinges to gain entry. (163 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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