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Wednesday 7th July 2021

Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Suspected criminals ‘collared’ by newly qualified police dog

Two suspected criminals were ‘collared’ after a newly qualified police dog tracked them through field and farmland.

In the early hours of Sunday 27 June, a red Nissan X-Trail was being pursued by Kent Police before it entered into Sussex.

Sussex Officers assisted and located the vehicle abandoned in Buckholt Lane, Bexhill, with a Motorcross bike which was believed to be stolen in the rear.

PC Toby Spires, of the Surrey and Sussex Dog Unit, deployed PD Tsar, who indicated that the suspect had fled over a gate and across a field. This was further evidenced by two distinct sets of footprints in the grass.

Despite numerous distractions, PD Tsar led his handle over a fence line and through a hole which has been created in the foliage of the bordering woodland. He then continued onto a farm track, where the two suspects were detained and arrested by assisting officers.

Two men aged 20 and 21, both from St Leonards, were arrested on suspicion of multiple offences and are being processed by Kent Police.

PD Tsar is a 16-month-old German Shepherd general purpose dog who licensed only last month.

PC Spires said: “Since he was assigned to me in December, PD Tsar has impressed me from day one with his drive and determination. He’s a young dog still and has been a handful, but he’s gaining confidence every day with training and live jobs.”

New cohort of officers join Sussex Police

Twenty-five new recruit constables have taken their first steps in policing this week.

The new recruits were formally sworn in as police officers on Tuesday (29 June) at a low key attestation ceremony carefully adapted to meet Covid-safety measures, with family and friends of the new recruits experiencing the proud moments via Zoom.

Twelve of the new recruits have joined through the three year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and thirteen have joined through the two-year Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). The new officers will spend nine weeks training at the county police HQ in Lewes before joining dedicated coaching units in police stations countywide.

For more information you can visit the Sussex Police website here.

Sussex Police leading the way with Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel

Sussex Police is looking for members of the community to be part of a new Sussex Independent Hate Crime Scrutiny and Involvement Panel.

The panel will be made up of volunteer members of the public, and will provide feedback and advice on the police’s response to Hate Crime in the county, seeking to improve the two-way communications between officers and the diverse communities they serve.

Sussex Police welcomes all expressions of interest, and are particularly keen to hear from young people as well as those who have been a victim of Hate Crime or have an understanding of Hate Crime. If you are interested in joining, please contact by Wednesday, July 14.

For more information, you can visit the Sussex Police Website here. 
Burglary Summary

There has been 1 burglary reported to us across Rother this week.

There has been a reported burglary to a commercial property off of Cackle Street, Brede (965 of the 04/07 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

A number of arrests have been made across the Rother area this week, for various offences including; Common Assault and Drink Driving.
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.

Reports of Door Step Crime in Little Common

We have had reports of door step crime, specifically rouge traders in Little Common.

People are urged to be vigilant about any unexpected contact from people offering products or services.
  • Always check their ID and if you are not happy, don’t engage them.
  • Never giver your bank details or transfer money to those you don’t know or trust, and never give your PIN number or other sensitive information to strangers.
  • If you are in doubt about a situation, call police or a trusted friend or relative for advice.
  • If something doesn’t sound right, don’t feel pressured to make a snap decision on matters relating to your finances.
  • Take the time to do some research and trust your instincts.
Further advice on fraud prevention, visit the Sussex Police website here.
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: 

Officers have been out in Whatlington alongside volunteers for Community Speed Watch, ensuring drivers were adhering to the speed limits and keeping the roads safe.  

PCSOs have also conducted one of their regular virtual meeting with Parish Councils this week. Keeping in contact with our local partners is crucial. Sharing information and updates helps to keep our communities safe.

Under Operation Templar officer have been out conducting evening patrols in Bodiam and Sedlescombe this week.

Following reports of ASB in the area, officers have been out on evening patrols along Bexhill Seafront. These patrols will continue but if you see or hear something suspicious or out of place, then report it.
Rural Crime Team Monthly Update

July 2021

The Rural Crime Team have released their monthly update over on the Sussex Police website.

Their updates go up at the beginning of each month and gives an overview of the work the team has been up to across the force including updates for the local area.

You can find the update here.
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:

Warning about scam calls from “matching” mobile phone numbers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own.

Commonly, the first seven digits (07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number.

The calls impersonate well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the recipient of the call to “press 1” on order to speak with an advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or police warrants.

Protect yourself – What you need to do
  • Government and law enforcement agencies will not notify you about unpaid fines or outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts you receive about these.
  • Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge.
  • Suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website:
For more information visit the Action Fraud website 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.
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:
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