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January 31st 2020

Eastbourne Police Weekly News and Alerts

Two charged with robbery at Eastbourne jewellers

Two people have been charged with the robbery at an Eastbourne jewellers.

Police attended Brufords jewellers in The Beacon Shopping Centre, Eastbourne around 10.10am on Sunday (26 January) after 15 Rolex watches with an estimated value between £100,000 and £150,000 were stolen.

Four men all wearing masks covering their faces, and one man was reported to be carrying a small handheld pick axe or hammer, entered the premises around 10am.

A search of the area, assisted by armed police officers and the police helicopter, was conducted and two people were arrested on the Cuckoo trail near Station Road. Two other suspects remain outstanding and enquiries to locate them are ongoing.

Gavin Walter, 41, of Westminster Road, Sutton, and Paul Mitchell, 39, of Orchard Avenue, Mitcham, were both charged with robbery, remanded in custody and will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (28 January).

Appeal for witnesses to collision between car and mobility scooter, Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a car and a mobility scooter which happened on Seaside, Eastbourne, at around 10.20am on Saturday (25 January).

It occurred near to its junction with Fort Road, injuring the scooter rider, an 81-year-old local man, who was taken to the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards-on-Sea. Following treatment he was allowed home.

A 57-year-old local woman who was driving the car involved, a white Toyota Aygo, was unhurt.

Anyone who saw the collision or who may have relevant dash-cam footage is asked to email details to or phone 101, quoting serial 539 of 25/01.

Large quantity of drugs seized from address in Eastbourne

A large quantity of drugs was seized from a property in Eastbourne after PCSOs acting on community concerns identified an address involved in the supply of Class A drugs. 

At a recent meeting with residents of Upperton in Eastbourne, PCSO Jake Greathead and PCSO Julian Williams heard concerns about drug dealing in the area. 
The PCSOs conducted some research and two days later, on January 11, visited an address in Ratton Road. 

Further enquiries led them to suspect that a vulnerable adult resident was possibly being cuckooed at the address by county lines drug dealers. 

Cuckooing is the taking over the home of a vulnerable person to deal drugs. Organised crime groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, as a base for their activities. 

The PCSOs called upon the immediate support of their Prevention Enforcement Team officers, who entered the property.

At the address, 300-400 wraps of suspected Class A drugs were found and seized, and a 21-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He was released under investigation. 

Inspector Rachel Barrow said: "PCSOs are an important part of the police network, working with communities and helping to bring a greater understanding of local issues. 

"This arrest is a great example of how PCSOs can be effective in achieving police aims, and comes directly off the back of a meeting with residents where we listened and acted on their concerns.  

"In this case, the intelligence we received directly from the public has helped take a large quantity of dangerous drugs off the streets.

Jake, an apprentice PCSO who joined the Eastbourne Prevention team in October 2019, is one of the 100 new PCSOs Sussex Police is on track to recruit by the end of March, thanks to the 2019 council tax precept increase.

He is training on-the-job alongside his tutor, PCSO Williams, who is a long-serving Eastbourne officer.

PCSO Greathead said: "I’m really enjoying the role.

"It’s great to have contributed to the drugs seizure. We didn’t expect it to happen but with the information the community gave us, we did more digging and asked more questions, providing the intelligence our Prevention Enforcement Team colleagues needed to enter the property.

"It’s good to have been part of that team work – it makes the job so worthwhile.”

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."

Tactical Enforcement Unit – In Action

A proactive police unit is helping to make Sussex a “hostile environment” for dangerous and persistent criminals targeting the county.

The Tactical Enforcement Unit is dedicated to capturing some of Sussex’s most wanted and prolific offenders, including those involved in serious violence, organised crime and county lines drugs gangs.
The team, made up of officers with specialist skills in proactive policing, is carrying out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed. It enhances the work of local policing teams across the force using intelligence provided by community to disrupt the criminal activities of those causing most harm.

It carried out a successful early warrant at an address in Eastbourne on Thursday (30 January). Just after 6am striking the front door and arresting a wanted man who had evaded capture for nearly a year after failing to appear at court in February 2019.

The 47-year-old had been charged in connection with a stabbing in Sorrel Drive, Eastbourne in 2018 before disappearing. He is now in custody.
Inspector Dan Hiles who leads the unit said: "The unit is designed to target the capture of some of Sussex’s most dangerous criminals and disrupt serious organised crime.

“There is no officer who enjoys the idea of a criminal evading justice. This unit has been set up to target exactly those people.

"The team were supported by a number of extra officers today to make sure we could safely arrest the suspect and bring him to justice.

“We knew he posed a significant risk to officers as he had previously knocked an officer unconscious.”
Since being launched last month, the team has made dozens of arrests, seized illegal drugs, weapons, cash and helped to safeguard vulnerable people and those at risk of exploitation.

One initial central team made up of eight PCs, a Sergeant and led by an inspector, will grow to form three geographically-based enforcement teams, one each based in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, from July this year.  

Watch the team in action here.

Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “We want Sussex to be a hostile environment for criminals and especially those involved in serious violence and targeting vulnerable people across our county, whether through county lines drugs gangs or other organised crime.

“The Tactical Enforcement Unit is a visible, proactive deterrent to those at the centre of the serious offending, supporting local policing teams in dealing with specific spikes in crimes that impact on the community and it is already making a difference.

“They respond to where the public need them most, providing reassurance and disruption across our communities. This unit takes our most prolific criminals off the streets, which makes our neighbourhoods safer."

Crime Summary

Electrical equipment was targeted overnight on the 23-24 January whereby unknown suspect(s) have forced entry into an educational establishment of Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne. Fortunately nothing was taken. 232 of 24/01 relates)

In the small hours of the 24th January, a sports club off Priory Road, Eastbourne had windows smashed and entry gained after unknown suspects gained entry and attempted to steal electrical equipment. (81 of 24/01 relates)

Cash was stolen from a property on Atlantic Drive, Eastbourne, during the daytime of the 24th January when unknown suspect(s) have forced entry into a window at the property, and conducted a search of the victim’s home. (956 of 24/01 relates)

A garage off Bracken Road, Eastbourne, was entered during the daytime on the 26th January, unknown suspect(s) have gained entry and caused damaged to a vehicle. (1170 of 26/01 relates)

Cash was stolen from a property on Old Orchard Road, Eastbourne during the daytime of the 28th January. Unknown suspect(s) have forced entry to a rear window and conducted a search within the victim’s home. (1185 of 28/01)

A garage was broken into off Pacific Drive, Eastbourne overnight on the 28-29th January, unknown suspect(s) have forced entry into the garage and stolen a bicycle. (230 of 29/01 relates)

Electronics, and games consoles were targeted at a property on Upperton Garden, Eastbourne, during the daytime of the 29th January. The unknown suspect(s) have forced open a rear window to gain entry to the property and taken items of value. (1410 of 29/01 relates)

Police were alerted to suspicious males on the roof a property on Carlisle Road in the early hours of the 30th January. The males had already made off but taken lead from the roof with them, and area search was conducted but no males were found. (128 of 30/01 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries on the Eastbourne 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:

Take five

Criminals are experts at impersonation, if you aren’t expecting someone at your door, or receive a call from someone you aren’t expecting, take five to reflect on the situation if it is unexpected.

It’s ok to refuse or ignore requests for personal information, or to make people wait before speaking to them to give you time to check your own bank statements for example; if someone is genuine they are more likely to understand and give you time to do this.

Take five to reflect and take a moment to step back from the situation, even if they say they’re the bank or other trusted organisation, still take the time to stop and think about what’s really going on, follow our guide 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, or online.

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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