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Friday 7th February 2020

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Operation Blitz – Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour in your district

This weekend (Friday and Saturday 1600-2200 hours) call 07989188960 to report ASB directly to officers out in your towns.

Last weekend’s Operation Blitz was covered by Lewes Prevention Officers, PCs Bradford and Knight, and PCSOs Ash and Nicholson.

The weekend saw the team head out across a wet and windy district, with both foot and van patrols of areas in Ringmer, Barcombe, Chailey, Newick and Plumpton before heading to the coast.

Residents of Ringmer have previous reported groups of young teens causing various issues around the Ringmer shops and square, smoking and generally being a nuisance. The team took to foot and patrolled the areas affected, and spoke to residents braving the cold weather about the ongoing patrols and work behind the scenes to tackle ASB in their town.

This includes Officers being allocated ‘problem profiles’ in which incidents are collated and areas affected are mapped out to assist Officers with directing patrols in hotspot areas, as well as collating peak times and days to take the best course of action.

From Ringmer the team headed up into North Lewes, where local businesses and farms in more rural areas of the district have recently been victim to thefts, and criminal damage. Whilst on Blitz the team took the opportunity to visit our smaller, more rural villages, Cooksbridge, Barcombe and Newick keeping an eye out for any suspicious activities around farm shops, and small businesses.

With nothing of note the team made their way to the coast.

A call to the Blitz phone was received later in the evening to Walmer Road, Seaford, where a group of youths were seen in some ones garden. Upon arrival the youths had already gone, but the team stuck around in Seaford following reports late last week of egg throwing at properties in the town.

Mid evening patrols of the town came across a group of known youths causing a nuisance in the town, Officers used their powers of Stop and Search, and following positive identification of one of the group, a male was arrested for breaching his community order. Two others were taken home by Police. Following this action there were no further reports of ASB within Seaford for the reminder of the Op Blitz shift.

The remainder of the weekend’s Blitz shift was fairly quiet, with the rain putting keeping people indoors, however patrols continued during the hours of Blitz in Newhaven owing to on-going ASB and youth related disorder, as well as both foot and van patrols along the cost into
Peacehaven and Telscombe.

Op Blitz is every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm until 10 pm, and covers North Lewes, Ringmer, Lewes, Seaford, Peacehaven, Newhaven and surrounds. Outside of these times continue to report to 101, or online, and for all emergencies, always dial 999.

Rural Crime prevention advice and patrols

Our ongoing patrols, and work with our more rural communities continues this week, with PCSO Stainer visiting farms in Barcombe, Ditchling, Chailey to offer support, reassurance and advice.

We know you’ve invested a great deal of time, energy and money in your farm, work and farm businesses, together we can help to prevent rural crime, please review our rural crime prevention advice below:

• Removed high-value goods away from display windows overnight, or take them home with you
• Install CCTV that comes with phone apps to view your premises remotely from your home, some even come with alert notifications to alert you to movements
• Do not leave cash on the premises, print up a poster for the window ‘no cash/valuables left in this shop overnight’
• Prune any overgrown bushes or nearby trees, as they can provide cover for anyone trying to hide from view
• Identify areas that may be vulnerable to forced entry and have them made more secure

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. 

A list of our latest convictions as part of the campaign can be found here.

Crime Summary

An attempted burglary occurred during the day time of the 3rd February at a property off EVELYN AVE, NEWHAVEN. Unknown suspect(s) have caused damage to a side gate, and then attempted to enter the home damaging door handles in the process. (119 of 3/2 relates)

An attempted burglary occurred during the day time of the 4th February at a garage off BRIGHTON RD, NEWHAVEN, unknown suspect(s) have caused damage to the garage door in an attempt to gain entry. (400 of 4/2 relates)

Overnight on the 4th February a property off COURT RD, LEWES reported damage and broken glass doors whereby unknown suspect(s) have forced entry into communal areas of the property. (936 of 4/2 relates)

A computer was stolen from a property off CHRISTIE RD, LEWES early evening on the 4th February when unknown suspect(s) have forced entry to a rear door of the property. (1228 of 4/2 relates)

Overnight on the 4-5th February a garage off MILL LANE, NORTH CHAILEY, LEWES  had damage caused to their garage doors whereby unknown suspect(s) have attempted to remove garage doors, causing significant damage to the door hinges. (1042 of 5/2 relates)

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:

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

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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