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Wealden District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 6th August 2020

Wealden District Police Weekly News and Alerts

A grazing sheep on Ashdown Forest was savaged by a dog whose owner hurried away from the scene after being told what her animal had done

The attack happened around 8.20am on Monday, July 20, off Crowborough Road, Duddleswell. The dog, thought to a Giant Schnauzer or similar breed and wearing a wide red collar, was witnessed biting a sheep, which sustained open wounds to a front leg and its neck and had a quantity of wool ripped out.

The dog's owner, a woman described as middle-aged with mid-length blonde hair, was confronted by a witness, but made off without leaving her details or showing any concern.

PC Steve Knowles from Sussex Police's rural crime team said: “This was a complete act of negligence on behalf of the dog owner who clearly knew what had happened and took no responsibility for it. We are keen to identify her so that this matter can be appropriately dealt with and we ask anyone with knowledge of her or anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us.

"Time and time again we warn dog owners not to let their animals off the lead anywhere in the vicinity of livestock. Your docile family pet can turn vicious killer in the blink of an eye.

"By all means, enjoy the countryside with your dog, but please do not allow them off the lead anywhere near livestock and make sure that there aren't sheep or other farm animals nearby, but just out of your view. Your dog will almost certainly know they're there."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact us online or call 101 quoting serial 1201 of 01/08.

Pilot of a light aircraft sadly dies

The pilot of a light aircraft sadly died when his plane crashed near Heathfield on Tuesday morning (August 4).
Emergency services were called to the scene off Herrings Lane at 11.01am where the aircraft had caught fire after crashing. Unfortunately, the pilot is believed to have died instantly. His next-of-kin have been advised.
The matter has now been passed to the Air Accident Investigation Branch  (AAIB) for investigation.

Police in Wealden joined forces with partner agencies in a day of action aimed at tackling rural crime and burglary in the district

The multi-agency event on Monday (August 3) saw officers stop dozens of vehicles on the A22 near Nutley to conduct licence and insurance checks, in an effort to identify criminals using the road network.

This was the latest in a series of steps taken by police in Wealden to address a rise in reported burglaries at the start of the year.

Other measures include a high-visible presence in rural areas, with officers carrying out more than 400 hours of dedicated patrol activity so far this year, leading to 11 arrests.

Officers are also ensuring all local victims of burglary receive a follow-up visit by police, to offer support and provide prevention advice.

The activity is already showing positive results, with North Wealden seeing a marked drop in the number of burglaries reported to police. There were 98 recorded break-ins in the area from January to June 2020, compared to 188 for the previous six-month period (-47.9%) and 185 for the same six-month period in 2019 (-47%).

Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando, who joined the day of action in Wealden, said: "We have really listened and taken on board the community's concerns around burglary and rural crime.

"Our response has been focused on keeping a visible police presence in rural areas through dedicated patrols and days of action like this, to act as a deterrent to those intending to commit crime and to reassure the public that we are taking the issue very seriously and we are here if they need us.

"We have already seen some success in terms of arrests and a drop in recorded burglaries, and we will continue working closely with partners, local authorities and our communities to keep this going."

The high-profile day of action also involved representatives from partner agencies including the National Farmers' Union and Blackham Watch - a community group set up in response to the rise in burglaries at the start of 2020.

Crowborough Town Council and Withyham Parish Council clerks held their regular meeting with police at the event, with representatives from Wealden District Council also joining and using the opportunity to make checks around fly-tipping and hazardous waste.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne was also present. She said: "Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations, including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that our rural and village communities in Sussex can sometimes feel isolated and overlooked.

“Our new Chief Constable Jo Shiner has responded to those fears and concerns with more resources and dedicated officers.

“From extra investment last year, Sussex Police have recently launched and expanded their specialist rural crime team and these extra boots on the ground have made a huge difference to the confidence of local communities already.

“It was great to see the team in action today being a visible deterrent to criminals and delivering on the promise to residents of more proactive and preventative policing.”

Police in Wealden also work closely with Kent Police and Surrey Police, sharing intelligence to identify any cross-border criminality.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue reporting crime and suspicious behaviour to police, so officers can build a picture of crime in the area and respond effectively.

People are also urged to take photographs and note down details and serial numbers of their high-value items.

Visit our website for more information on how to keep your outbuildings secure and to seek free crime prevention surveys.

Uckfield man has been jailed for breaching his Community Behaviour Order (CBO) in its first two weeks

Lee Cummings, 18, unemployed, of Selby Road in Uckfield, was given a CBO when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on July 15.

The order banned him from entering parts of Uckfield town centre following persistent criminal and anti-social behaviour in the area.

He was also prohibited from associating in a public place with six named people. However, on Tuesday 28 July, he was seen in the company of one of those six in Mill Lane, Uckfield.

He was charged with breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order, and also charged with theft from a shop after being seen on CCTV stealing alcohol from Applegreen Filling Service Station in Uckfield on July 6.

He appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday 30 July where he was sentenced to 20 weeks' imprisonment for activating a suspended sentence, four weeks for breaching a CBO to run concurrently, and four weeks for theft to run concurrently.

Inspector Jon Gross of the Wealden prevention team said: "CBOs are only granted by a court where it is felt absolutely necessary. They are an order specifically granted to protect communities from the persistent anti-social and criminal acts of individuals who have frequently come to notice for such behaviour.

"Mr Cummings showed complete disregard for his CBO, breaching it within a fortnight of it being issued. It is therefore no surprise that the court has felt it necessary to reflect the breach of the CBO as part of the sentencing in this case.”

Police are appealing for information after a series of thefts across Sussex

Between July 17 and July 22, a number of reports were received of plant equipment and tools being stolen from vans and sites in Shoreham, Brighton, Polegate, Arundel and Crawley.

In each case, a white Ford Transit Custom van has been seen in the area.

The van has two aerials on the roof near to the windscreen but one is missing.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about the van or the thefts, which have mostly taken place during daylight hours.

In particular, police would like to speak to the two men pictured as they believe the pair may have information that could help their enquiries.

One man is described as white, of medium build, with short brown hair. He also appears to have a tattoo on his upper right arm. He was seen wearing a white polo shirt, dark trousers and a reflective jacket.

The second man is also white, of medium build and with short brown hair.

He was seen wearing a white face mask and dark clothing.

Anyone who recognises them or who has any other information is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1174 of 22/07. 

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse – no two days are the same.

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We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

In return, we promise you a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

In the past, we’ve received high volumes of applications, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.

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 

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.

Crime Summary

Fuel was targeted at a commercial property off Hailsham Road, Stone Cross overnight on the 2-3rd August. Thieves have gained entry to the property overnight. (273 of 3/8 relates)

During the daytime of the 3rd August, a property off Selby Rise, Uckfield reported having personal items stolen from their property, unknown suspects have gained entry via a rear door. (967 of 3/8 relates)

A shed at a property off Battle Road, Hailsham was broken into during the daytime of the 4th August. Unknown suspects have cut padlocks to gain entry. Work tools were targeted. (154 of 4/8 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:
  • Despite shops re-opening across the UK, many of us continue to shop online. Please remain vigilant and take extra care.
Over £16 million has been lost to online shopping fraud during lockdown.

For more information, click here.

  • As venues prepare to re-open with social distancing measures in place following the corona virus outbreak, we are urging people to be wary of fraudsters selling fake or non-existent tickets to events - spot the signs of ticket fraud here.

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.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit for more information.

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