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Eastbourne Weekly Update

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

News and appeals


Burglar jailed after being caught on camera

A prolific burglar was caught on camera stealing cash, tools and building materials from a house in Eastbourne.

Michael Stonestreet also stole a quantity of jewellery and other valuable items from a house in Hailsham, which he was linked to by his fingerprints.

The 32-year-old child carer, of Butts Field, Hailsham, who has an extensive history of burglary and theft offences, has been jailed for two years and eight months.

On the morning of 12 November 2019, Stonestreet called at an address in Rosebury Avenue, Eastbourne. After receiving no answer, he proceeded to walk to the rear of the property – which was undergoing building work – and stole a roll of lead.

He returned a short time later and stole £100 cash from a jacket pocket belonging to one of the builders, before also taking a tile cutter and a nail gun.

All of this was captured on CCTV installed at the house, and Stonestreet was identified by local officers who have dealt with him before.

In a separate incident on 26 September 2019, Stonestreet forced entry into a house in The Holt, Hailsham, via a locked rear window.

From this address, he stole items including a gold chain, a gold ring, a bracelet, a BB gun, a knife with replica ivory handle and sheath, and cash, worth a total of approximately £7,000.
Forensics investigations were carried out at the scene, which resulted in Stonestreet’s fingerprints being discovered inside the window frame.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, and answered “no comment” to all questions in police interview.

At Lewes Crown Court on 19 August, he was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said: “Michael Stonestreet is no stranger to us, having been convicted of a number of other theft and burglary offences in the past few years. He has made no attempt to improve his behaviour, which is reflected in this custodial sentence.

“Through forensics evidence and CCTV images which clearly identified him, we were able to bring him to justice for these two offences.

“While these appear to have been two opportunist incidents, I’d like to remind residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us.

“You can find out how to protect yourself and your home through our crime prevention advice pages here.” 

Have you seen wanted man Alex Evans?

Detectives are offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 27-year-old Alex Evans who is wanted in connected with an assault that happened outside Cameo Nightclub in Langney Road, Eastbourne, on 7 March.

Evans has links to Eastbourne and Brighton and is believed to be in the East Sussex area.
Detective Inspector Mark Rosser said: "We are offering the reward for information which leads to the arrest of Alex Evans. We are keen to hear from anyone who has seen him or has any information about his whereabouts."

If you see Evans dial 999, or if you have any information about him which could help us find him, report online or ring 101 quoting serial 177 of 07/03.

Death of Eastbourne woman not now suspicious - man released

A man arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found in a house in Eastbourne, has been released and no further action is to be taken against him.

At 3.25pm on Friday 4 September, police were called to a house in Weatherby Close, Eastbourne, after the body of the resident, Denyse Harvey aged 62, had been found.
The circumstances were treated as suspicious and the man aged 73 was arrested.

Detective Inspector Claire Gill said “Our thoughts remain with all those involved at this tragic time for them, but following a thorough investigation and a post-mortem, Denyse’s death is no longer being treated as suspicious and the Coroners Officer will be continuing enquiries.”


Pedestrian seriously injured in Eastbourne town centre collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Eastbourne town centre.

Officers were called to Station Street shortly after midday on Friday (September 4) to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings. Her injuries are serious but not thought to be life-changing or life-threatening.

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of a specified drug over a specified limit, and on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He remains in police custody at this time.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 497 of 04/09. 


Appeal after man seen exposing himself in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for information after a man was seen indecently exposing himself in Eastbourne.

Around 7.45pm on Friday (September 4), police received a report of a man who had been seen on two occasions that evening with his genitals exposed and performing a sex act.
The first instance was in Shinewater Lane, near its junction with Milfoil Drive, and the second was shortly afterwards in Foxglove Road near the dentist’s car park.

On the second occasion, he also whistled at a woman and a girl. When the woman shouted at him to stop what he was doing, he ran off down Foxglove Road and out of view.

Police investigating the matter are keen to hear from anyone who saw the man, or any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time.

The man is described as white, late 20s or early 30s, around 5’ 11” and of medium build. He had brown hair and beard/stubble, and was wearing dark clothing, including a dark hooded top with the hood up.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1281 of 04/09. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Crime summary

A burglary occurred between on 05/09/2020 on Seaside, Eastbourne whereby a premises was broken into via the front door and an electric scooter amongst other items were stolen from within (Ref: 47200152603)

A burglary occurred on 05/09/2020 on Terminus Road, whereby a residential property was entered and electronic items stolen from within (Ref: 47200153460)

A burglary occurred on 08/09/2020 on Beechy Avenue, whereby a residential property was broken into, fortunately no items were stolen from within (Ref: 47200154460)

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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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