This week Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Officers have been working in partnership with Southern Railway staff, Rail Enforcement Officers and British Transport Police in a joint operation to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminality on, and around the railways.
After seeing an increase in anti-social behaviour on trains in the area officers mounted a joint operation to identify offenders and take action.
This followed action taken at Lewes and Seaford Train stations earlier this week.
Activities also focused on identifying those more likely to be recruited by county lines groups; such as younger people and other vulnerable people targeted by groups to use the train lines in order to move drugs from place to place.
The day started at Hampden Park Railway Station where tickets were checked, with several people being found to be travelling without a valid fare and dealt with by BTP for that offence.
Others were stopped and searched for drugs and other items following intelligence and reports around county lines groups using the rail network to commit offences; this was a high impact operation demonstrating that unacceptable behaviour and county lines will not be tolerated and offenders will be targeted.
Later in the evening officers moved onto Eastbourne Railway Station where again people were spoken with and challenged on their anti-social behaviour. One person was stopped and searched, and our colleagues from the rail enforcement team also issued a number of fines for non payment of fares at the station.
PC Maybank, Neighbourhood Officer for Eastbourne, said:
"This has been a really worthwhile operation. These kind of issues can only ever been resolved by working with our partners to identify offenders, build intelligence and take action to resolve the situation.
We also know that people involved in county lines drug dealing often use the railway to get around, and so partnership working between local officers, and the British Transport Police helps to share intelligence and seek to reduce offences."
You can find out more about county lines, the signs to spot, and for advice here.
£500 grant for Eastbourne's Defiant Sports Inclusion Hub
PCSO Agnew had the pleasure of presenting a cheque of £500 to Defiant Sports Inclusion Hub from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) this week.
The Defiant Sports Hub helps to facilitate sports for those who would normally find participation in sports challenging, this can be through anxiety or down to access being unavailable in other sports centres.
Defiant Sports offers coaching in a variety of sports to the blind and those in wheelchairs both in their centre and in the local area. They hold youth clubs and a community hub mainly for those with a disability but is open for all.
They are holding a Festival of Accessible Sport in Princes Park, Eastbourne on the 28th August and will be open to all but will be focused on educating the community on what accessible sports there are available in and around Eastbourne for all people who are challenged when it comes to mainstream sports.
The £500 will be used to buy sports equipment for the festival that can then be used in the Defiant Sports hub. Equipment for disabled sports it considerably more expensive than mainstream sports, an example of this is a standard football costs about £5and in comparison a sensory football costing £50.
Local charities, or community groups can find out more about the PPAF and how to apply for a grant here.
Operation Downsway results (last weekend)
Another busy (and hot) weekend for officers across Eastbourne conducting various vehicle safety checks under Operation Downsway; enforcing and educating driver around the fatal 5 driving offences.
A number of offences detected including the driver of this vehicle found with no MOT and not in a roadworthy condition; driver will soon hear from the Magistrates Court. Other results include:
Dozens of vehicles checked along the Seafront, Eastbourne, with two stopped for showing no insurance and a further driver stopped for no MOT.
Patrols around Seaside and Langney area - three vehicles stopped one for no number plate, another vehicle stopped for no insurance, and a further vehicle stopped, and TOR (traffic offence report) issued for no MOT.
Further patrols in Cambridge Road, resulting in a Section 59, and the driver being arrested for possession of cannabis.
These activities are in addition to those conducted 365 days a year, and continue over the Summer with updates of locations and offences being shared via social media and our weekly In The Know alert.
Do you know what makes up the fatal 5?
1. Excessive speed
2. Drink and drug driving
3. Distracted driving, including mobile phone use
4. Not wearing a seatbelt
5. Careless driving
Members of the public are asked to continue to report offences to us at the time online or to 101 in a non-emergency, or to 999 in an emergency - all your reports help to direct these activities in areas that have seen an increase in driving/road offences.
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.
We are pleased to report that there have been no burglaries report to us this week in Eastbourne.
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.
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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.
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