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5th December 2019

News and Alerts, Lewes District

Knifepoint Robbery Peacehaven

Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery at Ashington Stores in Ashington Gardens, Peacehaven, are appealing for any witnesses or people with information to come forward.

The incident happened at 7pm on Monday 25 November when a man wearing a black padded jacket with the hood drawn up and a scarf or balaclava covering most of his face walked into the shop and threatened a woman assistant with a knife.

He demanded that she open the till and then grabbed a quantity of cash before running off. There is a possibility he may have joined an accomplice waiting outside.

The suspect's clothing also included dark jogging bottoms with a reflective stripe on each outer edge, dark-coloured trainers and latex, surgical-style gloves.

Detective Constable David Hawes said: "We would like to hear from anyone who saw a man or men acting suspiciously in the vicinity around the relevant time, or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist our enquiries."

Anyone able to help is asked to report details online or to phone 101, quoting serial 1168 of 25/11.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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 last few dates are below.

Plumpton, Plumpton Village Hall, Saturday 7th December from 11am – 1pm, with PCSO Willson

Telscombe Cliffs, East Saltdean and surrounds, Monday 9th December from 11am – 1pm, with PCSO Kent

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.

Winter Burglary Advice

With 5 reported burglaries this week across the Lewes district, we are reminding people to keep a light on as it gets dark, and take steps to protect their homes from burglars.

In addition to a light, smart device users can set up their smart device to play music in their homes, as well as sounds that create the impression someone is home, check your smart device’s settings or manual to find out more.

Well be out across the district this weekend delivering ‘leave a light on’ leaflets to areas which have seen a rise in burglary these last few weeks, as well as patrolling areas affected.

Even though Sussex enjoys one of the lowest burglary rates, placing it seventh highest among counties where break-ins are least likely, 7700 burglaries were reported throughout Sussex from October 2018-September 2019.

Please take the time to review your home security, and follow our top tips to keep your home safe from burglary this Winter here

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

Overnight on the 27th November, a business address off Barcombe Mills, Lewes was broken into when suspect(s) have cut off secure padlocks to gain entry to storage facilities. Tools and electrical items were targeted (459 of 28/11 relates)

Owners of a property on Mill Street, Falmer discovered their property had been broken into on the morning of the 28th November. Suspect(s) have smashed a rear window to gain entry, and a search of the kitchen and cupboards was conducted. Fortunately nothing was taken (0973 of 29/11 relates)

A social club in Newhaven was broken into over the weekend, when suspect(s) have forced entry into cellar doors overnight. Alcohol was targeted. (336 of 01/12 relates)

Between the 29th November and 2nd December a commercial property on High Street Lewes, was broken into, suspect(s) have gained entry to the site, causing damage and taking tools (0172 of 02/12 relates)

A commercial property on Brighton Road, Lewes was broken into when suspect(s) have forced open gates to the site overnight on the 4th-5th December. Once inside suspect(s) have gained entry to tool sheds and taken valuable tools. (156 of 05/12 relates)

There have been no further burglaries reported across the Lewes district.

Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here.

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:

Argos Gift Cards

Action Fraud are warning members of the public to be cautious of FAKE texts and emails reporting to be from Argos, stating that you can win a £1000 gift voucher in time for Christmas. Clicking the link takes you to a malicious website designed to steal your personal details. If you get this message or email, DELETE.

Online Christmas Shopping

With each year, Christmas shopping online increases, we’ve got some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy a secure online shopping experience. 

As well as avoiding scam websites and messages, these tips will help minimise any fallout should you be unlucky enough to fall victim to online crime 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 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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