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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 6th August 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts 

Community Meeting at Knockhatch Adventure Park

Join us for a fun, friendly and safe community Police event on the 19th August at Knockhatch Adventure Park Hailsham.

Come along and meet your local PCSOs for Hailsham who will be at the park on Thursday 19th August.

For parents and carers, we'll be talking crime prevention advice and support around rural burglaries and rural matters, and for the youngsters; easy safety advice and a chance to learn what to do in an emergency though fun and interactive play...we'll also bring along the Police car too!

Can't make it to see us?

You can always contact us 24/7, 365: 101/online (non-emergency) 999 in an emergency.


Action Taken Against ASB Off Road Bikes in Hailsham

Off road bikes were seized this week in Hailsham, after officers from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team responded to calls from local residents in the area of off road bikes being driving in an anti-social and dangerous manner.

Riders were witnessed by members of the community not wearing helmets, and driving dangerously along roads and in residential areas.

Further checks conducted by police showed the riders also had no insurance or licence.

A Section 59 warning is first issued where a rider / driver drives in an anti-social manner and can result in a warning on the first occasion and is given to the driver and put on the vehicle.

If they do it again then the vehicle can be seized (Section 165) and only released when a fine is paid, on this occasion the rider had already been issued a section 59, as a result the bike was seized.

Anti-social driving will not be tolerated, and we ask residents to continue reporting incidents to us online or to Operation Crackdown.

All reports provide a vital oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents are taking place, assisting in the long term operational strategy of colleagues within, Sussex Police, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and your local teams.


Catalytic Converter Thefts

Police in Wealden issue advice around catalytic converter thefts following a further theft of a catalytic converters in Harcourt Road, Uckfield overnight on the 4th-5th August 2021.

Please take note of the advice below, and report any suspicious activities around parked vehicles to us at the time.

Thefts of catalytic converters can not only have a serious financial impact on victims, but also an emotional impact as it can affect their day-to-day activity and livelihoods.

Catalytic converters are stolen for the precious metals they contain, and can take offenders less than a few minutes to remove; these metals have surged in value recently, leading to more offences committed by organised crime networks.


• Protect your car by asking your dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold.

• Mark your catalytic converter with a forensic marker and register your converter. Catalytic converters can be forensically marked using special liquids with a unique code detectable under a UV light. This can make it harder for thieves to dispose of stolen catalytic converters, and can lead to the detection of crime and reunite people with their property.

• Park your car somewhere well-lit and overlooked, among as many cars as possible, alternatively in a garage overnight or in a secure compound. Try to park so the converter can't be easily reached - close to a wall or fence. Try not to park at the end of the row if there are free spaces, and be aware that vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles, report it to the Police immediately - if you think it is a crime in action and a theft is occurring call 999, remember to obtain any details of a get-away vehicle, and a description of the suspects.


ASB Patrols this weekend 

Each week, targeted ASB patrols head out across the district to known areas, and areas of ASB behaviour, and driving reported by your communities.

This weekends directed patrols will take place in:

6th August - Crowborough
7th August - Polegate

Call 07770700642 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday if the team are in your area, 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 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

A business address off Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst reported an attempted burglary during the day of the 31st July. Unknown suspects have used tools, potentially screwdrivers in an attempt to gain entry via patio doors of the property, damage was caused but fortunately no entry was gain. Unfortunately there are no lines of enquiry. (32 of 31/07 relates)

An attempted burglary was reported on the 5th August at a property off Millbrook Road, Crowborough. Around 0100 am home security at the property alerted owners to someone trying to gain entry to their front door. No entry was gain, the suspect was wearing gloves and a face covering. (753 of 5/08 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 recent scam involving your own 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.

Read more and get support 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.


Your local teams

You can find now find details of your local PCSO and your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams here.

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