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Friday 27th November 2020

Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team News and Alerts

Speeding drivers convicted after causing horrific crash on A26

Two speeding drivers who caused a horrific crash which seriously injured a mother and her two children have been convicted in court.

Daish Jaggers and Joshua Knevett had been racing each other on the A26 at Beddingham, travelling well in excess of the national speed limit and contravening double white lines as they overtook vehicles on numerous bends.

Despite several signs warning road users of the hazards, Jaggers lost control of his blue Hyundai I30N and crashed head-on into a Mini driven by a 44-year-old woman from Seaford.

She sustained considerable life-changing injuries to her legs and arms which required numerous surgeries. She also broke her sternum and suffered bruising to her lungs.

Her 15-year-old daughter suffered a broken collarbone, and her nine-year-old son suffered internal injuries and bruising.

Jaggers suffered severe bruising but no serious injuries.

Knevett had been following Jaggers in his black Renault Clio Sport and was not involved in the collision.

The pair were returning from a weekend trip to the Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany when the collision occurred on the evening of Monday 27 May, 2019.

They were subsequently summonsed to court and appeared for sentencing at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 6 November.

Jaggers, 24, a manager, of Westview Close, Peacehaven, had pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for 54 months and must take an extended re-test should he wish to drive again.

Knevett, 27, a plumber, of Northdown Road, Newhaven, had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention, and was disqualified from driving for 12 months and must take a standard driving test should he wish to drive again.

Investigating officer, PC Ian Foxton, of the Sussex Police Serious Collision Investigations Unit, said: “While both defendants were completely irresponsible in their actions that day, it is clear from the evidence that Jaggers ultimately caused the crash which led to a family of three suffering serious injuries and changing their lives forever. This is reflected in the sentences handed out.

“Speeding is one of the five most common causes of collisions which result in death or serious injury on our roads. This case is a clear example of the absolute devastation that can be caused by driving above the speed limit.

“I’d like to personally thank the numerous witnesses who provided evidence which helped us secure this prosecution, and in particular the family involved, who continue to experience the traumatic effects of this collision both mentally and physically. This press release and the attached images have been released with their full support.

“We continue to provide education about the risks of speeding, and we will not stop. We are committed to protecting people on our roads, and dealing robustly with those who compromise the safety of themselves and others.”


Body Of Fisherman Recovered

Following the tragic incident on 21 November in which the fishing boat Joanna C capsized south of Newhaven, the body of one of the two missing fishermen was recovered by divers from the wreck last night, Monday 23 November.

He has been identified as Adam Harper, 26, from Brixham, Devon, and his next of kin have been notified.

Robert Morley, 38, from Pembrokeshire, is still missing. 

Our thoughts are with their families at this time.


Sussex Police have been urging businesses to think about increasing their security and taking burglary crime prevention advice during the second national lockdown.

Sussex remains one of the least likely places to be burgled in the country, and our rate for solving these crimes is increasing, which is great news for communities. A campaign was launched earlier this month to help equip business owners with the knowledge on how to practically secure and protect their shop or commercial property while it is closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown and to prevent themselves from becoming victims of burglary.

Sussex Police is continuing to show its commitment to bring offenders to justice for burglary and has had these recent successes: 

Ashley Symes was recently caught on CCTV, burgling a property in Climping at the beginning of August. He had entered via the backdoor and later identified correctly. He was charged with burglary offences, and after pleading guilty, he received a 29 month prison sentence

Anthony Morgan was arrested for burglaries occurring at the end of July. He was a prolific burglar who committed these offences in order to fund a drug habit, and once he was arrested and charged after a full admission to the offences, he also admitted a further three burglaries and one count of criminal damage. At court, he was jailed for four years and eight months.

Jack Heslip was arrested and charged with seven burglaries in the East Grinstead area in September. He has been remanded in custody awaiting sentencing for the offences.

Paul Tulley was arrested and charged with burglary at the beginning of November after a resident was woken up by a man who had broken into his home. The intruder ran off but he was later detained. Tulley has been remanded in custody by the court and he was awaiting a further court appearance.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry said: "We are seeing some fantastic results recently for burglary crimes, and I hope this goes a long way to reassuring Sussex residents that we take this type of law-breaking very seriously in the county. We are really keen that business owners now bolster their security in light of the second lockdown, and we have a great wealth of information on how to do this on our website. We know that extra security can eat into profits, but sometimes it is a small price to pay to guarantee the safety of your livelihood."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "I am pleased to see Sussex Police being so proactive in their approach to tackling burglary and safeguarding our local businesses. This has been a particularly challenging time for our high streets and it’s encouraging for residents to see officers solving these crimes, making arrests and robustly reprimanding burglars. Sussex Police are sharing ways in which we can make our premises safer during this second lockdown period. I’m urging residents and business owners to heed this advice."

We have a range of resources and information on the Sussex Police website, which includes details of monitored alarms, CCTV and other crime prevention advice.

If you see a crime in action call 999 or if you have any information about a crime, report online or call 101.


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?

This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:

With more stores reopening, and online shopping slots becoming available, please take the time to refresh your online security, only trust known websites, and remember offers that sound too good to be true generally are. More support and advice here.

NHS Track and Trace scams, if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, please know, that you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers.

Find out more about how NHS test and trace works here, and how to spot emails and text for legitimacy.

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.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit for more information.


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