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Thursday 14th October 2019

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PCSO allocations and patrols this week

Following the recent changes to PCSO deployment in Sussex, many areas will have already seen a change in their communities, as newly allocated locations have been rolled out to PCSOs across the district, what follows is snapshot of some of the patrols conducted this week by your PCSOs.

PCSOs Willson and Osborne have been allocated Ditchling, Wivelsfield and Westmeston areas, this week they joined local SpeedWatch groups to support Neighbourhood SpeedWatch groups in the area, who were conducting speed checks across the villages. It also gave PCSO Willson the opportunity to show new recruit PCSO Osborne around their allocated areas, to meet and speak to local residents, whilst offering support to small businesses following business breaks in in other areas of Sussex.

In other areas, Piddinghoe, and north Newhaven have been allocated to PCSO Marchant.
PCSO Marchant, an experienced PCSO, who will continue to be the eyes and ears of the community, engaging closely with the public and partners to gather intelligence, prevent crime and tackle issues.

This week he has been out alongside Lewes District Council members, joining Newhaven Meeching and Town PCSO, PCSO Nicholson, working their way along Newhaven seafront, the town centre and memorial gardens following an increase in graffiti appearing in the area.

PCSO Nicholson also joined South Heighton Neighbourhood Watch meetings this week, as well as Parish Councils meetings; and also proudly attended the Newhaven Remembrance Day parade at the Newhaven Memorial on Sunday morning.

Whilst Police Sergeant Mason, and PCSO Collins also proudly attended Remembrance Services and parades in Lewes on Sunday morning, laying a wreath on behalf of Lewes Police.

PCSOs Horscroft and Castle attended a drop in session at Lewes Trinity Church this week to speak to senior and vulnerable members of the community about recent scams and offer support and guidance on keeping warm and safe during the winter months. Two key messages; ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is’ and ‘Keep a light on’ were shared, along with our latest copy of the little book of big scams.

You can find a copy of this online to view here. 


Lewes Castle wall collapse

Following a multi-agency response to reports of a wall collapse in Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes, East Sussex County Council have withdrawn the right of way through Lewes Heritage garden of peace for 21 days (12/11/2109) or until it is safe for members of public to safely navigate.

Nevill Juvenile Bonfire this weekend

With Nevill Juvenile Bonfire celebrations this Saturday in Lewes, a reminder from us that everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden.

Saturday night please remember, be safe, wrap up warm and remember the firework code.

Those seen or reported misusing fireworks will face consequences, advice around the laws and how you can report misuse of fireworks, click here.


Newhaven male given 14 year sentence

An East Sussex man is starting a long prison sentence for a series of sexual offences against two young girls.

Craig McAndrew, 34, previously from Newhaven but subsequently of no fixed address and living in the Watford area, was sentenced to 14 years and three months when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (8 November) having been found guilty after a trial in September of six offences of sexual assault on multiple occasions against two girls known to him, both aged under 13 between 2016 and 2018 in Newhaven.

Four of the offences were committed against one of the girls, for which he was given ten years, and two were committed against the other girl, for which he was given three years, both sentences to run consecutively.

In addition to those sentences he will also serve a further one year on extended licence, and was given a further three months, also to run consecutively, for absconding from court during his trial in September. The court issued a warrant for him and following publicity he handed himself in at Watford Police Station on 21 September.

The trial continued and he was found guilty, in his absence, on Monday 16 September.

McAndrew will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a sexual Harm prevention order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to anyone under 18.

Detective Constable Julie Nightingale of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "McAndrew systematically preyed on these two vulnerable girls for his own sexual gratification and the abuse only came to light last year when the first girl spoke about it to a family member.

"Both bravely supported our investigation throughout and gave evidence against McAndrew at the trial via videolink.

"If you or anyone you know is being abused in this way, do not suffer in silence. Contact us online or by calling 101, and we will arrange for you to talk to experienced investigators who can also help you to access further sources of advice and support."

See the Sussex Police support for victims pages here, for information about support for victims of sexual offences.

A boost for Lewes Defibs

Ealier this week, PCSO Osborne proudly presented Lewes Defibs with a cheque for £500 from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), to help go towards installing a new public defibrillator.

The Police Property Act Fund is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

With the main aim of the fund to support local projects undertaken by voluntary/charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex, you can find out more information and how to apply to the PPAF here.

Operation Blitz contact details this week

Operation Blitz is a designated ASB patrol, and an on-going drive each Friday and Saturday night between 4pm and 10pm), 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, or report online on the newly designed ASB reporting form here.

PCSO allocation, and meet and greet days

Following the new way of working announced on the 4th November, every PCSO will now hold responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO over the coming months, with PCSOs being assigned a primary geographic area of responsibility, based on established Wards or Electoral Division boundaries. 

This decision complements on-going plans to strengthen local policing and also improve how the public can contact the police, and will mean greater visible policing across every part of Sussex, with PCSOs continuing to help form part of wider local prevention teams, ensuring finite police resources are focused on the most critical issues.

As a result your Lewes Prevention PCSOs are planning upcoming meet and greet days within your communities. The dates of these are currently being finalised, and a list of venues, dates and times will shortly be available and issued in a separate message via In The Know, as well as being advertised as events via social media.

You can find out more and search for your local PCSO ahead of the meet and greet events, by entering your postcode, or town area into the ‘Find your neighbourhood’ search bar to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live, please note, that some areas may have more than one PCSO.

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

Landport investigation continues

We are continuing to investigate following the discovery of a body at Landport recreational ground, Lewes; which is currently being treated as unexplained - Officers will remain in the area today.

Further updates will be issued later today (via the Sussex Police website and our Lewes social media)

Members of the community are asked to avoid the area to allow officers to conduct their investigations.

Thank you - Lewes Police.

Crime summary

A total of 4 burglaries have been reported to Sussex Police in the last 7 days.

Overnight on the 9th-10th November, a farm address off Spatham Lane, hassocks, had doors entered whereby suspects have appeared to use a screwdriver to gain entry. (261 of 10/11 relates)

Farm equipment was stolen overnight on the 11th-12th November, at a property off St Helena Lane, Hassocks when suspects have forced off locks to shed doors to gain entry. (571 13/11 relates)

A property on Mill Garden, Lewes was entered in the small hours of the 12th November, where unknown suspects have forced entry to a side door as well as conducting a search of the victim’s car. Fortunately it doesn’t appear anything was taken. (142 of 13/11 relates)

A shop address in Newhaven Square had a Poppy Appeal box stolen when an unknown suspect has forced entry via a back door late evening on the 13th November. (1444 of 13/11 relates)

Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security 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:

Holiday deals

Action Fraud urge people to be on the lookout for “too good to be true” flight deals, with flights to Africa and the Indian subcontinent are among the destinations thought to be targeted by fraudsters.

As we approach the holiday season, when it is expected that an increasing number of UK residents will be traveling overseas to visit friends and family, Action Fraud is warning people to be on the lookout for fraudulent travel websites and unsolicited phone calls from scammers promising “too good to be true” deals on flights.

Full details here.

Watch out for fake emails claiming to be Action Fraud

We are aware of fraudsters claiming to be from Action Fraud contacting people in order to steal personal and financial details.

Letters and emails reporting to be from Action Fraud, notifying you that you and thousands of others, have been ‘conned’ by Cyber Criminals over PPI and bank over charges, and that now a large amount of cash is being recovered to all victims if you reply to the email and contact the team.

This is FAKE, click here for the full report.

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, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online.

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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