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Thursday 9th January 2020

News and Alerts Eastbourne Police

Police are investigating a series of deliberate fires in Eastbourne town centre

At 11.52pm on Tuesday (8 January), officers were called to Tideswell Road to reports a domestic bin had been set alight.

Once at the scene, they were made aware of another bin fire at 11.45pm in Cavendish Place and a second bin set alight in Tideswell Road.

Further reports followed of bins set alight in Marks Lane at 00.18am, Station Street at 00.29am and Ivy Terrace at 00.36am. A skip was also set alight in York Road at 1.12am.

A group of three youths were seen near Cavendish Place at the time of that fire, and police are now appealing for witnesses to any of the incidents to come forward.

Officers would particularly like to speak to a man who told fire crews at the scene that he had been attacked by the group of youths.

Anyone with any information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 1521 of 07/01. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers to report anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

Witnesses sought to street fight in Eastbourne

Witnesses are being sought to a fight between two groups of men and youths in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, close to its junction with Cornfield Road, at around 3.30am on Saturday 4 January.

Three men, aged 24, 23 and 22, were injured in the disturbance and were treated at the Eastbourne District General Hospital before being allowed home.

Officers investigating the incident are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened or who were in the vicinity at the time. They also wish to secure any CCTV, dash-cam or mobile phone stills or footage that may assist them.

Details can be reported online or by phoning Sussex Police on 101, quoting serial 129 of 04/01.

Alternatively anyone with information can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online.  

A 19-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of two assaults occasioning actual bodily harm, and on suspicion of affray. Following interview, he has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Isolated incident in Eastbourne leaves man in induced coma

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found seriously injured in Priory Road, Eastbourne, around 8.20am on Sunday 5 January.

A 20-year-old local man had sustained significant head and torso injuries consistent with an assault, and is currently in an induced coma in hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Detective Sergeant Jason Hoadley, of the Eastbourne Investigations team, said: “We’d like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or anyone with any CCTV or dash cam footage which may have captured an incident in Priory Road – and the surrounding area – that morning, focusing on the early hours up until 8.20am.

“Specifically, we’re keen for residents in the area to check for any possible damage to their garden or property. Any information at all could prove vital to our investigation.

“We believe this was a violent but isolated assault on a young man, whose attacker or attackers may have been known to him.”

If you have any information about the incident, you can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Catton.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

Man charged in connection with two Eastbourne burglaries

Police have charged a man in connection with two burglaries in Eastbourne town centre.

Lukasz Niewiem, 38, unemployed, of no fixed address, was arrested in the town on Friday (3 January) and later charged with one count of burglary with intent to steal at a business address in Eastbourne on September 27, 2019, and one count of burglary and theft from a house in Eastbourne on December 1, 2019.

He was also charged with handling stolen goods, fraud by false representation, possession of a bladed article in a public place, driving a motor vehicle without insurance and possession of a Class B drug (cannabis).

He was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (January 6).

Eastbourne Police Blitz Update from last weekend’s patrols

This weekends contact number is 07785 372050 (remains unchanged) from 1800 hours until 0000 hours on Friday and Saturday.

Last weekends Operation Blitz saw PCSOs Slow and Greathead head out across Eastbourne, visiting both areas of known ASB, youths related crime and disorder, as well as areas reported by you which have seen either an increase in issues, or newly reported anti-social behaviour.

The team headed out shortly after 6pm following reports of young people causing issues in the Hampden park area, around Dunelm and Morrison’s, as well as around the Ten Pin bowling.

At the initial time of checks early evening no such groups were seen by the team, and the team took to foot to speak to shop owners and staff to obtain further information, descriptions of those involved as well as passing on the Blitz contact number should there be any further issues over the course of the weekend.

Later on in the evening the team responded to an incident at approximately 9pm in the same area, where they caught up with some known individuals. They were all spoken to and taken home by officers, as there was no evidence to suggest their involvement. On return the team continued their patrols around Hampden Park as a whole.

From Hampden Park, the team headed up to the Meads area to offer reassurance patrols following reported issues earlier in the week from local residents.

Whilst in the area the team took the opportunity to complete further enquiries following reports of an attempted burglary late last week; which our detectives are investigating. Whilst enquires continue, we would ask that anyone who has witnessed similar, or with any information, to please contact either Sussex Police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Later during the evening the Blitz duo also attended Saffron’s Sports club as there have been reports of general anti-social behaviour. Although no groups were witnessed during the evening, patrols around the club were given by the team, including secluded areas within the grounds.

Following your reports of anti-social behaviour in this area, additional patrols will continue to be on our list of designated Police patrols.

The team were called to a disturbance outside the Beacon on Terminus Road, within the newly shared space walkways. A group of youngsters were challenged for their behaviours and they were all moved along by the team who stuck around the town centre area for the remainder of the evening to ensure the group did not return, and that business owners, and residents could continue their evenings in peace.

Blitz team continued foot and vehicle patrols until just before Midnight, prior to heading back to base to write up and sign off.

Operation Blitz has been running for the last couple of years to offer designated additional Police patrols to tackle reports of anti-social behaviour, youth related crime and disorder, and gives residents a designated phone number to contact Police teams out on the ground over the evenings of Friday and Saturday nights each week.

East Sussex to pilot Checkpoint early intervention scheme

An early intervention scheme that aims to find a new avenue to reduce reoffending has launched as a 16-month pilot across East Sussex today (Monday, 6 January).

Checkpoint works in partnership with statutory and third sector organisations to deliver the Ministry of Justice’s Whole System Approach to reduce reoffending by supporting diversion schemes, supporting offenders to make positive life choices to prevent reoffending and protect future victims from crime.

Checkpoint works with offenders at the point of charge or postal charge requisition that holds them accountable for their offending, identifying the root causes to their offending behaviour and putting measures in place to prevent reoffending and giving victims the opportunity to be heard.  

The early intervention scheme has been trialed in other areas of the UK and has shown to be successful at reducing reoffending.

Chief Superintendent Tanya Jones, East Sussex Divisional Commander, said: “With an ever-increasing rise in the demand and complexity of policing there is a need to find and implement innovative and cost effective solutions to deliver justice to victims and protect our communities from harm.

"Crime and disorder, health and social issues are all intrinsically linked. By identifying and addressing these links, we are likely to be able to improve an individual’s well-being and reduce reoffending.

"Checkpoint is about taking an offender who has admitted their involvement in a crime and placing them on a structured four-month programme of diversion activity designed to address the root causes of their criminal behaviour and prevent further crime in the future.

"This approach can often lead to a more meaningful outcome for victims of crime rather than the traditional criminal justice route whereby in some circumstances the case may not get as far court or that the outcome is a fine.

"The four-month contract has to be committed to, which shows a measure of responsibility and a willingness on the offender’s behalf to change their behaviour. Should an individual not complete the programme, this is considered a breach and they’ll be charged and potentially face court. 

"Each case is managed by a dedicated Checkpoint caseworker who will keep the victim updated with progress of the contract and who will provide an insight into the reasons behind the offender’s behaviour. The victim also has the opportunity to ask questions and explain how the crime has impacted on them.

"Although Checkpoint is suitable for many crimes, it is not suitable for all crime types and neither is it an alternative to prison. Where a custodial sentence is likely, the individual would not be accepted onto the scheme. All referrals are assessed by the dedicated Checkpoint manager who makes the decision to accept an individual.

"By reducing reoffending we are protecting others from future harm which helps to keep our communities safe and feeling safe.”

Could you uncover the truth?

This week saw the launch of Sussex Police’s first fast-track detective development
programme and the force is looking for degree holders who are tenacious, inquisitive and want to seek justice for victims of crime. (Applications close Sunday 12th) 

Apply here.

Being a detective is demanding, diverse and fulfilling. From cyber-crime, domestic abuse and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and serious organised crime; a detective helps solve some of the most serious crimes possible. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking cases to court; it’s about uncovering the truth. 

Detective Chief Superintendent, Steve Boniface, Head of Crime for Sussex Police said: “As crime and technology evolves, our need for investigative roles is greater and more important than it’s ever been. As a result we’re investing in the recruitment and development of detectives and investigators across Sussex. 

“We’ve taken significant steps internally to identify and promote the detectives of the future; however, we’re also looking at new ways to bring those who are interested in investigations, yet may not have considered a policing career, into our organisation. 

“Through this exciting and innovative development programme, those with degrees are able to undertake an intensive two-year learning approach, specialising in the investigative function, and work towards their detective accreditation. I’m delighted to launch this new entry route today and welcome applications from those who want to help make a difference, together.” 

The Fast Track Detective Development Programme is an innovative two-year practice based approach aimed at existing degree holders of any subject areas. Successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer role while studying towards their accreditation as a detective. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I hope that this recruitment campaign will encourage a new group of diverse and brilliant individuals to help contribute to this vital area of policing. 

“Detectives ensure effective investigations, identifying and pursuing criminals using cutting edge technology and traditional skills. All police forces - including Sussex - need to improve their solved rates to increase community confidence and protect our most vulnerable residents. Increasing the number of specialist trained officers will do much to achieve this. 
“This is a great opportunity to make a real difference and there is no limit to where this career can take you.” 

If you’re tenacious, inquisitive and observant; an excellent communicator, problem solver and able to gain the trust of those around you, but most importantly want to uncover the truth and get results for victim then this could be the opportunity for you. To apply, visit the website.

Crime Summary

Overnight on the 3rd January, a sports club off College Road, Eastbourne was broken into whereby unknown suspects have forced entry to the premises via entry doors. Potential CCTV may help to identify suspects (286 of 03/01 relates)

Overnight on the 3-4 January, garage owners at a property on Bridgemere Road, Eastbourne reported an attempt to enter their garage whereby unknown suspects have attempted to pull the garage door of its axle (478 of 04/01 relates)

A business address on Grove Road, Eastbourne reported an attempted break in late evening on the 4th January, whereby unknown suspects have attempted to smash the front windows to gain entry, fortunately no entry was gained (1211 of 04/01 relates)

In the small hours of the 4th January, homeowners disturbed a large male after he forced open rear doors and attempted to gain entry into their home off Meads Road, Eastbourne (0093 of 04/01 relates)

In the small hours of the 4th January, a property on Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne had their garage door locks broken, and security cameras turned away when a male described as white, wearing glasses, and a navy hooded jacket attempted to gain entry to their garage (295 of 04/01 relates)

An attempted burglary took place late evening on the 6th January at a property off Hartington Place. Homeowners reported security lights coming on and tools left behind following the attempt to gain entry (1329 of 06/01 relates)

Overnight an attempted break in occurred at a property on Framfield Way, Eastbourne on the 7-8th January whereby unknown suspects have pick locked the front door, fortunately inside bolt locks ensured the suspects could not gain entry. (284 of 08/01 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:

January Sales

Looking for a bargain during the January sales? Scammers regularly advertise items via online marketplaces at a fraction of the high street cost.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a bargain – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud here.

A strong password is a good start, but it doesn’t stop there…

Whether it’s your Twitter, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online
apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords. 

Two-factor authentication (2FA) can help protect your online accounts, even if your password is stolen! Find out more about  setting up 2FA 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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