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Thursday 29th October 2020

Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team Updates and Alerts

Wealden Day Of Action

Police arrested four people and issued a dozen warnings as they cracked down on anti-social driving in Wealden.

The day of action on Friday (October 23) brought together officers from the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Prevention Enforcement Team and the Roads Policing Unit with the aim of targeting those using the district’s roads in an anti-social manner.

Through the use of both marked and unmarked police cars, officers stopped a number of vehicles and spoke with the drivers. This resulted in two people being arrested for drink-driving, and 12 motorists given warnings for excess speed.

Two Traffic Offence Reports were issued to drivers with a noisy motorcycle exhaust, and a vehicle was seized under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act as it was being driven with no insurance.

Police intelligence also saw officers stop a vehicle suspected of being involved in crime. Two people were arrested – one on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and drug-driving, and the other on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

Inspector Jon Gross, of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Tackling speeding and anti-social driving are two issues that we know our communities want the police to address. This initiative heralds the start of a consistent approach to targeting irresponsible drivers across Wealden.

“In the coming months the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be working alongside colleagues from Roads Policing, Response and our Special Constabulary in areas across the district.

“We will also be working closely to support the many Community Speed Watch schemes, all of whom play such an important role in reducing the risk of accidents and injury on the roads.

“I know this initiative will be welcomed by the public and will no doubt contribute to improve road safety in our area.”

Members of the public are encouraged to report issues to police, either online or by calling 101. For more information on anti-social driving and how to report it, visit our website here.

All Day ASB Patrols This Halloween

At this time of year there is often an increase in anti-social behaviour, which can distress and worry many residents.

In addition to our normal ASB patrols each Friday and Saturday between 1800-0000, this Saturday the 31 October, Op Blitz will run ALL DAY under the name Op Fang, where residents across the Wealden district can call 07770700642 between 0800-0000 to report any anti-social behaviour directly to teams of officers out across the district.

We will also be reminding people that if they are getting involved in Halloween activities over this period that they be considerate to their neighbours and respectful of others’ property.

For the vast majority, Halloween is great fun and a time to celebrate with friends and family, but for some elderly and vulnerable people, or those living alone, some people’s behaviour can be intimidating.

Chief Inspector Jon Carter said: "This year we are urging people to celebrate Halloween in a responsible way and adhere to social distancing guidelines. "We are here to make sure that everyone can still enjoy Halloween by focussing our resources in the right places and working closely with our partners and communities.

"We will also be engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly, reminding them to follow COVID-19 guidelines and following the rule of six.

"There will be increased patrols to deter any anti-social behaviour and provide a reassuring presence; officers will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.

"It is important to stress that the majority of people behave safely and responsibly, however, we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and will take action where necessary."

Wealden Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

Outside of these times report ASB online or to 101, and always call 999 in an emergency.

New scam warning reported across Sussex

Police are warning people to be wary of fraudulent emails purporting to be from HM Courts and Tribunals after receiving five reports of scams in Sussex. 

The emails state that the victims owe a £25 fixed penalty charge. They say that if the victim does not pay the fine they will face greater charges of £100 and detail methods of payment. 

Fortunately, no victims have reported losing any money. 

PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Sussex and Surrey Police, said: "Fraudsters have made the scam emails appear genuine in an effort to dupe people into sending them cash.

"Thankfully, no victims have lost money to this awful scam email which we suspect has been sent to a large number of people. We want to help them keep their money safe by raising awareness of these reports.

"Remember - if you receive an unexpected communication requesting money or financial details, always double check it is legitimate by contacting the organisation directly. Trust your instincts, if something doesn't seem quite right then speak to friends and family before rushing into decisions regarding your finances."

If you have any information or have been a victim to this scam please report to Action Fraud or, if vulnerable, to Sussex Police online or by dialling 101. 

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

Crime Summary

There have been three residential burglary reported on the Wealden District this week.

A male was seen by business owners at a property off Hunters Way, Uckfield attempting to gain entry to a property during the afternoon of the 22nd October. The male drove off once approached and fortunately no entry was gained, and nothing was taken. (0831 of 22/10 relates)

Overnight on the 22nd October, a property off Vernon Road, Uckfield was entered and personal items belonging to the victim stolen. (0076 of 23/10 relates)

Gardening equipment and tools were stolen from a property off Bells Yew Green Road overnight on the 22nd October. Unknown suspects have climbed over fences to gain entry to the property. (0251 of 23/10 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries on the Wealden 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

You can also visit our website at 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.

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