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Friday, 19 June 2020

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Have you seen missing Stephanie Field?

Police are searching for missing Stephanie Field from Peacehaven.
Stephanie, 61, was last seen at her home address around 8am on Thursday morning (June 18).

She is described as white, 5' 3", slim, with short, grey blonde hair. She is thought to be wearing a pink raincoat and slipper boots, and may be driving a blue Nissan Note with the registration number DN56 PMU.

Anyone who sees her or has any information as to her whereabouts is asked to call 999 quoting serial 401 of 18/06.


Woman robbed of valuable Rolex watch in Peacehaven park

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was robbed of a Rolex watch belonging to her late son in Peacehaven.

The 74-year-old victim was sitting on a bench with her two dogs in The Big Park in Piddinghoe Avenue, on Sunday (14 June) at about 12.45pm. She was approached by two men and one asked her for her time. The other man than grabbed her watch off her wrist and ran off through Flint Way.

The victim suffered minor injuries. The watch is a Rolex Submariner with a blue bezel face, and a silver and gold strap and estimated to be worth between £8,000 and £10,000.

The suspect who stole the watch is described as a mixed race man, 5' 10" and was wearing a blue V-neck jumper or T-shirt and black shorts. He and the other suspect were aged between 25 and 40 and both wore a medical mask covering their nose and mouth.

PC Anna Batchelor said: "The victim has been left extremely shaken and is heartbroken and shocked that the watch has been stolen. This was a cruel and heartless attack on a lone woman.

"It belonged to the victim's son who sadly died 10 years ago. Although the watch was quite old and worn, it was hugely sentimental and she desperately wants it back."

"If you have any information about the robbery or are offered a Rolex Submariner watch to buy please let us know."

Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 720 of 14/06 if you can help with the investigation.


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."


Over £16 million lost to online shopping fraud during lockdown, with people aged 18-26 most at risk

Despite retail and non-essential shops re-opening across the UK, many of us continue to shop online. Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, is warning the public to remain vigilant and take extra care online, after statistics show 16,352* people fell victim to online shopping and auction fraud during lockdown. 

Since shops were forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak on 23 March, Action Fraud has received reports of online shopping fraud totalling £16.6million* in losses.

Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive. 

Nearly a quarter of victims (24%) were aged 18 to 26 residing in cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bristol and Nottingham. 

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:

“The global outbreak of coronavirus has seen all our lives turn upside down. With the lockdown being introduced, so many more people are now online shopping, including those who have never done so before. It is therefore unsurprising that there has therefore been an increase in fraud being committed. 

“However, we are still seeing young people in their 20’s falling victim the most. This has been the case for the last 18 months which implies this is not just a trend brought about because of coronavirus. We would make a plea to this group to take extra care when shopping online. 

“It’s important to shop on sites you know and trust. If you’re using a site you’ve not used before, do your research and check reviews before making a purchase. Always be wary of emails, texts and social media posts that offer products for considerably less than their normal price – this is a common tactic used by criminals. Where possible, use a credit card to make online purchases as this will offer you more protection if anything goes wrong.”

Ben Russell, Deputy Director at the National Economic Crime Centre, said: 

“We are working with our partners in policing, government and the private sector to look at ways to design out fraud and help protect the public. But we all have a part to play in preventing fraud, and a big part of this is down to our own vigilance. When buying from another person online, don’t send money upfront, use a credit card if possible and remember, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

To protect yourself from falling victim to online shopping or auction fraud, remember the following:

Where to shop - If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase.

Email accounts - Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Phishing - Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but, if you’re unsure, don't use the link and type the website directly into your browser instead.

Payment method - If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one. Other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

Do your research - For more information on how to shop online safely visit

Report - If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Crime summary

An attempted burglary occurred during the day on 12/06/2020 on Lancaster Street, Lewes whereby a commercial property was attempted to be broken into, luckily no entry was gained and no items were stolen (Ref: 47200096206)

An attempted burglary occurred on 14/06/2020 on Balcombe Road, Peacehaven, whereby suspect(s) attempted to gain access to a garage causing damage (Ref: 47200097151)

A burglary occurred between 12/06/2020 – 14/06/2020 on Ditchling Road, Haywards Heath, whereby a business premises was broken into and a number of expensive goods were stolen (Ref: 47200097235)

A burglary occurred on Gote Lane, Ringmer, on 15/06/2020, whereby a shed was broken into and a quadbike stolen from within (Ref: 47200098167)

A burglary occurred on 16/06/2020, on Common Lane, Hassocks, whereby a business premises was broken into and gardening equipment stolen from within (Ref: 47200098965)

A burglary occurred on Allington Lane, Lewes, on 17/06/2020 whereby an outbuilding was entered and a quadbike stolen from within (Ref: 47200099027)

A burglary occurred between 16/06/2020 – 17/06/2020 on Haywards Heath Road, Lewes whereby a residential property was entered and items stolen from within (Ref: 47200100331)
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