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Thursday, 10 September 2020

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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.” 

Woman arrested in Uckfield modern slavery investigation

Police have taken action against suspected modern slavery activity in an East Sussex town.
On Thursday (3 September) officers from East Sussex Project Discovery executed a warrant to search a nail bar in Uckfield High Street, and a flat nearby.

Documents were seized at both locations and £4000 cash was seized at the flat.
A 31-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of requiring the carrying out of forced labour, contrary to Section 1 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and was later released on police bail until 23 September while enquiries continue.

No other arrests were made.

Detective Sergeant Jo Cooper said; "This action is part of our ongoing commitment to uncover the problem of modern slavery that can affect any part of the country. We are working with our partners in Discovery to expose hidden crime and safeguard some of the most vulnerable people within our communities.”

Discovery in East Sussex brings together local police officers, fire officers, Stop the Traffik Hastings, King's Church and staff from Hastings and Rother Councils, DWP, HMRC, Home Office Immigration, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, and local charities, all with the aim of seeing victims of modern slavery rescued and supported, and perpetrators brought to justice.

For advice and information on spotting signs of modern slavery and how to report it see the Sussex Police website. 


Drugs and weapons seized during warrant in Buxted

A man was arrested after police seized drugs and weapons during a warrant in Buxted.
Officers attended an address in the Pound Green area around 8.40am on Friday (August 28) to execute a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

They searched the address and seized a large quantity of cannabis and cash, as well as items associated with the distribution of drugs. Two knives were also seized from the address.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug. He was released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Kelly Levers, who lead the warrant on her first shift as acting sergeant of the Prevention Enforcement Team (PET), said: “The warrant was a great example of different policing teams working together, with Wealden prevention officers and the tutor unit based at Polegate supporting PET.

“The result was a large amount of drugs and two dangerous weapons taken off the streets, and our investigation around these matters is ongoing.”

Crime summary

A burglary occurred in Heathfield between 02/09/2020 – 04/09/2020 whereby an outbuilding was entered, fortunately no items were taken, however damage was caused to the premises (Ref: 47200151617)
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