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Thursday 28th May 2020

Wealden District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Operation Blitz ASB patrols

Your Op Blitz (ASB patrols) teams are out again this Friday and Saturday.

Please call 07770700642 between 6pm and midnight to report any ASB across the district during the times given.

Op Blitz patrols are in addition to our regular patrols of your towns and villages, and are an ongoing initiative each Friday and Saturday, 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

​​​​​​​Meet the new recruits who joined the force as the county locked down to fight the pandemic

As the nation went into lockdown and the force readied itself for the peak of the Covid 19 pandemic, new recruit PCSO Tara Reid McCoy was just about to start her new career on the streets of East Sussex.

Along with 33 fellow PCSO apprentices, Tara was deployed a few weeks early on 30 March to help boost the county effort to protect the NHS and save lives.

“We were so eager to get out there and help,” says Tara, who is now part of the Hastings Prevention Team. “We had already done two weeks shadowing with our teams out on the streets, and really wanted to do our bit to support the community and NHS.”

Adrian Rutherford, Director of Peoples Services said: “To assist the nationwide effort to contain the virus and save lives, we took the decision to deploy this cohort of PCSOs three weeks early to boost our local policing teams.  We also readied our PC trainees for early deployment, should this be necessary.”

“The 34 PCSOs had completed the major part of their initial 12 week HQ training, so by consolidating the vital elements and rescheduling some of their non-essential training to later in the year, the recruits were able to rejoin their tutors in community policing teams sooner."

Heading out to their new policing teams in the next few weeks are also 61 new police constable apprentices who, despite experiencing lockdown just one week into their degree apprenticeship at Police HQ, have still completed their foundation training on time.

By adapting training to meet social distancing guidelines, recruits like PC Ramon Vaughan Williams were able to continue much of their classroom-based training at home through online learning and video conferencing.

“Despite the challenging environment,” says Adrian Rutherford, “We are pleased to say our recruitment and training of new PCs and PCSOs is 100 percent on track, ensuring we continue to get new officers out on the streets.”

“Through working with the College of Policing and embracing technology, our training team have been creative in ensuring our students can still fully engage with their learning programmes, tutors and colleagues while at home.”

“Trainees still come to HQ for practical elements of their programme like scenario training and personal safety training, with appropriate social distancing and other measures in place.”

“With these 61 PCs about to join their policing teams and another 70 PC apprentices due to start training next month, I am pleased to say we are still well on our way to achieving the expected government-funded uplift of 129 officers by March 2021. The force’s recruitment and training of staff and PCSOs funded by the rise in council tax precept is still fully on track as well.”

As a PC apprentice, Ramon will be joining the Brighton coaching unit* at John Street Police Station where he will do 21 weeks ‘coached patrol’ alongside his coach, a working police officer.

PC Ramon Vaughan Williams is set to join the Brighton Response Team in June

“I’m really excited about getting stuck in. We will be working mainly on response from the start, so we will be going out attending certain emergencies and other urgent issues.”

“I’m looking forward to engaging with the public and trying to help resolve issues and problems at this challenging time. As a civil enforcement officer in Worthing, I found I was able to help diffuse difficult situations through being a good listener and using a calm approach. I find life experience helps a lot.”

PC Tara Reid McCoy has now been on the streets of Hastings for six weeks, where she is continuing her apprenticeship alongside her tutor.

Just a few weeks into her career she was highly praised by her chief officers for her professionalism, confidence and resilience in assisting in the arrest of an abusive non-compliant individual.

“I think going in at the deep end, as we have at this time, has been a positive thing," said Tara. "I have drawn a lot of confidence from it. You don’t know how you will deal with a situation until you are in it.

“I always wanted to be a police officer as when I was a child some police officers helped myself and my family. As a PCSO you get to deal with things in slow time; you go into a problem seeing the bigger picture and help to change people's lives.”

Fellow Hastings recruit, PCSO Maria Barraclough, was inspired by her son, a response officer in Brighton, to join up after working as a security guard at Gatwick for many years:

“I was concerned I was too old to join but my son would keep pointing out how my life experience would hold me in good stead for dealing with the kind of incidents he was.”

“I’m glad I made the leap as I’m really enjoying it. Obviously with the new regulations and explaining them to the public, that has been a challenge but I am always alongside my tutor, PCSO Liam Janman, so you learn on the job.

“I love that every day is different. One minute you are patrolling the town centre and the next minute you are dealing with a neighbourhood dispute”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The lockdown has meant that we have all had to adapt and change our ways of working.  Sussex Police are no exception to this and I’m incredibly impressed by how they have stepped up to the challenge. They have found new ways to recruit and train both PCSOs and police officers so that we stay 100% on track with our plans to further strengthen our frontline during this crisis and beyond.

“The police are now not only here to uphold the law but they are also playing a crucial role in supporting the public health measures to keep us all safe.  By working hard to get new recruits ready for early deployment, senior officers have made sure that they are out patrolling our streets as soon as possible.

“I want to thank everyone who applied to join and wish those who are just beginning their career with Sussex Police, the very best of luck.”

* There are six PC coaching units throughout Sussex at stations in Bexhill, Polegate, Brighton, Horsham, Worthing and Bognor.

Sussex Police’s Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) carried out a warrant at an address in Saltdean following concerns of suspected drug dealing.

Acting on information received from the public, the team searched the house and seized  £35,000 worth of drugs including cocaine, cannabis and diazepam, along with £16,000 cash. Two men aged 32 and 47 and a 56-year-old woman were all arrested on suspicion for being concerned in the supply of drugs. They have been released under investigation.

The team, made up of officers with specialist skills in proactive policing, carries out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed.

The TEU captures some of Sussex’s most wanted and prolific offenders, including those involved in serious violence, organised crime and county lines drugs gangs.

Policing as usual continues in Sussex, despite the current crisis we are living in. This enforcement activity shows the importance of making the right call, and to report anything suspicious to us, or other agencies anonymously such as Crimestoppers so that we can respond effectively.

Our priority is keeping communities safe and feeling safe, and we are asking the public to continue to make the right call so we can ensure that our resources are focused on those who genuinely need our help and to prevent crime.

Since the launch of the TEU on 16 December 2019, the team has made 105 arrests, conducted 263 intelligence led stop and searches, seized thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs, weapons, cash and helped to safeguard vulnerable people and those at risk of exploitation. 

One initial central team made up of eight PCs, a Sergeant and led by an inspector, is expanding from May 29 thanks to the additional precept and Government funding. The team is growing to form three teams in each division, the next expansion is in West Sussex, followed by East Sussex in July this year.

Inspector Dan Hiles, who is leading the TEU, said: “There is no officer who enjoys the idea of a criminal evading justice. The unit was set up to target exactly those people, while helping to keep communities safe."

If you notice anything suspicious, we want to know about it. Please report online or call 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

You can alternatively report anonymously to Crimestoppers here or by calling 0800 555 111.​​​​​​​

Sussex Police is reminding the public that hate crime will not be tolerated in the county.

Superintendent Rachel Swinney, the Force Hate Crime lead, said: “The impact of coronavirus is widespread and is affecting most of us in some way. 

“We have seen many communities coming together to help and support each other however there may still be people who are being targeted simply for being who they are.

“I would like people to feel confident in reporting matters of hate crime to us. We are committed to treating victims with respect and empathy, incidents and any reports will be taken seriously. 

“I am aware there has been an increase nationally towards the Chinese/Asian communities. We have been fortunate not to see the same trend locally but as lockdown measures ease this may change. I urge anyone who may have suffered a hate crime to report it.

“I would also like to reinforce the message that it’s not just victims who can report hate crime; witnesses are vital and can play their part too by reporting any incidents seen. We work closely with partner agencies to ensure both victims and witnesses reporting a hate crime receive the relevant support.”

The Force participate in the national awareness weeks for hate crime which aim to raise understanding of what hate crime is. These advice weeks are a platform to encourage victims to report matters of hate crime to us to ensure support is provided and the relevant action is taken against the perpetrators. 

Supt Swinney added: “A hate crime doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are is also a crime. This includes circumstances whereby someone posts abusive or offensive messages. 

“Last month we were called to a shoplifting offence at a shop in a Brighton shopping centre. On arrival it was reported the suspect allegedly racially abused a security guard. 

“Ishmal Mohammed, 24, of no fixed address was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress, two counts of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress in words or writing. He was released on court bail until 29 May. 

“The severity of hate crime offences has also been acknowledged by the courts and judges can impose a higher sentence if hate crime is one of the offences recorded.” 

Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

For those who wish to report online, you can do so here

People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website operated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. 

There is also a range of support agencies to whom you can report – for more details, please see our website.

If you have been a victim of hate crime you can also find support online at Safe:Space Sussex, a directory of local specialist services to help people find all the information they need here.

Crime Summary

A bicycle was stolen from a communal area at a property off Berkley Avenue, Hailsham during the day of the 21st May. (401 of 21/05 relates)

An attempted burglary occurred at a property off Freshfield Lane, Danehill late evening on the 24th May. Homeowners alarms sounded from an outbuilding, and they noticed a figure making off from the area. Fortunately no access was gained and nothing was stolen. (544 of 24/05 relates)

A school off School Lane, Uckfield reported an attempted burglary to the property which was noticed on the 26th May. An attempt has been made to enter doors, and handles damaged in the process. No entry was gained. (1131 of 26/05 relates)

A distraction burglary occurred at a property off Nursery Path, Hailsham late afternoon on the 26th May. A male has gained entry to the property and money has been taken after claiming the garden needed some work doing. Investigations are ongoing. (1281 of 26/05 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries on the Wealden 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:

EasyJet cyber breach:

Action Fraud has been made aware by the National Cyber Security Centre of the cyber breach affecting EasyJet customers. We’re currently monitoring our system for EasyJet related reports to see if there has been a significant increase.

Click here.

At this time we’re advising the public that if they think they’ve been a victim of fraud as a result of a data breach, to report it Action Fraud via the online reporting tool or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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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