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Eastbourne Weekly Update

Alert message sent 28/08/2020 16:01:00

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Friday, 28 August 2020

News and appeals


Appeal to find owner of stolen medal

Police are appealing to locate the owner of a medal that was reported stolen from a property in East Sussex in 2000.

A member of the public who collects and researches military items reported it to Sussex Police on Friday, 14 August after noticing the stolen medal was for sale at an auction in Newcastle.

The medal is described as a Distinguished Flying medal King George IV and was awarded to 529248 Sergeant Arthur Moy, RAF.

Officers are appealing to anyone who knows who the item may belong to to come forwards. 
PC Michelle Holdstock said: "We're enormously grateful to this member of the public for reporting this stolen item to us and we are keen to reunite it with its rightful owner. 

"We do not know where this medal has been over the last 20 years and hope that by releasing these images we may help jog someone's memory.

"If you recognise this medal or have any information that may assist with our enquiries please report online or call 101, quoting 185 of 14/08."

Sussex Police donates £91,000 to help local organisations during Covid-19 crisis

Sussex Police has donated a total of £91,000 to charities and local organisations to help during the Covid-19 crisis. 

The funds went to 134 different organisations across Sussex through the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from the sale of unclaimed lost property and property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.
Examples of ways the money has been used include:

-  Purchasing PPE for staff and volunteers to enable them to carry out their key roles with increased safety measures.

- Obtaining materials to allow organisations to make PPE equipment more available to NHS staff and Key workers for free.

- For food and storage for foodbanks and similar organisations to allow them to help more vulnerable families and households who require it.

- For petrol, to allow organisations to transport food and much needed supplies to food banks and those who are vulnerable during this time.

- For technical equipment to allow organisations, who offer services to the community, to continue offering support.

Lucy Kamper from Mindout, a LGBTQ mental health service based in Brighton, said: "We are so very grateful for the Sussex Police PPAF grant. It will allow us to launch our telephone befriending service which is much needed at the moment. The social isolation experienced by LGBTQ people has been amplified since lockdown and we are concerned to support older LGBTQ people and those who are digitally excluded."

Major Michael Lloyd from the Salvation Army said: "Just to say a very big thank you for your wonderful donation, as we offer support and try to help others in our local community during these difficult times. We are seeing an increase in requests for food parcels and other assistance, so your donation will enable us to keep responding to so many folk in need."

Sonia Mangan from Carers West Sussex said: "By supporting Carers Support West Sussex with this vital support we can reduce isolation, increase health and wellbeing and provide Carers with the tools they need to cope during this difficult and stressful time."

For more information about PPAF please see the website here.  

Appeal to trace Eastbourne street robbery victims

Police investigating a report of a street robbery in Eastbourne are appealing for the victims and any witnesses to come forward.

Officers received a report that two men had been approached by two teenage boys who threatened them with a knife and a bottle before robbing them in Langney Road on Monday 17 August at about 1pm.

The victims walked off towards Clarence Road. Two suspects, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were arrested nearby shortly afterwards and detained on suspicion of robbery and possession of a bladed article.

They were later released on bail until 14 September.

Detective Constable David Hawes said: "We are trying to trace the victims of this robbery and would like to hear from them or anyone who witnessed it. Please contact us."
Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 701 of 17/08.


Man charged in connection with stabbing in Eastbourne

A man has been charged in connection with a double stabbing in Eastbourne.

Two men were taken to hospital following the incident in Cambridge Road about 9.26pm on Tuesday 18 August.

Officers swiftly responded to the scene, and enquiries led to the arrest of Ethan Russell, 21, of Cranfield Road, Bexhill.

He was charged with two counts of causing grievous bodily harm, possession of a knife in public, and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He was remanded in custody and will appear before Lewes Crown Court on 18 September.
Of the victims, a 37-year-old local man remains in hospital in a stable condition; a 33-year-old local man was discharged.

Investigations 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. 

Operation Blitz Update

Throughout the evening the blitz team patrolled all of the designated anti – social behaviour hotspots.

During the evening there were a few boy/girl racers in Asda carpark but they weren’t being anti-social and all seemed quiet and behaved.

We only had one phone call regarding loud music at an address in Hampden Park, we patrolled the area approx. 15 minutes after the call came in and there was no sound of loud music and the area seemed quiet.

We then patrolled Gildredge Park as there was loud music coming from the café and skate park, there was one group sitting near the café at the top of the park, they admitted to playing music and said they would play it quieter as they wasn’t aware it was so loud, they all seemed friendly and compliant.

We then patrolled up near the skate park where there was a smell of cannabis and upon walking into the skate park there was a group of approx. five young youths sitting down. One young male got up and ran to the gate, he came back and PCSO Clements checked the area where he found a small bag of cannabis on the path. The young male then admitted they had just smoked it and had some more on him which he gave over, they were all compliant.
Crime summary

A burglary occurred on 21/08/2020 on Bourne Street, whereby a residential premises was entered, no items were stolen from within (Ref: 47200143077)

An attempted burglary occurred on 24/08/2020 on Howletts Close, whereby an attempt was made to gain access to a residential premises, fortunately no access was gained (Ref: 47200144790)

A burglary occurred on Royal Parade between 25/08/2020 – 26/08/2020 whereby an attempt was made to gain entry to a business premises, fortunately no access was gained (Ref: 47200145977)
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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at
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