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Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 13th August 2020

Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Police are searching for missing teenager Mustafa Hefame.

The 17-year-old boy was last seen in the Seaside area of Eastbourne around 5pm on Thursday (August 6).

He is Arabic, approximately 5' 4", of slim build with black hair and black/brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing blue skinny jeans and a black jacket, and was carrying a white plastic bag. He also has a scar on his right arm.

It is thought he may have travelled to the Peterborough area.

Anyone who sees him or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1790 of 06/08.

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.

To apply click here.

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 here.

Eastbourne Operation Blitz ASB Patrols - UPDATE ON LAST WEEKEND

Officers from Eastbourne Prevention Team headed out both Friday and Saturday on their additional ASB patrols targeting areas of known and reported anti-social behaviour.
  • Considering the very warm weather all very quiet. In Gildridge Park there was a small gathering of around 40 for a leaving party but no issues or concerns.
  • No calls on the Op Blitz phone for Friday 7 August.  Several calls on the Op Blitz phone for Sat 8 August:
  • Call from Manager of TESCO Hampden Park for ASB by youths at Store -Left prior to arrival, no damage and description taken for area search.  This appears to be a happening on a regular basis.  Local PCSOs for the area have been informed.
  • Call from Member of Public about concerns about camper van on Eastbourne Prom near the new skate park. Advice given and will move on first thing on Sun morning.
  • Rowdy youths on Ferris wheel on Eastbourne sea front.  Final rotation of the evening, just ‘high’ spirits.  No issues or concerns.

Eastbourne Operation Blitz ASB Patrols This Weekend

Your Op Blitz (ASB patrols) teams are out again this Friday and Saturday, please call 07785372050 between 6pm and midnight to report any anti-social behaviour across your town.

Op Blitz patrols are in addition to our regular patrols of your town, and are an ongoing initiative each Friday and Saturday, where you can report any ASB or youth related crime and disorder directly to officers out on the ground Outside of these times, please continue to report non-emergencies to 101 or visit us online Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Crime Summary

Tools were targeted at a property off St Anthonys Avenue, Eastbourne during the day time of the 10th August. Unknown suspects have approached in their vehicle (index not known) and taken tools from victim’s gardens. (0084 of 10/8 relates)

Two properties off Seaside Road, Eastbourne were broken into during the evening of the 11th August. One whereby unknown suspects have gained entry to a restricted area and stolen money, the other unknown suspects have entered a victim’s property and stolen personal items including jewellery. (172 + 866 of 11/8 relates)

There have been no further reports of burglaries on the Eastbourne 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?

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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