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Thursday 27th February 2020

News and Alerts

Crowborough Incident

We have seen a post circulating on Facebook alleging that a man was robbed in the lower car park of Morrison’s supermarket in Crowborough on Monday 26 February.

We have not received any reports for this matter. If you are the victim or a witness please get in contact with us as a matter of urgency.

Lines of enquiry, including CCTV footage, are being progressed and we would ask anyone with information to report it to us without delay.

We will provide an update when we have more information.

Wealden District Newsletter December 2019 – March 2020

Attached to the bottom of this email is this quarter’s 3 monthly newsletter, encompassing, and showcasing some of the work your Wealden Prevention Team have been doing, as well as results, updates, and upcoming campaigns and events.

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Witness appeal after man, 70, robbed in his own home in Hailsham

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men wearing hooded tops entered a house in Terminus Place, Hailsham, attacked the 70-year-old occupant and stole his wallet containing bank cards and some £300 cash.

The robbery occurred between 7pm and 7.30pm on Thursday (20 February). The man assaulted sustained a black eye and a cut arm. He was taken to the Eastbourne District General Hospital for checks and treatment.

Both suspects were men in their early 20s. One was described as black, short and of slight build. The other was white, 5'11", weighing around 12 stones.

Detective Constable Carly Owen, investigating, said: "The victim was struck with a metal object, possibly a large torch, and was punched several times in the face. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious last Thursday evening at this location."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or call 101, quoting serial 1228 of 20/02.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by phoning 0800 555 111.

Sussex Police helped to raise almost £30,000 in 2019 for a charity working to combat loneliness among the elderly, launching new groups in Crawley, Crowborough and Berwick.

Chief Constable Giles York was delighted to hand the money over to Re-engage - his chosen charity of the year for 2019 - at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes on Tuesday (February 25).

Re-engage, formerly known as Contact the Elderly, is a registered charity that exists to help the 500,000 older people living in the UK who say they go five or six days a week without speaking to anyone.

It has a very simple concept which involves organising monthly tea parties for people over the age of 75. Guests are paired with volunteer drivers who take them to and from tea parties. The parties are held in the homes of host volunteers, who provide food and sometimes a fun activity.

Chief Constable Giles York said: "Loneliness is damaging to both mental and physical health so by providing regular face-to-face contact, the charity empowers their older guests to improve their quality of life.

"This is such important work and valued by so many people, not just in Sussex but across the country.

“Having Re-engage as my charity for the past year has been rewarding in bringing new energy to groups with older guests, being able to make them safer against unscrupulous criminals and having fun raising money for a great cause.

"Thank you to all the Sussex Police personnel who helped raise this sum, and to the members of the public who also supported the cause."

Sussex Police helped to raise £28,454.84 for the charity through a number of fundraising initiatives including selling mugs, light up pens, scarves, elf letters, Christmas cards and pin badges, and by organising a number of events including a charity quiz night, bingo night, charity golf day, Christmas Extravaganza concert and numerous cake sales.

This was made possible thanks to a number of keen and enthusiastic Sussex Police personnel who volunteered their spare time and energy to help support the Chief Constable's chosen charity.

In addition to the money raised, Sussex Police colleagues have worked hard to raise awareness of the charity, helping to recruit volunteer group co-ordinators, tea party hosts and drivers, as well as signposting lonely and vulnerable older people to the charity as potential guests. On top of that, officers have provided valuable fraud prevention advice and training to the local group co-ordinators who will share this knowledge with their guests.

CC Giles York added: "Our aim was to raise enough money to launch three new Re-engage groups in Crawley, Crowborough and Berwick. The new Crawley group was set up and established early in 2019 thanks to the sterling efforts of police staff member Mandy Spencer, who took on joint responsibility for the group co-ordinator role.

"Superintendent James Collis hosted the launch party and I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the tea party and meet the elderly guests who were all thrilled to be part of this new group.

"We have now raised the necessary funds for the charity to launch the final two groups in Berwick and Crowborough, which is excellent news."

Sussex Police celebrated the culmination of its year of support by hand-delivering some Christmas hampers to each of the Re-engage groups, allowing each of the elderly guests supported by the charity to receive a nice surprise and gift at Christmas.

Kitty Blackwell, director of fundraising and communications at Re-engage, said: "On behalf of our older guests, volunteers and all of us at Re-engage we say a heartfelt thank you to the
Chief constable, Charity Committee and all the police officers and staff members who so enthusiastically and creatively supported the partnership over the year.

"The generosity of the force has enabled us to bring company and friendship to some of the most vulnerable and isolated older people in Sussex - people who spend days at a time not seeing anyone to talk to and who experience chronic isolation as a daily reality.

"The partnership brought particular added value through the excellent work that has been done to encourage volunteers to come forward to support our social groups, to direct older people to Re-engage, and warn against the dangers of fraud, with officers and members of the Police Cadets giving practical advice to our older guests.

"Among many initiatives, a highlight was the Christmas gifts organised by Sussex Police for each of our older guests. Christmas can be a very difficult time for those on their own and to feel valued and remembered was magical.”

Crime Summary

An attempted burglary took place in the small hours of the 22nd February at a property on Lewes Road, Uckfield whereby unknown suspects have attended the property in a vehicle, and smashed open the key safe on the building. They later returned in a second vehicle and attempted to gain entry with the keys they had taken previous, fortunately no entry was gained. (811 of 22/02 relates)

Personal items were targeted at a property off The Street, in Polegate overnight on the 23rd February. Unknown suspects have smashed a rear window to the property to gain entry, once inside an untidy search was conducted and personal items including jewellery was taken. (501 of 23/02 relates)

A quad bike was stolen from a property off Rickney Lane, Hailsham late evening on the 22nd February. Unknown suspects have driven onto the property and accessed an outhouse and stolen items from inside. (3214 of 22/02 relates)

Rear doors were smashed on a property on Chiddingly Road, Heathfield late evening on the 23rd February. Unknown suspects have smashed entry to the rear of the property and stolen personal items from inside. (1374 of 23/02 relates)

A burglary occurred during the day time of the 26th at a property on Battle Road, Hailsham when unknown suspects have smashed glass doors to the rear of the property to gain entry. (0942 of 26/02 relates)

A second property on Battle Road, Hailsham also reported a rear entry attended burglary whereby their rear glass doors were also smashed during the day time of the 26th February. (1225 of 26/02 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries on the Wealden 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?

This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:

Cybercrime - How to stay secure online

Fraud and cybercrime are the most common criminal offences in the UK. Analysis of Action Fraud reports showed that 86% of frauds had a cyber element to them. As the threat from cyber crime continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to remember one thing - most of it can be prevented.

By following just a few quick and simple steps, you can make it harder for cyber criminals to get into your devices and online accounts.

Safeguard yourself and others here.

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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