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    • Wealden Police update 9th Jan 2020

    • Thursday 9th January 2020

      News and Alerts Wealden District

      Sussex Police is very concerned for the welfare of two missing sisters from Wadhurst

      Kayleigh, 15, and Jasmine Deacon, 13, were last seen at about 8.45am on Wednesday (January 8) in Wadhurst and believed to be in the Wadhurst and Tunbridge Wells areas. They may also be in the Hastings area.

      Both are of a slim build with dark, long brown hair and were wearing dark coats, green tartan skirts and black tights.

      Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call 999 quoting serial 409 of 08/01.

      Frant Primary School Police visit

      This week PSCOs Duvall and Matthews attended Frant Primary School to speak to young children about a range of safety topics, covering keeping safe on the road, not talking to strangers, and online safety and bullying.

      Some topics are really important to discuss with children, especially those around keeping safe online with gaming apps and social media apps which are often used too by adults and older children.

      If you feel your school would benefit a visit from an Officer to talk about a range of children safety topics, please get in touch.

      Quad bikes thefts in Wealden

      Our cross border patrols, and ongoing work with Kent Police continues following recent thefts of high value farm machinery, and vehicles, namely quad bikes.

      High visibility Police patrols in the areas affected, accompanied by joint staff and officers from other forces and agencies are in place, as well as behind the scenes work looking into potential suspects and any available lines of enquiry, such as CCTV and forensics.

      To help secure your quad bikes, please consider the following advice:

      1. Park as close to your premises as possible, ideally in a locked outbuilding with CCTV and security lighting, preferably out of sight from nearby roads
      2. Remove keys when not in use, and do not leave them near the vehicle, or in view indoors, take keys up to bed with you
      3. Fit wheel clamps and/or locking posts to prevent quad bikes from being ‘wheeled’ off site, and consider an attached alarm

      4. Mark or customise your vehicle so it is easily identifiable and less attractive to thieves
      5. Consider fitting hidden GPS tracking devices for high-value vehicles so vehicles can be tracked in the event they are stolen
      6. Keep a record of all vehicles, including photographs and serial numbers, and register your property or include such items on your home insurance

      East Sussex to pilot Checkpoint early intervention scheme

      An early intervention scheme that aims to find a new avenue to reduce reoffending has launched as a 16-month pilot across East Sussex today (Monday, 6 January).

      Checkpoint works in partnership with statutory and third sector organisations to deliver the Ministry of Justice’s Whole System Approach to reduce reoffending by supporting diversion schemes, supporting offenders to make positive life choices to prevent reoffending and protect future victims from crime.

      Checkpoint works with offenders at the point of charge or postal charge requisition that holds them accountable for their offending, identifying the root causes to their offending behaviour and putting measures in place to prevent reoffending and giving victims the opportunity to be heard.  

      The early intervention scheme has been trialed in other areas of the UK and has shown to be successful at reducing reoffending.

      Chief Superintendent Tanya Jones, East Sussex Divisional Commander, said: “With an ever-increasing rise in the demand and complexity of policing there is a need to find and implement innovative and cost effective solutions to deliver justice to victims and protect our communities from harm.

      "Crime and disorder, health and social issues are all intrinsically linked. By identifying and addressing these links, we are likely to be able to improve an individual’s well-being and reduce reoffending.

      "Checkpoint is about taking an offender who has admitted their involvement in a crime and placing them on a structured four-month programme of diversion activity designed to address the root causes of their criminal behaviour and prevent further crime in the future.

      "This approach can often lead to a more meaningful outcome for victims of crime rather than the traditional criminal justice route whereby in some circumstances the case may not get as far court or that the outcome is a fine.

      "The four-month contract has to be committed to, which shows a measure of responsibility and a willingness on the offender’s behalf to change their behaviour. Should an individual not complete the programme, this is considered a breach and they’ll be charged and potentially face court.

      "Each case is managed by a dedicated Checkpoint caseworker who will keep the victim updated with progress of the contract and who will provide an insight into the reasons behind the offender’s behaviour. The victim also has the opportunity to ask questions and explain how the crime has impacted on them.

      "Although Checkpoint is suitable for many crimes, it is not suitable for all crime types and neither is it an alternative to prison. Where a custodial sentence is likely, the individual would not be accepted onto the scheme. All referrals are assessed by the dedicated Checkpoint manager who makes the decision to accept an individual.

      "By reducing reoffending we are protecting others from future harm which helps to keep our communities safe and feeling safe.”

      Could you uncover the truth?

      This week saw the launch of Sussex Police’s first fast-track detective development programme and the force is looking for degree holders who are tenacious, inquisitive and want to seek justice for victims of crime. (Applications close Sunday 12th)

      Being a detective is demanding, diverse and fulfilling. From cyber-crime, domestic abuse and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and serious organised crime; a detective helps solve some of the most serious crimes possible. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking cases to court; it’s about uncovering the truth.

      Detective Chief Superintendent, Steve Boniface, Head of Crime for Sussex Police said: “As crime and technology evolves, our need for investigative roles is greater and more important than it’s ever been. As a result we’re investing in the recruitment and development of detectives and investigators across Sussex.

      “We’ve taken significant steps internally to identify and promote the detectives of the future; however, we’re also looking at new ways to bring those who are interested in investigations, yet may not have considered a policing career, into our organisation.

      “Through this exciting and innovative development programme, those with degrees are able to undertake an intensive two-year learning approach, specialising in the investigative function, and work towards their detective accreditation. I’m delighted to launch this new entry route today and welcome applications from those who want to help make a difference, together.”

      The Fast Track Detective Development Programme is an innovative two-year practice based approach aimed at existing degree holders of any subject areas. Successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer role while studying towards their accreditation as a detective.

      If you’re tenacious, inquisitive and observant; an excellent communicator, problem solver and able to gain the trust of those around you, but most importantly want to uncover the truth and get results for victim then this could be the opportunity for you. To apply, visit the website.

      Crime Summary

      Overnight on the 2-3 January, a sports club off North Street, Hellingly, had an outbuilding broken into when unknown suspects have cut locks from secure outbuildings. Tools have been targeted. (479 of 03/01 relates)

      A commercial property off Burwash Road, Heathfield, caught on CCTV overnight on the 2-3 January, a suspect entering their site and targeting fuel from vehicles. CCTV will be reviewed by Police for lines of enquiry (0753 of 03/01 relates)

      Cash was targeted from a business address off The Green, East Dean overnight on the 6th January, when suspects have gained access to the premises and entered via a window. Potential CCTV may assist in identifying the suspect (157 of 06/01 relates)

      Overnight on the 7th January a property off Bartley Mill Road, Bells Yew Green, had their garage entered and a quadbike stolen from inside (529 of 07/01 relates)

      A property off London Road, Crowborough, had tools stolen from a secure shed during the daytime of the 7th January (1113 of 07/01 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:

      January Sales

      Looking for a bargain during the January sales? Scammers regularly advertise items via online marketplaces at a fraction of the high street cost.
      Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a bargain – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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

      A strong password is a good start, but it doesn’t stop there…

      Whether it’s your Twitter, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.

      Two-factor authentication (2FA) can help protect your online accounts, even if your password is stolen! Find out more about  setting up 2FA 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.