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Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts
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Thursday 30th April 2020
Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts
A big thank you to EDGH from Eastbourne Policing teams
We were so humbled by the message from Eastbourne’s A&E staff last week that we wanted to return the love – THANK YOU for your bravery and dedication!
Remember all the NHS heroes in scrubs, uniforms and overalls next time you think about going out and Stay Home Save Lives.
Man convicted of three Eastbourne house burglaries
A man has been convicted of burgling three homes in one night in Eastbourne.
Daniel Passmore, 25, unemployed, of no fixed address, had only been out of prison for three weeks before he was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft.
Officers had been made aware of burglaries at three homes in the Langney area of Eastbourne overnight on Saturday, April 18 - one in Sevenoaks Road and two in Cornish Close. All three had happened while the occupants were present and sleeping upstairs.
A number of items were taken during the burglaries, including handbags and purses containing bank cards and cash, cigarettes and trainers.
CCTV footage from a house next door to one of the victims captured a man trying the door handles at that address, before moving on to the victim's property. The man was later identified as Passmore.
Passmore was charged with three counts of burglary and theft, and appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (April 22).
He was convicted of all three offences and remanded in custody for sentencing at Lewes Crown Court on May 20.
International Worker’s Memorial Day
In honour of every doctor, nurse, carer and key worker who has died in the fight against Covid-19, at 11am on Wednesday 28th we paused for a minute of silence and reflection.
Our gratitude for your selflessness and sacrifice has no bounds.
In respect to those that cannot be here today to tell you in their own words, please stay at home and help save lives.
We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for Staying at Home, Protecting the NHS and Saving Lives these past few weeks.
We all know it’s frustrating when you see or hear of others who aren’t doing their bit, and we all know everyone is getting irritable and wound up.
We all know this is not easy, for anyone, but know it is not forever, and just how important it is for everyone to continue to follow the guidance issued.
You can report potential breaches of Covid19 measures to us online here.
Warnings over hacking House Party or Zoom apps
Has your child been having house parties, not the physical kind with broken vases and stained carpets but the online sort?
Apps that enable young people to socialise online have become a lifeline for keeping in touch with friends at this time.
But there have been increasing reports of zoom bombing in both Zoom and Houseparty apps where the call is hacked, sometimes with indecent images.
Where children of all ages are off school and wanting to catch up with their friends on their own phones, or using their mum’s or dad’s, it can pose a real risk.
So no matter whether your child is 5 or 15, here are a few tips from us:
Make sure your child only shares the meeting link with people they know.
It’s always smart to lock your front door, so lock the meeting room when you are in it.
Let your children know that if they are the host, they can turn off someone’s video at any time.
It’s a good idea to set random meeting IDs, to stop people crashing into your child’s virtual space.
Zoom have something called the Waiting Room which allows hosts to control who comes and goes.
We deal with all reports of this nature incredibly seriously. So if your child reports anything like this, please tell us online.
Please share this advice with elderly, or vulnerable members of family/friends
Beware of fraudsters that may try to call or knock on your door offering to test you for Covid-19.
We have received a report from the carer of an elderly gentleman who received a phone call to say someone would be coming to test him for Covid-19.
Please make elderly relatives aware that these are scams. Hang up or close the door immediately.
Now, more than ever, we want to remind you to:
Check people are who they say they are when they phone you
Never send money or financial details to anyone who you don’t know or don’t trust
Keep your personal information to yourself
Make decisions in your own time – don’t be rushed
Phone a relative or friend for help or advice
If you have been a victim of a scam, report it to Action Fraud.
Already this week over 15 arrests have been made across the Eastbourne district, with offences including, criminal damage, theft, burglary, possession of drugs and ABH
As we head into the weekend, the safety and welfare of local communities continues to remain our top priority during the current climate.
There are no crime types that we would no longer respond to and we will not stop arresting people – you should continue to call 999 in an emergency where a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life.
If your call is not urgent and can be reported through our website, we ask you to do so in order to release the pressure on our emergency lines and resources - our online services offer you the option to self-report, which will be then be prioritised and actioned.
Each contact to the police for help will be risk assessed.
Priority of response will be given to maintaining public order, situations of violence or where life is in danger and where a very vulnerable person is involved. Please do not call police to report cases of COVID-19
Sussex’s Deputy Chief Constable has described an increase in assaults on police officers and other emergency workers during the coronavirus pandemic as ‘sickening’
The comments from Jo Shiner come as news that Sussex Police has recorded a 39% increase against officers. PCSOs and other emergency workers in April compared to the same period last year – with an increasing number linked to Covid-19.
In all, 169 offences were recorded against frontline officers and staff* in the first four weeks of the lock down. These included officers being punched, kicked, bitten, spat and coughed on and threats to infect the officers and their families.
Last weekend, eight police officers and a PCSO across Sussex reported assaults including:
A man from Brighton who said he had Covid-19 and coughed in the officers face when he was arrested for possession of cocaine.
An officer who was bitten on the finger by a man fined for being out under Covid-19 legislation in Littlehampton.
In two other incidents in Brighton officers were kicked, grabbed, spat at and racially abused.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “It is absolutely sickening that police officers, staff and other emergency workers, putting themselves in harm’s way every day to help others, are being faced with violence and the threat of contamination.
“I have spoken to a number of injured officers over the past month and know how traumatising this is, both for the officers and their families, worried about the consequences.
“I have no doubt the vast majority of people will be equally appalled and agree that anyone putting public service workers in harms way during this crisis, or indeed at any time, deserve the harshest of sentences.”
In Sussex, 122 assaults against police officers were recorded between 23 March and 28 April, an increase of 58% compared with the same period last year.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I’m appalled that the women and men on the frontline of this crisis are being threatened with the virus that they are working so hard every day to protect us against.
“Let me be clear, coughing or spitting at an emergency worker and claiming to have Covid-19 will not be treated as some sort of practical joke. It is a crime and you will face harsh consequences.
“Whilst most people are behaving responsibly to help our emergency services, a few individuals are continuing to act selfishly. In many ways this pandemic has already brought out the very best in our communities but where it brings out the worst, offenders will be swiftly brought to justice.”
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that such behaviour could constitute common assault, and attacks on emergency workers specifically were punishable by up to two years in prison.
In the small hours of the 25th April, a business address on Lascelles Terrace, had cash and electronics stolen after a male gained entry to the property via a window. Potential CCTV should help to identify the suspect. (250 of 25/04 relates)
Overnight on the 26-27th April, garages off Southern Road were broken into by unknown suspects, various items have been stolen after unknown suspects have cut and forced padlocks from the garage doors, items included camping equipment. (601 of 27/04 relates)
A property off Collingwood Close was entered during the evening of the 27th April, an unknown male has gained entry to a communal area, and removed personal items from the property. Potential CCTV will assist in identifying this male. (921 of 27/04 relates)
A public house off Rangemore Drive was broken into late evening on the 27th April, an unknown male has attempted to smash open a window before forcing open a rear door. Fortunately nothing was stolen, although potential CCTV may assist in identifying the male. (495 of 28/04 relates)
There have been no further reports of burglaries on the Eastbourne 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:
Beware of scam COVID-19 ‘refund’ messages.
To help our investigations, report all HMRC related phishing emails and bogus text messages to us. Even if you get the same or similar phishing email or text message often, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.
Do not open attachments or click any links in an email or text message, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website.
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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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