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Tuesday 13th October 2020

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Burglary – there are no burglaries to dwellings or to outbuildings, sheds or garages to report this week.
News and appeals
Get safe online have organised a Global event which is on the 15th October.
Get Safe Online Global24 is a unique, international collaboration to be held on October 15 this year. In conjunction with regulators, educational establishments and private sector organisations large and small, they’ll be providing valuable but practical back-to-basics advice as well as addressing some of the of particular online safety issues you may be experiencing in your country.
To see more about Get Safe Online and the event please click on the links below.

Fraud Newsletter
Fraud newsletter for October.
This month includes a romance fraud special, with a story from a victim who lost £20,000, quote from T/DCI Rob Walker, as well as lots of advice and signs to look out for. This is to coincide with the two week national romance fraud campaign, co-ordinated by City of London Police. October’s edition also contains some information about recruitment scams, an app to stop loan sharks, and details of a FREE Staying Safe Online webinar.
Please take care of yourselves and, as always, your help in sharing our messages widely is really appreciated.

The news letter can be found on the Sussex police website.

And another note about Fraud – Last week, Sussex Police received a number of calls from people who have been targeted by fraudsters claiming to be Police officers.
The victims were told police have arrested someone in possession of a cloned bank card belonging to them and asking for detailed information about their bank account.
We are urging everyone to be very wary of unexpected phone calls and to never send money or share personal information with anyone you don’t know.
Under no circumstances would the police request a card Pin or security details over the phone.
If you are in any doubt about who you are speaking to, hang up and call the bank on another phone, or if you would like to report a fraud please call on 101.  
Driver, 76, arrested after cyclist, 10, seriously injured in collision

A driver has been arrested after a young cyclist sustained serious injuries in a road traffic collision in West Chiltington.

The 10-year-old local boy was struck by a black Renault Twingo in Church Street about 10.20pm on Tuesday 6 October.

He was taken to hospital with serious arm, shoulder, leg and hip injuries, where he remains at this stage.

The driver – a 76-year-old local man – was uninjured. He was arrested nearby on suspicion of drink-driving, driving while unfit through drugs, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He remains in police custody currently.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision or the vehicles involved prior to the collision – particularly anyone with dash cam or CCTV – to email quoting Operation Mainland.

Police campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery

Yesterday, 12th October, Sussex Police launched a two-week campaign to focus attention on our work with partner organisations to tackle modern slavery offences in our communities.
Chief Inspector Kris Ottery, operational lead for modern slavery said: “Modern slavery is a serious crime that is often hidden in plain sight. Perpetrators exploit people from all backgrounds and will target an individual’s particular vulnerability. That vulnerability could be an individual’s desire to seek a better life for themselves and their families or they could be homeless living on the streets. There is no one stereotype to neatly define a victim of modern slavery.
"Our best approach to protect people who are being exploited is to work with our communities and partner organisations. Police cannot act alone to eradicate modern slavery, it takes a number of agencies to work together to achieve this from gathering intelligence from the public, acting on it, safeguarding potential victims and getting a case to court. This process can take up to two years.
"Modern slavery cases are complex and often entwined with other serious offences such as drugs, knife crime and sexual exploitation. All of these crimes trade in human misery and exploit people for profit.
"We continue to build stronger links with our partners, voluntary organisations and businesses to establish working practices which are aligned to tackle modern slavery, stop it from happening and protect those exploited by it. Later this week we’re involved in a milestone event with local authorities, you can find out more on Friday, 16 October.”
Sunday 18 October is also the tenth anniversary of Anti-Slavery Day and the force will be showing our support on news and social media channels, signing up to a multi-agency pledge with leaders from top tier local authorities across Sussex.

If you think you have information that might identify or locate a potential victim or suspect for modern slavery, or someone you know is a victim of modern slavery, or even a location where you think exploitation might be happening, please report it online or call us on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency).

You can also contact the national Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery helpline on 0300 303 8151, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Support the campaign by following Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts and sharing the posts. We’ll be using the #Itscloserthanyouthink  
You can find more information on our Modern Slavery advice webpages or
How the government is tackling Modern Slavery
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website where you will find more information about modern slavery.

‘Hate crime will not be tolerated in Sussex’ – victims share their stories to raise awareness
Victims of hate crime in Sussex have shared their experiences to raise awareness and encourage others to come forward.

Sussex Police is marking Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 10 – 17) by highlighting the impact of the crime, and urging people to report it so offences can be investigated and victims can be supported.

A hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender’.

It doesn’t always include physical violence – someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you, or posting abusive comments or messages online, can also constitute a hate crime.
“Our officers and staff are trained to deal sensitively and professionally with reports of hate crime. They understand that it can sometimes be difficult to explain what has happened, but they are there to help you and can provide details of other support services that may be available.
“We take hate crime very seriously and we want to hear about incidents so we can respond effectively. Make the right call and report to us via our website, our 101 non-emergency number, or if it’s an emergency through 999.”
To see examples of hate crime and a short video please click on the link or go to our website.

Fraud warning after elderly couple lose £70,000 to Bitcoin scam

Police in Hastings and Rother are urging elderly people to be wary of fraud after a couple lost £70,000 to a scam.

Officers were contacted by an elderly man who had been offered the possibility of investing Bitcoins. Wanting to pay off his mortgage quicker, he decided to invest as the promised profit was a very significant amount.

The victim invested £50,000 made up of his own savings and a bank loan. He initially used his overdraft, however was advised by the company to invest more. The company told him his Bitcoin balance was 106,613 Euros.
When the victim contacted the company to withdraw the funds, he was told he would have to pay a tax charge first of around £18,000. The victim and his wife took out another loan to pay this, but the company then asked for a further £3,000 claiming there was an error and the previous amount hadn’t been correct.

The victim became suspicious and contacted police. In total, the man and his wife paid £70,000 to the company, which has been lost.
Sgt Seabridge added: “We are urging people to be wary of unexpected phone calls, emails or letters that mention large sums of money.
“Never send or give money to anyone you don’t know or trust, and don’t share your personal information. If you are in doubt, please phone a relative or friend for advice. 
“Under no circumstances would the bank or police request a card PIN or security details over the telephone, or arrange collection of bank cards from a home address.”

To report a fraud, call police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
For more information and advice on protecting yourself from fraud, visit our website or Action Fraud.
To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website


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, 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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