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Police News and Alerts Lewes District

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Thursday 28th November 2019

News and Alerts Lewes District

Lorry driver jailed after failing roadside breath test at Newhaven Ferry Port

A lorry driver has been jailed after being found almost three times the drink-drive limit at Newhaven Ferry Port.

Ion Cladoveanu was committed to prison for 12 weeks and disqualified from driving for three years due to the seriousness of the offence.

Around 8.45am on Saturday 23 November, he drove a 44-tonne lorry to the port’s freight control point, where he engaged with a Border Force official who suspected he may be under the influence of alcohol as he smelt of alcohol, and had slurred speech and glazed eyes.

Police were alerted and Cladoveanu was requested to provide a roadside breath test, which revealed he had 96mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

The 50-year-old HGV driver, of no fixed address, was arrested and taken into custody, where he was required to provide an evidential sample of breath, which he refused.

He was subsequently charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis and was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 25 November.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 36 months.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:
  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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.
  • 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.

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 at each venue.

If you haven’t already, please visit: and enter your town/village or postcode into the ‘find your neighbourhood’ search bar, to find out who your local PCSO is.

Further dates with other areas will be announced in due course once venues have been arranged/finalised.

Volunteering doesn’t come more rewarding than this – Special Constable recruitment now open!

We are now recruiting Special Constables. If this is the volunteering opportunity you’ve been looking for, click here now.

You already have a career you love – now you want a different challenge in your spare time.

As a special constable officer you’ll have the same uniform and powers as regular officers.

From being first on the scene and taking knives off the streets to educating young people, you’ll be working alongside regular police officers and PCSOs to make Sussex safer.

Our 'Specials', as the special constables are known, come from all walks of life. Specials are men and women of all races and faiths. They’re teachers, taxi drivers, chefs, accountants and secretaries and they all volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. When you join Sussex Police, you become part of our policing family – we are with you each step of the way.

Are you an honest, respectful and selfless person who wants to do something important in your spare time? Could you be there in a stranger's time of need? Are you prepared to protect others on or off duty? And are you prepared for how time-consuming this volunteer role will
be? If so, we want to hear from you.

What does your spare time look like? Do something Special.

White Ribbon Day 2019

This international day for the elimination of violence against women and girls, saw team from across the district share messages on the ground, and on social media to help promote it’s awareness.

Officers and staff also took the pledge never to commit, excuse, or remain silent about male violence against women, you can find out more about this pledge here.

Domestic abuse affects people from all walks of life and in many different ways. Find out what's considered as domestic abuse, how to report it and how, under Clare’s Law, you can find out if a partner has a history of domestic violence or abuse. We’ll also show you how to delete your visit here from your web history, if you need to.

If you are a victim or know someone that is, you are not alone, we can help you alongside others.

For advice and support click here.

If you or someone you know is being abused you can tell us about this, either by calling 101 or online. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

If there's an immediate risk to someone's safety, please call 999. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with RelayUK ​​​​​​.

Christmas is a time for giving…but sadly for taking, too!

We’re working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home, presents and loved ones this festive season.

When you are out shopping please remember:
  • Keep valuables in inside coat pockets or internal zips in bags to prevent pickpockets
  • Only carry the cash you need, do not carry large amounts with you
  • Avoid going back to your car to drop off presents part way through your trip, if you do keep presents in the car ensure they are well out of sight and the car/boot is locked

When you’re out in the evening:
  • Never leave your valuables unattended in public area
  • Avoid walking home alone in the dark, and never with someone that you do not know
  • Drink responsibly, never drink and drive, arrange for a taxi or a designated driver for the evening

When you are at home:
  • Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home
  • Check you have adequate home insurance to cover high value items
  • Make sure your home looks occupied, leave a light on or a timer light or radio playing

After Christmas:
  • Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin; break down boxes, and remove labels before putting inside a wheelie bin
  • Register your newly gifted items with your home insurance provider and with property registering websites such as - if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thieves.

Crime Summary

Various electrical tools were stolen from a shed off Markstakes Lane, Lewes, when an unknown suspect(s) has used tools or force to gain entry overnight on the 22-23 November (0844 of 23/11 relates)

Gardening tools were stolen from a garage and shed at a community property off Alfriston Road, Seaford overnight over the weekend of the 22-25 November. Unknown suspect(s) have caused damaged to an electrical garage door to gain entry. (0179 of 25/11 relates)

A business address off Friars Walk, Lewes reported entry and damage to a storage room whereby a group of youths have forced entry and caused damaged to doors on the 25th November. (0904 of 25/11 relates)

During the daytime of the 25th November, a property off glebe Close, Lewes was entered. Suspect(s) have gained entry via rear doors and conducted a search of the victim’s home. (1046 of 25/11 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:

Do you really know who is calling?
Mobile phone fraud involves a variety of scams such as missed call scams, record message scams, text scams and phone insurance scams.

More details here.

Black Friday
On average, Brits plan to spend £220 each this Black Friday. With the biggest shopping event of the year is just around the corner, we’ve got some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy a secure online shopping experience. 

Check out these simple tips on how to avoid falling for any dodgy deals 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 at

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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