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Eastbourne Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 19th August 2021

Eastbourne Police weekly News and Alerts



Police in Eastbourne crack down on drug-related harm

Police in Eastbourne have cracked down on drug-related issues in the Langney area of the town during a dedicated week of action.

Between August 11 and 16, police ran Operation Delivery – a week-long initiative working with partners to reduce drug dealing and drug-related harm through increased patrols and engagement.

PC Peter Clarke hosted a community meeting at Langney Community Centre, where 43 local residents came along to hear about the proactive work being done in their community.

During the week of action, officers noted a significant increase in the amount of intelligence received from the public.

Police also conducted 25 stop searches and made a number of arrests for offences including possession with intent to supply drugs, drug driving, obstructing a police officer and theft.

Intelligence and public reporting is key and helps officers identify and tackle county lines, where organised criminal groups use phone lines to move and supply drugs, usually from cities into smaller towns and rural areas.

They often exploit vulnerable people, including children and those with mental health or addiction issues, by recruiting them to distribute the drugs, known as drug running.

They may also deal from the homes of vulnerable people, a practice known as cuckooing.

Working alongside housing officers from Eastbourne Borough Council, joint cuckooing visits were conducted at 15 addresses.

There are several signs to look out for that may indicate someone is a victim of cuckooing:
  • frequent visitors at unsociable hours
  • changes in your neighbour’s daily routine
  • unusual smells coming from a property
  • suspicious or unfamiliar vehicles outside an address
Members of the public are urged to contact police to report drug-related offences or drug-related harm in their communities.

If you’re concerned about drug-related crime in your area or think someone may be a victim of drug exploitation, please call us on 101 or report online.

If it's an emergency, please call 999. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000. Or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

If you're in danger but you can't talk on the phone, you should still call 999, then follow these instructions depending on whether you're calling from a mobile or a landline.

You can also report it online, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.


 

Two men charged after burglary at Eastbourne home

Two men have been charged with burglary, theft and fraud offences in Eastbourne.

Police were called to a burglary in Wharf Road on Sunday, August 9 in which two vehicles and a bank card were taken. The card was subsequently used at several locations in the hours following the break-in.

Officers managed to recover the stolen vehicles the following day, and arrested two men.

William Brazil, 44, unemployed, of Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, has since been charged with burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, six counts of fraud by false representation, and two counts of using a motor vehicle without insurance.

Amos Smith, 36, unemployed, of Ersham Road, Hailsham, has also been charged with burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, and five counts of fraud by false representation.

Both men appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (August 12) and are next due to appear before court on September 9.


 

Police are warning residents to be vigilant after a rise in cases of computer software service fraud in Sussex, especially among vulnerable victims.

Since the start of the year, there have been 122 reports made to Sussex Police of computer software service fraud. Many of the victims have been women over the age of 75.
Of these 122 reports, 46 victims unfortunately suffered a loss of an average of £5,082. This then amounts to a staggering combined loss of £233,760.

Common scenarios also include callers pretending to be from reputable organisations. One victim aged 82, received a call from someone claiming to be from BT Engineering who said her internet connection was no longer secure and needed fixing. As she had been experiencing issues with her internet connection, she believed this was a genuine call. The caller then stated that they needed to access her computer remotely and began downloading some software onto the device.

The fraudster stated that he could see that the 'hackers' had tried to access her online banking and that he could prevent this as he had already caught several of these criminals in the past. After saying that he had downloaded some security software to her device, the victim became suspicious and noticed that £14,000 had been illegally withdrawn from her account.

Local officers have responded to the report mentioned here and provided support to the victim.

To protect yourself or someone you know from becoming a victim of fraud, consider the following key tips:

If you receive a call like this hang up. 

Take Five and verify the call via a trusted method, not the numbers given in the call.
  • Never allow anyone to remotely access your computer
  • Do not download software on the request of a phone caller
  • A genuine service provider will never call you out of the blue regarding issues with your computer or broadband.
  • Microsoft will not request your banking information or personal details to validate Windows software on your devices.

Please pass this advice onto your loved ones, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable.

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud call please contact us via:

Sussex Police on 101 or visit the website.

Report fraud or attempted fraud, by contacting Action fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040. 


 

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.


 

Burglary Summary

A building site off Brassey Avenue, Eastbourne was broken into overnight on the 13th August. Unknown individuals have forced entry and caused significant damage inside the site. (294 of 14/08)

4 people were arrested after a break in to a business address off Grande Parade, Eastbourne in the late hours of the 16th August. Police were called to intruders around midnight, and are investigating. (1650 of 16/08)

A business address off Wish Road, Eastbourne was broken into around 4am on the 17th August. Owners have been alerted by security at the premises where unknown individuals have smashed entry to the property, it is unknown if anything was stolen but damage inside the address as been caused. (159 of 17/08)

Tools were stolen from a property off Ratton Road, Eastbourne overnight on the 16th August. (267 17/08)

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.

This week 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.

More information and support please click 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 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.

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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