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Friday 11th June June 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts

Arrests this week

As we head into the weekend, the safety and welfare of our local communities remains our top priority.

Over 10 arrests have already been made this week across Wealden, for various offences including assault, harassment and ABH.

If you see or hear anything we need to know about over the weekend, let us know.

If your call is not urgent and can be reported through our 101 or website services, we ask you to do so in order to release the pressure on our emergency lines and resources - our online services offer you the option to self-report, which will be then be prioritised and actioned.

All emergencies, crime in action, or where there is a threat to life, always call 999.


Summer drink and drug-driving crackdown kicks off alongside Euro 2020

A summer campaign to crack down on drink and drug-drivers kicks off today (Friday 11 June), in conjunction with the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Both Surrey Police and Sussex Police will deploy increased resources to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.

The goal is to keep all road users safe, and to take robust action against those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk.

Working with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Drive Smart Surrey, the forces are urging motorists to stay onside of the law – or face the penalties.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our aim is to reduce the possibility of people being injured or killed through collisions whereby the driver has been under the influence of drink or drugs.

“However, we cannot do this on our own. I need your help to take responsibility for your own actions and the actions of others – do not drive if you are going to drink or use drugs, as the consequences can be fatal for yourself or an innocent member of the public.

“And if you suspect someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, report it to us immediately – you could save a life.

“We all know that drinking or using drugs whilst driving is not only dangerous, but socially unacceptable, and my plea is that we work together to protect everyone on the roads from harm.

“There are a lot of miles to cover across Surrey and Sussex, and while we may not be everywhere all the time, we could be anywhere.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I know that road safety continues to be a top priority for Sussex residents. I’ve held 32 focus groups over the last month and nearly all in attendance have told me that one of their biggest concern is antisocial and dangerous driving.

“I am always dismayed by the number of people who choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is not just inconsiderate, it’s totally irresponsible. Those who kill or seriously injure others when over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions.

“With football season in full swing and sunny summer weather to enjoy, we must make sure that we are taking responsibility for our actions when out socialising. The message is clear: drink or drive; don’t take the risk and do both, even if you have had ‘only one drink’.”

The dedicated campaign runs from Friday 11 June to Sunday 11 July, and is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

In keeping with previous campaigns, the identities of anyone arrested for drink or drug-driving during this period and subsequently convicted, will be published on our website and social media channels.

Chief Insp Hodder added: “We hope that by maximising publication of this campaign, people will think twice about their actions. We appreciate that the vast majority of motorists are safe and competent road users, but there is always a minority who ignore our advice and risk lives.

“Our advice to everyone – whether you’re watching the football or socialising with friends or family this summer – is to drink or drive; never both. Alcohol affects different people in different ways, and the only way to guarantee you are safe to drive is to have no alcohol at all.

Even one pint of beer, or one glass of wine, can be enough to put you over the limit and significantly impair your ability to drive safely.

“Think about it before you get behind the wheel. Don’t let your next journey be your last.”

Between April 2020 and March 2021, 291 people casualties were involved in a drink or drug-driving related collision in Sussex; three of these were fatal.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, 212 people casualties were involved in a drink or drug-driving related collision in Surrey; two of these were fatal.

During the same period, a total of 1,185 arrests were made for drink-driving in Sussex, and a further 1,135 for drug-driving.

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
  • You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.


Sussex Police secures additional Home Office funding to continue tackling 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.

Sussex sees a relatively low number of knife-related incidents, with 71 knife offences in the year to September 2020 per 100,000 people. This compares to the England and Wales average of 79 offences per 100,000 population. In the last year to March 31 2021, knife crime has decreased by 23% across Sussex, with the largest decreases seen in robbery with a 37.2% decrease in knife enabled offences.

Chief Inspector Simon Yates said: "Far too many lives have been affected by knife crime and our priority is to make Sussex a safer place to be. We are determined to get knives off our streets and reduce violent crime.

"Our combined approach of proactive and preventative policing saw fantastic results last year and our plan is to build on that success by continuing to engage with our local communities and carry out targeted operations across the region.

"Our key priority is sending the message that carrying a knife is dangerous and can have serious consequences. We are clear that carrying a knife does not make you safer, it puts you at more risk of becoming a victim and we would encourage anyone with concerns to reach out and seek help."

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I’m delighted that Sussex Police have secured further funding to continue to tackle and prevent knife crime across the county.

"It is clear that Chief Constable Shiner remains steadfast in her commitment to taking prolific offenders off our streets and tackling serious violence.

"This funding will also allow officers to continue to take the time to educate our young people of the dangers and life changing consequences of carrying a knife before it’s too late.

"Please remember that all knives can kill and maim and just by carrying one you are putting yourself and others in grave danger. The message is clear – lose the knife not a life."

From April 2020 to April 2021, Sussex Police made 462 arrests as part of surge operations to tackle knife crime, seized 1,312 weapons and engaged with hundreds of young people during school visits, roadshows and community engagement activities.

Throughout 2021/2022 Sussex Police's approach will be to continue to build on this work by engaging with partners, young people, parents and carers and more widely with our local communities to reduce serious violence.

What to do if you’re worried
  • 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.

Who do I report knife crime to?
  • You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
  • To report knife crime anonymously go to he fearless website here.


Burglary Summary

Late evening on the 5th June, a bicycle was stolen from a locked garage at a property off The Drive, Hailsham. Unknown suspects have used force to gain entry and commit offences. (189 of 6/6 relates)

In the morning of the 6th June a business address off Hailsham retail park reported a suspicious male enter their warehouse. Once inside the male has removed stock to the value of £600. The male is described as a white male, approximately 40-50 years old, average build, wearing a brown flat cap, grey top/jumper and grey tracksuit style jogging bottoms. (601 of 6/6 relates)

Over the 6-8th June a property off Hartfield Road, Blackham reported the theft of two quad bikes from a secure building. Unknown suspects have trespassed onto the property and used force including smashing windows to gain entry. Other electrical garden items were also stolen. (401 of 10/06 relates)

Members of the public and business owners 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.

There are a number of steps residents can take to property their property, including alarm systems and CCTV cameras, for a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe click 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, including the latest advice around remaining vigilant against holiday fraud, as travel restrictions begin to ease. 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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