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11 June 2020

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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."

Be wary of investment fraud scams in Sussex

Police are warning of investment fraud after a number of victims have lost money to scams. 
In May, police have recorded 20 cases of investment fraud where the victim is deemed vulnerable, resulting in a total loss of £1,208,864 in Sussex. 
The scams typically involve a fraudster pretending to be from an investment company, offering victims opportunities and claiming they're likely to profit from them. The victims then realised they have been scammed and report it to police.
The majority of victims have been contacted by telephone, but some were found on social media and others were looking for investments online.  
A woman in her 60s from Ferring received calls from men claiming to be from Blackrock Investment Company. 
She was persuaded by the fraudsters to invest and write a cheque for £75,000 that was collected by courier. This cheque did not go through, so the victim went into her bank and made a transfer of the same sum to an account. 
The victim reported to her bank and it is being investigated. Read more here.

"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, 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.  Read more here.

Showcasing the incredible work of the voluntary sector in Sussex during pandemic

Clockwise from top left: the team at Rye foodbank; food deliveries being assembled by volunteers for East Sussex County Council; British Gas, 4x4 Assist and Eastbourne First supporting Eastbourne Foodbank; VE Day celebrations with Selsey Mutual Aid, Sussex 4x4 Response ready to delivery vital supplies; Coastguard Rescue Teams who have been working throughout the pandemic (image taken pre-Covid-19).

As part of national Volunteers’ Week, Sussex’s voluntary organisations have been thanked for their incredible efforts in responding to the coronavirus crisis.
In an open letter to voluntary organisations and the wider community, Chair of the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) Neil Stocker has expressed his “huge appreciation for all of the hard work and inspiration that has gone into your efforts to support our communities since this crisis began.”
The forum, responsible for co-ordinating the work of public services including blue light responders and local authorities, is using Volunteers’ Week as a chance to showcase stories of voluntary work undertaken in response to Covid-19 across the county, and to encourage others to consider voluntary work within the community.
Martin Kelly, East Sussex County Council, who is responsible for volunteers within the SRF said: “From grassroots mutual aid groups in towns and villages, to Sussex-wide support for major logistical operations, the voluntary sector has stepped up to support our aims as an SRF in protecting the people of Sussex from harm.
“We have been pleased to use this opportunity to share some of these stories, and look forward to continuing to work with them as our communities make their first steps towards recovery. I hope the stories also inspire others to think about the wonderful impact voluntary work can have on local people and communities.” Read more here.


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