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Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 21st August 2020

Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Police respond to report of stabbing in Eastbourne

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after an incident in Eastbourne.

It follows a report of a stabbing in Firle Road about 9.26pm on Tuesday 18 August.

Officers swiftly responded to the scene, which remains secured for forensics investigations.

A 21-year-old man from Bexhill has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is in police custody at this stage.

This was an isolated incident and police are not seeking anyone else in connection with it at this time.

Of the victims, a 37-year-old local man remains in hospital this morning (Wednesday 19 August) in a stable condition; a 33-year-old local man has since been discharged.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with any information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Gradient.

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

A second man has been charged in connection with a double fatal house fire in Eastbourne

It follows the tragic incident in Croxden Way, just before 1am on Tuesday 10 July, 2018, in which Gina Ingles, 34, and her son Milo Ingles-Bailey, four, died, and Gina’s partner Toby Jarrett was seriously injured.

John Tabakis, 30, from Hastings, was arrested in connection with the investigation on 15 January and released on conditional bail. He has since been charged with perverting the course of justice and remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 20 August.

Andrew Milne, 42, from, Hastings, also remains remanded in custody, charged with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder. He is next scheduled to appear before Lewes Crown Court on 28 August.

A 28-year-old woman from Hastings, arrested on suspicion of committing an act or series of acts with intent to pervert the course of justice, remains released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Anyone with any information about the investigation is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Druffield.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Meet Eastbourne’s newest PCSOs dedicated to keeping your communities safe.

Patrolling drug hotspots, recovering stolen items and protecting the vulnerable people in our communities is all part of a normal week in the life of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

Kelly Wilkins is starting to find that out after joining Sussex Police as a PCSO for the Devonshire and Meads area of Eastbourne in April 2020.

She said: "The life of a PCSO can be completely different from one week to the next. One week could consist of helping with neighbour disputes and safeguarding vulnerable people while the next week could consist of house to house enquiries to aid an investigation.

"Since starting this role in April I have recovered stolen bikes, conducted patrols, assisted with various investigations and now I am proactively engaging with the local community in order to try and reduce drug dealing in a hotspot area of the town centre.

"Being a PCSO for Devonshire and Meads, I am passionate about getting to know my area and meeting the locals. I conduct regular patrols of the area and engage with the public and businesses on my way."

PCSOs work closely with community groups and partner agencies, building relationships that help them identify issues and concerns in a certain area and find the best way to address it.

This could involve working with Community Speedwatch to crack down on nuisance driving, or liaising with local housing associations to bring respite to residents living in neighbourhoods affected by anti-social behaviour.

They also conduct patrols as part of Operation Blitz - an initiative allowing members of the public to report any anti-social behaviour directly to officers via a dedicated phone number.

The number - 07785372050 - is available from 6pm to midnight every Friday and Saturday night and goes straight through to officers out and about on the ground.

Alongside the visible patrol activity, much of their work also goes on behind the scenes, including taking statements from victims and witnesses to aid a criminal investigation or to help put safeguarding measures in place to protect a vulnerable person.

Dan Brian-Davis is also a PCSO for the Devonshire and Meads area of Eastbourne, and has been since July 2019. He said: "I have wanted to join the police from a young age. I had several close family friends who worked in the police and I didn’t have any second thoughts about joining.

"A normal daytime shift for me would consist of an 8am start. We have a morning briefing where we will go through incidents that have occurred the previous day as they may be relevant to the types of calls we may attend throughout the shift.

"We will then check any calls that had been made overnight that we will attend throughout our shift. These jobs could relate to a disagreement between two neighbours, issues within a certain area and working closely with partner agencies to ensure the vulnerable within our communities are safe and well.

"During the day, we may be called to reports from the public of anti-social behaviour which we will attend and deal with as required, or missing people where we will assist with area searching to locate the person.

"In addition to this, we carry out dedicated patrol activity (DPA) in areas where there have been several reports of anti-social behaviour or incidents of minor crime.

"More recently our DPAs have been at hotspot areas for anti-social behaviour such as Beachy Head and key locations in the town centre but also along the seafront up to Sovereign Harbour."

PCSO Wilkins and PCSO Brian-Davis are two of the 100 additional PCSOs Sussex Police recruited in the last financial year to boost local community teams. Every ward in Sussex now has a named PCSO.

Members of the public can find out how many crime reports have been made in their area and the action being take to address them here.

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

A garage off Compton Street was broken into in the small hours of the 16th, fortunately noting was stolen but damage was caused to the garage door. (0815 of 16/08 relates)

A cycle was stolen from a locked shed on between the 14-16th August at a property off St. Phillips Avenue. Unknown suspects have climbed over fences to gain entry to the garden (1332 of 16/08 relates)

An attempt burglary was reported at a property off Great Cliffe Road on the morning of the 18th. Unknown suspects have attempted to gain entry to the victims front door. (1477 of 18/08 relates)

An attempt break into a garage was reported at a property off Lurkspur Drive. Fortunately nothing was stolne, but damage was caused to garage doors. (1030 of 19/08 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.

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Action Fraud’s top tips

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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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