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Thursday 9th January 2020

News and Alerts Lewes District

Family tribute to young man killed in Newhaven

An 18-year-old boy who died after a stabbing incident in Newhaven has been named as Colin Oliver Wells, known as Ollie.

Ollie's family have issued a heartfelt tribute, together with a photo of him.

Police were called to the junction of Elphick Road and Ship Street in Newhaven, at 11.30pm on Monday (6 January) after reports of a stabbing.

Despite efforts to save Ollie, of Elphick Road, he sadly died at the scene. A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

A knife was recovered at the scene.

Nobody else was injured.

His family have issued the following tribute to Ollie; "Ollie was a much loved member of our family. He had autism and faced many challenges which left him vulnerable and he was often misunderstood by others.

Due to his autism, Ollie had substantial needs which meant that over the last couple of years we were not able to care for him within the family home, however he was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by us all. We, the family, request that we be left alone to allow us time to process this devastating news.”

Detective Inspector Simon Dunn of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said; "This is a tragic incident and we are working to establish the full circumstances. It is already clear that the victim and his alleged assailant are known to each other and we are not currently looking for anyone else suspected of having been involved in the attack itself.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Ship Street and Elphick Road in the late evening and who may have witnessed an altercation between two individuals.

"Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any other information that they feel would help our enquiries is asked to contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Tamworth."

"Ollie's family are being supported by our specially trained officers and have asked to be left to grieve privately."

Lewes District Inspector Ed Ripley said; "We are reassuring local residents that the investigation is contained to the location involved and that there is no danger to the wider community. Our officers are in the area to advise and assist anyone who has particular concerns on learning of this matter, or who has any information they want to pass on."

Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any other information that they feel would help our enquiries is asked to contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Tamworth.

Boy charged with murder at Newhaven

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a young man in Newhaven on Monday evening (6 January).

Oliver Wells, aged 18, known as Ollie, died after a stabbing incident in Elphick Road at the junction with Ship Street in Newhaven, at 11.30pm on Monday.

The 16-year-old will appear in custody at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday (9 January).

Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any other information that they feel would help our enquiries is asked to contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Tamworth.

Lewes Police Blitz Update from last weekend’s patrols

This weekends contact number is 07989 188960 (remains unchanged and is not due to change for the foreseeable future), in use with patrols across the Lewes district, Seahavens and rural Northern Lewes Villages from 1600 hours until 2200 hours Friday and Saturday. (These times also remain unchanged until the Summer months).

Last weekends (Friday) Blitz patrols saw PC Hall, PCSO Osbourne, and PCSO Willson inject additional Police patrols in areas of not only known ASB, youth related crime and disorder, but areas of concern which you have reported the last week.

The evening started with the team heading to Lewes Town Centre following reports in the last few weeks of problematic youths causing a nuisance to staff and shoppers around the local Waitrose. These reports have included throwing stones into the road and attempting to set fire to branches.

A group of young adults were spoken to earlier in the day Friday, but the team are pleased to report no such groups were spotted during the course of the evening, and the team returned later during the night to offer the store a further reassurance visit and deterrent patrols around the area.

The team received a call to attend the row of shops off Alfriston Road, Seaford to a report of nuisance youths entering shops and causing harassment, alarm and distress to shop owners.
Op Blitz officers liaised with employees with regards to the known youths entering the premises, following this the team will feed back to day time officers who will increase town centre patrols around Seaford as a result.

Whilst in Seaford, PCSO Willson and Osbourne took to foot to patrol Salts Recreation Ground, following concerns from parents in the last few weeks, of older youths causing issues in the park, smoking, drinking and playing loud music, causing younger park users unwanted distress.

A group of know teens have already been spoken to as a result of reports made to us in the last few weeks, with local PCSOs developing a problem profile package around the Salts Rec area, which will include Designated Patrol Activities during the times of concern, as well as local PCSOs arranging meetings with local authorities to address any known/reported issues.

Fortunately this evening, the area seemed quiet, with only a few youngsters out enjoying the parks facilities, a few were spoken to by Police after being asked why they were in the park, and were pleased to hear we would be attending more regularly to help keep them safe.
From the park the team headed to Splash Point, all was calm when officers patrolled in and around the area. Residents in the area were spoken to and contact number for Blitz passed to them for reporting ASB over the weekend. 

After assisting other units with a broken down car, the team were called to Newhaven, with a report of a group causing problems outside a local business. The group were spoken to and stern words of advice given to be on their way. The team later returned to check all was ok before heading back to Lewes to write up sign off just after ten. 

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.

Contact numbers for Operation Blitz do not change each week, although hours of patrols can change to include extended hours over half-term, Summer evenings, any changes to times of patrols will be issued on local Police social medias, and with this weekly In The Know message.

Outside of the times listed above, please continue to report ASB, youth related crime and disorder to us online, 101, and always 999 in an emergency.

Team Blitz.

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.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “There are people out there who want to change and make something more of their lives. So, it’s really important that they’re given the help they need to positively integrate back into our communities.

“This pilot aims to prevent reoffending and future victims, ultimately making our communities safer and alleviating some of the strain placed on Sussex Police and other partner agencies. 

“Importantly, it also keeps the victims informed at all stages, offering them reassurance and an opportunity for their voices to be heard.

 “I look forward to hearing how the pilot progresses and the positive impact that it has on our communities."

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 2-3rd January, a commercial property off Brighton Road, Lewes reported theft of various tools, and 2 work vehicles. Suspects have potentially driven to the site and removed items from locked areas. Police are investigating the loss (206 of 03/01 relates)

During night time hours of the 2-3 January, a property off Cricketfield Road, Seaford had their home entered and cash stolen when unknown suspect(s have forced open a key lock on the outside of the property to obtain keys (543 of 03/01 relates)

An attempted break to a shed at a property off Normansal Park Avenue, Seaford, occurred where victims noticed marks, and damage to their shed doors over the weekend of 3-5 January (844 of 03/01 relates)

Tools and bicycles were targeted in a shed break in at a property off North Common Road, Chailey, when unknown suspect(s) have forced entry to a shed during the day time of the 6th January (983 of 06/01 relates)

There have been no further reported burglaries on the Lewes district.

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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