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Friday 20th August 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts 

Fatal collision on A267 Frant  - Update

Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal collision on the A267 near Frant on Wednesday (August 18).

Officers were called to a four-vehicle collision on the A267 at 11.11am, where a 36-year-old man from Dartford, Kent, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His son and the sole passenger – a two-year-old boy also from Dartford – sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London, where he remains in a serious condition.

Police have been working to trace the driver of one of the vehicles involved and on Thursday (August 19) arrested a 76-year-old man from Tunbridge Wells on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and for failing to stop after a road accident.

He is currently in police custody.

Police are urging any witnesses, or anyone who may have captured either of the vehicles in the area on dash cam, to email quoting Operation Utility.


Identities sought after window smashed at Knockhatch Adventure Park

Do you recognise these two people?

Police would like to speak to them in relation to criminal damage and attempted theft from Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham.

Two people were seen by a member of the public throwing stones at a container’s window at around 4pm on Sunday 25 July, causing it to smash.

When confronted by the manager the pair were also found in possession of a helmet, which they dropped before leaving the scene.

Police investigating the matter believe the two people pictured could help with their enquiries.
Officers are also looking into additional reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage at the park, and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

Anyone who recognises the people pictured, or who has any other information, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 916 of 25/07.


Catalytic converters marking kits.

Following our report last week of 3 catalytic converters in Crowborough, Crowborough Police Station have secured a number of marking kits which are being made available to members of the community to help mark and protect their vehicles from catalytic convertor theft.

You can obtain a marking kit from Crowborough Police Station between 1000-1400 hours Monday to Friday, please bring with you a form of identification as well as your log book and present to the staff at the front office who will be able to issue a kit. (these are limited and are issued on a first come first served basis)

Signs to look out for:

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 around any of the offences posted last week can report online 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.


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:

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

Overnight on the 16th August a property off Deans Road, Polegate was broken into. Unknown individuals have removed a gate at the property to gain entry. Tools were targeted. (255 of 17/08)

During the afternoon of the 17th August, a property off Cousley Wood Road, Wadhurst was broken into. Neighbours were alerted to a house alarm, and on Police attendance entry had been forced by smashing windows of the property. No suspects were on scene and the property was secured. (605 of 17/08)

A property off Brambletye Lane, Forest Row reported a burglary that occurred between the 13-18th August, whereby unknown individuals have forced entry and cut locks on secure gates to gain entry. Various tools, and 4 motorcycles were stolen from the property, details of these have been passed to the Police for investigation. (1121 of 18/08)

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, 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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