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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 21st August 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts


A man has been arrested for multiple offences following a short police pursuit in Lewes.


Around 9pm on Monday 17 August, officers on patrol in the town spotted a car travelling at excess speed and signalled for it to stop.

It initially failed to do so and a short pursuit ensued, and the vehicle eventually stopped in the Landport estate, where the driver and passenger were detained.

The driver failed a roadside DrugWipe, and a search of the car resulted in a small amount of cannabis being found and seized.

A 35-year-old man from Lewes was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, dangerous driving, possession of cannabis, driving with no insurance and failing to stop when required by police.





Sussex Police is urging people to be wary of software scams after the Force has received 77 reports from vulnerable victims so far this year with losses totalling £154,454. The average loss has been around £2,000. 

The scam typically involves the victim being told they have been hacked or their computer has a virus. They're advised they need to install software, pay money or hand over details to protect their device from further damage. 

A 60-year-old woman in Brighton was contacted by a man purporting to be a security technician from Amazon and said her online security was at risk.

She was told had been hacked by someone in California and her IP address was not secure. The victim was advised to download an app which then gave scammers access to her computer. They took her financial and personal details and transferred £7,900 from her accounts. The victim realised and contacted police. 

PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Safeguarding Abuse Officer at Sussex and Surrey Police said: "Please be wary if you receive an unsolicited call about the security of your computer. There are fraudsters out there who will try to capitalise on your concern to financially profit. 

"We're urging people to be careful make sure you know who you're talking to. Remember - Computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer. Fraudsters make these phone calls to try to steal from you and damage your computer with malware. Treat all unsolicited phone calls with scepticism and don’t give out any personal information. If you feel pressured, hang up and talk it through with a friend or family member”.

If you receive an unsolicited call:

don't allow remote access to your computer

don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision - a genuine bank or another trusted organisation won't force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons

remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions

don't make a payment

make sure you know who you are talking to - if in doubt, hang up immediately

listen to your instincts - if something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it

remember that criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home - they may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be


Wet weather driving warning as further storms and high winds predicted

After a spell of very hot weather and the likelihood of high winds, and 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 www.sussex.police.uk - alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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


Jewellery and personal items were targeted at a break in to a property off Laughton Road, Ringmer, during the daytime of the 15th August. Unknown suspects have gained entry over fences and climbed walls to an open window to gain entry to the property (0882 of 15/08 relates)

A garage was broken into at a property off Roundhill Crescent, Peacehaven during the daytime of the 15th August. Unknown suspects have forced entry to a garage and stolen the victim pedal cycle. (0882 of 15/08 relates)

Personal items were stolen from a property off Pelham rise, Peacehaven. Victims have returned home from time away to find their door had been forced open and unknown suspects have searched inside the property. (1010 of 17/08 relates)

A motorcycle was stolen from a locked garage at a property off Southcoast Road, Peacehaven during the daytime of the 20th August. Unknown suspects have gained entry to the garage and stolen the victims motorcycle (0986 of 20/08 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.




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