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Lewes and Seahaven Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 10th September 2021

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Sussex Community Search Team - Newick and Barcombe

PCSO Stainer has been out and about in Newick and Barcombe this week with Sussex Community Search Team who have been conducting a safety sweep of the recreation grounds after receiving reports of ASB.

Sweeps include searching and removing any hidden or discarded items which could potentially be used as a weapon, including discarded or hidden knives.

Are you worried about a child in your care, family member or someone you know being involved in knife crime?

Support is available.

What can you do?

The consequences and dangers of knife crime and becoming involved in crime are real.
Sometimes having difficult conversations, while uncomfortable at the time, can be vital in preventing something more serious from happening.

For example - telling someone’s parents that you think their son or daughter is involved in something they shouldn’t, or having a tough conversation with your child is better than having to visit them in hospital or attend their funeral; or telling the police a friend is carrying a knife will be better than seeing your mate stabbed or watching them stab someone else.

While that is the worst case scenario – it is the harsh reality and we want to do everything we can to prevent any of that from happening to another young person. Help us to help them.

Being a good friend or parent isn’t always easy. But there are lots of places you can go to for help - either for a friend or yourself. You can talk to parents, teachers, youth workers, various charities or the police who can provide support to you, both to prepare for difficult conversations and then to support you afterwards.

If you are a parent - talk to the parents of your child's friends. If you're worried, they probably are as well. They may see your child in different places, hanging out with different friends and could help you get a better understanding of the situation. By working together you could raise awareness.

If you are a friend – you can talk to your friend’s parents, their teacher, social services or the police.

Whatever your relationship is, if they are at risk – tell someone.

If you see any anti-social behaviour taking place then please do report it via 101, or violence involving a knife or weapon, always call 999.

Antisocial behaviour is defined as 'behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person' (Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

But what does this mean?

Find out more about how we classify antisocial behaviour and the many activities that it covers here..


Operation Downsway - The Fatal5 

Our designated patrols around Operation Downsway, and the fatal5 continued this weekend, with officers spending a number of hours conducting speed checks, mobile phone use, and seatbelt checks in locations across the Lewes district, including in both Pecehaven and Newhaven.

Not only were vehicle safety checks completed, but officers also stopped and spoke to drivers answering questions as to why roads units were in the area.

Officers explained our ongoing commitment to road safety, and highlighted the fatal5 to drivers in the area.

Speed checks we also conducted in Ringmer resulting in 1 x TOR (traffic offence report) , 5 x verbal warning all excess speed, as well as monitoring of bikes visiting or passing through the area, all of which were within the limit and officers had no concerns.

Do you know what makes up the Fatal5 driving offences......

Speeding, using a mobile phone, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and fatigue, all make up the fatal 5, and speeding is one of the number one reasons that make it more likely road users are killed or seriously injured following a road traffic collision.

This activity is supported by Operation Downsway, a force level initiative which commenced in September 2020 and which has been welcomed by communities across Sussex targeting the Fatal5 offences.

Police will continue to commit resources to Operation Downsway at various locations across Sussex throughout the year. This is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

To report an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving, visit the Operation Crackdown website online.

If you know someone is driving, or about to drive under the influence or alcohol or drugs, call 999.


Man charged with burglary and criminal damage in Lewes

A man has been charged following a burglary at a house in Lewes.

Officers were called shortly after 2pm on Thursday (September 2) by a resident in Morris Road who suspected someone was breaking in to a nearby property.

A man was seen running from the address and was detained by members of the public until police arrived.

Officers attended and recovered a quantity of watches and jewellery, believed to have been stolen from the house in Morris Road.

Anthony Bowles, 40, unemployed and no fixed address, was arrested and charged with burglary dwelling with intent to steal and criminal damage.

He appeared before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Saturday (September 4) and will next appear at Crown Court on October 1.


Op Blitz - ASB targeting patrols, Lewes and the Coast

Call 07989 188960 between 1600 and 2200 each Friday and Saturday to report anti-social behaviour across Lewes and Seahaven.

Antisocial behaviour can have a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and communities as it often leads to an increase in crime, particularly violence and criminal damage.

As well as regular patrols during the week, each Friday and Saturday night your Neighbourhood Policing Team head out on ASB targeting patrols across your towns, coast and villages.

You can call them on 07989 188960 between 1600-2200 each Friday and Saturday should you witness, or are victim to ASB, and report directly to officers on the ground.

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 motorbike was stolen from a locked shed at a property off North Way, Lewes between the 5-7th. Unknown individual/s have forced entry to the shed, and cut locks on the bike to remove. (240 7/9)

Personal items were stolen from a property off Sutton Avenue, Peacehaven, during the day time of the 7th. Unknown individual/s have forced entry via a letter box on the door to gain entry. (166 of 7/9)

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

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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