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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 26th March 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Peacehaven Teen Arrested for ASB

A teenager has been arrested for public order offences after police responded to reports of anti-social behaviour in Peacehaven.

On Saturday evening (March 21), officers received numerous reports of a group of youths causing a disturbance around the Meridian Centre.

Officers providing a high visibility presence in the area engaged with the group and encouraged them to move on away from the shopping complex.

Mobile patrols continued in the area and a short while later, officers became aware the group had reformed and were walking around residential streets.

Several additional units from the local area, as well as from Brighton and Eastbourne, were deployed to the area in response to reports of the youths fighting.  

A Section 35 dispersal order was put in place for 24 hours to stop the group of youths causing a disturbance in any other area of Peacehaven.

A 16-year-old boy from the town was arrested on suspicion of public order offences and has since been referred to the Youth Offending Service.

Prevention Sergeant Amy Mason said: "Anti-social behaviour can be so distressing for members of the public and residents in the area, and it will not be tolerated by the force.

"We will continue to carry out high-visibility patrols in areas where anti-social behaviour is known to occur, and disperse groups of people identified as being involved in any criminal acts."

Police Warning Following Attempted Burglaries in Newhaven

Police are reminding residents to stay on the alert after an unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a house in Newhaven.

At about 7pm on Tuesday (17 March) damage was caused to the back door of a house in Chapel Street, Newhaven, but the would-be thief or thieves failed to get in and made off empty-handed.

PC Michael Turner said; "Access had been gained from an alleyway that runs between Chapel Street and South Road. If you were in the that evening and saw anything suspicious please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 280 of 19/03.

"Please also stay alert for any such attempts, take care to keep your property secure, and call us on 999 if you see anything that concerns you."
For more detailed advice on securing your property see the Sussex Police website

National Warning around Corona Virus Fraud

Police are reminding Sussex residents to stay on the alert as reports come in from elsewhere across the country of frauds or attempts related to the current Covid-19 coronavirus issue.

Only one report has so far been made to Sussex Police, of a suspicious phone call that went no further thanks to the alertness of the resident, but nationally there have been more than 100 reports to Action Fraud since the start of February, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000.

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived.

Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.

There have also been over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed 'phishing' emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details.

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:

• Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimics the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area, but to access this information the victim needs to either click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account

• Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates

• Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn

• Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing

Superintendent Sanjay Andersen, head of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, said: “Fraudsters will use any opportunity they can to take money from innocent people. This includes exploiting tragedies and global emergencies.

“The majority of scams we are seeing across the country relate to the online sale of protective items, and items that are in short supply across the country, due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We’re advising people not to panic and to think about the purchase they are making. When you’re online shopping it’s important to do your research and look at reviews of the site you are buying from.”

PC Bernadette Lawrie, Surrey and Sussex financial abuse safeguarding officer, said: "The advice is simple, think very carefully before you hand over your money or bankcard and don’t give out your personal details unless you are sure who you are dealing with.

"To date we have only seen one report in Sussex, involving an elderly vulnerable lady in Chichester who was phoned by someone impersonating a doctor and advising her that he had her personal details and that she had contracted the coronavirus. She hadn't. The motive was not established, but it was clearly suspicious. No money was lost and officers visited her to give reassurance and guidance on how to remain safe.

“We are working together across law enforcement, government and the private sector to combat this criminal activity and protect the public. If you think you have been a victim you can report to Action Fraud, but if you are elderly or vulnerable report directly to Sussex Police on 101 or online.

"You can protect yourself by:

- watching out for scam messages - don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details

- when shopping online, if you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as most major credit card providers insure online purchases

- protecting your devices from the latest threats - always install the latest
software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.

The National Cyber security Centre offers advice on looking after your devices.

Sussex Police's Operation Signature offers further information on how to keep yourself safe from unwanted callers and other approaches.

The NHS and Public Health England websites offer the latest health information and advice about Covid-19.

Crime Summary

Around 1pm on the 18th March, a property on Central Avenue, Peacehaven was broken into whereby a male suspect has gained entry to a front door. Electrical items were taken from inside. Following CCTV enquiries 2 arrests have been made. (607 of 18/03)

During the day time of the 18th March, a property on Cornwall Avenue, Peacehaven was broken into, whereby unknown suspects have entered the home and stolen various personal items including a laptop. Unknown suspects excited via a rear door. (867 of 18/03 relates)

A cycle was stolen from a locked hut, on West View Beach Huts, Seaford, overnight on the 23rd March. (219 of 24/03 relates)

An attempted burglary occurred at a business address on South Coast Road, Peacehaven late evening on the 23rd March, whereby unknown suspects have attempted to force door handles to the property. No entry was gained. (1146 of 24/03 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:

Working from home? How to make sure you or your organisation are prepared for an increase in home working, and advice on spotting coronavirus (COVID-19) scam emails from NCSC 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.

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