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Eastbourne Police Weekly News and Alerts
Alert message sent 25/06/2021 11:06:00
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Friday 25th June 2021
Eastbourne Police weekly News and Alerts
We’re keen to identify these two individuals, who were seen in suspicious circumstances in the Holywell area of Eastbourne on Saturday 19 June.
Do you recognise them, or is it you?
Please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 626 of 15/06.
Operation Downsway - Targeting the Fatal5 in Eastbourne
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 evening a vehicle was stopped driving in a suspicious manner along Kings Drive, resulting in the driver being arrested for being in charge of a vehicle whilst above prescribed limit of alcohol.
Around the same time another unit stopped a vehicle off Terminus Road, resulting in another driver being over the prescribed limit and therefore arrested.
A third driver was also arrested late evening on Saturday off Allfrey Road, also for the offence of being over the prescribed limit.
Other results include a 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).
Including one to the driver a vehicle who thought that speeding past an unmarked Police car, in the rain along Seaside was a good idea....vehicle seized under section 59, and the driver arrested.
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
ASB Operation Blitz Patrols this weekend
Call 07785 372050 between 1800-0000 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 can include ASB behaviour as well as ASB driving that you witness.
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.
Drink Drive results so far
Thanks to a call from a concerned member of the public, we were able to locate and stop a woman suspected of drink-driving in Eastbourne.
She was found to be almost five times the legal limit.
Sarah Walsh, 45, of Cross Street, Herne Bay, Kent,has since been convicted in court and disqualified from driving for three years.
The month-long campaign kicked off on Friday 11 June in conjunction with Euro 2020, and is being run in addition to our routine roads policing activity 365 days a year.
Through education, engagement and enforcement, our aim is to reduce the number of casualties and to deal robustly with offenders, who make up the minority of road users.
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.
A residential burglary was reported at a property off Beechy Avenue, over the weekend of the 17-21st June. Homeowners have returned home to find their property had been entered and personal items stolen including electronics. Unknown suspects have smashed entry via a window to the property. (398 22/96)
A garage off Otham Road, was broken into overnight on the 21st June, unknown suspects have forced padlocks to the garage door to gain entry, various tools were targeted. (1015 22/06)
Electronic items were stolen from a business address off College Road, overnight on the 23rd June. Unknown suspects have used tools to force entry into the property to remove electrical items. (233 of 24/06)
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 ticket fraud, as lockdown 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 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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