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Lewes District Weekly Police News and Alerts
Alert message sent 27/11/2020 13:13:00
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Friday 27th November 2020
Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team News and Alerts
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary at a house in Hailsham.
Officers were called on Tuesday (November 24) to reports of a break-in at a property on The Grove.
The burglary is known to have happened sometime between Friday evening (November 20) and Tuesday morning, with initial enquiries leading police to believe it took place on the Monday night (November 23).
Nobody was present in the house at the time, but tools worth more than £2,000 were taken from inside the premises. This includes a number of Hitachi products – a drill, impact driver, circular saw, grinder, jigsaw, SDS drill, batteries and a charger – as well as a Makita mitre saw, site radio, track saw and pneumatic brad gun. A Paslode nail gun was also stolen.
Police investigating the matter are keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened, saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time or who may come across any of the products mentioned.
Officers would also like to speak to anyone who may have any relevant CCTV, doorbell or dash cam footage from the area, particular from The Avenue.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1376 of 24/11. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Your Local Teams UPDATED Online
The ‘Your Area’ section on the Sussex Police website is newly created and published so it’s now easier for our communities to access information about their local Neighbourhood Police Teams (NPT) and feel more connected.
In the ‘Your Area’ section members of the public can find out who is in their local Neighbourhood Team from the District Commander to their local PCSO. There are now links to local district social media for people to follow their local districts.
Previously the only information that people in our communities could find out was where their local police station is and a link through to the Police.uk pages. You can view the new ‘Your Area’ section here.
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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