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Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 14th July 2021

Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Force recognised for initiative supporting welfare of police officers and staff

Two initiatives introduced to support the welfare of police officers in Sussex have been recognised in a national awards event.

The Sleep Project was named the winner of the Personal Resilience category of the Oscar Kilo Awards, while the Sussex Cliff Death/Serious Injury (DSI) Support Protocol was named as a Runner-up in the Protecting the Workforce category.

For more information visit our website here.

Woman dies in collision on A27 at Pevensey

A woman died and a man suffered life-threatening injuries when their car left the road and overturned on the A27 near Pevensey on Friday evening (9 July).

Emergency services were called to the scene at the point when Hankham Hall Road crosses the A27 around 7.30pm. Sadly, a 35-year-old woman from Bexhill who was a passenger in the white Ford Fiesta ST was declared dead at the scene.

The driver, a 37-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with life-threatening injuries.

Sergeant Richard Hobbs from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: “This is a tragic incident and we are seeking witnesses as to what happened.

“Anyone who saw the white Ford Fiesta being driven from the Stone Cross roundabout towards the Wallsend roundabout moments before the collision at around 7.30pm or who may have captured dash cam footage is urged to email or call 101 quoting Operation Stark.”

The road, which was closed while rescue, recovery and collision investigation work was carried out was re-opened around 5.15am.

Motorcyclist jailed after seriously injuring cyclist in collision

A motorcyclist who seriously injured a cyclist in a collision in Bexhill has been jailed and disqualified from driving.

Reece Ripley, 21, unemployed, of no fixed address, was riding a green Kawasaki eastbound along De La Warr Parade when he clipped the front wheel of a bicycle being pushed across the road.

This caused him to fall from his vehicle, which continued across the road and into the path of another cyclist travelling in the opposite direction.

The 50-year-old victim sustained serious injuries which required emergency surgery, and he is still recovering from these injuries.

Following the incident, which occurred just after 10am on 1 June, Ripley made off from the scene and later returned on a bicycle, believed to be provided by an associate.

He was pursued by a police officer, who borrowed a bicycle from a member of the public, and arrested.

Ripley appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 3 June, charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by driving whilst disqualified, and driving with no insurance.

He please guilty to all offences and was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 1 July for sentencing.

There, he was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for three years.

For more information visit our website here.

Operation aimed at County Lines dealers on trains into East Sussex

Sussex Police, working with British Transport Police (BTP), Border Force and UK Immigration Enforcement, have carried out a two-day enforcement and safeguarding operation aimed at the train network connecting Hastings and Eastbourne to London.

The Sussex team, known as Discovery, focused on young people and other vulnerable people using the train line in order to move drugs from place to place, known as County Lines.

This use of intensification with a multi-agency team aims to identify and provide safeguarding to the vulnerable as well as making arrests where necessary.

For more information visit the Sussex Police Website here.

Burglary Summary

There have been no burglaries reported in Rother this week.

We still encourage members of the community 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; theft and ABH

If you have something to report 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.

Rural Crime Team - Thefts from farm shop boxes and church collection boxes

The Rural Crime team are urging the community to be vigilant following reports of thefts from honesty boxes across Rother and Hastings.

Farm shop boxes and church collection boxes are being targeted, If you see or hear something you thing we need to know about report it.

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: 

Officers have visited Ashburnham place this week, talking to locals about neighbourhood policing and the different support available to vulnerable individuals.

Officers have spent a number of hours this week on patrol across Bexhill Seafront and promenade. These patrols are being conducted in response to anti-social behaviour being reported in the area particularly in the evenings.

Under Operation Downsway, officers have been out conducting speed checks on the roads of Rother. You may have seen us at various locations across the district.

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:

#BeScamSmart warning for pension holders

Only 28% of pension holders realised that a free pension review was a sign of a scam. Action Fraud and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are reminding people to be scam smart.

Scammers can be convincing and hard to distinguish from the real thing. For more information on how pension scams work and how to avoid them read the FCAs guidance 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.

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