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Thursday, 23 January 2020

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Sussex Police secure first stalking protection order in the country

Sussex leading the way in protection from stalking.

The first Stalking Protection Order (SPO), believed to be the first in the country, was obtained by Sussex Police at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (20 January) in respect of a 22-year-old man from Lancing, just hours after the new Stalking Protection Act came into effect

It relates to his alleged online stalking of a woman in her early 20s, who does not come from Sussex. She lives elsewhere in the UK.

The man was present in court and did not contest the application, which was granted and prohibits him from: contacting the woman directly or indirectly, by whatever means; sharing or posting any photograph of her on the internet, social media or in any public place; sharing or posting any photograph of her to any other individual;

The Order will last indefinitely.

Meanwhile a criminal investigation is ongoing into this case. The man has not been charged with any criminal offence at this stage.

See details of the new law and of Sussex Police plans to use it here.

Police's commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour in Eastbourne town centre

Police officers in Eastbourne are continuing work to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

The local policing team has recently increased in numbers, with additional PCSOs and Prevention Officers recruited. This means the work the force does in the town centre and across Eastbourne is focused once again on prevention, engagement and visible policing.

Officers have various powers at their disposal to tackle problems in the town centre, including the Eastbourne Borough Council Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which prohibits specified things being done within the restricted area, such as consuming alcohol. It is important to note that this is not intended to be a blanket drinking ban, but a preventative tool to offer control around anti-social behaviour linked to alcohol consumption.

Officers can also request use of powers under Section 35 of The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which allows police to disperse individuals in order to remove or reduce the likelihood of members of the public becoming harassed, alarmed or distressed or the occurrence of crime or disorder in a particular area.

But sometimes, simply communicating with those involved can prove effective too.
This was the case during a recent incident in Eastbourne town centre, in which police received a call concerning some members of the street community. PC Scott Franklin-Lester, who has been the beat officer for Eastbourne town centre for 16 years, responded to the call and moved the group on, away from the immediate area.

He said: "Essentially I used no powers provided by legislation. The only power used with this group was that of communication.

"The incident was described by members of the public who witnessed it as a group of homeless people being moved on. In actual fact, only two of that group are actually homeless at this time. The complaint I was dealing with came from those two homeless people who had been sat at a location in the town all day. They know what is expected of their behaviour and we talk most days.

"The genuinely homeless were complaining that groups of non-homeless people were turning up, drinking and begging and becoming anti-social. This was very near to where children’s Christmas rides were and they were concerned about the effect on the children.

"The two homeless males agreed to walk to one of the support centres available to them which allowed me to move on those begging and drinking in breach of the PSPO. The two homeless males were later able to come back to the same location and settle without fear of reprisals.

"I have policed the town for a long time and will deal robustly with complaints of anti-social behaviour. I regularly get complaints about people who are committing offences but also about people who are doing nothing wrong. I try to deal fairly with anyone. My aim is to try to keep a nice environment for all."

One member of the group that was moved on was arrested on suspicion of common assault and given bail conditions not to enter a defined area including Eastbourne town centre, not to sit on the pavement and beg or greet passers-by within Sussex, and not to cause any person in a public place to be harassed, alarmed or distressed.

PC Franklin-Lester said: "I have worked with the street community for 16 years, helping the vulnerable who are three times more likely to be a victim of crime than you or I.  

"I link in with the Salvation Army, Mathew 25 Mission and several partnership agencies to try to help them and ensure that the most vulnerable among them are protected. That said I am a police officer and the enforcement comes down to us. I am able to deal robustly with those committing offences and anti-social acts so that the wider community is not adversely affected.

"The lives of those in the street community are complex and difficult and after 27 years of policing I don’t profess to have all the answers, but I try to be out and about and ensure where possible the community can exist in harmony.

"I would invite anyone to take advantage of the Sussex Police ride-along scheme and come and see for yourselves how we police, and the challenges that we and the communities face. Alternatively, just stop me in the town and say hi - I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have."

Renewed appeal for witnesses to serious Eastbourne assault

Police are issuing a renewed appeal for witnesses after a 20-year-old man was seriously injured in Eastbourne.

The victim was found at 8.20am on Sunday, January 5, on Priory Road with significant head and torso injuries consistent with an assault, which is thought to have happened between 5am and 7.15am in the vicinity of the Poets Estate, Eastbourne. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Officers would like to speak to residents who may have heard or seen any suspicious activity, or anyone who saw the injured man wandering around the estate, heading towards Eastbourne Borough Football Club.

Detectives are particularly keen to trace the driver of a white or silver Land Rover Discovery SUV car, possibly a 2 or 3 model, which turned around by the entrance to the football club on Priory Road.

Anyone with information, or who may have been driving in the area at the time and have dash cam footage that can be reviewed by investigators, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Catton.

Members of the public can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

Man banned from Brighton excluded from Eastbourne town centre

A man who was banned from Brighton town centre has now been excluded from the centre of Eastbourne.

Tobias Denyer, 38, was served a criminal behaviour order in October 2019 banning him from central Brighton. Sussex Police subsequently received multiple reports of anti-social behaviour in Eastbourne. 

The local prevention team worked with partner agencies and Denyer to try to stop his offending but he continued to act in an anti-social manner.

Denyer was arrested on January 9 for a public order matter which he confessed and was remanded for court that afternoon. His guilty plea was taken into consideration and an amendment to his existing criminal behaviour order was made. 

He is now excluded from the centre of Eastbourne between 9am and 7pm, unless attending a pre-arranged appointment. The exclusion zone stretches from Cavendish Place to Seaside Road.

PC Scott Franklin – Lester of the Eastbourne prevention team said: “We tried to engage with Mr Denyer but he would not accept our advice or help, we received complaints about him daily and we had to act to protect the public.

"In agreement with outreach services and Mr Denyer's defence team a list of conditions were drawn up which will limit the anti-social behaviour he had previously displayed. 

"An exclusion zone was agreed during the peak times in the town centre. Measures were put in place to ensure he can access essential services and facilities without having a negative effect on others. Mr Denyer has now found accommodation and we are hoping that he can re-build his life.”

To learn about what police officers in Eastbourne are doing to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town centre, you can read more here.

Amazon Prime Fraud

Did you catch Chief Inspector Paul Carroll on BBC One’s ‘Rip Off Britain’ this week?
With the rise in Amazon scams, targeting those who have a prime account, or are first time users offering X off their next purchase, or emails asking for renewal to their services or face a fine.

Watch out for these emails, as they often contain poor grammar and spelling errors.
Watch it here (beings at approx. 15 minutes in)

Fake Netflix Emails

Increase in emails stating the recipients must update their Netflix account information to resolve a payment issue.

The links in the emails lead to a ‘genuine’ looking website that is designed to steal your Netflix login credentials as well as personal and financial information.

Don’t click the links, or check your Netflix account and make contact with them directly via the contact us on Netflix official pages if you have any concerns.

Protect your home by protecting your garden.

Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard and if they think they’ll be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by, they'll probably move on. You’d think that it would be best to make a property less visible from the street, and to keep it hidden from prying eyes behind overgrown bushes, trees, high fences or walls. In reality, all that this serves to do is make it easier for a burglar to get close to a home unnoticed, and provide somewhere to hide while carrying out a burglary or theft from your property.

1. Consider installing an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen, or solar lights to brighten darker areas.
2. At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
3. Consider a trellis, or thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes which makes it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
4. Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
5. Check shed doors and window locks following a wet winter for rusting or damaged locks, and replace as necessary.
6. Always keep your shed locked and secured, don’t give burglars a head start, replace any broken windows or panelling on sheds/outbuildings.
7. Don’t leave tools lying around; as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on Furness Road, between 16/01/2020 at 12:00hrs – 17/01/2020 at 13:45hrs whereby a window was smashed to gain entry to the property and personal documents were stolen (Ref:47200010051)

A burglary occurred on Belmore Road, between 13/01/2020 at 09:00hrs – 19/01/2020 at 14:00hrs whereby the suspect(s) have forced the front door open and stolen items from within (Ref: 47200011904)

A burglary occurred on Grove Road, between 17/01/2020 at 22:57hrs – 21/01/2020 at 09:00hrs whereby the suspect(s) gained entry to the premises through a rear window and stole merchandise from within the commercial premises (Ref: 47200012510)

A burglary occurred on Howard Square, between 21/01/2020 at 08:00hrs – 21/01/2020 at 17:45hrs whereby entry was gained to the property and electrical items stolen from within (Ref:47200012714)

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, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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