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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts
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Thursday 16th September 2021
Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts
Blackham Rural Crime and Marking Event
Please join us for a rural crime community meeting Thursday 23rd September from 11am-1pm, at Blackham Village Hall.
Your local NPT PCSOs will be at the hall to speak to residents of the village about all things rural, take your reports and offer valuable crime prevention advice and tools in the form of marking kits in particular for farm/rural business owners.
Farmers, machinery owners and rural business owners, we will be offering SelectaDNA kits to help mark your property/machinery to help deter thieves.
As well as offering Catguard kits, to help protect and mark your vehicle against catalytic converter theft.
Unable to make it? Please visit our website here for valuable crime prevention advice and support for rural communities, how to spot rural crime, and what can be done to report it.
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 week teams will be in:
Friday - Heathfield
Saturday - Crowborough
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.
Update on Last Weekend Operation Blitz - Heathfield
Last weekend our additional ASB targeting patrols took us across Heathfield, with officers dedicating a number of hours to conducting designated patrols of known areas of anti-social behaviour and youth related crime and disorder.
We were also joined by a few Wealden Youth Workers who had been invited along to join our patrols, it was great to work alongside of them and together speak to a number of groups who were out and about over the course of the evening; about opportunities in the local area, as well as giving us an opportunity to positively engage with our younger communities.
Throughout the course of the evening a small number of groups were spoken to, all of who were not causing any issues in the area, a handful of known individuals were reported to be causing a nuisance around the shopping centre and local supermarket; all of which had dispersed on arrival - officers also spoke to local residents who were out and about, and obtained community intelligence which will be reported and help to plan future targeted patrols in those areas.
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) - and can lead to more serious crimes, including criminal damage and drug harm.
If ASB is an issue in your local communities, please report it to us at the time to either 101 or online (non-emergency) or to 999 in an emergency.
All your reports help us to direct patrols in areas which have seen an increase in ASB or similar crimes, and help to plan our weekly patrols in locations across the Wealden district.
Hailsham ASB motorbike seized
A motorbike was seized this week in Hailsham, after officers from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team responded to calls from local residents in the area of off road bikes being driving in an anti-social and dangerous manner.
On Wednesday 15th we received reports of a group of youths driving a motorbike erratically, spinning wheels, making “doughnuts” in addition to not wearing a helmet in Hailsham Leisure centre car park.
Two units that were already patrolling in the town centre attended promptly and found a group of youths and a motorbike in the area. After checking our systems, officers found out that the owner of the motorbike had already been issued with a section 59 back in June – as a result the bike was seized by Police.
A Section 59 warning is first issued where a rider / driver drives in an anti-social manner and can result in a warning on the first occasion and is given to the driver and put on the vehicle.
If they do it again then the vehicle can be seized (Section 165) and only released when a fine is paid, on this occasion the rider had already been issued a section 59, as a result the bike was seized.
Anti-social driving will not be tolerated, and we ask residents to continue reporting incidents to us online or to Operation Crackdown.
All reports provide a vital oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents are taking place, assisting in the long term operational strategy of colleagues within, Sussex Police, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and your local teams.
Burglary Appeal in Crowborough
Police investigating a burglary in Crowborough in which two distinctive lamps were stolen have appealed for information from the public.
The break-in happened sometime between midday on Thursday, August 26 and 3pm on Friday, August 27 at a property in Myrtle Road while the occupants were on holiday.
As well as the lamps, valued at £50 for the pair, other items stolen from the address include alcohol, a pair of Oakley sunglasses and a cash money box.
Anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area around that time, or who may have any other information, is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1114 of 27/08.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Around 0330am on the 12th September, homeowners at a property off Norfolk Way, Uckfield were alerted to unknown individuals in their garden. The unknown individuals have forced entry to a glass outbuilding causing damage, both to the building and inside. It does not appear that anything has been stolen, and officers are investigating. (1518 of 12/09)
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 and HMRC are warning university students to be wary of potential scams, especially if they have a part-time job and are new to interacting with the department.
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.
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