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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 27th August 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts 

Tribute to beloved father who died in collision near Frant

The family of a much-loved man who died in a four-vehicle collision near Frant has paid tribute to him.

Andy Hoyle, 36, sadly passed away on Wednesday (August 18) following the collision on the A267 at 11.11am.

His family said: “Andy was a beloved son, husband, father and brother who will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

“We ask that we are allowed time to grieve privately, as we continue to focus on supporting and caring for Andy’s son.”

Andy’s two-year-old son, who was also involved in the collision, remains in a critical but stable condition in a London hospital.

A 76-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and for failing to stop after a road accident. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police investigating the collision continue to appeal for any witnesses to come forward. They would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have captured any dash cam footage from the area around that time.

Anyone with information is asked to email or call 101 quoting Operation Utility. 


Update to Crowborough's new central Police Station

Crowborough’s new Police Station opening.

We’re excited to update that our new centrally located police station is opening on Wednesday 8 September from 12 noon.

The new address will be, Crowborough Police Station (the former town hall), The Broadway, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1DA

Our teams will be moving to the new site after Friday 3 September, if you need to talk to us face-to-face between these dates please visit our stations in Uckfield or Lewes.

You can find details of your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams online here.


Man pleads guilty to murdering teenager in woodland near Uckfield

A man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a teenager in woodland near Uckfield.

At Lewes Crown Court on Monday (August 23), Lewis Ashdown admitted murdering 18-year-old Marc Williams in the early hours of Sunday 30 May, 2021. The pair, who were associates, had met up the night before in Fairwarp.

Ashdown, 20, a chef, of Normansland, Uckfield, was charged after Marc’s body was found by police in a wooded area of Fairwarp. It was confirmed he had died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Ashdown pleaded guilty to murder and possession of an offensive weapon, and has been remanded in custody for sentencing on September 24.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers, said: “This was a horrendous and unprovoked attack on a young man who thought he was simply out enjoying an evening with a friend.

“Lewis Ashdown took advantage of Marc’s trust and friendship, and killed him in a sustained and violent assault.

“Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of Marc at this incredibly distressing time.”


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:

27th August - Uckfield
28th August - Hailsham

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

During the daytime of the 21st August, a property off Aldervale Cottages, Crowborough reported a break in whereby an individual have smashed a window at the property to gain entry inside. A search was conducted and personal items including cash were stolen. Police are investigating. (684 of 23/8 relates)

Garages off Montargis Way, Crowborough, were damaged overnight on the 25th August. Unknown individuals have forced open garage doors causing damage and a cost to repair. (1478 of 25/08 relates)

A business address off High Street, Heathfield reported a break in overnight on the 26th August. Unknown individuals have used unknown tools to force open a rear door of the property. Electrical items were targeted. Neighbouring CCTV is being viewed by the Police. (338 of 26/08 relates)

In the small hours of the 27th a property off Hart Field Rd, Cowden reported a vehicle gaining entry and then unknown individuals forcing open an out building at the property. Police are investigating all CCTV available. (138 of 27/08 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 NHS track and trace scams.

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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