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Thursday 7th October 2021

Eastbourne Police weekly News and Alerts

2 local groups benefit from donations made up by the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF)

This week we were delighted to present £500 to Happy Paws Puppy Rescue, to go towards its volunteer programme helping the local community engage with animal welfare.

Happy Paws hopes to recruit 10 new volunteers and help more than 50 families with the money, which came from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF).

The cheque was presented to Happy Paws Founder Lisa Smart by Emma Higgs, a Financial Investigator in the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit who also assists in fundraising for the charity.

Local PCSOs had the pleasure of attending a Football Training Session down at St Catherine's College Eastbourne this week, to present a £500 Cheque to Eastbourne United Under 12s Team obtained through our Police Property Act Fund (PPAF)

With assistance from the Team and their head coach, Gavin Boddy, Eastbourne United Under 12’s were able to apply for the PPAF and were successful, the funds will be used by the group to purchase new equipment and supplies.

The Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

The main aim of the fund is to support local projects undertaken by voluntary/charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex. More on the PPAF and how to apply here.


Eastbourne man who robbed shop at knifepoint jailed for 81 months

An Eastbourne man who robbed a shop at knifepoint earlier this year has been jailed for more than six years.

Police were called to a convenience store in Station Parade, Eastbourne, at 5.15pm on Tuesday, April 20 after a man had threatened staff with a knife and demanded money. The suspect made off with the till but dropped the knife at the scene.  

A few days later, a resident in Upperton Gardens found a till and drawstring bag in their garden, as well as a balaclava, sock and glove in their compost bin.

These items were found to match those worn by the suspect during the robbery, as seen on CCTV footage.

The knife from the scene was seized and forensics found a partial DNA profile for Michael Oakley, 28, a care assistant, of Seaside, Eastbourne. He was later arrested and charged with robbery.

Oakley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 81 months in jail when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on September 17, 2021.

DC Jon Moore said: “Michael Oakley callously threatened the store owner with a knife in a planned and pre-meditated robbery designed to instil maximum fear for the sole purpose of taking money from the store.

“The response from police officers and staff, along with members of the public, swiftly secured vital evidence which despite his best efforts, identified Oakley and was significant in securing a guilty plea.

“We hope this sentence of 81 months shows that violence and threatening behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated in our communities.”


Witness appeal after woman seriously injured in Eastbourne collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was involved in a collision with a car in Eastbourne on Wednesday (September 29).

Emergency services were called to the junction of Courtlands Road and Moy Avenue at around 6pm.

A pedestrian, a 49-year-old woman, suffered a serious injury to her ankle after colliding with a car as she was crossing the road.

Police would like to speak to the driver of a white SUV-style vehicle which left the scene following the collision.

The driver is believed to be a man aged around 60 years old.

Anybody who witnessed the incident, has relevant dash cam footage or any information which could help with the investigation can contact police online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1085 of 29/09.


Two men who stole cars and bank card from Eastbourne home jailed

Two men convicted of burglary, theft and fraud offences in Eastbourne have been jailed for a total of 44 months.

Police were called to Wharf Road around 5am on Sunday, August 9 after a resident discovered their property had been broken into.

Two vehicles and a bank card were stolen, and enquiries found the card had subsequently been used at several locations in the town in the hours following the break-in.

Officers managed to recover the stolen vehicles the following day, and arrested William Brazil, 44, and Amos Smith, 36, after they were identified by the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team from CCTV footage from the vicinity of the burglary.

Unemployed Brazil, of Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, was charged with burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, six counts of fraud by false representation and two counts of using a motor vehicle without insurance while Smith, unemployed, of Ersham Road Hailsham, was charged with burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, and five counts of fraud by false representation.

Both pleaded guilty in court and they were jailed for 32 months and 12 months respectively.

PC Dave Elliott said: “This is an excellent outcome as a result of great police work. Using local knowledge we were able to identify the offenders and locate and arrest them as soon as possible.

“The secondary investigation resulted in charges being authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service against both men, who then pleaded guilty at court.

 “Burglaries can have a devastating impact, both financially and emotionally, on victims and we take reports of this nature very seriously.

 “Please remember to leave homes secure at night, even if people are in. It can only take a moment for someone to steal valuable items such as keys and bank cards.”


ASB Operation Blitz Patrols last weekend update and new times

New designed ASB patrols each Friday and Saturday - call 07785 372050 between 1730pm and 2230pm to report directly to officers on the ground, out targeting areas of known and reported ASB.

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

Our Operation Blitz patrols took us to various parts of the Town this weekend, and whilst the weather wasn’t pleasant our dedicated anti-social behaviour patrols continue.

On Friday we started our foot patrols at Eastbourne’s pier. It was busy with visitors and residents and several members of public were spoken with. Whilst in the area, officers were able to locate a vulnerable missing person after concerns had been raised earlier in the day for him.

We also helped a member of the public who reported that her bag had been stolen. We continued to the bandstand and then the Western Lawns, one male was stopped in possession of drugs, and was dealt with. 

Later on in Friday we attended Sussex Downs College, Hampden Park, the skate park and other areas in the area. Fortunately no anti-social behaviour was identified.

On Saturday the weather took a turn for the worse, and heavy rain came to the town.  This appears to be avoided any significant disorder, with one exception where a shop keeper in the town centre spoke with officers about issues they were having with a group of youths. 

This has been passed onto the local officers. 

From this week, Friday 8th October, our patrol times are changing.  We are starting earlier, at 1730hrs, but also finishing earlier, at 2230hrs. 

This is because of a review of neighbourhood policing and a focus on us seeking to prevent issues at the start of each Friday and Saturday evening supporting response colleagues who then begin their shift at 2100hrs.  This change in focus is designed to support our communities. 

The phone will still be staffed between these hours, and pro-active patrols will also take place.  Please continue to let us know about issues in your area and we will work to problem-solve those issues.

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.


Warning to dog owners after suspicious phone calls in East Sussex

Police are urging people to be vigilant after receiving two reports of scams relating to dogs in East Sussex.

The first related to a dog that was missing in Guestling on September 7. The owners of the dog received a call from a man saying he had their dog, and demanded £500 for its return.

He asked if the dog was spayed and that if it was, it was no good to him.

The couple suspected something was wrong and refused to pay the money. Their dog returned home a few hours later, having gotten lost running in the woods.

A similar phone call was reported by a woman who was helping a dog owner find her lost dog in Hastings. The man again demanded £500 but no money was handed over.

PC Liz Daddy, of the Rural Crime Team, said: "In both cases, an appeal to find the dogs has been posted to Facebook with a phone number.

"A man with a Liverpudlian accent has then called saying he has the dog and demanding money to give it back. The caller has never been able to produce any evidence that he has the dogs and thankfully, both victims have become suspicious and not handed over any money.

"We're urging people to be vigilant, and report any suspicious calls to police. Do not give money to people you do not trust and if in doubt, seek advice from a family member, friend or police.

"If anyone has received a similar phone call, or has any information which could help our enquiries, please get in touch online or by calling 101."


Burglary Summary

There has only been one reported burglary in Eastbourne since the 2nd October.

This occurred at a hotel address on the Seafront, in which it was reported personal items had been taken from a residents' room. Local officers and the hotel are viewing CCTV for any lines of enquiry. (0441 of 03/10 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.

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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