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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 12th 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.


Police are appealing for witnesses after two thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in Crowborough.

The incidents took place in the early hours of Thursday (August 5), when residents reported hearing loud noises.

The first theft took place at Nassau Drive at 1.25am, where a group of up to four men dressed in black were seen targeting a Honda vehicle.

Two of the men were then seen running away from the vehicle and witnesses believe they saw a silver vehicle, possibly a Subaru Forester, nearby.

Then at 2.15am another Honda vehicle parked on a driveway in Tanners Way was targeted. The victim reported seeing a silver or grey vehicle nearby.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses about the thefts, particularly anyone with dashcam or doorbell camera footage.

Signs that thieves may be targeting a vehicle to steal a catalytic converter include the vehicle being raised using a car jack in a car park or residential area, and a loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle.

Witnesses or anyone with information can report online here or call 101 and quote Operation Rhodium.

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.


Identity sought after burglary at house in Danehill

Do you recognise this man?

Police would like to speak to him in relation to a burglary at a property in Freshfield Lane, Danehill, around 2.40pm on Monday, July 26.

A man approached the address asking for cash, but left when the occupant said they were going to phone a family member. Afterwards, the occupant noticed a CCTV camera was missing from the front of the house.

Officers investigating the matter believe the man pictured could help with their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises him, who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area around that time, or who has any other information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 766 of 26/07. 


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.

The next weekends directed patrols will take place in:

13th August - Hailsham
14th August - Uckfield
20th August - Polegate
21st August - Heathfield

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 on St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham reported a break in overnight on the 8th August. Unknown suspects have used force to smash doors of the property to gain entry, and untidy search was conducted and tills damaged. (218 of 9/8)

A second business address on St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham also reported a break in with very similar circumstances. Damage was caused to doors and locks of the property but does not appear that anything was stolen. (404 of 9/8)

A garage on Browns Lane, Uckfield was entered overnight on the 9th August. Homeowners have woken to find their garage door open, fortunately it appears that nothing was stolen. (418 of 10/8)

Police were called to a property off Station Road, Withyham, Hartfield around 1am on the 11th August, following an attempted break into a residential barn. Owners were alerted to unknown suspects breaking in via CCTV, a search of the area was conducted but no suspects were seen or found. (68 of 11/8)

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 pet scams online.

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.

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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