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    • Wealden police news 2/1/20

    • Thursday 2nd January 2020

      News and Alerts, Wealden District

      Happy New year to all our members!

      Busy start to New Year for Sussex Police

      Police across Sussex responded to more than 800 calls for assistance and made 80 arrests on the busiest holiday night of the year as 2020 dawned - With a total of 3 across the Wealden district for offences including, drunk and disorderly, drink driving and assault.

      Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said; "This was a very busy night for our officers and staff across Sussex, as we responded to a large number of calls for our assistance as well providing a proactive and reassuring presence in the busiest areas.

      "Although there were incidents requiring a robust and swift response, we are glad that overall the night went well and that the vast majority of people enjoyed themselves in safety."

      More than 800 calls came in between 10pm on New Years Eve and 6am on New Years Day, an increase of some two-thirds on the average number for other nights. They covered the whole range of policing needs, including fights, disputes, damage, and road traffic incidents - so far none are reported to have involved serious or life-threatening injury.

      Over the same period the 80 arrests again covered a range of offences including assaults, drunk and disorderly and criminal damage, an increase on the average for other nights.

      However police emphasise that the figures for calls and arrests include some matters unrelated to New Years celebrations.

      Cricket Club PPAF funding

      Officers from Wealden Prevention team proudly presented East Dean and Friston Cricket Club with a cheque for £500 this week, with monies made up from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF). The funds will be put towards maintaining the community club.

      The Police Property Act Fund is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

      For more information on the PPAF, and eligibility criteria for community groups, volunteer groups and organisations, please click here.

      Extra Op Blitz patrols this week

      Throughout the week (from the 22/12/2019 – 05/01/2020) Sunday to Thursday, Wealden Prevention have added additional Operation Blitz patrols to help tackle current youth related anti-social behaviour issues within your towns and villages.

      To contact the team, you can call (please do not text as often these can come thorough late owing to low signal within more remote/rural areas) on 07770700642 between 1600 hours and 2200 hours to report ASB directly to the team out on the ground.

      These additional Op Blitz (ASB targeting patrols) will be in place until the 5th January. (In addition to Friday and Saturday 1800-0000)

      Op Blitz wishes you all a Happy New Year and as always, if you witness any ASB in the hours above then please call us, outside of these times continue to report via 101/online, and always 999 in an emergency.

      Crime Summary (20th December – Current)

      Personal items and a bicycle was stolen from a garage at a property off Doctors Lane, Chelwood Gate when unknown suspects have used forced to enter the shed overnight on the 19th December. 409 of 19/12 relates)

      Personal items and Christmas presents were stolen from a property on High Street, Buxted overnight on the 20-21st December. Suspects have forced entry to a front door, and conducted an untidy search whilst inside. (488 of 21/12 relates)

      An attempted burglary occurred in the small hours of the 21st December, at a business address off High Street, Alfriston. Unknown suspects have smashed windows to the property, however fortunately no entry has been made. (355 of 21/12 relates)

      Overnight on the 20-21st December, a site off Priory Road, Forest Row was entered by unknown suspects. Unknown suspects have forced entry to the secure site and stolen various tools and equipment. (1406 of 21/12 relates)

      Garage doors were forced open over the day of 22nd December at a property off The Street, Fairwarp. Garage doors were forced open by means unknown, and various tools stolen from inside. (1300 of 22/12 relates)

      A shed was broken into at a property off The Dene, Uckfield during the afternoon of the 23rd December. Victims noticed their shed door had been forced open, and various fishing equipment stolen from inside. 1272 of 23/12 relates)

      Overnight on the 25-26th December, homeowners noticed broken windows at their property on Windsor Place, Crowborough. Fortunately no entry was gained, but damage to windows occurred. (345 of 26/12 relates)

      A business address on Eastbourne Road, Westham reported a group of young adults causing damage to their property in the evening of the 27th December. Potential CCTV will help to identify the suspects. (1222 of 27/12 relates)

      Overnight on the 28-29th December a commercial property off Diplocks Way, Hailsham reported an attempted break where unknown suspects have attempted to gain entry to the site via a boarded up window. No entry was gained. (0953 of 29/12 relates)

      During the daytime of the 2nd January, a commercial property off Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells had a trailer stolen when suspects have removed chains to an outdoor shed and driven the vehicle away. Unfortunately no registration number is available for the suspect vehicle. (0369 of 02/01 relates)

      For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found here.

      If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.

      Action Fraud scam watch

      Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported?

      This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:

      Online video game scams

      Many people love playing games online. In fact, an estimated 1.2 billion of us are regularly logging on, signing up and playing online.

      Unfortunately, whenever money or personal data is changing hands online, criminals can be watching, looking for some way to turn the situation to their advantage.

      Stay safe playing games online with advice here.

      Keeping your electronic devices safe

      Did you get a new phone, or tablet this Christmas?

      With new devices, did you know there are certain features on some devices which you can enable to protect it from security threats?

      For Android devices: click here
      For Apple devices: click here
      For Samsung devices: click here

      Protect yourself from cybercrime and fraud

      With more and more of us using the Internet on computers, tablets and phones, there also becomes more opportunities for fraudsters and scammers to steal our personal details and our money.

      Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud here.
      Help us keep Sussex safe

      If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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

      You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

      You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

      Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

      Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.