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Alert message sent 13/02/2020 17:05:00

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Thursday, 13 February 2020

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Wanted Crowborough male arrested

Police officers on patrol in Crowborough identified and arrested a wanted man on Friday (February 7).

Lee Cummings, 18, unemployed, of no fixed address, has been wanted on warrant since January 29, 2020, after failing to appear at court.

Cummings was spotted in the town and arrested at 7.10pm on Friday.

He was later charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, possession of an offensive weapon, and making off without payment.

All the offences are alleged to have taken place in Crowborough.

Cummings was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (February 10).

Burglary advice following on from Storm Ciara

Please check your fences and gardens for broken panels, loose gates or potential entry points, following reported burglaries on the district where suspects have gained entry via insecure gardens.

Give your fence and gates a good looking over, has the wind made for some easy access points?
Check shed doors and window locks following a wet weekend for rusting or damaged locks, and replace as necessary.

Always keep your shed locked and secured, don’t give burglars a head start, replace any broken windows or panelling on sheds/outbuildings.

Don’t leave tools lying around, pick up anything that has fallen over or things that can be used as a way of breaking into your home.

Sussex Police has welcomed an annual inspection report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)

The report reflects an inspection from nearly a year ago, in April 2019, and HMICFRS recognise the progress the force has already made against their findings.

The Inspectorate found that Sussex Police is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe and in how it treats the public and its workforce.

While the report acknowledges that Sussex Police has improved its ability to identify vulnerable people and that officers and staff assess vulnerability well, it has asked for further improvements in this area and in its efficiency overall.

The inspection team found that the force:

has a clear plan for neighbourhood policing with on-going investment in increasing its presence in local communities and in its investigative capabilities

has a good understanding of public demand, including uncovering ‘hidden demand’, and at planning future demand using innovative technology but could do more to address current lower risk issues

is ethical and good at treating its employees and the public fairly

Responding to the report, Chief Constable Giles York said: “We are absolutely committed to delivering the highest possible quality of policing to our local communities in Sussex.

“The report recognises the overall quality of the service we provide but, being published almost a year after the inspection, does not reflect the huge strides that have been made since.

“During this period we have significantly reinvested in our neighborhood policing presence and in our investigative capacity, as well as launching new rural crime and proactive policing teams, both of which will be expanded further.

“We have reduced 101 call waiting times by more than 70%, to an average of under five minutes, and cut the number of callers who hang up before getting through by more than 60%. This is all making a difference now.

“In the coming weeks and months we will be further enhancing our service to victims of domestic abuse and the specialist support available for victims of sexual violence, among a range of growth plans.

“The recent and long overdue investment in policing is beginning to ease the pressure and lead to better outcomes for victims and for our local communities and we will build upon this.

“We welcome independent scrutiny for HMICFRS and recognise there is always more we can do. I remain incredibly proud of the work that our officers, staff and volunteers do every day to keep the people in Sussex safe."

The full report is available here:

Crime Summary

An attempted burglary occurred on 07/02/2020 between 13:15hrs – 13:32hrs on High Street, Crowborough, whereby a male and female have entered a shop, attempted to distract staff in order to steal a watch which was unsuccessful (Ref: 47200024332)

A burglary occurred on Albert Road, Polegate, between 23:00hrs on 09/02/2020 – 09:00hrs 10/02/2020 whereby a garage was broken into, however, no items were stolen from within (Ref: 47200025370).

A burglary occurred on High Street, Polegate, at around 16:58hrs whereby a garage was broken into that was not attached to the property, no items were believed to be stolen from within (Ref: 47200025723)

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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