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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 30th September 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts 

Week Of Action Against Speeding In Wealden

Over the last few weeks, your Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Teams have partnered up with our Safer Roads Safety Camera Team to help tackling a number of road related offences; particularly speeding and mobile phone use.

Sadly this year, we have seen a number of fatal road traffic collisions (RTCs) in North Wealden as a result of various driving and road related offences.

Together teams have set up in specified and approved sites across Wealden including in, Heathfield, Uckfield, Crowborough and Boarshead speaking to local residents, drivers, and recording speeds at the sites.

All those exceeding the speed tolerance levels will be issued with a notice of intended prosecution; with either an invitation to a driver paid speed awareness course, or a fine and points on their licence should they not meet the criteria for a course.

Our SSRP Safety Camera Team operate from vans with mobile speed cameras, these are manned cameras trained by civilian Police staff who are authorised to enforce penalties for speeding offences.

Continued activities across the district; in addition to this partnership work is part of our continued drive to help keep your roads safe, as well as to help prevent further casualties caused by RTCs.

Please continue to report road and driving related offences to us online or to 101 (999 in an emergency or RTC) - all reports help to plan these activities in areas which have seen an increase in offences such as speeding or mobile phone use; both of which contribute to collisions on our roads.


Two companies summoned over A26 chemical spillage

Two companies have been summoned to court in connection with a chemical spill on the A26 near Uckfield.

A section of the road was closed for several hours after a quantity of sulphuric acid leaked from a punctured container being transported by a lorry, onto the carriageway and into the drains and river.

The incident occurred on the morning of 31 March 2020.

Police assisted with the road closure while the scene was made safe by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, and the Environment Agency.

Investigations have subsequently led to the company which owns the vehicle and the company the driver worked for being summoned to court.

Forest Freight Ltd is accused of failing to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all its employees in that the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of its employees.

Industrial Chemical Group is accused of failing to conduct its undertaking in such a way to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that persons not in its employment who may have been affected thereby, were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

The case will be heard before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 21 October.


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.

Please call 07770700642 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday, 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.


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

A property off Freshfield Bank, Forest Row reported a burglary during the daytime of the 24th September. Unknown individual/s have entered via rear glass doors of the property, Police were called and enquries are being made. (1126 of 24/09)

A community building off Eridge Road, Crowborough, reported a break in and criminal damage overnight on the 24-25th September. Unknown individual/s have broken/removed gates to the site to gain entry and caused significant damage to facilities inside. Local officers for Crowborough have been in touch with owners. (1533 of 25/09)

In the morning of the 25th September a business address off Oldlands Hill, Uckfield reported a burglary. Unknown individual/s have used nearby scaffold poles to force open shutters at the property. A quad bike and various tools were targeted. CCTV for the area is being reviewed for lines of enquiry. (726 of 26/09)

Overnight on the 27th, a cycle was stolen from a locked shed at a property off Lapwing View, Hailsham. Unknown individual/s have gained entry to victim’s garden and removed locks from a secure shed. (1196 of 27/09)

Between the 25-27th a property off Church Lane, Danehill reported a break in to an outbuilding at the address. Windows of the building were smashed to gain entry, fortunately nothing was reported as stolen. (57 of 28/09)

A business address off North Street, Hailsham reported an attempted burglary around 11pm on the 28th September. Unknown individual/s have attempted to force open rear doors at the address to gain entry. No entry was gained. (884 of 29/09)

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.

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; (majority elderly and 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.

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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