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14th December 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz on Friday 8 December commenced at 6pm and focused on the Langney and Shinewater areas of Eastbourne. ‘Hot spot’ areas Pevensey road, The Crumbles Retail Park, Etchingham Road, Horning Close, Shalfleet Close, Rotherfield Avenue, Lavender Close (The Hub), Jay Close Underpass were all searched and monitored twice throughout the evening.

Patrols were also conducted around the Hampden Park and Kingsmere area. The cold weather was likely a reason for the areas being all in order and quiet. There were no calls received on the Blitz phone on Friday evening and no jobs sent to our control room.

However, we did visit the Winter wonderland located in Kingsmere which was preparing to have its Christmas lights turned on for the Saturday evening charity event. We even got a sneak peak of the light show which was truly spectacular and all for a good cause.

On Saturday evening PCSO’s were joined by two of our specialist Prevention Police Constables and the Sergeant! The team were keen to patrol and show a strong presence at Sovereign Harbour and The Crumbles following several reports of rowdy youths drinking and causing anti-social behaviour. The reports were made through the direct Operation Blitz telephone number and via the 9’s and all calls were met with a prompt and effective response.

The team caught up and engaged with young people, details were taken and have been added to a problem solving file aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in the area. If the names from today continue to crop up then further action can be taken. One rather intoxicated (though very apologetic) young man was even escorted home, it’s unlikely that his parent will be letting him out in the evening for a little while.

In between challenging young people reported as causing problems, the team were driven safely by one of our PC's to an immediate response call to West Rise School in Shinewater following reports of three males trespassing on the property. On this occasion, on arrival the males had already left. A search was conducted of the school and officers ensured that the premises was left safe and secure.
Thank you to those who continue to use and support the Operation Blitz system to report and tackle Anti-Social Behaviour in your areas


14th December 2017

Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.

To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.

Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.
Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.   

Pre-paid credit cards

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.

How to protect yourself:

Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.

What to do if you’re a victim:

The information contained within this alert is based on information from gathered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).  The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this type of fraud. The alert is aimed at members of the public, local police forces, businesses and governmental agencies.


8th December 2017

News and appeals
 
Jail for persistent Eastbourne burglar

An Eastbourne man appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (4 December) and was sentenced to three years' imprisonment after admitting five burglaries and one count of interfering with a vehicle.

Jamie Vincent Campbell, 32, of Broom Close, Eastbourne, was told by Judge Guy Anthony that three-year terms were being imposed for each burglary and two months for the vehicle offence. All would run concurrently. Campbell was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

He was arrested on 19 August after being seen entering a Toyota Avensis car parked in a car port at the rear of private premises in Key West, Eastbourne Harbour. An investigation linked him to four break-ins committed earlier the same day, and one on June 27. It appeared Campbell had targeted insecure properties and victims had not at first realised their property had been stolen until it was found in his possession.

Detective Constable Christopher Mills, who was closely involved in the investigation, said: "With Christmas fast approaching, it's a timely reminder to everyone to be mindful of their security measures."

Crime summary


7th December 2017

Community Speedwatch wins
The Lord Ferrers Award for Technical Innovation

Neighbourhood Watch is delighted that Community Speedwatch Online Sussex (CSW) has been announced as the first Technical Innovation Award winner of The Lord Ferrers Award. The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise outstanding contributions to volunteering in policing. Awarded annually, the Lord Ferrers Awards are open to a wide range of policing volunteers across nine individual and team categories. From 2017 there is a new award for Technical Innovation, to recognise those volunteers who have used technology creatively.

The Sussex policing area has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the country. CSW Online have developed and introduced an internet-based application and web-platform to manage all aspects of Community Speedwatch activity. CSW Online today manages almost 2,500 trained volunteers spanning several counties. The system has improved the accuracy of recording speeding drivers, and brought consistency and clarity to the process. It has generated over 20,000 educational letters in Sussex alone in the last year, and helped raise the profile and effectiveness of Community Speedwatch as a way of local residents supporting the police to tackle this important issue.

Many Neighbourhood Watch members in Sussex are active supporters of the CSW initiative.

Jan Jung, Chief Executive of CSW, said: “Initiating the development process and leading our team during the past five years has been an engaging experience. It became clear from the start that our approach and ideas were innovative. Working alongside established Police procedures, rules and perceptions was at times challenging, however the team’s tenacity and commitment won over hearts and minds of visionary senior Police officers within Sussex and Surrey Police.”
 
He added: “CSW has come a long way in organising, regulating, promoting and most importantly supporting local Community Speedwatch schemes under one banner. We believe that our key to successfully involving volunteers and communities in addressing low-level crimes like speeding must come through nationwide co-ordination and combined effort.”
 
“It is from this reasoned approach that our team worked tirelessly to expand and refine bespoke software. It is a great honour to have won the prestigious The Lord Ferrers Award. There is much more to be achieved by bringing together volunteers across the UK, and we are confident that with this recognition and acknowledgement our concept of maximising volunteers’ investment will be received with greater appreciation as we progress throughout the UK. ”
 
“Our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to our success, not least to Supt. Chris Moon who nominated us for this prestigious Award. We look forward to continued growth through the UK.”
 
Community Speedwatch Online is a group of volunteers with a strong sense of public duty and excellent technological skills. They approached Sussex Police around five years ago, offering to develop a technological solution to modernise CSW and co-ordinate groups on behalf of the Police. They have developed and introduced an Internet-based application/web-platform to manage all aspects of Community Speedwatch activity. From an online calendar to schedule a local group's roadside sessions, the team developed a system which allows direct roadside tablet entry into back office police systems, provides performance information for police and for volunteers, and facilitates the auto-generation of educational/warning letters to errant drivers.

The CSW Online system manages and automates a wide range of bespoke functions for registered groups. These ensure that consistently high standards and principles are applied to volunteer/group registration, initial online training, site requests, safety assessment and approval procedures, equipment maintenance and booking, session scheduling, data accuracy training, semi-automatic roadside data acquisition and easy transfer to PNC keeper data acquisition, and multiple offence alerting, to enable escalation, making education and - when necessary – enforcement, considerably more efficient and more effective.

For more information about Community Speedwatch please visit www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk 
or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk


7th December 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number: 07785372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend Operation Blitz was in full swing with officers patrolling Eastbourne focusing on identifying and tackling anti-social behaviour.

This weekend saw Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) attending McDonald’s in Eastbourne, as there were reports of anti-social behaviour.

There was a section 35 dispersal order in place in Eastbourne town centre due to ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour. This gave us the power to move on people who are acting in an anti-social manner.

From this, we attended an incident were a woman was feeling suicidal. We were able to calm her down and assisted her in travelling to her mother’s house safely.

We then travelled to the Crumbles, as we had received a report that there were some youths congregating at the rear of the Asda store. We had a discussion with the youths in which some words of advice were given and they were moved on. However, we had further reports later on that evening that another group of youths were gathering at the rear of Asda so we returned. This group were less cooperative but with some persuasion, they moved on.

Back in Eastbourne town centre, there were reports of some arguments between street drinkers. We attended the scene, took their details and sent them on their way in different directions.


1st December 2017

News and appeals

Police to increase patrols as part of Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers

A quick drive under the influence of drink or drugs could lead to a life behind bars. This is the message being issued by us as we launch our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Under new Government proposals, motorists who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The current maximum term is 14 years.

Our officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to target offenders across Sussex, between 1st December 2017 and 1st January 2018, and will deal robustly with anyone caught driving under the influence.

Patrols will include static stop checks at various locations, which will be in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers all year round. Our priority is to educate people of the clear risks associated with drink and drug-driving, and to keep road users safe.

During the same campaign last year (1st December 2016 to 1st January 2017), a total of 187 arrests were made in Sussex, of which 143 have since led to convictions.

For those caught and convicted, it will have dire consequences – offenders face a minimum 12-month disqualification, fines up to £5,000 and up to six months’ imprisonment.

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.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Christmas is a time for friends and family, don’t risk drinking and driving. 

Crime summary

Between 9am Saturday and 8am Monday a number of garages were broken into in St Anne’s Rd, Eastbourne. (Ref: 321:27/11)

On Monday a break into a garage was reported, but nothing was stolen, in Park Close, Eastbourne (Ref: 322: 27/11)

Eastbourne Railway Café was broken into early Sunday morning at around 1.40am (Ref: 0114: 27/11)


30th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend Operation Blitz officers patrolled Eastbourne with a main focus on identifying and tackling anti-social behaviour.

On Friday, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) started with ASDA at the Crumbles. They came across large group of youths at the rear car park area. Although they were’t causing any problems, they were congregating in a dark secluded area, with several broken bottles on the ground, so they were given words of advice and dispersed without issue.
Patrols also visited Sevenoaks car park and MEADOWS Nursery but no vehicles or youths were found at either of the locations, as previously identified as a problem at both locations.

The Youth Club on Lavender Close in Shinewater have reported problems with groups and anti-social behaviour, officers found it rowdy but under control. One young person, who is banned from the Club entered and so the Leader made a decision to close the club as an example to him and the others present.

Further to this, there were reports of youths banging on a door on Sevenoaks Road. On attendance, the two males had moved on and an area search was carried out but nothing was found.

On Saturday, an early patrol of the Crumbles retail park and surrounding area proved busy with shoppers but not with groups of youths, as none were present.

Shortly after, we became aware of a broken down vehicle in a dangerous position on Friston Hill blocking one side of the road. There is no street lighting in the area and with the frost rapidly approaching, we attended the scene directing traffic safely past whilst arranging for recovery of the vehicle to a safe location.

Op Blitz was resumed and the cold appeared too much for anyone (other than us) to be in Gildredge Park.

We attended a call regarding a group of youths throwing stones at cars travelling on Pevensey Bay Road. We quickly located a group of youths at the side of the road and logged all of their details. It could not establish if they were the group throwing the stones and so strong words of advice were given on this occasion and they were all sent home. Officers will be writing to their parents to explain the concerns in this area.

As the evening got later and colder, High Vis patrols continued through and around the Langley and Shinewater areas, where all was quiet.


25th November 2017

How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address

Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing
Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers

65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.


24th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is:
07785 37205

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend we patrolled Eastbourne concentrating on current ASB hotspots areas  looking to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour.

The first visit was Gildredge Park where everything was quiet and in order.

We then passed our attention to the Langley and Shinewater areas of Eastbourne, this included Rotherfield Avenue, Shalfleet Close and Horning Close. These areas have recently been subject to high volumes of Anti-social behaviour from youths. We came across a small group of youths who were hanging out by the bus stops, whilst they were not causing any issues but we stopped to say hello and they then moved on, of their own accord.

Our next stop was Etchingham Road which was all was quiet with no sign of any problems. Following this we headed to Pevensey Bay Road and The Crumbles Retail Park as recently as we have received complaints of stones being thrown at passing vehicles from these locations. There was a small group of youths in the area and again we stopped to engage with them, some chose to run off on our arrival however we spoke to the remaining few who were very pleasant and didn’t understand why the rest had run away.

We repeated the above patrols before receiving several calls to disturbances from youths in the Priory Road and Springfield Close area of Langney.  There had been a local house party and many of those leaving were causing issues. Several youths were chased away discarding alcohol bottles which were seized and disposed of. A follow up daytime call has been made to the occupier of the house party with strong words of advice given.


23rd November 2017

Will you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex. Can you please spare a few moments to complete a very short survey?

The PCC has opened an online survey via her website to seek residents’ views on supporting policing in the county. She explains: “I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cybercrime, but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.”
 
“In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response. Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public. Now we need your help to sustain this service.”
 
Last year Mrs Bourne carried out her biggest consultation to date: almost 4,500 people responded with nearly 80% supporting an increase in the police precept part of their council tax bill.
 
Sussex Police has already saved £76m since 2010, and the Chief Constable’s Local Policing Plan is working towards delivering further savings over the next four years.
 
“The Chief Constable and I are continuing to work together to drive further reform, and substantial progress has already been made through collaboration with local and regional partners and through investment in mobile technology,” added Mrs Bourne.
 
“I want to help Sussex Police explore and identify all opportunities for investment. That is why I have carried out a review of the amount of money Sussex Police holds in its reserves and released £15m to reduce the impact of reductions in police officer numbers. I’ve done this because I recognise the scale of the impact that these changes are having on the police and the public, and I remain committed to investing in local policing.
 
“I am also seeking further sources of external funding, including contributions from new building developments that lead to increased demand on local services. I – and other Police & Crime Commissioners – continue to negotiate with the Government for more funding for policing, as well as asking for the removal of the current cap on the police precept.”
 
Click here to visit the consultation website. If you feel uncomfortable about following this link you can also search online for the PCC’s website, where you will find the link to the survey clearly displayed on the home page, and also there is a short video explaining why the increase is being proposed.

Do you support this proposal? Please give your views by taking part in this short survey by 5th January 2018. We would encourage you to forward this message to all your neighbours and friends in Sussex.

For more information or to contact the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner please visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E mail
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk 

or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk


21st November 2017

The White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon campaign calls on men to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence and abuse. It is a means for men to speak out and to safely challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women.

On Friday 24th November, as part of the Sixteen Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Eastbourne Borough Council is holding a stand at 1 Grove Road for our staff to learn more about the White Ribbon Campaign, to raise awareness and recognise the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

Find out more about 16 Days of Action and the White Ribbon Campaign, as well as the events running across East Sussex, at the East Sussex Safer Communities website

21st November 2017

Town Hall turns red to mark World AIDS Day

The clock face of Eastbourne Town Hall will be illuminated in red on Friday, 1st December, to mark World AIDS Day.

The day will also be marked by a march from the Town Hall to the seafront at 4.20pm when supporters will wear red ribbons to raise awareness of HIV and remember those who have died from the disease.

Joining the march will be members of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the BourneOut LGBT group, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council David Tutt and Stephen Lloyd MP.

Cllr Tutt said: "World AIDS Day is about showing support for those who are living with HIV and remembering those who have lost their battle against the disease.

"Lighting the Town Hall clock face in red and wearing a red ribbon are small, but significant ways in which we can show our support and we hope as many people as possible will come and join us.”

Sarah Smith, from The Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of the Council this 1 December, in helping people to all see red by lighting up the Town Hall. We need everyone to join our movement, stay passionate and keep fighting until HIV stigma is a thing of the past. With your help we can raise vital funds to tackle stigma, and support people living with HIV.’

More than 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 36 million people who have the virus, and since the virus was identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS.
Red ribbons will be available from the Town Hall reception desk on World AIDS Day.

For more information visit www.worldaidsday.org


17th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is:
07785 372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday returns below from PCSO Knowles.

Checks were conducted at all locations on Blitz this evening.

During the check of the youth group at Lavender Close we engaged with several youths in attendance at the group. Staff at the youth group confirmed that they were attending and not causing any issues.

No issues were reported from the staff and they appreciated the visit.

We had a call on the blitz phone at 20:10 from Etchingham road stating that there was a loud vehicle driving up and down the road but could not see what it was. We attended and conducted an area search and no trace.

We were assigned to CAD 1358 from comms at 21:20 which was a report of ASB on Victoria Drive by the library. We attended and conducted an area search. This was also an area search and no trace.

At 22:00 when conducting our 2nd check of the Crumbles were observed a small group of youths run away as we approached. There did not seem to be any issues present other than an abandoned trolley upside down in the road. The youths could not be identified and did not return.

At 22:15 we were asked to attend Enys road from comms in relation to CAD 1448 which was a distressed dog in a car. We located the car and the owner returned shortly after. No issues.

All other checks were all in order.

Saturday returns from PCSO Clare Gell

Op Blitz account all in all a good night must have known it was Todd’s first Blitz. Particularly youths in Shinewater as nothing seen tonight.

On the 11th November 2017 we patrolled areas within Eastbourne which are becoming more recent for anti-social behaviour.

We started in Gildredge Park with a high vis foot patrol. During this we met around eight youths in the skate park, they were very polite and friendly towards us and were causing no anti-social behaviour.


17th November 2017

Newsletter from Sussex PCC

In her latest newsletter, Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne says,"This year, we have seen police officers and other emergency services demonstrate bravery and professionalism in response to terror attacks in the UK. The Government has quite rightly increased the funding for counter-terrorism, including an amount for policing.

I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cyber crime but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.

In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response.

Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through the police element of your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public.

Now we need your help to sustain this service."

Read the complete newsletter > >


16th November 2017

Bourne to Recycle

Putting the right stuff in the right bin is really important.  When the wrong items are put in with recycling it is called contamination.  Nationally around half of us regularly include items for collection which cannot be recycled, and when contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to landfill.  

Around 25% of waste in the rubbish bins in Eastbourne could have been recycled; and the recycling we collect is often contaminated.  Knowing what you can and can’t recycle really helps to reduce contamination and also increase our recycling rate.  The most common items contaminating our recycling are black plastic bags and sacks; food waste; and nappies.  

If you're unsure whether you can recycle an item, it's better to keep it out and put it in your waste bin!

Putting the right stuff in the right bin is really important.  When the wrong items are put in with recycling it is called contamination.  Nationally around half of us regularly include items for collection which cannot be recycled, and when contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to landfill.  

Around 25% of waste in the rubbish bins in Eastbourne could have been recycled; and the recycling we collect is often contaminated.  Knowing what you can and can’t recycle really helps to reduce contamination and also increase our recycling rate.  The most common items contaminating our recycling are black plastic bags and sacks; food waste; and nappies.  

If you're unsure whether you can recycle an item, it's better to keep it out and put it in your waste bin!

More information > >


15th November 2017

Have you installed the latest software updates?

Install the latest software and app updates on all of your devices.  These updates often contain important security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers.

Do you want to know more?

CyberProtect now has pages on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow now for more advice and support.

www.Facebook.com/cyberprotectuk  

www.twitter.com/cyberprotectuk

14th November 2017

Get an MOT Reminder

Sign-up to get free reminders by text message or email when your MOT is due.

You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due. You’ll get another reminder if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

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14th November 2017

Fraudsters Target Job Seekers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

What to do if you’re a victim:


13th November 2017

New rules come into force for Sovereign Harbour dog walkers

Dog walkers using walkways around Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne must now keep their pets on a lead or risk receiving a fine.

Following consultation, Eastbourne Borough Council is implementing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Residents were consulted over the changes and breaching an order could result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000.

PSPOs are measures that councils use to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/pspo for more information.


10th November 2017

Operation Blitz
notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday, PCSO Maher and PCSO Parsons did hi vis foot and vehicle patrols around the Shinewater area. A lot of anti-social behaviour has been reported and occurred recently. Horning Close, The Co-Op and Shinewater Court on Milfoil Drive, Larkspur Drive  and surrounding area.

The Blitz team attended a report of criminal damage to a residents House in Shalfleet Close. This transpired to be a young youth who had been coaxed into throwing a drinks can. The Youth was picked up by a patrol unit, given a warning and taken home as  no actual damage had occurred.

Further activity in Shinewater was located at Lavender Close where reports of large gatherings of youths fighting amongst themselves. On arrival the large numbers were part of the Social club and participating in football on the grounds. Both youths, residents and club representatives were engaging and constructive in discussion. All departed at the end of the night with no further disturbances. Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road and the Archery Rec in Seaside which have recently had activity was quiet. Large groups were seen at the Wish tower, however it emerged that they were Pokemon players and had to “Catch them all”!

Saturday was PCSO Furlong and PCSO Maher who did hi vis foot and vehicle patrol. An RTC involving a taxi and three vehicles in Seaside resulted in directing traffic in both directions whilst awaiting recovery for the vehicles. Through turbulent conditions the road was cleared and access resumed. A report came in of three males who were in a van that had been seen parked up for several hours in Blackwater Road. The van and occupants were workmen who had just finished a job and departed shortly after making contact. Patrols resumed around Shinewater with key areas attended including of Horning Close and Shalfleet Close as they have recently encountered anti-social behaviour. Patrols of surrounding area in Milfoil Drive and Larkspur Drive were very quiet with the heavy rain being a factor. A visit to Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road  with no activity seen. Late evening attendance of the ASDA/Crumbles and Harbour Waterfront Car Parks was also quiet with no anti-social driving or large groups congregating. A call out to a suspicious car in South Cliff at the end of the evening, after checks were done and all in order we were able to help the driver with local amenities and services whilst they are visiting Eastbourne. They Harbour was patrolled at the end of the evening and noticed a smell of drugs from the shelter adjacent to the toilets by the waterworks car park. 


8th November 2017

Recent Trend in Burglaries

Eastbourne Police are making residents aware of a trend in burglaries which has been identified recently.  Burglars are now targeting properties with expensive vehicles outside them, these could be luxury cars or work vehicles, and breaking in simply to steal the car vehicle key. They then drive the vehicles away, often outside of the county.  These tend to happen overnight and the vehicle has been driven far away before anyone has realised. 

Most recently there was two linked offences in the South Harbour area of Eastbourne on the same night, however thankfully the vehicles were quickly found and two persons arrested.  Eastbourne Police Prevention teams are making local residents aware, and giving some relatively simple tips on how to themselves, and their vehicles safe.

  1. Always check that your vehicle is locked, and all windows closed.  If you have an alarm or immobiliser then ensure it is activated
  2. Keep your car key away from the front door, and back door.  These are often the most obvious places people keep keys and will always be the first place burglars check.
  3. Report any suspicious behaviour, including odd knocks on the door, to ensure that local officers can check callers are genuine.

Simple steps can stop simple crimes, and minimise the impact on victims.


8th November 2017

Make Your Home Unattractive to Burglars.

Following a spate of burglaries in your area by applying a few prevention methods you can make your home less attractive to burglars.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect you and your family long after the incident has occurred.

Let’s make it difficult for would be offenders to target your home by thinking of implementing some of the crime prevention ideas.


8th November 2017

Consultation on council equality objectives

We are inviting feedback on the proposed equality objectives of Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council. These objectives outline the ways in which the councils will meet their Public Sector Equality Duty.
The three proposed high-level objectives are:

  1. To ensure that equality and diversity is at the heart of everything we do and that good practice is embedded in the councils’ culture and work.
  2. To build respect and understanding across our communities by working with them to tackle prejudice, discrimination and hate crime.
  3. To promote fairness and accessibility.

To find out more and to have your say please visit our website - Consultation on councils' equality objectives

The closing date of this consultation is Friday 15 December at 5pm.

6th November 2017

New Local Policing Model

Sussex Police has now launched its new Local Policing Model which sees teams working closely together to provide a flexible and resilient service within your community:

Prevention Teams

Response Teams

Investigations teams

View the complete model > >


2nd November 2017

The UK’s gas and electricity supply is more reliable than ever before but severe winter weather can still cause damage and disruption.

Here are some steps you can take to be prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency:  


1st November 2017

Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations

With Lewes bonfire happening this weekend, local agencies and emergency services are urging people outside the town to stay local rather than travelling to the event.

Due to serious concerns about dangerous over-crowding and public safety, parking suspensions, road closures and changes to the train services have been put in place by a multi-agency group. This means Lewes will not be accessible from midday on Saturday, 4th November until the next morning. Cars parked on the A27 or in other restricted areas will be towed away.

Full road closures and travel restrictions > >


28th October 2017


27th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 37205

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Operation Blitz

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz. If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.communityGo to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday, PCSO Maher and PCSO Parsons did hi vis foot and vehicle patrols around the Shinewater area. A lot of anti-social behaviour has been reported and occurred recently. Horning Close, The Co-Op and Shinewater Court on Milfoil Drive, Larkspur Drive  and surrounding area.

The Blitz team attended a report of criminal damage to a residents House in Shalfleet Close. This transpired to be a young youth who had been coaxed into throwing a drinks can. The Youth was picked up by a patrol unit, given a warning and taken home as  no actual damage had occurred.

Further activity in Shinewater was located at Lavender Close where reports of large gatherings of youths fighting amongst themselves. On arrival the large numbers were part of the Social club and participating in football on the grounds. Both youths, residents and club representatives were engaging and constructive in discussion. All departed at the end of the night with no further disturbances. Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road and the Archery Rec in Seaside which have recently had activity was quiet. Large groups were seen at the Wish tower, however it emerged that they were Pokemon players and had to “Catch them all”!

Saturday was PCSO Furlong and PCSO Maher who did hi vis foot and vehicle patrol. A report came in of three males who were in a van that had been seen parked up for several hours in Blackwater Road. The van and occupants were workmen who had just finished a job and departed shortly after making contact. Patrols resumed around Shinewater with key areas attended including of Horning Close and Shalfleet Close as they have recently encountered anti-social behaviour. Patrols of surrounding area in Milfoil Drive and Larkspur Drive were very quiet with the heavy rain being a factor. A visit to Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road  with no activity seen. Late evening attendance of the ASDA/Crumbles  and Harbour Waterfront Car Parks was also quiet with no anti-social driving or large groups congregating. A call out to a suspicious car in South Cliff at the end of the evening,  after checks were done and all in order we were able to help the driver with local amenities and services whilst they are visiting Eastbourne. They Harbour was patrolled at the end of the evening and noticed a smell of drugs from the shelter adjacent to the toilets by the waterworks car park.


27th October 2017

Reaction to review of East Sussex Maternity Services

Eastbourne Borough Council has released the results of a survey into maternity services in East Sussex.

Conducted in partnership with the Office for National Statistics, almost 1,700 mothers who gave birth in East Sussex in 2016 took part. This accounts for 35% of the total number who gave birth in the county last year.

The full report, which has been made available to all health agencies across East Sussex, can be read on the Eastbourne Borough Council website.


24th October 2017

Keep a Light On

The clocks go back next week and our message is simple, keep a light on and stay secure. 

In the early hours of Sunday 29th October the clocks change and at this is the time of year there is an increase in burglary as the nights lengthen and daylight hours shorten. 

On Sunday 22nd October Sussex Police began a social media campaign to show how residents can bolster their home security with some practical crime prevention advice and highlight the impact of burglary can have. 

The aim is to emphasise the dire, and sometimes heartbreaking, effect a burglary can have on a person who has experienced it, by sharing their personal story. These stories are complemented with helpful and practical tips to help safeguard your home against burglary. Everyone in the community can help prevent burglary by looking out for each other. 

Between September 2016 and September 2017 there were on average 680 burglary offences per month across Sussex. This total includes both residential and non-residential burglaries. 

The change of season not only brings longer evenings but the opportunity to be out celebrating bonfire events and Hallowe’en activities. Be mindful that your home could be vulnerable to burglary if it isn’t protected. The best defence against burglary is prevention. 

Burglary isn’t only about the physical act of someone breaking in and stealing material possessions. It can have a profound and lasting emotional effect on the victim.

To help protect yourself please read crime prevention advice here.

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes just a few minutes and if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief. Find out more on their website here.


23rd October 2017

Modelling Jobs Advances Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot. The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.
 
Tips for staying safe:


22nd October 2017

October issue of Our News

The  October edition of the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter, Our News is available to download.

Click here to download.

If you need to update your details on Neighbourhood Alert please login to Neighbourhood Alert and change them. If you have any queries regarding how to do this or need help with other technical Neighbourhood Alert queries contact:

support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk

Please note that the national Neighbourhood Watch office in Leicester cannot accept reports of crime or anti-social behaviour.

It is important that your local police force has an accurate picture of crime in your area so they can allocate policing resources accordingly. They can only do this if you report crimes that have occurred.

Call 999 if

Call 101 to contact your local Police force for all non-emergency calls to your local police force.

To report crime completely anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Report all incidents of fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online.


19th October 2017

Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

From 24 July to 10 September 2017 we carried out a consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne.

PSPOs are measures that councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists.

The proposals we consulted over included changes to the scope of Dog Ban and Dog on Lead Orders.

You can now view the key findings, full consultation report and the decisions made following the Eastbourne Borough Council website.


19th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday, we started our patrol on foot in and around Gildredge Park, which has recently come to our attention for drug related incidents. Thankfully, on this occasion, we were met by three very polite young lads who were not involved in any type of anti-social activity.

Whilst at the park, we received a call on the Op Blitz phone reporting a group of noisy youths hanging around the beach area of Macquarie Quay. When we arrived, we were greeted by a group of about 20 teenagers near to the harbour arm, some of which ran off as soon as they saw us. Although they were very loud, they moved on quite swiftly after we explained they were causing a disturbance to local residents.

We caught up with some of the same youths whilst patrolling the rear of The Crumbles. A girl that had previously run away from us was bragging to her mates about not being caught with a bottle of Disaronno! Of course, she didn’t get away from us a second time. We seized the booze, which was found in her bag, and sent her home.

On Saturday we visited Gildredge Park again, and I’m happy to report it was nice and quiet. We also patrolled Motcombe Gardens, having previously received reports of nuisance behaviour around the allotments and bowls club, but there wasn’t anything untoward on this occasion.

As well as conducting high visibility patrols in Shinewater and Langney, we spent quite a bit of time around The Crumbles and North Harbour – having received complaints the previous night. Unlike Friday, it was very peaceful and there were no reports of anti-social behaviour.


18th October 2017

Crime prevention during Diwali

Diwali the 5 day Hindu festival of lights – commences on 19 October this year Diwali is the time of year that families remove jewellery from safe keeping to wear at the numerous celebrations.

Statistics have shown that during this time it is common practice for Asian properties to be targeted by criminal networks involved in lucrative ‘family gold’ thefts.

Gold is particularly tempting due to its high value and the speed and anonymity in which it can be exchanged for large sums of cash.
Consider the following advice:

Do not leave valuables out on display so they can be seen from outside
Invest in a good quality safe which complies with official insurance rating standards. A Home Office website www.securedbydesign.com lists approved security products.

When wearing your jewellery in public, be cautious as to who is around you. Stick to well-lit streets and consider wearing a scarf to cover your neckline.

Theft of gold affects victims financially but also emotionally. Each piece is usually individual in nature and handed down from generation to generation so it has great sentimental value and often irreplaceable.


18th October 2017

October Issue of Council News

The October issue of the Eastbourne Borough Council newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

Download the newsletter > >


14th October 2017

Tackling Domestic Abuse

Tackling Domestic Abuse is a national priority for the Home Office, Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

Neighbourhood Watch is working with Crimestoppers to raise awareness about domestic abuse and what our supporters and volunteers can do to help prevent and report it. 

We would be grateful if you could spend just 3 minutes completing this survey, the results of which will help us to  signpost people to the right place to report their concerns. Your responses are completely anonymous.  

You can complete the survey by clicking on this link.


13th October 2017

Unregistered and unapproved ice-cream producer

Consumers should be aware that an unregistered and unapproved Food Business Operator (FBO), Zak Ices, Belle Vue Street, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 7DD has been producing ice cream using an approval code of UK KM058 EEC which previously belonged to a another company and was withdrawn in 2007.


12th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend, the team spent some time having been flagged down by a member of the public on their patrols to a report of a man who appeared asleep and slumped over the wheel of his car. With support from colleagues from the road policing team this incident was resolved. They were also called to search for youths on motorcycles in Princes Park & Five Acre Field, but found no sign of any motorbikes; and towards the end of their shift spent some time at a property in the town centre, after reports of criminal damage inside the property.

This week we would like to focus some patrols to the Etchingham Road area in Langney, following reports of crime and anti-social behaviour. The team will be encouraged to check for any obvious insecurities in the area and to take details of any groups gathering and causing a nuisance or concern in the neighbourhood. This will help support work already being completed with Eastbourne Homes Limited, supporting their tenants who have complained of anti-social behaviour over recent months.

Parks and gardens such as Motcombe and Gildredge Park will continue to be a focus for patrols. Should anyone wish to contact the team about any particular issue to them or their community, I would urge them to call the telephone number for Operation Blitz on Friday and Saturday evening, between 6pm and midnight.


6th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Operation Blitz

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz. If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.communityGo to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend several Hot Spots were checked throughout the evening including Gildredge Park, Manor Gardens, Sovereign Harbour and The Archery with no issues found.

PCSO Andy Wilkinson did respond to a call from a resident at Sovereign Harbour reporting youths riding a motorised scooter. Andy returned to the Harbour but found no sign of any riders.

PCSO Ania Racynska spent some of her evening on Friday night in the village at Hampden Park following reports of youths climbing up onto roofs and being rather rude when asked to climb down. One shopkeeper was spoken to having chased a group away, Ania spent some time searching for the young people and shared her experience with the rest of the team so they too can consider this on their patrols.


4th October 2017

Council targets weekend fly-tippers

Eastbourne Borough Council is urging anyone with any information on a spate of fly-tipping to come forward.

Over the weekend and Monday (September 30 – October 2), 16 fridges were left in four different locations - Cherry Garden Road in Old Town, Dudley Road near the town centre, Dallington Road in Hampden Park and Astaire Avenue in Roselands.

The Council’s Neighbourhood First team will be clearing the fridges but is keen to track the culprits down and prevent it happening again.

More information > >


29th September 2017

Operation Blitz notification

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening).

The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz.

If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.community

Go to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last Friday several Hot Spots were checked early on in the evening; including Meadows Nursery car park and the surrounding area where we have had several reports of ASB with groups of youths on a regular basis causing damage to property. Followed by Sevenoaks Road car park which we believe is being used by young motorcycle riders and drivers with reports of anti-social behaviour. No issues where found or reported.

PCSO’s went on foot patrol through Gildredge Park where they found 6 youths, some in possession of cannabis. Community Resolutions will be issued as a consequence to two 16 year old males. PCSO’s recovered a bike that was abandoned with the group at Gildredge Park which was booked into found property at Hammonds Drive for safe keeping.

Other areas checked during the evening were: Motcombe Gardens, Bowls Club, Allotments, and Archery Recreation Ground at Seaside, Asda/Crumbles and Waterfront car parks. All quiet with no issues.

Last Saturday PCSO’s checked specific hotspot areas, on the 2nd visit to Asda Crumbles rear car park they came across several Asda trolleys that been dumped on the slip road which constituted a Road Safety Hazard, PCSO’s removed the trolleys.

Other areas included Sevenoaks Car Park, vehicles doing donuts and excessive noise, Meadows Nursery, youths gathering in car park. No vehicles or youths at either location.

PCSO’s had a couple of calls reporting youths causing criminal damage to the Café near Redoubt Fortress, upon attending no youths were present, no visible damage and the informant was updated.


25th September 2017

What goes around comes around: Eastbourne Borough Council is encouraging Eastbourne to look and feel good this Recycle Week

Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Eastbourne Borough Council is teaming up with Recycle Now this Recycle Week to encourage residents to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished-with fragrances.

In the UK, almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom.  New research from Recycle Now found that nearly half (49%) of the UK population admit to not always recycling their aerosols including deodorant and hairspray from the bedroom or bathroom.  The research also found that over a third (38%) of the UK population say they don’t always recycle glass items in the bedroom such as aftershave and perfume bottles after they are empty.

This Recycle Week, we’re asking residents to rethink their bathroom routines by highlighting the benefits of recycling these items for Eastbourne and demonstrating that what goes around comes around

Read Full Press Release > >

 


23rd September 2017

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last Friday officers did Hi Vis patrols around the Asda/Crumbles area and Archery Rec area where previous anti social behaviour had been reported.

There was no activity present and both areas were very quiet. Due to ongoing reports of anti social behaviour and crime related incidents in Motcombe area patrols were done twice that evening, no activity was encountered, quite possibly due to the heavy rain. A group of eight youths were dispersed early evening from Langney Shopping Centre.

Last Saturday officers started their shifts with a report of a large group of young males congregating in the Langney area. The group did not appear to be involved in any anti social behaviour, however they were advised to move along. Officers received a further report of youths congregating in Old Town, they attended and did a thorough check of the areas and were happy to report no issues of concern.


22nd September 2017

HMRC Scam

We have been advised that more than twenty Patcham residents have within the last few days received telephone calls from callers, purporting to be from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs), telling them that they owe tax in the region of £3,000.  Their call is aggressive, threatening, urgent and sounds authentic. 

They suggest meeting at a Brighton location where the tax owed is handed over. Don't be fooled. These calls are from scammers.

If you receive one of these calls, please immediately telephone 101 or report it to the police through their website.

Please share this information.

21st September 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >


18th September 2017

Distraction Burglary Warning

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about the below incident please contact us online, email Sussex Police at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

Reference: 346 08/09/2017  DC Karen Colbran


Location: Eastbourne and Hailsham


Date and time: 7th, 9th and 13th September 2017


Three elderly people have been targeted in Eastbourne and Hailsham recently by a man claiming to be from a water company.

The man knocked on their door stating he needed to check their water and waste pipes. He walked into the house without being invited in and left with the victim's handbags. The description of the man is white, about 50, clean shaven with a northern accent. He was wearing a quilted blue jacket and a black baseball cap.

Sussex Police are appealing to the public for help and for any information relating to these offences involving distraction and burglary. We would like to ask members of the community to keep an eye on their vulnerable neighbours and to report any activity which they consider may be out of the ordinary by phoning the police.

Please be alert to this suspicious behaviour which is a common method for thieves to gain entry into people's homes. They use all kind of reasons to be let in, only to steal from the unsuspecting residents when the resident's attention is elsewhere.

Anyone who knocks on the door should be able to show identification. If they can't, don't let them in. If you don't know the person outside answer with a chain on the door or speak to them through a letter box. Anyone genuine will wait outside while you make checks.

Visit the Sussex Police website for burglary prevention advice


18th September 2017

Parking on School Keep Clear Markings

Parking outside schools at drop off and pick up times is always very busy and drivers are often tempted to stop in places that they would not usually, sometimes this includes on the school keep clear markings. These markings are placed outside schools to improve safety for pedestrians and it is crucial that these are kept clear of vehicles.

To tackle this safety concern, from 5 September we will be changing the way we issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicles that stop on the keep clear markings. If the vehicle is driven away before the PCN is placed on the vehicle or handed to the driver, it will be sent to the owner or keeper of the vehicle by post. A PCN that is issued in this way is called a Regulation 10 or postal PCN. Managing school keep clear markings in this way will allow civil enforcement officers to carry out enforcement of this restriction more efficiently.

Full details of changes > >


15th September 2017

Operation Blitz

The phone number is: 07785 372050 

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


19th August 2017

Latest issue of "Our News"

Police-recorded crime has risen by 10% across England and Wales – the largest annual rise for ten years -according to the very latest Office for National Statistics figures.

The figures show almost 5 million crimes in England and Wales were recorded by the police for the 12 months to March this year – up 10% on the same period in 2015/16.

Police recorded 458,021 more offences compared with the previous year, which the ONS said was driven by an increase in violence – police recorded an 18% rise in violent crime, including a 20% surge in gun and knife crime.

For the complete article and much more:
Download "Our News" > >


18th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >


11th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >


5th August 2017

Contacting Sussex Police

In her latest newsletter, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has given details of the new bespoke contact card that Sussex Police has produced-for for each district, with all the different ways you can get the right help from the right people in a timely manner.

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4th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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2nd August 2017

Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

Eastbourne Borough Council would like to hear from residents and organisations about its proposals to establish new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne.

PSPOs are something councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. They put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists.

Existing orders have been reviewed and the Council is proposing to establish the following orders with slight changes to their boundaries:

Under the proposals, anyone found not to be in breach of the orders may face a fine of up to £1,000.

To take part in the consultation please visit:
Have your say on new Public Spaces Protection Orders

The closing date to respond is Sunday 10 September 2017.


14th July 2017

New Council Powers to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

Cabinet councillors last night agreed to move forward on the implementation of four new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). 

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 gives councils new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour that are more streamlined and victim focused, including the use of PSPOs. 

PSPOs will replace the existing Designated Public Place Order in the town that was introduced by Eastbourne Borough Council to tackle street drinking, and Dog Controls Orders that cover dog fouling, dogs on leads and banning dogs. 

Breaching an order can result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000. 
Councillor John Ungar, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: 
“Dealing strongly with anti-social issues such as dog fouling and street drinking are top priorities for residents. 

“In regard to dog fouling, our Neighbourhood First Team takes a very proactive approach to the issue by engaging with dog owners, installing dog bag dispensers and organising targeted campaigns.” 

The new proposals include alterations to the existing boundaries of the Dog Ban and Dog Lead Control Orders that, subject to consultation, will be extended to cover certain areas of Sovereign Harbour and Meads. 
Councillor Ungar added:

“While council officers are authorised to enforce the order targeting street drinking, it has been agreed with Sussex Police that their officers are more specifically trained and resourced to take the lead on on-street enforcement.” 

The existing Designated Public Place Order and Dog Control Orders will continue to be in force until October 2017 and then convert to PSPOs.

14th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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13th July 2017

Tesco recalls Chicken Salad products
due to possible presence of Campylobacter

Tesco is recalling two chicken salad products because Campylobacter has been found in:

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7th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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5th July 2017

Pet Sale Fraud

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Pet Sale Fraud" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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4th July 2017

Have your say on EBC Housing Allocations policy consultation

Eastbourne Borough Council is currently inviting comments on its updated Housing Allocations policy.

This policy explains who is eligible to join the Housing Register and how applications are [prioritised. The policy aims to benefit those with the most urgent housing needs.

This consultation is of potential interest to everyone with a local connection to Eastbourne who has a housing need and wishes to apply for social rented housing in or transfer to another home.

To find our more please visit: Housing Allocations policy consultation.

The closing date for responding is 5pm on Monday 14 August.


30th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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27th June 2017

People's Voice Survey

In May 2017 Police invited People’s Voice to respond to a survey around Future Demand, Engagement and Expectations.

The survey results, as usual, were very helpful in terms of giving Sussex residents’ perceptions. As policing goes through continuous change, these invaluable insights inform Police plans to consider and reflect public expectations.

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23rd June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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22nd June 2017

Eat Safe This Summer

We all love it when the weather gets warmer. But did you know that you might need to think harder about food safety in the summer months? New research indicates that people in Eastbourne could be putting themselves and their families at risk of food poisoning through lack of knowledge of the 4Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cooking, Cleaning and avoiding Cross-contamination. 

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22nd June 2017

Regular recycler Irene scoops £250 in prize draw

A lucky resident has learned how rewarding recycling can be after winning £250 in a scheme run by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Irene Smithers, of Croxden Way, Eastbourne, scooped the bumper prize in a one-off Bourne to Recycle draw. Alongside her, five other households that recycle won £100 in the scheme’s regular monthly draw. 

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18th June 2017

Latest issue of "Our News"

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK, so to mark National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2017 Neighbourhood Watch is working with the National Trading Standards Scams Team to help stop more people becoming victims of this deceitful crime.

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15th June 2017

Proposed changes to Gildredge Road and bus stop locations

Have your say on the latest Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme (ETCIS) proposals for Gildredge Road and the placement of buses and bus stops.

Following the consultation exercises in 2013 and 2014, work commenced on the detailed design for the ETCIS. During the course of the Detailed Design process and through further liaison with Eastbourne bus operators in 2016 it was decided to propose the placement of west bound buses/stops in Gildredge Road not Cornfield Road as indicated in the initial design.

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14th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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13th June 2017

Vehicle Purchase Fraud

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "vehicle purchase" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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9th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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6th June 2017

Wedding Services Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Wedding Services" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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5th June 2017

Sussex Fraud Newsletter

The April issue of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

This issue focusses on phishing emails, protecting pension pots and the data breach of a well-known payday loan company.

As ever, everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and warn others who may be vulnerable to any type of fraud .

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2nd June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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27th May 2017

SMS Messaging Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Smishing" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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26th May 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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24th May 2017

Bogus "Wannacry" Support Scam

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

If you believe you have already been a victim

Report fraud and cyber-crime to Actionfraud.police.uk


19th May 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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17th May 2017

Burglaries and Vehicle Thefts

There has been a recent increase in the number of vehicles that have been stolen in Eastbourne, as thieves are breaking into residents’ homes and taking the car keys.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience but to also steal your car can mess with your head.  Sussex Police has received reports from residents in the Sovereign Harbour and Langney Point area, where thieves are specifically targeting vehicle owners homes in order to steal cars.

Police Constable Ed Faulkner said “We are asking the public to be extra vigilant with regards to the security of their homes and vehicles by locking all downstairs windows and doors either when not at home or when they retire to bed.  Also to make sure that any car keys are well hidden to prevent the theft and subsequent risk that this could pose to the community.” 

The majority of burglars are opportunistic as they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and work undisturbed.  By following the crime prevention tips below you can deter this crime from happening to you.


15th May 2017

Global Cyber Attack

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12th May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

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13th May 2017

PCC Warns of Telephone Scam

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has warned residents to be alert to scammers pretending to be police officers on the phone, following a fraud which saw an 85-year-old woman hand over £12,500.

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5th May 2017

Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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28th April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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21st April 2017

Sussex Fraud Newsletter

The April issue of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

This issue focusses on phishing emails, protecting pension pots and the data breach of a well-known payday loan company.

As ever, everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and warn others who may be vulnerable to any type of fraud .

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21st April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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14th April 2017

Wonga confirms data breach

Wonga has confirmed a data breach where up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised. The incident is now being investigated by the police and has been reported to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Wonga has updated its website with further information and confirmed that they are contacting all those affected and are taking steps to protect them, but there are also some things you can do to keep your information secure.

Here’s what you can do to make yourself safer:

If any of your financial details were compromised, notify your bank or card company as soon as possible. Review your financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.

Criminals can use personal data obtained from a data breach to commit identity fraud. Consider using credit reference agencies, such as Experian or Equifax, to regularly monitor your credit file for unusual activity.

Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, emails or texts, even if it appears to be from a company you know of. Don’t open the attachments or click on links within unsolicited emails, and never disclose any personal or financial details during a cold call.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to us: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud


14th April 2017

District Commander's Easter Message

Dear Residents and Visitors of Eastbourne,

Spring has certainly sprung as the sun is shining, lambs are skipping in fields and many of us have been enjoying a hot cross bun or two. 

We are all looking forward to enjoying the long Easter weekend with our family and friends, however, we need to consider how safely kept are our personal items when we go on holiday or on days out.

Personal Safety

Be aware that thieves often operate in teams, one distracting in front whilst another attacks from behind - striking or snatching a bag.

Shed and Garage Burglaries

Sadly Sussex Police receives an increase of reports involving shed and garage burglaries when the sun shines, so we still need to put in to action crime prevention.

In Sussex, Operation Magpie is our response to burglary. This operation sees us working with our partner agencies with the aim of preventing burglary and, when it does happen, finding those responsible and searching for your stolen property as quickly as possible. Register your property at immobilise.com, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.

Despite the warnings above Eastbourne and Sussex are safe places to visit. Please do enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and I wish you and your families a very Happy Easter.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice
District Commander for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden


13th April 2017

Have your say on our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy

Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes have been working with Lewes District Council to look at how we can provide a single housing service for both Lewes and Eastbourne.

As part of this we are looking at our policies to see if they can be streamlined and brought up to date.  This will enable our staff to work more effectively and efficiently across both areas.

Our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy outlines how we prevent, respond to and manage reports of anti-social behaviour from our residents and tenants.

We would like to hear your views on our draft shared policy.

The draft policy and a summary are available to download from our website and we have provided an Online survey to help you structure your feedback.

The closing date for responses is Wednesday 31 May 2017.


8th April 2017

John and Pam Rollison

At last November’s ENWA AGM, John and Pam Rollison announced that for health reasons, they no longer felt able to continue in their present, numerous roles.

John, who took over the Chair after Alf Pulfer died and has since been Acting Chair for over two years, has now retired, and he and wife, Pam are unable to continue to publish the newsletter, whilst Pam will no longer serve as the Honourable Secretary.

Committee Member and Meads Area Coordinator, Roy Peacock says, “On behalf of all of us in the Association, we thank you so much for your dedication, commitment and time since stepping into the breach thereby enabling the growth of NW Schemes and homes covered in Eastbourne to continue.”

John and Pam are continuing to service the Hampden Park West area for as long as feasibly possible.

Read this, and many other stories in the
ENWA Spring 2017 Newsletter
.

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7th April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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4th April 2017

Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud "Law Abiding Citizen" Alert is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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31st March 2017

Bourne to Recycle Spring Newsletter

The Bourne to Recycle Spring Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

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24th March 2017

Statement of Community Involvement

Many people are interested in Eastbourne’s future. They want their children to have a decent home and job and they value Eastbourne’s environment. They have clear ideas as to the kind of place they would like Eastbourne to be but probably have not realised the important role that Planning has in helping to achieve these ideas.
It is important that local communities and interested parties are given the opportunity to get involved in helping to shape the priorities for the future of the area in which they live. 

Eastbourne Borough Council is consulting on a new Statement of Community Involvement which sets out the standards and approaches that the Council will use to involve the community and other interested parties in planning matters. 

The local community are being asked for their comments on the proposed approach in the Statement of Community Involvement. The full details of the consultation are available on the Council's Consultation Portal

The consultation commences on Friday 24 March, and concludes on Friday 19 May 2017. Residents are encouraged to use the Consultation Portal to review the information on the consultation, and submit comments either directly on the document or by downloading and completing a representation form. Comments can also be submitted by email to planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk, or by post to Regeneration & Planning Policy, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TW.

For further information, please contact Regeneration & Planning Policy on planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk or 01323 410000. 

17th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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14th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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14th March 2017

Mailbox security

PC Ed Faulkner of the-Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team has issued the following warning.

"We have recently become aware that a mail box of one of the developments of Midway Quay have been compromised, with personal information and documentation being stolen and used to obtain thousands of pounds fraudulently. 

This has had a very significant effect on the victim, and raises important questions about the security of these developments.  The purpose of this note is to remind all residents to be vigilant and do all you can to keep your details and those of your neighbours safe. 

Do not “buzz” people in unless you are certain that you know who they are and their purpose for being in the building.  Once inside they have access to all parts of the building which, for criminals, is an invitation to commit crime. 

Please be vigilant to strangers loitering, or taking an unusual interest in the security of the building, mail boxes, or layout.  Report anything that you feel is odd, or out of place so that it can be fully investigated. 

Incidents of fraud are becoming more common nationally, and can happen both online as well as by people intercepting mail or other information.  These crimes have an enormous impact on the victims, and often involve large sums of money. 

Whilst we will do all we can to keep the areas safe, we need the help of residents to let us know of anything odd or suspicious.  We can be contacted via 101 for non-emergency matters, or 999 is the incident is urgent.  If you notice some mail missing, or your mail box tampered with please report this to Police, and if relevant your bank, so that we can take action.” 


10th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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3rd March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

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27th February 2017

See below, February’s edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter, which gives Sussex residents the latest fraud updates.

This edition includes advice on:

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17th February 2017

Working for the police can often be dangerous and unpredictable but being assaulted must never be seen as "part of the job”.

This is the robust message being strongly sent out by Sussex Police as it puts a spotlight on how officers are dealt with after being assaulted while trying to do their job. A seven point plan is being adopted by the force to get a better picture of how many officers are being assaulted as many do not make official reports.

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Police seek youths who kicked away disabled man's crutches in Eastbourne

A disabled newcomer to Eastbourne who needs crutches to walk suffered a cruel attack by a group of youths outside the town's Post Office in Terminus Road.

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Two jailed over armed robberies including one in Eastbourne

Two men have been jailed for life after they committed a series of violent armed robberies across the South East using sawn-off shotguns, including one in Eastbourne

The offences took place across London and the south-east of England between February 2016 and October 2016.

The Eastbourne offence took place on 24 February 2016.

See full details on the Metropolitan Police website.

Man sentenced in his absence to 11 years for raping woman in Eastbourne

A man has been convicted, after a trial in his absence, of raping a woman in Eastbourne after he gave her a 'date-rape' drug, and has been sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment.

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Ding-dong - Seaford burglar caught on doorbell TV

A video doorbell captured this man apparently breaking into a house in Seaford.

Footage shows the man entering the porch area of the house in Valley Drive at 10.51pm on Sunday (February 12). A minute later, the internet router located in the porch was unplugged, but not before the video captured the images, sending them to cloud storage.

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Anyone who recognises him or has any information about the burglary or the item stolen is asked to report online here quoting serial 46 of 13/02.

Alternatively, you can call 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Fraud Alert
House purchase money transfers

Action Fraud, the UK’s fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, is continuing to receive reports where parties involved in house purchases are targeted to transfer money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters, resulting in large losses for house buyers or solicitors.

“Conveyancing fraud” is committed by criminals who hack into the email chains between sellers and buyers and their solicitors and estate agents.
Waiting for the right time (usually on the day of sale completion) fraudsters send a spoofed or mimicked email informing the parties that bank account details have changed at the last minute and that money should be put into a different account. Sometimes they have hacked into the genuine email account of one of the parties, therefore sending an email from the genuine account to request the change.

The purchaser then transfers the sum of money into the new bank account, which is controlled by the fraudster, leaving the solicitor or client at a substantial financial loss.

As fraudsters have monitored previous communications, they can make emails appear identical to genuine ones, and they can delete real emails from accounts.

Protection advice

This social engineering trick can be difficult to spot, but there are ways to protect it from happening to you:

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


3rd February 2017

News and appeals

App launched for staff and officers on “Time to Talk” day

Sussex Police has made great strides in addressing mental health, both for the public, and just as importantly with its own employees.
One in four people will suffer some form of mental health issue in their lifetime - and those who work for the police are no different.
An app has been built, and launches with week, to help employees find the right help for themselves and others if they are dealing with a mental health issue.

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Have you seen wanted man Luke Robertson?

Luke Robertson, 41, was last seen in Lascelles Terrace in Eastbourne on Wednesday, January 11. He is wanted about breaching the terms of his licence.

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Burglars steal large quantity of fireworks from Eastbourne storage unit

Thousands of pounds worth of fireworks have been stolen from an Eastbourne storage facility in what police believe may have been a carefully planned burglary.

Officers are now seeking witnesses or any information concerning the theft, which occurred at ESK in Courtlands Road, Eastbourne, between 9pm and midnight on Tuesday (24 January)

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Pedestrian dies in Eastbourne collision
Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision where a pedestrian died in Eastbourne.

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Suspect arrested in connection with Motcombe tyre slashings

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Witnesses sought to knifepoint robbery in Eastbourne
Shortly before 9pm on Sunday (29 January) police received a report of a robbery at the Best One shop in Seaside, Eastbourne.

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Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Join us in supporting Safer Internet Day on the 7th February 2017.

The 3 Cs

As we are currently experiencing heavy rain, many of us will be hurrying from our cars to the house to avoid getting any wetter. However, sometimes we are so focussed on not getting wet, we completely forget to lock our vehicles. When leaving your vehicle parked or unattended please remember to carry out the 3 Cs.

Following these simple guidelines will help you avoid becoming a target of vehicle crime.


1st February 2017

Bourne to Recycle Newsletter

The latest edition of Bourne to Recycle news, is focusing on glass.  Glass is perfect for recycling – it can be recycled into new bottles and jars again and again. And again!

The UK currently recycles around 50% of container glass (like bottles and jars) and while this figure has doubled over the last five years it still lags behind other countries.  For example, both Switzerland and Finland recycle more than 90% of their glass. (Source www.recyclenow.com)

Recycling glass in Eastbourne is easy.  It is collected from your green recycling box as part of your kerbside collection and there are bottle banks at bring sites across the town.  However, there is still more we can all do, such as remembering to recycle clear food jars which are often forgotten.

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29th January 2017

News and appeals

Sussex drivers are urged to remember that “It Can Wait” when it comes to using a mobile phone while driving

Driving while distracted is an increasing problem on Sussex roads with mobile phones now used to make calls, send messages, play music and check road conditions, temptations to use devices while at the wheel are endless.
It Can Wait aims to remind drivers that nothing is more important than focussing on driving – and driving alone. The campaign is urging drivers to place their phone out of reach, or set it to silent, before setting off on a journey to ensure they are not distracted or tempted to pick it up while driving.

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Two people remanded in connection with Eastbourne burglary
Two local people have been charged in connection with a burglary at a couple’s home in Latimer Road, Eastbourne, on Wednesday (18 January).

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New neighbours' steal from elderly Eastbourne resident

Police in Eastbourne are searching for two women who stole from an elderly resident after pretending to be new neighbours

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Great work team!

Len Wright was arrested and charged with Shoplifting from Mankind in Eastbourne on 22nd January and Pandora in Hastings. Placed in front of Hastings Magistrates and received 12 weeks imprisonment.

Suspect has been arrested in connection with Motcombe tyre slashings

A 17 year old man from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of carrying a bladed article in relation to the tyre slashings in the Motcombe area of Eastbourne, on Thursday (26 January).  He is currently in custody helping police with their enquires.


24th January 2017

Payment diversion alert

Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.


20th January 2017

News and appeals

Sussex Police backs knife surrender campaign

The surrender is part of a national drive to raise awareness of people who have lost their lives to knife crime. The knifes will be given to the British Ironwork Centre and used in a 20 foot tall angel in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime.

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Sussex Police once again in the top 100 list of LGBT friendly employers in the UK

The former head of policing in Brighton has been named as the Senior Champion of the Year in an annual LGBT employer's list.

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Witness appeal following double assault in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses following a double assault in Eastbourne in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

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Operation Signature January 2017 newsletter

Please click here to view the latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter on the Sussex Police website.

It includes:

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Sussex Police are urging van owners to pay extra attention to security. Recent weeks have seen a rise in reports of vans are being targeted while parked and unattended overnight within the Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother areas of Sussex.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said, “Police colleagues in Hastings and Rother have shared with the Eastbourne team a rise in this type of crime.  Whilst we have received a small number of incidents locally, we would like to take this opportunity to push out some key messages to try and prevent a bigger problem. Should you be a van owner, take the time to put in place some basic crime prevention steps, to reduce the opportunity for thieves.”
Sussex Police are urging van owners to pay extra attention to security. This means not keeping valuables or expensive tools in vehicles overnight and to consider fitting additional security, such as steering locks and alarms.  Vehicles should be fully secured, even if left for only a brief time, and any theft of number plates should be reported to police without delay.
Further tips to stop thieves include:

Anyone with information about thefts of or from vans is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101.

Alternatively details can be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).
If a crime is in progress or apparently about to take place, please don't hesitate to call 999 and ask for police.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.


19th January 2017

Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

The latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available on the Sussex Police website.

It includes:

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13th January 2017

News and appeals

Eastbourne burglar jailed for five years

Blood spots lead detectives to making an arrest.

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Hundreds arrested during crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Surrey and Sussex Police’s campaign to target drink and drug drivers throughout the month of December resulted in the arrest of 208 individuals in Sussex.

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Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


12th January 2017

District Commander's New Year Message

Dear residents and visitors of Eastbourne,

Happy New Year to you! 

Some of us may still be recovering from the festive celebrations, I for one am as I have found my uniform to be a little tighter than normal! Others of us are looking to new storage solutions for the lovely presents we have received.

But remember, we need to be preventative savvy from opportunistic thieves in knowing what we have in our houses.  If you are disposing of boxes or packaging, try to disguise or amend the item shown as empty boxes left for the rubbish collection, shows thieves what is new
Daily we can carry out the following security checks;

Motcombe and Old Town

Many of you may be aware that we are currently investigating a number of incidents in which cars have been damaged in the Motcombe and Old Town areas of Eastbourne.  The offences committed mainly consist of car tyres being damaged with a pointed or bladed article.

Please be reassured that officers, both in uniform and plain clothes, are being deployed to the area at times when the offences are occurring to try and catch the offenders in the act.  Stop and search powers will also be used when it is justified and appropriate depending on individual circumstances.

Local residents are being urged to call police on 999 if the see someone in the act of causing damage.  Anyone who subsequently identifies damage to their car should call 101 and quote Operation Bargate.

Despite the warnings above, as I have mentioned in previous messages Eastbourne and Sussex remain safe places to live.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander


7th January 2017

Neighbourhood Watch Fraud, Scams and Cybercrime Survey

Fraud, including scams and cybercrime, is on the increase. We are determined to fight back to help protect residents and their money. Together we have managed to reduce the level of many other types of crime, including burglary. Will you help us to fight fraud?

We are inviting all Sussex residents to help us by answering a few simple questions. This will only take about 5 minutes. None of these ask you for any personal financial information, nor will we contact you about any of your answers, nor will we publish anything which could lead to anybody being identified.

Our questions ask about your perception of fraud including scams, where reliable advice and information can be found, and how you might respond in a potential fraud situation. Helping us to understand how people really think will enable us to find the best solutions. We have some ideas about how things could be changed to protect people better against fraud, and we would welcome your feedback on these. A summary of our findings will be made available in due course.

Please be assured that this is a secure service, powered by Neighbourhood Alert which is accredited by the Cyber essentials plus service.

Click here to take part in this research.

For more information or to contact the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner please visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please e-mail:
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit: www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.


6th January 2017

News and appeals

Police are investigating a number of incidents in which cars have been damaged in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police would like to reassure the public that they are very aware of a series of incidents in which cars have been damaged in the Motcombe and Old Town areas of Eastbourne.

Extra officers, both in uniform and in plain clothes, are being deployed to the area at times when the offences are occurring to try and catch the offenders in the act. Stop and search powers will also be used when it is justified and appropriate depending on individual circumstances.

More information > >

Domestic Abuse
A New Year, a fresh start…without domestic abuse

Take the first steps to making 2017 a year without fear of violence, abuse, or controlling behaviour. Talk to us, we can help.

We have specially trained officers to support and advise anyone who may be experiencing abuse by a partner or family member.  If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is suffering domestic abuse, please report it to us on 101 or by completing the online form at www.sussex.police.uk

If you prefer, talk to one of the many confidential support organisations Click here

Operation Blitz
Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour

#Brewfie Challenge
Join our Officers in supporting the #Brewfie challenge to help break the stigma around speaking out about mental health and suicide. Post your photos and show your support.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

6th January 2017

Scam Amazon e-mails

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online, and mimic an automatic customer email notification.

The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.  Click here to read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon.

To report a fraud or cyber-crime, call Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040.

22nd December 2016

District Commander's Christmas Message

Dear Residents and Visitors of Eastbourne,

The festive season is upon us, and it has been great seeing you supporting the various events in Eastbourne including the Neon Noel light show at the Town Hall.

Burglaries and Car Crime

Sadly at this wonderful time, Sussex Police receive an increase of reports involving house burglaries and car crime, so we still need to put in to action crime prevention.

Hopefully you have finished your Christmas shopping by now, for those of you who have not, avoid having your car broken into and remember the 3 C’s – Clear, Click, Check;

Others of us, who have started the wrapping process and are currently considering where to place them need to consider the following;

However, Christmas is not just about giving presents, it is also about looking after one another.  As you know many individuals are alone at Christmas, please keep an eye out for neighbours or people you may know who will be on their own.

White Ribbon

Sussex Police was one of the first Force’s to achieve White Ribbon status to recognise the work we do to tackle domestic abuse and supporting the aims of the White Ribbon campaign – never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women or men, and to help support everyone who is experiencing domestic abuse.  Unfortunately we do see an increase in domestic abuse at this time of year as families spend more time together.

We have specially trained officers to support and advise anyone who may be experiencing abuse by a partner or family member.  If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is suffering domestic abuse, please report it to us on 101 or by completing the online form at www.sussex.police.uk

Drink and Drug Driving

As Christmas day is getting closer, many of us are dressing up in our best outfits and attending various parties and celebrations with loved ones.  Remember have a wonderful time but make sure you have plans in place in how you are getting home safely.

Sussex Police have begun their drink and drug-driving campaign in which 35 people were arrested in the first five days. On the first day of the campaign an individual was arrested for drunk and drug driving in Eastbourne. Sussex Police have a zero tolerance approach to drink and drug driving as we are committed to catching criminals.  Make sure you do not become a statistic and drink sensibly.

Members of the public are also being asked to play their part by reporting anyone they suspect to be driving under the influence.

Despite the warnings above Eastbourne and Sussex are safe places to live. Please do enjoy the festive season and I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander


20th December 2016

Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

Sussex Police has published the December issue of its Fraud Newsletter.

In this issue:

Download the newsletter > >


14th December 2016

Lloyds Bank Letter Fraud

Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters.

The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.

The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine.

When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth.  Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.

The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address.  On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake.

The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks.

If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card.

To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website.


9th December 2016

News and appeals

Reward still stands for wanted Eastbourne man

A £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an Eastbourne man wanted by police has still not been claimed.  Officers wish to trace Rossi Michael Henderson, a 28-year-old builder whose last known address was Anderida Road, Eastbourne, but who also has links to Brighton.

More information > >

Witness appeal following reported assault in Eastbourne

Police are investigating a reported assault near Eastbourne Pier on Friday evening (2 December). Officers were called at around 10pm by paramedics who were treating a 28-year-old local man for stab wounds in Grand Parade.

More information > >

Caravan thefts in Wealden prompt advice on enhanced security
Wealden police have reinforced a message to caravan and trailer owners to take special care in securing such property against theft.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour.

Alert: fake emails claim you were caught speeding

Sussex Police have received many reports of fake emails that are meant to be from Greater Manchester Police, claiming that individuals have been caught speeding.

Notices of Intended Prosecution (NIP) are never sent by email, they are always sent through the post using a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) registered address.

The aim of these emails is to get you to click on the link to “check the photographic evidence” which leads to banking Trojan malware.

If you should receive one, don’t click on any attachments, delete it and report it.

Click here for further information (this is an Action Fraud link, it's safe....)

Warning from Eastbourne police - beware of bogus BT callers

Police are warning Eastbourne residents to be cautious of cold callers pretending to be from BT.

Officers have received reports of fraudulent BT calls telling householders that their IP address has been hacked and accounts need to be urgently updated with new security software and passwords. However, the services offered would place personal bank information in the hands of criminals.

PC Ed Faulkner said “In the last few days we have had reports from two residents at Sovereign Harbour that they have been contacted via their landline from someone claiming to be from BT, stating that their computer has been hacked and they need to urgently follow their instructions to prevent them being hacked further. This is a scam, BT doesn't provide this service, and they would not be calling people asking them to log into certain websites including banks."

"One of the residents a woman in her seventies, spent some time on the phone with the scammers and lost £5,800. Thankfully her bank stopped a further payment of £4,100. She has had to change all her bank information."

"The other resident, a man in his seventies, put the phone down realising it was a scam, and confirmed it with BT."

We have also had a call today (Monday 5 December) from another resident elsewhere in Eastbourne reporting just such an attempt, which was unsuccessful."

"The scammers ask residents to install a special programme on their computer which allegedly allows them to view what you are seeing on your screen. BT do not do this. If you receive such a call the best thing you can do is hang up immediately. Do not install any programmes on to your computer, tablet or phone, and do not provide any passwords or bank details to them."

"If in doubt you can call BT direct to query whether it is them that has called, but please call their general enquiries number of 0800 800 150. Do not call the number that the potential scammer gives you. Or alternatively call us on 101 and we will happily provide advice. Scams are becoming more sophisticated, and scammers are increasingly using fear as a tool to try to get money from you. Genuine companies are always willing to wait while you confirm they are who they say they are.”

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud or an attempt at fraud, call Sussex Police on 101 or visit www.sussex.police.uk.

If you need to a report fraud or attempted fraud, you can do so by visiting the Action Fraud website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Further information is available on the Operation Signature webpage.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


9th December 2016

Community Safety Partnership Newsletter

The latest issue of the Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

Download the newsletter > >


9th December 2016

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

Download the newsletter > >


9th December 2016

Eastbourne Faith Forum

In this time of conflicts and mistrust does having ‘Faith’ really matter?  This was the main theme at Eastbourne’s Faiths Forum (EFF) event to mark National Inter Faith Week in November.

More information > > 


5th December 2016

Telephone Scam Alert

In the last few days Police have had reports from two residents on the Harbour that they have been contacted via their landlines from someone claiming to be from BT, stating that their computer has been hacked and they need to urgently follow their instructions to prevent them being hacked further.  This is a scam

BT do not provide this service, and they would not be calling people asking them to log into certain websites including banks.  The recent scams have asked residents to install a special program onto your computer which allows them to view what you are seeing on your screen.  BT do not do this.  If you receive a call the best thing you can do is hang up immediately.  Do not install any programmes onto your computer, tablet or phone, and do not provide any passwords or bank details to them. 

If in doubt you can call BT directly to query whether it is them that has called, but please call their general enquiries number of 0800 800 150.  Do not call the number that the potential scammer gives you.  Or alternatively call us on 101 and we will happily provide advice. 

Scams are becoming more sophisticated, and scammers are increasingly using fear as a tool to get money from you.  Genuine companies are always willing to wait while you confirm they are who they say they are.


2nd December 2016

News and appeals

Detectives in Sussex have disrupted a drug dealing gang who had been distributing cocaine in the east of the county

The police operation, following a complex investigation which has been under way for more than a year, coincides with the launch of a strategy aimed at enlisting public help in further clamping down on drug dealing across the force area. For more information please click here

More information > >

Sussex Police supporting White Ribbon

Officers and staff from the Neighbourhood Policing Team attended the White Ribbon event at Eastbourne Arndale Centre on Friday 25 November. The event was organised by Eastbourne Borough Council. For more information please see : Sussex Police speak out in support of anti-domestic abuse White Ribbon Day , click here

More information > >

Counter Terrorism Awareness Week
Police forces across the country are supporting the national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week taking place from Monday 28 November to Sunday 4 December. For more information please click here

More information > >

Scamnesty

Friends against scams are holding scam bins at Grove Road Library between 06 - 08 December at 10.00am to 12.30pm. For more information please Click here

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour.

Christmas Burglary Prevention Advice:

Keep your gifts and gadgets safe this Christmas:

Protect your home from burglary
Police are reminding residents to be extra security conscious around the Christmas period, when homes can be more at risk of burglary.
Follow these safety tips to prevent your home from being targeted:

  1. Make it as difficult as possible for criminals to gain entry to your property! Ensure doors and windows are locked at all times and remember to use your alarm if you have one.
  2. Keys, money and phones are a burglar's dream. Keep all such items well out of sight and reach of doors, windows and letterboxes. Intruders use rods to reach bags and keys and use them to enter your home with ease. In one third of burglaries, the thief didn't have to force entry into the home.
  3. If you like to display your Christmas tree in your window remember to keep the presents away from prying eyes. Just like anyone else, thieves like to window shop before obtaining their goods. Remember to draw curtains and lower blinds.
  4. Make your home look occupied by using timer switches on your lights and radios so people think you are in. If you don't have them, ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your home and draw your curtains if you are away.
  5. Dispose of packaging carefully. Empty boxes awaiting collection and bins full of packaging are a perfect advert for burglars.
  6. Make use of free and secure registration websites, such as www.immobilise.com to register items of value such as computers and laptops, mobile phones, cycles, electrical items such as TVs, and games consoles.

For further security advice please Click 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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


29th November 2016

Local Plan Consultation

Eastbourne Borough Council has recently published a community survey about participation in Local Plan consultations. The aim of the survey is to find out whether people are interested in participating in Local Plan consultations and how we can be more efficient and effective in our consultation methods. In order to encourage people to complete the survey who may not normally engage in planning consultations, completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw for the opportunity to win £100.

Whilst there has been a good response to the survey so far, we want to spread the word about the survey as far as possible. We were wondering if it might be possible for you to promote the survey through the Sovereign Harbour Residents Association and encourage people in your area to take part. It would also be very useful if you have Facebook or Twitter pages if you could share our posts on the subject.

Click here to take part in the survey.

The closing date for the survey is Friday 9th December.  


29th November 2016

New Information Provider in our area.

SGN manage the network which distributes gas to over 5 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the South of England, including where you live. They provide the National Gas Emergency response service (“Smell gas?” response service) to their pipe network and sometimes have to respond quickly when safety is at stake, which may mean performing street works at very short notice. Their primary objective is to help keep you and the local community safe.

The messages SGN will be sending out on Alert will be advisory and extremely useful to Alert users. 
***very importantly,
 SGN will NOT be sending any advertising messages at all.***

SGN don't maintain your meter or send bills for the gas you use in your property, that is your gas supplier's responsibility. When repairs are needed or pipes need to be upgraded SGN dig up the roads or footpaths. If you like, you can find out more about SGN on their website: www.sgn.co.uk

SGN has joined the Alert system to provide real time information to you in emergencies; these messages could be about evacuations, roadworks, service interruptions and advice after floods etc. It is anticipated that this vital information will help keep you safe and avoid large traffic jams!


28th November 2016

Three instructions that could save your life


26th November 2016

Warning - 'furniture buyer' in Seaford this week

Some time before 11am on Wednesday 23 November, a resident of a house in Tudor Close, Seaford, had a card put through the front door with 'South Coast Galleries' and 'J Collins 07860 592071' on it and some further text stating interest in buying particular types of furniture.

The man then visited shortly after, looked at some furniture and then left asking the owner to call him with a price. Prior to his knocking on the door he was seen by an electrician, who was working at the property, looking in the garage.

From the details on the card and from the registration details of the white van he left in, partial registration MJ56, it is now known that this man is 'of interest' to Police along with his father, who is already a convicted burglar. It is thought he lives in the Brighton area but he may conduct his activities throughout East Sussex.

Please share and warn your friends and family to be on their guard and not to let 'cold callers' in to your homes, whatever reason they may give.

Anyone with information connected to this incident or who thinks they might also have had a visit from this man, please contact us on 101 by phone or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk and quote reference 704 of 23/11

News and appeals

Eastbourne police offer substantial reward for information concerning recent burglaries

Police in Eastbourne are offering a £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for recent burglaries in the Meads and Old Town areas of the resort.

More information > >

Police investigating sexual assault in Eastbourne
Police are investigating a sexual assault in St Mary's Church graveyard in Eastbourne on Sunday afternoon (November 20).

More information > >

Man charged with Eastbourne bookmakers robbery
Police have arrested and charged a man following enquiries into a robbery at a bookmakers in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Eastbourne Police help local Scouts group achieve their Community badge

Eastbourne Police welcomed the 1st Old Town Scout group to their base in Hammonds Drive to help them achieve their Community badge.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight on Saturday only, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour.

Operation Signature November Newsletter

The November Operation Signature newsletter has been published, informing you of the up to date scams / fraud that is being recorded and ways to stop you from being a victim of this crime.

Please can we ask you to help share this information and to inform those who may be vulnerable in our community. Thank you for your support.

Download the Operation Signature newsletter > >

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


23rd November 2016

Latest Operation Signature Newsletter

Sussex Police have issued the latest Operation Signature newsletter:

In this month’s issue:

Download the newsletter > >


22nd November 2016

Cold Caller Telephone Blocking Service Fraud

Police are warning Sussex residents to be cautious of cold callers offering relief from nuisance phone calls.

The force has received reports of fraudulent sales calls encouraging householders to subscribe to costly call blocking or telephone preference services, charging a monthly fee. However, the services offered will not block any unwanted calls, and could place personal information in the hands of criminals.

During September and October, ten reports to Action Fraud and Sussex Police involved fraudsters asking local residents for payments and monthly subscriptions for call blockers, ranging between £20 – £200. In seven cases out of the ten some money was paid over.

For genuine call blocking and telephone preference services, residents are advised to sign up to the free Telephone Preference Service (www.tpsonline.org.uk) which offers one level of protection. Call blocking devices approved by ‘Secured by Design’, such as trueCall devices (www.truecall.co.uk), are also available.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Edwards, lead for Operation Signature which protects vulnerable and elderly people against fraud, said: "We encourage all our residents to be extremely wary of cold callers, but these fraudsters are extremely cunning in offering pretending to offer relief from unwanted callers – at a price.

"If you receive a phone call from anyone offering to block unwanted calls, do not give or confirm to the caller any information at all - refuse even to give your name, address, and your bank - and put the phone down.
"Then contact Action Fraud - or us at Sussex Police if you are elderly - with the details of the call."

"If you have given any personal information, please contact Sussex Police and also your bank as promptly as possible.”

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud or an attempt at fraud, call Sussex Police on 101 or visit www.sussex.police.uk.

If you need to a report fraud or attempted fraud, you can do so by contacting Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Further information is available on the Operation Signature webpage here.


21st November 2016

News and appeals

Reward offered for help in tracing wanted Eastbourne man

Police in Eastbourne are offering a £500 reward in a bid to find Rossi Michael Henderson.

The 28-year-old builder, whose last known address was Anderida Road, Eastbourne, but who also has links with Brighton is wanted for displaying poor behaviour on release from prison and allegedly committing further offences.

More information > >

Sussex Police is currently recruiting new Police Community Support Officers

Sussex Police is recruiting 32 PCSOs, 16 of whom will start in June 2017, and the further 16 in the autumn of 2017, who will work alongside frontline officers to keep Sussex safe.

More Information > >

White Ribbon Event

There is a White Ribbon event taking place at the Arndale Centre on Friday 25th November at 11am to 2pm outside Primark.  The event  aims to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Campaign and wider issues around Domestic Abuse. Come along to find out more.

Advice on how to beat the Christmas crooks

Police have issued a warning to Christmas shoppers and revellers to keep a close watch on their personal property when out and about shopping and celebrating as the festive season approaches.

Here are some tips and handy reminders:

When you put your purse or phone back into your handbag make sure you secure your bag again. Many people leave their bag open, making it easy for a purse and other items to be taken while you’re distracted. If the handbag has a flap that goes over the top of the bag hold it so that the flap’s fastening is towards your body.
If you do not use a handbag, make sure phones, wallets, purses and similar items go into an inside jacket pocket (ones with zips are especially good) or into a front pocket of your trousers; not the back pocket, especially when the top of the trousers or jeans are visible.

You could fit your purse with little purse bells, which are designed to be attached to your purse or handbag. They’re very useful where there’s a heightened risk of handbag theft, in places such as busy shops and cafés, street markets, other crowded places and on public transport.

If you can mark your phones, laptops or tablets and register them on www.immobilise.com it helps with identification.

If you take some simple steps you can reduce your chance of being targeted. Keep valuables out of sight in a secure place and on your person at all times and you significantly reduce the risk of losing them.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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.


20th November 2016

Could you be the new ENWA Chairman?

Committee members are again deciding on the way forward to enlist the help of volunteers for the roles of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon Secretary and News letter editor(s).

It is hoped that there are residents in Eastbourne who would enjoy participating in the ENWA in any or the roles above. They would be giving something back to the community while ensuring the security and safety fighting crime in close co-operation with the Police, Community Safety Partnership supported by our Borough Council.

Anyone interested, please get in touch.


18th November 2016

Scamnesty

East Sussex Libraries "Friends Against Scams" will be holding awareness events at libraries across the county at various times from November 2016 to February 2017.

Further details > >


15th November 2016

News and appeals

Reward offered for help in tracing wanted Eastbourne man

Police in Eastbourne are offering a £500 reward in a bid to find Rossi Michael Henderson

More information > >

Pupils approached by cyclist in Eastbourne

Police are currently investigating two separate reports of pupils being approached by man on a bike in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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.


12th November 2016

Neighbourhood Watch Annual General Meeting

The Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association, Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th November, starting at 7pm, (Coffee and Tea from 6.15pm) at The Broadway United Church, Lindfield Road, Eastbourne, BN22 0AS.

Car Parking available. Everyone welcome.

There are over 15,500 homes in NW Schemes across Eastbourne.  If you would be interested in helping the Association manage these or increasing the coverage, then please come along, you will be very welcome.


12th November 2016

Consultation on Increase in 2017/2018 Police Precept

Neighbourhood Watch colleagues, residents, their families and friends can now take part in the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s consultation for the 2017/18 Police Precept. This proposes to increase the police element of council tax by around £5.00 per household to fund over 100 more police officers and specialist staff.

We have now received clarification form the Office of the PCC that the £5 is based on an average cost per household, per annum, based on a Council Tax Band D household, so depending on the household size and council tax band it could be more or less.

Do you support this proposal? Please click on the blue banner below and give us your views by 6th January 2017. For more information visit the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner website.



To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please e-mail:
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit
www.sussexnwfed.org.uk


5th November 2016

Remembrance Services in Eastbourne

There are a number of Remembrance Services being held in Eastbourne this year. 

Friday 11th:

  • 10:30am Hampden Park Remembrance Service, Hampden Park War Memorial
  • 10:40am War Memorial Housing Remembrance Service, War Memorial Housing, Victoria Drive
  • 10:45am Arndale Centre Remembrance Event, Arndale Centre

Sunday 13th:

  • 10:15am Remembrance Day Parade and Service, RAFA Club to War Memorial
  • 15:00pm Ruthless Memorial Service, Butts Brow

4th November 2016

Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is nearly upon us, so have a wonderful time but remember to celebrate safely, and follow the advice from our colleagues at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

If you are planning a firework party at home the following tips will help to keep you and your family safe during the celebrations.

Before the display

  • Only buy fireworks from a registered retailer
  • Inform your neighbours and be aware of their concerns
  • Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of your garden and conform to British Standard
  • Read the instructions in daylight or with a torch
  • One person - clearly identified - should be responsible for the fireworks

During the display

  • Remember don't set off fireworks after 11pmDon't drink alcohol if you are setting of firework
  • Always light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper
  • Stand well back and keep others back
  • Never go back to a firework after it has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or throw the
  • Always supervise children
  • Store fireworks in a metal box, kept closed between us
  • Keep pets indoor

Operation Blitz

Please note that due to operational needs, Operation Blitz will only be running 6pm until Midnight on Friday 4th November.  Call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Sussex Police People's Panel

Can you help us improve the way we do things? If you have an opinion you’d like to share or a suggestion to keep Sussex safe we’d love you to become part of our ‘Sussex Police People’s Panel’.

If you decide to join the panel you’d receive an email up to four times a year asking for your thoughts on a specific area of policing. Your responses will be anonymous and help us decide how we provide our services in the future, so this is a real opportunity to make a difference.

More Information

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


2nd November 2016

Sussex Police and Crime Plan Consultation

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a statutory duty to set the policing and crime objectives for their area through a Police & Crime Plan.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires a PCC to make “arrangements for obtaining, before a police and crime plan is issued, the views of the people in that police area, and the views of the victims of crime in that area, on that plan.”

Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, would like to seek your views on what should be included in the Sussex Police and Crime Plan prior to its publication in March 2017.

The consultation is now live and will run until 30 November 2016 and can be completed by clicking here.

31st October 2016

Sussex Fraud October Newsletter

"Scams are fraud and fraud is crime, report it – this is our message for Sussex residents.

Each month, we see fraudsters targeting people across the county by phone, email and face to face in an attempt to defraud them. These ‘scammers’ are criminals who chose to prey on some of our most vulnerable people. Operation Signature is our answer, working together with our partners to prevent fraud and identify and support our most vulnerable victims.

By its very nature, fraud is constantly evolving and taking on new forms. But be assured that, by following our tips in this newsletter and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you will reduce the risk of becoming a victim."

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Edwards, Operation Signature, Sussex Police.

Download the Sussex Fraud October Newsletter> >


28th October 2016

News and appeals

Personal tracking device helped police swiftly locate missing Eastbourne man

New technology played a vital part in finding an elderly man within hours of him recently being reported missing from home in Eastbourne.

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Safety in Action success for Eastbourne schoolchildren

Working in partnership with other agencies, Eastbourne Police recently provided active support for Safety in Action week involving more than 800 pupils from schools across the town.

More information > >

More crime investigators being recruited

Sussex Police is looking to welcome more crime investigators to join its newly-formed Investigation Teams. Applications for the role, which involves gathering evidence, interviewing suspects and taking witness statements, open from 27 October to 13 November.

More information >

Have fun but not at the expense of anyone else; this is what Sussex Police is keen to promote this Halloween.

One way to deter unwanted Trick or Treaters on October 31, this year is to print off the 'No Trick or Treaters please' posters, but if you are looking to take part in the Halloween celebrations, then you can also print off the trick or Treaters welcome poster. They are available on www.sussex.police.uk please search, Halloween.

There has been an increase in the last few years with children, families and young people especially all participating in Halloween fun, but it important they do not to have fun at the expense of others. Please especially consider the elderly and more vulnerable in the community who may get worried having strangers calling at their door.

If you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed. Just be careful who you scare on Halloween. This message will also be used on social media #becarefulwhoyouscare #Halloween

Safety tips for Halloween:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.
  • Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the 'No Trick or Treaters please' posters people may display in doors or windows.
  • Residents are also advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.

As well as offering free posters, officers will be out on patrol to deter any antisocial behaviour and will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


22nd October 2016

News and appeals

Witness appeal following blaze in Eastbourne

Emergency services were called to Chiltern Close just after 1am on Monday (17 October) following reports of a blaze.

More information > >

Warrants issued for the recall to prison of two Eastbourne offenders
Police are seeking the whereabouts of two Eastbourne men wanted on warrant for recall to prison.

More information > >

Wanted Pevensey woman now arrested and in police custody

Police have arrested a woman wanted in connection with an assault in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


14th October 2016

News and appeals

Pevensey woman Kelly Pragnell wanted for breach of bail conditions.

Police are searching for Kelly Joanna Pragnell, who is wanted in connection with an assault in Cade Street, Eastbourne, in February.

More information > >

Police have arrested a man in connection with an assault in Eastbourne.

It's after a 37-year-old woman was taken to hospital on 15 September for treatment to a wound to her upper arm.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne.  However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

Police Officer Recruitment

Sussex Police are looking to welcome new recruits to the role of police constable.

While the force continues to make savings in order to achieve Sussex Police’s vision for 2020, the increase in the police precept has provided investment in two of the force priority areas; protecting vulnerable people and increasing our digital forensic capability. This has helped the force to be able open recruitment to attract enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join the dynamic workforce.

Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly said “Becoming a police constable can be a great career choice. It is a unique job in which officers can make a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. It can also offer future opportunities to specialise, for example, becoming a detective, a firearms officer, a dog handler or working in public protection or specialist investigations.”

Applicants can apply for the role now until midnight on Sunday, October 23. Applicants will not be at any disadvantage if they apply towards the end of the window, as long as their application is received by the deadline.

Applicants who may have any questions about the process should look at the comprehensive FAQs. If a question is not covered then applicants can email: recruitment@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

To find out about why becoming a police constable might be the job for you, please Click Here.

Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for the role of police constable, you will need to:

  • be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application)
  • have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application
  • have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period
  • have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Level 3 or above
  • not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front
  • not have tattoos which could cause offence
  • motoring offences - see FAQs.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


13th October 2016

Cyber Crime Survey

The City of London Police, in partnership with Get Safe Online, has put together a National Cyber Crime Survey. Its purpose is to learn about people’s awareness of online safety and experiences of cyber-crime, with a view to improve our knowledge and understanding and to help provide a better response to victims.

The results will help police forces gain a better idea of the challenges they are facing. If you have a spare 15 minutes, they would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire.


11th October 2016

ESFA Future Plans Survey

East Sussex Fire Authority (ESFA) would like to find out what you think about its plans for the future so it can make the right decisions.

ESFA has set out its priorities, including drowning prevention work and improving business safety. ESFA is also considering a pilot where it supports the ambulance service by responding to certain calls. Most of ESFA’s funding comes from Council Tax and ESFA would like to know whether you think it’s giving you value for your money. 

Complete the online survey,
or request paper copies by writing to:
Your Service Your Voice,
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service,
20 Upperton Road,
Eastbourne BN21 1EU.

The findings of the consultation will be considered at a Fire Authority meeting in December 2016. Also, if you are interested in taking part in the ESFA stakeholder forum, please email consult@esfrs.org for further information.

Deadline for responses: 7th November 2016.


7th October 2016

News and appeals

Dear Residents,

Sussex Police are warning residents and visitors to be aware of a new trend involving individuals dressed as clowns.

Eastbourne Police have received a report from a cyclist, who was riding north along the national cycle route to Golden Jubilee Way, about a person dressed as a clown who jumped out from a bush holding an offensive weapon.  No communication was involved.  The clown is described as having red hair.

Sussex Police are aware this is a new trend that has come over from America and as Halloween is approaching, they are asking residents to be vigilant and to report any occurrences.

Sergeant Ed Ripley said, ““This is a very irresponsible act which could impact significantly on the wellbeing of people who are targeted by these pranksters.  This type of behaviour will not be tolerated in Eastbourne. Police will investigate incidents of this nature and take positive action against individuals”

Eastbourne’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will be running increased patrols within anti-social behaviour hotspots to ensure that disruption to residents is minimal. If you feel as though you have been a victim of anti-social behaviour please call us on 101, in an emergency always dial 999.

Help us keep Sussex safe you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


1st October 2016

News and appeals

Leon Stolton, 35, wanted in connection with violent attack on woman in Eastbourne
Police are searching for Leon Stolton, who is wanted in connection with a violent assault in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Police release E-fit following assault in Eastbourne
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 75-year-old man was assaulted in a charity shop in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Operation Blitz
There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne.  However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.


30th September 2016

Latest Operation Signature Newsletter

Sussex Police have issued the latest Operation Signature newsletter:

In this month’s issue:

  • Update on the Take Five campaign
  • Warning about phishing emails
  • Rogue trader incidents across Sussex

Download the newsletter > >


29th September 2016

TV Programme Features Frauds and Scams

As you are no doubt aware Neighbourhood Watch in Sussex is working closely with Sussex Police and other partners to help keep residents safe from frauds and scams. A number of initiatives are already in place such as Operation Signature (protecting elderly and vulnerable people from fraud), and other initiatives are in the planning stage.

You may not be aware that around the country last year there were about 6 times as many frauds as there were burglaries from dwellings. The number of such burglaries has been falling year on year for a long time, but the number of frauds is steadily increasing. Neighbourhood Watch is keen to help reverse this trend.

We are pleased to inform you that the ITV TONIGHT programme to be broadcast at 7.30pm on Thursday 29th September 2016 is a feature about fraud and scams, and will include Sussex. We believe that you will find this to be very informative and recommend that you try to watch. It may be possible to view recordings online after the broadcast.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail:
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.


23rd September 2016

News and appeals

Sussex Police donates £250 to Eastbourne First Girls' Brigade

Sussex Police has donated £250 to The Girls' Brigade in Eastbourne, a group that has helped inspire many young girls to achieve their personal and developmental goals for many years.

More information > >

Police boost for Eastbourne Heritage

Heritage Eastbourne has received a £350 boost from Sussex Police thanks to heritage crime officer and police community support officer Daryl Holter.

PCSO Holter was able to secure the grant from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

More information > >

Police release CCTV images of Eastbourne assault suspect

Police are seeking to identify the man in connection with an assault in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight on Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


22nd September 2016

Seafront Team Step Up Lifesaving Equipment

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Seafront team have added extra lifesaving measures to the seafront this summer, with two new defibrillators on hand for emergencies.

The lifesaving devices, which help restart the heart in the case of cardiac arrest have been installed in two busy locations at the Lifeguard station and Seafront Office.

Defibrillators are an essential first aid tool in cases of cardiac arrest, keeping patients alive until paramedics arrive on site.  Giving a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall, they should only be used after dialling 999.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We take safety and first aid very seriously on Eastbourne seafront and have an excellent team of trained lifeguards on hand to assist in any first aid or lifesaving situation.  They are trained in using defibrillators and have already been commended by SECamb for their lifesaving CPR and defibrillation efforts this summer.”

Anyone can access the defibrillators and in an emergency cardiac arrest situation, members of the public should dial 999 and start CPR.  The 999 call handler will provide a code to open the nearest defibrillator and give step by step guidance until paramedics arrive.

Extra measures this year also include free sun cream available in lotion dispensers at the Lifeguard Station.  With a minimum of SPF 30, the free sun cream is essential for those days of unexpected sunshine which occur so frequently in Eastbourne.

Beach visitors may have also spotted an expanded sandpit, which has proved extremely popular with increasing numbers of families visiting the beach this year.  The new sandpit in front of the Lifeguard station is maintained with fresh sand by the lifeguard team and is part of ongoing child-friendly measures which include free kids wristbands and Tyro lifeguard courses in school holidays.

The lifeguard station opens from 1 May to 30 September.  For more information on visiting Eastbourne beach visit www.visiteastbourne.com or telephone the Seafront Office on 01323 410611.


20th September 2016

Community Safety Partnership Relaunches e-Newsletter

Since 2005 crime in Eastbourne has fallen by over 40% and the ECSP continues to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by working in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies, along with local community groups. 

The relaunched newsletter provides information on what the Partnership is doing to make Eastbourne an even safer place to live, work and visit. 

In this issue:

  • Diversionary Sports 2016
  • Operation Wagon Wheel

Download the newsletter > >

You can find out more about the Partnership here.

13th September 2016

Phishing E-mail

There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo.

The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false.

The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to.

Protect Yourself

  • Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
  • The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
  • If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre

10th September 2016

Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

Sussex Police has published the August issue of its Fraud Newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Are you wise to computer service fraud?
  • Students should be wary of accommodation fraud and ‘money mules’
  • Fraudulent cold callers offering government payments
  • Warning of bogus council tax refund fraud

Download the newsletter > >


8th September 2016

Arrests Made After Police Chase

Yesterday afternoon Police on routine patrol saw a Vauxhall Corsa acting suspiciously in the Crumbles area.  The marked Police car attempted to stop the vehicle however the vehicle failed to stop for Police and drove off along Pevensey Bay Road, Princes Road, Wallis Avenue, Seaside, and then coming to a stop in Lottbridge Drove colliding with another unrelated vehicle. 

The vehicle, at times, drove on the wrong side of the road, and also mounted the pavement on occasion too.  Police acted quickly to ensure that the follow was conducted safely with minimal risk to road users and pedestrians, including deploying a “stop stick” to disable the vehicles tyres to safely bring the follow to a conclusion.

No person was injured in the incident, however two males were arrested in relation to drugs offences, and standard of driving matters.  They have been released on Police bail pending further enquiries into the matter. 

Given the time of day there would have been many people around those areas, especially with the Tollgate School being nearby and children heading home with their parents. 

If anyone witnessed the incident they are asked to contact Police on 101 quoting reference 961 7/9/16, alternatively emailing:
101@sussex.pnn.police.uk


7th September 2016

Call 105 for Power Cut Information

UK Power Network has launched 105, a new national power cut phone line, to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England.

The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report, or get information about, power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger.

105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry. As well as calling 105, you can find more information on the website: http://www.powercut105.com/


5th September 2016

Police Warning to Women Driving Alone

Sussex Police have issued this warning to drivers, in particular women driving alone, across Wealden and Lewes districts.

They have been getting reports over the last two weeks of a dark haired man in his 50's, appearing to be in distress and in need of help, who is flagging down cars. He is described as being of a fairly heavy build, of either Asian or European appearance and he speaks with an Eastern European-sounding accent.

He offers various reasons for stopping cars but in all cases he is asking for money and it seems he has so far only approached women. He has told different drivers alternative versions e.g. that he has run out of petrol, has no money to feed his children, or that he has problems with his credit card. In all cases, he tries to interest the driver in buying one of his gold rings for the money which he tries to remove from his finger.

The incidents have been reported on roads near Uckfield, Nutley, Crowborough, on the A27 just outside Kingston and Lewes, on the A26 going towards Newhaven and apparently also in locations around Rother district. In all cases, a silver coloured Ford Galaxy, which we also understand is one of the older models, has been seen parked nearby.

Please circulate this warning to make friends and relatives aware. If anybody has information about this man or thinks they have also been stopped by him, please contact Sussex Police on 101 by phone, or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk and quote reference 435 of 11/08.


4th September 2016

Scam Alert

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch wishes to alert residents to two ongoing types of crime attempts in parts of Sussex. Be aware that it could spread, so you need to be ready.

Firstly, one of our coordinators was telephoned this morning by a lady who told her that her bank wanted to return an amount of interest owing to her. The caller quoted our coordinator's name and address and it all sounded very plausible. Our coordinator then asked the caller which bank or building society this returned interest would be coming from. The caller said she didn't have that information. When our coordinator started to ask more questions the line went dead. It all sounded so convincing.

Please be very cautious about giving personal information if somebody phones you.

Secondly, keep your car keys safe.  There is a recognised type of burglary where offenders will enter your home purely to steal your keys in order to take your car.

Please remember to hide your keys and handbag, and do not leave them or other valuables by or in sight of the front door or windows.


2nd September 2016

Seasonal Rental Fraud

Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term. Fraudsters use a variety of websites to advertise available properties to rent, often at attractive rates and convenient locations. Adverts will seem genuine, accompanied by a number of photos and contact information to discuss your interest.

Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord does not have ownership of the property, or often there are already tenants living there.

Protect Yourself

  • Only use reputable letting companies.
  • Do some online research such as using Google maps to check the property does exist.
  • Make an appointment to view the property in person.
  • Always view the property prior to paying any advance fees.
  • Look out for warning signs, such as landlords requesting a ‘holding deposit’ due to the property being in high demand.
  • A landlord will usually conduct some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or character references.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

31st August 2016

Eastbourne Gets Tough on Street Drinking

Police are launching a crackdown on street drinking and alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in Eastbourne town centre following a rise in reports during the warmer weather.

Sussex Police is introducing extra patrols to check on hotspots across the town, liaise with local businesses and remove alcohol from anyone who is found drinking and causing a nuisance.

Inspector Rachel Barrow, of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said,We recognise that whilst this is an issue and concern at any time of the year, the warmer months tend to see an increase in this type of complaint. We will be making use of our local officers and staff and, when needed, we have planned for support from neighbouring districts such as Lewes and Wealden to help police this operation. Enforcement is only part of the solution to an increasing problem across the country and certainly not unique to Eastbourne as a bustling and vibrant seaside town. We continue to work closely with other services to try and tackle the root cause of alcohol related crime and disorder.”

The operation is part of a wider strategy to tackle street drinking involving Sussex Police, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership, and includes the setting up of Eastbourne HUB to support the local street community.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said, “The Community Safety Partnership is totally committed to combating anti-social behaviour across the town to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to Eastbourne. It continues to work closely with the police and its other partners to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Barrow added, "We hope to do our very best in responding to calls and complaints from people about this type of behaviour and encourage that if an incident is taking place to report it by using 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


27th August 2016

Joy riding stolen cars in Eastbourne

There has been a recent increase in the number of vehicles that have been stolen in Eastbourne, as thieves are breaking into residents’ homes and taking the car keys.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience but to also steal your car can mess with your head.  Sussex Police has received numerous reports from the Hastings, Peacehaven and Eastbourne area, where thieves are specifically targeting vehicle owners homes in order to joy ride various cars.

Detective Constable Sheila Bonell said “We are asking the public to be extra vigilant with regards to the security of their homes and vehicles by locking all downstairs windows and doors either when not at home or when they retire to bed.  Also to make sure that any car keys are well hidden to prevent the theft and subsequent risk that this could pose to the community.

Majority of burglars are opportunistic as they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and work undisturbed.  By following the crime prevention tips below you can deter this crime from happening to you.

  • Keep your front and back doors shut and locked – even when you are at home.
  • Close and lock all downstairs windows.
  • Never leave car keys, door keys or other valuables in view of a letterbox or window.
  • If possible keep your car and door keys in a secure place where thieves are unlikely to look.
  • Secure your garage and shed too – equipment kept in a garage or shed can be just as tempting for a burglar.
  • If you can, install a burglar alarm and set it every time you leave home.

Operation Blitz

There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne.  However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


22nd August 2016

Don’t be a Money Mule

Students are being recruited, sometimes unwittingly, as “mules” by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts.

What is a money mule?

A money mule is someone who is recruited by those needing to launder money obtained illegally. Criminals advertise fake jobs in newspapers and on the internet in a number of ways, usually offering opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure potential money mule recruits. These include:

  • Social media posts
  • Copying genuine company’s websites to create impression of legitimacy
    Sending mass emails offering employment
  • Targeting individuals that have posted their CVs on employment websites
    Students are particularly susceptible to adverts of this nature. For someone in full-time education, the opportunity for making money quickly can understandably be an attractive one. The mule will accept money into their bank account, before following further instructions on what to do with the funds. Instructions could include transferring the money into a separate specified account or withdrawing the cash and forwarding it on via money transfer service companies like Western Union or MoneyGram. The mule is generally paid a small percentage of the funds as they pass through their account.

Money Laundering is a criminal offence which can lead to prosecution and a custodial sentence. Furthermore, it can lead to the mule being unable to obtain credit in the UK and prevented from holding a bank account.

Protect Yourself

Be aware that the offence of money laundering carries a maximum prison sentence, in the UK, of 14 years.

Never give the details of your bank account to anyone that you do not trust.
No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money. Don’t accept any job offers that ask you to do this.

Be wary of unsolicited emails or social media posts promising ways of earning easy money. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t be afraid to question the legitimacy of any businesses that make you a job offer, especially if the recruitment procedure strays from the conventional.


20th August 2016

Anti-Social Driving

Police are receiving a number of calls in relation to anti-social driving around the Crumbles area of Eastbourne.  Please be reassured that Officers are responding to these calls and are using powers of Section 59 to target street racers, seize vehicles and stop this behaviour from occurring.

Even though this area is an open road, it does not give street racers the right to abuse this road for speeding and disturb the community. Police powers are also enforceable within the car parks and have been used to prosecute drivers using their vehicles in an anti-social manner.

Sussex Police regularly review this area regularly on patrol.  In the past vehicles have been sized by Officers and individuals have had to pay fines to recover their vehicle and pay for the time these vehicles have been storage.

Help keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please:

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


18th August 2016


13th August 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of the ENWA newsletter is now available to download.

Download the newsletter > >


13th August 2016

Drone Fraud

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise non-existent drones of various specifications for competitive prices.

Drones are personal flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or hand-held controllers. Fraudsters are capitalising on their recent popularity and advertising non-existent drones at a lower value than their recommended retail price to tempt buyers.

After victims agree to purchase the drone, the fraudsters request payment to be paid via bank transfer saying that it will quicken the delivery process. After transferring the money the buyers never receive the drone and the fraudster blocks the victim to prevent further conversation.

How to protect yourself:

  • Check the validity of the post.
  • Avoid paying by bank transfer and instead use an online payment option such as PayPal, which helps to protect you.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller. Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions other buyers may have made.
  • If the item is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting:
    www.actionfraud.police.uk

News and appeals

 

Police seek dangerous van driver, Seaside, Eastbourne
Motorists in a busy Eastbourne thoroughfare may have been confronted by a van being driven at speed. Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

More information > >

Witness appeal following theft from vehicles in Eastbourne
Police are keen to hear from witnesses after a number of vehicles were believed to have been broken into in Carlisle Road, Eastbourne sometime overnight between Wednesday, 3 August and Thursday, 4 August.

More information > >

'Why Not'? - because It's illegal! - Drug smugglers caught on yacht of that name in Eastbourne

Two drug smugglers who tried to use the yacht 'Why Not' to arrive in Eastbourne as their gateway to Britain have been sentenced.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne.  However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

Wristbands aim to help locate lost children at Airbourne

Airbourne is now upon us and this is a perfect event for all ages to enjoy and best of all its free.  However, as many people come to see the spectacular air displays please be mindful of yours and your children’s safety.  Losing a child at a busy event is very stressful experience for both parent and child therefore putting a plan in place is vital.

When you arrive at Airbourne make a plan with your child of what to do if you become separated. For older children find a suitable location or landmark and arrange to meet there. 
The Police Cadets will be handing out  wrist bands free of charge. These wristbands will have space for the parents or guardians phone numbers written on the wristband so that stewards or emergency services can contact the child’s parents if the child becomes lost or becomes separated from their group.

However, if you are unfortunate to loose anyone the Lost Person’s marquee and meeting point will be located on Wilmington Square.

For more information please speak to your Local Policing Team on our non –emergency number 101 or email:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


11th August 2016

Courier Scam

People selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead.

The fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone.

An example of the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’, read:

“I want you to consider this deal as I am willing to pay your full asking price! I actually want to buy it for a family member who is urgently in need of it, I have checked through your posting and I’m fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, I would not be able to come personally to view/collect, I work offshore as an instructor on an oil rig so I don’t have time at all, but like I said I am 100% OK with the advert”

Protect Yourself:

  • Be wary when buyers wish to purchase items at the full asking price without viewing them.
  • Check the validity of the payment receipt confirmation
  • Avoid paying an advanced fee if you are a seller; should you choose to use a courier, arrange your own.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller/buyer. Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions other buyers/sellers have made.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

10th August 2016

Safety and security are police priorities for the Airbourne 2016 aviation event in Eastbourne

Sussex Police is set to play its part in helping to ensure safety and security at Airbourne, the annual four-day festival of flight in Eastbourne that begins this week.

It takes place from Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August, from 10am until 6pm each day, with live music each evening and fireworks on Sunday.

As in previous years, the force's priority is the well-being of all concerned, be they visitors to the show and seaside resort, or members of the local community.

Eastbourne district police commander, Chief Insp Emma Brice, said: "For several months now we've been working closely with the organisers and partner agencies to ensure a safe and enjoyable Airbourne for all.”

"In terms of security, where public safety has been significantly compromised as seen in recent events abroad, we've looked at lessons to be learned and reviewed our own plans to keep Airbourne as safe as we can. While the nationally assessed terrorist threat to Airbourne is unchanged from 2015, we will have some additional security measures in place. For instance, this year we will be using some concrete barriers.”

“Most people are unlikely to notice any difference from previous years and none of the changes we have made should affect the enjoyment of people attending the event.”

Airbourne organisers Eastbourne Borough Council added : “We’re pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Sussex Police on key aspects of this popular event. We will have in place reasonable and proportionate measures to ensure that all attending feel confident they are visiting a safe environment.”

Chief Insp Brice said that while stewards and security staff have been thoroughly trained to recognise and respond to any incidents that may arise, and officers and resources are being carefully deployed, visitors and residents can also play their part in keeping things safe.
She said: "For example, we'd ask people to take care of their belongings, follow personal safety advice and immediately report any issues or suspicious behaviour to event staff or police. In an emergency, always dial 999.

To help safeguard children in particular it's suggested that parents and guardians make plans with their youngsters about what to do if they become separated.  Police cadets will be handing out free wristbands on which responsible adults can write a contact phone number should a child go astray. There will also be a lost people marquee and rendezvous at Wilmington Square, opposite the Wish Tower, on Eastbourne seafront.

People arriving by car are asked to allow extra time for their journeys and to follow the advice of stewards and police officers to try to minimise any disruption or delays.

For more information about policing aspects of Airbourne, please call the force's non-emergency number 101 or email:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk

6th August 2016

News and appeals

Woman punched in face following night out in Eastbourne

Police are seeking witnesses after a woman was assaulted following a night out in Eastbourne.

More information > >

White van men sought in connection with Eastbourne assault
A 17-year-old local boy was walking with a friend in Sevenoaks Road, at the junction with Kingfisher Drive, when a white Ford Transit van pulled alongside them.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

There will be no dedicated contact telephone number for Operation Blitz this weekend, as policing resources have been delegated to operational need areas in Eastbourne. However, should you need to report any anti-social behaviour please visit our website www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.  In an emergency always dial 999. Thank you.

Spate of lead crime in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police are asking residents to be vigilant as there has been a spate of crime involving theft of lead from schools and church buildings.

St. Michaels’s Church in Willingdon and Lindfield School have recently targeted and police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen or heard anything.

To prevent this crime from happening to your building consider the following options;

  • Put all ladders away in secure storage to prevent thieves from using them to climb up on the roof
  • Consider implementing outside lighting around the building
  • Paint anti climb paint on outside pipes and other service items around and on the building
  • Implement CCTV cameras and burglar sensors

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


6th August 2016

Community Involvement Newsletter

Eastbourne Borough Council has issued its first ‘community involvement’ newsletter.  In this edition, it is concentrating on how it engages with people who are often considered vulnerable to exclusion.  

The first newsletter focuses on two groups – Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group and Eastbourne Cultural Involvement Group.  Subsequent editions will cover work with other groups such as Eastbourne’s Faiths Forum and Bourne Out.

Click here to download the newsletter.


25th July 2016

Sussex Fraud July Newsletter

Please find attached the latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter.

Articles include:

  • Update on activity so far for Scams Awareness Month, including a link to our new video
  • Warning about holiday booking fraud
  • How to avoid Rio 2016 Olympics ticket fraud

Download the newsletter > >


25th July 2016

The Changing Role of the PCSO

From Monday 4th July 2016 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are equipped with new training and additional skills to proactively problem solve and reduce crime in Sussex. This is the first ‘layer’ of change for Local Policing with the rest of the model to follow in April next year.

PCSOs have played an important role in our delivery of policing to local communities since their introduction in 2003. When they first joined the team in Sussex they were introduced primarily to be visible and provide reassurance. Through their excellent work they have become a valuable part of the organisation. Since this time however, social media has expanded, the crimes people commit have changed, people’s expectations have increased and our budget has reduced.

In order to reflect the changes we have seen in the demands placed on the police, we are making changes to the way we deliver all of our services. This allows us to match demands from the public, to reflect how crime patterns have changed and to provide digital services that are fit for the future.

The changes we have made to the PCSO role specifically include the addition of more powers, including the ability to tackle alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour. PCSOs will also take statements from victims and witnesses to support the problem-solving work of their teams. They will not be taking statements on behalf of other units. Many of the changes have come about through the evolution of the role and the changes we have made to reflect this.

In the past, communities would have one named PCSO to contact about an issue. If that person was away from the office on leave or on rest days, the enquiry would wait until their return. Now the public can make contact with a team who can be called upon to help them with their problem. This means the public should get a quicker response to their issue and a greater number of people working with them if this is required.

People have told us they are worried that the changes mean a reduction in service. But far from losing a policing presence, communities with a specific issue could have a whole team of PCSOs from the local district, or even the wider Sussex area, come to them to help tackle their problem. We are absolutely not withdrawing from our communities rather delivering policing in a more focussed, flexible and targeted way. They will now work when and where they are needed.

Whilst the role and deployment of our PCSOs does change, they will continue to conduct foot patrols within Sussex. These will be targeted to areas where we know they can make a difference. They will no longer undertake random patrols as these are proven to have little impact on crime reduction.

The changes being introduced to the PCSO role mean that they will be more flexible and responsive in the interests of all residents and in Eastbourne your PCSO’s can be contacted in a number of ways.

Eastbourne Police Community Support Officers

PCSO Steven Knowles, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by his Sergeant, Ed Ripley, PC Scott Franklin-Lester, PC Dan Toft and PC Lisa Cousins. Steven has chosen to join us having spent much of his time as a PCSO in Lewes District, he has a keen interest in road safety and community speed watch initiatives. Steven has been spending his early days with his new team getting to know local business and characters from the town centre.

Steven can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via his work mobile telephone 07912 896004

PCSO Tracy Honey, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Tracy has chosen to join the team at Eastbourne having spent many years working in Lewes. Tracy is keen to get to know the people of Eastbourne and is experienced in her work with partners to find solutions to local problems. We are delighted to have both Tracy and Steven, as experienced PCSO’s they are extremely positive about the changes to the role and motivated to do the very best job they can.

Tracy can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 893380

PCSO Ania Raczynska, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Ania is used to working in Hampden Park and has built strong links in the community. Ania is looking forward to a more flexible way of working and getting to know other parts of Eastbourne just as well, transferring her skills and experience and putting to the test her new statement taking training.

Ania can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 897012

PCSO Lisa Izzard, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Lisa has spent time working in the town centre previously and has built up a good knowledge and relationship with some of our most vulnerable communities. Her understanding in this area of policing is extremely valued and she will continue to build on this using her new skills and powers to the full.

Lisa can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 896976

PCSO Libby Horsman, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by her Sergeant, Fiona Munro, PC Louis Thompson, PC Paul Rolfe, PC Rachel Bourne and PC Jacqui Bird. Libby has spent her time previously working in the Roselands, Langney Point, St. Anthonys communities of Eastbourne. The new role will mean that Libby will be exposed to some very different and diverse communities and will be challenged to put her problem solving skills to the test. Working from 1 Grove Road will mean that Libby, and her colleagues will have the support and advice of the Neighbourhood First Team who continue to work closely in partnership with the Police and other agencies to tackle some of the most difficult and long standing issues.

Libby can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via her work mobile telephone 07912 895000

PCSO Martin Hylands, based at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by his Sergeant, Julian Williams, PC Ed Faulkner, PC Keith Rockingham and PC Vicky Bishop. Martin is one of our most experienced PCSO’s having been at Eastbourne since the very beginning. Martin has received heartfelt thanks and appreciation from the community of Sovereign Harbour who have enjoyed his dedicated and mature approach to issues and concerns raised by the residents and businesses at the Harbour. Martin will be working just as hard in the new role, but using that knowledge and experience for the benefit of many others and across all parts of Eastbourne.

Martin can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via his work mobile telephone 07912 893311

PCSO David Kerr, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working across the whole of Eastbourne and supported by his Sergeant, Julian Williams, PC Ed Faulkner, PC Keith Rockingham and PC Vicky Bishop. David has previously been found patrolling the Langney and Shinewater areas and has been instrumental in setting up community speed watch in Eastbourne. David’s focus is very much on victim and customer service, and is a very supportive member of the team.

David can be contacted on 101 or via the Eastbourne Team email address:
district.eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or via his work mobile telephone 07912 894873

PCSO Austin Milson, based at Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne working to the original PCSO role.  Austin has chosen to remain with Sussex Police until December 2016 when he plans to take redundancy. Austin made the decision not to apply for the new PCSO role, but he remains committed to the organisation and continues to work hard every day. We wish him well for the future and until then we continue to value his contribution and benefit from his plethora of knowledge about neighbourhood watch.


21st July 2016


20th July 2016

Age Concern Eastbourne has volunteer opportunities
with its Home from Hospital team

VOLUNTEERS are required for the Home from Hospital project across East Sussex, including Hellingly, Hailsham, Herstmonceux, Polegate, and Pevensey Bay.  Induction, training, support, travel expenses are provided, plus you have an opportunity to play a part in your local community, supporting people to be independent in their own homes as they recover from recent Hospital stays.

Volunteers required in this area

Would you like to support people who have been recently discharged from Hospital and who require help within their own home to stay independent?

Could you:

  • Share a cuppa and engage in conversation
  • Go shopping for a few basic essentials such as milk or bread
  • Do a little light housework for example washing up, making the bed, dusting
  • Promote Age Concern services and activities
  • Identify unsupported needs and pass concerns onto the Co-ordinator

You would not be expected to provide personal care or assist with medication.

For more details please contact:  Rowena Reeve,
Home from Hospital Co-ordinator,
AGE Concern Eastbourne,
The Venton Centre,
Junction Road,
Eastbourne, BN21 3QY    
Tel: 01323 749854 or email:
Rowena.reeve@ageconcerneastbourne.co.uk


19th July 2016

Stay Alive Pocket Resource

A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK, Stay Alive, offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.

This is the first version of Stay Alive. The app will be updated following an academic review and we are seeking next stage funding to help us develop the app further, including a location-enabled function to show the user support services in their vicinity.

If you are interested in contributing to funding the next stage of the app please get in touch.


16th July 2016

TV presenter Julia Bradbury launches Love Parks Week

Champion of the great outdoors and TV presenter, Julia Bradbury, has today launched Love Parks Week for 2016! Julia joined up with joggers and walkers at Paddington Recreation Ground in London to take part in the first Love Parks Mile, encouraging people to get outside and get active.

Love Parks Week is the annual event of our Love Parks programme, a year-round celebration of all the amazing parks and green spaces we have in this country. It was set up to support and recognise all the hard work friends’ groups do across the country to maintain, protect, improve and promote them.

More information > >


16th July 2016

Fraudsters are impersonating telephone service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.

Protect yourself

  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • If the offer is too good to be true it probably is.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


16th July 2016

News and appeals

London man jailed for drug dealing in Eastbourne play area
A London man has been jailed after he was caught dealing drugs in the car park of a children's play area in Eastbourne and was then seen swallowing them as officers attempted to arrest him.

Aaron Hudson, 33, of Anthlone Street, Camden, London, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin on 9 May this year. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment.

More information > >

Thefts from traders' vehicles while working out-of-town prompts security advice from Eastbourne police
Police in Eastbourne have become aware that some local traders working away from the town have had their vehicles targeted by thieves who force open windows and doors to steal cash, tools and small saleable items from the interior.

One recent case involved the theft of £6000 worth of tools from Eastbourne decorators working on a job in Lewisham.

More information > >

Eastbourne police target banned drugs during a three-day operation
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (8, 9 and 10 July) Eastbourne Police carried out a proactive operation targeting the supply of drugs within the town.

Officers were joined by Sussex and Surrey Police drugs dogs and over the three days the team patrolled the town centre searching anyone suspected of carrying drugs, as indicated by the specially-trained dogs.

More information > >

Operation Blitz
Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Sussex Police asks the public - do you know the warning signs of fraud and scams?
Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - this is the message that Sussex Police is sending for the start of this year's Scams Awareness Month.

More information > >

Come and see us working in partnership with Trading Standards, Age UK, Barclays Bank, Safer East Sussex, and Neighbourhood Watch at the following public stands.

20th July - Tesco, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne between 10am to 2pm.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


12th July 2016

Holiday Booking Frauds

With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.

Protect Yourself

  • Avoid responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.
  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / airline that your booking does indeed exist.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


8th July 2016

News and appeals

Do you know a police volunteer who deserves special recognition

Nominate them in the annual Lord Ferrer’s awards, supported by the Home Office in celebration of police volunteers in England and Wales.

More information > >

Sussex Police asks the public - do you know the warning signs of fraud and scams?

Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - this is the message that Sussex Police is sending for the start of this year's Scams Awareness Month.

More information > >

Come and see us working in partnership with Trading Standards, Age UK, Barclays Bank, Safer East Sussex, and Neighbourhood Watch at the following public stands.

  • 13th July - Eastbourne District General Hospital - 10am to 2pm.
  • 20th July - Tesco, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne - 10am to 2pm.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.


6th July 2016

Police Contact Changes

Following the recent reorganisation of Neighbourhood Policing, members of the public will no longer be able to contact individual Police Officers or PCSOs. All contact will now be handled centrally and officers deployed as appropriate.


2nd July 2016

Fraud and Scams Video

Please find time to watch the three minute Sussex Police video “Fraud and Scams – Know the Warning Signs”, which has been produced to support Scams Awareness month.


2nd July 2016

News and appeals

Arrest warrant issued for Eastbourne man charged with rape

Police are trying to trace an Eastbourne man who failed to attend Lewes Crown Court to face trial on a charge of rape and another of sexual assault.

More information >

Eastbourne hosts 999 Weekend at the Western Lawns

In an emergency, who you gonna call? And no, the answer isn't Ghostbusters - it's the people who will be demonstrating their skills at a 999 special event in Eastbourne on Saturday and Sunday, 2 and3 July.

More information > >

PCSOs equipped with enhanced powers and skills, are starting their new role on Monday, 4 July.

With new skills and powers to deal with a wide range of local problems, they can act to resolve issues such as alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour from their very first day in the new role. They will be an integral part of larger teams solving local problems, carrying out basic investigations, working alongside partners and directly with witnesses and victims to respond to community issues. Making use of mobile technology, PCSOs will access information whilst out in the community.

The flexible nature of their new role means they can work when and where they are needed, logging on remotely, as well as working from police and shared premises. To find out more about the new role from ACC Laurence Taylor click here.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight on Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


30th June 2016

Increase in Thefts from Vehicles

There has recently been an increase in thefts from vehicles parked in various areas of Eastbourne. The vehicles targeted have either been left insecure or had personal items left on display.

Don't become a victim of crime.

When leaving your vehicle parked or unattended please remember to carry out the 3 Cs.

  • CLEAR valuables and personal belongings from vehicle ensuring nothing is in view that would encourage someone to break in and steal it
  • CLICK your remote locking key fob to lock and secure the vehicle
  • CHECK that you have followed these steps to make sure it is secure.

Following these simple guidelines will help you avoid becoming a target of vehicle crime.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


29th June 2016

Emergency 999 Exhibition

The Emergency 999 Exhibition will be held this weekend on the Western Lawns. Time table below.


29th June 2016

Beware Bogus Olympic Tickets

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6th August 2016 and as of late June, you will be able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at www.rio2016.com. Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.

Protect yourself

  • When purchasing from another company or individual, ask questions; specifically when you will receive the ticket and what type of ticket you are purchasing.
  • Pay for tickets by using a credit card or trusted payment service. Payments made by bank transfer may not be recoverable.
  • Always check that the payment screen is secure by looking for the padlock symbol or making sure the website/url begins with “https”.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting:
    www.actionfraud.police.uk

28th June 2016

Look Out For Fake Mailboxes

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail. Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.

Protect Yourself

  • Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
  • Check all post received from financial institutions, even if it appears unsolicited.
  • Consider reporting theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
  • If you have been a victim of identity fraud consider Cifas Protection Registration

If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


28th June 2016

Has Neighbourhood Alert Helped You?

Neighbourhood Alert has recently invested in a new support desk system and expanded the support staff so if you have any questions regarding this email, the survey or any part of the Alert system, please email support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk and we will be sure to respond quickly.

You might also like to complete the Neighbourhood Alert Survey.


26th June 2016

Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People

Eastbourne is a fine Victorian Town built mainly on the level. Gentle slopes and ramps are used to overcome steps and stairs making Eastbourne more accessible although some barriers do remain due to architectural limitations.

The Eastbourne Access Group has produced a guide which will make the town more accessible to residents and visitors alike.

Click here to view the guide > >


26th June 2016

Beware of Escrow Accounts

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period).

Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters

Protect yourself

  • Remember that Amazon does not provide an escrow account to purchase items.
  • Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any cash.
  • Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting the Action Fraud website.


26th June 2016

News and appeals

Police advice for householders as burglars target insecure homes in Eastbourne

Burglars have recently been taking advantage of windows being left open in warm weather to target homes in the Langney area of Eastbourne.

More information > >

Detectives investigate after man is robbed of an expensive bag in Eastbourne

Can you help identify a trio of thieves who forced a man to hand over valuables after accosting him in the early hours of the morning?

More information > >

Arrest warrant issued for Eastbourne man charged with rape
A man due to appear at Crown Court to stand trial for rape and sexual assault failed to turn up and is now wanted on a warrant for his arrest.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Don't miss out on experiencing this year's 999 Weekend in Eastbourne

People are being urged to circle Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 July in their diaries for an emergency services special event in Eastbourne.

The popular 999 Weekend is again taking place at the Western Lawns on Eastbourne seafront, giving adults and children alike a chance to meet those who safeguard their lives and provide help when trouble strikes.

The event is being supported by Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the South East Coast Ambulance Service, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, British Transport Police, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and voluntary support groups.

Blue light services will provide spectacular demonstrations of the work they do and be on hand to give free advice about safety both in and out of the home.

Full details are available on social media including Eastbourne Police Facebook page and Twitter accounts @eastbournepol and @Eastbourne999.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


21st June 2016

Modern Crime Prevention Strategy

The Government’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy was published in March 2016. A pamphlet has been published which provides a brief summary of the action being taking to prevent crime, and the research it is based on. The full strategy is available at gov.uk.

Download the pamphlet > >


18th June 2016

Eastbourne Joint Action Group (JAG)

The Eastbourne Joint Action Group (JAG) is formed of a number of Community Groups, Voluntary and Statutory agencies with an aim of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, and improving community safety in the Borough.

The JAG has produced a leaflet to provide information on some of the local initiatives set out to tackle rising trends across Eastbourne, focusing on Operation Crackdown, Community Speedwatch and Home Safety visits.

Download the leaflet > >


17th June 2016

Have Your Online Accounts Been Compromised?

Troy Hunt, a Microsoft Regional Director and recipient of “Most Valuable Professional for Developer Security” award, blogger at troyhunt.com, international speaker on web security and the author of many top-rating security courses for web developers on Pluralsight, has created “Have I been pwned?” as a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if an online account of theirs has been compromised or "pwned" in a data breach.

Short of the odd donation, all costs for building, running and keeping the service currently come directly out of his own pocket. Fortunately, he says, today's modern cloud services like Microsoft Azure make it possible to do this without breaking the bank!

This site came about after, what to date, remains the largest ever single breach of customer accounts — Adobe.   Post-breach analysis of user credentials kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords, which then put the victims at further risk of their other accounts being compromised.

Click here to see if your accounts have been compromised.


16th June 2016

Operation Signature

Just in case you need more advice about Scams why not watch the latest video from Sussex Police.

It is reported that 1 in 5 people fall victim to scammers every year and nearly 50% of all adults are targeted.


16th June 2016

Exciting Euro 2016 game today - England vs Wales!

For the vast majority of people who watch football and support their national teams the games are enjoyable events that draw people together. But for a small minority, football provides the catalyst for alcohol abuse and violent behaviour, which can be particularly dangerous in some relationships. 

There should be no excuse for domestic abuse, at any time. We have special response officers in place for Euro2016.

Call us now on 101 report it online.

For further information on domestic abuse, visit our website www.sussex.police.uk/domesticabuse


13th June 2016

New Phishing Campaign Hits Students

A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.
One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

Protect Yourself:

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way.
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


11th June 2016

Counterfeit Cheques

Businesses are being contacted for the sale of goods or services by fraudsters, who request to pay by cheque. The fraudster sends a cheque with a higher value than the amount expected, and then sends the business a request for the difference with instructions on how it should be paid back. This is usually by bank transfer or through a money transfer service, such as Western Union or PaySafe. Once the ‘refund’ has been provided, it is realised that the cheque provided was fraudulent and no funds are credited to the business’s account.

The NFIB has seen an increase of 84% in the number of counterfeit cheque frauds reported to Action Fraud since November 2015. Criminals are targeting a wide range of services including paintings or other artwork, photography and lessons, with various amounts requested to be refunded.  The average amount requested to be refunded is £1,818. The highest amount requested was over £80,000.

The suspects have used pressure tactics to persuade victims to refund the amounts immediately prior to the cheques clearing.

Crime Prevention Advice

  • Be cautious of payments where the amount provided is higher than expected. Refuse to provide the service unless the correct balance is received or wait until the cheque has cleared before refunding the difference.
  • Always contact banks on a trusted number found on their website or correspondence that is known to be authentic to confirm whether the cheque has cleared.
  • Do not feel pressured to provide a refund before the cheque has cleared.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

11th June 2016

News and appeals

Special Constables Recruitment

Can you serve your local community? Volunteering as a Special Constable is hard work but ultimately rewarding.

More information > > 

Witnesses sought to Eastbourne crash involving 4x4 and motorcycle
Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour. 

Sussex Police patrols to support domestic violence victims during football championships

Don’t suffer in silence – that’s the Sussex Police message to anyone who suffers domestic abuse, whether physical or psychological, during the European Football Championships this summer.

Officers will be specifically tasked at peak times during and after England matches to help protect victims and families from abuse. There will also be an all-day Tweetathon as the tournament gets under way to encourage debate and provide advice.

The dedicated “Operation Ribbon” patrols will operate on England Wales match days in the Tournament’s group stages, and further patrols will operate if either team progresses in the Tournament.

Alongside their response role, the Officers are being kept up to date about previous or likely victims who may be particularly vulnerable and about suspected or proven offenders who may pose a higher risk

In addition teams of specialist investigators will be ready to carry our further enquiries.
Join in on the conversation by following Sussex Police on Twitter (@sussex_police) and Facebook (/sussexpoliceforce).

For advice and support over domestic abuse in Sussex visit www.sussex.police.uk or call 101 or 01273 470101.  We have specifically trained officers who can help.

If you are not confident in talking to the police, there are other organisations who can give you the confidential advice and support that you need - Click here > >

To find other local support and help near to you visit www.safespacesussex.org.uk

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


10th June 2016

Police Board Sovereign Harbour Yacht

Police who boarded a yacht entering Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, shortly after midnight on Thursday (9th June) found it was carrying herbal cannabis, a class B controlled drug, with an estimated street value of £280,000.

Two men who were on the vessel were arrested and are due to appear before Brighton magistrates at 10am on Friday (10th June).

Anthony Keiran Poyser, 28, and Harrison Law, 21, both of no fixed address, are each charged with being jointly concerned in the improper importation of cannabis to the United Kingdom.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice, Eastbourne district police commander, said: " I am aware of the concern about the security of smaller ports and harbours around Britain's coastline."

"I would like to reassure people that police are alert to the situation and will respond whenever circumstances demand."


9th June 2016

Euro 2016 Ticket Fraud

The 2016 European Football Championships will begin shortly and those wanting to purchase last minute tickets are likely to be targeted by fraudsters posing as official sellers.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

Resale Platform

Consumers wanting to sell their tickets can do so through the resale platform, where tickets will be resold at face value. For further information please visit UEFA’s website. Those seeking to purchase tickets are advised to check the site regularly as tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis and are likely to change regularly as different tickets become available to purchase.

  • Only purchase tickets from an authorised seller by using the exchange portal.
  • When using the portal do not be encouraged to contact the seller privately and complete the transaction outside of the portal.
  • Be wary of purchasing tickets from a social media account. There is a risk that the ticket does not exist or is counterfeit. Consider conducting research on the information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated to them online.
  • Avoid making payments through bank transfer or money transfer services, as the payment may not be recoverable.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


8th June 2016

Latest Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

The latest edition of the Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

Download the newsletter > >


4th June 2016

News and appeals

CCTV image of man who stole £200 of whisky in Eastbourne

On Sunday, May 22 around 10am a man was seen to leave Waitrose on the High Street without paying for a large number of bottles of whisky, worth around £200.

More information > >

Witnesses sought to multiple vehicles injury crash in Grand Parade, Eastbourne
Witnesses are being sought to a collision involving six vehicles which occurred on Wednesday 25 May at around 12.45pm on the B2106 Grand Parade, Eastbourne.

More information > >

Police seek witnesses to camper van crash, Midhurst Road, Eastbourne
Police want to identify the driver of a white camper van that crashed into three parked cars in Midhurst Road, Eastbourne, at around 9pm on Saturday (28 May) before driving off without stopping.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


27th May 2016

News and appeals

Eastbourne police seek owners of recovered cycles

Police are appealing for witnesses and owners for possible thefts of bicycles from Eastbourne town centre between 7.30pm on Sunday (15th May) and 3.30am on Monday (16th May).

More information > >

Don't miss out on experiencing this year's 999 Weekend in Eastbourne

The popular 999 Weekend is again taking place at the Western Lawns on Eastbourne seafront on the 2nd and 3rd July, giving adults and children alike a chance to meet those who safeguard their lives and provide help when trouble strikes.

More information > >

Police seek witnesses to a collision between a car and a child riding a bike in Langney Rise, Eastbourne

It occurred at the junction of Langney Rise and the entrance road to the Langney shopping centre, Eastbourne, at 12.50pm on Sunday (22 May).

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Bank Holiday Weekend Advice
We are all looking forward to enjoying the long weekend with our family and friends, however, we need to consider how safely kept are our personal items when we go on holiday or on days out.

  • Be aware that thieves often operate in teams, one distracting in front whilst another attacks from behind - striking or snatching a bag.
  • Keep the contents in your handbag to a minimum, keep valuables in your pocket.
  • Keep your wallet in a deep pocket or a pocket that can button up.
  • Do not put address labels on keys. If you lose your keys, change your locks immediately.
  • Do not write your personal identification number (PIN) on any other piece of paper in your bag, purse or wallet. Neither the police nor the bank will contact you to ask for these details, so do not give details over the telephone to anyone. The bank will issue you with a new card and a new PIN.
  • Remember, if your debit or credit card is lost or stolen, let the bank/card company know immediately.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

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21st May 2016

News and appeals

Eastbourne police seek owners of recovered cycles

Police are appealing for witnesses and owners for possible thefts of bicycles from Eastbourne town centre between 7.30pm on Sunday (15 May) and 3.30am on Monday (16 May).

At 3.30am that morning patrolling police officers arrested three people in the town centre on suspicion of theft of three bicycles. The cycles were seized.

More information > >

Serious crash at Jevington, near Eastbourne, sadly proves fatal

Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on the Jevington Road, between Polegate and Friston, which sadly proved fatal to one of the passengers involved.

More information > >

Sussex Police Issue Urgent Warning To Residents over HMRC Phone Call Scams

Sussex Police are issuing an urgent warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a current wave of crime in which phone callers posing as HMRC staff are demanding payment for incorrect taxes.
On Monday (16 May), calls were made to three residents in Eastbourne. Fraudsters claim that they owed substantial amounts of money to the HMRC through incorrect taxes. Some residents have described how the caller has threatened to freeze bank accounts, send the police round to execute a warrant for their arrest, or remove goods from the property to recover the debt.
We understand that these types of scam calls can be upsetting for residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

It can be very tempting to give into the fraudsters demands and attempt to pay any debt, or come to some arrangement to settle the alleged tax debt.

The advice is to end the call and report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report anti-social Behaviour.


18th May 2016

"HMRC" Phone Scam

Sussex Police have issued an urgent warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a current wave of crime in which phone callers posing as HRMC staff are demanding payment for incorrect taxes.

On Monday (16th May), calls were made to three residents in Eastbourne. Fraudsters claim that they owed substantial  amounts of money to the HRMC through incorrect taxes. Some residents have described how the caller has threatened to freeze bank accounts, send the police round to execute a warrant for their arrest , or remove goods from the property to recover the debt.

We understand that these types of scam calls can be upsetting for residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
It can be very tempting to give into the fraudsters demands and attempt to pay any debt, or come to some arrangement  to settle the alleged tax debt.

The advice is to end the call and report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. 


17th May 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter.

The ENWA Spring 2016 newsletter is now available to download.

Download the newsletter > >


14th May 2016

Neighbourhood Alert Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police seek witnesses to knife-point shop robbery in Seaside, Eastbourne.

At around 9.15pm on Tuesday (3rd May) a shop assistant at The Larder Store in Seaside, Eastbourne, was confronted by a masked man who demanded he hand over money from the till while threatening him with a knife.

The assistant, who was shaken but otherwise unhurt, placed bank notes totalling around £150 on the counter which the robber picked up before making off on foot in the direction of Firle Road.

More information.

Woman sentenced for Eastbourne driving offences

A woman who drove at more than twice the 30mph speed limit on roads in Eastbourne while over the legal alcohol limit appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, 5th May for sentence.

More information.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour. 

Crime Prevention Advice - In the Garden

Weather forecasters say we are in for a beautiful weekend and many of us will be out in our gardens.  Please remember the following tips when enjoying the sun.

  • Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure.
  • Trim overgrown plants – don’t give burglars a hiding place.
  • Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them from being used to break into your home.
  • Fit outside security lighting and a visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars.
  • Register your property at immobilise.com its free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111


13th May 2016

Fraud Newsletter May 2016

Each month, scammers target Sussex residents in an attempt to defraud them. Operation Signature is the Sussex Police answer; preventing frauds and scams and supporting vulnerable victims.

This Fraud newsletter covers the latest incidents across Sussex to help prevent others becoming a victim. It shares examples of good work, such as the operation with Trading Standards colleagues to crack down on rogue traders and prevent doorstep crime.

By their very nature, scams are constantly evolving and taking on new forms. But be assured that, by following the tips at the bottom of this newsletter and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you will reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Download the newsletter > >


6th May 2016

News and appeals

Man charged with driving offences after two police cars hit in Eastbourne

A man has been charged with driving offences after he allegedly hit two police cars in Eastbourne.

Daniel Stephen Jones, 29, of Langney Road, Eastbourne, was arrested and charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously, driving a motor vehicle without a licence and using a motor vehicle without insurance in Eastbourne on Wednesday (4 May).

He has been bailed and will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 8 May.

Jones is accused of driving off at speed from an unmarked police vehicle in Cavendish Road at 12.40pm. He then allegedly reversed back and hit that vehicle. As a marked police vehicle approached, he then reportedly reversed and drove towards that vehicle colliding with its bumper. He then made off and was arrested.

An officer suffered a minor injury to his leg.

Man arrested by armed officers in Eastbourne

A man was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday evening (May 3) after police were called to an incident in town following reports of a group of youths with baseball bats and possibly a handgun.

More information > >

Police still investigate death of Emma Crowhurst in Eastbourne one year on

Detectives still believe that someone has information that may help solve the mystery of the tragic death of an Eastbourne woman, one year on from the incident.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road, Eastbourne, was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, very close to her home, just before midnight on Sunday 26 April, having sustained a head injury.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath on the following day where she remained conscious and her condition was assessed as serious but not life threatening. It was established that she had a fractured skull.

However Emma's condition worsened and very sadly she died late on the evening on Monday 11 May.

More information > >
 
Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour. 

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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


5th May 2015

Warning of Pet Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely that the pet does not exist.

Protect Yourself:

  • Stay within auction guidelines.
  • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online. 
  • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
  • A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
  • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
  • Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
  • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


4th May 2016

Police called to handgun incident

A man was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday evening (3rd May) after police were called to an incident following reports of a group of youths with baseball bats and possibly a handgun.

Armed police officers, supported by a National Police Air Service helicopter, were called to Etchingham Road at 8.03pm where the group was reported to have been seen running into a block of flats. Police surrounded Hampshire Court and advised people not to attend the scene and to remain in their homes locally until the matter was resolved.

Just before 10.10pm, armed officers moved into the block and within minutes removed a man from one of the flats. A police dog was sent in to search the remainder of the premises, but there was nobody else within.

Detective Superintendent Nick May, from the East Sussex Police Divisional Command Team, said: "I would like to thank everyone for their patience while we carried out our operation to contain this matter. I appreciate that the sight of armed officers and the police helicopter may have been disturbing, if not alarming for local residents, but it is important that we treat reports such as these seriously for the safety of everyone concerned."

"Thankfully, nobody was hurt and we managed to bring the incident to a fairly swift conclusion. A man is in custody and we will continue with our investigation locally to establish the circumstances, which include discovering who else was involved. However, we do not believe that they are a threat to the public and people can now move freely in the area again. The scene has been secured and a marked vehicle will remain in place overnight before we resume our search of the premises in the morning."

"If you witnessed any of the events prior to the police arriving or you have any information about the incident or the people involved, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1438 of 03/05. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)."

A 34-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray. He remained in custody on Tuesday night.


30th April 2016

Denial of Service Threats

Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.
 
Method of Attack:

The group has sent emails demanding payment of five Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by five Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid.
 
If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Denial of Service attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made.   
 
The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.
 
What to do if you’ve received  one of these demands:

  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using the online reporting tool
  • Do not pay the demand
  • Retain the original emails (with headers)
  • Maintain a time-line of the attack, recording all times, type and content of the contact

 If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should:

  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 immediately.
  • Call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) (or hosting provider if you do not host your own Web server), tell them you are under attack and ask for help.
  • Keep a time-line of events and save server logs, web logs, email logs, any packet capture, network graphs, reports etc.

 Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS:

  • Consider the likelihood and risks to your organisation of a DDoS attack, and put appropriate threat reduction/mitigation measures in place.
  • If you consider that protection is necessary, speak to a DDoS prevention specialist.
  • Whether you are at risk of a DDoS attack or not, you should have the hosting facilities in place to handle large, unexpected volumes of website hits.

29th April 2016

Joint Action Group Information Leaflet

The Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership Joint Action Group has published an information leaflet.

Topics covered include:

  • EFRS Home Visits
  • Operation Crackdown
  • Community Speedwatch

Download the leaflet > >


27th April 2016

Online Recruitment

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of victims being recruited via Facebook to sell items for suspects on eBay – often stating that it is a quick way of making money.

The items are said to be bankrupt stock, purchased via auctions, and need to be sold on quickly. The majority of the items reported have been Apple Mac Book Pro/Electrical Items.

The victim places the items on eBay and once the items are sold, the victim will get paid and transfer the funds to the suspect/recruiter.

Once the suspect/recruiter gets the funds, the purchasers are claiming that they have received empty cereal boxes or often no goods at all, leaving the victim being reported as the actual suspect, and leaving them out of pocket as their account will be debited.

Protect yourself:

  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example: a mobile phone number or email address could alert you to negative information associated with the number/email address online. 
  • Be very cautious of unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money. 
  • When accepting offers, verify the company/entity details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK. 
     
  • If you think the deal or offer is too good to be true then it probably is! 
 If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

24th April 2016

Tax Rebate Text Scam

Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the non-existent rebate.

Protect Yourself

  • Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider CIFAS Protection Registration.

22nd April 2016

Thousands of pounds worth of stock stolen
from Eastbourne jewellers

Police are investigating a burglary at an Eastbourne jewellers in which thousands of pounds worth of stock was stolen.

Officers were called to Ernest Jones, in the Arndale Centre, at about 1.13am on Monday (18 April) following a report from a member of staff about the break in.

Entry was gained via a front window, which was smashed, and stock with an estimated value of between £50,000 and £100,000 was taken.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, in particular three men who appeared to be wearing bright coloured ski jackets and scarves covering their faces.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 38 of 18/04.


22nd April 2016

Police investigate East Sussex distraction burglaries

Police are seeking information about several incidents in Polegate, Hailsham and Eastbourne on Tuesday (12 April) in which bogus callers conned or tried to force their way into residents' homes.

Offences occurred in Brook Street and Dittons Road, Polegate; in Hawthylands Road, Hailsham and in Slindon Crescent, Eastbourne.

These may be linked to three further distraction type burglaries which occurred earlier the same day in Sidley, Bexhill-on-Sea, and another in Bexhill Road, St Leonards-on-Sea.


22nd April 2016

Help Choose Keep Britain Tidy's 2017 Campaign Name

Last month's Clean for The Queen campaign was a massive success, and Keep Britain Tidy is excited to tell you that it will be running a follow-up in 2017; but they need your help!

What should next year's campaign be called? They want to hear your ideas. It has to be something that will encourage people to take part and will appeal to all ages.

All suggestions are welcome and you will get the chance to vote on a short-list later this year.


21st April 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

On 5th May, you will be able to vote for your police and crime commissioner (PCC). The job of the PCC is to oversee the police and ensure that they are prioritising what matters to you. Elections will be taking place in England and Wales, excluding London and Greater Manchester.

Police and crime commissioners are elected by you to ensure the policing needs of your community are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in our area.

Click here for more information.

Click here to view candidates' statements.


21st April 2016

Sports Ticket Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has recently received an influx of reports that fraudsters are targeting the public, via social media, in relation to football tickets.
 
Fraudsters are posting pictures or statuses online telling members of the public to contact them via Direct Message for football tickets. This then leads to a mobile messaging conversation. During the conversation, bank details are provided by the suspect so that the tickets can be purchased.
 
After the victim has paid for the ticket the fraudster blocks them to stop further conversation, leaving victims without the tickets and out of pocket.
 
Protect yourself:

  • Check the security of the website and validity of the post
  • Avoid taking the conversation offline to private messages
  • When purchasing any products over the internet always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some sort of payment cover

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


12th April 2016

Property Repair Fraud

Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman.

They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at:
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.

14th March 2016

Eastbourne District Commander's Message

Dear Residents,

We have had a very successful year so far and I would like to share some of our most recent results with you.

Our Officers have been very successful in working hard to stop individuals for burglary dwelling, supplying of drugs and stopping anti-social behaviour.   In regards to burglary dwelling, Michael Brickley was recently jailed for over 6 years as he was caught by one of our officers trying to sell stolen items from a burglary. Courtney Birmingham was arrested for money laundering as a result of a stop and search in the street. Her phone was interrogated as part of this investigation and she was found to be involved in the supply of cannabis and cocaine. She pleaded guilty at court and received a 2 year suspended sentence.  On the 19th February, Jodie King was jailed for assault and breach of her Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction. Her sentencing followed an attack on a 48-year-old man in Eastbourne town centre in May 2015 which left him with  serious cuts and bruises to his head, body and arms for which he received hospital treatment. The attack on the man was horrific and will not be tolerated. Violence and anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and we will always work with others to prevent this happening in Eastbourne.

As you can see from these cases the process of Stop Search is vital to our role. Since Sussex Police signed up to the Home Office best Use of Stop and Search Scheme in 2014, we have been looking at the process to ensure it is used legitimately and effectively and so that we can improve our service.  Any individual who is stopped and searched by our officers in Sussex should be treated with respect and given a full explanation of why the search is taking place.  Records of all searches are kept and people who have been searched are entitled to a copy of these.  I also check these records to ensure officers at Eastbourne use this power legitimately.  However, we can always improve and I would welcome your comments if you have experienced this process.  Please can you email our Public Engagement Officer to let us know what kind of experience you had.  To find out more please visit www.sussex.police.uk

We have also been working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and Adult Social Care to help promote the reporting of Scam Mail and Child Sexual Exploitation. Officers invited the students to join them at a 'Community Surgery' in the Langney Shopping Centre on the 23 February to hand out the information and give advice. The students designed their own poster and flyer which were given out along with other scam and fraud awareness advice at the community surgery. The information was extremely well received and a number of local residents took advantage of the advice and reassurance given.  If you, or someone you know, is being targeted by fraud/scams please contact Sussex Police on 101 or www.sussex.police.uk If you have been a victim of crime, you can report this to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre on 0300 123 2040.

The Force wide campaign to highlight the signs and prevent Child Sexual Exploitation has been a great success, and our officers have attended a conference about Human Trafficking and Missing People, a play called Chelsea’s Choice and taken part in a public stand at the Arndale Centre with East Sussex Adult Social Care. We have now elected a liaison officer, PC Rachel Bourne, to help outside agencies and organisations in recognising the signs and preventing further young people becoming victims.

You can receive regular updates from your Local Policing Team by signing up to our community messaging emails or via our social media sites. To receive our community messaging updates please email our Public Engagement Officer.


Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander


28th February 2016

East Sussex Road Police Target Anti-social Drivers

Following a number of complaints from local residents relating to anti-social driving and speeding in the Pevensey Bay Road area of Eastbourne, East Sussex Roads Policing Department took targeted action on Thursday 25th February. 

In total six drivers were reported for speeding, one had their vehicle seized for not having appropriate insurance, and one had their vehicle seized following a second warning for anti-social behaviour.  The complaints from residents all relate to vehicles driving considerably too fast along Pevensey Bay Road, and using their vehicles inappropriate in and around The Crumbles car park.  This is the first of such action, and we will be continuing our attention on this area, and others nearby. 

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable for the area, said “We take all complaints from residents seriously, we also take road safety seriously.  This action underscores our focus on these issues, and demonstrates that action will be taken where offences have taken place.  Our roads are not race tracks, and it is the responsibility on all drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users to be safe when using roads and pavements.”

East Sussex Roads Policing Department intend to continue these checks, both in marked vehicles and plain vehicles, targeting those who are endangering others.

22nd February 2016

'Southern Water' debt collectors were genuine -
but still be alert for bogus callers

Police continue to warn Sussex residents to use caution about callers claiming to be from debt collecting companies acting on behalf of public utilities or any other undertaking.

Police had at 3.50pm on Friday issued a warning about two such callers in Sussex, with the agreement of Southern Water.

On Wednesday (17th February) a card claiming that money was owed was left at an address in Tumulus Road, Saltdean while the occupant, an elderly lady, was not there.

On the same day a man called at the home of another elderly lady in Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, claiming that she also owed money. She did not part with any money and the man left a card. Both cards had the name of Orbit Debt Collections on them.

Southern Water on Friday (19th February), clarified that those two particular calls were from Orbit Collections, a company working for them but, if you, or in particular any elderly person you know, are ever approached in such circumstances, still always use proper caution and check their bona fides.

If in doubt do not hand over any money and contact the police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. or call 101.


18th February 2016

Fraud self-assessment

Last week Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, invited the public to take part in an important new self-assessment opportunity. If you are already registered on the new Sussex Neighbourhood Alert system, which is linked to the recently updated national Neighbourhood Watch website, you may have received this invitation already and perhaps responded to it. If you have not previously received this invitation or you have not yet responded to the self-assessment opportunity we would encourage you to do so now.

There are no more than eight questions which will ask you to rate your attitude to frauds and scams and how likely you are to protect yourself from them, particularly if you are online.

It’ll be really quick to complete and at the end you’ll get feedback straight away on how well protected you are, and more simple steps you can take to help stop you and your family becoming victims.

Action Fraud will also use the results to help develop crime prevention campaigns in the future, and make sure that any information they send you is as useful and relevant as possible.

We hope you’ll be able to spare a couple of minutes to fill this in. Just click here.

You will be asked to give your brief contact details. If you are already registered on Neighbourhood Alert you will be recognised and you can go directly to the survey. If you have not previously registered then we will use those details to update our records.

If you experience any technical issues or have any questions, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk


23rd December 2015


22nd December 2015


19th December 2015

The video below was issued by the National Police Chief's Council.
It is for your information and is not intended to cause fear or alarm.

However, we thought you should have the opportunity to see it.


Sussex Police
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team
Eastbourne Weekly Message

18th December 2015

News, Appeals and Advice

102 arrests made in Sussex in Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

17th December 2015

More than 100 motorists have been arrested in Sussex since the Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-driving was launched on 1st December.
A total of 102 arrests have been made in the county as part of Operation Dragonfly, launched by Surrey and Sussex Police, up to the end of Wednesday (16th December). Of these, 50 have been charged.

Among them is James Smoothy, 26, a British Transport Police officer based at Gatwick Airport. He was arrested in Copthorne Common Road, Copthorne, at 2.30am on Tuesday (15th December) and charged with having 98 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 8 January.

  • Peter Hutchings, 28, a school caretaker, of Chandlers Mead in Cooksbridge, was arrested in Coldean Lane, Brighton, on 10th December and charged with having 69mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 31st December.
  • Eric Obareki, 38, a computer consultant, of Garland Road, East Grinstead, was arrested on the A22 at Wych Cross on 11th December and charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 31st December.
  • Brian Dawkins, 58, unemployed, of Goring Road, Worthing, was arrested in Lyndhurst Road, East Worthing, on 11th December and charged with having 56mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 29th December.
  • Martins Strals, 55, a packer, of Sandringham Way, Bognor Regis, was arrested in Linden Road, Bognor Regis, on 11th December and charged with driving while unfit through drink and driving without a licence. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 5 January.
  • Aaron Pratt, 33, a builder, of no fixed address, was arrested in Caves Road, St Leonards, on 11th December and charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, failing to stop after a road traffic collision and resisting arrest. He is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 13 January.
  • Richard May, 65, retired, of Bishopric, Horsham, was arrested at Crawley Police Station on 11th December and charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 7 January.
  • Marc Oakden, 48, a manager, of Chandlers Field Drive, Haywards Heath, was arrested in Brighton Road, Crawley, on 12th December and charged with having 121mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 5 January.
  • Paul Brooker, 33, a groundsman, of Forest Dene, Crowborough, was arrested in Crowborough Road, Nutley, on 12th December and charged with having 49mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 31st December.
  • Amy Downes, 25, a sales assistant, of Highwood Crescent, Horsham, was arrested in Worthing Road, Southwater, on 12th December and charged with having 78mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 15 January.
  • Juliet Adsett, 34, a youth worker, of Field End, Storrington, was arrested on the A27 at Beddingham on 12th December and charged with having 96mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 11 January.
  • Jack Ayling, 28, a builder, of Heather Walk, Crowborough, was arrested at Boship Roundabout in Lower Dicker on 12th December and charged with having 58mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, and driving without a valid test certificate. He is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 30th December.
  • Arlene Mhandu, 31, a community worker, of Guildford Road in Chertsey, Surrey, was arrested in Bohemia Road, Hastings, on 12th December and charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. She is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 30th December.
    Alison White, 51, a secretary, of Lincoln Close, Eastbourne, was arrested in Eastbourne Road, Willingdon, on 12th December and charged with having 92mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 30th December.
  • Daniel Nicolaou, 23, a plumber, of Walmer Crescent, Brighton, was arrested on the A23 at Bolney on 12th December and charged with having 54mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 6 January.
  • Amy Gibson, 30, a driver, of Common View in Midhurst, was arrested in Kennel Hill, Chichester, on 12th December and charged with having 96mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 5 January.
  • Steve Morement, 47, a carpenter, of Bexhill Road, St Leonards, was arrested in High Street, Battle, on 13th December and charged with having 71mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 30th December.
  • Gemma Studd, 31, a care assistant, of St Thomas's Road, Worthing, was arrested in Findon Road, Worthing, on 13th December and charged with having 47mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system, failing to stop after a road traffic collision and possession of cocaine. She is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 26 January.
  • Adam Stock, 26, a chef, of Westcombe Hill, London, was arrested in Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, on 13th December and charged with having 77mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, driving without a licence and driving without insurance. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 5 January.
  • John Duignan, 40, unemployed, of Queens Park Road, Brighton, was arrested at Stanmer Park, Brighton on 14th December and charged with being in charge of a motor vehicle while having 111mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 4 January.
  • Mwila Chongo, 39, a care assistant, of Merlin Close in Tangmere, Chichester, was arrested on the A27 at Salvington on 14th December and charged with having 46mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 5 January.
    Paul Wright, 36, unemployed, of Preston Road, Brighton, was arrested in
  • The Avenue, Brighton, on 14th December and charged with having 77mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and possession of heroin. He was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (16th December).
  • Vincent Gould, 55, a car salesman, of Hornby Road, Brighton, was arrested in Crowhurst Road, Brighton, on 14th December and charged with having 88mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 31st December.
  • Lucy Weekes, 36, a housekeeper, of June Lane in Midhurst, was arrested on the A272 at Rogate on 15th December and charged with having 159mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She was due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (16th December).

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, visit the Crimestoppers website.

To keep up to date with officers looking for drink or drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.

Sussex Police responds to 2016/17 funding announcement

17th December 2015

The Police Grant Report for England and Wales 2016/17 announced today Thursday (17th December) by Mike Penning, the Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, has been welcomed by Sussex Police.
Chief Constable Giles York said: "Sussex Police has an ambitious programme of change to modernise our policing services and improve efficiencies. Today's announcement provides more certainty of our funding position for next year and up to 2020, and opportunities to invest in priority areas including counter terrorism and digital investigation and justice."

"The force still faces significant cost pressures over the next few years, over and above the levels of funding announced today.

"We are well prepared for future financial and operational challenges. Based on today's announcement we predict that our financial savings requirement will still be £11m in 2016-17 and around £30 million over the next four financial years up to 2020.

"The report also announces investment in transformation and emergency services network, which reinforces closer working with other forces and partner agencies.

"With increasing demands on policing, particularly protecting vulnerable people and counter terrorism, and in light of the funding challenges, we will continue to focus on local policing priorities.

"I can reassure the public that Sussex Police is a 24/7 emergency service which will always focus on the needs of those who are most vulnerable."

Wanted man Scott Solway arrested and jailed

17th December 2015

A wanted man has been jailed hours after being arrested by police.
Scott Solway, 33, formerly of Kingfisher Drive, Eastbourne, was wanted for breaching bail conditions imposed by magistrates on 26 November.
He was arrested at an address in Eastbourne on Thursday (17th December), and pleaded guilty to five counts of breaching a civil housing injunction at Eastbourne County Court later the same day.
He was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment.

Schoolgirl sexually assaulted in Eastbourne

16th December 2015

Police are appealing for information after a girl was sexually assaulted as she walked home in Eastbourne.

The 12-year-old girl left school at around 5pm on Tuesday, December 15 and walked along Crown Street and Ocklynge Road. When she was near to the junction with Upperton Road, she felt someone grab her from behind and they indecently assaulted her. She screamed and managed to push them away and they ran along Upperton Road. The victim ran home where she reported it to her dad, who phoned the police.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said: "This was an extremely distressing incident for this young girl, who did exactly the right thing by immediately raising the alarm at home. The victim didn't get a clear view of her attacker but believed that it was a man and as he ran away she saw he was wearing a thin coat.

"It was around 5pm, a busy time of the evening, and Upperton Road is a main road through the town. We are appealing to anyone who was walking in the area who might have heard screams or seen someone running away. Were you driving and saw what happened as you passed by?

"We are urging anyone with information to please get in touch with us. Call us on 101 or email on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Millburn.”

Man assaulted outside Eastbourne Railway Station

15th December 2015

Police were called to Eastbourne Railway Station in Terminus Road, Eastbourne just before half midnight on Friday (11th December) to a report of an assault.

A 60-year-old man from the town was found with scratches and bruises to his face as well as a broken collar bone. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital.

The victim told officers he had been attacked by two black men wearing hoodies as he walked down Gilridge Road, having left a bar in South Street just after 11pm on Thursday (10th December).

Detective Sergeant Bonnie Cowley said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious near the train station late on Thursday night.

"Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 19 of 11/12."

Man arrested in connection with Eastbourne rape

15th December 2015

Police have arrested a man in connection with a rape in Eastbourne.

A 26-year-old man from Eastbourne and known to the victim has been arrested on suspicion of rape of a 17-year-old girl in Macmillan Drive playground on Wednesday, December 9.

He has been bailed until February 10 while investigations continue.

Officer dismissed after public hearing

14th December 2015

Lee Lyons, 40, a police inspector based at Hastings, has been dismissed from Sussex Police after a special case hearing considered more than twenty allegations against him.

Mr Lyons's hearing was heard at the Force headquarters in Lewes on December 14, the first public hearing for a Sussex Police officer following their introduction nationally earlier this year.

The hearing, chaired by Chief Constable Giles York, heard that over a period of around three years Lee Lyons had accessed Force computer systems on numerous occasions using information obtained to pass details, including restricted operational documents, to two journalists working on publications in Sussex, a television news programme producer and a barrister - all females. The incidents were predominantly in the East Sussex area and breached the Sussex Police policy on the security and handling of information.

Additionally, among the 21 allegations, some of which had multiple elements, it was found that he had inappropriate contact with prostitutes while on duty and was accused of bullying behaviour while working on a major operation out of force.

Detective Inspector Nick Wainwright said: "The incidents came to light when very sensitive details of four cases were passed over a matter of a few days to a journalist who then sought clarification of the information. As a result of this, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney tasked the anti-corruption unit with identifying the source of the leak and a host of other incidents were discovered.

"Some of these took place while Lyons was on duty; others, including the passing on of restricted operational documents, were carried out off duty.
"He was suspended on October 2, 2014. No complaint has been received about the matter from an external party."

DCC Olivia Pinkney said: "Sussex Police expects the highest personal and professional standards of anyone who works for us and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards will be rigorously investigated.

"Lyons was passing on information that was operationally sensitive and may well have had an effect on victims or their families or may have had a negative impact on community tension.

"I asked our anti-corruption unit to investigate and Lyons was identified as the potential source. The investigation has been complex, but as soon as he was identified, we immediately suspended him. While I am saddened that it has been necessary to take such action at all, I am pleased with the result, which highlights our determination not to allow people like this to taint the name of Sussex Police and the enormous amount of work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff."

Mr Lyons does have the right to appeal against the decision.

New police teams increase focus on protecting
vulnerable people in Sussex

14th December 2015

Three new police units in Sussex are increasing the force's focus on abuse against vulnerable people.

Sussex Police have set up combined Specialist Investigation Units (SIUs) in each of the three Divisions (East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove), to investigate both the criminal and safeguarding aspects of child protection, adult protection, and all rape and serious sexual assaults.

The force has already had, for several years, specialist Child Protection Teams and Adult Protection Teams, on each of the three Divisions. These teams have proved very successful, achieving valuable results and working closely with partners in statutory and non-statutory agencies to safeguard the public and particularly vulnerable people.

However, up until now most reports of rape and serious sexual assault have been investigated by other fully qualified detectives, alongside their work on other crimes. They have been supported by specially trained Sexual Offence Liaison Officers (SOLOs) who have been available, in addition to their other day to day work, to assist in the initial stages of investigations. Some cases involving stranger rapes have been dealt with by the central Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team (MCT).

The new arrangement, bringing together all aspects of public protection, for the first time including rape and serious sexual assault, followed a request to the then National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) to review the force response to rape and serious sexual assault.

A number of recommendations were made to further improve the service provided to victims, and the report suggested that the concept of dedicated rape and sexual assault investigation was worthy of consideration.

Detective Chief Inspector Jo Banks said; "Our existing systems have proved increasingly successful in protecting victims and bringing offenders to justice, working with our local authority and support agency partners.
"But the three new centrally managed Units, who are now managing the criminal and safeguarding investigations for child and adult abuse, high risk domestic abuse and rape and serious sexual offences, are a big step forward.

"Demand in these areas has increased significantly in the last few years. The new teams are working across all the investigations, providing a consistent and joined up approach for the victims and our partners with whom we work so closely."

Between the performance years 2013/14 to 2014/15 the following increases were recorded:

  • Rape and serious sexual assaults across the Force +42%
  • Domestic abuse across the Force +38%
  • CPT crimes within SIU +18%
  • Other incidents including e.g. child protection referrals +59%

There are also now 14 SOLO (Sexual Offence Liaison Officer) posts on a full-time basis within the SIUs. They are not investigating officers but are an integral part of the SIU investigating teams – ensuring that victims of rape and other serious sexual assaults receive care to meet their immediate physical, mental and welfare needs, taking the victim to the Crawley-based Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), securing forensic exhibits, and providing information to the victim including referral to other support agencies, explaining the criminal justice process and providing pre-trial support.

A further 22 posts as SOLOs combined with investigation work, within the SIUs, are also being created to further assist in this work. Extra funding for the full-time SOLO posts was secured by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC). The fully implemented and resourced SIUs manage and investigate:

  • All Rape and Serious Sexual Assaults for children and adults
  • Historic rape and serious sexual assaults
  • High Risk Domestic Abuse
  • Adult Protection offences within care/health settings
  • Sudden unexpected deaths of Children
  • Child Sexual Exploitation offences

PCSO role being reviewed

14th December 2015

A new PCSO role is proposed as part of changes to Neighbourhood Policing, which will ensure that local police services can be made more effective.

The revised role, part of the Local Policing Programme, aims to equip the officers with a wider range of skills to prevent crime and solve local problems, with partners where possible. PCSOs are being consulted on the proposal which will make them part of a wider prevention team, actively prioritising those who are vulnerable and addressing community concerns.

The Local Policing Programme aims to provide an affordable, resilient model of local policing in Sussex and it is proposed that PCSOs will:

  • Be deployed more flexibly in teams to vulnerable locations across Sussex assessed on the level of threat, risk and harm.
  • Have an increased focus on prevention and problem solving, rather than predominantly on reassurance.
  • Be equipped with a range of skills to enable them to resolve problems and prevent crime and disorder, alongside partners.
  • Have additional powers to enter certain licensed premises and enforce certain licensing offences, in order to address the selling of alcohol to those under age, street drinkers and people who are drunk.
  • Be issued with body worn cameras and have enhanced staff safety training.
  • Provide a tailored approach to the specific needs of communities and neighbourhoods.

ACC Robin Smith said: "We are now consulting with our PCSO colleagues on the proposed design, which has taken several months to develop. The views of our PCSOs, along with those of their supervisors and partners regarding current working practices, future deployment and opportunities for further partnership working have informed the design of the new role.

"It gives us a real opportunity to make PCSOs more effective and equip them with the skills they require to resolve local problems and prevent crime and disorder. The design is part of a broader need to transform neighbourhood and local policing, making the role more responsive, with greater responsibility and capability to solve local problems. We cannot, however, shy away from the fact that there are fewer PCSOs in the new model.

"The proposed number has been based on analysis of the demands on the role and provides the minimum number required for the future model.  While we will not have a physical policing presence in every geographic location we will deliver services that are proportionate to the levels of threat, risk and harm and the public in each ward will have a team to contact rather than an individually named PCSO.

"It is important to stress that we are now in consultation with our staff about the proposed new model, and this consultation period runs until mid-February."


14th December 2015

Consultation with online Sussex Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and deputies
Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, in partnership with Sussex Police and the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, would appreciate hearing your views on a number of matters and how we could improve things for the future. Together we have created a few questions, which will only take about 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be properly discussed with Chief Officers and the Police & Crime Commissioner – your views are therefore very important.

To take part in this consultation please click here.

Both Sussex Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Police are in the process of introducing new communications systems. The register of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and deputies and their schemes currently held on the Sussex Police Broadcaster system will shortly be transferred to the highly secure Neighbourhood Alert system.

When you click on the above link you will be asked to give your brief contact details. If you are already registered on Neighbourhood Alert you will be recognised and you can go directly to the survey. If you have not previously registered then you will later be sent a user name and you can select your own password for future use.

If you have any questions about this consultation or if you need any assistance then please contact either of us. Your feedback is very important, and we thank you for your efforts to help keep Sussex safe.

This consultation is open until 31st December 2015.


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Eastbourne Weekly Message
News, Appeals and Advice

11th December 2015

Ten to be sentenced for door-step frauds across South East

This release is issued on behalf of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). A network of organised criminals committing fraud offences in excess of £310,000 has been unravelled following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).The fraud offences involved a total of 34 victims.

Ten people pleaded to, or were found guilty of, a variety of fraud and money laundering offences.

Operation Knock investigated incidents between October 2013 and September 2014 whereby victims had been told that their neighbours' property had been flooded with raw sewage originating from under their property. The victims were told that they needed to hire specialist equipment to resolve the issue and to pay a deposit which would then be refunded.

Lead investigator DC Matt Wilson, from SEROCU's Regional Fraud Team said: "This group were part of a more sophisticated network that intentionally targeted the most vulnerable people.

Once they found someone that would give them money they repeatedly targeted them with a barrage of lies and deceit to extract further funds. The people convicted have all admitted, or been convicted of, arranging these offences, or allowing their bank accounts to be used to receive and dissipate the funds from these crimes. Without these willing participants or others like them these offences could not occur.

This should act as a deterrent to anyone else tempted to earn some extra money by turning a blind eye to these crime, we will investigate and bring them before the court."

All ten people are due to be sentenced over two days on Friday 11th December and 8th January 2016. The court is currently listed as Lewes Crown Court however this may be subject to change. 

The incidents took place across the following locations:

  • Surrey: Epsom, Leatherhead, Oxted, Guildford
  • Sussex: Cooksbridge, Southwick, Burgess Hill, Brighton, Upper Beeding, Crawley, Pevensey, Eastbourne, Uckfield, Sompting, Steyning
  • Hertfordshire: St Albans, Stevenage
  • Devon: Plymouth
  • London: Camberwell, South Woodford, Wimbledon, Morden

For more information please visit the SEROCU website.

8th December 2015

22 charged in first week of Christmas drink-driving campaign

A Hungarian man has become the first motorist in Sussex to be convicted as part of Operation Dragonfly, the Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

A total of 45 drivers have been arrested in Sussex since the campaign, run jointly by Surrey and Sussex Police, launched on Tuesday 1st December. Of these, 22 have been charged and bailed to appear at court. Among them is Gabor Varga, a 35-year-old painter, of Sea Place in Goring.

He was arrested after officers noticed a black Vauxhall Vivaro being driven erratically in Brighton Road, Lancing, at about 2.45am on 7th December. He was remanded in custody to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court the following day, charged with drink-driving having 41 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35.

Varga pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay further costs of £255.

A further 21 motorists have also been charged as part of the Christmas campaign.

  • Juliet Robinson-Ovens, 42, a government employee of Central Hill in London, was arrested in Hilltop Drive, Rye, on 4th December and charged with having 65mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system, and being drunk in public in charge of a child under seven. She is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 23rd December.
  • Michael Cutler, 46, unemployed, of Milward Road in Hastings, was arrested in Old London Road, Hastings, on 3rd December and charged with having 61mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 17th December.
  • Daryl Tones, 24, a scrap metal dealer, of Camber Way in Pevensey, was arrested in Sevenoaks Road, Eastbourne, on 3rd December and charged with having 68mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 23rd December.
  • Todd Tidswell, 20, a shop employee, of The Broyle in Ringmer, was arrested in Lewes Road, Brighton, on 4th December and charged with failing to provide a specimen, driving without insurance, possession of a Class A drug and possession of a Class B drug. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Jacob Rawle, 23, a producer, of Highfield Road, Bognor Regis, was arrested in Orchard Way, Bognor Regis, on 4th December and charged with having 63mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 22nd December.
  • Michelle Giles, 43, an administration employee, of Etchingham Drive, St Leonards, was arrested in Church Wood Drive, St Leonards, on 4th December and charged with having 62mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 23rd December.
  • Prezemyslaw Bacia, 29, a packer, of Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, was arrested in Hillsboro Road, Bognor Regis, on 4th December and charged with having 88mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 22nd December.
  • Adrian Hawthorn, 57, a builder, of Mongers Lane, Barcombe, was arrested in Uckfield Road, Ringmer, on 4th December and charged with having 53mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Mark Miall, 53, an actuary, was arrested at his home address in Beckworth Lane, Lindfield, on 4th December and charged with having 66mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Mustafa Neheili, 23, an assembler, of Marston Road in Oxford, was arrested in Ditchling Road, Brighton, on 4th December and charged with having 51mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Lee Errikson, 25, unemployed, of Beckford Way in Crawley, was arrested at Crawley Police Station on 5th December and charged with failing to comply with a preliminary impairment test, failing to provide a specimen, and driving without a valid licence or insurance. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • John Bransby-Zachary, 42, a financial consultant, of Main Road, Hadlow Down, was arrested on the A22 at Halland on 5th December and charged with having 67mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Ciprian Tutulan, 29, a telecommunications engineer, of Depot Road, Horsham, was arrested in Harwood Road, Horsham, on 5th December and charged with failing to provide a specimen, resisting arrest and failing to stop after a road traffic collision. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Daniel Childs, 35, a site agent, was arrested at his address in Salvington Road, Worthing, on 5th December and charged with having 92mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 22nd December.
  • Paul Read, 59, unemployed, of Church Road in Horsham, was arrested in Crawley Road, Horsham, on 6th December and charged with having 54mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 22nd December.
  • Shelley Critcher, 28, a medical receptionist, of Mount Felix, Walton-on-Thames, was arrested in Marina Way, Brighton, on 6th December and charged with having 82mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Hayden Briggs, 22, a sales representative, of Cheviot Close, Worthing, was arrested in Broadwater Street West, Worthing, on 6th December and charged with having 70mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 22nd December.
  • Amy Maslen, 43, a manager, of Loxwood Walk, Crawley, was arrested in Ifield Drive, Crawley, on 6th December and charged with having 86mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 2nd2 December.
  • Paul Flint, 39, unemployed, of Coronation Cottages in Robertsbridge, was arrested in Salehurst on 6th December and charged with having 105mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates' Court on 6th January.
  • Alecio Vieira, 33, a waiter, of Newmarket Road, Brighton, was arrested at Beddingham roundabout near Lewes on 6th December and charged with having 106mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21st December.
  • Bogumil Kozaczyk, 42, a PCV driver, of Greencourt Drive in Bognor Regis, was arrested in Gloucester Road, Bognor Regis on 6th December and charged with having 110mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. He is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates' Court on 22nd December.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or call 999.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit the Crimestoppers website.