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Friday 11th September 2020

Appeal after elderly man is assaulted in East Grinstead

Officers would particularly like to identify a man who was seen in the area at the time. He is described as white, of skinny build and was wearing a black tracksuit.
Detective Inspector Colin Garman said: “This was a violent and seemingly unprovoked attack on an elderly man. Thankfully he is okay, however he has been left understandably shaken by this incident.
“The motive for the attack remains unclear at this stage, and our enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened and why.
“There is currently nothing to suggest this incident is linked to two other attacks on elderly men in East Grinstead in recent months, but I’d like to reassure the community we are doing all we can to investigate all these matters and find those responsible for them.”
Anyone who witnessed the assault, or who may have any other information, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1562 of 08/09.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Police warn of courier fraud rise in Sussex

 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. Read more here

Man arrested after theft of cash machine in Hurstpierpoint

Police investigating the theft of a cash machine in Hurstpierpoint have arrested a man.
Officers were called at 3.45am on Saturday (September 5) to reports of a digger being driven into the wall of the Nationwide Building Society in Hurstpierpoint High Street.
The Automated Cash Machine (ATM) was removed from the wall and put into a waiting white Luton van, which was driven away westwards.
The van containing the cash machine was found and recovered by officers later on Saturday morning. 
A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary other than dwelling with intent to steal, and going equipped for theft. He has been released on conditional bail until October 4 pending further enquiries.
Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the theft, particularly anyone who was in the area during the night and saw either the digger or the white van in the vicinity of High Street.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Brunch.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police and bank branch staff in Sussex stop £816,917 of fraud in first half of 2020

£816,917 of fraud in Sussex was stopped by police and bank branch staff in the first half of 2020 through the Banking Protocol, figures have revealed.
The Banking Protocol is a UK-wide scheme that enables bank branch staff to alert their local police force when they suspect a customer is being scammed. Police will then visit the branch to investigate the suspected fraud and arrest any suspects still on the scene. The protocol has formed an important part of Operation Signature, Sussex Police’s campaign funded to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud.  
Branch staff are trained to spot the warning signs that suggest someone may have fallen for one of these scams and make an emergency call to the police. 159 calls were made in the first six months of this year in Sussex through the scheme. Read more here
Click here for August Fraud Newsletter


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