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Thursday 3rd September 2020

Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts


Police have charged a man after two people were attacked with an unknown substance in Eastbourne.


Officers were called to St Anne’s Road at 8.51am on Saturday (August 29) to reports of a road traffic collision involving a black Renault Megane.

The driver got out of the vehicle and allegedly threw a liquid - thought to be ammonia - in the faces of two members of the public. Both men received medical attention for minor injuries.

Frank Graham, 38, of Upperton Road in Eastbourne, has been charged with two counts of throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to burn / maim / disfigure / disable / do grievous bodily harm, aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, possession of Class A and Class B drugs, driving without a licence and insurance and assaulting an emergency worker. 

He has been remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (31 August). 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police either online or by calling 101 quoting serial 845 of 28/08.

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




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.



Update on last weekend:

Last weekend Operation Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Clarke and Raczynska.

All in all a quiet but productive evening both nights, with the weather overcast with occasional showers keeping most people indoors.

On Friday evening the duo set out across Eastbourne with their first stop concentrating around reports of Boy/Girl Racers in various areas, including, Langney, St Anthony’s, Harbour, and centre of town.

After giving patrol to all affected areas, officers were pleased to report, the did not come across any groups of drivers congregating or driving dangerously, and continued their patrols down the Spit in the Harbour area, where a problem with for underage drinking has been raised by local residents. On this occasion no such groups were seen.

A call came in for a report of neighbours socialising and having a few drinks in the residential area of Town Centre  – on attending however, they were all good natured and just in good spirits, however kept their volume down after being asked, and did not cause any further disruptions during the course of the evening.

Recently we have seen an increase in large groups gathering, and socialising; whilst socialising and adhering to government guidance on social distancing is not a problem, we would like to remind people to continue to socialise in a civilised manner whilst in public spaces.

Public Spaces Protection Order covering certain areas of Eastbourne have been issued in the past weeks following groups causing issues within the town; the PSPOs warrant officers to size any alcohol when there is anti-social behaviour or threat of it as a result.

The offence is committed only when the officer/PCSO asks the person to surrender their alcohol and they refuse to do so. Each individual case is assessed and officer’s discretion used, where appropriate.

Later in the evening a further call regarding loud music in Hampden Park was received, appropriate advice given to contact out of hours EHO as they actively tackle the noise pollution on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Later during the evening passing attention was paid to other areas of known ASB across Eastbourne, with the last hour of the shift officer being tasked to looking for vulnerable young person reportedly sleeping rough in the vicinity of Sovereign Centre - luckily, after the area search and some enquiries officers established that the young person was safe, and no further concerns were raised.

No further calls were received on the Op Blitz mobile.




Grove Road Front Office Update

Our front office in Eastbourne town centre has reopened.

The police contact facility at 1 Grove Road was temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but is now ready to reopen after being made Covid-19 secure.

Screens have been put in place between police staff and the public, and a maximum of two people or two social bubbles will be allowed inside at any one time to ensure the premises complies with the government's current coronavirus regulations.

The front office will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

As Eastbourne Borough Council will be moving out of 1 Grove Road it will not be reopening its front desk here but is looking at alternative locations in the town centre.

In the meantime residents wishing to contact the council are asked to continue to do this via their website.




Police are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls after seeing a rise in reports of courier fraud across Sussex.

Courier fraud is where fraudsters call victims pretending to be from police, a bank, or another trusted organisation and request money or information. Typically, the caller persuades the victim to withdraw a sum of money or disclose personal details such as a PIN number. A courier is then sent to collect it. 

In July and August Sussex Police received 91 reports of courier fraud relating to vulnerable victims. There were 25 cases where losses were recorded, totalling £243.035. Fortunately the majority of victims reported the fraud to police after realising they were being scammed or Banking Protocol was instigated to protect the victim from losing money.

On 13 August, police received a report that a 76-year-old woman in Horsham was called by a man pretending to be from her bank. She was asked to urgently attend a branch in Redhill as she had supposedly been the victim of fraud. When she said she couldn't attend, he arranged for a courier to come and collect her card and asked for her PIN number. Two ATM withdrawals of £500 were made in Crawley.

PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Safeguarding Officer for Sussex and Surrey Police said:

"Sadly, this is a typical example of the way criminals will prey on the elderly to steal their money. Courier fraud often specifically targets the vulnerable by exploiting their trust in the police and their bank. 

"Courier fraudsters are nearly always part of wider criminal gangs who can be incredibly convincing and persuasive. It can be particularly intimidating for older people when scammers turn up on a victim’s doorstep and they may feel under pressure to comply with requests. 

"We would urge residents to be particularly vigilant about unsolicited calls at the moment. You can help by encouraging older and vulnerable members of the community to double check people are who they say they are. Never feel pressure to make a decision on the spot - if in doubt, hang up the phone or shut the door. The police and your bank will never ask you to transfer money and will not ask for your PIN or banking password.

"We understand some victims may feel frightened or embarrassed following courier fraud and may not want to talk about it. We're asking anyone who has experienced this sort of crime to report it to Action Fraud or police so it can be investigated."

You can do your bit to prevent courier fraud by checking on elderly friends, relatives and neighbours, and making sure they know what to look out for.

Please remember:

The police and your bank will never
Phone and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password
Ask you to transfer money out of your account

For more information about Operation Signature, the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud see the website here.




Crime Summary

A property off Mallard Close, Eastbourne was broken into late evening on the 27th August. Unknown suspects have gained entry to the victims property, nothing was stolen but damage was caused. (1437 of 27/08 relates)

A suspicious male (no description available) entered a victims home at a property off Selwyn Road, Eastbourne, early evening on the 27th August. The male entered after knocking on the door, and had a look around the hallway before leaving, fortunately nothing was taken. (367 of 27/08 relates)

A restaurant off Edward Road, Eastbourne reported a break in in the small hours of the 31st August. Unknown suspects have used force to gain entry to the property, once inside have used force and tools to access a games machine and steal cash from inside. (1487 of 31/08 relates)

An educational building off Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne was broken into in the small hours of the 2nd September. Unknown suspects have used force to gain entry to the property, and a search was conducted inside. The unknown suspects have stolen personal items belonging to the establishment. (225 of 2/9 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 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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