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Thursday 7th May 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts


Lewes Team up with Key Workers for this week's #ClapForCarers


To all the Key Workers, this one is for you - THANK YOU from Lewes Police for your hard work, bravery and dedication!

From a distance, Officers joined Lewes Ambulance, and District council staff, as well as key workers from Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Royal Mail staff for our montage this week.

Remember all the NHS heroes in scrubs, uniforms and overalls next time you think about going out and please continue to #StayHomeSaveLives

Thank you.





Peacehaven residents help make arrests


Police acting on community intelligence have arrested and charged a man and a woman with burglary and theft.

Officers received a call reporting a residential burglary in Horsham Avenue, Peacehaven, around 1.40pm on Wednesday (April 29).

The victim had taken a photograph of a van suspected of being involved in the burglary.

The next day, on Thursday (April 30), the same van was subsequently mentioned in reports of two other thefts - in Downland Avenue, Peacehaven, and Lenham Avenue, Saltdean.

Officers located and stopped the van in Seaford after a relative of one of the victims reported seeing it in the area.

A man and a woman were subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft.

Mircea Constantin, 45, unemployed, of Horsham Road, Bexleyheath, Bexley, has been charged with one count of burglary with intent to steal and two counts of theft.

Anita Constantin, 45, unemployed, of Horsham Road, Bexleyheath, Bexley, has been charged with three counts of theft.

They have both been released on conditional bail to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on July 2.

Police have recovered a number of suspected stolen items from the van and are keen to hear from people in the Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Saltdean areas if they were the victim of theft, particularly of metal items, on Thursday (April 30).

Anyone who thinks they may be a victim is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 47200071337.




Operation Blitz – Tackling ASB in your towns and villages

Operation Blitz is a designated ASB patrol, and an on-going drive, each Friday and Saturday night between 4pm-10pm (during the Spring months, and in addition to our weekly patrols across the district), in which officers from the Lewes district Prevention team take to the streets in areas which have seen an increase in ASB crimes, or youth related ASB, along with areas which have come to attention from your reports over the week.

Our designated ASB patrols continue during the Covid-19 pandemic.

From 4pm-10pm, you can call officers on a designated phone number should you witness or become victim of any ASB, or youth related ASB. The contact number for the Lewes areas (which covers all rural towns north of Lewes, right down through the coast including Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford) is: 07989 188960.

Outside of these times, please continue to report ASB to us on 101, or report online on the newly designed ASB reporting form here

Whilst we continue to direct patrols to known areas of ASB to prevent further occurrences; no one knows your neighbourhood quite like you do - ASB in our district will not be tolerated, if you have any concerns within your local community around ASB, please report it to us by either calling 101, or visiting our website www.sussex.police.uk - alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Your reports help to form designated patrols across the district, and assist your local Prevention team in intervening early, to help prevent ASB and crime and disorder from occurring across your towns and villages.

Remember if an offence is occurring, or there is an immediate danger to you or those around you, always call 999.




VE Day Celebrations – social distancing

VE Day on 8 May is ordinarily a day of celebrations marking the end of fighting in Europe in World War Two.

After years of hardship people celebrated with family get-togethers and street parties.

This year it’s very different and while we want you to celebrate such a momentous day, we can’t do the things we want to do. It’s our turn to save lives.

If you are planning a garden party keep it to your household and garden only. Talk to your neighbours but stay at least 2m away from them and do not gather on your street. 

We don’t want to break up a responsible socially-distanced party but mass-gatherings or large groups are highly likely to be reported to us and if people are not following government guidance we will have no choice but to intervene.

You can also join in with virtual VE Day celebrations, how about:

Downloading a bunting template? Colour, stick, cut and sew your own for with the kids

Pause at 11am for a 2-minute silence to remember those who lost their lives
Watch at 11.15am the Royal British Legion's live stream

Raise a cup, glass or beaker to the heroes of WW2 in the ‘Nation’s Toast’ at 3pm

Sing along at 9pm with BBC One's rendition of Vera Lynn's 'We'll meet again'

We’ve come so far and achieved so much.

Please respect social distancing to protect the lives of others and celebrate safely - Thank you.




We still need to help stay home to save lives

Thank you once again to the vast majority of Sussex residents who continue to observe the government’s restrictions and maintain socially distancing to ensure the cases of coronavirus do not suddenly escalate.

Together with all our colleagues responding to this unprecedented pandemic we are working hard to keep people safe and protect the most vulnerable to save lives. But we are not over this national health emergency yet and we ask the public to listen to government advice and only change behaviours as new guidance is provided. 

"Now is certainly not the time to attend parties, travel to family and friends for birthday celebrations or make a long journey for a day trip to the beach,” said Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick.

"However this is just what some people did this weekend and they were issued with fines for flouting the travel and social distancing restrictions and potential putting people’s lives at risk.

"We know that it isn’t easy, especially when the sun is out but fine weather is no indicator of the restrictions lifting or indeed the spread of coronavirus slowing, there is still a way to go.

"Those, who explained they were bored and fancied a day at the beach, were issued fines at Birling Gap, Seven Sisters, Camber Sands and Brighton. They account for about half of the 45 fines issued in Sussex on Saturday.

"Also falling foul of the current restrictions that day were those who travelled to family or friends’ birthday parties; or joined friends in their cars for a day out.”

Seven fines have gone to parents in the last week, after their children, aged 15 to 17, were taken home after they had met up with their friends and refused to follow advice from our officers.

Chief Supt Derrick added: “Perhaps now more than ever, we need people to take personal responsibility to help slow the spread of this deadly disease.

They need to take socially distance seriously, stay local and avoid places that are popular such as coasts, beauty spots or popular countryside walks to minimise the number of people they may meet. 

"Our policing approach during the lockdown has not changed. We are still in communities patrolling, we are still talking to the public and explaining the guidance and legislation, but we will take enforcement action when it is absolutely necessary to do so.

“We are working 24/7 preventing and solving crime and the online demand in our Contact Centre has escalated, driven by the public reporting breaches of the current measures.

"We can only save the unnecessary loss of lives by taking personal responsibility for our actions and supporting one another over the coming days, weeks and months."




Rural Policing continues to deter and prevent crime

Rural crime is an issue for large areas of the district, it can impact on insurance premiums, food prices and can cause damage to our local communities - Our Policing commitment to rural communities continues to be a priority during the current climate.

We have created the below crime prevention advice, to help offer support and raise awareness to farm owners and rural residents in areas that may not have access to a local Police station or Police contact point; to pass on valuable crime prevention advice and safeguarding techniques to help you keep your properties, machinery, livestock and outbuildings safe from theft and criminal damage.

Equipment and tool security
• Lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use, and install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept - mark your tools and equipment and register them online
• Always lock farm vehicles when left outside and keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
• Consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors

Estate and building security
• Keep the boundaries of land and property well-maintained and secure
• Keep all doors and windows shut and locked when not in use, and make sure windows and door frames are secure and in good repair with good quality window locks
• Fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings, or consider security bars and grilles for vulnerable windows
• Use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards
• Establish a single gated entrance and exit, removing all private access points that are not in use

Protect your land
• Look closely at the perimeter to ensure it is as secure as possible
• Consider using large tree trunks, rocks, ditching and earth mounds around boundaries to prevent access
• Restrict vehicle access by digging deep ditches
• Keep unused land maintained and free from litter and other waste

Livestock theft
• Make regular checks of the fields where animals are kept to check that fences haven’t been breached
• Use ear tags, horn brands, freeze marking or tattooing to make your animals more easily identifiable
• Keep your hedges, fences and gates in good repair: field gate hinges should have capping hinges so they can't be removed easily; cattle grids should be removable and locked out of position when they're not in use; use locking posts to obstruct large openings

Please do not hesitate to report suspicious activity around local businesses and rural areas to us.

If you have any information concerning burglary or people selling stolen goods, please get in touch with us immediately online on our Sussex Police website, or by calling 101.

Always remember: In an emergency, such as a crime in progress, or burglary where suspects are still on the scene, please dial 999.




Sussex Police have introduced new initiatives to encourage the reporting of domestic abuse and support victims, an issue which remains a priority for the force at this crucial time. 

A new specialist unit, the Local Resolution Team, can deal by appointment with any cases that are not immediately urgent, including a new video appointment service when conversations can’t take place face to face. 

The 30-strong team of specially trained officers are dedicated to dealing with reports of domestic abuse which are not immediately urgent. They discuss the incident with the caller, carry out an initial investigation and provide safeguarding advice, to leave the victim feeling safer than before and to explore available investigative opportunities to prosecute those responsible for domestic abuse.

Detective Superintendent Steve Rayland of the force's Public Protection Command said; "Our preference is to see someone face to face in private at a police station. However, we recognise that current restrictions such as vulnerable categories, self-isolation, or travel, will not be able to attend so the force has new video conferencing technology.

"The officers obtain a safe contact number and send a one time text message to the caller's smartphone. Activating this link puts the caller in to a virtual waiting room where one of our officers will be able to see and talk to them so that an investigation can take place."

Part of the safeguarding advice includes referrals to independent support agencies such as Rise and Worth Services.

Afterwards, the caller is told to delete the text, which is disguised in the first place to hide any links with the police. 

New dedicated ‘Domestic Abuse’ cars across Sussex are also responding to reports where there is not an immediate threat, in addition to emergency response officers who always respond immediately to high risk incidents.These additional mobile resources are equipped with body worn video and respond in marked cars to reports of domestic abuse, with time to listen and deal thoroughly with the allegations.

The force is also carrying out domestic abuse awareness publicity at local supermarkets, with high profile signage at entrances and take-away information, complementing an online campaign. Even though our social media pages are already reaching out those affected by domestic abuse, we recognise that not everyone has access to the Internet, and some may have their access controlled. 

So police officers and PCSOs are visiting supermarkets to raise awareness of domestic abuse and let people know that despite what is going on right now the police are still here, will still respond if you need help, and will arrest and prosecute. Lockdown hasn’t changed our focus on domestic abuse, it is still a priority and if you are suffering from domestic abuse we urge you to call us or speak to an officer.

Steve Rayland said; "We are adapting to ensure we can support people at risk and find them a safe space. 

"It’s really important people know that alongside these new initiatives we continue to respond to domestic abuse as normal, arresting perpetrators and protecting vulnerable people.

"No matter what is going on around us there is no excuse for domestic abuse it simple isn’t acceptable. The police priority hasn’t changed if you are victim of domestic abuse I would urge you to make contact with us so that we can help."

If you're a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call police on 999. 
If you can’t talk because the perpetrator is nearby, you can then press the numbers ‘55’ into your mobile phone which will alert the operator to your situation.

The Sussex Safe Space website also provides a valuable directory of help and support from all agencies, available near you.






Crime Summary

There have only been two reported burglaries across the Lewes district in the last 7 days.

During the day time of the 1st May, a property on High Street, Lewes, was broken into. Unknown suspects have forced entry to the front door, removing the main lock. Once inside a search of the property has been conducted, and electrics including a smart watch was targeted. (1058 of 01/05 relates)

A business address on Newhaven Road, Kingston, was broken into on the 3rd May. A male has climbed outer fencing to gain entry to the premises. Once inside items and products from the business have been stolen. (0438 of 06/05 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?

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 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.

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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.




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