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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 13th August 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Police investigating a serious road traffic collision on the A27 at the Lewes bypass are appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage. 

At 10.55 on Monday (10 August) police were called to a crash involving an HGV lorry and a security van transporting a prisoner.

All three occupants of the security van have suffered injuries.  A 29-year-old man has suffered a serious head injury and has been taken to hospital in a critical condition. Two further men - no further details - sustained serious injuries requiring hospital treatment.

The lorry driver - a 58-year-old man – also sustained a serious injury and has been taken to hospital.

Officers are appealing for anyone who saw what happened or who has dash camera footage of the incident or the events immediately beforehand.

Detective Inspector Sue Neilson from the Serious Collision Investigations Unit said: "This was a serious crash in which several people were injured and we are working to establish the full circumstances. 

"If you saw what happened or the vehicles involved immediately prior to this incident then we want to hear from you.  We're also keen to speak to anyone who has dash-cam footage of the collision, or of the broken down security van prior to the collision which occurred between the Southerham roundabout and the Ashcombe roundabout.

Anyone who witnessed what happened is urged to report online or call 101, quoting Operation Onyx.

A man has been arrested following the above serious collision on the A27 at the Lewes bypass. 

At 10.55am on Monday (10 August) police were called to a crash involving an HGV lorry and a broken down security van transporting a prisoner. 

All three occupants of the security van suffered injuries.  The prisoner - a 29-year-old man - sustained a head injury and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. The van driver - a 45-year-old man suffered whiplash injuries. The prison escort - a 30-year-old man - suffered serious injuries.

The lorry driver - a 58-year-old man from Seaford – was also injured and has been discharged from hospital. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing. 

Detective Inspector Sue Neilson from the Serious Collision Investigations Unit said: "This was a serious crash in which several people were injured and we are working to establish the full circumstances. 

"We continue to appeal to speak to anyone who witnessed what happened.

If you have dash-cam footage of the collision, or of the broken down security van prior to the crash please report it to us."

Anyone who witnessed what happened is urged to report online or call 101, quoting Operation Onyx. 

Police Officer Recruitment now open (closes 19th august 2020)

Following the Home Office announcement that Sussex Police is on track to achieve its first year Government funded uplift targets, the force launches its latest recruitment drive for those who wish to become police officers through the police constable degree apprenticeship entry route.

Seeking those who have got what it takes to protect communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the public; the officers recruited through this campaign will join training cohorts in 2021 and will commence a three-year programme where they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training.

Continuing to strengthen local policing numbers, these officers will make a real difference to communities across the county by giving Sussex residents what they want – a visible and proactive force which is tough on crime.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "We’re continuously looking to employ the right mix of police officers and police staff to deliver an effective, efficient and high quality policing service to the people of Sussex.

"This recruitment drive will continue to add numbers to our frontline and make a positive difference to the public and communities which we serve.

Covid-19 has not stopped recruitment however we’ve had to adopt new recruitment approaches and intensive training programmes to ensure we could continue to get highly skilled officers onto the streets of Sussex.

"We are only as good as our people and, as an organisation, benefit from the variety of thinking, approaches and skills which diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service. This is why we are especially encouraging those who may not have considered a career in policing before to find out more and apply to join us as a new officer."

As one of the first officers nationally to be funded by the Government’s campaign to recruit new 20,000 officers, PC Emma Hatt joined Sussex, from Seaford, having worked with juvenile offenders in a residential unit in Tower Hamlets.

Emma joined the Brighton and Hove division in February 2020, just weeks before the country locked down. Having made a significant impact on her local community throughout the pandemic, now almost six months into the job, Emma is based in Eastbourne and is already on an attachment to investigations.

Emma said: "I joined Sussex Police because I wanted to have a career. There's so many different areas you can go into in policing it’s very exciting to be able to go and help so many people. It's given me a career for life - if you are thinking about it, definitely go for it!"

Welcoming the recruitment news, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "The opening of the police officer recruitment campaign is great news for Sussex residents and for Sussex Police as an organisation. It also provides a fantastic opportunity for anybody wanting a fulfilling and varied career.

"Local communities will be delighted at the prospect of even more officers joining the 126 that have already been recruited since January. 

"I have applauded senior officers for continuing recruitment during the pandemic and putting extra boots on the ground when we needed them most.

"If you want to make a real positive difference to your local community then apply today."

If you have the judgment to make quick decisions, are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need and the resilience to serve the community every single day; then being a police officer could be the career you've always dreamed of.

Recruitment will close on Wednesday 19 August and it is expected there will be a high volume of applications. Therefore apply now and help make a real difference to your community.

Wet weather driving warning as storm clouds loom

After a spell of very hot weather and the likelihood of storm clouds looming on the horizon, roads policing officers in Sussex are warning drivers to be ready for potentially treacherous conditions when the rain arrives.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: "Experience suggests that a fresh fall of rain on roads that have been baked in the summer heatwave is likely to leave them very slippery and unfortunately, experience also suggests that many drivers just won't make allowances for it.

"During spells of hot weather, the bitumen in roads warms up and can seep through to the surface reducing the effectiveness of the texture and resistance to skidding. Additionally, there can be a build-up of rubber and traces of oil or diesel, which mix with the rain to create a very slippery surface. Think of how highly-skilled racing drivers struggle to keep control of their cars when an unexpected downpour soaks the track and do what they do - slow down and make allowances for it.

"Add the further hazards of increased stopping distances and reduced visibility from rain and spray and it should be clear to everyone that you need to take much more care."

You can find more guidance on driving in adverse weather conditions in The Highway Code.

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.

Crime Summary

Various tools and building materials were targeted at a building site off Western Road, Newick, during the evening of the 6-7th August. Unknown suspects have forced entry to the site by smashing doors. (0248 of 7/8 relates)

A retail outlet on Southcoast road, Peacehaven, reported an attempted burglary last weekend, whereby unknown suspects have caused damaged to windows and doors in an attempt to gain entry. (484 of 8/8 relates)

A garage was broken into at a property off St. Crispians, Seaford, in the small hours of the 7th August. Unknown suspects have forced entry to garage doors to gain entry and targeted personal items inside. (434 of 7/8 relates)

Electronics and personal items were targeted when a property off Kingsley Road, Lewes was broken into overnight on the 9-10th August. Unknown suspects have gained entry via a rear window. (1061 of 10/8 relates)

There have been no further reports of burglaries across the Lewes district this week.

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.

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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