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Friday 3rd September 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts 

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Tribute to 'loving and energetic' two-year-old boy who died following Frant collision

The mother of a two-year-old boy involved in a collision on the A267 in Frant has paid tribute to her son after he sadly passed away.

Joshua Hoyle was critically injured when a car driven by his father, Andy Hoyle, was involved in a collision on Wednesday, August 18.

He sadly died from his injuries on Friday, August 27.

Andy, 36, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. Both he and Joshua were from Dartford, Kent.

Joshua's mother, Trudie Hoyle said: "Joshua was our loving and energetic boy and the centre of both mine and Andy's world. To have lost both of them in this way is absolutely devastating.

"As a family we will never stop loving and missing them, and would ask to be allowed to grieve privately while we come to terms with this tragedy."

A 76-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death 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, which occurred shortly after 11am, 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.


Crowborough’s new Police Station Opening.

We’re so excited to update that our new centrally located police station is opening on Thursday 9 September from 10am.

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.


Arrest made after police respond to fight in Hailsham

Police responded to reports of a fight in Hawkswood Road, Hailsham at 6.20pm on Monday, August 30.

Officers attended and secured the area outside a parade of shops, and paramedics were also called.

One teenager was taken to hospital with his injuries. He is now in a stable condition.

A second teenager suffered a minor injury and also attended hospital but he has since been discharged.

Officers at the scene arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm. He has been bailed until September 27.

This is now an active case and we are aware of footage circulating on social media of the incident.

We politely ask the public not to share the footage or comment on it online, and instead encourage posts to be removed while the matter is investigated.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident is asked to report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote Operation Spray.

Officers will be carrying out high-visibility patrols and speaking with residents in the community to provide reassurance while the investigation continues.


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.

Following last weekend's incident (detailed above) in Hailsham, this weekends directed patrols will take place in Hailsham on both Friday and Saturday evening:

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 property off Gillridge Lane, Crowborough report a break in around 2am on the 29th August. CCTV showed a white jeep style vehicle force gates at the property to gain entry. Neighbouring properties and victims have been spoken to and Police are reviewing CCTV. (148+146 of 29/08 relates)

Overnight on the 29th August a property off Eridge Road, Crowborough was broken into. Owners of the premises have arrived to find that the gate to the site has been damaged and removed, as well as shutters at the property damaged. It doesn’t appear that anything was taken. (336 of 29/08 relates)

An attempted garage break was reported from a property off Greenwich Road, Hailsham on the 31st August. Overnight unknown individual/s have attempted to force entry to a garage door, no entry was gained however damage was caused to the garage door. (302 of 31/08 relates)

An attempted burglary occurred around 2330 on the 31st August at a property off Green Lane, Withyham. Owners have been alerted via CCTV of a vehicle and its occupants attempting to gain entry to the property via a gate. No entry has been gained, and details of any vehicles seen as well as CCTV has been viewed by the Police. (0014 of 1/09 relates)

Windows and doors at a property off Colestock Road, Cowden, Edenbridge were smashed to gain entry around 0030 on the 1st September. Intruders have gained entry and targeted cash in addition to causing damage, CCTV has been passed to the Police. (0098 of 1/09 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 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.


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