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Wealden District Police Weekly News and Alerts
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Thursday 4th June 2020
Wealden District Police Weekly News and Alerts
Patrols across Wealden this week
This week your local Wealden Prevention Team have been out and about on their regular patrols, keeping their eyes and ears to the ground, and speaking to residents and open businesses to gather intelligence and reports, to help prevent and disrupt crime in your local areas.
Patrols of Hartfield and surrounds were focused this week, following up reports, and making stops to local businesses and rural farms, after reports of rural burglaries and theft of farm equipment.
PCSOs Lewis and Davidson, both responsible for Hartfield and Crowborough spent time during the week, stopping in on victims of burglary, offering crime prevention advice and support, and following up any lines of enquiry.
As well as Hartfield, PCSO Brashill took to the streets of Forest Row, meeting up (at a distance) with residents who have reported rural crime, and spoke about the new Rural Crime Team which launched on Monday the 1st June.
PCSOs Lewis and Davidson also took to their bikes this week to conduct a high visability cycle patrol from Hailsham, down through to Polegate and Willingdon making stops on the way to locations that have seen an increase in crime and anti social behaviour. Areas that were checked, were Polegate station, High Street, and into Park Croft and onto Willingdon, where Tott Yew recreation ground has seen reports of littering and ASB in recent weeks.
If you are out over the coming days and continue to notice any issues, please report them to us on 101 or online.
Always call 999 in an emergency or crime in action.
Your reports help us to build a picture of the crime in your local area, please report any suspicions, no matter how small you think they may be, as we can gather reports and build intelligence, which will ensure our patrols are placed in hotspot areas, so that together we can address, and disrupt any crimes and issues your community faces.
New team launched to tackle countryside crime in Sussex
Sussex Police has launched a new rural crime team, whose overall aim is to crack down on unlawful behaviour in isolated communities.
This team, launched on Monday (June 1), has been made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne at the start of this financial year. The new funding will allow for more enforcement and greater local policing presence, part of which is rural crime.
The team will have a specialist focus on agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage issues and it has been brought together to serve the rural community, to increase confidence and encourage reporting through preventing crime and carrying out more proactive investigations.
Made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers (PCSOs), the team will be operating out of bases at Midhurst and Heathfield.
The impact of rural crime has become more apparent in recent years and this is reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
Sussex Police’s own Rural Crime Strategy aims to make rural communities feel safer by building long-lasting partnerships, responding to the community’s needs and provide an effective policing service. In turn, this work aims to increase confidence in the police in our more isolated areas.
With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).
Recently, Sussex Police arrested three men near High Hurstwood, Wealden, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. This is just one example of the force’s approach to disrupting rural crime in the county.
Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Sussex Police’s Rural Crime lead, said: “We are keenly aware of the significant impact that these types of crimes have on our remote communities, and the implementation of this new team is designed to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage reporting of rural crimes, because with this insight, we are able to deploy the team to where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. We have a substantial number of rural residents and businesses in Sussex and they deserve our protection.”
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “It is so important to have a dedicated team for this area of policing, which quite often can go unnoticed. We want to reassure the residents of Sussex that we are here to disrupt rural crime, to catch those who think they can get away with it and to ensure our more isolated communities feel safe in their own homes.
“There have been cases recently of animal thefts, quad bike thefts and numerous other countryside offences. We understand how destructive these are to people’s livelihoods, and how damaging they can be emotionally to the victim. We want perpetrators of these crimes to know we are here to catch them: do not consider committing the crime because we will bring you to justice.
“Working closely with partners, we can draw on expertise and resources from all over the county; together, we can provide the service needed to prevent rural crime.”
Operation Blitz – Tackling ASB in your towns and villages
ASB patrols are out again this weekend, call us on 07770700642 from 6pm - Midnight to report anti-social behaviour you see or hear. (Friday and Saturday each week only)
This week we will continue to patrol known areas, and hotspot locations, as well as your town centres following youth related ASB around supermarkets.
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.
Hundreds of offences detected in latest speed campaign
Police are reminding all road users to drive and ride responsibly, after more than 800 speeding offences were detected over the bank holiday weekend.
Officers were deployed across Surrey and Sussex to provide education and enforcement as part of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s bi-annual speed campaign, and in response to community concerns.
This consisted of static checks and proactive patrols on main roads including the M23, as well as rural routes including parts of the A29 and A272 in West Sussex, and sections of the A259 in East Sussex.
Across the weekend, more than 600 speeding offences were detected in Sussex and approximately 285 in Surrey, resulting in fines, prosecution notices and words of advice.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It is clear from the feedback we’ve had from the community and on social media that our response to this national campaign has been well received. However, it’s also clear that a small minority of motorists continue to drive or ride in excess of the speed limit.
“This is not about targeting any vehicle type in particular; this is about educating all motorists and providing enforcement where necessary. The bottom line is if you don’t exceed the speed limit, then you have nothing to worry about.”
In addition to speed checks, officers also detected a number of other offences, such as drink-driving, driving without insurance or an MOT, driving with an illegal number plate and this insecure load in Winchelsea, which resulted in a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice:
These dedicated patrols were in addition to Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s ongoing commitment to tackling the fatal four offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt – 365 days a year.
The campaign is also run in conjunction with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.
Chief Insp Hodder added: “We work closely with our Community Speedwatch volunteers to identify areas of concern and to address them accordingly. This may involve educational messaging, site speed checks and proactive policing enforcement.
“While the vast majority of road users drive safe and responsibly, there are a small number of people who wrongly assume they can use our roads to commit offences. In doing so, they are risking the lives of themselves and other road users.
“It only takes a momentary lapse in concentration or an unforeseen hazard to cause a collision. Once you add excess speed into the equation, these risks are greatly increased. Speed kills, it’s as simple as that.”
Last year in Sussex, a total of 1,393 speed-related collisions were recorded – the highest number in the county since 2009. Of these, 315 resulted in serious injuries and 18 in fatalities.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne commented: “Sussex residents are still telling me that road safety is one of their top local priorities, especially since lockdown has led to some road users ignoring safe speed limits.
“The recent rise in local council tax supported by residents has enabled Sussex Police to invest more money into the roads policing unit over the last year. I’m pleased to see that the team continues to take swift, proactive action to reduce the number of collisions and fatalities on our roads during this crisis and beyond.
“Sussex Police will continue to be a visible presence on our roads, educating all road users and they will not hesitate to use enforcement where necessary.”
For more information on this speed campaign, please see a further press release on the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership website here.
You can report incidents of dangerous or antisocial driving or riding in Sussex via Operation Crackdown.
Sussex Police to welcome a new Chief Constable
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has chosen Jo Shiner as her preferred candidate to be the new Sussex Chief Constable.
The announcement comes after a rigorous recruitment process, which began in March, following the retirement announcement from Chief Constable Giles York.
Jo Shiner has been Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police for the last 18 months. Previously, she was Assistant Chief Constable for Kent Police.
Jo Shiner said: “I feel very humbled and privileged to be given the opportunity to be the preferred candidate for the Chief Constable of Sussex.
Sussex Police is a fantastic force and, subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel, I am committed to ensuring that we continue to provide the very best possible service to the public, through protecting our communities and making Sussex a hostile environment to criminals.
Chief Constable Giles York’s last working day with Sussex Police will be on Thursday (4 June) when he will provide a statement, and you can read more about the recruitment process and Jo Shiner here.
Overnight on the 31st May, a property off Mill Road, Hailsham reported having their garden sheds broken into. Suspects have forced entry into the sheds in the victim’s gardens, and stolen various gardening tools. (440 of 31/05 relates)
A property off Cousley Wood Road, Wadhurst reported seeing 4 young individuals on their property, gaining access to outbuildings on their return home. The group were described as young white males, 15-20 year old, who all made off from the scene on the owners return. They have used force to enter various outbuildings. Fortunately nothing was stolen. (1031 of 1/05 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:
With more stores reopening, and online shopping slots becoming available, please take the time to refresh your online security, only trust known websites, and remember offers that sound too good to be true generally are. More support and advice here.
NHS Track and Trace scams, if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, please know, that you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers.
Find out more about how NHS test and trace works here, and how to spot emails and text for legitimacy.
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.
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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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