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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 25th June 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts

Outdoor socially distanced community meeting

Join us up at Birling Gap car park on the 1st July from 17:00pm, where our engagement van and your local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be parked up to speak to residents about local issues, and offer crime prevention advice and support.

This is an opportunity to meet your local PCSOs and staff, report crime, ask any questions you have around local crime and issues, we will also be joined by local Wealden Councillors.

If you are unable to drop by remember you can find an array of advice and support, including how to report anti-social behaviour and driving; online on the Sussex Police website, as well as our easy to use non-emergency reporting webforms.

You can contact us 24/7:

101/online (non-emergency)
999 in an emergency/crime in action/threat to property or life


Operation Downsway - Tackling the Fatal5 updates

Directed Police patrols and activities took place again this weekend just been, enforcing and educating drivers around the Fatal5 driving offences, and resulted in a number of vehicle safety checks, arrests and stops, some highlights below:

Friday speed checks were completing in areas in and around Jevington and Polegate resulting in a number of vehicles being recorded and reported to Operation Crackdown for excess speed.

During the afternoon and into the evening on Saturday, 9 motorcycles were stopped in the area of Heathfield and Uckfield A272, of the 9 riders, 2 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued, one for exhaust modifications and 1 for defective tyres.

Over the weekend, mobile phone use, and seatbelt checks were also conducted, with one vehicle stopped for driving whilst using mobile phone.

Other results include a small number of section 59's being issued (Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 allows an officer in uniform to seize and remove a vehicle that has been used in a "careless and inconsiderate" manner).

This activity is supported by Operation Downsway, a force level initiative which commenced in September 2020 and which has been welcomed by communities across Sussex targeting the Fatal5 offences.

We will continue to commit resources to Operation Downsway at various locations across Sussex throughout the year.

This is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

To report an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving, visit the Operation Crackdown website online.


Police ramp up work with businesses to prevent sale of knives to under 18s

Sussex Police is ramping up its work with local businesses to prevent the sale of knives to under 18s as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle knife crime and serious violence. 

Officers are carrying out test purchase operations to engage with retailers on the Challenge 25 policy, which is challenging those who look under the age of 25 trying to purchase a knife.

Retailers have an important role to play, by helping to ensure that weapons are not falling into the wrong hands. It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, and anyone found carrying a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, faces serious legal consequences.

Alongside partners such as Trading Standards, we are working with retailers across Sussex to ensure robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives, to help them get this right.

Sergeant Elizabeth Reschwamm said: "We are determined to get knives off our streets and keep Sussex a safe place to live. 

"In addition to our campaign to engage and educate the public on the dangers of knife possession, we are working closely with retailers to prevent knives falling into the hands of young people. 

"We all have a part to play in reducing knife crime and keeping the public safe and we would urge anyone with information or concerns to report it to us so we can take action."

How we are helping businesses to challenge those who look under 25

We have created materials specific for use in Sussex including:
  • A guide for businesses on good practice on selling and storing knives
  • Stickers to be placed where knives are sold to remind customers they will need to show ID
  • Two posters – one for customers and one for staff.
From April 1 2020 – March 31 2021 we carried out 464 test purchases which resulted in 138 intelligence logs. 124 of those test purchases were successful.

Where test purchases failed, officers provide support with retailers by meeting with retail managers to ensure relevant training is in place, and carry out further test purchases to test compliance.   

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 Neighbourhood Policing 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 


ASB Patrols this weekend - Uckfield and Hailsham

Each week, targeted ASB patrols head out across the district to known areas, and areas of ASB behaviour, and driving reported by your communities.

This weekends directed patrols will take place in:

25th June – Uckfield
26th June – Hailsham

Call 07770700642 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday if the team are in your area, 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

Over the weekend of the 17-19 June a property off High Street, Hartfield reported a break in whereby unknown suspects have removed locks to an exterior gate to gain entry to the property. Metal pipping was taken from the address. (1195 of 20/06 relates)

Overnight on the 20th June, a business address off Diplocks Way, Hailsham reported a burglary whereby unknown males have smashed glass windows to remove tools from a display. (215 of 21/06 relates)

A shed at a property off Corseley Road, Groombridge was broken into overnight on the 22nd June. Unknown suspects have forced padlocks to the shed to gain entry, various hand and power tools were targeted. (336 of 23/06 relates)

A business address off Castlefields, Hartfiled reported a burglary to storage containers at the address late afternoon on the 24th June. 3 unknown males, described as white males in their 20's between 5'6" - 5'8" in height, have climbed over gates at the property to gain entry. A suspicious vehicle was also reported. Officers from our Rural Crime Team attended the report and have since seized the vehicle for forensics and are investigating. (1030 of 24/06 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.


Your local teams

You can find now find details of your local PCSO and your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams here.

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