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Eastbourne Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 15th July 2021

Eastbourne Police weekly News and Alerts

ASB and damaged at the Polegate Miniature Railway Land

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 local 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.


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 Operation Blitz Patrols this weekend

Call 07785 372050 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday 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 can include ASB behaviour as well as ASB driving that you witness.

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.


Burglary Summary

Overnight on the 11th July to 12th July a business address on Terminus Road, Eastbourne, reported a break in to the premises. Unknown suspects have forced entry and used a tool like a crowbar to force locks of secure doors to gain entry. (239 of 12/07 relates)

A business address of Golden Gate Way, Eastbourne reported a burglary late evening on the 13th July. Cash has been targeted following a known suspect who has forced entry to a rear door of the premises. Enquiries are being conducted by Police. (1504 of 13/07 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 new scam involving your own phone 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.

More information and support please 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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