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Thursday 12th December 2019

News and Alerts Wealden District


Police urge continued vigilance over the Christmas period


Help us keep everyone safe this festive season.

Counter Terrorism Policing has launched a campaign to help keep crowded places secure over the festive period.

Officers are calling on the public and those who work in our busy towns and cities to remain vigilant and report any concerns to staff, security or - in confidence - to the police at gov.uk/ACT.

This annual campaign asks everyone to be the extra eyes and ears of the police, so we can work together to tackle terrorism.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller, Head of the Surrey and Sussex Police Operations Command, said: “We are asking everyone out and about enjoying the season to put security at the top of their festive list.

“The chances of any one person being caught up in a terrorist incident are low. But sadly, as we saw in 2017 and even at the end of last month, attacks can be carried out anywhere and anytime. 

“The national threat level remains Substantial, meaning an attack is likely, so we need to remain vigilant.

“Our message to people across Surrey and Sussex is not to worry that you might be wasting our time. If you see something that doesn’t look right – ACT. Report it either to local security or staff - or to police at gov.uk/ACT or via 999 if it is clearly an emergency – and let us check it out.

The campaign is being supported by police forces across the country. We are not running this campaign because of any particular threat in Surrey or Sussex.

“A few minutes of your time could be a precious gift that helps saves lives. Please be a good CT citizen this festive period.”

• We are asking everyone out and about over the festive period to be a good CT citizen – to remain vigilant and if they see something that concerns them to ACT.
• The chances of any one person being caught up in a terrorism incident are low but the national threat level remains Substantial, meaning an attack is likely. So we all must remain alert, not alarmed.
• We are also asking for businesses and other organisations that operate in crowded places across our region to support us by displaying our messages.
• We are particularly encouraging members of the public visiting busy towns and cities, or staff who work in crowded places, to be aware of our message.
• If you see something that doesn’t look right, report it to local security, a member of staff or to police – in confidence – at gov.uk/ACT or by calling 999.




Jingle bells, here’s our cells, open every day; if you drive with drink or drugs, you’ll soon be on your way.

This is the message being issued as Surrey Police and Sussex Police prepare to launch their 2019 Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Increased patrols and stop checks will be carried out throughout this month, when there tends to be more social occasions which could result in motorists driving under the influence.

But while we ho-ho-hope you have fun this festive season, we can assure you driving with drink or drugs in your system is no laughing matter.

A total of 1,003 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Sussex last year, 74 of which involved a drink-driver (statistics from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership).

In the 12 months to November 2019, a total of 696 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Surrey (alcohol-related incidents unknown at time of publication).

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Christmas is typically considered a time of ‘giving’ and ‘sharing’. But don’t give us an excuse to arrest you, and don’t let us share the bad news with your loved ones if you’re involved in a collision.

“This campaign is all about education and enforcement. Our main aims are to save lives by deterring people from drink and drug-driving, and to deal robustly with offenders. As such, we will continue to publicise the names of those convicted as part of the campaign.”

The crackdown runs from Wednesday 18 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive, in line with guidance from the National Police Chief’s Council. However, this will be in addition to our routine daily policing.



Chief Insp Hodder said: “While this is a dedicated campaign which occurs twice a year during peak periods – at Christmas and in the summer – we still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year.

“It is no secret that drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It happens year on year and sadly, despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”

During the same campaign last year (1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019), a total of 240 arrests were made in Sussex and 108 arrests were made in Surrey.

Chief Insp Hodder said: “If you’re going to consume drink or drugs, we’d encourage you to plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with a sober driver.

Never get into a vehicle with someone you know is over the limit.

“If you’re planning to drive after ‘just a couple’, it’s more than likely you’ll be over the limit. The only way to guarantee you’re under the limit is to drink OR drive; never both.
“Also be mindful of the amount of time it takes for substances to leave your body. Even if you’ve slept for several hours, you could still be over the limit the next morning. And a coffee and a cold shower won’t speed up the process.”

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership has a morning after calculator on its website, where you can find out roughly how long it takes before you can safely drive.

Consequences of such actions 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.

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




Domestic Abuse, raising awareness around the festive season

Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background, and at any time of the year. With families coming together, and added tensions around the festive period, we often see increase in domestic abuse being witnessed, reported and committed around this time.

By sharing the signs, and talking to friends and family you trust, together we can raise awareness and empower victims to report.

Remember, you are not to blame for what is happening. You are not alone, and above all you do not have to suffer in silence – help is available to report domestic abuse.

If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, it’s likely you’re a victim of domestic abuse.



Domestic abuse is categorised by any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
  • physical
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial

This definition includes honour-based abuse and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group. 

The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically, just one encounter counts as abuse, and it can be an ongoing pattern of behaviour. However, the one constant element of domestic abuse is the abuser's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the victim.

You may be feeling frightened, isolated, ashamed or confused. If you have children it may be that they too are suffering, whether they witness abuse or not.

Remember, you are not to blame for what is happening. You are not alone, and above all you do not have to suffer in silence – help is available to report domestic abuse.

Controlling behaviour

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts performed by the abuser and designed to make their victim subordinate and/or dependent.  These acts include but are not limited to:
  • isolating the victim from sources of support
  • exploiting the victim's resources and capacities for personal gain
  • depriving the victim of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape
  • regulating the victim's everyday behaviour

Coercive behaviour

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used by the abuser to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

Physical abuse and sexual abuse

Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person. The police have the power and authority to protect you from physical attack.

Sexual abuse is a form of physical abuse. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner with whom you also have consensual sex, is an act of aggression and violence.

Emotional or psychological abuse

Just because you’re not battered and bruised doesn’t mean you’re not being abused.
Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often minimised or overlooked – even by the person being abused.

Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse such as yelling, name-calling, blaming, and shaming. Isolation, intimidation, and controlling behaviour also fall under emotional abuse.

Honour-based abuse

There's no honour in threatening or harming vulnerable people with violence. However, a small minority of both women and men experience violence and threats at the hands of their family or community in order to protect their perceived ‘honour’. (Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family.)

There's nothing religious or cultural about this violence. It's a crime and we'll take seriously any information received from any source relating to this subject.

If you're in fear of such violence or believe another may be suffering, do not underestimate the seriousness of the situation. Honour-based violence takes lives.

By attending a police station or calling 101 you'll be able to speak to an officer who can help.

The warning signs of honour-based abuse are:
  • forms of communication being severed between victim and friends
  • withdrawal from education or workplace
  • criticism of victim for ‘Western’ adoption of clothing or make-up
  • restrictions in leaving the house or chaperoning outside the home
  • onset of depression or suicidal tendencies in an otherwise happy person
For help, advice, support and more information on how Sussex Police handle reports of domestic abuse, click here.




Crime Summary

During the day time of the 4th December, a property off Coach Lane, Danehill had a barn entered by unknown suspect(s) various tools, and electrical equipment was stolen. (418 of 4/12 relates)

A shed was broken into overnight on the 4-5th December, at a property off Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead, Suspect(s) have cut off padlocks to a shed and stolen fishing equipment. (187 of 5/12 relates)

A shed at a property off Battle Road, Hailsham was broken into overnight on the 4-5th December, suspect(s) have entered the shed and targeted scrap metal. 972 of 5/12 relates)

Homeowners at a property off Observatory View, Hailsham, witnessed a suspect male entering their garden, and attempting to enter their home around 1950 pm on the 6th
December. Police attended and an area search was conducted for the male, regrettably no suspects were found, and no description is available owing to the dark evening. (1131 of 6/12 relates)

A side window was smashed at a property off High Street, Westham on the night of the 7th December. Suspect(s) have smashed a side window, fortunately no entry was gained and nothing reported as stolen. (685 of 7/12 relates)

A business address off Lewes Road, Forest Row reported a break in when suspect(s) have smashed a glass pane of the doors to enter early hours on the 8th December. CCTV and a potential vehicle registration number have been passed to the Police. (343 of 8/12 relates)




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:

Courier fraud warning after couple scammed by criminals posing as police officers

Remember the Police will never ask for you to withdraw money, to send money, or to hold onto money that has been ‘seized’ or ‘used fraudulently’.

Read more here.

Protect yourself from cybercrime and fraud

With more and more of us using the internet on computers, tablets and phones, there also becomes more opportunities for fraudsters and scammers to steal our personal details and our money.

Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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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