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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 sca;. BT do not 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:

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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:

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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

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Sussex Police
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team
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.


10th December 2015

Bogus Detective Scams Vulnerable People

Sussex Police are warning residents to remain vigilant to scams and frauds, as recently we have seen an increase in a trend of scams where fraudsters telephone local people claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police asking for details and money.

The pattern tends to be that someone claiming to be a Detective Constable from the Met Police telephones a person stating someone has been arrested in London and has provided the Eastbourne residents details.  What follows is an elaborate and complex scam involving financial account details, and even requests for cash.  Many local residents have fallen victim to these scams, and many have lost money.

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable, said “This scam takes advantage of people trust in their Police service.  People often fear the worse when Police call upon them and this makes them more vulnerable to this kind of scam.  If you are in any doubt at all that the person calling you is not a Police officer then you should take their name, hang up, call 101 and ask for the Police force they are from. 

Officers are always happy and willing for their identity to be checked and verified whether in person or on the phone, and this quick and easy check can often prevent you falling victim to any kind of scam.  Please warn you relatives and friends to be vigilant, and not to fall victim to this nasty fraud.


22nd September 2015

Message to Neighbourhood Watch members from the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation

Home Office consultation regarding ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’

This consultation asks for views on whether the Home Office should give more powers to Chief Constables to be able to offer wider opportunities and powers to volunteers and civilian staff. There are 8 simple set questions. You are invited to give your views before 31st October - Click here

The description of the consultation is as follows:

“The office of constable is central to the delivery of policing in England and Wales. The reforms set out in this document are intended to enhance this. We propose for the first time setting out in a single piece of legislation the core list of powers that will only be available to those that hold the office of constable. Beyond these core powers, we want police forces to have a more flexible workforce and we will, subject to key safeguards, enable chief officers to designate other police powers to staff. This will enable police officers to focus on the most important roles; roles that only they can carry out.

We also want to enhance the role of volunteers. We are consulting on ending the anomaly whereby volunteers can either have all of the powers of the constable, as a special; or have none of the powers, as a police support volunteer. We will instead allow volunteers to mirror the roles played by police staff, for example as community support officers.

These reforms will help this government to finish the job of police reform. These changes will take further the process started in the Police Reform Act 2002, which first introduced the PCSO role and the concept that police staff, as well as police officers, could have enforcement powers. They will give chief constables greater flexibility in meeting the demands on police forces at a time when funding policing remains a significant challenge.”

Derek
Deputy Chair & Secretary
Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation
Tel 01293 418164


28th August 2015

Safe in East Sussex August Newsletter

The August issue of the Safe in East Sussex newsletter is now available to download.

Download the newsletter > >


21st August 2015

Building Stronger Bridges

‘Building Stronger Bridges’ is a project within the community of Eastbourne. The aim is to set up  a group of good neighbour schemes which include a co-ordinator and volunteers, who will provide support for the local people who may need help with some of the basics of day to day living.

The Good Neighbour Scheme is supported by Age Concern Eastbourne although its vision is that the groups will eventually run independently.  As the network of good neighbour groups develop, then these will begin the network of building stronger bridges in the community.

There is need to support vulnerable communities and also recruit local co-ordinators and volunteers.

More information > >


10th August 2015

Fraud: Impersonating police officers

The fraud prevention team (Sterling) of the Metropolitan Police Service (FALCON – Fraud and Linked Crime Online) would like to raise awareness of recent scams within the last week involving vulnerable elderly victims attending high value jewellers shops to purchase jewellery. This is an issue in London but it is also spreading further, to the Home Counties and beyond, hence this message

This scam involves the victim receiving a call at home from suspects purporting to be a police officer by one of the following names: DCI Johnson, DC Johnson, PC Burnley or DC Howard of CID. They tell the victim that they have arrested people in connection with an offence and that they are from Hammersmith, Holborn or Charing Cross Police station. They convince the victim that as part of the investigation they (the victim) is to attend a named jewellers or department store and purchase high end jewellery using their own cash or credit card.

As part of the story, victims are generally told to buy a similar product that has been recovered by the fake police officer. The victim may also be told that the shop staff are under suspicion and that the victim is not to tell staff what they are doing as it is a police operation. On some occasions the victim is also on the mobile phone to the suspect whilst they make the purchase.

Although similar types of fraud have been seen previously this appears to be a new variation. The recent increase is of concern, as well as the fact that jewellers are specifically mentioned as a venue for victims to attend and make the purchase. The police are urging shop staff to look out for customers who do not normally match the customer profile and who may appear to be making a purchase for someone else; or where the customer appears to be more interested in a value as opposed to a product (they may be asked to buy any item of a specified value).

The victims genuinely believe what they are being told by the suspect and that they are helping police. The age range of victims so far is from 49 to 80 years. If you think you know someone who may be a victim of this crime then please contact the police on 101 who will attend and offer advice and guidance. Alternatively if you have received a call but rejected this as a scam then please report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk .


9th August 2015

New scams reported from Action Fraud

Action Fraud have received numerous reports from victims who have been contacted by scammers who are cold calling and emailing people claiming to be from Action Fraud and the National Fraud Authority (NFA). The NFA was shut down in 2013.

The fraudsters are cold calling from withheld numbers and contacting victims from actionfraud999@gmail.com. They are trying to scam people in various ways which include:

  • Telling victims that they can obtain a refund from a previous fraud because the suspect has been caught.
  • Scaring victims into thinking their IP address was being used as part of fraud overseas and remote access was needed to rectify the issue.
  • Cold calling and claiming that victims are entitled to refunds and bank details were needed to transfer the money.
  • Asking for personal information, including passports and drivers licences.
  • Claiming that they can recover money from a previous fraud.
  • Sending emails asking victims to fill out a survey which contained suspicious links.

Action Fraud are in no way affiliated with these scammers and would never under any circumstances request information such as this.

We would only email from contact@actionfraud.police.uk. Please remember it is easy for fraudsters to set up an email address like gmail.com and be aware that scammers can change this at any time.
Additionally the Home Secretary announced the closure of the National Fraud Authority on 2 December 2013.

If you receive a call or email that is suspicious and you want to verify the identity claiming to be from Action Fraud you can call 0300 123 2040 or email contact@actionfraud.police.uk.


21st July 2015

Message from the District Commander

I would like to introduce myself to you as the District Commander for Eastbourne, having taken over from Steve Biglands in April. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first couple of months at Eastbourne, I have a great Neighbourhood Policing Team and I can see that we have some very well established and thriving partnerships in the town. I met recently with some of the Neighbourhood Panel Chairs and I am really pleased to see what valuable work you do in the community. Thank you to those of you who give up your time to run or attend our Neighbourhood Panels in Eastbourne.

I have been asked a number of times since I started at Eastbourne about the changes that will be taking place within Sussex Police that were announced earlier in the year, so I thought I would give you a brief update on the current position.

Sussex Police saved £50 between 2010 and 2015 and we now have to save another £57 million by 2020. The ongoing work to achieve these savings is called the Local Policing Programme. We have managed to make some of these savings by working together with Surrey Police, we are already working together in areas such as major crime, forensics, firearms, and there will be further opportunities to collaborate in other areas.

We will not achieve all the necessary savings by working together with Surrey Police and therefore we need to change the way we work. The nature of crime is changing - burglaries have fallen by over 50% since 2003 and vehicle crime has fallen by 75% over the same period. However more complex crime is increasing, for example cyber crime and child sexual exploitation, and therefore the policing model needs to change to keep up with this change in criminality. Organised crime groups using new technology will not be deterred by officers on the beat - we must operate differently.

As 80% of our budget is spent on pay the size of our workforce will have to get smaller. I don't know what the final model for the local policing in Eastbourne will look like, but I can reassure you that you will still have a named person responsible for each local area who will understand your local concerns. Although there will be fewer PCSOs across the force they will receive extra training so that they can provide a wider range of support in problem solving and investigation.

We are an emergency service and we will always be there when people need us. The number of officers who respond to emergencies will remain the same. We cannot however do more with less people, so we will be working to reduce demand. We will not respond to non-emergencies that could better be dealt with by other partners or agencies and we will work closely with our partners to ensure services are provided by those with the expertise and responsibility to do so. Officers are currently being issued with mobile devices which are the size of a large smart phone. This will allow them to deal with incidents and submit the relevant paperwork on their phones rather than having to return to the police station to do this. This should save a great deal of time which can be spent on patrol instead. We are also developing a 'resolution centre' which will give you access to police officers over the phone to help you resolve low-scale issues straight away without having to wait for an appointment to speak to an officer.

Not everything will change straight away - this is a plan to take us up to 2020. As I mentioned before, I don't know what local policing in Eastbourne will look like in 2020, but I will keep you updated when relevant decisions are made.

Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander


30th June 2015

Please be aware of a Scam experienced by a member yesterday and reported both to Trading Standards and Action Fraud.

A very foreign lady purporting to be from AMS Nationwide called regarding an apparent accident.  The call came from a seemingly local number  01323 362289. On calling the number to see what would happen, it was answered by a male Voicemail saying something about they don't have a system for leaving a message but they would get back. (If your number is not withheld, the recipient will be able to see your number).

Action Fraud confirmed that it is a Scam and a Fraud, and asked that we circulate these details to our ENWA members.

Tip: If you are uncertain about a number and your number is not withheld, dial 141 before the number and the caller will not be able to identify you. You must dial the complete number, including the area code.


25th June 2015

Neighbourhood Watch Fighting the Phone Scammers

A rising wave of fraud which sees criminals trick unassuming people into moving their cash to a 'safe account' has resulted in a nationwide campaign to crackdown on the numbers duped.

The high-profile Neighbourhood Watch scheme has launched a fightback against phone fraudsters, alerting people to the scams that could see them lose their life savings.

Last year, £23.6million was stolen by fraudsters in this way, figures from Financial Fraud Action UK shows. This is Money's Stop the bank phone call fraudsters campaign has called on banks and phone companies to do more to halt the rising tide

Read more > >


28th May 2015

Operation Magpie

26th May saw the launch of the Operation Magpie three week Summer Burglary Prevention Campaign, to encourage people to protect their homes from the threat of intruders.

The first week of the campaign will look at highlighting how residents can keep their homes secure during the warmer weather, promoting key messages and a simple security checklist here

The checklist will help people to identify areas where they could make improvements to their home, such as changing the types of lock on doors and windows and ensuring those at ground level are shut when those rooms are not occupied.

People will also be encouraged to register their valuables for free at www.immobilise.com so that if they are stolen, officers can more easily reunite them with their owners.

A number of burglary victims have also agreed to share their stories in the hope that this could prevent other people from being preyed on by thieves. You can read them here

Chris Gee also has just launched a great blog on 'Thinking like a burglar' do take the time to read this click here

Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones said: "We recognise that burglaries have a negative impact on people’s lives which is why we are working hard to tackle the problem and continuing to raise public awareness, encouraging residents to become more security conscious."

"You can have appropriate security in place on your home but leaving a window or door unlocked and valuables on show can potentially create the perfect opportunity for a thief."

"A burglar can be in and out of your home in a matter of minutes. Sometimes it may not be a question of changing the security you have but changing your routine to be more vigilant in ensuring your home is secure."

The second week of the campaign will focus on how officers work with volunteers and other organisations to tackle the problem while the third week will feature a fresh drive to prevent the sale of stolen goods.


13th May 2015

"Free" Alarm System

We have been made aware of a cold calling campaign targeted on elderly residents in the local area.

The first thing that happens is that the person gets a phone call from LHS direct (surprisingly similar to NHS direct) telling them that they are eligible for a free alarm system for their home and persuading them to make an appointment for a "surveyor" to call the same day.

Once in their home the "surveyor" uses high pressure selling tactics to persuade the person to sign up. However, the "free" system relates to the equipment and installation only, and is only available if an annual maintenance and monitoring agreement is entered into. Minimum term appears to be five years at a cost or around £5,000. The "surveyor" tells people that it is only a few pounds per day.

Please make your elderly neighbours aware of this campaign and advise them to think very carefully before making an appointment for a survey, and to seek independent advice before entering into a long term maintenance and monitoring contract.


14th April 2015

Report Crime Online

You can report crime online through the Sussex Police website.

Buttons are available for:

  • Theft and Burglary
  • Lost and Found Property
  • Criminal Damage
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Anti-social Driving
  • Something Suspicious

Visit the Police website > >


29th January 2015

Operation Bluebird

East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Brighton and Hove CC and Sussex Police have just secured joint funding to enable them to fight misuse and fraudulent use of the Blue Badge scheme that causes so many difficulties for genuine users.

The operation, named ‘Bluebird’, will seek to tackle misuse of badges and remove them from circulation and quite possibly prosecute some offenders. In addition to prosecution in a court of law; a further penalty has been considered and agreed between the sponsoring parties, this is called a community resolution order and is intended to educate offenders on the effects of this problem and the consequences of their actions. This will be in the form of a video recorded by our disabled badge holders and how misuse and fraudulent use impacts on them.

The aim of Operation Bluebird is to raise awareness of this crackdown also to inform you of some facts that you may not be aware of.  20% of badges are misused in some way; there are 24,000 badges issued by ESCC and a further 13,000 issued by Brighton, and this misuse costs the tax payer an average of £5,000 per badge as well as this financial impact on the tax payer.  However, the impact it has on disabled people is uppermost and this is where you can assist by giving some examples of this.  Your input is valued and any particular examples of the difficulties that misuse has caused to others would be welcome.

A number of action days will be held across the county this year; badges that are displayed will be closely checked and, with some previous intelligence information already gathered on street, enforcement officers we will seek to remove immediately any badge is clearly being misused.

Two investigation officers are now working across the two areas and they are already working closely with on street officers to gather information on problem areas and will prepare cases for possible prosecution.

If you have any information of misuse or fraudulent misuse of blue badges, you can e-mail the Operation Bluebird team.


21st November 2014

The Community Trigger

The Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership, which includes the police, the council and registered housing providers, works together to tackle anti-social behaviour and hate incidents.

If you believe that action has not been taken to tackle anti-social behaviour or hate incidents you have reported, you can use the Community Trigger process to ask agencies to review their response.

More information > >

20th November 2014

Eastbourne Police are looking for some artwork to brighten up the walls of the New Hammonds Drive base.  Two competitions are open, one for four to fifteen year olds and another for those over sixteen. 

All you need to do is take a photograph or draw or paint a picture on the theme "Eastbourne Police in Your Community" and follow the instructions below.

Full instructions > >


19th November 2014

Eastbourne Police have received many reports of burglaries
within the Rodmill and Ratton area.

The majority of burglars are opportunistic; they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and 'work' undisturbed. Three simple actions should help deter these types of criminals…Light it, Lock it, List it.

Light it
Make your house look occupied - even when it isn't.

  • Use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights on and off.
  • Install low wattage timed security lighting that stays on throughout the night.
  • Fit motion sensitive floodlights to target outside areas and surprise anyone trying their luck.

Lock it

  • Keep your front and back doors shut and locked - even when you are at home.
  • Fit window locks and ensure French windows and patio doors are secure.
  • Never leave door keys, car keys or other valuables in reach of a letterbox or window.
  • 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 your home.

List it
Registering your valuables can put off potential burglars, and can make things easier if they are stolen. You will have a list for your insurance company, and we can reunite you with your stuff.

  • Register your property at immobilise.com, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.
  • Install an app on your phone/tablet so that it can be traced.

By following these steps you can avoid being a victim of crime.


18th November 2014

Sussex Police is being redesigned for the future.

The force has revealed its initial thinking for policing in Sussex for the coming five years.

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, who is leading the change, said: "The model for the future will help Sussex Police adapt to meet the changing issues of modern policing."

"It gives us the opportunity to explore new ways of working so that it can deliver policing more efficiently, reduce cost, engage with the public in the best way and continue to support and promote partnership working wherever possible."

Read complete Press Release > >


5th November 2014

Success for Junior Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Borough Council, along with Tesco Hampden Park, Waitrose and the Sussex PCC, funded an enterprise in which Ocklynge School, Eastbourne Police and Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch were able to work in partnership with one another to teach the children crime prevention awareness using team work to solve puzzles and problems.

Eastbourne District police commander, Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, said: "Well deserved certificates of achievement for participating in this Junior Neighbourhood Watch course were awarded. And a hearty well done to Neighbourhood Watch for delivering this innovative course."

PC Richard Anderson, Neighbourhood Schools Officer, added: "It has been a real privilege being involved with Eastbourne's first Junior Neighbourhood Watch - the children really excelled and relished taking part in fun and engaging activities. They all completed the course with a better understanding of how they can play an important role in their local community."

Due to the success of this pilot scheme Eastbourne Police and Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch are now hoping to involve support from other schools and their pupils within the town.

4th November 2014

Operation Magpie anti burglary campaign – week 2

Remember, remember this Fifth of November...to make sure your home is secure against burglars. The run up to bonfire and fireworks season leads to a jump in burglaries - with more happening in Sussex on 5 November than any other day of the year.

Bonfire Night kicks off a five-day break-in spree for criminals in the county, with statistics from the last five years revealing there are more burglaries in that period than at any other time of the year.

Read the complete article > >


30th October 2014

Burglars mess with your head not just your home

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect your family long after the mess is cleared up and the insurance paperwork is done. Prevent a burglar messing with your head as well as your home by taking simple crime prevention measures.

Click here for more information.


22nd October 2014

Door-to-door Scams

As we know many legitimate businesses and organisations sell products door-to-door, and gas, electricity and water companies will also visit to read meters.  However, scammers also do the same action to gain entry to your home to steal, or to part you from your money by posing as charities in order to collect donations.

In order not to become a victim of crime, follow the tips below;

REMEMBER - If someone knocks at your door, always examine and check their identification.

CAUTION - Never let anyone in your house unless they are someone you know and trust.

THINK - Do not immediately agree to any offer involving a significant amount of money, time or commitment.  Seek advice first.

INVESTIGATE - If you are interested in what the door-to-door person is offering, take time to find out about their business and their offer.  Shop around to make sure you are getting a good deal.  Confirm with charities of they are collecting in your area.


13th October 2014

Police investigate series of vehicle thefts in Eastbourne

Police are investigating a series of thefts from unattended vehicles in the Langney Point area of Eastbourne.

A 15-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons has been arrested on suspicion of theft.

PC Dan Cloake, Operations Co-ordinator for Eastbourne District, said: "Our Neighbourhood Policing Team is investigating numerous thefts from vehicles as part of an ongoing enforcement operation (Operation Sandy).

"Following an arrest, further information has come to light to suggest that several people who have been victims of this type of crime have not reported it to police."

"We are keen to hear from anyone who has been a victim of car crime, and specifically anyone who has had their vehicles tampered with or stolen from in the Langney Point area of the town between the middle and end of September."

Sussex Police continue to remind motorists of the importance of checking their vehicles are left secure when unattended to help prevent these opportunistic crimes.

People living in the Langney Point area who believe that they may have been victim of car crime over the specified period are asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1090 of 8/10.


2nd October 2014

Junior Neighbourhood Watch comes to Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police, Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch and Ocklynge School are working in partnership to bring Junior Neighbourhood Watch to Eastbourne.  The scheme will be piloted at Ocklynge School with 16 children aged between 10 and 11 years.  

The children will take part in six weeks of training that takes place after school, to encourage them to take a proactive approach in reducing crime at home and in the community.  Volunteers from Neighbourhood Watch will take an active classroom approach to the teaching, in order for the the children to work together in solving problems and puzzles.

Eastbourne District Commander, Chief Inspector Steve Biglands says "Junior Neighbourhood Watch is a significant enhancement for Neighbourhood watch in Eastbourne, I have seen one of the inputs to children and was hugely impressed. It was more like a pantomime than a lesson- hugely enjoyable with a series of good safety messages communicated".  

PC Richard Anderson, Neighbourhood Schools Officer says  "I am really excited to be involved with the launch of Junior Neighbourhood Watch at Ocklynge School and am certain that the children lucky enough to be selected will benefit immensely from taking part" 


2nd October 2014

Residents warned to take care over "Green Deal" installer

We would like to alert Residents to a company called Tivium Ltd. which are cold-calling, offering to help people obtain "Government Backed" home improvements such as new boilers. Names are obtained through utility companies (or so they say).

A representative will call to discuss the Green Deal scheme, but they then ask for £299 up front for an Assessment Report and Management Package "to arrange the funding and home improvement installations for you." 

This firm formerly operated under a slightly different company name (still Tivium) but was, according to the Energy Saving Advice Service, suspended in July, and so they are not Green Deal certified.

This new company claims it doesn't need to be registered as it is a sales/marketing company, yet it is offering Green Deal Assessments through its own Assessors, and in-house Government Approved Installers."    


4th September 2014

What can you do to protect your car?

There has been a spate of thefts from motor vehicles in the Shinewater area of Eastbourne over the last few days.  

Care owners are asked to ensure:

Vehicles are locked and secure when unattended.

  • Vehicles are parked in a well-lit, busy area and ensure you close your car windows; lock the doors and use a steering lock.
  • Valuables are never left in your car. The glove compartment is likely to be the first place thieves will look. The cost of replacing a smashed window can often cost more than the valuables themselves.
  • You park somewhere that you will feel safe walking back to, remembering that it gets darker much earlier during winter months.
  • Purchases out kept of sight when in the car or at home - if they can be seen they can be stolen.
  • Your keys are kept in a secure place. Keys can remain visible in a coat pocket or open bag are easily snatched from them.

And, remember the three "C"s.

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.


12th August 2014

Operation Magpie

Residents living near burglary victims are to be visited by police to help them avoid becoming a target.  From August, officers and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers across the county will visit people living close to the scenes of break-ins within days of the crime to warn them about what has happened, show them how they can make sure their home is secure and gather information that could help catch offenders.

The tactic has been trialled in Hove where a dramatic reduction in burglaries in the area has followed and is now being rolled out across the force. It is part of Operation Magpie, Sussex Police's crackdown on burglary across the county.

Read more > >


9th August 2014

Scam Mail and Scam Calls

Operation Signature is the force scam mail campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of postal scam within Sussex.

Criminals worldwide are sending millions of scam letters into the UK, targeting elderly, vulnerable members of our communities. An estimated 3.5 billion pounds was sent out of the UK in response to scams last year alone. At present very little is being done to identify and support these victims - Operation Signature is Sussex Police's response to this.

For many vulnerable people, the bombardment of scam mail results in fear, severe financial difficulties and ultimately a decline in both physical and mental health. Chronic victims of scam mail are hounded by numerous criminal organisations - after replying to the first 'tempter' letter, victim's names and addresses are put on a target list - these lists are then sold to other criminals all over the world.

The key signs of scam mail victims are:

  • Almost always elderly, often over the age of 80
  • Often lonely, socially isolated and recent bereavement can be a trigger
  • Unusually high quantities of mail
  • Secretive about their mail and finances
  • Living in clutter
  • Hiding mail around the house
  • Denying there is a problem with scams despite evidence to the contrary
  • In possession of cheap looking goods, products including, health products & toiletries, trinkets, charms and foodstuffs.
  • Reluctance to involve family members in their situation
  • Getting through cheque books unusually quickly
  • Regularly visiting the post office and / or keeping lots of stamps

If you recognise these signs and have concerns about anyone you know, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk


7th August 2014

Remember the 3 Cs

There has recently been an increase in thefts from vehicles parked in the Eastbourne area. 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.


26th July 2014

RingGo Cashless Parking – How it Works

RingGo allows you to pay for your parking without having to visit a parking meter - you just need a mobile phone and payment card.

You can register for RingGo either on the Internet at www.MyRingGo.co.uk, on a smart phone, or during your first RingGo call.

More information > >


25th July 2014

Report online terrorist material

You can now report online any illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. It only takes about three minutes and your report will be treated anonymously.

Terrorist material could include:

  • articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism
  • content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
  • websites made by terrorist organisations
  • videos of terrorist attacks

Visit the "Report Terrorism" website > >


22nd July 2014

Summer Burglary Prevention Tips

We have received seven burglary reports from the weekend in regards to peoples homes and out buildings, within the Town Centre, Saffrons and The Hydneye areas of Eastbourne.  To avoid becoming a victim of crime, please follow the summer crime prevention tips below:

  • If you are out in the back garden, ensure that your front door is secure.
  • Put your garden tools and games away into a secure garage or tools shed after using them, they could be used to break into your home, or your neighbours.
  • When you leave a room unattended, close the windows and doors - especially on the ground floor.
  • If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
  • Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards, car keys and other valuables out of sight.
  • Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.

22nd July 2014

Don't be a victim of crime - lock all garages and sheds at all times.

There have been many reports about garages being broken into around the Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees area of Eastbourne. In order for you to avoid being a victim make sure your garages and sheds are secured at all times. Even when you are in the house or garden - an opportunist can be away with your property in a very short time.

Garage and shed alarms are widely available and not expensive and can be an excellent deterrent to thieves. If you are using a padlock, ensure it is a close shackle padlock and be sure to fix the hasp and staple with coach bolts to prevent them being levered off. Also chain items together and ideally to a fixed anchor point. You should also consider installing a lockable steel cabinet within the garden/shed to store valuable tools in.

Ensure that all your property is marked with your postcode and house number. This can be done clearly with a permanent marker pen or with some paint and also additionally use an invisible UV marker pen. Make a note of all serial numbers of tools, bicycles etc. and consider using www.immobilise.com to record your property.

If you would like further crime prevention information and assistance with property marking, please contact your local PCSO by visiting the Sussex Police website

Anyone with information should call 101, e-mail Sussex Police, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


20th July 2014

Stronger Neighbourhoods reduce your chances of being burgled‏

The risk of becoming a victim of burglary is low, however during the summer that risk can increase because doors and windows left open make it easier for burglars to gain access.

Being part of the community and being neighbourly has proven to reduce the chance of being burgled, with stronger neighbourhoods helping to reduce crime overall. The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) for England and Wales states that by simply looking out for neighbours, reporting anything suspicious and adopting a few simple changes, helps to reduce the chance of being burgled. However, the advice from NHWN is that is always more which can be done and without new members and more communities looking out for each other, crime could start to increase.

Jim Maddan, Chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network said:  “Studies show that Neighbourhood and Home Watch schemes have a positive impact, typically reducing crime in neighbourhoods by around 16 – 26%, which is why it's vital society works together to continue to bring crime rates down. As we celebrate 50 years of Neighbourhood Watch, we’ve made the bold decision to rejuvenate our brand, changing our iconic logo for a limited edition logo by enlisting the help of comparethemarket.com’s popular meerkats to widen our appeal and ultimately drive down crime by bringing communities together.”

The Network has also been working with the Master Locksmith Association, Secured by Design and their Primary Security Sponsor Avocet Hardware, manufacture of the ABS high security door locks, in raising the awareness of the standards of locks and other security products.

For more information, please visit www.ourwatch.org.uk


21st May 2015

Appeal for Neighbourhood Watch ward co-ordinators

Could you help to reduce the fear of crime and foster good community spirit in your area?

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association (ENWA) is seeking volunteer co-ordinators in three of the town's nine wards - Ratton and Rodmill, Langney and Sovereign.

Acting ENWA chairman John Rollison said: "Co-ordinators are responsible for running their ward and are automatically elected onto the committee. ENWA officers and committee members work closely with the police and council officials, meeting quarterly to discuss the running and effectiveness of the association."

"Ward co-ordinator positions would suit a team player wanting to give something to the community, while at the same time meeting interesting people."

"This could be a younger person not in full-time employment, or somebody with spare time who would like an interesting challenge."

"You would not be alone as we give full support and training to become an active member of our team."

Anyone interested in becoming a ward co-ordinator is invited to contact John on 01323 507665 or email him.


13th May 2014

Scam Caller Alert

Please be aware that there has been a high volume of scam calls targeting vulnerable members of the local community. 

Since Saturday 10th May there have been 26 incidents reported by Eastbourne residents of would be fraudsters calling posing as police officers. The person  calls saying that the victim's card had been used to buy items and that the victim needs to call their bank or give them their bank details.

In other cases the caller has again pretended to be a police officer and said they have arrested people who have been found to be in possession of the victims bank account details. They have then tried to trick them by saying they will put them through to the bank for the victim to pass on their bank details.

These are the latest in a series of attempts to dupe people into parting with personal information by pretending to be someone official. The tricksters have also pretended to be a bank employee on some occasions. Fortunately those who received these latest calls became suspicious, did not give any details and immediately contacted Sussex Police. 

Please stay vigilant and never pass on bank or card details over the telephone. Legitimate organisations would never ask for this sort of information in this way.

If you receive such calls you should wait at least ten minutes for their line to clear and, if the opportunity arises, dial 1471 to obtain the caller's number. Once certain that the line is clear use your phone, mobile or alternative line, and phone Sussex Police on 101 to report your suspicions.

You can also email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk and quote "Operation Edisto".


14th February 2014

Residents Warned of Telephone Scam

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 police officers or bank staff ask for bank and card details.
 
Within a 36-hour period on Tuesday 11 February and the following day there were nine more cases in Sussex, in three of which money was obtained.
 
Late on Wednesday evening, 12 February, calls were made to two residents in Brighton. A woman living in Kimberley Road was defrauded of £600 cash, A similar call was made around the same time to a resident in Ainsworth Avenue, Ovingdean, but they became suspicious and did not part with any information or money.
 
Meanwhile a woman living in Harveys Lane, Ringmer, lost £1350 to just this scam on the same evening.
 
On the previous evening, Tuesday, phone calls were made to six addresses in Brighton. In five cases the residents became suspicious and did not part with anything but in the sixth case, in Lloyd Close, Hove, the thieves managed to obtain some £2500.
 
There has been a recent rise in this crime across the force area, and elsewhere in the country. In Sussex there have been 24 offences since last August, in which the fraudsters have got away with more than £150,000.
 
There was an upsurge in these incidents in December, when 55 incidents were reported although only in six cases was money obtained, and after a decrease in January there have so far been more than 30 such calls in February, with more than 10 of them relating to cash being taken.
The fraudsters call the intended victim claiming to be from either the Police or a Bank. They tell them that their card details have been fraudulently used and that they need to act urgently to protect themselves. They suggest that they hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure that the call is genuine.
 
Don't be fooled - they stay on the line and pretend to be the police or the bank. They then tell the intended victim to key in or read out their PIN number.
They will then send a taxi or courier, who may know nothing about the crime, to collect the bank card. With this and the PIN they will then have full access to spend your money.
Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton from the Surrey and Sussex Police Specialist Crime Command said: "Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner.
 
"Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited. If you have any suspicions please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank. If possible use another phone to contact the police to report it, or to contact a friend to relative to alert them.
"I urge anyone reading or hearing this message to pass it on to any friends and relatives who may not be aware of this particular type of targeted fraud, to prevent any vulnerable friends or family members from becoming victims.
 
"It is good that many people are already heeding our advice, because although there have been 24 cases in which cash has been stolen, there have been a further 107 incidents in which the thieves achieved nothing.
"We want to encourage everyone to continue to resist these callers, so if you have any information, whether you have received similar calls or know someone who has been a victim of this crime, contact Sussex Police via 101 or email Sussex Police quoting Operation Edisto. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
 
Click here for on-line advice on fraud prevention.
 
The "Little Book Of Big Scams" also gives advice on how to prevent a wide range of scams.