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Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 28th July 2021

Rother Weekly Bulletin 

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Court result for driver who fell asleep at the wheel, tragically killing her own mother

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel and caused a head-on collision killing her own mother – has been convicted in court.

Janet Macey was driving her mother’s Honda Jazz on the A229 at Hurst Green when she drifted into the opposite carriageway and crashed into a Ford Mondeo.

The incident on the afternoon of 26 February 2020 tragically claimed the life of Margaret Skeet, aged 88, from Hawkhurst, Kent, who was the front seat passenger in the Honda.

Macey, 65, of Dr Hope’s Road, Cranbrook, Kent sustained serious injuries, as did the Ford driver – a man from the Heathfield aged 68.

For more information visit the Sussex Police website here. 

Night time intruded at a home in Bexhill

Police are searching for an intruder who subjected a young woman to a frightening experience in her own bedroom in Bexhill.

At about 4:30am on Tuesday 20 July the woman in her twenties awoke to see him leaning in through her open ground floor bedroom window in London Road, Bexhill. He then made an indecent remark whereupon she managed to close the window and he made off.

The man, spotted on nearby CCTV, is described as white, wearing a baseball-style cap, glasses, grey winter gloves, and dark clothing, with a grey top of some kind in his waist band, on a very warm summer night.

For more information including the CCTV image see our website here.

If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 180 of 20/07.

First 13 people convicted following drink/drug-driving campaign identified

13 people, arrested during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, can now be identified having been convicted in court.

A total of 279 arrests were made in Sussex during the operation between 11 June and 11 July, which was run in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

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

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.

Of the 279 arrests, 13 people have so far been convicted. For more information visit  our website here. 

Sussex Police supports ASB Awareness Week

Sussex Police is supporting Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week as it ramps up its activity to tackle issues that affect local communities.

During the week (19-25 July) officers carried out proactive patrols and taken action on issues including street drinking, rowdy and inappropriate behaviour by groups of people especially in our tourist areas, and inappropriate conduct from individuals around licensed venues.

More detail regarding the work undertaken during ASB week, including advice on how to report ASB, can be found on the Sussex Police website here. 

Police warn ‘raves’ will not be tolerated

Mass gatherings of unlicensed music events – or ‘raves’ – are unacceptable, they put lives at risk, they are seriously antisocial and they will not be tolerated.

Police have warned that anyone who attends or organises these events can expect to face robust action – this includes any traffic offences committed to or from the event.

It comes after two high profile ‘raves’ in Sussex which prompted significant policing response, potentially taking valuable resources away from genuine emergencies.

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 property off of Station Road, Hurst Green (850 of the 25/07 relates).

There has been a reported burglary at a residential property in Northiam, Rye (704 of the 27/07 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.

Emerging Issues

Arrests made across Rother this week

A number of arrests have been made across the Rother area this week, for various offences including; drink driving, criminal damage and common assault.

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.

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: 

Over the weekend local officers were out visiting the Bexfest event at the De La Warr Pavilion keeping an eye on things and ensuring everyone was kept safe. 

Officers have spent time this week conducting speed checks across Rye. Whilst out they issued a number of tickets and one driver was summonsed straight to court. PCSOs also spent time conducting speed checks alongside Community Speed Watch volunteers in Beckley.

Action Fraud scam watch

This week’s scam and fraud reminders from Action Fraud:

Ruff time for animal lovers as scale of pandemic pet fraud unleashed by Action Fraud.

Action Fraud is reminding animal lovers to take extra care when buying a pet online, as new figures show more than £2.5 million has been lost to criminals through fake pet adverts.

For more information visit the Action Fraud website here.

Scam at first sight: Criminals target those looking for love with bogus investment opportunities

Action Fraud is warning romance seekers to be cautious when using dating platforms, as new data reveals criminals have already conned over £15 million out of unsuspecting lovers with bogus investment opportunities.

For more information you can 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

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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