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Friday 3rd April 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Drivers urged to view dashcams in search for missing Owen

Sussex Police have urged motorists who may have been in the Saltdean area where a missing teenager was last seen a week ago to check any dashcam footage they may have.

Owen Harding, 16, left his home in Saltdean around 6pm on Thursday, March 26. Two witnesses have reported a boy matching his description alongside the A259 near the clifftop at around 6.15pm and 6.30pm. Police hope that someone may have captured video that will show where he went after that.

A CCTV photo shows Owen walking south in Bannings Vale around 6.50pm and from here he may have turned into Hamsey Road. 

Another photo has emerged of a person meeting Owen's description walking by a house in Bevendean Avenue, heading south, at 6.08pm that day, but it is not clear if it is he. If anyone recognises this person and it is not Owen, police would also like to hear from them so that that line of enquiry may be ruled out.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry said: "It's now been a week since Owen’s disappearance and we share the concern of his family and friends for his safety and welfare. 

"Searches have been taking place in the Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs area and there have been extensive enquiries locally. We are aware of his connection to Yorkshire and suggestions that he may have set out to walk there to see his girlfriend. We have not discounted this, but there are no indications at all to support this or indeed that he has left Sussex.

“We would like to thank the public for their support in our investigation and while we appreciate people would like to help with our searches, we are urging everyone to abide by Government guidance at all times. We are utilising all of our available resources to search locally and will, of course, link up with colleagues across the country if there is anything to suggest that he has travelled out of Sussex.

"We are very keen to hear from anyone who can help us in our search for him. This may be through dashcam footage, local CCTV along the A259 between Newhaven and Brighton, by identifying the person in Bevendean Avenue or anything else, no matter how small you think that might be, that might lead to his safe return.

"He is white, 5' 11" - 6', of athletic build, with short brown hair. He normally wears white trainers and a dark hoodie, but is thought to have been wearing dark joggers.

"If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, please report online or call 101 quoting Operation Chartwell. If you see him, please dial 999 immediately."

ASB Patrols Across The District - Op Blitz Tonight and Tomorrow

With over 20 hours already given to ASB patrols in the last few days, our Op Blitz teams are out again tonight 07989188960 between 4-10 pm to report any ASB across the district.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can be distressing for members of the public and residents in the area, and it will not be tolerated by the force.

Our additional Op Blitz patrols still continue to be in place each Friday and Saturday between 4 and 10pm during the #Corona Pandemic, where you can report any ASB or youth related crime and disorder directly to officers out on the ground.

Outside of these times, please continue to report non-emergencies to 101 or visit us online. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Lewes District Sees Drop In Burglaries

We have seen a decrease in burglaries across the district this week, with only 2 reported burglaries since the 30th March.

Whilst this is a positive sign; with more people being at home during the current Corona pandemic, now is a great time to review your home security:

Not driving at the moment? Put your car keys in a safe place out of view making sure your vehicle is locked and secure

Getting fresh air in the garden? Check - do all your windows and doors lock securely? Check them from the outside, could you get in?

Seen someone on your neighbour’s property that you do not recognise? Report your suspicions to the Police

Consider texting/emailing neighbours, or residents in your property, share contact numbers with each other and check in with each other - reporting suspicious activities between you so everyone is aware

Continue to take laptops, tablets and expensive equipment up to bed with you, or make sure they are out of sight

More tips and advice here.

Police chief thanks hundreds of ‘police emergency volunteers'

The Chief Constable has praised hundreds of members of the public who have come forward to offer their services to support the county’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Following a call for support last week, more than 580 members of the public have expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer to help support Surrey Police and Sussex Police should resources reduce or additional specific skills and experience are required.

Sussex Police is continuing to plan ahead during this period of dealing with Covid-19 and as such, is creating a database of retired police officers, specials and police staff who may wish to return to policing for a temporary period, and members of the public who may have specific skills that would be of use.

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said: “We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer.

“We were delighted with the response we received and believe it demonstrates the great sense of community here in Sussex, with everyone wanting to pull together and help.

“This is also reflected in how the vast majority of the public are already supporting the force’s work by adhering to the government guidelines to stay indoors, to only travel when essential and to observe safe social distancing.”

As the situation progresses over the next few weeks, Sussex Police will continue to monitor its resourcing levels and assess the potential demand for additional roles. If it is felt a person’s particular skills can be utilised, Sussex Police will make contact with them.

CC Giles York added: “We will endeavour to update all those who have expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer, but due to the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the situation and the volume of expressions we have received, this may not always be possible.

“We ask people to please bear with us and know that even if we don’t respond to you immediately, we are incredibly grateful to you for expressing an interest in supporting Sussex Police.”

Sussex Police continues to engage with members of the public and explain the importance of following the government guidance, to protect public health and the NHS.

CC Giles York said: “We are encouraging people to comply with the government guidance but if faced with non-compliance we will, if necessary and proportionate, follow up with enforcement action as set out in the new legislation.

"Sussex Police has a strong relationship with our communities and I know my officers will be using their skills and powers in a way that maintains public support. I have received many messages of support from community leaders and the public and am pleased to pass them onto officers who are taking personal risks to protect the NHS, they really make a difference.
“We would also like to reassure the public that although we are putting these contingency plans in place, we are still in a position to respond to emergencies and carry out the normal day-to-day policing expected of us, to keep the public and our communities safe.”

Jake Mayers returns home safe (Seaford)

Missing Seaford teenager Jake Mayers returned home safe and well on Wednesday morning (1 April).

Thank you for sharing and caring.

Man jailed for spitting at officers while claiming to be infected with coronavirus

A man who repeatedly spat at officers while claiming to be infected with coronavirus has been jailed.

The Crown Prosecution Service authorised Peter Davy, 65, unemployed of Albion Street, Brighton, to be charged with three counts of assaulting an emergency worker; using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence; and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Officers attended a report of criminal damage at a block of flats in Albion Street around 5.50pm on Saturday (28 March).

While responding to the incident, Davy repeatedly spat at the police officers while claiming he was infected with coronavirus.

Davy appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (30 March) and was given a 12-week custodial sentence.

Divisional Commander for Brighton and Hove, Nick May said: "This is an appalling act by this defendant, against officers simply doing their job of protecting the public. 

"The fact that he spat at the officers is bad enough, but to then claim to have Covid-19, makes the behaviour even more despicable. Being assaulted is not part of the job.  

"I very much welcome the sentencing of the court as it acknowledges the severity of this case."

Crime Summary

During the day time of the 31st March, a burglary occurred at a property on Railway Road, Newhaven. Unknown suspects have forced entry to locks to gain entry, electronic equipment was stolen. (0290 of 31/03 relates)

Overnight on the 1-2 April, a residential property off Lewes Road, Ringmer. Was broken into and a quad bike stolen from the premises. Unknown suspects have cut fences to gain entry to the property. Tools were also targeted. (0287 of 02/04 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:

Criminals are targeting people with NHS scam emails.

The NHS will NEVER ask you to send money directly to a bank account.
If you would like to donate to the NHS, you should do so via their official channels or your local NHS Trust. More info here.

Received a call or email asking for your personal or financial info?

Take a moment to stop and think, it could protect your money. For more info take five 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?

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