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Rother Weekly Bulletin
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Wednesday 21st July 2021
Rother Weekly Bulletin News and Alerts
Sussex Police welcomes changes to Offensive Weapons Act
It is an offence to possess weapons including knuckledusters, zombie knives and throwing stars, even in your own home, following changes to the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 by the Government on the 14th July.
The Offensive Weapons Act is in Place to control the sale of knives and corrosive substances, and introduced new offences on their possession and use.
Other sections of the act that started on 14 July also includes an update definition of flick knives to reflect changes in weapon designs, and the banning of private possession of flick knives and gravity knives.
These changes will further help officers to take weapons off the streets, deal with those intent on using them, and vitally make it more difficult for young people to get hold of knives and other dangerous items in the first place.
For more information, including a video on the changes on the Sussex Police Website here.
279 arrests made in summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
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 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 day a year.
For more information visit the Sussex Police website here. Burglary Summary
There have been 2 burglaries reported to us across Rother this week.
A burglary has been reported at a commercial building off of Lady Bird Lane, Battle on the 15 July (1370 of the 15/07 relates).
There has been a burglary reported at commercial property off of Coppards Lane, Rye (551 of the 20/07 relates).
Members of the community are asked 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.
Arrests made across Rother this week
There has been a number of arrests have been made across the Rother area this week, for various offences including; criminal damage, theft and drunk and disorderly.
If your report is not urgent 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.
We are tackling rural, acquisitive crime under Operation Templar and want to know about any related incidents.
Operation Templar is our approach to reports of burglaries to outbuildings in the #Rother, including shed, garages and allotments.
We are working to reduce the risk to the local community but require your support. No information is too small and your reports can keep our community safe.
If you see or hear anything we need to know about, report it, quoting Operation Templar.
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:
Following reports of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour, officers have been out on patrol in Crowhurst. Whilst out they also visited the victim of criminal damage and the victim of a phone scam.
Officers have also been out visiting some of our local primary schools, including Northiam and Brede, to say hello and meet with the children before the summer holidays begin.
Roads Policing Update
Snapshot of Activity in East Sussex
Officers have been carrying out speed checks in and around Hastings, Bexhill and Rye encompassing the A21 and A259.
Officers spent time in Hailsham High Street where they identified and stopped 15 motorists where the drivers were not wearing their seatbelts. A further five vehicles were stopped in Birling Gap and drivers spoken to for not wearing their seatbelts.
Officers doing evening roadside checks in Peacehaven stopped a car and found the driver was a provisional licence holder and was not being supervised and had no L plates on display. The driver was dealt with for the offence and the vehicle was seized.
Local officers in Rother district have been responding to complaints from local residents and carrying out high visibility patrols on the A28, Main Road, Westfield.
We received several reports from people concerned in the community of cars driving very fast up Atlantic Drive, Eastbourne. Our officers have been in the area doing high visibility patrols and stopping any motorists breaking the speed limit.
Officers carried out an early morning drink and/or drug driving check on the A259 in Icklesham. Lots of vehicles were stopped and it was good to report that none had been driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs.
Officers stopped a motorist at Phoenix Causeway, Lewes, after the driver was seen to not be wearing a seatbelt. While speaking to the driver the officers could detect the smell of cannabis. The man and his car were searched, and officers discovered a quantity of cannabis and about £2,000 in cash. Due to this, a search of his address was authorised, where officers discovered a larger quantity of Class B drugs and a further £10,000 cash. The man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, and acquiring or possessing criminal property. He has been released under investigation, pending further police enquiries.
A member of the public who was concerned by the way a blue Seat was being driven in the Eastbourne area reported this to police when he saw the car collide with a number of bollards. A registration number was provided, which enabled officers to quickly find the car in St Anthony’s Avenue. The female driver failed a breath test, and was subsequently charged with driving with 170mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system – almost five time the legal limit of 35mcg. The woman pleaded guilty to the offence and at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 16 June and was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. She was also disqualified from driving for 36 months, and required to pay a £128 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
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:
Beware of holiday fraud as travel restrictions ease
Action Fraud, received 1,907 reports of holiday and travel related fraud in the 2020/21 financial year – a decrease of over 70 per cent when compared to the previous financial year.
However, although a decline in reporting was predicted due to the fact travel was banned for large periods of the year, losses by victims still totalled £2,205,251 during this time – an average loss of £1,242 per victim.
For more information, including advice how to avoid falling victim to holiday fraud, visit the Action Fraud website 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website 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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
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