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Thursday 16th January 2020

News and Alerts Lewes District

Advice to rural residents and farm buiness owners

PCSOs Willson, and Stainer continued their patrols across rural Northern villages on the Lewes district this week, following burglaries around farms, and rural businesses. With PCSOs visiting rural farm business offering crime prevention advice and support, as well as looking into any lines of enquiry.

As well as securely locking away valuable items, the advice Officers have is; “if you have high value farming tools, or vehicles, please consider marking them, you can use UV property marking pens or paint, and once marked, register them with the property database Immobilise"

“Registered or marked property has a significantly higher chance of being recovered by Police in the event of a burglary. Marking your property also makes it a lot less attractive to thieves, as well as making it more difficult for them to sell on”

Whilst high visibility patrols around affected areas continue, if you see anything suspicious around your property/business, or on your land report it to us online or to 101 (non emergency), and always remember if something is happening there and then always call 999.

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.

Locally officers from Lewes prevention team will be joining CSW partners across our coastal towns in assisting providing SSRP with findings and highlighting areas of concern.

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

Three youths were arrested late evening on the 9th January outside Lewes Bus station, East Street, after breaking into the café on site. The group have used forced to enter the property and food items targeted (1448 of 09/01)

A business address off Railway Approached, Newhaven had rear fire doors forced open in the small hours of the 10th January. Cash has been targeted by unknown suspects (33 of 10/01 relates)

Overnight on the 10-11th January, a property off Lacys Hill, Glynde had their garage broken into. A quadbike was taken by unknown suspects (259 of 11/01 relates)

Cash was targeted at a home off Argent Close, Seaford overnight on the 10-11th of January. Unknown suspects have used unknown tools to force entry to a back door of the property (619 of 11/01 relates)

A business address of Uckfield Road, Lewes, was broken into overnight on the 11-12th January, whereby unknown suspects have used force to significantly damage a roller shutter to gain entry. Fortunately nothing was taken (447 of 12/01)

There have been no further reports of residential 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:

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, HMRC 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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