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Eastbourne Police District News and Alerts

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Thursday 5th December 2019

News and Alerts, Eastbourne District.

Persistent Eastbourne burglar jailed for three years

A persistent burglar has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Barrie Williamson, unemployed, of Cambridge Gardens, Hastings, pleaded guilty to burglary at a residential premises in the Motcombe area of Eastbourne in October 2019. He had only been released from prison a month earlier.

The 56-year-old man was jailed for three years when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, November 22. 

Williamson, who previously served a custodial sentence for burgling residential premises in the same locality of Eastbourne, was identified by police from CCTV images from the victim's address.

PCSO Julian Williams, who completed the initial investigation, said: “This is a good result from the courts to prevent Williamson from further offending for the time being.

"I encourage householders to invest in CCTV systems which are now readily available on the market at low cost. The CCTV was key to securing this conviction.”

Appeal for witnesses after man seen forced into car in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seen to be forced into a Vauxhall Corsa in the Hyde Gardens area of Eastbourne on Friday (29 November) at about 3.30pm.

The victim was then seen to escape from the black vehicle and run through the Lushington Lane area. However he has not been located or identified at this time.

Police officers made seven arrests and seized two vehicles in connection with the incident, the second vehicle being a white BMW car seen nearby.

Four men aged 20, 22, 25 and 43 and three women, two aged 21 and one aged 43 were all arrested on suspicion of kidnap. They all remain in custody.

Detective Sergeant Tod Stewart said: "There is no threat to the wider public and we believe those involved are all known to each other. We are keen to hear from any witnesses to the incident and any information as to who the victim is."

If you can help the investigation please report online or ring 101 quoting serial 922 of 29/11.

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 evenings:                                                                                                            
  • 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

A property on Chalvington Road, Eastbourne, had their garage broken into, when suspect(s) have forced open the garage door on the evening of the 30th November. Alcohol was stolen from the garage. (409 of 30/11 relates)

Homeowners at a property on Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, disturbed a male in the small hours of the 1st December, who had entered their home via a window. The male made off fortunately without taking anything. The male was described as a white male, around 5’10” in dark clothing, wearing a torch attached to their head/cap. (303 of 01/12 relates)

Personal items and a laptop were stolen from a property off Hamsey Close, Eastbourne during the daytime of the 4th December. (958 of 04/12 relates)

No other burglaries have been reported in the Eastbourne area.

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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