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Friday 7th February 2020

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Identity sought after theft and fraudulent use of bank cards

Police would like to speak to this man in relation to a theft and the fraudulent use of bank cards in East Sussex.

A designer handbag containing a purse and other personal items was stolen from a vehicle while it was parked in Ticehurst, Wadhurst, on Thursday, January 9. A gym bag containing clothing and Bose earphones was also taken from the vehicle.

Bank cards from inside the purse were subsequently used at three different locations, including Jempson's Local, Market Road, Battle. The transactions at this store took place between approximately 12.49pm and 12.56pm that same day.

Officers investigating the incident believe this man could help them with their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises him, or who may have any other information relating to the incident, is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 697 of 09/01.

Police in Wealden are stepping up patrols to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour

Crowborough and Uckfield, among other areas, have recently seen a spike in reported crime, particularly in break-ins at sheds, garages and rural outbuildings. 

Through multi-agency planned days of action with extra high visibility patrols in North Wealden, they are working with partner agencies to address the spate of burglaries and prevent crime.

Wealden Prevention Inspector Jonathan Gross said: "We recognise the impact being a victim of crime can have on a person. We are visiting every victim of burglary in Wealden, and all viable lines of enquiry for each individual case have been - and continue to be -  investigated.

"We understand the community's concerns and are working across all the towns, parishes and villages in Wealden to engage with residents. We also work very closely with councils and other authorities in Wealden, and regularly share intelligence with other districts within Sussex Police, and other police forces, in a bid to identify those responsible for crimes in the area and bring them to justice.

“Wealden, like the rest of Sussex, has seen increased investment and resource as a result of a rise in the Sussex Police council tax precept. There are more police officers and PCSOs in our local communities, including dedicated rural crime resources, thanks to consecutive increases in the local precept. By the end of March we will have recruited 100 new PCSOs and are on track to recruit 250 police officers by 2023. This will ensure towns and villages continue to see a more visible policing presence, keeping communities safe and feeling safe. 

“Extra investment has also seen the introduction of the Tactical Enforcement Unit, which has carried out operations in Wealden, as well as additional resource in prevention and response crews in Uckfield and Lewes.

"It is crucial that people continue to report crimes to us. Every report we receive is useful intelligence for us to work on."

A family has paid tribute to a cyclist tragically killed in a hit and run in Hailsham

51-year-old local man Nathan Hill was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the collision in London Road about 7pm on Thursday 30 January.

His family issued the following statement:
“Nathan was much loved by everyone who knew him. He was a hugely popular man, well known in Hailsham. He was generous and kind and always stopped to say hello to people. He enjoyed his job, going to his local gym, and his social life – he had many friends. He particularly enjoyed dancing and karaoke.

“Nathan worked at Tradesmith in Hailsham as a window and door maker, and previously at Abbott Joinery for 24 years.
“He attended Hellingly School and The Lindfield School, Eastbourne. In 2008 he won a Skills for Life award from Sussex Down College.
“He leaves behind his mum, dad, sister and brother, his niece and nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.”

Nathan was cycling along London Road, close to the junction with Grovelands Road, when he was struck by a car, causing him to fall into the path of an oncoming bus.

Enquiries are ongoing and the car reported to be involved remains unidentified at this stage.

A section of the road was closed until approximately 6.30am on Friday 31 January.
Police are still appealing for anyone with any information – in particular anyone who witnessed the crash or has dash cam – to come forward. You can report it online or email quoting Operation Hopwood.

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 latest convictions as part of the campaign.

Crime Summary

During the day time 03/02/2020 a property on HUGGETTS LN, WILLINGDON reported seeing, two males in masks get out of a van and attempt to enter garages. A vehicle registration number was obtained and passed to the Police. (321 of 3/2 relates)

Around lunchtime on the 03-Feb a garage at a property off CORSELEY ROAD, GROOMBRIDGE, reported a break in whereby unknown suspect(s) have stolen a bicycle and tools after using tools to remove panels on the garage door. (831 of 3/2 relates)

Outbuildings were forced open at a property off SPRING LANE, MAYFIELD when home owners returned home on the 03/02. (924 of 4/2 relates)

A quad bike was stolen from a property of HART FIELD RD, EDENBRIDGE    during the day of the 04/02. Unknown suspect(s) have broken off locks to gain entry after cutting fences in surrounding land to gain entry to the property. Fortunately stolen property was later retrieved. (1000 3/2 relates)

Late evening on the 05/02 homeowners at a property on GILLRIDGE GREEN, CROWBOROUGH returned home to find an untidy search of their home and electronics stolen after unknown suspect(s) have entered via a rear window. (125 of 5/02 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries on the Wealden 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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