News and appeals
Arrest after violent incidents in Uckfield High Street
Police investigating an incident in Uckfield town centre on Friday evening (6 September) are appealing for witnesses and for any victims of assaults to come forward.
Shortly before midnight that evening, officers responded to reports that two 18-year-old men had been attacked by two other men, being punched and hit with a belt in Uckfield High Street between Pizza Express and the junction with Church Street.
PC Julia Turner said; "We have already made one arrest but investigations are continuing and if you saw what happened, or if you were also assaulted during this brief incident, please get in touch with us, either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1671 of 06/09."
A 17-year-old Uckfield boy was arrested on suspicion of affray, causing actual bodily harm, and possessing an offensive weapon. After being interviewed he was released under investigation.
Tributes paid to motorcyclist tragically killed in Cowden collision
Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist who tragically died in a collision on the B2026 Hartfield Road, Cowden.
66-year-old Philip Ostheimer, from Sevenoaks in Kent, was riding a Triumph Tiger Sport when he hit a deer around 8.40pm on Tuesday 27 August.
This caused him to fall from his vehicle into the path of an oncoming Land Rover Defender, resulting in fatal injuries. The Land Rover driver, a 34-year-old man from Crowborough, was uninjured.
Philip’s family have since issued photographs and the following tribute to him:
“Our Dad recently retired after nearly 40 years working as a fitter. He had a love for both riding and watching motorbikes, and had ridden through many parts of Europe with friends over the recent years.
“Dad was a hard-working, dedicated and proud husband and father who could put his hand to anything, known by many as Mr Fix-It. He was always happy to help and was well known for his energetic character and witty sense of humour. He loved the outdoors, exploring the country with Mum in their caravan, and he especially loved a sandy beach in a hot country.
“This year our parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary which came just a few weeks after the birth of their first grandchild, who Dad absolutely adored. We will ensure that Connor knows what a kind and loving Grandad he had and will of course tell him all those ‘Dad jokes’ we listened to over the years.
“Our Dad will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, but our memories of him will never be forgotten.
“He leaves behind a loving and devoted wife, two children, a four-month-old grandson, a sister, and many other close family members and friends.”
Police are still appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or either of the vehicles being driven in the area beforehand – in particular anyone who may have dash cam footage – to email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Bursar.
Following a rise in reports of males pertaining to be from British Gas knocking on resident’s
doors in areas across the District, please be advised of the following crime prevention advice to help keep you, those around you, and your property safe.
Although many legitimate businesses sell products door-to-door; gas, electricity and water companies need to visit to read your meters; fraudsters may also knock on your door to part you from your money, or get into your home to steal from you.
If someone knocks at your front door claiming to be from a company, first check their ID. If you’re not happy, don’t let them in.
Never call the phone number on their ID card to check them out. Ask the salesperson to wait outside, shut the door and find the company number on the internet. If they’re genuine, they’ll understand.
If you have witnessed, or been victim to similar, please report via 101, or online here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/fo/fraud/
Contact handler recruitment CLOSING SOON
When the going gets tough, contact officers are there to help. Whether it’s taking a report of a missing person, responding to a burglary or supporting someone in crisis; our contact officers play a vital role in helping keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm.
For many people, you’ll be the first point of contact with the police. You’ll be a calm, reassuring voice in people’s hour of need. Asking the right questions, listening for vital details and recording information; all while monitoring two screens.
Being a contact officer is certainly not your typical nine-to five call centre role; no two calls are the same. You will deal with emergency 999 calls, non-emergency 101 calls, online reporting and social media. In return, we promise you a good starting salary, plus an unsocial shift allowance, great training experiences, opportunities for progression and the pride that comes from helping others.
We would encourage candidates to visit our website, to browse our FAQs and either book a tour online to visit the contact centre to assist you in your application.
Police Officer Recruitment CLOSING SOON
This month (05/09) the Home Office launches their campaign – Be A Force For All – helping to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers across England and Wales.
Tackling crime, keeping the streets safe and protecting our most vulnerable – being a police officer is challenging yet rewarding. We’re once again looking for those who have what it takes to join us on the front-line.
We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who will have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.
In return, we promise a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others.
You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.
Apply now and help make a difference, together today!
A sports club off Fermor Road, Crowborough was broken into overnight on the 5-6th September when a window has been entered. Unknown suspects have stolen food and drink items along with causing damage inside the property (0271 of 06/09 relates)
A male was arrested late evening on the 9th September following reports from a property off Eridge Road, Tunbridge Wells where a suspicious male was seen inside the victim’s garden.
The suspect male appeared to attempting to enter the victim’s home and ran off shortly after.
A few hours later a Police unit out across the district came across the male from the description given and was subsequently arrested. (0436 of 09/09 relates)
Overnight on the 9-10th September, a farm address on the boarder of Halland reported attempted break ins whereby suspects have thrown bricks though windows on the property (0303 of 10/09 relates)
A supermarket address off Sybron Way had their store front smashed and broken into in the small hours of the 11th September, fortunately suspects have not made off with any goods. (0062 of 11/09 relates)
Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.
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 email@example.com or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
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?
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