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Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 30th June 2021

Rother Weekly Bulletin

News and Alerts   
Operation held to combat commercial waste offences

Dozens of drivers were stopped and spoken to as part of a dedicated campaign to combat 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 5 vehicles were stopped at various locations throughout the town, with a number of fixed penalty notices and words of advice being issues.

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.”

National praise for Sussex scheme to support domestic abuse victims
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: 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 3 burglaries reported to us across Rother this week.

A burglary has been reported at a residential property in Penhurst, Battle (799 of the 24/06 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a commercial property off of Worsham Lane, Bexhill (1327 of the 26/06 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off of Pett Road. (161 of the 29/06 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

Over 25 arrests have been made across the Rother area this week, for various offences including; drug driving, fraud and driving whilst disqualified.

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.

Op Templar 

Under Operation Templar we are continuing proactive patrols across #Rother in response to reports of outbuildings being broken into.

Members of the community have reported burglaries from both residential and commercial outbuildings, including sheds and garages.

These patrol will continue, but we encourage members of the public to continue reporting anything suspicious.

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 the public safe. Public reporting is vital to our work and any information you have can help.

If you see anything suspicious please report this to us quoting Op Templar.

Out and about in the community

As always, our neighbourhood team (NPT) have been out in the community. You might have seen us at some of the following places: 

After a recent road traffic crash on the B2244 at Bodiam our officers were joined by our colleagues from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Serivce to highlight the need to slow down.

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 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:

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.

Neighbourhood Watch

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