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Friday 1st March 2019

News and appeals

Scams, how can we keep safe?

Staff attended St Andrews Church Hall on Wednesday the 27th to give a talk on scams and fraud to local residents and members of the Eastbourne Seniors Forum.

A range of topics were discussed, from keeping your money safe, to new types of scams and fraud we are seeing in Sussex. Residents asked questions, and together we shared top tips on how we can protect ourselves from fraudsters and scammers.

These included the not so new but ever so important message ‘If it looks too good to be true, then it more than likely is’

– Reminders on who asks for personal bank information; we know that the Police certainly do not ask for information about bank cards over the phone, nor do your banks

– not answering the phone to numbers we do not recognise, and also not to call these numbers back as often they are chargeable numbers and victims do not find out until their phone bill comes through

- looking out for each other and sharing information on strange calls or letters you have had to other residents, especially those who may not get the chance to reach the Police’s messages and information on scams and frauds.

The group were also given copies the latest ‘The little book of big scams’ – this is now in its third edition and contains up to date scams and frauds we have noticed and want you to be aware of. Copies can be obtained from your local Police station, or a digital copy can be found here:

Missing Eastbourne teenager Megan Slater-McElhill found

Following a previous Missing Person appeal, we are pleased to report that a 15-year-old girl missing from her home in Eastbourne since Monday 18 February has been found safe and well elsewhere in the town. Megan Slater-McElhill was located on Tuesday night (26 February).

We would like to thank everyone who shared our concerns for her welfare and helped with efforts to find her.

Crime summary

Overnight on the 21st criminal damage was caused to a vehicle in Priory Road whereby wing mirrors have been broken off the vehicle. (0649 25/02)

During the day of the 24th unknown suspect has smashed the window of a vehicle in St. Johns Road Eastbourne. (0555 24/02)

Overnight on the 24th a commercial property has been broken into on Enys road, Eastbourne, whereby suspects have smashed windows to gain entry, and electrical equipment and lighting has been stolen. (0109 25/02)

Lines of enquiry have been exhausted and crime prevention advice and support given to all victims.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

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