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Hastings Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 30th June 2021
Hastings Weekly Bulletin

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Positive start for project aimed at tackling drug-related crime in Hastings


A project aimed at reducing drug-related crime and protecting people from harm has seen multiple arrests in its first few months.

Project Adder was launched earlier this year by the Home Office with the aim of tackling drug-related harm and reducing drug-related deaths in five key areas across the UK.

As one of those five areas, Hastings will benefit from a share of the £148 million investment in the scheme, which will run until March 31, 2023.

Led locally by East Sussex County Council and Sussex Police, Project Adder has seen an increased focus on enforcement action against those involved in drugs production and supply, safeguarding those who are vulnerable and at risk of exploitation, and treatment and recovery for those suffering from addiction.

For more information visit our website here

Operation held to combat commercial waste offences

Dozens of drivers were stopped and spoken to as part of a dedicated campaign to combat commercial waste offences.

Officers from the Commercial Vehicles Unit and Rural Crime Team worked together with Trading Standards during the operation on Tuesday 22 June.

The activity was carried out in Hastings in response to concerns in the local community about an increase in offences.

A total of 50 vehicles were stopped at various locations throughout the town, with a number of fixed penalty notices and words of advice being issued.

In addition, a 45-year-old man from Hastings was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving. He has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Matt Chapman, of the Hastings Licensing and Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “During this day of action, we focused on commercial vehicles specifically in relation to waste licensing, theft of scrap metal and catalytic converters, rogue traders and road traffic offences. This was in response to community concerns and an increase in fly-tipping, but also formed part of our routine policing duties to prevent and detect criminality, and take action against offenders.

“The vast majority of road users we spoke to were fully cooperative and had committed no offence. However, we will continue to work in partnership with the local authority to drive all types of criminality down.”

28/06 St Leonards man sentenced for outraging public decency and voyeurism

A St Leonards man convicted of 13 counts of outraging public decency and one count of voyeurism has been sentenced at court.

For more information you can visit our website here. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/st-leonards-man-sentenced-for-outraging-public-decency-and-voyeurism/

Police continue to take reports of this nature very seriously, and thank those involved in the case for coming forward to report the incidents and support the investigation.

28/06 Witnesses sought to incident in St Leonards pub

Police are seeking witnesses to an incident in a St Leonards pub.

Just before midnight on Friday 25 June, a man in his forties and a woman in her twenties were reported to have had an altercation in the Nags Head Pub, Gensing Street, St Leonards.

PC Matt Pearmain said; “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this. You can contact us online, or by calling 101, quoting serial 250 of 25/06.”

A man aged 45 has been arrested on suspicion of assault by beating, and after being interviewed has been released on police bail until 24 July while enquiries continue.

A Sussex Police initiative to help domestic abuse victims during and since lockdown has been praised in a national report. 

The national report, ‘Policing domestic abuse during the pandemic’, is published by her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services 23 June.

To read more visit our website here.

If you’re a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there’s an emergency that’s ongoing or life is in danger, call police on 999.

If you can’t talk because the perpetrator is nearby, you can then press the numbers ‘55’ into your mobile phone which will alert the operator to your situation.

The Sussex Safe Space website: https://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/ also provides a valuable directory of help and support from all agencies, available near you.

For further information and advice from Sussex Police see the force website here.
Burglary Summary

There has been 5 burglaries reported to us across Hastings this week.

A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off of Courthouse Street, Hastings (272 of the 23/06 relates).

There has been a  burglary has been reported at residential property off of Beecham Place, St Leonards overnight on the 23-24 June (229 of the 24/06 relates).

A burglary has been reported at residential property off of Pentland Close, St Leonards in the afternoon of the 24 June (1382 of the 24/06 relates).

An attempted burglary has been reported off of Rock Close, Hastings. (497 of the 27/06).

There has been a burglary reported at a residential property off of Warrior Square, St Leonards (1143 of the 27/06 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.
Emerging Issues

Arrests made across Hastings this week

Over 40 arrests have been made across the Hastings area this week, for various offences including, criminal damage, common assault and burglary.

If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/reportcrime

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

As always, our neighbourhood team have been out in the community. You might have seen us at some of the following places: 
Under Operation Sunshine officers have been out in Hastings Town Centre conducting proactive foot patrols to target anti-social behaviour in the area.

Officers have also been out with our colleagues from the Roads Policing Unit and volunteers from Community Speed Watch out on the roads of Rother to conduct vehicle road safety checks and directed patrols. Locally you may have seen us at Combe Valley Way and Hastings Road, Bexhill. Five fixed penalty notices were also issued during patrols in Battle.
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:

Received a suspicious text message?

Text messages that ask for your personal or financial details are a common lure used by criminals.

Don’t take the bait. Report suspicious texts by forwarding them to 7762 (It’s free of charge).
You can visit the Action Fraud website here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
 
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.

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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
Neighbourhood Watch

We work closely with Neighbourhood Watch and you can find out more about your local scheme online.

Visit the Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch website: https://www.haslnw.uk/
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