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Lewes and Seahaven Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 26th November 2021

Lewes and Seahaven Police weekly News and Alerts

Up-coming Community Meetings

Ringmer residents, join us on Saturday the 4th December in precinct between 10 -12 where officers from your Neighbourhood Policing Team will be stationed up in our engagement van.

On the same day between 13:30-15:30 a second team will be in Lewes precinct.

This is an opportunity to meet and speak to your local team about issues faced in the village, as well as a chance for officers to update residents on the work being carried out across your village to respond and tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, and the work they have been doing around recent scams in the area.

We will also be joined by officers from our Roads Policing Unit to answer questions around road safety and enforcement.

Can't make it to see us?

You can always contact us 24/7 online or by calling 101 (non-emergencies) - our website has a library of support, advice and information.

Always call 999 in an emergency/crime in action.


Concern for missing Sophie, 29, from Seaford

Police are concerned the welfare of Sophie Griffiths, 29, from Seaford.

Sophie was last seen on Monday (22 November) in Redhill, Surrey and has not been in touch with friends or family since. It’s believed she may have travelled to Horley.

She is described as white, 5’ 4” of slim build and with brown mid-length hair worn in a ponytail. When last seen she was wearing a black knee length coat with a furry trim on the hood, blue jeans and black Adidas trainers.

Anyone with information on Sophie’s whereabouts is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting serial number 1288 of 22/11.


Protect Your Home From Burglary This Winter

With longer and darker nights now set in for the next few months, and Christmas only round the corner, we want residents to think about the hidden security risks around their homes, and make it more difficult for opportunist burglary.

Sussex remains a safe place to live and work. Our burglary solved rate has increased over the last few months and we continue to concentrate our efforts to catch criminals and protect our communities from this crime type.

Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, said: “Having your property burgled can be one of the most upsetting and destructive crimes to occur and we are committed to do all we can to reduce this crime and catch those responsible.

“Sussex is a safe county and suffers from relatively low levels of burglary and we intend to work to continue to make our county an inhospitable place for burglars to operate.”

The Sussex Police website has a wealth of crime prevention advice which you can share with your local communities, as well as advice around Christmas shopping, not leaving presents in view and more here.


ASB Operation Blitz Patrols

Call 07989188960 (1600-2200 each Friday & Saturday) to report to officers out on the ground if you witness/become victim of ASB including ASB driving across the districts of Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Ringmer areas.

Each week teams made up of both PCs and PCSOs take to the streets on additional patrols to areas reported by your communities as having seen an increase in ASB and youth related crime and disorder.

ASB can have a lasting effect on local communities and often leads to more serious offences, such as theft and criminal damage - if you are experiencing issues of ASB in your towns or villages please report it to us at the time, all your reports help to plan these additional weekend patrols in areas which have been affected the most.

Outside of these times please report it via 101/online, or 999 in an emergency.

Burglary Summary

Jewellery was targeted at a property off Hundred Acre Lane, Hassocks during the day time of the 24th November.

Homeowners returned home to find a patio window smashed, and a search of personal items conducted in the bedroom.

Forensic opportunities may assist, and Police are investigating. (1201 of 24/11)

During the day time of the 24th November a property off Brambletyne Ave, Saltdean reported cash stolen and their home searched after unknown individual/s have smashed entry via their conservatory.

A search of the property was conducted by individual/s, any forensic opportunities will be investigated. (1551 of 24/11)

As well as our website offering advice to protect your home this Winter, please take the time to review your garage, or shed security as well in the lead up to Christmas, often outbuildings are an easier way for burglars to enter or find the tools to enter your home.
  • Consider a battery-operated alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
  • Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
  • Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
  • It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
  • Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
  • Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option.


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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