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Thursday 11th June 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Criminal damage and attempt arson in Newhaven

Police are investigating the criminal damage of four cars in a Newhaven in the early hours of Thursday morning (June 11).

Firefighters alerted police at 12.52am after they were called to First Avenue where it was reported that along with the damage, an attempt had been made to set light to the vehicles. A number of windows in the cars had been smashed, possibly with a hammer or similar implement.

A man, described as dressed all in black with a black snood over his face, was seen to run off towards Second Avenue. A police dog unit joined a search of the area, but there was no trace of the man.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has any information about the incident or the man is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 54 of 11/06. Alternatively, you call contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via their website or 0800 555 111.

Police seek identity of Ditchling Common fisherman

Police want to identify and trace this fisherman, who is alleged to have kicked a dog into a lake at Ditchling Common.

At about 12.20pm on Thursday 14 May, an off-duty nurse was walking her dog, an elderly Labradoodle, by a lake at Ditchling Common Country Park near Burgess Hill.

A dog belonging to another woman jumped into the lake, whereupon the man started to shout and swear aggressively.

He then shouted at the Labradoodle too and kicked it twice causing it to fall down the bank into the lake. Thankfully the dog was not injured.

The man is the photo is described as white, in his forties, 5'10", slightly overweight, with short dark hair, wearing a green jumper, combat trousers and black boots.

PC Michelle Holdstock said; "The woman felt frightened and intimidated by his behaviour.

"If you recognise this man, or if you are that man, please contact us right away, either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 545 of 14/05."

Multi-agency group formed to tackle anti-social behaviour in Lewes

A multi-agency group set up to tackle anti-social behaviour in Lewes has enjoyed a positive start.

At the end of March, local services, agencies and community representatives came together to form the Lewes Multi-Agency Safer Communities Operations Team (MASCOT) with the aim of preventing and responding to harm, keeping people safe and feeling safe, and safeguarding vulnerable people in the community.

The formation of the multi-agency team has enabled Sussex Police to work with a range of partners to identify and respond to emerging risks.

The team has already achieved some quick results in its early stages, including the identification of people involved in crime and anti-social behaviour at Linklater Pavilion, The Depot and Green Wall, leading to partnership engagement, support, diversion and enforcement.

Inspector Ed Ripley, of the Lewes prevention team, said: "Our thanks go to all key workers across Lewes District who have stepped up in unprecedented times to maintain 'business as usual' in our communities.

"We've heard inspirational acts of kindness and a strong sense of community clearly exists within our neighbourhoods.

"It has been inspiring to see the Lewes community come together to shine a light through difficult times; Clap for Carers and the recent Light Up Lewes event demonstrated how communities stand shoulder to shoulder to help and support each other to adapt and adjust to a new normality.

"Over the past eight weeks, the Covid-19 lockdown has offered a period of respite for many communities from the behaviour of a small group of young people in Lewes town centre.

"As the majority of traders have been closed over that period, we have not received the volume of calls or associated problems in the town centre that we have discussed in the past.

"Unfortunately, some communities have continued to experience anti-social behaviour and we continue to work with them to address the problem.

"We acknowledge how challenging this period has been and we'd like to thank Lewes residents for following Government guidance to help key workers respond to the pandemic.

"As we move forward though, we're likely to see an increase in incidents, but we are prepared. The formation of the multi-agency team has enabled us collectively to identify and respond to emerging risks and we are working together in Lewes town centre with a common purpose of reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder within our neighbourhoods.

"We are taking proactive steps to curb anti-social behaviour as the lockdown measures are gradually eased and would like to encourage Lewes residents to report incidents to us so that we have a better understanding of the picture in Lewes and can respond appropriately to tackle problems."

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 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.

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 - alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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.

Update from last weekends Operation Blitz

Last weekend’s Operation Blitz was conducted by, Sgt Reynolds, PCSOs Ash, Osborne, and Cox.

Break down of areas visited, with both vehicle and foot patrols taking place:

1 – Cliffe industrial estate – 17:00hrs
2 – Peacehaven area – focus on The Big Park - 17:20hrs
3 – Newhaven area – Dacre Road car park – 18:00hrs / Revisited @ 20:40hrs
4 – Seaford area – Walmer Road 18:15hrs / Seaford Football Club 18:25hrs
5 – Lewes area – High street 19:45hrs / Rugby club 20:00hrs – re-visit @ 21:00hrs / Rear of leisure centre 20:20hrs / Railway station 20:25hrs
6 – Peacehaven area – 20:00hrs
7 – Newhaven area – Fort car parks 20:45hrs
8 – Saltdean area – 21:00hrs
9 - Lewes area – Landport estate – Blois Road – 21:00hrs / The Paddock – 21:20hrs
10 – South Heighton area 21:30hrs

Calls from the evening:

Group of youths and a heavy smell of cannabis, 4 males, 3 runners. The one male that remained was searched, however he did not have anything on him.

Lewes High Street, calls to group of homeless males drinking and causing a nuisance in the high street. Unit attended and group made to dispose of cans of alcohol.

Further call of the same. Opposite Lewes railway station, different group, all made to dispose of cans of alcohol.

Group of teenagers on motorcycles in the Big Park, unit attended but owing to only being on foot could not catch them.

Call to a large drunken group of youths in the nature reserve, Lewes. The group was found, although they had drunk all their alcohol, nothing could be seized, but they were made to clear up their rubbish and move on from the area.

No further calls were received during the course of the evening.

"I would do it again" says Chief Constable Giles York on leaving after 30 years

On the last day of Chief Constable Giles York’s 30 years of police service (4th June 2020), he reflected on his most rewarding career and said given the choice he would do it again.

“To anyone joining the force I can say you will have a fantastic career ahead of you wherever you choose to take it.” he said. “Policing comes with two health warnings. We do put ourselves in the way of harm, however Sussex Police is well equipped to look after you physically and mentally when this occurs; and policing is an addiction; it is a difficult passion to let go of.

“A friend called Richard Ing left Durham University the year before me and joined the Metropolitan Police. When he talked to me about his work, he said “I cannot wait to get back to work on Monday…” I am so grateful to him for that insight and I still feel like that today.”

Giles, who is married with three children, joined Sussex Police in 2008 as Deputy Chief Constable. He was promoted to Chief Constable in 2014 and was awarded QPM for services to policing in 2015. He started his career in Kent Police in 1990 before going on to become an Assistant Chief Constable with South Wales Police in 2005. 

During his time as Chief Constable, he led the force’s change programme, which looked at ways of modernising the Force to improve the service for the public whilst making £50million worth of savings.

He said: “As Chief Constable the greatest challenge has to have been finding the savings we had to make and taking the difficult decisions about what we were no longer going to do. But also rising to the challenge with my whole leadership team to keep the force focused with delivering the best public service possible, keeping morale as high as possible and still investing in the changes that keeps us modern and relevant.”

Giles is the force lead for Diversity and in this role he has established a network of force champions who lead internally and externally for different aspects of diversity.

He said: “I am proud to have given Sussex a local, national and international voice – with Sussex recognised for providing the most outstanding force contribution to disability, recognised nationally, through the work of our diversity champions, as the highest ranking police force in the Stonewall top 100 employers and internationally recognised as UN Women champion for HeforShe with every force in the country coming on board.

“One of the greatest privileges of being a police officer is the access that you are allowed. Sometimes that is access to places where no one else can go but more often it is the access you are allowed into people’s lives and the trust they show you. Policing is always about building relationships: engaging, communicating and caring whether that is with victims, organisations or each and every one of my own staff.

“I will leave you in the capable hands of an experienced and forward-thinking leader in Jo Shiner. Our plans for the force to grow in strength this year and in future years are coming to fruition, our role in the community could never be more important on the back of a national crisis that we have seen around Covid-19 and the need for policing to understand its communities more than ever before in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd and what we are seeing unfolding in America. I believe Sussex Police is really well placed with the people and desire to meet these challenges positively.”

Giles is the vice chair of National Police Chiefs' Council, the national police lead for Workforce, Intellectual Property Crime and led the national Digital Policing Programme. He has had a critical role in leading many national changes in policing over recent years.

Mr York’s final day was marked at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes where he carried out his very last inspection of new police recruits and where his career was recognised and applauded by senior leaders based at the site.

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said that Chief Constable Giles York would be sorely missed but his impact on policing in Sussex and nationally would endure.

She said: “Having steered Sussex Police through some difficult times your legacy is a compassionate, intelligent police force that people are proud to work for and that always strives to do the right thing.

“You have mentored and nurtured an outstanding generation of police leaders and on behalf of the people of Sussex our thanks for your unswerving public duty and integrity and my best wishes for the future.”

Crime Summary

2 bicycles were stolen from a locked shed on Cissbury Avenue, Peacehaven, in the small hours of the 6th June, locks were damaged by suspects to gain entry. (551 of 06/06 relates)

A cycle was stolen from an industrial estate of North Road, Lewes, between the 5th and 6th June. Fences were damaged in order to gain access. (0133 of 07/06 relates)

An attempt burglary was reported at a property off Warren Drive, Lewes, after residents saw a male attempting to gain entry to an open window during the day of the 7th June. The male ran off, no further description is available and fortunately no entry was gained. (0391 of 08/06 relates)

In the small hours of the 10th June, a vehicle was captured on CCTV attempting to gain entry to a shed at a property off Glynn Road, Peacehaven. CCTV shows the suspect vehicle reversing into doors in an attempt to gain entry. No entry was gained and CCTV has been passed to the Police for investigations. (0129 of 10/06 relates)

There have been no further reports of 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:

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

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.

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