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Thursday 19th March 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Firle Flytipping

Officers attended with colleagues from NeighbourHood First to address your concerns of recent fly tipping in Firle.

Fly tipping on an industrial scale like this can include hazardous waste, please do not attempt to clear items and report large scale fly tipping to the Police.

While the police will take action if we witness it happening, if you’ve witnessed small scale littering or people leaving a mess in public, please don’t attempt to remove the rubbish yourself in case there are hidden sharp or dangerous items - instead contact your local council who will arrange for the rubbish to be removed.

HGV driver charged with drink-driving on the A27

An HGV driver has been arrested and charged with drink-driving after he was reported by an off-duty police officer.

Sebastiao Martins De Pinho was stopped in his vehicle on the A27 at Beddingham about 9.48pm on Tuesday 17 March.

The 48-year-old failed a roadside breath test, and was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 86mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Martins De Pinho, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 18 March.

Operation Sceptre – Knife Crime Awareness Week 23-29th March 2020

Operation Sceptre starts next week; a national campaign which takes place twice a year, supporting the work Sussex Police carry out all year to ensure residents and communities are safe from knife crime.

The campaign will be a mix of targeted operational activities, and educational activities, aimed at removing unwanted knives and weapons from the streets.

Targeted activities will include an increase in stop and searches, knife amnesty no questions asked bins across front offices, and educational visits to schools, colleges and youth groups by Prevention Youth Officers, and Reboot staff to help reassure young people they are safer by not carrying knives and walking away from harm.

Across the Lewes district, knife amnesty bins will be set up in all front offices, including Lewes, Newhaven, and Seaford (these will remain after the week).

Other activities on the district, will see PCs, PCSOs and various volunteers
hitting park areas of the district, as well as town centres such as Newhaven and Lewes with metal detectors, to conduct knife sweeps to locate hidden, or discarded knives and implements.

Advice for parents and carers:

Some young people carry a knife because they are worried about becoming a victim of knife crime. Unfortunately, carrying a knife only increases their chance of becoming hurt.

The easiest and most common place for young people to get a knife is from the family home. If you think something isn’t quite right then consider other less obvious warning signs, including:
  • • They have become withdrawn, or they are quieter than usual
  • • Their school or college is reporting worrying changes in their behaviour, or their grades and interest in education have suddenly dropped
  • • They have lost interest in hobbies and are vague about their movements
  • • They have changed their group of friends, perhaps to an older network
  • • They have become suddenly secretive about their belongings, or where they have been, or have been lying about staying with friends

There are other reasons why young people exhibit these behaviours, such as problems at school, or struggles with their mental health; it may not be knife related but if you spot any of the above, do talk to them. Ask their views on knife crime, and whether they would ever consider carrying a knife, discover if they feel safe when they go out, and if not, why not?

You can report concerns around knife crime to us online, or by calling 101 – you can also report anonymously to CrimeStoppers online.

Lewes District Quarterly Newsletter

Dear members, for those who have not yet seen, or read our quarterly newsletter this can be found by clicking here.

Your Lewes Prevention Team covers all areas of Lewes, Ringmer, right up to Wivelsfield and surrounds; as well as down through the coast, including Telscombe Cliffe, Peacehaven, Seaford and Newhaven.

This quarterly newsletter gives details of upcoming events on the district, news on our ongoing patrols, updates on anti-social behaviour patrols, and more…

Should you run groups, or volunteer across the district, please feel free to share the newsletter with your members.

Thank you.

Crime Summary

A commercial property off The Hollow, Newhaven had tools stolen from locked areas of the site overnight on the 13th after forcing entry to storage buildings. (1386 of 13/03 relates)

Mid afternoon on the 14th a property off Chapel Street, Newhaven reported disrupting an unknown male trying door handles of their property, the suspects have also smashed a window in an attempt to gain entry. (1032 of 14/03 relates)

A porta cabin was damaged and entry attempted off Ham Lane, Lewes, overnight on the 15th-16th. Significant damaged was caused however fortunately nothing was stolen. (0213 of 16/03 relates)

Tools and various gardening items were stolen from allotments on Earwig Corner, Lewes, over the weekend of the 14th-16th. Damage was also caused, with allotments being smashed to gain entry and take items from inside. (0775 of 15/03 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:

Fraudsters may use the fact more people are staying at home, as an opportunity to operate doorstep scams. Our video here with Age UK explains how to protect yourself

Did you catch our Cyber Protect UK Officer Max Bruce on BBC Crimewatch this morning talking about the latest coronavirus scams? You can watch his interview click here.

CORONAVIRUS SCAMS: victims of coronavirus-related scams have lost over £800k in one month. Follow click here for more details.

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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