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24 March 2020

Police are reminding Sussex residents to stay on the alert as reports come in from elsewhere across the country of frauds or attempts related to the current Covid-19 coronavirus issue.
Only one report has so far been made to Sussex Police, of a suspicious phone call that went no further thanks to the alertness of the resident, but nationally there have been more than 100 reports to Action Fraud since the start of February, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000.
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived.
Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud. For more information click here

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Sussex has prompted the county’s public and emergency services to declare a major incident.
Sussex Local Resilience Forum (Sussex LRF) is made up of multiple agencies who work together to plan and prepare for localised incidents and catastrophic emergencies.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller (below) from Sussex Police, which chairs the SRF, said: “COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health emergency and we are all having to move at an incredibly fast pace.
“Our focus is on preventing death, protecting public health and minimising the impact of the coronavirus on our local communities and businesses, whilst maintaining delivery of effective local services.
“As part of our regular review of the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sussex LRF has now declared the coronavirus outbreak a major incident.
“This is simply a formality and will see us move to the next phase of well-rehearsed plans, ensuring partners are co-ordinating their response to the incident.
“Please be assured that local services across Sussex are working hard on your behalf to help you through what is a challenging time for everyone and our focus remains on ensuring we recover from this situation as soon as we can.
“It is absolutely vital therefore that everyone follows to the letter the Government advice on preventing the spread of Covid-19 and keeps looking out for our most vulnerable - that includes making sure our shops and supermarkets are well stocked for everyone.”
The SRF Strategic Coordinating Group is meeting twice weekly by teleconference to co-ordinate services across the county.
Nationally the Army has released planners to support Local Resilience Forums and this includes here in Sussex.
Sussex LRF is urging people to seek information from official sources or the local news media who will always work to ensure published information is verified by official sources.
Visit the Sussex LRF.

Police have seized a large quantity of cash and nitrous oxide canisters following a warrant in Crawley.
Officers conducted a warrant at a property in Arthur Road, Ifield in Crawley on Wednesday morning (18 March) following reports of drug issues in the area. 
During the search police discovered and seized around £10,000 in cash from inside a colander, over 100 nitrous oxide canisters, cannabis cultivation equipment, mobile phones and laptops. 
A 28-year-old man from Crawley was arrested inside the property on suspicion of the possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply, money laundering and being concern in the supply of cannabis. He has been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.




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