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Thursday 2nd Janaury 2020

News and Alerts, Lewes District

Happy New Year to all our members

Busy start to New Year for Sussex Police

Police across Sussex responded to more than 800 calls for assistance and made 80 arrests on the busiest holiday night of the year as 2020 dawned – With a total of 3 across the Lewes district for offences including, drunk and disorderly, drink driving and assault.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said; "This was a very busy night for our officers and staff across Sussex, as we responded to a large number of calls for our assistance as well providing a proactive and reassuring presence in the busiest areas.

"Although there were incidents requiring a robust and swift response, we are glad that overall the night went well and that the vast majority of people enjoyed themselves in safety."

More than 800 calls came in between 10pm on New Years Eve and 6am on New Years Day, an increase of some two-thirds on the average number for other nights. They covered the whole range of policing needs, including fights, disputes, damage, and road traffic incidents - so far none are reported to have involved serious or life-threatening injury.

Over the same period the 80 arrests again covered a range of offences including assaults, drunk and disorderly and criminal damage, an increase on the average for other nights.

However police emphasise that the figures for calls and arrests include some matters unrelated to New Years celebrations.

Missing Anthony Knott – Update

We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Anthony Knott with a huge amount of work to locate him having taken place.

However foot searches in the area of the Pells, Lewes have now been exhausted following an extensive and thorough search led by specialist search advisors (Tuesday 31st).

Further specialist search tactics may take place in the next few days and the investigation continues.

We would like to thank the public for their tremendous support, in particular those who have sent in potential lines of enquiry which officers are currently looking into.

We ask anyone with any new information to make contact with us, quoting Op Barnstable, so these new lines of enquiry can be progressed.

Thank you.

Operation Blitz resumes this week

Owing to resources being tasked with various enquires in relation to Op Barnstable (Missing male Anthony Knott), officers from last weekend’s Operation Blitz were limited to their patrols.

PC Hall, and PSCO Willson took the Blitz van to Lewes following recent youth related ASB around the Eastgate area of the town centre, with groups gathering outside shops and causing a nuisance.

One group of youths were spoken to earlier in the evening about their recent behaviour, and words of advice were given. No calls were received on the Blitz mobile to return to the town centre of Lewes during the course of the evening.

Following on from a brief visit to the town, the team continued their route down thorough to the coast, with stops at Seaford and Newhaven. We have recently seen a decreased in youth related ASB around these areas, with a handful of referrals already made to the Reboot scheme (more information can be found here)

A call was received late in the evening to a group of youths smoking cannabis around the skate park area of Newhaven. Officer made a stop off at the park and took to foot to offer reassurance and act as a deterrent. No drug paraphernalia was found by the team.

After a swift drive though both Peacehaven and back through Newhaven, the team were recalled back to Lewes to assist with ongoing operations. The team received only two phone calls on the Blitz mobile, both of which were dealt with at the time, one by the team and the other sent to the Police radio for more local units to attend.

Please call us on 07989 188960 between 1600-2200 hours each Friday and Saturday night should you witness, or become victim to any ASB or youth related crime and disorder. The team will answer and if in your area be better placed to attend.

Outside of these times please call 101 or visit us online to report ASB non-emergencies, or call 999 in an emergency.

Crime Summary (21st Dec – Current)

Cash was stolen from a business address in Eastgate Street, Lewes, in the small hours of the 21st December. Thieves have forced entry into a fire exit and stolen cash from tills. (568 of 22/12 relates)

A community building on Arundel Road, Peacehaven had an attempted burglary which was noticed during the day time of the 22nd December. Damage was caused to the front door but fortunately no entry was gained. (695 of 22/12 relates)

Food items were stolen from a property off Lewes Road, Westmeston overnight on the 21-22nd December. Unknown suspects have forced entry into an outbuilding and stolen items from inside. (836 of 22/12 relates)

Overnight on the weekend of 21-23 December, a business address on High Street, Newhaven reported an attempted burglary whereby unknown suspects have forced entry to rear security gates, breaking off locks, before attempting to enter the premises using a crowbar on a rear door. No entry was made. (247 of 23/12 relates)

A rear fire exit door was forced open at a business address on Chapel Street, Newhaven overnight on the 25-26th December. Once inside suspects have used unknown tools to gain access to a games machine and stolen the cash from inside. (245 of 26/12 relates)

Windows were smashed in an attempt to gain entry to a property on Abergavenny Road, Lewes in the small hours of the 28th December. No entry was made. (0075 of 28/12 relates)

Motorbikes were stolen from a locked garage at a property off Dean Close, Seaford overnight on the 28-29th December. Locks to the shed were cut as well as secure locks on the victim’s bike. (620 of 29/12 relates)

An address of Farm Lane, Ringmer reported having a farm vehicle stolen overnight during the last week. Suspects have gained entry to an outbuilding and stolen the item from inside. (458 31/12 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:

Online video game scams

Many people love playing games online. In fact, an estimated 1.2 billion of us are regularly logging on, signing up and playing online.

Unfortunately, whenever money or personal data is changing hands online, criminals can be watching, looking for some way to turn the situation to their advantage.

Stay safe playing games online with advice here.

Keeping your electronic devices safe

Did you get a new phone, or tablet this Christmas?

With new devices, did you know there are certain features on some devices which you can enable to protect it from security threats?

For Android devices: click here
For Apple devices: click here
For Samsung devices: click 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

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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