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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 9th July 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts

Appeal for witnesses to a fatal collision at Uckfield

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to a fatal collision involving a cyclist and a lorry on the A22 Maresfield Bypass, Uckfield.

The cyclist, a 70-year-old man sadly died at the scene after he hit a stationary lorry which had broken down on the road on Thursday (1 July) at 9.34am. The lorry driver was uninjured.

The road is currently closed in both directions for investigation and vehicle recovery work.

Sergeant Dan Eaton said: "We are appealing for witnesses to the incident and would like to hear from anyone who have dashcam footage of it who can help our investigation."

If you any information about the collision, please email quoting Operation Trend.


ASB Patrols this weekend - Hailsham and Polegate

Each week, targeted ASB patrols head out across the district to known areas, and areas of ASB behaviour, and driving reported by your communities.

This weekends directed patrols will take place in:

Friday – Hailsham
Saturday – Polegate

Call 07770700642 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday if the team are in your area, 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 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.


East Grinstead cricket Gator thief caught on camera

A man who rode off in a stolen utility vehicle was captured on CCTV as he left the grounds of East Grinstead Cricket Club.

The thief struck at the Saint Hill Ground on the evening of Thursday, June 10. The John Deere GX Gator was being used to transport irrigation pipes and had been left for a short while alongside the cricket square without an ignition key. It was jump-started and driven away around 9.20pm on to Saint Hill Road and is known to have turned on to West Hoathly Road towards the Weir Wood reservoir.

The loss of the vehicle is a significant blow for the volunteer-run club as it was used almost daily throughout the cricket season for ground preparation.

Anyone who saw the Gator being driven in the area on that evening, who recognises the driver or who has any information about the location of the vehicle is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 208 of 11/06.


Rural Crime Team Monthly Update

July 2021
Seasonal overview

As the weather warms up our livestock farmers are busy shearing their flocks of sheep and de-horning calves.

Hay making and silaging also begins at pace.

In arable farming crop spraying prior to harvest takes up a lot of the farmers’ time.

This activity will likely result in more tractors and livestock trailers on our roads and specialist equipment seen in fields. This also means we may see increase in reported thefts of farm equipment and we suggest that it is securely locked away each night.

In wildlife, we will all begin to hear the recognisable sound of grasshoppers and crickets in meadows and gardens as males vie for the attention of potential mates.

Owl chicks are starting to venture out of nests and onto nearby branches as the get braver whilst our native snake species like adders and grass snakes can be spotted basking in the sun on hot days.

As the days get warmer more people are enjoying our beautiful countryside and more also visit our wonderful heritage sites.

This uplift in footfall however can cause damage to protected land as well as the increase in anti-social behaviour.

To read more about the latest update from our RCT (Rural Crime Team) please click here.


Beauty Spot Theft

PCSOs Brashill and Duvall have been making their way across the district this week on various patrols at some of our more rural locations and beauty spots in Wealden.

Including high visibility patrols of Forest Row, Weir Wood Reservoir and Ashdown Forest in the last few days, keeping an eye out for suspicious activities, and reminding drivers/visitors to our beauty spots to take valuables with them and not to leave items on display in their cars.

As the weather becomes nicer, and visitors start to take advantage of various beauty spots across the district; so unfortunately do thieves! Beauty spots often attract thieves due to visitors leaving valuables in their vehicles unattended, with opportunists taking every chance they get.

Our advice is simple - Do not leave anything in your vehicle.

-A jacket or coat left behind may be of very little value to you, but a thief may think it has been used to hide a laptop or handbag and will break into your vehicle to find out.

-Take items with you rather than locking them in the boot, you can’t be sure who has seen you.

-Before you leave home, think about what you need and leave any unnecessary items of value at home.

-Try to park in sign-posted parking areas.

-Be cautious about parking your car in isolation. Thieves can be put off when other people are around.

-Make sure you do not leave documents which have your personal details on in your vehicle.

-Do not leave your sat-nav in your vehicle and don’t forget to remove the cradle and wipe the sucker marks from your windscreen.

-Remember to shut all windows and sunroofs and lock all doors. Activate the alarm and immobiliser. Make use of any security products you might have such as steering locks. 

-Whilst enjoying the sights make sure you keep your bag and possessions with you.

Should you witness anyone, or groups acting suspiciously around parked vehicles in beauty spots please notify a park warden, park staff, or call the Police, if you can obtain a description of any individuals, or a vehicle they may have used to arrive/leave, please take note when reporting.

If you believe a crime is in action, always dial 999.


Burglary Summary

A business address off Wannock Road, Polegate, reported an attempted burglary between the 29th and 30th June whereby unknown suspects have used metal poles in an attempt to prize open gates of the address. No entry was gained but damage to gates were caused. Unfortunately there are no lines of enquiry. (433 of 6/7 relates)

A second attempted business burglary was reported early afternoon on the 2nd July at a property off Swansbrook Lane, Horam. Unknown suspects in a black 4x4 were seen attempting to drive into the gates of the property to gain entry, no entry was gained but the CCTV has been passed to local officers for investigation. (938 of 6/7 relates)

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 holiday fraud, as travel 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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