Wednesday 18th December 2019
News and Alerts Wealden District
All members message
Wealden Police wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Please be advised that there will be no newsletter issued next week (23-29th December) and an extended newsletter will be published on or around the 2nd-3rd January 2020.
Please continue down for this weeks Wealden news and alerts.
Heathfield mobile Police Station event reminder
Following your concerns, and recent ASB in the area, Wealden Police will be hosting a mobile Police station day this Saturday 21st Dec, at Heathfield Farmers Market from 0900 - 1230 (Co-Op Car Park)
Come and meet your local team, speak to them about your concerns in the area, and find out first-hand what work is being done by Police and local authorities to address recent issues.
If you are unable to make the event, an array of crime prevention advice and support can be found on our website here.
Future dates have been arrange for other areas these are below, these may yet be subject to changes however confirmation messages will be issued nearer the time.
22/02/20 Crowborough High Street, and 17/04/20 Forest Row Hartfield, both dates again an opportunity to meet your local team and put your concerns directly to officers for your area.
Additional Christmas and New Year Op Blitz (ASB targeting patrols)
As part of our continued efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour in your towns and villages, additional Op Blitz (ASB targeting patrols) will be in place Sunday - Thursday from 1600-2200 from the 22nd December until the 5th Jan. (In addition to Friday and Saturday 1800-0000)
These patrols will be conducted across the district, particularly targeting areas of recent youth related crime, and anti-social behaviour.
Please call 07770 700642 between the hours given over the festive period to report any ASB or youth related disorder you witness, or become victim of, and our designated officers out on the ground will be able to answer your call and respond accordingly.
Friday and Saturday patrols will continue in addition to the announced above.
Op Blitz wishes you all a very Merry Christmas, and as always, 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.
Operation Crackdown 2019 round up
As the year draws to an end, we'd just like to say thanks for the help you give us in keeping the roads of Sussex safe.
In 2019, 66,438 reports of anti-social driving were made to Operation Crackdown, our dedicated response in partnership with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership tackling careless and dangerous driving. Your eyes and dash cam footage plays a big part in this.
Of the 66,438 reports received across Sussex, 55,354 letters have been issued to registered owners of the vehicles reported.
The main aim of Op Crackdown is to educate drivers, and remind them of the rules of the road; a conviction as a result of a report will only be made depending on numerous factors.
In 2019 in addition to 55,354 warning letters sent, 390 reports were dealt by local intervention, and a further 191 resulting in a prosecution.
If you see anti-social driving, and it's not an emergency, please continue to report it via the Operation Crackdown website.
Sussex Police launches new Tactical Enforcement Unit
A new proactive police unit which will help make Sussex a “hostile environment” for dangerous and persistent criminals targeting the county has already made its first arrest on its first day.
The Tactical Enforcement Unit will be dedicated to capturing some of Sussex’s most wanted and prolific offenders, including those involved in serious violence, organised crime and county lines drugs gangs.
The team, made up of officers with specialist skills in proactive policing, will carry out targeted disruption, enforcement and patrol activities wherever it is most needed.
One initial central team made up of eight PCs, a sergeant and led by an inspector, will grow to form three geographically-based enforcement teams, one each based in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, by April 2020.
It carried out its first operation on Monday (16 December) on its first day in action at an address in East Street, Seaford, where 56-year-old Stephen Mcateer, who has been charged with importing 23 kilos of heroin in France was arrested on suspicion of breaching his court conditions. He was later remanded in custody to reappear at City of London Magistrates Court.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "We want Sussex to be a hostile environment for criminals and especially those involved in serious violence and targeting vulnerable people across our county, whether through county lines drugs gangs or other organised crime.
"The Tactical Enforcement Unit will be a visible, proactive deterrent to those at the centre of the serious offending, supporting local policing teams in dealing with specific spikes in crimes that impact on the community and it is already making a difference with a successful operation on its first day.
"They will work where the need is greatest and provide public reassurance by being present and proactively disrupting and taking off the streets some of our most prolific criminals."
The new unit has been established through an uplift in police officers with the force on track to recruit a net gain of 129 officers by March 2021, thanks to a combination of additional precept and Government funding.
New site for free counter terrorism awareness training
An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public across the country for the first time and Sussex Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.
Devised by Counter-Terrorist officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.
Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.
The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer - and participants needed to be signed up by their employers.
Now the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.
The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just 10 days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.
“ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places,” says Dave Miller, Head of Operations Command for Surrey and Sussex Police.
“Each stage was developed alongside industry experts and to date over one-and-a-half million modules have been completed.
“The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, so we want to open it up to as many people as possible.
“The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely - so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams helps to keep all communities across Surrey and Sussex safe.
“The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a particularly good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”
ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one were to happen.
The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning, click here.
Cigarettes, alcohol and cash was targeted when suspect(s) have forced entry in a convenience store on Poundfield Road, Crowborough in the small hours of the 13th December. (0002 of 13/12 relates)
An attempted burglary at a property on Station Road, Hailsham occurred overnight on the 12th December after suspect(s) attempted to gain entry to a shed, damage was caused to the shed in their attempt. (1326 of 12/12 relates)
A vehicle was seen off by locals at a farm address off North Street, Hellingly early evening on the 14th, after a suspect vehicle entered the site, after cutting locks on gates to gain entry. Regrettably the vehicle was too dirty to obtain a registration number. (1317 of 14/12 relates)
An attempt to enter garages was reported late evening on the 15th December, after homeowners at a property off Montargis Way, Crowborough reported finding their garage door damaged. (1410 of 15/12 relates)
Tools and farm vehicles were the subject of theft during the daytime of the 16th, when suspect(s) have cut locks from gates to gain entry to the grounds of a property off Chelwood Gate Road, Nutley. (593 of 16/12 relates)
A garden building was broken into overnight on the 15-16th December, suspect(s) have gained entry into victim’s garden at a property off Hailsham Road, Pevensey by climbing over fences. (337 of 16/12 relates)
Overnight on the 17-18th December, an address off Hartfield Road, Edenbridge had outbuildings broken into. Suspect(s) have targeted electrical items, tools and farm vehicles after entering the grounds and cutting padlocks to storage containers. (Police investigations continue) (0250 of 18/12 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:
Are your tickets the real deal?
With EURO2020 tickets available via public ballot until 18 December 2019, we're warning football fans to be wary of people selling fake or non-existent tickets via online marketplaces.
Buy from the official UEFAEURO website to avoid losing out.
Buying concert tickets for Christmas?
If you’re buying tickets this holiday season, only buy tickets from official outlets, such as the venue’s box office, the official promoter, or a well-known and reputable ticket exchange site.
If in doubt, check via a verified ticket seller, such as Ticket Master or the artist’s official website.
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.
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.