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Thursday 16th January 2020

News and Alert Eastbourne District

Appeal for public to help identify body found on Eastbourne beach

Police are appealing for the public's help to identify a woman who was found dead on Eastbourne beach.

The body of a woman was discovered at 7.47am on Tuesday (January 14) in the groyne area directly in front of the Beach Deck Restaurant, Royal Parade, near Treasure Island.

Sussex Police and HM Coastguard attended, and no suspicious circumstances were identified. It remains unclear how this lady came to be in the water.

The woman is thought to be aged 60-70, approximately 5' tall, petite and with white short hair.

She was wearing dark grey Mountain Warehouse hike trousers in a size 6, brown fleece-like under trousers, a beige vest top, a yellow vest top with three little patterns on each side below the strap, and a beige H&M long-sleeved vest.

She also had a thin Under Armour black, long-sleeved hooded top, a grey Columbia fleece and a dark blue Mountain Warehouse jacket over them all.

A purple and grey Merrel walking shoe in a size 6 was found nearby, which may also be linked to her.

Anyone with any information as to the identity of the woman is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 154 of 14/01.

Man charged with assault following incident in Parkfield Avenue

Police have charged a man in relation to an incident in Parkfield Avenue, Eastbourne, on Monday afternoon (January 13). 
Officers were called at 2.41pm due to concerns for two women inside a property. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. 
Connor Attridge, 26, unemployed, of Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, has now been charged with three counts of assault, criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a Class A drug (cocaine). 
He is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning (January 15). 
Police are not seeking any further suspects in relation to this matter and would like to thank the public for all their assistance in relation to this incident.

Teenager arrested after series of deliberate fires in Eastbourne

Police are continuing to investigate a series of deliberate fires in Eastbourne.

A number of wheelie bins were set alight in Eastbourne town centre in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, January 8 and again on Monday night (January 13).

Emergency services were also called to a fire at Seaside Medical Centre, Sheen Road, at 2am on Sunday (January 12).

Officers are checking and viewing local CCTV footage, and working closely with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to find those responsible for these fires.

Police are urging residents with any information, including any suspicious activity that may have been captured on their CCTV doorbells, to contact police either online or by calling 101 quoting serial 62 of 12/01.

Alternatively, members of the public can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

An 18-year-old from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of arson. He has been released on police bail until February 1, 2020.

Safe speed to save lives - ‘Better late than never’

Police Forces across England and Wales will be carrying simultaneous speed enforcement campaigns for the coming weeks until the end of January.

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are supporting the January 2020 speed enforcement campaign, which is coordinated by The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will deliver their campaign through a mix of educational and enforcement activities.

Working alongside partners, police officers and Community Speedwatch volunteers, the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will continue to raise awareness and provide educational messaging for all road users within Sussex.

You can read more about this campaign here.

Sussex Police have welcomed a new national report on work across the country to combat the menace posed by 'County Lines' drugs dealing

The report, 'Both sides of the coin' The police and National Crime Agency's response to vulnerable people in County Lines drug offending' has been published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on Friday (10 January)

Chief Superintendent Jo Banks said: "We welcome this continued national focus on the problem, and are already working with law enforcement and local partners on many of the issues raised.

"Sussex was the first force in the country to use DDTROs (Drug Dealing Telephone Restriction Orders) referred to in the Report. Powers in the new Digital Economy Act enable police to seek restrictions on handsets that they believe are being used by drug dealers to operate 'deal-lines'. These are the dedicated mobile phone lines used to take orders from drug users.

"We continue every day to disrupt dealers who try to deal dangerous drugs across our communities. Our officers investigate and prosecute, working relentlessly and targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable. Local crime is often a direct result of major drug distribution via County Lines.

"Our new Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) which began operations just last month, is also helping target these gangs.

"Every day our activity sends a clear message to drug dealers that they cannot expect to go undetected in Sussex.

"We use the range of legal powers to tackle this problem, ranging from the Misuse of Drugs Act to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking legislation, and we can use technological advances such as DDTROs."
Members of the public can also help, and the best advice is to trust your instincts – if somebody shows signs of mistreatment, or a child seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with a locality, you can report suspicions to local police on 101 or online -  or to British Transport Police if you see something on the railway network.  
For further information about work by Sussex Police on drugs and related safeguarding issues, see the force website.

Crime Summary

During the daytime of the 10th January, a property off Elms Avenue was entered whereby suspects have entered an open window. Once inside personal items including cash and jewellery were stolen (1580 of 10/01 relates)

Forced entry was used on a communal door to a property off Cornfield Terrace late evening on the 10th January. A bicycle was stolen from inside the property (193 of 10/01 relates)

Tools were stolen from a garage at a property off Bramble Close, overnight on the 10-11th January. Force has been used to damage the garage door to gain entry (77 of 11/01 relates)

A business address on Seaside Road had an attempt break in when a member of public notified Police of a male and female trying doors and windows with a screwdriver in the small hours of the 12th January (128 of 12/01 relates)

An unknown male, in dark clothing was frightened off by homeowners at a property off Susans Road, around 10pm on the 12th January after owners saw him trying to break into their side window (1195 of 12/01 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries in Eastbourne this week.

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:

HMRC tax refund scam

Students and those working within academic areas are being warned of a new HMRC tax refund scam being sent directly to their email address.

Are you are student, teacher or academic professional? Received a tax refund email to your email address? Please be advised, HMCR will never tell you about tax refunds by sending you a link or website.

The safest way to claim tax refunds is to log into your personal tax account here. ​​

Courier fraud in 2019

In 2019 more than 1900 reports of courier fraud was received by Action Fraud.

Criminals typically carry out courier fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer or bank official to gain their trust. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details. 

Beat the fraudsters with the latest 2020 advice from Action fraud here. ​​​​​

Action Fraud’s top ten tips

Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

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.

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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