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Eastbourne Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 1st July 2021

Eastbourne Police weekly News and Alerts

Man’s body tragically recovered from beach at Holywell

Police have tragically recovered a body on the beach at Holywell, near Eastbourne, this evening (29 June).

While formal identification is yet to take place, it is believed to be 86-year-old Eric Coldridge, who was reported missing in the area on Monday evening (28 June).

Extensive searches were carried out for Eric, and these searches have now been stood down.

Officers are supporting Eric’s family at this difficult time, and we’d like to thank our emergency services partners and the public for their assistance.

There are no suspicious circumstances and the coroner’s officer has been informed.


Appeal following spate of burglaries in Eastbourne

Police continue to investigate a spate of burglaries in Eastbourne are appealing for witnesses to come forward. 

Officers received a report of a man breaking into a house in Mill Gap Road at 4.15am on Wednesday, June 16. When challenged by the victim, the suspect ran from the property. A wallet containing bank cards was taken. 

A second property in Mill Gap Road was also broken into, but nothing was taken.

Further burglaries were reported at a garage and house in Prideaux Road, with a wallet and handbag also taken. A quantity of tools were also reported as stolen from a vehicle in Carew Road around 3am that day.

The suspect is described as white, male, thought to be aged in his 20s, of a medium build, wearing a dark blue baseball cap, dark mask, dark navy jacket, dark shorts, black socks and trainers and carrying a black rucksack.

Police believe the suspect spoke with a member of the public at a bus stop in Station Parade around 7am and police are keen to trace this person as they be able to assist with enquiries.  

Anyone with information or who witnessed what happened is urged to report online or call 101, quoting 177 of 16/06. 


Police issue stark warning after 90 arrests made at unlicensed event

Mass gatherings of unlicensed events will not be tolerated, and anyone who attends or organises these events can expect to face robust action.

This is the stark warning issued by Sussex Police, after almost 100 arrests were made during a ‘rave’ in Steyning.

Officers responded to the large scale event off Bostal Road in the early hours of Sunday 27 June, where some 2,000 people were found to be in attendance.

A large number of officers were deployed to ensure public safety and to bring the event to a safe conclusion, however some were met with significant hostility.

A total of 90 arrests were made, of which 79 were for motoring offences – drink or drug-driving, or failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

Of the 79 arrested for driving offences, seven have been charged to court, while the remaining 72 have been bailed or released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A further 11 arrests were made for public nuisance and disorder offences.

A number of vehicles were seized, as well as equipment including speakers, staging, lights and generators.

Please report if you have information, or know of suspected mass gatherings of unlicensed events to us online or by calling 101.


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.


Burglary Summary

Tools were targeted from a residential property off Barcombe Close, Eastbourne overnight on the 24th June. Unknown suspects have gained entry via a window. (622 of 25/06)

A vehicle was entered and cash targeted from a vehicle parked off Dean Wood Close, Eastbourne late morning on the 26th June, unfortunately there are no lines of enquiry. (598 of 26/06)

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

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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