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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 27th August 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Owners sought for two cycles found in Lewes

Do you recognise these two cycles?

The black and red Carrera Virtuoso road cycle (above) and the red and yellow Voodoo Hoodoo Mountain bike (below) were left near the scene when would-be thieves ran off having failed to steal a quad bike and a lawn tractor from a barn off Old Malling Way outside Lewes on 4 March.

Police believe they used the cycles to get to the isolated location and suspect they will have been stolen although there is no record of them being reported stolen.

PC Tom Bowen said: "We haven't identified the suspects but it would still be good to re-unite the owners with their cycles. If you think you recognise them please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 715 of 04/03. We will need some proof of ownership."


Police are appealing for witnesses after an altercation between two men in Newhaven.

Officers were called to the grounds of Newhaven Town Football Club, in Fort Road, to reports of an assault around 5.15pm on Sunday 26 July.

A man was walking his dog when he approached another man flying a racing drone. A physical altercation broke out between the two men which resulted in the dog walker suffering an injury to his shoulder.

Police would like to speak to the drone pilot about what happened. He is described as white, approximately 6' 2", of stocky build and with short light brown hair. He was wearing virtual reality goggles.

Officers would also like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 980 of 26/07.

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

A road safety initiative has resulted in over 150 offences being dealt with and dozens more motorists positively engaging with police.

As part of Operation Downsway, specialist officers from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) provide education and enforcement with two main aims: to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on our roads.

The operation on Sunday (23 August) saw over 150 road offences across Sussex, these included excess speed, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving and having an unregulated numberplate.

RPU officers were joined on the day by Chief Constable Jo Shiner, who said: “While we were able to target a large number of offenders – demonstrating we will not tolerate antisocial driving or riding on our roads – I am more encouraged by the number of people we have engaged with.

“We have met a number of people from local communities and listened to their concerns, and the feedback we have had from those communities has been very positive.

“By providing education and enforcement in a number of ways, we aim to prevent the number of collisions on our roads in Sussex.”

The ‘fatal five’ offences include speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, not wearing a seatbelt, and careless or dangerous driving.

Chief Constable Shiner added: “These are the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions, all of which can be avoided by taking personal responsibility.

“The vast majority of motorists are safe and competent road users, and it’s imperative that we target those who compromise road safety, and deal with them robustly.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne was also invited to attend the operation.

She said: “From the high volume of public correspondence to my office and the numerous consultations I have conducted over the last year, I know that safety on our roads remains a top priority for residents.

“Sussex Police have invested and strengthened their roads policing unit over the last year as a result, working with partners on successful engagement, education and enforcement campaigns like this operation.

“I was pleased to see some of the specialist roads policing officers on duty, actively engaging with the public and being a visible deterrent to those who think they can use our roads irresponsibly.”

Police will continue to commit resources to Operation Downsway at various locations across Sussex throughout the year. This is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

You can report incidents of dangerous or antisocial driving to Operation Crackdown.

Updates to Police Front Offices

From today (Monday, August 24), Seaford Police Station and Lewes Police Station will revert to public opening hours of 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.

The Sussex Police front office in Newhaven remains closed at this time.

Seaford and Lewes police stations will no longer deal with enquiries relating to the seizure of vehicles being driven with no insurance.

These enquiries should be directed to the Eastbourne town centre front office at 1 Grove Road, which is now open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Crime Summary

Overnight on the 22nd August, a property off Vernon Avenue, Peacehaven was broken into. Unknown suspects have forced entry to the property and an untidy search has been conducted. (494 of 23/08 relates)

Garages were broken into at a property off Pelham Rise Peacehaven overnight on the 22-23 August. Unknown suspects have used force to prize open garage doors. Electrical items including scooter were targeted. (1153 of 24/08 relates)

A garage at a property off Cluny Street, Lewes reported an attempted break in during the day time of the 25th August. Unknown suspects have left damage to garage doors in an attempt to gain entry, nothing was taken. (333 of 26/08 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

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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