Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Thursday 27th February 2020

Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Operation Blitz – Tackling ASB in your towns and villages.

This weekend’s Operation Blitz times have changed from 1600-2200 to 1800-0000, the contact number remains the same 07989188960 – This change is only for this weekend (28th-29th Feb) and will return to 1600-2200 from the 6th March.

Last week the team took to hotspot areas of the coast and Lewes town centre, keeping an eye out for known youths and issues within the locations, with team A taking to Lewes and surrounds, and team B making their way to the coast.

Various calls were received on the Operation Blitz mobile from residents reporting a large group of youths causing a nuisance and being abusive in the centre of Lewes. Officers attended the area and located various known youths; having been the third time this week similar groups and issues have been faced by residents, PCs and PCSOs put in an a request for a dispersal order.

This was authorised by the duty Inspector, which saw the town be dispersed of trouble makers for 48 hours, with the notice being issued to the ones causing trouble, and a the consequences of returning explained to them.

(A dispersal order enable officers and PCSOs to direct a person who has engaged/likely to engage in anti-social behaviour, to leave a specified area and not to return for a period of 48 hours)

A securing a hopefully problem free Lewes for the weekend, the team headed down to the coast, while team A headed up into Ringmer and Wivelsfield.

Team A were called to Wivelsfield Green following reports of youths using a catapult on passing vehicles. On attendance an area search was conducted and residents spoken to for further descriptions, regrettably the group was not found, and to keep an eye for any further offences the team remained in the area for the next few hours.

After leaving Wivelsfield the team received a call to Newick, following a call a recent reports of drug use and ASB in the King George V playing fields. Patrols of the park were given, with officer speaking to those in the park to see if they have seen or heard anything that would help with their enquiries.

Team B continued to patrol the coast, from Telscombe to Newhaven, stopping in a Seaford on the way following reports of anti-social behaviour and problem youths hanging around the Downs Leisure Centre. Regular hotspots were given a good going over, with officers dropping into late night businesses in the town to collect CCTV from previous incidents, and pass on details and updates.

The remainder of the event continued without trouble, giving officers the opportunity to revisit problem areas and speak to residents that were out and about offering updates and gaining valuable information to assist with ongoing enquiries around hotspot areas on the district.

Please continue to use the Blitz mobile number at the weekends, and report any incidents to 101 or online outside of the Blitz patrol times.

Remember always dial 999 in an emergency.

EVENT: St Mary’s Meeting Room, Ringmer Village Hall from 12:30pm-3pm Sunday 1st March 2020

Please come along to meet your local officers. We are dedicated to serving our community, and want to hear about any problems you are having in the local area. We are particularly interested in hearing about youth anti-social behaviour, fraud, vehicle crime, drug dealing, and rural crime.

We are committed to catching criminals and making your area a safer place to live, and the information we receive from you and your neighbours plays a huge part in enabling us to do that.

No information given is ignored; we will use it to develop the bigger picture and when the time is right we will take action.

For any questions or queries you may have, you can also contact your local PCSO Abi Castle via email to lewes@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Thank you for your help. For more information about the work of Sussex Police and useful advice on crime prevention, please see our website www.sussex.police.uk

Valuable mountain bike stolen from Peacehaven

Do you recognise this bike, or have you seen it offered for sale?
It was stolen from the garage of a house in Skyline View, Peacehaven, sometime between 11pm on Saturday 22 February and 5.30am the following day, and police are appealing for information.

The grey Whyte mountain bike has a distinctive Y-frame, 21 gears and full suspension, and is valued at £2,300.

Anyone with any information about the burglary, or anyone who sees the bike being offered to sale, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 305 of 23/02.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

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 occurred at a business address off Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes, whereby unknown suspects have attempted to enter the building using tools to damage out walls of the building. Fortunately no entry was gained, but significant damage was caused. (1636 of 22/02 relates)

Early to late evening on the 22nd February, a property on Bannings Vale, Saltdean had personal items including a personal computer and cash stolen when unknown suspects have forced entry to their property. Enquiries into checking local photos/computer shops have taken place. (1468 of 22/02 relates)

A garage off Pelham Rise, Peacehaven was broken into overnight on the 22-23 February. Unknown suspects have used tools to force open garage doors to gain entry. Once inside a mountain bike has been stolen. The press release earlier in this newsletter give more details.

Damage was caused in an attempt to gain entry at a property on Hillcrest Road, Newhaven in the afternoon of the 23rd February. Unknown suspects have caused damaged when forcing a front door to the property. (0641 of 23/02 relates)

In the small hours of the 26th February, a garage on Blois Road, Lewes was broken into. Personal items from inside were stolen, potential CCTV may assist in identifying the suspect who was described as a young white male. (0531 of 26/02 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?

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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