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Friday 7th February 2020

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Joint agency patrols set up to help clear up Seaside Road.


Devonshire ward PCSO’s Furlong and Williams attended Seaside Road together with Council Neighbourhood First officers and completed a joint walkthrough of the street and immediate vicinity. They focussed on environmental eyesores with the aim of improving the visual presentation of the street as studies show that cleaner streets are less likely to attract crime and disorder.

These joint agency patrols were in addition to regular patrols by the Policing team through the area dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour. Seaside Road clear up updates: Some graffiti was cleansed on the day which had already been planned by the council team.

Photographs have been taken of further graffiti that needs removing, this will either be by the council cleansing team or with the cooperation of building owners. A shop owner was visited and advised that they were required to remove their rubbish trolleys from the pavement as this was unsightly and equally posed a fire risk, they were advised that formal enforcement action will be considered if it was ongoing.

Other items of abandoned rubbish such as chairs and a fridge were photographed with the council team are arranging to get them collected. Abandoned low value pedal cycles locked in the cycle racks have also been photographed and will be removed if they remain in place. An empty street facing commercial premises was visited and it was confirmed that the owner was in the refurbishing the inside.

A follow up joint agency patrol will be completed in 3 weeks’ time to review progress.



Courier fraud warning after elderly Eastbourne resident loses thousands of pounds

Police in Eastbourne are reminding residents to be vigilant after an elderly woman fell victim to a courier fraud.

Officers have recently dealt with a number of courier frauds, where residents are contacted by people claiming to be from various businesses and organisations, asking for money or goods to be handed over.

An elderly woman in Eastbourne lost thousands of pounds after a fraudster rang her claiming to be a police officer from London.

They told her that her bank account had been hacked and that she needed to withdraw a large sum of money and hand it over to a courier that would be with her later that day. They said this was so that the police could check the serial numbers of the bank notes as part of their investigation.

As the fraudster was so convincing, the lady believed him and they managed to get away with the cash.

PC Ed Faulkner, prevention officer for Eastbourne, is urging people to spread the warning
about courier fraud to their friends and family, particularly people who may be vulnerable.

He said: "This is a worrying trend that plays on residents' fears and worries. 
"When anyone gets a call from someone claiming to be police people instantly worry and fear the worst.  Scammers know this and will play on it. 

"In this case the victim did what she believed to be right, however the fraudsters are now so sophisticated they will try to create a culture of secrecy around the call, convincing victims they shouldn’t disclose what is happening to even their nearest and dearest. 

"Official police officers will always welcome you wanting to check their identity, and will always wait for you to be confident that officers are who they say they are. 

"All police officers and staff carry identification with them at all times when on duty, and if you get a phone call where you want to confirm details, you can take the officer's name and warrant number, hang up, importantly wait for a dialling tone and then call 101 to verify their identity.

"Additionally, no police officer would ever expect you to withdraw money from your account. We work closely with banks and building societies to ensure we keep you as safe as possible, and because of this when you attend to withdraw or transfer sizable amounts of money there might be more checks made than you are used to. But this is all for the right reasons. 

"Scammers are dangerous people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on your money.  If you are ever worried about someone knocking on doors or calling you, you can call police or get advice from Action Fraud on their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk"



Christmas drink-drivers over Christmas named by the Force

Operation Dragon Fly – set by the National Police Chief’s Council – ran from 18 December to 1 January inclusive, and led to a total of 110 arrests in Sussex.

Those prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, should be prepared to face the consequences. These could include the following:
  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

In Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 



Here are the other latest convictions as part of the campaign (https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/christmas-day-drink-driver-arrested-twice-in-two-weeks/)

Ronald Williams, 29, unemployed, of St Crispians, Seaford, was arrested in Bond Street, Brighton, on 19 December and charged with driving with 76mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Louis Anscombe, 22, a carpenter, of Pulborough Close, Brighton, was arrested in New Church Road, Hove, on 19 December, and charged with driving with 41mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and driving with no insurance.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £240 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Daniel Ryan, 19, a carpenter, of Magpie Close, St Leonards, was arrested in Harley Shute Road, St Leonards, on 21 December, and charged with driving with 45mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and driving with no insurance.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 22 January, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £220 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Adam Everson, 35, a scaffolder, of Devonshire Road, Hastings, was arrested in London Road, St Leonards, on 21 December, and charged with driving with 41mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and resisting a police officer in the execution of their duty.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 23 December, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £368 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Sasha Starks, 25, a care assistant, of Windmill Platt, Handcross, was arrested in Grande Parade, Brighton, on 21 December, and charged with driving with 68mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system and failing to stop when required by police.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, she was disqualified from driving for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay a £393 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Graham Beer, 40, a driver, of Oak Tree Lane, Eastbourne, was arrested in St Anne’s Road, Eastbourne, on 21 December and charged with driving with 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 22 January, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £180 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Hayley Turner, 32, a dancer, of Western Road, Bexhill, was arrested in Sea Road, St Leonards, on 21 December and charged with driving with 53mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 22 January, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £140 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Charlotte Shooter, 22, a bar worker, of Maple Fields, Seaford, was arrested in Bohemia Road, Hastings, on 22 December and charged with driving with 54mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 22 January, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £350 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Amanda Jones, 48, an admin assistant, of Burns Close, Horsham, was arrested in Burns Close, Horsham, on 22 December and charged with driving with 70mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, she was disqualified from driving for 19 months. She was also ordered to pay a £541 fine, £85 costs and a £54 victim surcharge.
 
Molly Towers-Mode, 20, an advertising executive, of Bramble Hill, Balcombe, was arrested in Ring Road South at Gatwick Airport on 23 December and charged with driving with 79mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, she was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also ordered to pay a £480 fine, £85 costs and a £48 victim surcharge.
 
Jacqueline Orourke, 59, a youth and community worker, of Whiterock Place, Southwick, was arrested on the M23 at Crawley on 24 December and charged with driving with 78mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, she was disqualified from driving for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Nathan King, 43, a finance clerk, of Hurst Court, Horsham, was arrested in Hurst Court, Horsham, on 24 December and charged with driving with 115mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, he was disqualified from driving for 28 months. He was also ordered to pay a £803 fine, £85 costs and a £80 victim surcharge.
 
Adrian Cope, 69, a driver, of Queens Drive, Hassocks, was arrested in Queens Drive, Hassocks, on 27 December and charged with driving with 50mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 10 January, he was disqualified from driving for 14 months. He was also ordered to pay a £253 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Diane McNally, 61, retired, of Grange Road, Hove, was arrested in Portland Road, Hove, on 30 December and charged with driving with 135mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 16 January, she was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for 32 months. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £122 victim surcharge.
 
Jan Garrett, 68, a gardener, of Hazelhurst Crescent, Horsham, was arrested in Crawley Road, Horsham, on 30 December and charged with driving with 58mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 14 January, she was disqualified from driving for 16 months. She was also ordered to pay a £484 fine, £85 costs and a £48 victim surcharge.
 
Samuel Figg, 34, a construction worker, of Highcroft Villas, Brighton, was arrested in London Road, Brighton, on 1 January and charged with driving with 68mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 16 January, he was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £313 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 
Derek Bishop, 55, retired, of Springfield Avenue, Peacehaven, was arrested in Springfield Avenue, Peacehaven, on 1 January and charged with driving with 76mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 16 January, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £217 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
 



Crime Summary

Overnight on the 30/01/2020 - 01/02/2020 a property on FRIDAY ST, EASTBOURNE was broken into with unknown suspect(s) targeting cash.

A burglary was reported on the 04/02/2020 at a property off ELMS AVE, EASTBOURNE. Unknown suspect(s) have gained entry to the property by smashing open a window.

Overnight on the 04/02/2020 - 05/02/2020 a property on THE AVENUE, EASTBOURNE had games consoles and other personal items stolen when unknown suspect(s) have forced entry into their front door, marks on the front door indicate tools were used to force entry.

During the day time of the 05-Feb a garage off ENYS ROAD, EASTBOURNE was broken into when unknown suspect(s) have gained entry to the garage by smashing a window, once inside a bike was taken.

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:

Fake PayPal emails lead to over £1 million in losses


Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for fraudsters sending fake PayPal emails.

Fraudsters will send the victim an email purporting to be from PayPal in attempt to trick them into believing they have received payment for an item.

The fraudster will then send a follow-up email requesting a tracking number in the hope that the victim will be rushed into shipping the item before they have had a chance to verify the payment.

Keep yourself safe selling and buying online with more information this recent scam here.

Action Fraud’s top 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 at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.



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