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Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 5th November 2020

Eastbourne Police News and Alerts

Eastbourne week of action sees 10 arrests and more than 400 hours of patrols

More than 400 hours of patrols were carried out by police in Eastbourne during a week-long crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Each day of the October half term, around a dozen officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) conducted targeted patrols in hotspot areas, visited vulnerable communities and took action against those committing road-related and drug-related crimes.

The team, made up of police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs), arrested 10 people for offences including drug dealing, possession of drugs and arson.

This included two people who were arrested after officers stopped a vehicle suspected of being involved in the supply of Class A drugs. This also led to a vulnerable woman being safeguarded from potential harm and cuckooing.

A wanted person was also arrested after police paid an unannounced visit to a vulnerable man who had been targeted by drug dealers in the past. Officers working to safeguard the man took proactive action to support him and in doing so, found someone who was wanted for failing to attend court.

This was one of around 10 visits paid to victims of cuckooing to ensure they are being supported and sufficient safeguarding is in place.

Five vehicles were seized during the week for having no valid insurance. All were identified by officers on patrol, and resulted in the drivers being fined and given penalty points.

Other seizures included drugs, knives, alcohol and a suspected stolen credit card. A large quantity of alcohol was seized from underage drinkers in the Motcombe area after police responded to a call from a resident.

The group had been causing a significant disturbance and impacting families nearby, but were dealt with by PCSOs using their powers of alcohol seizure.

During the course of the week's activity, police also gathered 30 pieces of intelligence around drugs, suspicious vehicles, and wanted persons.

Eastbourne NPT Acting Sergeant Ed Faulkner said: “We are always listening to the concerns of our communities, and working to address the issues that are a priority for those living and working in our town.

"This week has shown that, with officers carrying out a total of 435 hours of dedicated patrol activity in areas such as Gildredge Park, Pavilion Gardens, Longland Recreation Ground, Shinewater, Colonnade Gardens and many others. Much of this activity has been in the evenings, when anti-social behaviour often increases.

"While we always focus on anti-social behaviour and protecting the vulnerable, we stepped up our activity this week to coincide with the October half term and Halloween, and we saw some great results from this.

"We want to be clear that we will not accept any behaviour that affects the quality of life for our residents, and we will continue to tackle it all year round."

Eastbourne catalytic converter theft: CCTV image released

Do you recognise these two men?

Police want to identify them in relation to the theft of a catalytic converter from a car in Eastbourne.

The incident happened in Ryefield Close sometime between 4am and 5am on Monday (26 October).

The two suspects raised the Toyota Prius car and then removed the catalytic converter. There were also three other reported similar thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in Eastbourne on that day.

Investigator Kate Mitchell said: “We want to hear from anyone who recognises the two men or has any information about these thefts. One of the men captured on the CCTV appears to be wearing all in one overalls and the other man seems to be carrying a holdall type bag.

“We are advising vehicle owners to be on their guard and to park their vehicles in well lit areas and to report any suspicious behaviour to us.”
Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 176 of 26/10.

Op Blitz (ASB patrols) This Weekend

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

Additional Officers will be deployed this Friday and Saturday on our ASB targeting patrols, Op Blitz - call 07785372050 between 1800-0000 to report ASB directly to officers out on patrol.

Sussex 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.

Crime Summary

There have been no reports of residential burglaries on the Eastbourne district this week.

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.

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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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