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Thursday, 16 July 2020

News and appeals


Witnesses sought to robbery in Forest Row

Police investigating a report of a robbery in Forest Row are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At 9.25am on Monday (13 July), the victim - a delivery driver - was approached by a man in Freshfield Bank.

The suspect is described white skinned with a slim face, 5’10”, with short dark brown hair with a side fade and was wearing grey t-shirt. 

The suspect allegedly threatened the victim with a knife before taking the keys to his white Ford transit van and driving off in it.The victim was not injured.

Detective Constable Joanne Lane said: "We're appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have been driving past the area at the time and captured dash-cam footage to please come forward and assist with our enquiries."

Anyone with information can report online or call 101, quoting serial 331 of 13/07.


83 arrests made during two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A total of 83 arrests were made during a two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Sussex.

The shocking figure can be revealed after the fortnightly operation – run by both Surrey Police and Sussex Police to keep people safe and target offenders on our roads – concluded on Sunday evening (12 July).

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s really disappointing that some people still choose to risk the lives of themselves and others by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

“These irresponsible individuals increase the chances of serious injury or fatal collisions occurring, which impacts hugely on the lives of those injured and the families of those that die on our roads, who continue to try and cope without their loved ones in their lives.

“While it is our duty to respond to emergency situations, it goes without saying that such incidents could be easily avoided if people listen to our advice, listen to their conscience, and make the right decision.

“If you’re going to be consuming drink or drugs, make sure you plan ahead – walk home if you can, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober. Never get into a vehicle if you suspect the driver is under the influence; you might live to regret it.”

The campaign was run by the forces in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart Surrey, and is in addition to routine roads policing, which involves responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year.

It was also run for two weeks in June and July 2019, which coincidentally resulted in the same number of arrests – 83.

This year’s campaign coincided with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s two-week seatbelt campaign, which resulted in 43 fixed penalty notices being issued for offences in Sussex between 29 June and 12 July.

In 2019, a total of 289 collisions involving a drink-driver were recorded in Sussex. Of these, 70 resulted in serious injuries and a further four resulted in death (stats not currently available for drug-driving related collisions).

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences.

These could include the following:

Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;

A minimum 12 month ban;

An unlimited fine;

A possible prison sentence;

A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;

An increase in your car insurance costs;

Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999


Sussex Police tackles knife crime with additional Home Office funding

Sussex Police continues to tackle knife crime and serious violence after securing £871,555 funding from the Home Office for 2020/2021.

The funds will see the force build on the positive results seen last year through targeted activities such as hotspot patrols, weapon sweeps and test purchasing activities as well as educational outreach in schools and local communities.

Sussex sees a relatively low number of knife-related incidents, with possession and ADR* offences accounting for less than one per cent of all reported crime from April 2019 to March 2020. However, in line with the national picture, Sussex has seen a rise in knife crime and is focused on reducing the number of knife-related incidents.

Chief Inspector Dee Wells said: "Far too many lives have been affected by knife crime and our priority is to make Sussex a safer place to be. We are determined to get knives off our streets and reduce violent crime.

"Our combined approach of proactive and preventative policing saw fantastic results last year and our plan is to build on that success by continuing to engage with our local communities and carry out targeted operations across the region.

"Our key priority is sending the message that carrying a knife is dangerous and can have serious consequences. We are clear that carrying a knife does not make you safer, it puts you at more risk of becoming a victim and we would encourage anyone with concerns to reach out and seek help."

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "Sussex Police have been steadfast in their commitment to taking prolific offenders off our streets and tackling serious violence.
"This extra funding is welcome news and will help the force to continue the successful, proactive work they have already started across Sussex to prevent knife crime. 

"Please remember that a knife is a weapon and just by carrying one you are putting yourself and others in grave danger. The message is clear – lose the knife not a life.”

For an in-depth look at a local day of action targeting knife crime and violence see details on Wealden day of action.

Additionally, during a day of action on 23 June, officers arrested six people in Worthing for various offences including robbery, public order, nuisance behaviour, attempted criminal damage and possession of a weapon and drugs. In addition, the team carried out 14 stops, eight searches and submitted seven intelligence logs.

Last year Sussex Police's activities enabled by Home Office funding included 335 hotspot patrols, 448 arrests, visits to 76 schools and engagement with over 116,000 young people, 44 road shows, 251 weapons seized, 106 test purchases and 16,545 intelligence logs.

Throughout 2020/21 Sussex Police's approach will be to continue to build on this work by engaging with partners, young people, parents and carers and more widely with our local communities to reduce serious violence.

What to do if you’re worried

If you are under 18, you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime you should try to talk with your parent or carer, or alternatively talk to Childline for help on 0800 1111 or go online at

If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.

Whether you are a parent or young person you can contact Sussex Police on 101 to speak with your local Prevention Team.

Who do I report knife crime to?

You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
To report knife crime anonymously go to 
*ADR offences are serious violent offences which have been enabled with a knife. 


Arrests made in Hailsham/Stone Cross Burglary

Yesterday local officers responded to a report of a burglary in the #Hailsham/ #StoneCross area where a vehicle was seen driving off from scene.

Following a swift response from units in the area, officers shortly spotted the vehicle traveling travelling away from the scene.

With assistance from our Roads Policing colleagues, the vehicle was stopped and pulled over, and the occupants of the vehicle were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

The driver of the vehicle was also driving without insurance and was further arrested for driving while otherwise in accordance with a licence, as such the vehicle was also seized.

Jo Shiner welcomed as Chief Constable with formal ceremony

On Monday 13th July Jo Shiner was formally welcomed as the new Chief Constable during a ceremony at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes. 

On Tuesday 30th June the appointment of Mrs Shiner by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne was unanimously supported by the county’s Police and Crime Panel. 

She has since pledged to make Sussex Police tougher on tackling criminality, even more supportive to victims of crime and to make sure that more officers and PCSOs are engaging with residents and visitors in our cities, towns and villages.

CC Shiner’s new Chief Officer and Staff Team gathered on the lawn of Malling House to witness their new Chief Constable officially presented with her warrant card and epaulettes by PCC Bourne. 

Marking her first official day in the role, CC Shiner said: “I am honestly and truly honoured and humbled to be the new Chief Constable of Sussex, and as the first woman in that role, I feel privileged to make that piece of history in Sussex.”

“During my 18 months serving as Deputy Chief Constable, I have experienced the hard work and dedication of all my colleagues in Sussex Police, from our Chief Officer team to our frontline Officers and the staff who support them. 

“And whilst a lot of hard work has gone in on my part, I would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported me in my role, not least my husband Andrew, as I would not have achieved this without them. 

“Knowing how diligently and professionally everyone within Sussex Police works, I am confident we will continue to achieve strong results every single day, delivering on my priorities for the year ahead, which are to protect our communities, catch criminals and provide an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the wider public.” 

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne also used this opportunity to set out her policing priorities that have been informed from public consultation and feedback gathered over the last year. 

Mrs Bourne said: “CC Shiner is clearly passionate about this role and the positive influence she can have on officers and staff across the county.

“Today is a proud moment for her and her family and I believe we have made the best decision for the future of Sussex Police and the safety of our residents. 

“Over the last year I have been consulting extensively with the public and will be basing my priorities, in my upcoming Police & Crime Plan, on the needs expressed by the communities Sussex Police serve. 

“Going forward CC Shiner has assured me that the force will be tougher on criminals, provide more visible policing, be more proactive and preventative towards tackling business crime and rural crime and work hard to shine a light on hidden harms, always striving to achieve the best possible justice outcomes for victims.

“Congratulations Jo, I look forward to working closely with you and your senior team.” 

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on Tilley Lane, Hailsham, between 06/07/2020 – 07/07/2020 whereby a shed was broken into and a quadbike stolen from within (Ref: 47200113692)

A burglary occurred on Hurtis Hill, Crowborough on 12/07/2020 whereby a residential property was entered and no items were stolen from within (Ref: 47200115535)

A burglary occurred on Hailsham Road, Pevensey, on 14/07/2020 whereby a workshop was broken into and various power tools stolen from within (Ref: 47200116870)
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