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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts
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Thursday 21st November 2019
News and Alerts
Meet your local PCSO
Following the recent change (4th November 2019) to the PCSO model and allocations, Lewes Prevention PCSOs are each holding a ‘meet and greet’ day in their allocated area.
The first of these events is with PCSO Fenn, who has been allocated the Glynde, Firle, Beddingham and Southease, will be holding his meet and greet at the YHA at Southease, just off the A26 from 10am until midday on Saturday the 30th November 2019.
This is a chance to meet your local PCSO and ask any questions you have in relation to your local area, and speak directly to the officer responsible for your towns.
Crime prevention advice, scam and fraud support, winter burglary advice and more will also be available on board our mobile police van which PCSO Fenn will station up outside the venue.
If you haven’t already, please visit: www.police.uk and enter your town/village or postcode into the ‘find your neighbourhood’ search bar, to find out who your local PCSO now is.
Meet your local PCSO – FURTHER DATES
Tuesday 26th November, 11am-1pm outside Superdrug in Lewes High Street – Lewes PCSOs Ash, Collins, McNirlan and Brown.
Friday 29th November, 11am-1pm, on Newick Green – Newick and surrounding areas PCSO Stainer
Saturday 30th November, 10am-12pm stationed up at the YHA in Southease just off the A26 - Glynde, Firle, Southease and Beddingham PCSO Fenn.
Monday 2nd December, 2pm-4 pm inside Seaford Library (where the café used to be) – with Seaford PCSOs Turvey and Disney.
Further dates with other areas will be announced in due course once venues have been arranged/finalised.
Operation Blitz – Tackling ASB in your local areas
Sadly following the discovery of a body in Landport recreational ground on the 13th November, Police launched a murder enquiry; with local officers from Lewes and Eastbourne drafted in to assist with house to house enquiries, scene preservation guards and various investigations, meant there was no Operation Blitz last weekend.
Operation Blitz patrols will resume this week from 1600-2200 Friday and Saturday.
To report anti-social behaviour you can call a designated team out across the district, covering northern Lewes (Ringmer, Wivelsfield, Plumpton and surrounds) down through Lewes town and along the coast (Seaford, Peacehaven, Newhaven and surrounds) on the mobile number 07989 188960.
The designated Operation Blitz teams target areas of known ASB and youth related disorder, and areas made aware to us from reports from members of the public.
Please continue to report by calling the Blitz team during the hours above; outside of these times please continue to report via 101, online at www.sussex.police.uk
Op Sceptre – Tackling knife crime across the district
As part of our work locally, the Police enforcement Team were joined by Sussex Police Cadets over the weekend, across the coast, conducting various knife and offensive weapon sweeps in large open spaces, and park areas of Newhaven and Peachaven.
The team, led by PC Johnson, who bought along Police Dog wannabe Alfie to help sniff out any potential weapons, conceal items started late morning on the Saturday 16th with a briefing, before heading out to Newhaven park areas, before following the coast line to Peacehaven.
As well as speaking to many local residents, offering reassurance and advice, the team reported a successfully day and are planning future sweeps over the coming months.
For support and guidance for both parents, carers and children/young adults please click here.
Second man arrested in Lewes murder investigation – Did you see Nicola before her death?
Police investigating the murder of woman in Lewes have arrested a second man.
The body of the woman was found by a dog walker in a wheelie bin in undergrowth at a recreation ground off Landport Road around 12.30pm on Wednesday (November 13).
She has not been formally identified at this time, but police are satisfied that she is 39-year-old Nicola Stevenson (pictured), from Lewes. She had suffered a significant head injury and a post mortem has shown that she died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head. Her next-of-kin have been informed.
A 41-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in Lewes on Thursday morning on suspicion of murder. He remained in custody on Friday afternoon (November 15). On Thursday evening, a 37-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in a car park in Langney Road, Eastbourne, also on suspicion of her murder. He too remained in custody on Friday afternoon.
Search and forensic teams continue to work at the recreation ground and also at Nicola's home in nearby Stansfield Road. It is hoped that the current cordon will be reduced by the weekend.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our thoughts at this time are with Nicola's family and friends and we are determined to seek justice for them.
"Nicola died following a significant blow to the head. Her body had been placed in the wheelie bin and dumped in the undergrowth and we want to establish when that happened and when she was last seen alive.
"We know that the bin was probably there on November 1 and we are now trying to establish when Nicola was last seen alive. Our initial appeal prompted a number of calls around the wheelie bin and I would like to thank everyone who has called in. We would still welcome any more information around any aspect of the investigation, but I am really interested to hear from anyone who saw her after around the first week of October.
"Please report online or call 101 quoting Operation Stafford."
Sussex Police remains on track to increase police officers this year
Chief Constable Giles York has confirmed the force is on track to see 2,725 officers in post by March 2020 – 176 more than a year ago.
The question was one of a number put to the Chief Constable by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne at the most recent Public Accountability and Performance Meeting (PAM) held on Friday (November 15).
Setting out the force plan to recruit additional numbers current figures show there were 2549 officers in November 2018, 2,610 officers in March 2019, rising to 2,649 in October and 2,725 predicted by March 2020. The increase takes into account those leaving the force, including through retirement.
Mr York told the meeting: “We are growing as an organisation and we continue to grow the number of police officers. The numbers highlighted above show that we are recruiting people faster than those leaving the force.
“Just last month we took on an extra 36 officers over and above the existing plans we had in place and these officers are already in training.”
The additional posts form part of the force’s on-going transformation plan to strengthen local policing, improve public contact and modernise policing including through advancing technology.
The plan will also see an additional 100 PCSOs by next March, bringing the total number to 296.
The next PAM is due to be held on Friday 13 December.
Sussex charities benefit from sales on police eBay shop
Sussex Police has raised almost £850,000, much of it for local charities, from the sales of seized and found property on its eBay site.
Items such as paintings, bikes, laptops and watches, which would otherwise have been disposed of by other means, are sold on the site, along with assets no longer required by the force.
The majority of the money made on the online auction shop, launched in October 2015, is put into the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) and divided amongst charities the force supports.
Facilities Specialist Services Manager Natalie Tipler said: “We have had nearly 29,000 transactions since the launch of our eBay shop and the money made from the majority of these items will go on to benefit charities across Sussex.
“We have a dedicated team who are trained to assess each item we receive and whether they are fit for sale, have value or need to be disposed of.
“Since April this year, we have had a number of high-value items which have attracted a lot of bidding attention. For example, we sold a Cartier Santos watch for £4,750, a Ridley Noah bike for £925 and a Panasonic camera for £972.
“There are some things, of course, we can't sell on eBay like tobacco and alcohol. We do make sure that everything we sell is genuine and not counterfeit, like designer clothes, watches and perfume.
“Where we can sell an item we will. We tend to live by the moto ‘one person’s junk is another person’s treasure’, and even now are frequently surprised by how much some items sell for. There are still lots of bargains to be had each week so everyone benefits.”
Storage units were broken into overnight on the 16th November, off Common Lane, Ditchling when unknown suspects have cut off padlocks to storage unit doors. (300 of 16/11 relates)
A property off Ashcombe Lane, Kingston returned home to find their property had been entered when suspects have smashed rear doors to gain entry. Personal items including jewellery were targeted. (0970 of 16/11 relates)
Overnight on the weekend of the 16-18th November, a sports club off School Path, Barcombe had sheds broken into after unknown suspects have caused damaged and pulled off doors. (476 of 18/11 relates)
A pharmacy along High Street, Newhaven reported finding window bars damage on windows to the property on the 18th November. (493 of 18/11 relates)
Overnight on the 19-20th November a garage off Stafford Road, Seaford was broken into when suspects have broken garage windows and removed door locks. Fortunately nothing was stolen from inside. (0405 of 20/11 relates)
Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.
Action Fraud scam watch
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?
This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:
Be aware of the dangers of becoming a money mule.
A money mule is someone who transfers stolen money through their own bank account on behalf of someone else & is paid for doing so. More details here.
UEFA Euro 2020
It's not long now until the next ticket sales phase for EURO2020 kicks off, Police and Action Fraud are reminding fans that tickets can only be purchased from the official UEFA EURO website here.
Be wary of people selling fake or non-existent tickets via online marketplaces.
Netflix customers targeted by scam emails
Sophisticated phishing emails purporting to be from Netflix are attempting to extort customer bank details, you need to watch out for emails stating:
‘Your account is on hold’ and ‘Suspended Membership Account’ – More information an visual examples of these fraudulent emails can be found 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, 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 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?
Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
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