• Polegate Town Council

    • Wealden Police Update 2/8/19

    • Friday 2nd August 2019

      News and appeals and events


      We have received a report of a fraudulent male in the Crowborough area, acting as a Police constable over the phone; 'Detective Sergeant Ryan from Scotland Yard Fraud Team, calling about fraud on your bank account; someone has used your bank card fraudulently'.

      The male also advises that money must be withdrawn from your bank to check if it is real/has been used in fraudulent activities and if so the Police will come to collect it.

      Please be advised we would NEVER call you to advise such information, and we NEVER ask for your bank details or for you to withdraw cash over the phone or in person.

      If you have received similar calls, or have heard family members, potentially elderly or vulnerable ones talk about this to you please contact us

      Rural Crime Prevention day, and kids fun day in Hailsham.

      Following the success of our rural crime prevention day earlier this year at the Llama Park, Forest Row, your local Police team will be holding a similar event at Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham next Friday the 9th August from 0930.

      Your local team will be there all day, offering parents crime prevention advice and support, and for the youngsters; easy safety advice and a chance to learn what to do in an emergency though fun and interactive play...we'll also bring along the Police car too.

      This is a planned to be a great day, and an opportunity for you to meet your local Police team, hear directly from them in a relaxed informal environment, and find out what work they’ve been doing around the county to tackle rural crime

      It is also a great chance for the children to meet Police officers, and take home vital safety advice, learnt through fun and interactive play to help keep them safe.

      Witnesses sought to burglary at Bellbrook Industrial Estate

      Police are investigating a burglary which occurred at Bellbrook Industrial Estate in Uckfield.

      Around 1.30am on Tuesday 30 July, Parker Building Supplies was broken into and a quantity of insulation sheeting – valued at between £6,000 and £8,000 – was stolen.

      The suspects fled the scene and covered the area with an unknown substance which caused a small number of people issues such as sore throats. They were checked over and did not require hospital treatment.

      The substance was confirmed to be non-corrosive, and both East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service stood down from the scene before midday.

      Police enquiries are ongoing, and anyone who witnessed the burglary, or who has any information about the incident, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 246 of 30/07.

      Man charged with thefts and weapon offence at Hailsham filling station

      An Eastbourne man arrested after allegedly stealing alcohol from the BP service station in South Road, Hailsham, and carrying a spanner is to appear in court.

      Stuart Black, 28, unemployed, of Etchingham Road, Eastbourne, has been charged with two counts of theft from a shop and possessing an offensive weapon.

      Following an incident shortly after 12.30pm on Friday 19 July, Black has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Hastings on Wednesday 7 August.

      Anyone who saw or heard anything of what happened is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 637 of 19/07.

      Alternatively, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online.

      Crowborough ASB update

      PCSO Davidson & PCSO Duvall were joined by Sussex Police Crime Commisioner Katy Bourne in Crowborough this week to see first-hand the work Wealden Police been doing across the district in response to your concerns around ASB related issues.

      Not only have PC and PCSO patrols increased around hotspot areas and peak times, but our behind the scenes work with partner agencies, and local businesses also continues; working together on future initiatives across the district, aimed at diverting young people away from ASB related behaviour, such as the recently opened youth group in Uckfield.

      Officers have also been utilising police powers such as Sec 35 dispersals to tackle issues on the ground, with behind the scenes problem solving work ongoing, including dedicated investigators collating all related cases to find those mainly responsible, and appropriate arrests being made to target said individuals as a result of investigations.

      Our work is ongoing, please continue to report ASB to us, your reports assist in building a picture of local crime and problem areas which help form our designated patrols across the district.

      To report ASB please either call 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or use our newly designed ASB reporting form online.

      Wealden Cadets look to their future

      This week our Cadets were given a talk from our recruitment team about careers within Sussex Police, looking at all the different roles the Force offers, including Officer roles and Police Staff roles.

      Sussex has major cities, ports, rural villages and an international airport. There’s a lot of ground to cover. To do it well, we need people from different backgrounds with diverse skills and experience.

      Could this be you?

      Interested in a Career with Sussex Police?

      Summer Fun Days across Wealden

      Looking for something to do over the Summer holidays? Look no further than the Wealden Fun Days.

      This free event, run by Wealden District Council, it’s a great opportunity to see what is available in your town for, not only for you, but also your family and friends; with a wide range of sports and activities, craft making, children entertainers and much, much more.

      Local Officers from Wealden will also be in attendance offering parents and children crime prevention advice and support. In particular for children, offering safety advice on road and internet safety; and offering up-to-date tools and advice to help keep them safe when out on the roads and online.

      More information found here:

      •           Friday 2 August (10am – 2pm) - Polegate - Wannock Road Recreation Ground, Polegate, BN26 5JG
      •           Wednesday 7 August (10am – 2pm) Crowborough - Goldsmith Recreation Ground, Eridge Road, Crowborough, TN6 2TN
      •           Saturday 10 August (10am – 3pm) - Uckfield - West Park Recreation Ground, Markland Way, Uckfield, TN22 2DE
      •           Friday 16 August (10am – 2pm) - Heathfield - Sheepsetting Lane Recreation Ground, Heathfield, TN21 0XG
      •           Wednesday 21 August (10am – 2pm) Hailsham - Western Road Recreation Ground, Hailsham, BN27 3DY

      Crime summary

      On the afternoon of the 24th, a commercial property off the A22, Wych Cross, Forest Row had oil stolen from their premises whereby an unknown white van has approached the property and oil loaded onto it. (0800 of 24/07 relates)

      A property off Wannock Lane, Pevensey was broken into during daytime hours on the 29th July, whereby suspects have smashed rear patio doors to gain entry. Once inside an untidy search has been made ad victim’s jewellery items stolen. (0766 of 29/07 relates)

      Around 1:30am on Tuesday 30 July, Parker Building Supplies was broken into and a quantity of insulation sheeting – valued at between £6,000 and £8,000 – was stolen. Investigations are ongoing and an appeal for information is in the main news section of this alert (0246 of 30/07 relates)

      A business address off Dittons Road, Stone Cross was broken into overnight on the 31st July, suspects have gained entry to the site and stolen stock. (0807 of 31/07 relates)

      A property off Lye Green, Crowborough had their property broken into where suspects have forced entry via a rear window. Unfortunately cash and jewellery was take. (1320 of 01/08 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 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.