Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 3rd May 2019

News and appeals

Detectives are investigating a robbery at a rural property in Etchingham.

Two masked men are reported to have forced their way into the house, in Fontridge Lane, shortly after 9.15pm on Monday 29 April.

The two occupants – a man and a woman – were alerted to the disturbance at the back door and challenged the intruders. During this, the man was punched to the face, and both occupants were bound on the floor using cable ties.
A search of the property was made, and the offenders got away with items including a jewellery and approximately £20,000 in cash.

They also stole a black Range Rover from the address, which was found burnt out shortly afterwards in nearby Church Lane.

Investigating officer, Inspector Jon Gillings, said: “This appears to be a pre-planned and targeted attack on a couple who were left understandably shaken following the incident. They are receiving the support they need at this time.

“Enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

“Specifically, we would like to hear from anyone who saw anyone or anything suspicious in the area around the time of the offence, or in the days leading up to it.”

The first suspect is described as black, about 6’, in his mid to late 20s, of stocky build, wearing black gloves, black trousers, a black hoody, and blue and white Nike Air Max trainers.

The second suspect is described as white, wearing a black hoody, black tracksuit bottoms and a balaclava, and carrying a large knife.
Both suspects spoke an English accent.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1357 of 30/04.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sussex Police Drop In Sessions (Hailsham)

What keeps you awake at night? Do you have concerns about anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, or is burglary and car crime a particular issue where you live?

Sussex Police has joined forces with Wealden District Council to host monthly drop-in sessions with the Wealden Neighbourhood Prevention Team.

We had our first drop in this Wednesday 1st May. Future informal drop-in sessions will be at the Council’s Vicarage Lane office in Hailsham which run between 10:00am – 11:00am on the following dates:

Monday 3 June
Monday 1 July
Thursday 1 August
Tuesday 3 September
Thursday 3 October

It’s your chance to raise your concerns with the Police, and report crime and anti-social behaviour directly to them.

Inspector Jon Gross from Sussex Police said: “These drop in sessions provide a great opportunity for the public to meet their local prevention officers and District Council representatives. They are very informal sessions offering a chance for residents to discuss issues affecting their communities, and for the Police and District Council colleagues to share details of current initiatives. No appointment required!”

To find out more about the various ways you can contact the Police, visit the Sussex Police website: https://www.sussex.police.uk/

John Stalley, Senior Investigations Officer at Wealden said: “The Council’s Audit and Investigations Team work closely with Sussex Police to help crack down on fraud and anti-social behaviour in the District. Cold calling scams and internet fraud can be particular areas of worry for our residents. Working together, we’ve seen a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour in the last year. We hope that by offering the public an opportunity to share information and concerns with both the Police and the Council can help to keep it that way.”

Further information about the Council’s Investigations Team, together with details on how to report fraud can be found on the Wealden website: http://www.wealden.gov.uk/Wealden/Residents/Community_and_Safety/Crime_and_Disorder/CounterFraud_Hub.aspx

Police Property Act Funds donates to ‘Kids Count’

PCSO Choppin proudly presented a cheque for £500 to Mary from Kids Count. Kids Count is a local project for parents who they can turn to to get help and supplies in times of need.

The project offers ‘Kids Count’ bundles, which are custom made for the needs of each referral, from children’s clothing and nappies, to toys and equipment.

Kids Count takes referrals from Food Banks, ESCC Children’s Services, Support Workers, District Council Home Teams and Health Professionals.
To get in touch with them visit their Facebook page at: facebook.com/groups/kidscountproject

The Police Property Act Fund 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 information can be found here:

Protect your van and tools reminder

Following a few reports of van breaks across local areas, Police are reminding van owners to review their security.

Having your car or van broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing, especially if it is your livelihood.

Don’t leave your van open to thieves, please take your tools in overnight and over the weekend, and secure them out of sight; print up the below image and pop it on the dashboard or rear window.

To help keep your vehicle safe follow our crime prevention advice here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-and-sound/

Looking for a new job? We’re hiring for contact handlers (from 3rd May 2019)

As a Contact Handler you’ll have a crucial role in the police family: managing a huge variety of emergency 999 calls, dealing with non-emergency 101 calls, online and social media enquiries. All are at the heart of police business.
You will do this by:
  • Facing diverse situations and engaging with people from different backgrounds with different problems.
  • Being adaptable to all types of situations.
  • Having patience and being calm under pressure
  • Communicating clearly and be a good listener
  • Providing reassurance to those in need
  • Working in a fast-paced 24/7 environment
  • Making critical decisions
  • Quick thinking
  • Getting that vital detail
  • Log information quickly and accurately
  • 24 hour shift pattern including nights, weekends and bank holidays

You will provide excellent customer service to the communities we serve and the teams we work with.
This is a vital job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
You’ll be hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:
  • Generous basic pay of £23,361 plus an unsocial hours shift allowance of approximately £7,200 per year.
  • 25 days holiday a year (increasing to 30 days after five years’ service) and access to many additional benefits.
  • Opportunities to develop your career and progress within the force (once you have completed two years as a Contact Handler). While many of our Contact Handlers choose to stay in the role or progress to a Controller, there are many opportunities to explore other roles and we will help you develop no matter what your interest.
  • Excellent training with continuous professional development.

To find out more and apply today, visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/careers/jobs/contact-handlers/


Crime summary

In the late evening of 25th April a business property on Church Road, Hailsham was broken into whereby suspects have cut locks to a gated area and loaded their vehicle with high value tools and machinery. Police are investigating all viable lines of enquiry with the victims (0790 of 25/04 relates)

A property on Birth Way, Heathfield had personal items taken overnight on the 26th April, whereby suspects have entered via conservatory doors and taken victim’s personal items. Enquiries have been conducted, however regrettably no lines of enquiry have been established. (0756 of 26/04 relates)

Overnight on the 27th April a business property off Sand Hill Lane in Tunbridge Wells were a victim of burglary whereby suspects have used forced to gain entry to storage containers and remove container doors holding high value machinery and work tools. Police have spoken to the victim, however regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (0316 of 27/04 relates)

A business address along Sea Road, Pevensey had their outdoor storage container broken into overnight on the 28th April. Suspects have cuts locks to the containers and stolen spirts and alcohol. (0465 of 28/04 relates)

Criminal damage has been caused at a building site along Park Road in Hailsham, whereby suspects have caused damage to works being carried out. Police have been informed. (0194 of 29/04 relates)

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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