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Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 9th June 2021
Rother Weekly Bulletin

News and Alerts
09/06 Witness appeal following assault on man in Bexhill

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Bexhill.

The victim was walking along Glovers Lane, Sidley, shortly after midnight on Saturday (June 5) when he was approached by a man holding a machete.

The victim was able to fight the suspect off, suffering minor injuries in the process.

Officers attended the scene, and later arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis.

He was subsequently charged and is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates’ Court on June 28.

Police investigating the matter are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or who may have captured any relevant CCTV, doorbell or dash cam footage from the area at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 8 of 05/06.

Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Volunteers’ Week: Police praise their volunteers and search volunteers’ hard work and dedication

This Volunteer’ Week (1-7 June), Sussex Police is taking the opportunity to thank all their volunteers for their dedication and selfless commitment to protecting the public.

Sussex Police volunteers dedicate their time to work across a wide range of areas in Sussex from the Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers, Cadet Leaders, Chaplains, Search Volunteers, National Community Speedwatch and Independent Custody Volunteers.

Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando says: “I would like to thank all our volunteers for their commitment to protect the community, deliver and outstanding service and catch criminals. It is always a pleasure to be able to showcase the amazing work of Sussex Police, particularly our volunteers who make such a personal sacrifice giving their time to support our teams and on occasion put themselves in harms’ way. Their enthusiasm and passion is infectious and I am keen to see them return as lifting of the restrictions continues”.

For more information visit our website here.

Sussex Police secures additional Home Office funding to tackle knife crime

Sussex police continues to tackle knife crime and serious violence after securing £514,500 funding from the Home Office for 2021/2022.

The funds will see the force build on the positive results seen last year through targeted activities such as our knife crime awareness campaign, hotspot patrols, weapon sweeps as well as educational outreach in schools and local communities.

For more information visit our website here.

What to do if you’re worried about knife crime
If you are under 18, you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime you should try to talk with your parent or carer, or alternatively talk to ChildLine for help on 0800 1111 or go online at

If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.

Whether you are a parent or young person you can contact Sussex Police on 101 to speak with your local Prevention Team.

Almost 500 offences detected during Bank Holiday road safety operation

Almost 500 offences were detected during a road safety operation over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Officers from Sussex Police and the Safer Roads Partnership worked together to provide education, engagement and enforcement from Saturday 29 to Monday 31 May.

The aim of this dedicated activity – run in addition to routine policing 365 days a year – is to create an environment that is inhospitable to the dangerous or antisocial use of vehicles on the roads, thereby reducing road causalities, and the impact of noise and poor behaviour on local communities.

Motorists were dealt with for a total of 485 offence including speeding, drink and drug-driving, driving with no insurance, careless driving and illegal number plates.

For more information you can visit our website here.

04/06 Man admits seriously injuring cyclist in Bexhill collision

A man has appeared in court and admitted causing serious injury to a cyclist in a Bexhill road collision

Reece Ripley, 21, unemployed, of now fixed address, appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 3 June, charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing serious injury whilst disqualified, and driving with no insurance.

He pleaded guilty to all the offences and was remanded to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 1 July for sentencing.

Just after 10am on Tuesday 1 June the 50-year-old cyclist and Ripley who was riding a motor-cycle, collided in De La Warr Parade, Bexhill, close to the junction with Sutton Place. The cyclist was taken to hospital by air ambulance and is still in a serious condition.
Burglary Summary

There has been 1 burglary reported to us across Rother this week.

There has been a reported burglary at a commercial property off of Lion St, Rye. Unknown suspects have broken into the property and items have been taken (071 of the 07/06 relates).

Members of the community are asked to remain vigilant to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police.

You can also visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.
Emerging Issues

Arrests made across Rother this week
A number of arrests have been made across the Rother area this week, for various offences including; criminal damage and common assault.

If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service here:

Online reports are triaged in the same way as 101 calls but keep our phone lines free for those who can only contact us by phone.

In the case of an emergency, crime in action or where there is a threat to life always call 999.

Operation Templar
Over the last 2 weeks Officers have spent over 8 hours patrolling area across rural Rother, including Rye, Seddlescombe and Hurst Green.

These patrols are being carried out in response to reports of burglaries in the across Rother district. These burglaries are targeting both residential and commercial outbuildings.

These patrols will be continuing, but we are encouraging members of the public to continue reporting any suspicious activity.

We are working to reduce the risk to the local communities but require your support. No information is too small and reports made by the public can help to keep our communities safe.
Out and about in the community

As always, our Neighbourhood Policing team have been out and about in the community. You might have seen us at some of the following places:

Thanks to PCSO Holter, Battle for Tennis has received a £500 boost from Sussex Police. Tony Perkins of Battle for Tennis said: “The funding was put towards the cost of installing a 10m wide ServeAce Tennis practice Wall at Battle Recreation Ground”.

Following reports of damage and anti-social behaviour officers have been on patrol across Bexhill. You may have seen them at the Combe Valley Country Park, Galley Hill or other locations across town.

Over the half term week officers were over in Camber Sands, working with our partners from Rother District Council and the RNLI, patrolling the area making sure people were keeping safe and enjoying the warm weather.

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 reminders from Action Fraud:

Public reminded to ‘mullet over’ when it comes to suspicious messages as phishing attempts soar

The City of London Police is urging the public to remain vigilant when it comes to suspicious messages, after reports of emails, text messages and phone calls designed to harvest your personal and financial details, increased during the coronavirus pandemic.

As of 30 April 2021, over 5.8 million reports of phishing emails were received in the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS).

Scams warning for tax credits customers

Tax credits customers should be vigilant and alert to potential scams, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned, as remaining annual renewal packs will arrive in the post this week.

In the 12 months to 30 April 2021, HMRC responded to more than 1,154,300 referrals of suspicious contact from the public. More than 576,960 of these offered bogus tax rebated.

For more information on what to be aware of visit the action fraud website here.
Help us keep Sussex safe

If you have seen 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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