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Wednesday 18th December 2019

Police News and Alerts Eastbourne

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Eastbourne Police wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Please be advised that there will be no newsletter issued next week (23-29th December) and an extended newsletter will be published on or around the 2nd-3rd January 2020.

Please continue reading for this weeks news and alerts in Eastbourne.

Eastbourne garage break ins

Eastbourne residents we have been made aware of a number of garage break ins in the Wannock Road, Bridgemere Road, and Brydes Close areas. As a result we are advising residents to check their garage security, are your locks in good working order, are any valuable stored inside registered with the National Property Database Immobilise?

Additional patrols in the affected areas have been increased and will continue.

If you have been victim of a garage break in the area, and haven't already please report online on the Sussex Police website, or call 101.

Thank you, Eastbourne Police.

Good Samaritan sought after assault on woman in Eastbourne

Detectives investigating an assault on a woman in Eastbourne are hoping to trace a male who intervened in an altercation between the victim and a man in the street.

Police were called to Cavendish Place in the early hours of Sunday, December 1 2019 to reports of a woman who sustained facial injuries.

It is understood that just before 3am a man - who is possibly of Romanian origin and is believed to have been staying at the Regent Hotel - confronted another man due to concerns over his behaviour towards the woman he was in company with.

Detectives hope the man will remember intervening and ask that he contacts police to assist with enquiries.

Detective Constable Julian Harris of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: "If you were the man who kindly intervened, or if you know who he is, please get in touch with us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 166 of 01/12."

A man aged 40 has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and after being interviewed has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Two teenagers arrested following an attacked on Firefighters in Eastbourne

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent after firefighters were attacked by a group of youths in Eastbourne.

Firefighters were responding to a fire in Shinewater Park, Eastbourne, around 6.30pm on Monday, 2 December when pebbles and planks of wood were thrown at them. One firefighter was injured after being hit on the head by a pebble.

Two teenage boys, one aged 14 and one aged 15, both from Eastbourne, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent. They have been released on police bail until 8 January with conditions.

Enquiries are still ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have any further information, should report online or call 101 quoting serial 1134 of 02/12.

Appeal after repeated damage to Eastbourne cafe

Police are appealing for information after Lusitano Cafe on Seaside Road in Eastbourne has been damaged multiple times.

Since October 2019 there has been seven incidences of damage to the cafe, causing significant cost to the business.

On several occasions the cafe’s large windows have been smashed.

The suspects have been described as young males with hooded tops covering their faces.
PC Ed Faulkner said: "This series of incidents is very concerning.  This cafe is popular locally and well used by members of the local community. 

“The damage is extensive and has resulted in significant costs to the cafe owners, who are now fearful of further incidents taking place. 

“I firmly believe that someone in the local community will know why this happening and who is responsible. 

“I would urge anyone with information to pass it to police, anonymously if preferable, so that we can bring this person to justice and stop these pointless and unnecessary crimes".

If you have any information on these incidents please report online or call 101, quoting serial 1108 of 24/11. 

Sussex Police launches new Tactical Enforcement Unit

A new proactive police unit which will help make Sussex a “hostile environment” for dangerous and persistent criminals targeting the county has already made its first arrest on its first day.

The Tactical Enforcement Unit will be dedicated to capturing some of Sussex’s most wanted and prolific offenders, including those involved in serious violence, organised crime and county lines drugs gangs.

The team, made up of officers with specialist skills in proactive policing, will carry out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed.

One initial central team made up of eight PCs, a sergeant and led by an inspector, will grow to form three geographically-based enforcement teams, one each based in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, by April 2020.

It carried out its first operation on Monday (16 December) on its first day in action at an address in East Street, Seaford, where 56-year-old Stephen Mcateer, who has been charged with importing 23 kilos of heroin in France was arrested on suspicion of breaching his court conditions. He was later remanded in custody to reappear at City of London Magistrates Court.

Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "We want Sussex to be a hostile environment for criminals and especially those involved in serious violence and targeting vulnerable people across our county, whether through county lines drugs gangs or other organised crime.

"The Tactical Enforcement Unit will be a visible, proactive deterrent to those at the centre of the serious offending, supporting local policing teams in dealing with specific spikes in crimes that impact on the community and it is already making a difference with a successful operation on its first day.

"They will work where the need is greatest and provide public reassurance by being present and proactively disrupting and taking off the streets some of our most prolific criminals."
The new unit has been established through an uplift in police officers with the force on track to recruit a net gain of 129 officers by March 2021, thanks to a combination of additional precept and Government funding.

Operation Crackdown 2019 round up

As the year draws to an end, we'd just like to say thanks for the help you give us in keeping the roads of Sussex safe. 

In 2019, 66,438 reports of anti-social driving were made to Operation Crackdown, our dedicated response in partnership with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership tackling careless and dangerous driving. Your eyes and dash cam footage plays a big part in this.

Of the 66,438 reports received across Sussex, 55,354 letters have been issued to registered owners of the vehicles reported.

The main aim of Op Crackdown is to educate drivers, and remind them of the rules of the road; a conviction as a result of a report will only be made depending on numerous factors.  

In 2019 in addition to 55,354 warning letters sent, 390 reports were dealt by local intervention, and a further 191 resulting in a prosecution.

If you see anti-social driving, and it's not an emergency, please continue to report it via the Operation Crackdown website.

New site for free counter terrorism awareness training

An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public across the country for the first time and Sussex Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.

Devised by Counter-Terrorist officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer - and participants needed to be signed up by their employers.

Now the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.

The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just 10 days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.

“ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places,” says Dave Miller, Head of Operations Command for Surrey and Sussex Police.

“Each stage was developed alongside industry experts and to date over one-and-a-half million modules have been completed.

“The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, so we want to open it up to as many people as possible.

“The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely - so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams helps to keep all communities across Surrey and Sussex safe.

“The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a particularly good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”

ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one were to happen.

The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning, click here.

Crime Summary

Electronical items and jewellery were targeted after suspect(s) broke into a house on Sidely Road, Eastbourne during the daytime of the 12th December. A rear door was used to enter by smashing out glass panels. (940 of 12/12 relates)

An attempted burglary took place during the day time of the 12th December when homeowners return to their property on fletching Road, Eastbourne to find their door handle damaged. Fortunately no entry was gained. (502 of 12/12 relates)

A business address off Upperton Road, Eastbourne was entered overnight on the 12th-13th December. Suspect(s) have climbed fences to gain entry and stolen lead form the site. (590 of 13/12 relates)

Mountain bikes were stolen from a shed overnight on the 14-15th December, after suspect(s) removed padlocks from the shed at a property off Brydges Close, Eastbourne. (369 of 15/12 relates)

A second shed at a property off Bridgemere Road, Eastbourne also reported having cycles stolen, where suspect(s) have removed padlocks to shed doors to gain entry overnight on the 15-15th December. (672 of 15/12 relates)

A business address on Terminus Road had their fire exit entered overnight on the 15th December, a male, 5’10 wearing dark clothing was seen leaving the scene. (229 of 15/12 relates)

For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found here.

If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.

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:

Are your tickets the real deal?

With EURO2020 tickets available via public ballot until 18 December 2019, we're warning football fans to be wary of people selling fake or non-existent tickets via online marketplaces.

Buy from the official UEFA EURO website to avoid losing out.

Buying concert tickets for Christmas?

If you’re buying tickets this holiday season, only buy tickets from official outlets, such as the venue’s box office, the official promoter, or a well-known and reputable ticket exchange site.
If in doubt, check via a verified ticket seller, such as Ticket Master or the artist’s official website.

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

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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