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Friday 15th October 2021

Eastbourne Police weekly News and Alerts



Money recovered from a police investigation targeting county lines operations and associated violent crimes has been awarded to the Volunteers Network

PC Pete Clarke worked with the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team to secure the £1,000 donation from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) – a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

The funds will go towards the security infrastructure of Langney Community Centre and the Etchingham Road and Langney community.

Peter Finnis from the Volunteers Network said: “This is a fantastic example of community working in partnership.

“Our relationship with the local policing team is so valuable and, thanks to the efforts of PC Clarke in this matter, real strides can be made in targeting crime in order to provide the local community with the safety and security it deserves.

“We look forward to many more opportunities to work together for the betterment of all in the future.”

PC Clarke added: “We are delighted to be able to award the Volunteers Network with these funds, following a significant police operation which is targeting county lines drugs supply and associated violent crime.

“The funds awarded will help to support the local community with improved security features and go towards implementing a sustainable legacy for the area.”

PC Clarke also wanted to thank the Volunteers Network for their continued support and passionate enthusiasm in supporting this work.

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.


 

Hate Crime Awareness Week

To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021, Eastbourne Police are joining with a number of community partners to raise awareness of hate crime and the devastating impact it can have on its victims.

Today (Friday 15th) your local Neighbourhood Policing Team attended the BourneOut LGBT cafe in Mark Lane to meet and speak with staff and group members, to help highlight a number of ways communities can report hate crimes, and to share the actions officers take following a crime being reported.

Throughout the week a number of engagement events have taken place at various community groups in Eastbourne to help raise awareness, and encourage reporting of hate crime; as well as highlighting the work being done by police and partners to address the issue across Sussex.

You can find out more about this week, as well as support and ways to report here.


 

Witness appeal after man assaulted and sprayed with substance in Eastbourne

Police are investigating an assault in Eastbourne on Wednesday (October 6) in which a man was attacked and sprayed with a potentially noxious substance.

Officers were called to Belmore Road at around 10.30am to reports of a man having been assaulted.

On arrival the victim, a 52-year-old local man, said he had been attacked by two men and sprayed in the face with an unknown liquid.

He was taken to hospital by the ambulance service, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Officers conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

Anybody who witnessed the incident or has any information which could help with the investigation can contact police online or call 101, quoting serial 372 of 06/10.


 

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:

Operation Blitz patrols focussed specifically on areas that residents have reported to us. On Friday officers patrolled the Shinewater area following significant concern being expressed around youth ASB, damage to the Turing Academy and other incidents in the area.

These incidents involved eggs, lasers being shone vehicles and other similar impactive behaviour. Officers located a group believed to be involved in these incidents and evidence has been obtained.

We will continue to patrol the area following community concerns, and target our patrols where we are needed most. On Saturday our focus turned to Bourne Street, Langney Road, the seafront through to the Western Lawns. A group were found drinking in the street and were dealt with under the Public Space Protection Order, and also a vulnerable person was found and supported around the seafront area.



We received a call on the blitz phone to youths thrown stones in the Stone Cross area, and whilst we attended quickly, no groups were found in the area. For the second half of the evening we then went to Tugwell Park and the surrounding roads.

This was following some concern being expressed by residents as to anti-social behaviour, especially in the childrens play area. Happily no issues were identified and our patrols were received well by residents.

Our patrols will continue this weekend in other areas identified by residents, and the calls we receive from the community.

Outside of these time, please continue to report ASB online or to 101 - in an emergency/crime inaction always call 999.


 

Closure Order Issued in Etchingham Road

Eastbourne Police have taken action against a property that has been repeatedly highlighted by residents as being linked to anti-social behaviour in the Langney area of Eastbourne.

Sussex Police have taken out a “Closure Order” on an address in Etchingham Road, Eastbourne following significant concerns raised around drugs, noise, damage and other issues coming from the flat.

This order has come after intensive efforts were made to find alternative ways to resolve these problems, however the nature of them meant that there was little other choice but to close the property down.

This power, given to Police under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, allows Police to act quickly to protect victims and communities from properties that are causing nuisance or disorder.

The order obtained in this instance has allowed Police to remove all persons from the property and take control of it to give residents and neighbours respite from the issues that were being reported.

A Magistrate heard the case on 13th October 2021 and was satisfied that the evidence obtained by Eastbourne Police was sufficient to allow a closure order to be granted.

Sgt Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Police Sergeant for the area, said “This action has not been taken lightly, and has been carefully considered balancing the needs of all residents as well as the landlord and others.

However, the complaints that were being received demonstrated a persistent nuisance to nearby residents, many of whom were vulnerable, or who had young children. Sussex Police takes action whenever it can to resolve these matters, and we will not hesitate to take steps to make our communities safer and more pleasant for everyone.

We also work in close partnership with all agencies to ensure that a joined up approach is taken to issues such as these, and we explore every avenue and power to take the right action at the right time.”


 

Burglary Summary

A public house on Seaside Road, reported a burglary around 6am on the 9th October. An unknown male has forced entry to the rear of the property, cash was targeted. CCTV has been passed to the Police for investigation. (452 of 09/10 relates)

A business address on Hyde Road, reported a distraction burglary during the afternoon of the 12th. 3 unknown males has entered the address and attempted to distract staff by offering a cleaning service. One of the males has taken a mobile phone belonging to the address in the process. (1072 of 12/10 relates)

An attempted burglary was reported in the small hours of the 13th at a property on Linden Close. Owners have noticed the handle of a rear door had been damaged and tampered with in an attempt to gain entry, no entry was gained.

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 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.

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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.


 


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