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Eastbourne Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 30th September 2021

Eastbourne Police weekly News and Alerts

Man charged after incidents in Eastbourne street and nearby park - witnesses sought

Prompt action by public and police led to the swift arrest of a man suspected of theft and of indecency offences in an Eastbourne park.

At 3.30pm on Tuesday 14 September police were called to Eastbourne High Street, by steps leading to Gildredge Park, where a 13-year old girl had been assaulted by a man who had made off into the park.

Officers went into the park where they arrested a man on suspicion of the assault, and of indecent exposure there.

Luke McHale, 32, unemployed, of Woodhall Lane, South Reddish, Stockport, was charged with: attempted sexual assault of the 13-year-old, sexually assaulting another 13-year-old girl nearby, indecent exposure, two thefts of alcohol from nearby Waitrose, assaulting a member of Waitrose staff, and assaulting a police officer while in custody.

He appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on 16 September where he pleaded guilty to the two thefts, the assaults on shop staff and on the police officer, and the sexual assault.

He pleaded not guilty to the attempted sexual assault and the indecent exposure and was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 14 October.

Detective Constable David Kitcher said; "If you were in or around Gildredge Park or High Street that afternoon and saw anything of what happened, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 785 of 14/09."


Man charged with driving offences after Eastbourne collision

A man has been charged with failing to provide a sample and failing to stop after a road traffic collision in Willingdon near Eastbourne last month.

Police were called after a vehicle hit a lamp post on Eastbourne Road at about 11.40pm on 19 August. The driver left the scene but was located by officers nearby. He was taken to hospital but allegedly failed to provide a breath test to detect drink or drug driving.

Mark Davis, 41, an off duty police officer based on East Sussex division, will appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 22 September.


ASB Operation Blitz Patrols last weekend update

New designed ASB patrols each Friday and Saturday - call 07785 372050 between 1800-0000 to report directly to officers on the ground, out targeting areas of known and reported ASB.

This weekend’s Operation Blitz patrols were busy, and covered large parts of the town. 

Terminus Road was the focus of some of that activity, with particular attention paid to electric scooters and other anti-social behaviour that was being caused. 

The patrols were then extended onto Cambridge Road and Seaside as part of our regular look at this hotspot for reports of anti-social behaviour for us. 

Officers were then called to Holly Park in Hampden Park following a request from the Fire Brigade to support there. The incident they were dealing with was youths trying to set fires with aerosol cans. 

This prompted home visits taking these youths home and speaking directly with parents about what happened. Police make good use of excellent support from the Fire Service with their arson reduction teams and fire setters intervention, and so it is likely that these young people will be referred to them. 

The bandstand also was patrolled on what was a pleasant Saturday night.  Reports were made to officers about drug use, however it turned out to be an insulin user that was mistaken.  We are always happy to receive reports and check them out, even if they turn out to be all above board. 

Finally the building site at the old Esperance Hospital was reported to us, due to youths trying to get into the building site.  No one was found on the site, but this has been reported to us several times and is somewhere we will be working with the site owners to ensure security is improved.

Our patrols also took in Langney, and the Royal Sussex Golf Club following further reports from members of the community.  Nothing of note was identified in these locations but we were pleased to patrol them in any event. 

In a few weeks time we will be changing the way we complete these patrols further, this will mean that the patrols will start earlier at 1700hrs but also finish slightly earlier too at around 2230hrs.  This is because of some research that was conducted around the peak times for anti-social behaviour that we deal with around Operation Blitz. 

The mobile phone number will stay the same, and we will continue to respond to calls from members of the community as well as patrolling those hotspots identified from the calls we receive. 

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.


Public urged to be vigilant after people scammed on Facebook Marketplace

Police are warning people to be vigilant after a number of scams involving items being sold on Facebook Marketplace.

Officers across the county have recorded a spate of crimes in recent months in which the buyer, known as Peter Shyne, arrives at people’s houses after agreeing to purchase an item they advertised for sale.

Once they agree on a price, Shyne shows a payment being made using a banking app on his phone, followed by confirmation the transaction has gone through. When the money does not arrive in the buyer’s account immediately, he explains it sometimes takes a while and then leaves with the item. The seller later realises it was a fake account.

So far, scams have been reported involving an Apple Watch, a Nikon camera and accessories worth £1800, among other items.

Officers investigating the incident have warned people to be alert.

PC Clare Horner-Locko said: “We have had at least eight of these reported to us in West Sussex, with another in East Sussex.

“The concern is there are more victims out there. We’d like to hear from anyone who has been affected by an incident like this, so we can gather as much information as possible and stop this scam from carrying on.”

The suspect is described as white, 5’ 10” to 6’ tall, of heavy build and with a strong Irish accent. He is usually wearing a baseball cap and a facemask.

Anyone with information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting serial 664 of 03/09.


Burglary Summary

An attempted burglary was reported early morning on the 26th September at a property off Willingdon Road, Eastbourne. Property owners have returned to find their letter box had been damaged in a way that appeared someone had tried to force it open to reach lock inside, fortunately no entry was gained and nothing stolen. (568 of 26/09)

There have been NO further reports of burglary this week in Eastbourne. 

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, data from Action Fraud; the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, reveals that £10,325,133 has been lost by victims; more than often who are elderly or vulnerable, to courier fraud since the start of this year – an increase of almost two thirds (63 per cent) compared to the same period last year.

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.


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