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Thursday 20th February 2020

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Newhaven Community Day 21st February – Saxon House

Newhaven residents, reminder this Friday 21st from 11am-3pm is the Newhaven Community Together Day at Saxon House (Newhaven Fire Station) Colleagues from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, as well as Lewes District Council and Lewes Police will be there all day to talk about all the work they are doing within your community, in not only helping to keep you safe, but also how they are working together to address your concerns.

This is a great day too to meet with Local community groups, sports clubs, and youth organisations that meet in your town - come along and find out when and where these activities are.

First Sussex Police officers funded by 20,000 campaign on the streets of Sussex

One of the first cohorts of people officers in the country funded by the Government’s 20,000 officer recruitment campaign are joining policing teams across Sussex this week; making a proactive difference to communities across the county. 

The 36 new Sussex police officers will be joining response teams in communities across the county, alongside their dedicated coaches, where they will be responding to 999 calls having completed robust training at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes.

 “I'm really excited to be joining the response team and start helping people” says PC Emma Hatt, who will be joining the Brighton and Hove division from Monday 17 February.

“It’ll be great jumping in at the deep end. Like any new recruit I want to get the bad people, and look after the vulnerable people.”

Before joining the force, Emma, from Seaford, worked with juvenile offenders in a residential unit in Tower Hamlets.

“I’m really looking forward to helping shape the future of young people, steering them in a different direction. With my past experience, I know how to go in at their level and build rapport to make a real difference.”

Like Emma, PC Jake Adfield wants to make a positive impact on the community after previously working as a carpenter. He said: “I’m looking forward to going out on division in Worthing. It will be interesting getting out into the community and do the job I really want to do.”

The recruits are the first of an additional 129 officers for Sussex to be recruited by March 2021 funded by the first phase of the Government initiative, which aims to recruit 20,000 officers by 2023. Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse co-launched the national recruitment campaign when he visited Sussex Police HQ last September.

In addition to the posts created as part of the Government’s recruitment commitment, the force is on track to recruit the extra 250 police officers, 100 PCSOs and 50 specialist staff funded by the 2018/2019 local precept increases.

Chief Constable Giles York QPM said: "We are delighted to welcome these officers to Sussex, made possible by the government’s uplift commitment, and I look forward to seeing their careers progress.

“Recent precept rises, together with greater government investment, provides us with an exceptional opportunity to employ the right mix of officers and police staff to deliver an effective, efficient and high quality policing service to the people of Sussex.

"It reinforces our move into a period of significant growth and will tangibly strengthen our position to meet increasing and changing demand. It allows a step-change in our policing approach and greater proactivity in taking the fight to criminals.

"As recruitment plans come to fruition, they will make a positive difference to the public of Sussex. Already our communities can see and feel the difference of earlier investment and, with this additional commitment, we can do even more: catch more criminals, protect more victims and prevent and solve more crime."

PC Emma Bennison is another new recruit joining as part of the Uplift. Emma’s policing story began two years ago when she encountered a woman in distress in Chichester. Seeing the woman being assaulted, Emma – then a teenagers’ activity manager for a holiday company – ran towards the danger. When made a witness statement following the incident, the officer asked Emma if she had considered joining the police. Emma set about researching how she could apply and two years later, here she is, achieving her dream job.

“I was nervous about going out on division but now I’m really excited about getting out there and putting everything we’ve learned into practice” said PC Bennison.

Previous Worthing shopkeeper, PC Mitulkumar Patel feels incredibly proud to be serving as a police officer: “I’m looking forward to my first shift having wanted to be part of the team for many years. I’m here to make a difference.”

Sussex Police’s police officer recruitment drive continues next month with the first recruitment drive of 2020 launching on Monday, 9 March. The recruitment drive is looking for those who have what it takes to tackle crime, keep communities safe and protect the most vulnerable. More information can be found here

Police are issuing a warning after a series of people have been scammed by fraudsters pretending to be from Dyno-Rod drain company.

Since the start of January, over 20 victims have reported incidents with similar circumstances to police across Sussex. The majority of victims are elderly and have occurred in Brighton and Hove, although we would like to warm all resident of Sussex to help share the scam. 

Typically, the fraudsters will knock on the door and tell the victims they need emergency work. The victims will then be asked to transfer money to the fraudsters or hand over their bank details. Money is taken from the victims' accounts for work that is not carried out. 

A 73-year-old victim from Hove has spoken about how he was defrauded out of £2,000 through the scam. 

On 25 January a man knocked at the door to advise that he was currently working on nearby drains and may need access via the victim's property.

The victim thought nothing of it. 

A while later, a different man attended the victim's property, stating that they were from Dyno-Rod, displaying an ID badge briefly. He then said emergency works needs to be carried out on the victim's property and that the fee for this would be £25.

After the victim agreed, the man stated that they could not accept cash, therefore persuaded the victim to give his bank card and pin number. 

The suspect went away with his card, however came back saying that the details were incorrect. The victim then gave him another card, along with his full name and date of birth to be able to withdraw the cash.

Over a period of time, £2,000 was taken from the victim's account.
The victim said: "My doorbell went and there was a guy there who said he was carrying out work on the drains, he came and had a good look around the house. 

"A second man came who looked very official and said they needed £25 to hire the Dyno-Rod equipment and they'd pay me back. 

"He said that they don't accept cash and they couldn't take me to the cash machine because they're not insured so asked for my card to take to the ATM.

"He wanted the PIN number so I gave him a card that's not connected to my bank account. He came back saying that it didn't work and asked for another one. I was very reluctant but he said he'd come back with the paperwork. 

"They then wanted my full name and date of birth which made me suspicious so I called the bank and they said £2,000 had been removed.

"It's terrible that they do this to people, I lost £2,000. The first man looked like a genuine hard-working man and the second looked official with a hanging black badge, but I didn't look at it very carefully. 

"I get these scams sometimes via email about the TV licensing or property and normally I can smell them a mile away. You have to be so careful, they really did fool me it's really unpleasant. 

"The PCSO who came to my house has helped me go ex-directory and I've taken out ID cover - I need to be protected from this sort of thing."

PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police said: "This impersonator fraud scam is a disgraceful way of defrauding the victims of their cash and we are determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. 

"Please be vigilant about anyone who comes to the door asking for personal or financial information. Never give your bank details, transfer money to those you don't know or trust or give your PIN number or other sensitive information to strangers. 

"If you are in doubt about a situation, close the door and call police. If something doesn't sound right, don't feel pressured to make a snap decision on matters relating to your finances. Trust your instincts. 

"Alternatively, speak with a trusted friend or family member and get their advice on whether you should go through with any action that could impact you financially.” 

If you have been a victim of this crime or have any information that could help with our enquiries, please report online or call 101. 

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support vulnerable victims, see the force website here.

Crime Summary

Overnight on the 13-14th February, homeowners awoke to find damaged caused to their front door frame on Seaview Road, Peacehaven where unknown suspects have attempted to enter their home overnight, fortunately no entry was gained. (1048 of 13/02 relates)

Two separate business addresses on High Street, Lewes have reported this week  suspiciousness males, both described as white, male, 1 in his 40/50s with grey hair, and the other with dark curly hair and quite stocky, having entered their businesses address. The first male was found in a staff only area of the shop and made off, the other store reported the second male stole staff phones from behind the cash desk. (531 and 853 of 15/02 relates)

A male, unfortunately no description is available, other than he was wearing a dark green coat with the hood up, was seen by homeowner trying to gain access to their front door in the small hours of the 19th February at a property on Deal Avenue, Seaford. The male made off when homeowners approached the front door. (0082 of 19/02 relates)

Damage was caused when unknown suspects have used a fence post to smash windows of new build properties on Allington Lane, Lewes overnight on the 18-19th February. (179 of 18/02 relates)

A high value vehicle was stolen from a property off Slugwash Lane, Wivelsfield overnight on the 18-19th February after unknown suspects have forced entry onto the property and then forced locks on storage doors to gain entry. (0870 of 19/02 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries on the Lewes district.

For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found 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 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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