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Wealden District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 12th November 2020

Wealden Police News and Alerts

Dozens of stolen tools and machines recovered during search warrant
More than 50 stolen tools and machines were recovered after police executed a warrant in Wealden.

Officers from the Prevention Enforcement Team (PET) executed the warrant at a property in Cross-in-Hand on Tuesday, October 27 as part of an ongoing focus to tackle those responsible for burglary in rural areas.

At the address, dozens of suspected stolen items were found including chainsaws, lawn mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers and an industrial wood chipper. A tractor, quad bike, mini digger, caravan and a trailer were also recovered.

A number of the items have already been matched to reports of crime and their rightful owners have been contacted. Enquiries are ongoing to establish who the other items belong to.  

DCI Alasdair Henry, Wealden district commander, said: “This warrant is the culmination of extensive work by officers investigating burglaries and thefts of tools and machinery from farms in the rural areas of north Wealden as part of Operation Atlanta.

"This operation has helped us develop intelligence on criminals operating across Sussex and the wider south east region.

“Thefts of power tools and machinery such as this have a devastating financial and emotional impact on victims as it often affects their jobs and livelihoods.

“To recover more than 50 tools and machinery was a fantastic result and we are in touch with many of the rightful owners to get these items returned to them in due course.

“Our work continues now to find those people responsible for these crimes and hold them accountable for their actions.”

Anyone who recognises any of the items pictured, or who may have any other information that could help with the investigation, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 247 of 27/10.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue reporting crime and suspicious behaviour to police, so officers can build a picture of crime in the area and respond effectively.

People are also urged to take photographs and note down details and serial numbers of their high-value items.

Visit our website for more information on how to keep your outbuildings secure and to seek free crime prevention surveys.

Dog Unit officer praised for response to incident in Uckfield

A Police Constable has been praised for her response to a violent incident which led to the arrest of a man in Uckfield.

PC Claire Harrison, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Unit, was called to a report of a disturbance within a flat in Grange Road, Uckfield, about 6.35pm on 23 October.

A woman ran out of the address in a distressed state, followed moments later by a man who was displaying aggressive behaviour.

Concerned for the safety of herself and all other parties, PC Harrison drew her Taser and red-dotted the man, warning him to stop.

But his aggressive demeanour continued and he was subsequently Tasered due to the threat level posed, and to prevent injury.

Robert McPhee, 35, unemployed, of Grange Road, Uckfield, was arrested and charged with assault by beating.

He is scheduled to stand trial at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 8 December.
Sergeant Matt Songhurst, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Unit, said:

“PC Harrison acted with courage and professionalism throughout this incident. She protected a vulnerable victim and supported divisional officers in their response, which led to the swift arrest of the suspect.

“She remained calm despite the threat of violence, and her actions are an excellent reflection on the Dog Unit and Sussex Police as a whole.

“This demonstrates how our frontline officers are multi-skilled and trained to respond to a variety of incidents according to the circumstances.”

Sussex Police Postcard Design Competition

Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner is looking for new postcard designs to use when writing to children and young people, and is inviting Sussex’s under 18s to come up with the designs.

As well as having their design printed on a postcard, the three winners will be invited to join Sussex Police teams for a range of experiences including meeting a police dog, seeing an equipment demonstration and even tea and cakes with the Chief.

Across three age categories – up to 10, 11–14 and 15–18 – entrants have until Monday 30 November are invited to use their creative skills, from painting to photography, drawing to collage, to come up with a winning design, which can be inspired by the Sussex Police priorities:
  • Protecting our Communities (keeping you safe)
  • Catching Criminals
  • Delivering an outstanding service
Jo Shiner said: “It gives me great pleasure to launch this competition for children and young people across Sussex. It has been a challenging year for everyone and this is a chance to have some fun and be creative. I am really excited to see your ideas and designs. I hope it will be a welcome activity that you can safely do at home and I look forward to meeting the winners. “

Winners will be chosen by a panel of young people and independent judges. Their prize will be organised in line with timescales permitted under Covid-19 restrictions for safety reasons. Runners up will also have their work displayed in police stations across Sussex in early 2021. 

Enter the competition here.

Operation Sceptre - Tackling Knife Crime In Sussex

Sussex Police is highlighting its ongoing activities in tackling knife crime and violence as part of the national week-long campaign launching today (9 November).

Operation Sceptre bolsters the work undertaken by Sussex police all year round to help keep residents safe from knife-related harm in their local communities.

Sussex is a safe place to live, although in line with national trends Sussex has seen an increase in knife crime. The vast majority of young people (99 per cent of 10-29-year-olds) do not carry a knife. However, bringing violence and knife crime down is a top priority and Sussex Police is determined to get knives off the streets for good.

Operation Sceptre is a campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets.  It is a misconception that carrying a knife makes you safer. Carrying a knife for protection is not a defence in law and even being caught with someone carrying can result in a sentence if you are caught. 

Superintendent Stu Hale said: "Knives and dangerous weapons have no place on the streets of Sussex. We are determined to reduce the risk of knife-related harm by working together and making our message on knife possession crystal clear.

"Operation Sceptre is an opportunity to discuss knife crime in an open and honest way. We want to send the message to young people that carrying a knife is dangerous and can have serious consequences. Carrying a knife does not make you safer, in fact it puts you at more risk of being a victim.

"Addressing the root causes of knife crime is essential in tackling it. This is why we’re combining educational activities and amnesty with targeted, intelligence-led operations to both raise awareness among at-risk groups and disrupt crime in action.   

"We have year-round operations to address knife crime including engaging with young people in schools, the launch of our knife crime engagement van and work with partners to ensure people are signposted to help at an early opportunity. 

"We also work hard to target disrupt prolific offenders, through the Tactical Enforcement Unit and are intensifying our activities through days of action  - which means individuals carrying knives are increasingly likely to be caught and prosecuted.

"This anti-knife week is also a crucial reminder that there is help out there for those who do not feel safe."

Tactics will include targeted high visibility and plain-clothes patrols across the county. Other prioritised activity includes target stop and search against habitual knife carriers and previous offenders as  and weapon sweeps by police officers.

As always, knife amnesty bins where people can safely dispose of dangerous or unwanted knives and blades at police stations across Sussex, no questions asked.

To tell Sussex Police about knife crime please report online or call 101, we will treat information you give us sensitively. In an emergency always dial 999.

To report knife crime anonymously, click here.

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 07770 700642 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

A dirt bike was stolen from a property off Withyham Road, Tunbridge Wells from a locked garage overnight on the 5th November. (279 of 6/11 relates)

Garden machinery was stolen from a property off Cat Street, Hartfield overnight on the 7th November. Unknown suspects have tress-passed entry to remove items. (1232 of 9/11 relates)

Cash was targeted at a property off Church Lane, Pevensey during the day time of the 10th November. Unknown suspects have gained entry to the property by means unknown and conducted a search within. (1198 of 11/11 relates)

A shed was broken into at a property off Western Road, Wadhurst, overnight on the 10th November. Unknown suspects have forced entry to the shed, fortunately nothing was stolen but damage was caused. (476 of 11/11 relates)

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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