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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 15th July 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts

PCSO Snapshot

Last weekend your PCSOs for Polegate and Uckfield headed out to events at Polegate Miniature Railway and Uckfield Historic and Classic Car day, engaging with and speaking to locals about all things Police and offering advice and support to visitors at both events over the weekend.

PCSOs play a key part of your local policing service - working alongside and supporting police officer colleagues in solving local problems; by addressing local issues by getting out into towns and villages across the district on high visibility foot patrols, gathering intelligence, meeting people and offering advice and support to members of the public.

See us out and about this weekend?

Stop us and let us know what's going on in your towns and villages, all your reports and information help play a huge part in how we Police your district.

As well as reporting online, remember too you can find an array of advice, support and crime prevention advice and links on our website.


Two men sought in connection with attempted burglary at Hartfield farm

Police are seeking to identify two men in connection with an attempted burglary at a farm in Hartfield.

At around 4.20pm on Thursday, June 24, a farmer reported seeing two men trespassing on farm land in Withyham Road and trying to break into a shipping container.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly after and, supported by a dog unit, conducted a search of the area but could not locate the suspects.

A CCTV camera from a neighbouring farm captured these images of two men who police believe could help with their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises them, or who has any other information relating to the incident, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1030 of 24/06.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police visit popular miniature railway club in Polegate after reports of antisocial behaviour

Police have responded to reports of recent antisocial behaviour at the miniature railway club in Polegate.

The popular club, in Brightling Road, suffered criminal damage on June 22 which was believed to have been caused by local youths.

PCSOs from the Hailsham Neighbourhood Policing Team attended to make enquiries as well as offering support and advice.

The club relies on donations and is an important part of the community.

PCSO Richie Davidson said: ‘We are looking to talk to anyone who has information regarding the recent anti social behaviour or can help identify those responsible.’

If you are witness to any of the anti-social behaviour effecting the club, you know the youths involved, or you have information on any crime within the wider community please report it via 101 in a non-emergency or the Sussex website quoting ref 7476 of 13/07.


279 drink/drug drive arrests in Sussex in the last month.

A total of 279 arrests were made in Sussex during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

Police carried out dedicated patrols to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions, through education, engagement and enforcement.

The operation, which ran between 11 June and 11 July, was in addition to our routine roads policing duties 365 days year.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said:

“Throughout this campaign, we have actively engaged with hundreds of motorists to spread the message that we are here to keep everyone as safe as possible on our roads, and we will take action against those who commit offences and put people’s lives at risk.

“Drink and drug-driving destroys lives. Yet despite our repeated warnings, we continue to make arrests on a daily basis. While the vast majority of motorists are safe and competent drivers, unfortunately there is always a small minority of individuals who believe the law does not apply to them.

“We will continue to carry out proactive patrols in marked and unmarked vehicles, and will respond to any reports of people driving under the influence of drink or drugs. We may not be everywhere all the time, but we could be anywhere.”

Of the 279 arrests, 87 have so far been charged to appear in court.

(A large proportion of the arrests (79) were in relation to an unlicensed music event in

In comparison, 83 arrests were made in Sussex during the 2020 summer campaign (which was run for two weeks), and a further 212 during the 2020 Christmas campaign.

Officers from across Surrey Police and Sussex Police work with partners, including DriveSmart Surrey and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, throughout these dedicated operations.

In keeping with previous campaigns, details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.


Burglary Summary

During the day time of the 11th July, a property off Eastbourne Road, Willingdon reported a burglary whereby a male has entered the rear of their property. Suspect male has caused damaged to a rear door and window to gain entry. Personal items, including electronics were targeted as well as garden items. Investigations have been allocated. (0795 of 11/07 relates)

A property off Hartfield Road, Cowden, Blackham, reported a burglary overnight on the 11th to morning of the 12th July. Unknown suspects have used a vehicle to gain access to the property, and damaged gates to gain entry. Once on the premises a farm vehicle has been entered and driven with vehicle parts being stolen. Suspect vehicle VRMs and potential CCTV has been passed to the local team for investigation. (0317 of 12/07 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 a recent scam involving your own number.

In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance.

Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.

Read more and get support 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.


Your local teams

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