10 more motorists arrested during Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers identified
A further 10 motorists, arrested as part of a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, have been convicted in court.
A total of 212 arrests made in Sussex during the campaign, which ran from 1 December 2020 to 1 January 2021.
This dedicated operation – aimed to provide education and enforcement to motorists – was run in addition to our routine roads policing activity, 365 days a year.
Of those arrested, 19 have since been convicted in court. The remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.
Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website and can be found HERE.
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:
Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance costs;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
Spate of thefts of unattended vans with keys in ignition
Police are urging motorists to be vigilant following a spate of thefts of unattended vans over the past few days.
At least five incidents have been reported across the county between 30 January and 12 February.
On each occasion, the vehicle was left temporarily unattended with the keys in the ignition.
Inspector James Scott, of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “We appreciate people lead busy lives and it may seem like a good idea to leave your vehicle running while you make a quick stop or a delivery, for example.
“But this can present the chance for opportunist thieves to pounce. In turn, this leads to an increase in reports to police, who are required to investigate each individual incident.
“By taking a few simple measures, these incidents can be avoided.
“Remember to lock your vehicle when it’s unattended and keep the keys safe. Wherever possible, do not leave any items of value in your vehicle when it is unattended. And in particular, do not leave any items of value on display.
“Take precautions, remain vigilant, and if you witness any suspicious activity or a crime in action, report it to us.”
ASB Patrols this weekend
Each week, targeted ASB patrols head out across the district to known areas, and areas of ASB, behaviour or driving, reported by your communities.
Call 07785372050 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday if you witness, or are victim to anti-social behaviour (ASB), and report directly to officers on the ground, out targeting areas of known and reported ASB.
This number does not change each week, keep a note of it if you need to contact us. Outside of these times please continue to report anti-social behaviour to us online, or by calling 101, or remember always call 999 in an emergency.
Overnight on the 15th February, two beach huts along the seafront in Eastbourne were reported to have been broken into. Unknown suspects have used forced to gain entry, it doesn’t appear that anything has been stolen.
If you are an owner of a beach hut along the seafront, we would advise you to check your locks for potential easy access points, owing to the recent wet weather.
Overnight on the 17th February a business address on Terminus Road was broken into. Unknown suspects have attempted to remove till points from the premises. (140 of 17/02 relates)
A cycle was stolen from a secure shed at a property on The Avenue, Eastbourne, over the 15-17th February.
We have seen a number of reported cycle thefts from sheds and garages in the last few months, as such Eastbourne Police are advising resident/owners of cycles to ensure they are securely lock away, or kept indoors.
Remember you can register your property on website such as Immobilise, which not only helps to protect your property but also helps to reunite stolen items should they be recovered by the Police.
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.
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