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Lewes Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 7th May 2021

Lewes and Seahaven Police weekly News and Alerts

Police disrupted criminal activity across East Sussex during a Bank Holiday weekend of action.

The activity, from Friday (April 30) to Monday (May 3), was part of Operation Safety – the force’s response to tackling knife crime and serious violence.

At the start of the weekend, officers were on patrol in Seaford when they saw a suspicious vehicle travelling on the A259.

As they pulled up behind the vehicle, an object was seen to be thrown out of the window. The vehicle was stopped and the object was found to be a hunting knife.

One man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue. The knife has been seized.

Other activities include areas in Eastbourne and across Rother.

Chief Inspector Di Lewis said: “This was a really successful weekend of action in East Sussex, disrupting criminal activity and taking harmful objects off the streets.

“Tackling knife crime and serious violence is one of the top priorities for Sussex Police, and we will continue to respond to reports of suspicious or criminal activity in our communities.

“A number of these stops and arrests were made by officers patrolling areas in response to concerns raised by the public of suspected drug dealing. This highlights the importance of people reporting information to us – we will listen, we will take your concerns seriously and we will act on community intelligence.”

Members of the public can report crime or suspicious activity to police online or by calling 101. Alternatively, information can be passed to police anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111. 


Burglar jailed after pleading guilty to ten offences in Lewes

A prolific burglar has been jailed after pleading guilty to ten offences in Lewes.

John Paul Healey, 39, unemployed, of The Forges, Ringmer, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (May 4) charged with two counts of burglary dwelling and theft, seven counts of attempted burglary dwelling with intent to steal, and one count of assault by beating of an emergency worker.

He pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced to three years and five months’ imprisonment.

Healey had been arrested in the early hours of Saturday, April 3 after officers responded to a report of a man acting suspiciously and looking through the windows of a house around 1.20am.

Officers viewed CCTV from the property and identified the man as John Paul Healey.

Healey was found by officers shortly after 2am in Lancaster Street, Lewes. He was wearing clothing that matched the CCTV footage and was carrying a rucksack that was found to contain laptops and a phone. He was also found in possession of vehicle keys.

Police conducted enquiries around the laptops and found they belonged to a resident in Friars Walk. Upon attending the address, officers confirmed the house had been broken into and the items taken from inside.

Enquiries around the vehicle keys also identified a second property in Friars Walk that had been burgled.

Seven further addresses in Friars Walk were also found with damage to their windows where entry had been attempted.

As Healey was arrested for burglary and attempted burglary, he kicked a police officer in the chest and so was further arrested for assault of an emergency worker.

Investigating officer DC Dan Payton said: “Being a victim of burglary or attempted burglary is extremely distressing, and it can have a serious impact on your life both financially and emotionally.

“John Paul Healey targeted multiple addresses in one night, and it is thanks to the vigilance of one homeowner who reported Healey’s suspicious behaviour that we were able to apprehend him before he committed any further crimes.

“We hope this outcome shows that burglars will be robustly dealt with by police as we work hard to protect our communities from harm.”


Police appeal for witnesses to double fatal collision in Lewes

Sussex Police is appealing for witnesses to a double fatal collision in Lewes. 

Police are investigating a three-vehicle eastbound collision on the A27 near the Ashcombe roundabout which occurred at around 10.20pm on Friday (30 April). 

The collision involved a black Audi S5, a silver Audi TT and a silver Ford transit van. 

The occupants of the Audi S5, a 39-year-old man from Lewes and a 33-year-old man from Brighton, were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where they later died as a result of the injuries sustained. Next of kin have been informed. 

The driver of the Ford transit van suffered a serious injury but is in a stable condition in hospital. 

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or has any dashcam footage of the incident. Officers would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the Audi vehicles prior to the collision, which may have been travelling with a white Audi S3. 

If you have information to assist the police investigation please email quoting Operation Woodman. 

A 30-year-old man from Lewes has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drug driving and possession of drugs. 

A 29-year-old man from Lewes was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Both men remain in custody while the investigation is ongoing.


Op Sceptre: 272 knives seized and 18 arrests made in anti-knife week

Sussex Police teams taking part in Operation Sceptre have taken a total of 272 knives off the street through amnesty bins, weapon sweeps, and stop searches.

Operation Sceptre is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and ran from 26 April to 2 May.

Officers in Sussex made a total of 18 arrests for offences including weapon possession, being concerned in the supply of drugs, possession with intent to supply, drug driving, for being wanted on warrant, and assault.

Officers carried out 19 weapon sweeps, 254 knives were placed in the amnesty bins, 21 stop searches were conducted, test purchasing activities were carried out as well as proactive patrols.

Almost 4000 young people were engaged with by officers and provided with vital information and education around the harm knives can cause.

You can read more here.


ASB Patrols this weekend

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.


Burglary Summary

Overnight on the 2nd – 3rd May, an unlocked shed at a property off Spences Lane, Lewes was reported being entered. Homeowners have noticed their shed door open and on further inspection, personal items and various electric tools were missing. (753 of 03/05)

An attempted burglary was reported at a property off Craig Meadows, Ringmer, around 8am on the 5th May. A suspect male and white van style vehicle were seen on homeowners ringdoorbell trying doors to their garage. The suspect was described as a white male, late 30’s with shirt dark hair. Details of the vehicle have been passed to the Police. (0064 of 06/05 relates)

Overnight on the 6th May, a business address off The Fairway, Newhaven reported a burglary whereby unknown suspects have used for and tools to prize open doors and padlocks at the site to gain entry. Electrical items, including various tools and supplies were targeted. (0177 of 06/05 relates)

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

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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