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Lewes and Seahaven Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 15th July 2021

Lewes and Seahaven Police weekly News and Alerts

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Q: What do you get if you cross drink or drugs with driving?....

A: A failed roadside breath test, an arrest and your vehicle seized!

No that wasn't our penguin joke, it was the outcome of a handful of drivers already this week who have been arrested as part of our continued crackdown on drink/drug driving and speeding across the Lewes and Seahaven districts.

Whilst conducting drink/drug drive checks on drivers in Newhaven earlier this week, PC Barker returned to his car to find a selection of biscuits left by local residents on the roof of his car, a big thank you whoever you were.

Vehicle speed checks were also conducted in Ringmer with PC Haffenden and PS Reynolds conducting checks first thing in the morning following local residents reports of vehicles regularly exceeding the limit during the morning rush and school hours - a number of drivers were recorded exceeding the limit, with those being stopped given words of advice and others being reported to Operation Crackdown.

We continue to conduct both drink/drug drive checks and vehicle safety checks under Operation Dowsnway across the district; enforcing and educating drivers around the fatal5 driving offences which include:

-Careless driving.
-Drink and drug driving.
-Not wearing a seatbelt.
-Using a mobile phone.

If you witness any anti-social driving, including excess speed, please report it to us online, or to Operation Crackdown, all reports help to build a map of where offences are occurring, and help us to direct these checks in areas which have seen an increase in reporting and excess speeding.


Drink/drug drive Summer campaign ends but our patrols continue

Our drink/drug drive checks continue across the district this week following the launch of our Summer drink/drug drive campaign, which started on Friday 11 June (please note this is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year)

Officers have been out in Peacehaven this week with colleagues from RPU (Roads Policing Unit) following a late night for some after the Euro 2020 ended, including a driver who was stopped, and failed a roadside breath test; the driver was arrested and taken to custody.

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

-You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
-A minimum 12 month ban;
-An unlimited fine;
-A possible prison sentence;
-A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
-An increase in your car insurance;
-Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.


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 Steyning.

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.


ASB Op Blitz patrols this weekend

Patrols will be taking place in Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford, and Peacehven.

As well as regular patrols during the week, our Op Blitz ASB targeting team head out on additional patrols each Friday and Saturday between 1600-2200 - you can call them on 07989188960 between the time given to report ASB, behaviour and driving.

Outside of the times please continue to report online, or to 101, and always to 999 in an emergency/crime in action.


Burglary Summary

We are pleased to report that there have been NO burglaries reported to us this week.

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 on a recent scam involving your mobile 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 - for more information and advice around this scam click 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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