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Lewes Police Weekly News and Alerts
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Thursday 29th April 2021
Lewes and Seahaven Police weekly News and Alerts
Police in East Sussex are looking to identify possible victims of a fraud.
Officers have reason to believe a number of people in the area have been targeted by fraudsters in January and February of this year.
The scam involves people claiming to be builders and offering to fix your roof. However, once money is handed over, no work has been carried out.
In some cases, it’s thought the victim is transported to the bank by the fraudsters in order to withdraw the money.
Police would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of this fraud, or anyone who knows someone who has been approached in similar circumstances.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 588 of 08/01.
People are urged to be vigilant about any unexpected contact from people offering products or services.
Always ask to check their ID and if you’re not happy, don’t engage with them.
Never give your bank details or transfer money to those you don’t know or trust, and never give your PIN number or other sensitive information to strangers.
If you are in doubt about a situation, call police or a trusted friend or relative for advice. If something doesn’t sound right, don’t feel pressured to make a snap decision on matters relating to your finances. Take the time to do some research and trust your instincts.
For further advice on fraud prevention, visit the Sussex Police website here.
Suspects sought after women abused in Wivelsfield Green
Can you help police to identify this man?
Officers want to interview him about an incident outside the local post office and stores in Green Road, Wivelsfield Green at about 4.10pm on Monday 15 March.
Three men in a parked red Nissan truck, amongst whom this man was a passenger, were making comments of a sexual nature towards a woman.
A second woman intervened and was subject to threatening behaviour from the same group.
Enquiries are continuing, including to trace the vehicle the three men were seen to be travelling in.
PC Michelle Holdstock said; "If you saw anything of this very unpleasant incident, or have any other information that could help identify this man or those with him, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 922 of 15/03.
Operation Sceptre: Anti-knife week of action launches
Sussex Police is intensifying its ongoing activities in tackling knife crime and violence as part of the national week of action launched this week (26 April).
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. The campaign will focus on key themes such as prevention and education and officers will carry out targeted operations alongside partner agencies.
Sussex is a safe place to live, however, putting aside significant falls in violence during lockdown periods, offences involving knives have been rising in recent years in line with the national picture.
Superintendent Stu Hale said: "Reducing knife crime and knife possession is a key priority for Sussex Police and we are determined to take harmful items off our streets.
"Operation Sceptre is an opportunity to have vital conversations with the public around knife crime. Our message is clear: carrying a knife is dangerous and does not make you safer, it puts you at more risk of coming to harm.
"As part of our week of action we're carrying out educational activities, amnesty and targeted operations to raise awareness among at-risk groups and disrupt crime in action.
"This week intensifies our year-round tactics to address knife crime by engaging with young people in schools, using our knife crime engagement van and our work with partners to ensure people are signposted to help at an early opportunity.
"We also work hard to target disrupt prolific offenders, through teams such as the Special Enforcement Unit, Tactical Enforcement Unit through days of action."
This week, police will work closely with Border Force to monitor attempts to import weapons and will also work locally with schools and community members offering engagement and prevention advice to young people.
Officers will continue to work closely with retailers and Trading Standards, including retailers that operate online, to ensure weapons are kept off our streets.
Other tactics during the week of action will include targeted high visibility and plain-clothes patrols across the county. Activity also includes target stop and search against habitual knife carriers and previous offenders 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.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, said: "Coronavirus has been a huge part of everyone’s lives for over a year now but we want to remind people that our normal policing role hasn’t stopped during this time.
"Forces are determined to tackle violent crime and with the restrictions easing, taking knives off our streets and helping people understand the dangers of carrying a knife remains a top priority.
"Our work with Border Force, Trading Standards, the Violence Reduction Units and many other partners means we are able to tackle some of the significant underlying causes of knife related violence.
"Operation Sceptre brings forces together and highlights that we will be united in doing everything possible to stop those intent on causing serious violence."
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.
Each week, targeted ASB patrols head out across the district to known areas, and areas of ASB, behaviour or driving, reported by your communities.
Call 07989188960 between 1600-2200 each Friday and Saturday if you witness, or are victim to anti-social behaviour (ASB), and report directly to officers on the ground, out targeting areas of known and reported ASB.
This number does not change each week, keep a note of it if you need to contact us. Outside of these times please continue to report anti-social behaviour to us online, or by calling 101, or remember always call 999 in an emergency.
An attempted shed break was reported at a property off East Grinstead Road, North Chailey around 2100 hours on the 23rd April. Homeowners have been alerted by their alarm system and found a padlock to their shed had been removed. Fortunately it doesn’t appear that anything has been stolen. (1778 of 23/04 relates)
A shed was broken into at a property off Hawkenbury Way, Lewes overnight on the 26th April. Unknown suspects have gained access to the homeowners garden and entered the shed, it doesn’t appear anything was stolen. (474 of 27/04 relates)
Officers are advising shed owners to check their shed security following the two burglaries reported this week involving break in to sheds.
Members of the public are asked to remain alert to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Residents; remember too you can register your property on website such as Immobilise, which not only helps to protect your property but also helps to reunite stolen items should they be recovered by the Police.
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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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