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Friday 11th October 2019

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Peacehaven man sentenced for car repair frauds

A Peacehaven man is starting a prison sentence over a series of frauds netting some £60,000 after a co-ordinated investigation by police teams from across Sussex.

Fahad Javaid, 31, of Foxhill, Peacehaven, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (1 October) and was sentenced to four years and four months imprisonment having pleaded guilty to fraud, money laundering and theft, as well as breaching a court-issued Serious Crime Prevention Order granted in 2013 after his conviction for previous fraud offences.

Detective Constable Karen Young of West Sussex Investigations said; "This was a complex investigation covering Javaid's offending from 2015 through to 2019. He set up a company ‘Express Smart Repairs’ that advertised on website Groupon and Wowcher to carry out scratch and dent repairs to vehicles that would be carried out at customers' home addresses.

Payment was required up front to secure a mobile mechanic but no mechanic ever arrived and no refunds were ever received.

To help carry out this fraud, to which 39 people from all over the UK fell victim, Javaid leased a property in Lewes Road, Brighton, from where the frauds were instigated. This included the sale of storage containers that some customers purchased but that never arrived with them.

No refunds were ever received.

The fraud began to come to police notice when in February 2016 Javaid who had obtained, via a third party, access to a BMW purchased on finance, where repayments were not met, was stopped by officers while driving the car, and the car was repossessed by the finance company.

Detectives became suspicious when they checked and found that Javaid was running the company while already subject of the Serious Crime Prevention Order and was banned from being a company director for ten years, having been sentenced to a total of two and a half years imprisonment at Hove Crown Court on 29 April 2013, after pleading guilty to fraudulent trading, carrying on an ancillary credit business without a consumer credit licence, ten counts of fraud and one count of perverting the course of justice.

And police interest in Javaid doesn't stop with his sentencing. A further investigation into his assets by police financial experts is now underway for a future court hearing under the Proceeds Of Crime Act to seek confiscation of his criminal profits.



Cars and houses damaged in Newhaven blaze

Two moped riders seen in Elphick Road, Newhaven, where several parked cars went up in flames during the early hours of Saturday morning (5 October), are being sought by detectives investigating the incident.

In all, five vehicles caught fire in the 3am blaze, including a Citroen DS4 which it is believed was deliberately set alight and which was burnt out in the incident.

A police spokesperson said: "Even more worryingly, flames spread to the frontages of nearby houses in which people were asleep, and consequently this incident is being treated as suspected arson with intent to endanger life.

"Fortunately the fire service was quickly on scene and managed to contain the situation, with no one hurt. But it is imperative that we speak to anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information.

"In particular I'd urge the moped riders seen nearby to come forward so that we can eliminate them from our enquiries."

Anyone able to help should contact Sussex Police online or by dialling 101, quoting serial 192 of 06/10.

Alternatively, they can pass details anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, telephone 0800 555 111.



Scam Talk Seaford

PCSO Turvey was joined by NatWest community bankers this week in Morrisons Seaford, offering support and advice on recent scams, and local frauds.

Together they spoke to shoppers offering first-hand experience and advice on keeping them, and those around them safe.

It’s very important to keep up to date with the ways fraudsters try to take our money.

You may already know some of the tricks they use, but the rise of the internet means new ones are being invented all the time, and huge amounts of money can be taken.

Whether it’s dating fraud, banking fraud, identity theft or even people knocking on your door, find out how modern fraud works, and what you can do to guard against it by downloading your free copy of our latest book of scams, or pick one up from your local Police station.

Download here.

Lewes North Street, Seaford Church Street and Newhaven Saxon house, front offices open Monday-Friday 1000-1400 (excluding public bank holidays).



Community SpeedWatch

Officers joined community SpeedWatch members in Ditchling this week to offer support whilst conducting their regular rural patrols across our northern villages.

Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where, in partnership with the police, members of communities use detection devices to monitor local vehicle speeds.
The volunteers report drivers exceeding the speed limit to the police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.

If the data proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings police can prosecute them. The aim is to:
  • reduce death and injury on the roads
  • improve the quality of life for local communities
  • reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
  • increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
You can find out more about your local community SpeedWatch group, or read more on the work teams are doing locally by visiting: www.communityspeedwatch.org/



Operation Blitz – Tackling ASB and youth related disorder in your local towns

Operation Blitz; is a designated ASB patrol, and an on-going drive each every Friday and Saturday night (between 1800-0000), in which officers from the Lewes district Prevention team who take to the streets in areas which have seen an increase in ASB, or youth related ASB, along with areas which have come to attention from community reports over the week.

From 1800-0000 hours, you can call officers on a designated phone number should you witness or become victim of any ASB, or youth related ASB. The contact number for the Lewes areas (which covers all rural towns north of Lewes, right down through the coast including Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford) is: 07989 188960.

Outside of the above times, please continue to report via:

101, 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, on our easy to use online form.

Remember always call 999 in an emergency



Named PCSO for every local community in Sussex

Every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO starting from next month, Sussex Police has announced.

The confirmation follows an investment in 100 extra PCSOs secured through local funding by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner – bringing the total number to 296.

Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing Julia Chapman said the decision will put ‘eyes and ears’ into every part of the county and give local people a direct point of contact for local policing issues and concerns.

“When a new local policing model was introduced three years ago, we said it would be scalable. Now, thanks to this additional investment, we’re in a position to strengthen local policing and we know this is what local communities want to see,” she said.

“Our PCSOs do an incredible job, every day, working alongside their police officer colleagues to prevent and detect crime and tackle anti-social behaviour in local communities. 

“This change means communities will soon begin to see and feel the benefits of their investment as new PCSOs are deployed over the coming months, where they will provide a visible policing presence and be a point of contact for local policing issues.”

The change will take effect from November 4, when all existing PCSOs will adopt responsibility for a defined geographical area, and continue to be rolled out over the coming months as additional PCSOs are recruited and deployed. 

It comes in addition to recent announcements on the recruitment of 379 additional police officers for the county over the next four years, 250 funded locally and 129 through central Government funding.



Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly show that the public want PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police.

“Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations.

“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed PCSOs with more knowledge skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities.

“I know that communities across the county will be delighted to hear that Sussex Police are making their PCSOs more accessible and more visible by increasing the numbers on our streets by 100 and providing a named PCSO for each ward area.

PSCOs will continue to form part of wider local prevention teams, ensuring police resources are focused on the most critical issues, but spend more time in their dedicated area.

The uplift in PCSOs includes six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support and advice to those in rural communities with three based in West Sussex, two in East Sussex and one in Brighton and Hove.

The increase will help address some of the low level issues affecting communities, preventing the escalation of serious crime including violent crime.

The decision complements on-going transformation plans by Sussex Police to bolster local policing, improve public contact and modernise to remain agile and capable of responding to changing patterns of crime and vulnerability.

These additional PCSO posts are being recruited throughout the financial year with intakes of 18 in July 2019, 36 in September 2019, and 72 during two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

With natural attrition the force should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, although the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer.

The 100 new posts will be allocated based on demand with details available locally and on the www.sussex.police.uk website from Monday, November 4.



New Rural PCSOs across Sussex

Sussex Police is committed to keeping those living and working in rural communities safe and feeling safe.

A year on from the launch of the Rural Crime Strategy, today (Monday, 07/10/19) the first group of dedicated rural crime Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are all set to begin specialist training so they can provide isolated rural communities with the specific support they need.

The six trainees, who are all experienced PCSOs, will be based in local districts across Sussex, where they will be dedicated to tackling rural crime and issues affecting those communities such as machinery theft, livestock worrying and poaching.

To mark the launch of Rural Crime Awareness Week, some of the new Rural Crime PCSOs were joined on their first training day at Black Cap Farm in Lewes by Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner, Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and National Farming Union rep, Romy Jackson.

Watched by the visitors, the trainees had a lesson in property marking from Rural Crime Lead Sergeant Tom Carter to help protect farmer Tony Monnington’s machinery from theft.

PCSO Olivia Clinton is looking forward to joining the local Lewes, Wealden and Eastbourne district as a Rural Crime PCSO in the next few weeks after gaining nine months experience in Brighton and Hove. She said: “I’m really excited about this new role. I grew up in a rural community near Brighton so I understand the impact that crime can have on rural dwellers and businesses, and that they sometimes feel they are overlooked.”

Olivia said: “I’m looking forward to be being able to engage with residents, farm owners and business owners and, along with partners, try to help solve their issues and make a real difference.”



Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman, Local Policing Lead, says: “We recognise the unique vulnerabilities of both those living and those running businesses in rural areas.
“Tackling those specific crime types targeted at rural communities through partnership working and intelligence sharing is central to our Rural Crime Strategy.

“The six new rural crime PSCOs will be ring-fenced to focus on the key areas of agricultural, wildlife, heritage and environmental crime, and will benefit from 12 month specialist training in these areas.

“Through building on our partnership work with the Environment Agency, local authorities, the NFU and other partners, they will help strengthen and protect our rural communities.

“Two of the PCSOs are already in role, while others will move into their new roles over the coming months. All have a passion for tackling rural crime and experience of rural communities, and I am confident they will make a real difference to their districts.”

Three of the new rural crime PCSOs will go to West Sussex, two to East Sussex and one to the rural areas around Brighton. Their tasking will come entirely from Sgt Carter, who has been the force operational lead for wildlife, agricultural heritage and environmental Crime for over five years.

Erica Baxter who will soon be a Rural Crime PCSO in the Horsham, Adur and Worthing area, has been a PCSO since 2013.

She added: “I am passionate about making a difference to rural communities. As a PCSO in the Horsham area, I have already taken a strong interest in engaging with our rural villages, and through working in partnership, have introduced Community Speedwatch groups and Shopwatch groups, for example.

“I am looking to focus on getting deeper into rural policing, addressing specific issues in the really rural areas, and in particular those affecting remote businesses, such as farms.”

Julie Pearce-Martin worked in education and nursing before joining the force as a PCSO eight years ago is excited about her new role Rother and Hastings, while Colin Booker, who has 11 years’ experience as a PCSO, is looking forward to focusing on rural policing in the Arun and Chichester area.

The roles the six officers are leaving will be immediately filled by PCSO apprentices who have already been training in those teams since July.

The Rural Crime PCSOs will build on the work of the force’s Rural and Wildlife Officers – who are regular officers with additional training to deal with agricultural, environmental, heritage and wildlife incidents -- and our Sussex Countrywatch scheme. Launched a year ago, Countrywatch helps protect rural dwellers and business people from crime through sharing information about risks and developments, as well as providing prevention advice



Extra 129 police officers for Sussex announced

Frontline police officers in Sussex are set to increase by a further 129 by 2021, the Home Office has announced.

The Sussex allocation of the first phase of an additional 20,000 police officers across the UK has been welcomed by Chief Constable Giles York and Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

The additional funding will form part of Sussex Police’s on-going transformation plans to strengthen local policing and meet the challenges of changing demand.

Giles York said: “Sussex Police is already in a period of growth and today’s announcement will make it one of the largest ever increases to frontline policing in Sussex in a single year.



“This will help us close the increasing demand gap and strengthen our response to tackle those issues that cause the most harm including violent crime and rise in county lines. These additional officers will make a tangible and noticeable difference to our local communities.”

Sussex Police is in the process of recruiting hundreds of additional police officers, detectives, PCSOs and police staff in the next few years, including now an extra 370 police constables, 100 PCSOs and 50 police staff above those replaced through natural turnover.

Katy Bourne said: “At the National Policing Board yesterday, ministers confirmed that funding to recruit the first tranche of 6000 police officers is being allocated to forces and Sussex will be able to recruit 129 over the next 18 months.

“This is on top of the 250 extra police officers that Sussex Police have already started recruiting over the next four years. It is great news and means that Sussex Police numbers will have risen by 379.

“I know that Sussex residents will welcome the prospect of even more police officers that will further strengthen local policing and provide a visible deterrent in our communities.”



Fireworks and the law

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden. Find out the law around using fireworks as well as how to stay safe, and report those using fireworks in a dangerous or threatening way. 

Categories of fireworks

Category one: ‘Throwdown fireworks’ including firecrackers, bangers and party poppers
Categories two and three: ‘Adult fireworks’ available in shops
Category four: Professional display fireworks available from specialist suppliers

Who can use fireworks?

According to The Fireworks Regulations 2004 The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015

Anyone over 18 can buy, carry or use category one, two and three fireworks
Anyone over 16 can only buy, carry or use category one fireworks
Anyone over 12 can buy Christmas crackers

Only licensed professionals can buy, carry and use category 4 fireworks

Unless part of an organised event by licensed professionals, fireworks cannot be used on the street or in a public place

It’s an offence to throw or set off any firework (including sparklers and category 1 fireworks) in or into any highway, street, thoroughfare or public space

What time can fireworks be used?

Fireworks can be used in the UK any time from 7am to 11pm*
*Exceptions are, Bonfire night: 7am to midnight, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year: 7am to 1am the following day.

What is the impact of firework misuse?

Used irresponsibly, fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well.

This is why members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back gardens, and only licensed professionals can use them in public places.

What you can do

If a local retailer is selling adult fireworks to people under 18, please report it to your local Trading Standards department.

If children are setting off fireworks in your area, our first advice is to ask them politely to stop.
It’s possible they’re unaware that they are breaking the law. If you know their parents, perhaps ask them to intervene. 

If you’re having an ongoing problem with people setting off fireworks, please report it to us.
Fireworks, Be Safe, Not Sorry – Always follow the code here!



Crime summary

A business address along Sutton Road, Seaford, had glass windows damaged when unknown suspects attempted to enter in the small hours of the 30th September – Two motorcycles were seen driving off at speed from the scene (0063 of 30/09 relates)

Around 1800 hours on the 30th September a property along First Avenue, Newhaven reported a male attempting to gain entry to their home via open windows. The suspect tried various windows and doors to gain entry, fortunately no entry was gained. Officers later arrested a male in connection (1107 of 30/09 relates)

During the daytime of the 4th October a property on Cliffs Way, Telscombe Cliffs had and outbuilding/shed broken into where unknown suspects have used force to smash off locks on sheds. Various power tools and tool accessories were targeted. (0841 of 04/10 relates)

A sports venue off Lewes Road, Ringmer was broken into overnight on the 6-7th October. Suspects have used force to gain entry into an outbuilding stealing power tools. (1093 of 07/10 relates)

In the small hours of the 8th October, a property on Keymer Avenue, Peacehaven alerted Police to a group of 4 youths, described as stocky build, wearing dark clothing with their hoods up; having broken into their garage. An area search for the group was conducted but to no avail. Fortunately nothing was stolen. (0115 of 08/10 relates)

There have been no other burglaries reported across the Lewes district.



Please visit our crime prevention pages here, on home security, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.


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

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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