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Thursday 2nd January 2020

News and Alerts, Eastbourne 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 5 across Eastbourne for offences including, drunk and disorderly, drink driving, public order offences 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.

Tactical Enforcement Unit arrests across Eastbourne

A new proactive police unit is making Sussex a “hostile environment” for dangerous and persistent criminals by making some significant arrests this month.

The Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) is 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, is carrying out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed.

It carried out its first operation on 16 December with further operations over the festive period.
Officers from the team arrested a man last week for failing to appear at court in September after he was charged with drink-driving in Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne. Alex Moore, 46, of Jevington Gardens, Eastbourne, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 23 December and was released on court bail until 21 February to appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court.

During a number of stop searches being carried out by the team in Eastbourne over the last two weeks, a car with five people inside was stopped in Cavendish Place and a quantity of cannabis and cocaine was located. A man aged 18 who was driving the car was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and possession of cocaine after failing a roadside drugs test and was later released under investigation.

Inspector Dan Hiles, who is leading the TEU, said: "The team has been in action since 16 December and has already made some significant arrests including tracking down people who have been evading arrest or failing to appear at court for months. We will continue our work to disrupt criminal activity, enforce the law and protect communities in Sussex."

Missing male found

Robin Parks, 60, who had been missing from his home in Eastbourne since Monday morning (30 December), has been found and is safe.

Crime Summary (20th Dec – current)

An attempted garage break occurred on the 20th December at a garage on Wannock Road, Eastbourne. (529 of 20/12 relates)

A repair garage on Lottbridge Drive, Eastbourne had windows smashed overnight on the 20th December, various tools were stolen from inside (374 of 21/12 relates)

A further 2 garages were broken into overnight on the 21-22 December, at properties on Bridgemere Road, and Cade Street, Eastbourne. Suspects have caused damaged to garage doors to gain entry and stolen personal items along with various power tools. (1291/1355 of 21/22 /12 relates)

Cash and personal items were stolen from an insecure property off Devonshire Place, Eastbourne, during the daytime of the 22nd December (899 of 22/12 relates)

Cash was stolen at a property on Seaside Road, Eastbourne, during the daytime of the 25th December, when unknown suspects have forced entry into the property via a front door, once inside an untidy search was conducted with cash and personal items taken. (726 of 25/12 relates)

Homeowners were threatened when they disrupted a white male, late 20’s, wearing all black on the afternoon of the 28th December, at a property on Fern Close, Eastbourne. (785 of 28/12 relates)

2 males in masks were disrupted by homeowners in the small hours of the 29th December after they had made entry to the house via a rear door at a property off the Hydneye, Eastbourne. Suspects have also assaulted homeowners on their way out the property. (0055 of 29/12 relates)

Over the weekend 28-30th December, homeowners noticed their front door had been tampered with at a property on Falmouth Road, Eastbourne. No entry was gained. (591 of 30/12 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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